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Backdrop Awesomeness I Wouldn’t Have Thought to Use!

Posted by on October 10, 2012 with 14 Comments

I was doing a little shopping over at Urban Outfitters when I spotted these adorable shower curtains!

When I saw them, I said to myself, “Self, these would be such cute backdrops… Couldn’t you see using these for seniors or kiddos? And look at that price! You pay way more than that normally! I think you should try them!”

So, I decided I was on to something and ordered them! I’ll update you with a fun post once I get ‘em and play around with them in the studio!

ZigZag Shower Curtain in Grey – 3 Colors Available ($44)

Waterfall Ruffle Shower Curtain by Urban Outfitters – More Colors Available ($79)

 Triangle-Chain Shower Curtain by Urban Outfitters ($44)

Filed Under: Photography Technique
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Corporate Job vs. Photography Business

Posted by on October 8, 2012 with 0 Comments
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Does it get better???
Yes and no.
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Yes, it can get 100,000 times better (seriously!) – if you structure and operate your business like, well, a business.  But for many – no, it doesn’t.  Because they never really make that transition to “professional.”
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They may call themselves a professional, but they don’t treat themselves or their business as such.  And the effects are obvious.
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Do I get clients who ask for deals?  I can’t remember the last time that happened, so I’ll say pretty easily, ‘No.’  But everything I say, do and portray is, “business.”
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Did I use to get people who asked for deals?  OH MY WORD, YES!  But I was lacking confidence, structure…  Honestly, I was lacking pretty much everything, and people could feel that – so it’s really no surprise that they didn’t take me seriously.
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Because I, myself, didn’t take me seriously – I just didn’t know how to… yet.
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Ultimately, you have to decide if this (being a professional photographer) is what you really want.  If it is… If it’s ‘the thing’ that you would choose to be or to do above anything else… Then you need to decide what kind of photographer you’ll be.  Are you going to stumble along and just try to make it up as you go along?  Do you have thick enough skin for that?  Because when you do it that way, you get called out – a lot!
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Or do you want to be taken seriously?  Do you want to not just say you’re a professional photographer, but actually feel it in your bones?  If that’s what you want – really, really want (because it takes hard work!) – then The Thriving Photographer will walk you through, step by step, exactly how to do it.
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The Thriving Photographer is an investment; those who are ready to take themselves seriously realize that every business in the world needs to invest in itself to thrive.  And this investment is the first step to proving to yourself that you are not only worth it, but that you’re betting your hard-earned dollars on the fact that you can do this.
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On the other hand, those who are still stuck in that cycle of not being ready to be treated like a professional?  Will always find a reason why they can’t.  I literally sold stuff on Craigslist and Ebay to make my dream happen, because I knew with everything in me that failure was not going to be an option.  I needed to give myself the best possible advantages to ensure success.  Now I’ve taken everything I’ve leaned, implemented, proven and developed and packaged it up into one program for photographers who really are ready to thrive.
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So what do you say?  As you read this, did something stir?  Did you feel the fire building and the desire being strengthened?  Of course… it would have probably been mixed with fear, and that’s good, because it means you’re sane!  Or… as you read it, did you feel that you wanted something safer than this, that it sounded too hard?  Does it feel better to imagine being able to go to work, put in your hours, and then be able to walk away and leave work behind you?  {If it does… Wear that truth proudly. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel bad for that (especially not yourself)!  In fact, you should be commended for being honest with yourself and finding your true desire!}
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The most important thing you can do for yourself is to make a decision – because only then will you finally get the chance to fly.
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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Wife, mom to 4 and lacked balance… Now she’s THRIVING!

Posted by on October 5, 2012 with 2 Comments
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A couple of months ago, the word “thriving” would have never entered my mind if someone had asked me to describe my business.  While my photography skills were improving, I was struggling to put all the pieces together…..my prices, my website, marketing, etc.

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I am a wife and mama to four boys, and I didn’t know how to balance it all.   I was overwhelmed with all the information available on the internet.  I felt like I was throwing a ton of stuff against the wall just to see what would stick.

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I was a fan of Go4Pro, and I kept reading about The Thriving Photographer™.  When I finally decided to purchase it and I watched the very first video of Leah, and how encouraging she was, I knew I had made the right decision.
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I now have clear goals, a clear direction, and the confidence to charge what I know I’m worth.  I am also part of a talented group (Leah calls it, “the secret club”) of thriving photographers who are knowledgable and helpful, and I consider them my friends.
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Thank you, Leah, for all the hard work that went into this, and for helping me to THRIVE!!!
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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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From Disc to This… Change your clients’ minds forever!

Posted by on October 3, 2012 with 15 Comments
Okay, so I absolutely hated hearing my clients always ask me for “the disc.” They never saw the possibilities of what we could create; all they were interested in was that stupid, shiny round thing. BUT I HAD MORE TO OFFER!! I wanted them to see that! I wanted them to see how much more attractive a canvas cluster would look on their wall than would a disc hanging above the fireplace (or tucked into a drawer). BUT THEY WEREN’T GETTING THE PICTURE…. At least – not until I finally got smart and started showing them! I finally figured out that in order to get my clients to stop focusing on the disc, they had to see what was possible! Seeing is believing! That’s why I am so excited to present you with The Product Pricing Guide Templates!

AND HURRY!! THE INTRO PRICE of $99 (THAT’S $50 OFF) IS ONLY GOOD FOR 48 HRS!!

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It’s a lookbook that you can share with your clients.

It outlines your pricing, inspires clients with amazing wall art displays, and provides you with all of the product shots that you need in order to get them excited about the possibilities!

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We’ve designed The Product Pricing Guide Templates to be shared as a digital magazine, printed magazine or press printed book.

Your clients are sure to fall in love with all that you have to offer when you share your customized Product Pricing Guide with them… And you’re sure to love all of the custom wall art and product photography that fills the pages of this download!
Filed Under: Profits & Sales
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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The Monthly Giveaway – October Ed.

Posted by on October 1, 2012 with 0 Comments
Are you excited for fall?  We are having a very unusually warm end to our summer (it’s 80 degrees right now!).  In fact, I think I’m going to surprise the kids and have them switch into their bathing-suits when they get off the bus and jump right into the sprinklers. I love this time of year… I love how I get super into cooking again, how I start dreaming of reading books and sipping cocoa, climbing into bubble baths and slipping into my fall attire. I love boots, sweaters and scarves. This is the time of year, more than any other that we realize with more clarity,  just how thankful we ought to be.  Sometimes I sit here in awe, wondering how I get to be so lucky to be the girl who lives my life.  Of course I know that there are plenty who wouldn’t even want it (and I don’t blame them, you’d have to be a pinch of crazy to want my blissful craziness), but to me – it’s the best life I could have ever asked for. I believe in being thankful for what we have, finding contentment in who we are… Of course we still have ambitions and dreams, goals and desires. But, if we only ever focus on what we could have/be… We will miss all the joy and happiness that we deserve for being right where we are, right now.

1. Vintage Linen Inspired Apron by Tootlepip (on Facebook!) {It’s amazing!! This would be an amazing gift, like for me maybe??}

2. Frankincense & Rose Myrrh Milk Bath by Jamilah Aromatherapy {One whiff and your hooked!}

3. Lavendar Bundle from Leah 

4. Natural Linen Clutch by Independent Reign {Such a perfect night out clutch!}

5. Linen Brides Hanger by Ootch {Every wedding photographer should absolutely have one!}

6. Eggplant Infinity Scarf by Lix Perle {I love these infinity scarves, and the purple is perfect!}

7. Thankful Banner (Made for you by Leah)

8. Vintage Chairs Stationary by Petite Paperie {I keep an extra set of stationary in my car for when I need to write a quick note}

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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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COMING SOON

Posted by on September 28, 2012 with 0 Comments
What if there was an easy way to share with your clients all of the amazing products you offer without spending thousands and thousands on samples?    What if you could encourage your clients to start thinking bigger… a lot bigger… without ever having to even say a word.    What if you could present your products and pricing in a professionally designed look book?    What if you could inspire clients to see what you envision for their art, and have them love it?   The wait is almost over…  
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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I’ve been in a funk!

Posted by on September 24, 2012 with 14 Comments
Do you ever just get in a funk? You don’t even have a decent reason, let alone a good one… You’re just in a funk.   That’s been me lately.  And I’ve been trying to figure out what was causing it…   Was it my melancholy playlist? The fact that I ruined $200 (but more importantly 120lb. of what would have been delicious) dill pickles because I didn’t get to them in time? That I wasn’t getting enough beauty sleep? That I had several things that I kept procrastinating, which really needed to get off of my to-do list (and more importantly, my brain)? Or the crappy email that hurt my feelings?   I’m still not sure what  the cause was…. But I finally decided to do something about it. I changed my playlist from melancholy to Mama Mia. I asked my hubby to open up the jars and chuck the pickles so I wouldn’t have to stare at them any longer. I skipped my run and slept in (but only for today). I got five of the most plaguing things off my list. I deleted the email from my inbox and my thoughts… Time to move up and on!   I FINALLY TOOK ACTION! Today, I feel a lot better!  I’m getting back to my normal self. Sometime we just have to make the decision to fix it,  get over it and just move on. 

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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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