SNAP HAPPY in Action // Photography 101 Class

I love getting to see how YOU are using SNAP HAPPY(So keep sending your behind-the-scenes on over!!)

It’s inspiring, exciting, and just plain fun to get to see the real life results of the different products that I create!  Today Allison Carpenter is taking us behind the scenes of her first Photography 101 Course which she offered using SNAP HAPPY. 

To give us a few more details… Allison, in all her awesomeness, has been kind enough to answer a couple questions about planning her Snap Happy Photography class! 

1. How did you promote your SNAP HAPPY CLASS? 
I scheduled my first class fairly quickly. I passed out the post cards that were included in the packet, as well as really pushing it on Facebook. I did have some at my local places that I visit, such as the Dr.’s office, and the restaurant where the class was being held

2. Where did you teach your class and how did you arrange it? 
 I originally didn’t have a place designated, due to not knowing the number of attendants. I am lucky enough to have a friend that owns her own restaurant, and she inquired about the class, so I asked if she wouldn’t mind having the class there? She didn’t mind at all and actually offered to provide the food. So that was a huge bonus! I also have donated seats in local fundraising silent auctions.

3.  Will you tell us about your cute SWAG gifts? 
My packets were more informative than gifts. My packets included post cards to hand out to friends/family that might be interested in the class, a business card, cheat sheet card, pen, notepad (with custom stickers), a gift certificate for a large print as well as a percentage off of their future session, a gift card to the restaurant, and a terminology sheet. 

4. How much did you charge for your class? 
My class was a little over 90 min. I had 9 students, and I charged $95.00 

5. What was your favorite part about the SNAP HAPPY CLASS? 
My favorite part about the class was definitely seeing all of my students finally have that “aha” moment. Whether it was learning about catchlights or learning about using full shade, they all had a light bulb go off, and I knew that they were ready to go home and shoot away! 

6. How do you plan to use SNAP HAPPY moving forward?
I can’t wait to push for more classes. I had so much fun and learned a lot about myself during this experience. This pack comes with awesome materials to get started and to continue to teach. It doesn’t apply to just dslr cameras, but can be applied to point and shoot. Leah even included a run-through video of her teaching the Power Point presentation, just in case there are any questions on certain topics. Ever since I posted my blog post about the class, I have had inquiry after inquiry about hosting. I am a little nervous because I didn’t expect it to take off quite so quickly, but I welcome every inquiry!

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“Please… Help me.” My face was buried in my hands as I stood in my bedroom. I had just walked back in the door and it was t0o much. I just couldn’t keep it together for another minute. 

The tears that followed were the ugly kind, with the huge sobs. I am not a pretty crier, and I was grateful to be alone.  I had to let it out.

I said a prayer in between  the sobs… 

“I don’t know what to do.

How can I do all of this?  

I don’t know how to help her?”

Please… Help me.”

 And then I felt the words, as if He stood right beside me. They came with confidence and hope and love… “Let’s get to work.” 

So I wiped my blotchy face with my sleeve (something I hate seeing my kids do) and rubbed mascara from my lashes to my cheeks, and then did just that… I went to work.

Trying to be everything for everyone is no cupcake walk.  One day we may feel like we’re on top of the world and we just can’t believe it’s this easy… Yet the next, feel so inadequate, so small – standing alone sobbing big, ugly (and loud) tears.

It’s a lot… We’re trying to be mothers, wives, artists, friends, home-makers, volunteers, entrepreneurs and… strong

The boat will be rocked, for-every-single-one-of-us. Don’t think for one moment that you’re alone in feeling like you’re a little less than enough sometimes. 

So if every once in a while you find that its just too much to bear and you’ve got to let it out… Let yourself.  And then get to work and go back to being the amazing, courageous woman that you are.

Image Source  from New Girl

13 Inspiring Photography Quotes

1.  “Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” – Marc Riboud

2.  “Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy

3.  “In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” – Alfred Stieglitz

4.  “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” – Eudora Welty

5.  “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

6.  “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham

7.  “Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” – Ansel Adams

8. “Photography is the story I fail to put into words.” – Destin Sparks

9.  “It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” – Paul Caponigro

10. “If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.” – Linda McCartney

11. “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld

12.  “I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.” Anonymous

13.  The camera’s only job is to get out of the way of making photographs. – Ken Rockwell 

My Top 10 Steps I use to Wow Portrait Clients


In last week’s episode, I shared why you may not be getting the amount of referrals you want… and how to fix it.  This week, I’m sharing exactly what I do in my own business to create that extra wow factor. This is my  personal Top 10 list for creating the wow factor for my clients and giving them a better experience – and in the process, increasing referrals! 

I’d love to hear what you do to increase your wow factor – or even which of these is your favorite! Leave a comment and share! 

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Me too!

It’s Spangled from Drop it Modern  

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 Amanda Star’s SNAP HAPPY Photography Class

I am so excited for today’s post!!

Amanda Star created a video for our members inside the private group, The Thriving Photographer™.  At the request of other members, she was giving her thoughts about the new product SNAP HAPPY – Photography 101 Course Material.  

With Amanda’s permission… I get to share her thoughts on the “411 on SNAP HAPPY” along with the behind the scenes images from her class!

Thank you so much Amanda for sharing your thoughts and giving us so much fun inspiration!










Want to see more behind the scenes??  Of course you do!  
Go straight to the source at Amanda Star’s blog!

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