Happy Spider Brain Episode 1: Welcome To Happy Spider Brain

 

 

Are you a small business owner who wants to take your business to the next level? Do you want to learn how to generate limitless ideas for your life and for your business?

 

Introducing the podcast Happy Spider Brain, the power of limitless ideas.

Enjoying what I have to teach? Want to take your photography business to the next level? Ask me about joining my program for photographers that will teach you the exact steps to making 3k per portrait session. Shoot me an email at [email protected] !

 

In this episode, I'll introduce the podcast and tell you why you should listen to what I have to say, and how it can change your life at the same time.

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Learn how to market OFFLINE... or watch your business crash and burn.

 

Hey,

 

Would you like to set up your marketing the right way…

 

So you never have to worry or stress about the facebook likes again?

 

(fyi - fb likes do not equal a high income. if they did I'd probably get on fb more often lol!)

 

Then make sure you read all the way through this blog post…

 

Because I’m about to reveal the exact steps you need to take between where you’re at right now… 

And that life of freedom you dream of.

 

The secret weapon to building a business you love?

 

High-end systems!

 

And the best part...

 

You can access this secret weapon even if you’re not techy… you have no time… or don’t have a big budget to spend (who does?).

 

Excited?

 

Let’s go…

 

In my last few years as a photographer, I’ve done a lot of things right…

 

I’ve grown from 6-figures in profit in a matter of just a few...

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How To Run a High-End Portrait Studio When You Just Want A Simple (and profitable!) Life.


Hey, Camille here!

I want to share with you today a post about a very close student and mentee of mine…

 

A photographer probably quite like yourself!

 

But, before I do, let’s recap.

 

In the past 2 blog posts, I’ve showed you…

 

How To Get Your Share Of The Top 1% With Your Newly Aligned Photography Business - WITHOUT Years (or even much of any) of Experience

 

AND

 

Why You Don't Have Enough Photography Clients... and what to do about it.

 

You are probably pretty excited about turning your photography business around and into a profitable luxury business…

 

And I'm not talking about raising your prices just a little bit either…

 

We need to be thinking high-ticket clients!

 

A business that taps into that 1% we talked about, right?!

 

A high-end photography studio is one that offers heirloom products and a custom designed portrait session for clients, and charges between $2000...

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How To Get Your Share Of The Top 1% With Your Newly Aligned Photography Business - WITHOUT Years (or even much of any) of Experience


Hi again, Camille here!
 
Welcome back to the next blog post in this series.
 
In the first blog post, I told you why you don't have enough photography clients... and what to do about it.
 
Today I want to show you how you can get your share of profits from the top 1% of your community using your photography skills…
 
Even if no one knows your name

 

Now, I’m guessing this isn’t the first time you’ve thought about creating a high-end photography brand…

 

(When I say “high-end”, I’m not talking about $500 sessions here…Think about heirloom portraits that your clients invest $3000-$5000 for…Memories so valuable to your clients, they’ll happily pay that high price…Because you’re showing them the way to freeze those memories and display them).  

 

Maybe you’ve even started putting prices or products together before, but you’ve had no...

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Why You Don't Have Enough Photography Clients... and what to do about it.


Camille here!

 

If you’re sick of an empty photography calendar, this blog post is for you!

 

A few years ago, my world looked pretty different.

(ok, but my babies were SO little - so that's different all by itself!!!)

 

I was charging only $100 a session and taking on every single client I possibly could find, and giving those clients everything I had. 

 

Some of these clients were amazing and wonderful and we're still great friends…

 

Plus they were amazing at referring me out to people! I was B.U.S.Y.

 

And why wouldn’t I be? 

 

Especially once my skills improved (through lots of self-taught trial and error, not fun and took forever!) - and people started to notice my work and I was swarmed with clients!"

 

Talk about a good deal, right?

 

But while ignorance was bliss for so many of those clients, I was maxed out.

 

Traveling to and from sessions, communicating with each client, leaving my...

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fear keeps you from success...

I'm going to give you some hard truths today...

FEAR is most likely the thing that is keeping you from being profitable.

FEAR of an empty calendar with no clients...
FEAR of an empty bank account...
FEAR that you're not qualified enough...
FEAR that you're not smart enough...
FEAR that it won't work where you live...



FEAR of failure.


J.K. Rowling (in the character of Ginny Weasly) said... "Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve."

I truly truly believe this. It takes nerve to overcome all our fears and do things we've never done! If you've watched my free training video, you know what I'm talking about!


Running your own business takes a certain amount of work, dedication, and passion.

But what we don't talk about enough, is that it takes a certain level of confidence. 

Lack of belief in your own ability is the #1 reason why most people will fail to run a $3000+ photography business.

But here's a secret. 


I didn't have that confidence either. Many days I still...

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The BEST Business Books For Photographers

READING is the number one key to being a successful business owner.

 

Okay... make that a successful PERSON! There really isn't anything you can't discover through reading.

 

These books were the FIRST step toward me aligning my business as high end. They all have had different functions in changing my mindset, and I'll give a little blurb about why I personally enjoyed each one. 

 

Most of these are NOT specific to photography... they are business books or creative books. You are now a BUSINESS OWNER - not simply a photographer. You need to learn to think like one if you want to be profitable!

 

A great resource if you want to buy these books is www.thriftbooks.com - I've picked up most of these for $4 each.

 

*Also, these are in no particular order! They're ALL great!

 

1. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - By Stephen Covey

 

This book is helpful for everyone - I really think it should be required reading in high school!...

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85% Of You Will Fail...

Most people go into photography because they love the art of it.

And it's true, photography is a GREAT form of art.

However... 

According to Dane Sanders in his book Fast Track Photographer: In the 1st year, 60% of photographers give up their business. Of that remaining 40%, another 25% will fail within the 2nd year. The ones that make it are the remaining 15% who endure through the 3rd year.

That means 85% of photographers will fail at their photography business. 

MY goal is make sure YOU aren't part of that 85%...

But instead part of the 15% who are thriving.

I know it's even hard to book clients at $100, or $300, or even $900... so you don't see how raising your prices could make it easier.

And yes, you'll STILL have to market (in ways other than facebook guys, sorry - that ship has sailed!)

If you're stuck at the point where you don't know how to go up, tired of raising your prices slowly and incrementally every year to find you have LESS clients and LESS...

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Think you're too new for premium prices?

Are you just starting out with photography?

Afraid your work isn't good enough to charge premium prices?

Or do you think that you haven't "put in your time" at the bottom?

These are common reasons why photographers wait to raise their prices, or they raise their prices very slowly... and the unfortunate thing is that if you go along with those fears, you'll lose thousands of dollars. PER CLIENT.

It's a mentality that is doing a HUGE disservice to the entire industry.

There is no rule that photographers need to start out charging a minimal fee. You deserve to be paid for your work from the start. 

When my students are just starting out - even those with zero experience, they typically make about $500 for a model session. (I've even had my models spend $5000+ in the end because of this method) 

Yep - I know that sounds like a great regular price session to many of you. It's a tiny sale for me and my students with a little more experience, but I know that to many of...

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5 Things Others Say I Need To Be High-End - But Don't

 

I want to tell you a little secret...

 

Most other photographers who make high sales have got it all wrong... they say that you need to have certain things in place in order to make those high sales.

 

But you don't.

 

#1 - A Studio.  

 

I don't have a studio. I work out of my dining room right now, in my rental house. I know other photographers who make 6 figures and their client never comes to their home, they run all their meetings in coffee shops or in the client's home. You can make it work no matter your situation!

 

#2 - A Huge Wealthy Population Nearby.

 

This is also not true. While some aspects are different about marketing in a big city vs. a small town, you can make the same money (and with a better cost of living!) in a small town. 

 

You don't need 1 million wealthy people. You just need about 40 clients a year to make an incredible income, and pretty much everyone can find 100 clients who value your work and...

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