On the shoulders of giants

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” ~Isaac Newton There are three Men in my life that you need to know. They are Craig Swanson, George Varanakis and Aaron Andersen. They have been a huge part of your current education and you didn’t even know it. George booked […]

Change the Way You Work

SERVICE = SALES You can take this as criticism OR a great lesson. Yes there is always an exception to the rule but 99.9% of the time it was YOU. IMAGINE IF you were brave enough to remove the rejection/failure/blame feeling and instead look back and say. What did I do wrong and how can […]

Videos with a Message

You are Photographing for Women. You are selling to Women. You are Marketing to Women. Even if the Boys come into the shoot it’s predominately a Women’s ‘Shopping Market’ This is NOT a sexist statement this is a fact. It doesn’t matter if you are a Female or Male photographer you too need to know […]

Sales Contracts & Model Releases for your Business

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

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

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

(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 […]

Sue & the Mentors Suppliers List

Sue Bryce – Los Angeles Album Boxes and Matts Finao (USA) or Seldex (AUS) embossed box with Sue Bryce Portrait Printing in Studio Canon Pro-1 and the Epson 7900 Mounting and Framing LA Custom Framing Emily London Miller – Salt Lake City ProDPI Fuji Deep Matte 8×10 prints. $2.88 per print. t’s been hard for […]