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Back to School Mini Session Kit… Need Some Cash?

Posted by on August 8, 2012 with 0 Comments
I can not believe it’s already time to be filling up our shopping carts with school supplies…  Where, oh, where did the summer go?  To help relieve your bank account from all of the money going toward school clothes, backpacks and school supplies, it might just be a really great idea to bring in some fast cash with a BACK-TO-SCHOOL MINI SESSION CAMPAIGN! Our Portraits & Packs Back to School Mini Session Campaign Kit has everything you need to run a successful promotion without having to spend the last of your precious summer vacation trying to design and plan.  Just drop in your own images, schedule and promote!  It’s that easy! And for only $10, this decision makes you look like a brainiac, yourself! NOTE:  Make sure you click the PayPal link on the order page to complete the purchase and start your download. 

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Make it Happen

Posted by on August 6, 2012 with 0 Comments
Whatever it is that you’re wishing you could learn, be it  shooting in manual or really understanding how to price your photography… Be it fly fishing or posing, a second language or Lightroom…
Whatever it is you’re wanting to learn, the one factor that is more important than any other is the act of trying.  And then trying again.  Because you deserve the success that will follow, and you deserve to know what it feels like to have realized your goal!  
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As kids, we just got that learning took crazy-hard work: When you were learning to ride a bike, you got scraped up; when you were learning world history, you got headaches; when you were learning to climb trees, you also came to an intimate knowledge of Newton’s Law.  Back then, we seemed to inherently know that life 
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As grown-ups, this fact can easily be forgotten, or it’s often merely decided that trying is just too difficult.  But I disagree with that mentality – strongly!  If anything, this is when our abilities to learn and grow should be intensified, because now we have the discipline and the understanding to comprehend just how powerful what we know really is! 
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
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Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. – William B. Sprague
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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. – Goethe
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You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. – Zig Ziglar
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It's not about ideas

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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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Don’t Underestimate the LIGHT in Your Garage

Posted by on August 3, 2012 with 12 Comments

Sometimes we under-think things, and other times we over-think them… Am I right, or am I right?

I know that sometimes when I see amazing photography, I imagine that the photographer who captured those amazing images must have had a magical troll to stylize her session and keep her personal cup of lemonade always filled with more sweet than sour.  I visualize her perfect clients with a fashion-week sense of style and ruby slippers that ever place her in just the right spot (and, of course, these slippers just happen to be a size 6, ’cause size 6 feet are just so unfair to people like me, who wear a 9…). Because that completely explains why that field she uses looks so freaking magical.

Sometimes, just for a minute, I think this way.

Just in case you’ve ever felt similarly… I just wanted to show you some images that I shot this week using my oh-so glamorous garage!  How classy is that, right?   I simply opened the garage door all the way and set up my Spangled Backdrop from Drop it MODERN about 9 feet from the doorway.  I shot anywhere from wide open (see the first image) up to 4.5f stop so that I could really show off all the sequins.

Sometimes, everything we really need is right within our reach already.

Now go find your inner fashion troll!

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The Monthly Giveaway – August Ed.

Posted by on August 1, 2012 with 16 Comments
l-o-v-e yellow!  It seriously makes me happy and not just because yellow is the happy color!  In fact, it actually stems from wonderful memories associated with my dad and his company; and, yep… it’s branded in yellow!  That’s why my branding for Leah Remillét Photography, my office, and even where my eye immediately goes whenever I’m in a store – is yellow. Soooo… This month’s monthly giveaway has to be my absolute favorite thus far!  I am absolutely in love with everything inside this giveaway; it’s going to be so hard to give all of these beautiful items up to one of you… In fact, I’m just going to go have to buy a few of them myself! The thing is, I love you even more than I love all of this yellow!  So here is the Monthly Giveaway – August Ed. 

One lucky reader will have ALL OF THIS sent in a fabulous box right to her (or his) door step!

Is it going to be YOU? 

 

Check Out This Month’s Amazing Contributors: 

1.  Ikat Yellow & Grey Designer Pillow Case by MotifPillows (I’m getting one myself!) 2.  Vintage Bird Cage Note Cards by Petite Paperie – Follow her on Facebook & Twitter (The perfect Thank-You notes for clients!) 3.  Ivory Rose Garland by Blue China Studio (I’m obsessed with this garland!) 4.  Grey Vintage Clutch from Gold Lion Vintage (Tons of awesome vintage flare!) 5.   Mustard Yellow Bracelet by Gleeful Peacock – Lots more Vintage finds on Facebook (You must see all the teal – swoon!) 6.   Thank You Muslin Bags by Wood & Grain (Wouldn’t these be awesome for presenting thumb-drives to clients?!)  7.  Yellow Bird Cage Print by Ephemera And More (So many styles and for only $10!) 8.  Starlight Yellow Baking Twine by Third Shift (Tons of colors; these are perfect for packaging up client orders!) 9.   I found these at a little antique shop in Southern Cali last summer.  10.  Grey & White Lace Padded Camera Strap by Two Pink Hearts (Find more straps on Facebook.)  

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How to Organize Archived Photography Sessions

Posted by on July 30, 2012 with 5 Comments

The size of digital files are increasing all-the-time; add to that the option for raw + jpeg and keeping the originals, the edited and the psd layered files – and, well – it’s no wonder that we find ourselves going through more hard-drives than Emeril Lagosee goes through “Bam!” spice.  

This leaves us with quite a dilemma.  If we keep all that data on our computers, we begin getting lovely messages like “disk full” or “scratch disk full” that make us (okay, me) want to stab our eyeballs out.  Or we notice our computers, which we happened to pay a pretty penny to have upgraded to contain the most ram, most space, most everything – running slower than our grandmas (okay, me again).  We know we need to archive our images, but at the rate that we’re creating these image files, our house is going to be full from basement to ceiling of external hard-drives in 3.7 years.  What to do, what to do? 

Here’s my own take on how to handle the archival of past photography sessions…   We have several options for archival and storage, and I think they each play a purpose in one form or another.  Just like everything else, you have to find the right balance for you, your business, and your client needs.  Archival can be overdone or, of course, underdone (which is way more often the case, it seems).  And we never realize just how frightening the possibilities are until we hit the awful crisis-moment when we actually need those files. INTERNAL HARD-DRIVE: In my experience, keeping your internal hard-drive (or your computer) as free’d up as possible will make the rest of your life a whole lot easier to handle!  I’m serious!  Is there anything more infuriating than sitting down with a few precious minutes to work and having your computer be incapable of keeping up with you because it’s too bogged down?!?!  I try to keep my internal hard drive free of all photography sessions, except for the current sessions that are still in workflow.  All other sessions are archived. *Curious about that awesome desktop organizer for photographers? It’s FREE on the Go4Pro Photos Facebook Page!      EXTERNAL HARD-DRIVE:  Having an external hard drive connected to your computer will save you from that bogged down, “disk full,” scratch-out-your-eye-balls scenario I mentioned earlier.  You’ll still have easy access to pull up past sessions, and this won’t become the slow and painful death of your desktop.  So before doing anything else, first move your sessions over to a 1 TB external hard drive.  For easy access, all my sessions and projects for the current and previous year are on this hard-drive.  It’s probably important to note that since they were previously on my desktop, they are also archived via Time Machine, as Time Machine backsup my computer every day.      CD’s or DVD’s:  Once your external hard-drives start getting too full, it’s time to find a new, semi-permanet residence (see Lifespan of Discs, below) for all of those wonderful client sessions which you just maybe, could possibly (although most likely never will) need again.  But all the same, you just have to keep them - if for no other reason than to prove to yourself how much you’ve improved when you look back in five years.  This is when it’s time to burn to disc for a slightly more permanent archival solution. You have 2 options. Option 1: If you prefer keeping each session (or family) separate, then archive them individually onto CD’s.   So if you need the ‘Smith Family’ files, find the ‘S’ Tab for 2011, and just behind the ‘Sanders Family,’ you’ll find the Smith disc.  Option 2: If you’d rather see more sessions fit onto each disc (and are happier saving space in your closet as opposed to maintaining a super obvious and easy storage system) then use DVD’s.  You’ll be able to fit a lot more data on each disc, making it possible to store several sessions per archival disc. Lifespan of Discs:  CD-R’s are estimated to have a life span of 5 to 10 years. DVD-R’s are estimated to have a lifespan of 10 to 30 years, depending on the manufacturer of the disc and how they are stored.  All discs should be stored in a cool dry place (just like photos). *Tip:  I purchase all of my rewritable CD’s and DVD’s on Black Friday! I can get them for a fraction of their regular cost – so that’s when I stock up for the year.   ONLINE STORAGE:  I don’t use online storage for the specific purpose of backing up archived sessions, so I really don’t have too much input to share on this one.  It seems that using a simple cloud storage system in which you could save all of your most important data (not just your photography) would probably be the best route.   I do use MediaFire and DropBox to store, share and collaborate on sessions and projects, though both sites state that they are not meant or intended for archival storage.  I did, however, find this article, titled; ‘Top 20 Photo Sharing and Storage Sites‘ by AppStorm.net.   What I personally do…  I know so many amazing photographers who backup and then archive and then backup their archive.  I’m just seriously nowhere near that level of awesome or dedicated – or maybe both.  I keep the sessions that are currently in process on my desktop.  As soon as the final order is delivered, that session is moved form my internal hard-drive on the desktop to my 1 TB external hard-drive connected to the computer.  I only save the final JPG images, everything else is purged.  So if I shoot a session and take 100 pics, I will cull and choose – let’s say 30. Those 30 will be saved and archived and the rest are purged. At the end of each year, I take all of the sessions from 2 years prior and burn them to disk.  They are filed alphabetically by year and are then purged completely from my hard-drives.  I also state something along those lines in my contract. I know it’s SUPER hard to erase past sessions (it feels so permanent!), but there is NO WAY we can keep up with them all on our computers.  We will need backup computers for our backup computers if we don’t each create our own workable and manageable archival system.  At first, I held on to all of them because I just couldn’t bare “emptying the trash.”  But then I realized that I hadn’t even looked at the ones from 5 years ago for the past 3 years.  At some point, we have to be comfortable enough to let go. Do you have a question that you’d love to have answered? Ask it on our Facebook Wall and you may just see an upcoming post outlining my version of an answer!  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.

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The Catastrophic Lie that Could be Blocking Your Success

Posted by on July 27, 2012 with 0 Comments
Happy Friday!  It has been such a crazy busy summer.  Are you feeling that way, too?  All of these grand plans of getting things done and prepared have gone to the wayside, thanks to too many more fun and enticing options that keep popping up before us!  I feel like the little grasshopper who played all day and didn’t store up for the winter.  We have been going from one awesome adventure to another… In fact, the next 5 weekends are booked solid with adventures that we just had to be a part of! Recently I’ve been thinking about clarity… Getting clear on what I really want when it comes to my business, my marriage, my health and my life.  I’ve pondered the times when things do fall into place, and the times when they don’t.  And I’ve realized something and I had to share it with you! In today’s video, I discuss what is often the #1 obstacle standing in the way of what we really want and… well, everything else.  And here’s the best part…  It’s NOT hard to fix!  In fact, if you’re willing to take some time and try it, you can fix it right now!  Clarifying this one thing (and being completely honest about it) will get you so much closer to the life that you really want!  
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Get Out of the Comparison Funk

Posted by on July 25, 2012 with 74 Comments
I am one of those people who literally can’t seem to stop pushing myself.  

I have to be getting better; I have to be improving all-the-time.  Standing still feels nearly impossible for me; in fact, it makes my skin crawl just thinking about it.

But there is a difference between trying to top my own best and trying to top someone else’s best.  When we try to be our own ‘best,’ we are welcoming growth and possibilities.  We are giving ourselves permission to be our own ‘enough.’

But when we compare ourselves to others, we demoralize our confidence and stunt our own opportunities for growth.  It’s an ugly cycle, uglier than you may realize.  Let me show you what I mean…

When I decide to compare myself, I don’t play fair.  I choose someone who is playing their personal A-game, and then I continue to measure us against each other using their absolute best attributes and my merely so-so attributes.  It’s like comparing Kate Beckinsale on the Red Carpet to my just-got-out-of-bed ‘look.’  So – Not – Fair.  Even Kate didn’t stand a chance when she first woke up that morning.

The point is, we are typically very unfair when we compare.  We consider only all of their very best attributes and pretend that they don’t have any of their own insecurities or trials […or cheerios stuck to their butt from the last chubby-fingered hug. (Was that last one just me?)].  

We see only the perfect, usually through very rose-colored-glasses I might add, and we then compare ourselves, not ever considering that we are usually in the midst of our own struggles… And then we can’t figure out why things aren’t coming together the way we want?  Enough!

Give yourself permission to be authentically and genuinely you.  

You hear it all the time: the advise of the “already made it’s.”  And they are constantly advocating, “Be yourself,” “Be authentic,” “Find your own voice.”  There is a reason, and it’s not just because they are sick of all the copycats.  It’s because they know that it was only by staying true to themselves that they were able to stand out.

There already is a _______________ (insert whoever you secretly wish you could be).  The world doesn’t need another.  And the world won’t make room for another, either.  But you.  Of you, there has never been another.  There is room in the world for you to shine.

Now I’d like to bring this back to where we started.  I’m not suggesting that you stay exactly as you are.  We should always be growing.  Always be leanring.  Always striving to be better.  But be your better, not someone else’s.

 You have your own unique voice,  your own incredible talents and attributes.  You were not left out in the predetermined talent show; God didn’t forget you. Give yourself permission to be all that you need to be to succeed, and then push and mold and train yourself to be your best.  You are enough.

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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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