Sales Contracts & Model Releases for your Business

October 26, 2016 Blog

I can’t tell you enough how important it is to know the ins and outs of the legality of your business. Rachel Brenke, or “The Lawtog” is your ultimate resource. During law school, Rachel was already doing photography on the side for her friends and family and she decided to make it a business to […]

Polyboards & V-Flats FAQ

October 26, 2016 DIY

One of the questions I am asked the most is how do I make my v-flats and polyboards for my backdrops. I have been using v-flats and polyboards as my backdrops in my studio for 26 years. I love them because they photograph beautifully, they are lightweight, and they are inexpensive to make. V-flats and […]

A Hard Thing to Hear

October 26, 2016 Uncategorized

You are unconsciously pushing clients away when you don’t believe in your work. When you pitch your product and your price, any self-doubt you feel shows up and dissuades your buyer. In this clip from Pitch Your Work to Sell, Sue Bryce talks about discouraging sales from simply thinking pessimistically and coaches you on how […]

Nikki Closser: First Years in Business

October 26, 2016 Uncategorized

(Nikki and I shot together on Saturday, we discussed the Mentors on creativeLIVE Startup Portrait and how a few people commented that “Yeah but, the Mentors were privileged” and NIKKI HIT THE ROOF The perception you see when you are struggling is that it’s easy for everyone else but not for you. This is the […]

The Reveal Wall

October 26, 2016 Uncategorized

True Story: 12 Years ago a business coach asked me “Who is your demographic” I thought about it and answered “Female 18 – 80” he laughed, I didn’t. End of Story My demographic is female, that does not mean I do not shoot husband and sons, it just means this is my marketing demographic. That’s […]

The Red Dress Portrait / Watch Me Shoot

October 26, 2016 Uncategorized

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The White Sheet

October 26, 2016 Uncategorized

This is the Image I chose for it very much speaks to the simplicity of Contemporary Glamour and she is In Bed. True story: The irony is I am not a boudoir photographer although I have always photographed people in their underwear (by request) the name InBedWithSue came from my New Zealand Studio circa […]

The Sash Dress Challenge

October 26, 2016 Uncategorized

True story: Circa 2003 a client turns up to my start up no doors shonky garage studio in the country. Despite the phone consultation (although if I am to be honest) I probably just emailed her and expected that she would read it. She shows up for her Glam shoot with no clothes, wearing boy […]

Chalkboard Paint & A Gorgeous Woman

October 26, 2016 Blog

I painted this backdrop, and it screamed EIGHTIES. I screamed back, HELL NO. I wasn’t too worried as the drop sheet had cost $20 and the paint about the same, so I though, oh well, it’s already primed for another coat. Then I had the idea to use chalkboard paint, so I jumped on Amazon […]