The Thriver’s Retreat – Urban Seniors

I love photographing best friends! It’s so much fun and one of my favorite little tricks when it comes to booking Seniors. They can split the session fee and have their Senior Sessions together. These beautiful girls were of course part of the Model Crew for my workshop, The Thriver’s Retreat in Washington, D.C. but I thought I’d just share that little tidbit because it’s what makes these look so fun! They really are best friends. 

Thank you to our beautiful models, Michelle & Viviane for being so amazing! You two are gorgeous girls in every sense of the word, we all loved getting to know you! 










Meghan Marie Photography   |   Love & Luck Photo   |    Kelly Epstein Photography   |   Fotos by Nadine  |    Julie Rivera Photography  |    Cherry Tree Photography   |    Picture This Portrait Studio   |   Laura Rossi Photography   |   Leah Remillet Photography

Behind the scenes_Photography WOrkshop

How to Build a Senior Model Rep Program

It’s not that building a senior model rep program is so hard…it’s more that there are a ton of rookie mistakes that are made (so don’t beat yourself up if you’re one of them!). Both Leslie, the creator of Seniorologie and I will admit to making a lot of them in today’s episode. We will also share about when success came, and what changes were made to bring it! 

So grab something to sip on, get comfy and tune in! This is a longer episode but I think you’ll agree, it’s very worth your time! 

Oh! One more thing…Leslie is the Queen of Senior Photography and she’s going to be teaching a Senior Model Boot Camp in November. Registration just opened today! You can get more details right here! 



The Thriver’s Retreat – Senior Masquerade Styled Session

I was in the middle of the Washington, D.C. Thriver’s Retreat talking all about marketing; we were laughing, brainstorming and my phone lit up below me…I glanced down and said, “Oh no, oh no, oh no.”  Our Friday night Senior models had just bailed on us and I was worried. I told the girls what had just happened and everyone jumped into ‘fix-it’ mode to help me find a solution. The fact that this was their first reaction says a lot about these photographer’s character and why I love them so much. They could have looked at me like, “Well now what? You need to fix this” but they didn’t, they jumped in and went to work as my friends!

I told them that I had one back up model and we’d see if she was still available. Nadine popped in and said she might have a model as well, her name was Logan. “Wait, Logan?!” Turns out her girl was my girl too. 

Logan and Naowshaba were more than backup models. They were our stars! We kept telling them over and over, “We’re so glad it’s you! It was always meant to be you!” They are of course gorgeous, but it was how much fun they were, that really made us all fall in love with them. It’s always amazing to me that if you allow it, things have a way of working out. This session turned out better than I could have ever dreamed! Thank you to all my girls, Thrivers and L&N for being my stars! xoxo  










Meghan Marie Photography   |   Love & Luck Photo   |    Kelly Epstein Photography   |   Fotos by Nadine  |    Julie Rivera Photography  |    Cherry Tree Photography   |    Picture This Portrait Studio   |   Laura Rossi Photography   |   Leah Remillet Photography

Behind the scenes_Photography WOrkshop

Fear Over Raising Your Prices is Good

Fear is good for your business! 

Let me explain. If everything is easy, you’re probably not growing and you’re definitely not getting the results you could be getting

Fear is your internal alarm…and that alarm is sounding so that you can make a better decision about what’s in front of you. And it can only be two things; your fear alarm is either telling you that this could hurt you OR your fear alarm is telling you that you’re on to something awesome. 

Now if you’re walking down a poorly lit side street by yourself and you’re feeling fear, I think we can agree that your fear alarm is telling you that this situation could hurt you. 


If you’re wanting more for your business and your life and you’re ready to make that happen by taking the steps to get big results (btw – If you want the step-by-step big result program, The Thriving Photographer™ is your answer!).

Do you want to know how to make big things happen in your business? Get scared. Get so scared that you’re excited and so excited that you can’t sleep at night. That’s when you’re onto something awesome. 

Love the BACKDROP? We do, too! It’s Spangled, from the fabulous Drop it Modern!

The Thriver’s Retreat – Ryann & Her Mom

I’m so happy that we got to photograph Ryann at the Washington, D.C. Thriver’s retreat, she’s absolutely gorgeous and a doll in front of the camera. She’s even got looks…. Like her serious look, her thoughtful look, her happy look… 

Can you guess WHY she has looks. Yep! Her mama is a photographer too (check out her site).  So while Capturing Ryann was an absolute joy, my heart was thrilled to be able to capture Ryann and her momma. Because we all know that the photographer doesn’t make it into the photo very often. 

Kerry & Ryan – Thank you for letting us photograph you. You’re beautiful inside and out! 







When I saw these next images that Meghan captured, I immediately saw them in movement so I had to make a GIF file. Let me know if you want me to make a video tutorial on how to make these. They are pretty fun and super easy! 



Featuring: Meghan Marie Photography   |   Love & Luck Photo   |    Kelly Epstein Photography   |   Fotos by Nadine  |    Julie Rivera Photography  |    Cherry Tree Photography   |    Picture This Portrait Studio   |   Laura Rossi Photography   |   Leah Remillet Photography

Behind the scenes_Photography WOrkshop

Call Me Maybe – Professional Photographer’s Music Video Party

We interrupt this weeks broadcast to bring you a very “special” video…

BUT before you watch the said “video”, I’d love to explain WHY we do these and it’s not just to let my inner adolescent pop-star (who use to practice the Whitney Houston arms and lip quiver in her bedroom) come out… Nope, it’s not – well at least not entirely. 

Here’s the thing, if you want to be successful, you are going to have to get outside of your comfort zone.  As in the kind of uncomfortable where your palms are sweaty and you have an entire internal dialogue over what you’re about to do. If you have yet to experience this at least a dozen times this year, then you did not push yourself and you haven’t even scratched the surface of what you’re capable of doing. 

These videos are my crazy way of helping my Thrivers get super uncomfortable in a really fun and safe group environment.  At the beginning of our weekend retreat when we talk about making one of these, everyone is feeling a bit shy.  By the end everyone’s empowered, excited and feeling outright awesome because we know our kids are going to think we are super cool when they see what we just did! 

At The Thriver’s Retreats we’re all about building up awesome! All of the women attending are already members of The Thriving Photographer™ program so they already know how to rock their business. That’s why we focus on next level strategies. Spending lots of time working on bringing in more balance and just having crazy fun shooting, learning and growing together. 

The Thrive Girls choose to do a video party on Call Me Maybe, because we’ve all had the potential client that we were just dying to give our number to! And a very special thanks to our models who joined in on the fun of making this video!