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Tis the Season to GIVE(away)!

Posted by on December 12, 2012 with 39 Comments

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)! a Rafflecopter giveaway   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.     – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 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).
 
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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

Posted by on December 10, 2012 with 0 Comments

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).
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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

Posted by on December 6, 2012 with 4 Comments
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! – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 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).
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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).

Save hours off your editing

Posted by on December 3, 2012 with 1 Comments
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! If you’re ready to take your business further, sign up for email updates (it’s free).
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).

Simple Strategies: New Clients are Like First Dates

Posted by on November 28, 2012 with 4 Comments
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!    

{  I N S P I R E    U S . . .  }

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).
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).

Simple Strategies: Ugly Day

Posted by on November 19, 2012 with 12 Comments
Today I’m sharing one of my own simple strategies…    This is a busy week – Thanksgiving is only days away – Cooking needs to commence, and Black Friday is looming. Thank goodness it’s UGLY DAY! Cleaning the house Every Monday is UGLY DAY for me.  Yes, that is actually how I refer to it in our house.  I really should have come up with a more attractive name! But all the same, every Monday – (and my family knows it) – I’m getting work done. No makeup, no hair product, no cute clothes.  I don’t plan to leave the house (or even answer the door). It’s my roll-up-my-sleeves-and-barrel-through-the-trenches day.   I need UGLY DAY.  After incredibly full weekends… Ugly Day takes the pressure off and gives me one whole day to get everything back on track. What do you think?  Want to give UGLY DAY a try? Just please don’t come knocking on Ugly Day… because I’ll be the one hiding behind the furniture – pretending not to be home.   – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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).
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 juggle motherhood and photography

Posted by on November 16, 2012 with 10 Comments
I received an email last week… And it broke my heart. Trying to balance kids, spouse, grocery shopping, laundry, car pool, class projects, dinner, more laundry and cleaning the toilet is HARD ENOUGH.  Add a business to that and it can be downright exasperating. Especially if you feel that other women seem to be able to do it all…  And. you. just. can’t.  If you’ve ever felt that way, today’s video is for you!  In today’s video Kelli France and I will discuss:
  • How to find balance and “freakish focus”
  • When and how to work from home
  • How to create to-do lists that really get done
  • How to juggle motherhood and photography

 Kelli and I are each committed to helping you find your happy place! Check out Kelli’s Bonjourganization Boot Camp starting in January

or my program, The Thriving Photographer where I walk you through exactly how to make a lot more money while having a lot more time for the rest of your life.

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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).
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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).