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Posted by on March 28, 2012 with 0 Comments
Feel and DeserveThere are so many reasons that will try to stand in the way between you and what you wish you could accomplish! I know because I’ve faced them to! They may not all look the same but we have all had them try to stand in our way at one point or another. Reasons (i.e. excuses) plant the ugly seeds of self doubt and hinder us from taking risks… They are the disguise for fear. But stop for a moment and think about it… Wouldn’t you rather try? Wouldn’t you rather put everything  into your dreams… Because surly if you were to try harder then you are now (no matter how much of a difference that is) you would be better! I want you to know that not only is it worth trying harder and putting your all into it… But I promise you that you can Thrive! THRIVE was created for YOU!  …For the photographers who truly wants to reach their potential, who aren’t busy making excuses but instead just needs the resources! Here are some emails I’ve just received from a couple photographers who invested in The Thriving Photographer…. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Hey Leah! I’m so excited to tell you this: I had my first session premiere this weekend. It was for an engagement session and I didn’t even mention the premiere until their photos were ready. I set my expectations low (just like you said in THRIVE), and it took a lot of pressure off. Then… I sold my middle collection!!!!!! PLUS a guest book! When I usually make an extra $50-200 (and $200 is pushing it) after the session, I got a check yesterday for $950! Zach (my husband) could NOT believe it, and I only believed it because I trust you ;) but I’m still in awe!  Thank you!! Kari   ______________________________________________________________________________________ Leah, 
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating THRIVE!!  I love your transparency, generosity, and willingness to help other photographers!  
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I feel as if I am starting at the bare bottom of the program as I just started my business in Sept. 2011 as a shoot and burn, and let’s face it…it wasn’t working out too hot.  People loved my work…but I wasn’t bringing home much money.
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I feel as if THRIVE is giving me everything I need and more! 
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I live in Texas where every year we have an abundance of our state flower, the bluebonnet, and it is tradition for parent’s to have pictures taken with their kids amongst the flowers.  I am holding several bluebonnet mini shoots in a couple weeks.  I set this up before going through thrive, so the pricing is not what I would do now, however, I have decided to do my first Session Premiers with these minis!  It may not be my ideal way to go about it, but I have to start somewhere!  I will also be putting my referral program into practice!  I can’t wait to see how it goes!
And I have to say, I think the marketing aspect of the business is what scares me the most.  I love to hear how passionate you are about marketing… but I think that is my least favorite!  But, I haven’t given it a shot yet, and I know you grow from stepping out of your comfort zone, and so I will do it no matter how uncomfortable it may be at first.  After all, my first shoot was super uncomfortable, and now I love to meet and work with new clients!
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Also, I love your tips on branding.  I have worked through that and I am loving my new brand.  I feel as if my style that has always been there has just been well defined and is more obvious to others, which is so important!  
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I have finished editing all welcome packets and marketing pages with my new brand and I have just ordered my first business cards! Yay!  The templates have been an immense help and relief to be able to use.  It takes the technical aspect out of the equation and leaves the creative!
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Okay, so if it’s not apparent from this email, I have slight ADD issues!  Which I am also trying to get a grasp on so I can focus and do what I need to do!
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I am just so excited to tell you what I have been doing and how much I love THRIVE! I listen to it every time I am in the car!  
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Thank you again so very much!
~Jessica
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Hi Leah!
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Ok, I cant even begin to tell you how much I love you right now! I have been meaning to restructure my pricing for the last 6 months. I started countless times, got in way over my head and have been avoiding the subject ever since. With a ton of help from The Thriving Photographer, I have completely changed the way I sell my images.
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With your program, I accomplished in one day what has been driving me insane for 6 months! I have never felt so confident in my pricing or been this organized!
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Thank you so much!!!
Carrie Keeton Wilson
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 i need to remember this....
.You can thrive… I can help you….
I WANT TO HELP YOU!
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All you have to do is take the first step! 
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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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If you must have an auto responder….

Posted by on March 26, 2012 with 2 Comments
… Please make it interesting. Let’s face it, sending an auto responder that says, ‘Thank you for your email. I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.’ (and that’s it) just isn’t going to give you any kind of competitive edge in the eyes of your prospects. This is your first impression, they’ve made contact. While you’re doing happy twirls in your desk chair, what they see is, ‘you’re just another number to me.’ Because well, let’s be real… Wouldn’t you hope that any business would get back to you within 24 hours anyway? I mean aren’t they trying to get my business?? Most of the time I think that auto responders aren’t really necessary. I see tons of them, tons! Whenever I send out a Go{4}Pro Newsletter my email box lights up like the National Lampoon’s house on Christmas Eve. And most of them are boring as all get up and don’t do anything to increase anticipation or excitement for what might be in store next from that photographer. Don’t worry, if you’re shrinking a little in your twirly chair because you know I’ve seen your auto responder… I promise, I’ve already forgotten who it was from. Now although I don’t think auto responders are necessary, I do totally get that when you send an email it’s nice to feel confident that it got to the recipient. So if that is your intention why not make the email fun and say something that will give prospects a glimpse into why they should choose you!
AUTO RESPONDER FUN SAMPLE: Wa-hoo! We are so excited that you emailed us!! Just this morning, we were talking about how much we hoped you would!! I can’t wait to talk to you and you better believe that I’ll be getting back to you lickity-split. While you’re waiting though, why don’t you head over to my blog, take a nosey around my Facebook page or get to know me better through my videos. Best, Leah
Your branding and your marketing are happening in everything you do. Even if you haven’t planned for it, it’s still happening – it’s just probably not sending the message you want it to. Every opportunity of contact is your chance to create a certain perception in the mind of your clients and prospects. Are those opportunities working for you or against you? The perceptions are being made no matter what, but if you take the time to plan for them you can bring your business to new heights. Whether it’s the way you answer the phone, what your auto responder reads or the colors you choose when customizing The Thriving Photographer templates. At every point of contact… Impressions are being made.

Want more help making your emails better? Check out our email scripts and never be lost on what to say again!

As always… I LOVE hearing what you think – so leave a comment and let’s start a conversation! 

Filed Under: Promotion & Marketing
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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Angela Richardson of AMR’s Office Makeover

Posted by on March 23, 2012 with 2 Comments
The first time I virtually met Angela it was because she’d commented on a post… I really liked the comment and wanted to know more about the photographer behind it. When I got to her blog I was in awe! Angela has an absolute talent for creating beauty that leaves you… breathless. When I met Angela in real life, I learned that she is every bit as breathlessly beautiful as a person, as her photography portrays her as an artist. Today I’m excited to share with you Angela’s newly remade office! I love it and can definitely see lot’s of productive and fabulous hours ahead of her. Thank you Angela for sharing and inspiring us with all that you are and do!

Find more inspiration from Angela on her Facebook, her blog and Pinterest

Or from these guest posts that Angela has authored on Go{4}Pro…

How to make photography props look amazing

Make Photography Props go from Cheesy to Gorgeous

Fashions Fade, Style is Eternal

Creating a Stylized Senior Buisness

Filed Under: Office & Studios
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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Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Posted by on March 21, 2012 with 8 Comments

I don’t play games to win, probably because well I don’t usually win. And I’m fine with that, I don’t have to be the very best.

…But I do play games to have fun and in order to have fun I have to know that I played my best. Otherwise, I’m annoyed… Super- a-nnoyed!

Are you playing your best? Are you stepping up with the attitude that you’re going to be your best no matter what OR are you constantly excusing less than your best? Blaming it on everything you possibly can, except the truth… F-E-A-R.

Today’s post is short and to the point. If you’re going to do this, commit to it, all-the-way. I don’t mean you have to go full time, I don’t mean you have to do anything more than what’s right for you but don’t (what ever you do), don’t do less than what’s right for you. 

If you want it… Make it happen.

If you love photography, believe in your inner artist.

If you dream of accolades, envision the awards.

If you want success, trust that you can thrive.

Most people are never going to be willing to put in the real work, to take up the honest courage and to believe in their dreams enough to truly THRIVE.

Are you most people?

Be so good, they can’t ignore you.

Filed Under: Business
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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10 Fab Vendors for Photographers

Posted by on March 19, 2012 with 4 Comments
This year we just had to much going on, I had already done a bit of solo traveling – plus two of my own besties both decided to go have babies right before WPPI (congrats to Carrie and Kelli) so that sealed the deal for staying home this year. …But lucky for us, Brittany Kluse was my fab correspondent, giving us an insider peak of the what’s what from WPPI this year. I know that this post is a bit late since the trade-show was in February, I hope you’ll forgive my delay in getting it up for you. Brittany noted what you’re looking at, and I made special notes for companies that I especially love (in italics).

Canvas on Demand Pro – Awesome pricing and they offer Canvas Clusters

Clickin Moms – Great networking opportunities, free trial membership from WPPI (GIFT10)

WHCC Image Blocks – New! Coming in Spring

Song Freedom – big hit at show … Legal music for blogs/site  (I believe there is a special biz tutorial from me on their members site)

Rice Studio Supply – awesome eco friendly papers and huge assortments of new ribbons/wrapping accessories. This is who I get my newsletter folders, canvas bags and wallet purses from (which work great for iPhone cases!)

Millers Luxe Frames - awesome showcase piece for home/studio

IRIS books - Modern looking books, crisp press paper, great linen covers in a variety of bright colors

Fundy Album Builder and other AMAZING Fundy Plugins - These plugins cut my album building time to a 1/4 of what it once was! If you offer albums you have to check them out!! 

ColorPop Toning Actions – New set, lots of booth traffic, all fully layered. Cool, clean effects

The Blueberry Hill - Amazing assortment of unique props for newborns.

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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Photo Décor – The Messy Collage

Posted by on March 16, 2012 with 6 Comments

The messy photo collage is all the rage and it’s easy to see why! Here are a few ideas that we’re loving over here and thought you just might too. Happy Friday!

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{the style files}

Pinned Image

{the white windows}

some more neobaroque for you little neos out there</p><br /> <p>Actually I take it back, this isn&#8217;t neobaroque. maybe like&#8230; neo-louis xiv-antique? Could I totally make stuff up and you guys would believe me? 

Filed Under: Office & Studios
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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Q&A: Offering Digital Files

Posted by on March 14, 2012 with 16 Comments
Here’s a popular one! It’s a great debate and everyone has their opinions…To burn or not to burn. When making decisions for my business I always ask myself, “well, what would I want?” and I would want the digital files! But I also understand the value that they carry so I only part with them at a premium price.  Here are a few thoughts of my own to answer your Q’s about Digital Files.  How do you typically format a disc of digital files for the client? 4×6, 5×7, AND 8×10, etc? Then there’s the fact that canvases usually work best at 100 dpi. How do you take all of that into account? That in and of itself is a day’s worth of work! No way!! They get the FULL RESOLUTION images. I do very little cropping and if I do feel the need to crop I do not crop using dimension. I think doing all of that stuff is a waste of time. It devalues the product, is not customer centered, and is time spent, which equals profit lost. Have you ever gotten ice cream and watched the person put some back and make sure they get the scoop size exactly right – no generosity offered. Ever excited to leave a tip for that guy? Me either! If you’re going to sell digital files, just make up your mind to price them so that you’re comfortable handing them over, full-res and all, and call it good. How much do you charge for a CD? Or just one image? Do your clients usually buy a CD or just prints? The disc a la carte is $1500. I know that some think that’s outrageous while others would consider that on the low end, but I’m good with it. It breaks down to about $50 per image. When clients hear that, it helps them understand that it is priced appropriately! I do not advertise that I sell individual negatives until during the ordering appointment and only at my discretion or my sales gal’s discretion…  Most clients purchase a collection that includes the Digital Negatives anyway. Do you make clients choose a certain number of images for their CD? How about with your mini sessions? Why/why not? To me, the whole point of offering digital negatives is that they love them all and want them all. A regular session is about 25 images and a petite session is 8 to 10. In both cases, they would get them all. Plus, picking out the ones they wanted would create extra work. I want to always keep things as simple and fast as possible. Our time is out money! For watermarked images that clients can use on-line, do you include those on the same cd with the other images? Do you resize them for web view? I do include them. If they purchase digital negatives… Within the file, they will find all of the high resolution final images, along with a small folder of the web images they saw on the blog post and last the copyright release.  

If you have more questions or would like clarity, leave a comment that way everyone can benefit from the conversation.

If you’re ready to understand pricing for good, know how to truly wow your clients

and never have them questioning what you charge again… Check out THRIVE!

Filed Under: Business
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).