The Forgotten Resolution

More money, more business, more organization, better marketing, better website, better branding…  Better Business. These are what many of our New Years Resolutions will include. Good goals, to be sure! I’ve built my business and my career around better business – and helping professional photographers find their personal THRIVE. So what I’m about to say may seem strangely contrary coming from… well… me.  But those listed above?  Are not necessarily the best goals.  And all my Thriver’s can tell you there is something far more important than business: RELATIONSHIPS!!

So let me ask you…

How profoundly can your spouse feel the love that you have for him (or her!)?

How much time are you giving – with full devotion – to your children each day?

How often are you able to be there for your friends?  To recognize their needs and be the one who fills them?

Do the people you love most know that they are even more special, more exciting and more important to you than your business is?

As each new year approaches, I spend some time reflecting on the last. Reviewing my goals. With the aid of hindsight, I can see where I need to push and challenge myself to reach for even bigger and better goals.  Often it’s because I exceeded my previous goals, and sometimes it’s where I need to strive to improve and recommit because I’m still not there.

 

I love business… Like, love it more than maybe anyone you’ve ever met. I crave business books and statistics. Dare I say that marketing turns me on and sales make me giddy as a school girl? But do you know what tops all the passion that I have for business? The passion that I have for my husband and the little ones we love so much. In fact, I’m sitting at the airport waiting for a flight right now.  With my gorgeous husband, Taylor.

The hubs and I are ringing in the New Year in Las Vegas. Everyone always thinks it’s so funny when we head to Vegas since we don’t gamble or drink. But we love to eat and we love the shows. (We’re seeing Le Réve at the Wynn and The Black Keys this time around!)  And we really LOVE any excuse to spend time together.

So as you build your vision for 2013, I hope you’ll remember to include that most important and truly unforgettable resolution of all… Making the most of this upcoming year with your Family!

Happy (in an exceed your wildest dreams way) New Year!

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Are you ready for more?  I’m determined to prove to as many photographers as will let me that you can have passion, profits and time for a great life.  I create six-figure photographers, and I’d love to teach you, step-by-step, how it’s done.  This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you.  Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be!

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Behind the Scenes of our Family Photo Shoot

For this episode of Video Friday, I’m taking you behind the scenes of our recent family photo session.  My hope is that it will remind all of us what our clients go through when they schedule a portrait session.

This year I chose as our photographer my dear friend – Kari Rae.   She’s amazing!  Wait till you see what she captured for us.  And when you consider what she was working with… you’ll be doubly impressed!

Their was a tear or two… stains on brand new clothes, and bribery for one more sweet smile.  It was a lot of work to make this happen, but – make no mistake-  to have these images… telling my story of our happy chaos… It was all worth it!

These pictures were also a great reminder of what our clients experience.  Before the shutter ever closes, our clients have to decide that those last 10 pounds for Mom or those 2 missing front teeth for Jane just aren’t worth waiting for anymore.  There is a lot our clients have to do and ‘get over’ before that camera ever actually even points at them.

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Are you ready for more?  I’m determined to prove to as many photographers as will let me that you can have passion, profits and time for a great life.  I create six-figure photographers, and I’d love to teach you, step-by-step, how it’s done.  This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you.  Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be! If you’re ready to take your business further, sign up for email updates (it’s free).

 

Tis the Season to GIVE(away)!

Are you ready for the last prize pack of 2012?  I made a goal to put together a prize pack each month in 2012, I’m going to just admit that it was way more work than I even anticipated!  But despite that fact it has been really fun to get to brighten the day of so many of my fabulous readers! This is the BIG ONE and so of course it’s fitting that it’s the last giveaway of 2012!

SIMPLY COLOR LAB, GO4PRO PHOTOS & THE ORGANIC BLOOM ARE COMING TOGETHER TO FILL YOUR STOCKING WITH SERIOUS AWESOMENESS! And we’re not just filling yours… We want to help you fill the stocking of those who are in need by donating $250 to the charity of your choice as well!

So what do you think? How would you like to start the new year with The Product Pricing Guide Look Book by Go4Pro Photos, any Canvas Cluster of your choice from Simply Color Lab, the gorgeous Coat Rack Frame from The Organic Bloom and complete your personal prize pack with a 1-hour coaching call with Leah Remillét to get your pricing and sales in step with successes for 2013! But that’s not all, to help the warm fuzziness spread… You’ll also be able to let us know where you’d like us to donate $250 in your name! It truly is the season to give(away)!

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  FINE PRINT: No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years of age or older at time of entry to be eligible for this contest. This contest is void where prohibited by law. This sweepstake “giveaway” is sponsored by Go4ProPhotos.com. The contest begins on December 12, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. PST and ends on December 18, 2012 at 12:01am. This giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.com. All entries must be 18 years or older. No purchase necessary; being a customer will not increase likelihood of winning. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.  

 

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Are you ready for more?  I’m determined to prove to as many photographers as will let me that you can have passion, profits and time for a great life.  I create six-figure photographers, and I’d love to teach you, step-by-step, how it’s done.  This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you.  Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be! If you’re ready to take your business further, sign up for email updates (it’s free).

 

How to Begin Accepting Credit Cards

Are you accepting credit cards? You should be… and guess what? It’s easy.

What are the benefits of accepting credit-cards?

1. You look more professional. A person asking that a check be made out to her, rather than a business… just doesn’t scream, ‘respect my business!’ (BTW – that means you need a business account.)

2. Less cancelations. Accepting credit cards allows you to collect the full session fee over the phone at the time of booking. This inevitably helps clients take their session appointment seriously – leaving you with far fewer reschedule requests.

3.  Get bigger sales. If ”cash or check’  is the only option, you’re leaving hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars on the table. By giving them a credit card option, you’re making it possible for them to say, ‘yes’ to what they really want.

 

How to begin accepting Credit Cards:

1. Be legit.  First you must have a business license with a business checking account.

2. Go to you bank.  Find out what programs and options they have available for you.

3.  Do your research.  Look into different merchant services such as Square (by JPMorgan/Chase), PayPal and Intuit for costs and fee structures.

4. Compare rates and monthly fees. There are 2 different fee structures included for each transaction. The processor’s fees and the merchant’s fee. You’ll want to make sure that you understand exactly how much each transaction will cost.

5. Start swiping!

If you’re not already, I highly suggest getting setup to receive credit cards… This isn’t just about more money either. It’s also about feeling more in control, more legit… and more confident as a business owner. There’s just something really great about saying, ‘Visa or MasterCard?”

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Are you ready for more?  I’m determined to prove to as many photographers as will let me that you can have passion, profits and time for a great life.  I create six-figure photographers, and I’d love to teach you, step-by-step, how it’s done.  This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you.  Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be!

If you’re ready to take your business further, sign up for email updates (it’s free).

Becoming a 6-Figure Photographer

What if you could change your photography “business” so you actually felt like you had a legitimate business?

What if you could make more money?

What if  you could find more creative passion inside you?

What if all the guilt you feel about trying to balance it all (and often failing) could go away?

What if you could photograph your dream clients?

What if  you had a multi week wait list?

What if you were having a $10,000 month this month?

What if all of that self-doubt and insecurity that you are currently feeling could be replaced with vibrant confidence?

What if you didn’t have to say, “what if” anymore?

 

What would that be worth to you?

What would that mean for you?

 

I love the idea of “what if.”  If we let it, “what if” can literally change the world in which we live.

When Chelsea first came to me, she was overwhelmed and unsure about how she could possibly make photography her reality.  Chelsea was getting ready to move to a new state.  She was pregnant and shared with me, “I haven’t been able to get my business off the ground.”  I’m so excited for you to see Chelsea’s enthusiasm and excitement as she shares her new reality as a Thriving Photographer!

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Are you ready for more?  I’m determined to prove to as many photographers as will let me that you can have passion, profits and time for a great life.  I create six-figure photographers, and I’d love to teach you, step-by-step, how it’s done.  This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you.  Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be!

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Save hours off your editing


Do you know what the five words that KILL your workflow are…  Are you ready for them?

‘I’ll fix it in Photoshop.’

This could be the most inefficient logic ever devised by modern photographers! Do not plan to fix floors, backdrops, tree branches, cropping, exposure, glare and whatever else you may be guilty of… later.  What did our mother’s tell us? “Don’t do twice what can be done once.”  Because you are literally robbing yourself from hours, maybe even years, that deserve to be spent in much happier places.

So how do I know that you could be guilty of this?

I know because I use to be.  I made the same mistakes.  I’d look down at the back of my camera and think, “oh crap!” …But I was too embarrassed to tell my clients that I’d forgotten to adjust my exposure from our last spot so I would just think those FIVE HORRIDLY AWFUL – NEVER AGAIN SHOULD BE MUTTERED WORDS.

Now, I can’t help but wonder why I was so unnecessarily torturing myself.

What was I afraid would happen?

Now if I notice something is wrong, I immediately say, ‘Lets do that again,’ and I ADJUST!

And guess what… No one’s yelled at me yet.

And I am a much happier, more sane photographer for it!  .

 

So… Say it with me…

“I swear never to say, ‘I’ll fix it in Photoshop’ again.”

Because you’re better than that!

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Are you ready for more?  I’m determined to prove to as many photographers as will let me that you can have passion, profits and time for a great life.  I create six-figure photographers, and I’d love to teach you, step-by-step, how it’s done.  This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you.  Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be!

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Simple Strategies: New Clients are Like First Dates

You know who has the “bad first date” experience when it comes to photography?  The guy.  And what a mistake that is!  I see it with wedding photography and  portrait photography.

That is a huge missed opportunity. You can make a better than good impression just by giving him some well deserved attention!  Ask HIM questions about what he does. Let HIM know you understand that he probably doesn’t want to be here. Get HIS opinion on what he’d like to see from this session. 

You can also check to see if he needs to get back to work and offer to speed up his part. I’ve done this many times. I start with the whole fam, then dad and the kids; last, dad and mom, and in 20 minutes he’s done!  Just think how much more he’s going to like you then. 

And yes – I’ve actually said, “Don’t worry, I’m going to help you escape as fast as possible!”  That always gets him to soften up. 

Now I’ve heard a lot of photographers give the guy a bad rap for not being into it.  But really, can you blame him?  This session wasn’t his idea.  He’s feeling awkward, uncomfortable… and up to this point, his opinion has held no weight.  

But you can change all of that.  So get to know him, ask for his opinion, help him feel important….

 

Your sales will thank you for it!  

 

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What have you been doing to help the guys you photograph enjoy their portrait session just a little bit more? 

 
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Are you ready for more?  I’m determined to prove to as many photographers as will let me that you can have passion, profits and time for a great life.  I create six-figure photographers, and I’d love to teach you, step-by-step, how it’s done.  This is happening for photographers from all over the world who are just like you.  Let me prove just how wildly successful YOU can be!

If you’re ready to take your business further, sign up for email updates (it’s free).