28 Days of Portrait Photography


28 Days of Portrait Photography


Lesson Info

Building Confidence: Your Own Stories

before we go back to our list of pictures there's a couple more things I need you to write down and confront first some will apply to you someone apply to you some you'll resonate with immediately others you might not pick up till later on but there's a couple more things that you've got to acknowledge first and especially if you're struggling to work out what your confidence blocks are we finished with your creating stories and you're in here we had a conversation I have a lunch about nasa sis read the great mythology nasa sis nasa sis looked at his own reflection every day and then he fell in the river and died and then the wooden fence were crying in the river asked the wood nim's or the lake asked the witness why do you cry phan ass assistant because he was so beautiful and the lake said was he when I looked at him I only saw myself reflected in his eyes you know the story of narcissism is that we all have egos and that we have narcissism we spend more time special when we feel ver...

y undervalued and inferior we spend more time worrying about what people think of us then what we giving and this is what I'm trying to say in your pitch your pitch is screaming ego or it's screaming it's not screaming service enjoy and I love doing this it's screaming what do you thinking of mei what are you thinking about mae how my standing how do I look at you judging me am I good enough you know the voice ofthe self doubt get in the way of just about everything the voice of fear gets in the way of everything the voice of self hate gets in the way of everything reese it the voice of self hate by stop thinking about what other people are thinking about you that to your story you know when you go back through the slide I want either here you are creating stories you are believing your own stories you created these stories okay you've created these stories you've got to try and challenge that what you're seeing to try and just for one minute think that you're the one seeing this and that there is another way and you can find it sometimes I'm very good at identifying my blocks now because I'm not afraid of any of my blocks I feel them come up sometimes I analyzed them I'm very very very very fortunate that I have a lot of friends where I can sit down put this on the table and say look I've got this real block right now for me my friends tiffany mark I had a block about something that somebody said recently and I couldn't move through it I'm not interested and why the person said it to me or I'm interested in wide upset me so I put it on the table were at dinner and I think I've got this problem I've got this block that I just can't break through and this was said to me and I can't move past it and they really helped me pull it apart from other perspectives and see it from the perspective of the person who said it that if I had a really healthy self belief would I still feel this way maybe it triggers this and then before I knew it the insight to mock me block was it was really apparent the biggest hood or I think is that people don't know what their blocks are you know what your block is it's the thing that you get stuck on every single time so it's I mean there are a lot of stories around your block about receiving you've told yourself I heard your reason you know gifts have been used as a weapon I heard a therapy answer you know I like you've analyzed it in therapy even if that therapy was yourself you've realized people have used that the bottom line is not that somebody used gifts is a weapon the bottom line is that you have a problem receiving okay there is your block not that other people used to you not that other people use gift giving to get something but that you can't receive bottom line you you you have told a story around that you believe your own story you made that story up ok so you know when we are confronted stop and say the faults comes down to may and what I'm seeing if I can't find a way to pull it a pat but don't email me and say what is my block because I don't know but if you email me and say my block is then I can answer that question but I don't know how the answer what is my block you're the only one that knows it but it'll be in one of the things that we talked about confidence I I love the fact that most people describe me as a strong confident woman um confident I don't think it's a way that I would describe myself at all confidence is not a wig that I would use to describe myself I love the idea that you think I'm confident what is confidence then because if I think about what is confidence is it about being self assured is it about being okay I want you to write confidence on a piece of paper and I want you to write everything you're truly confident about okay I am confident that I have photographed enough women that I am going to give a great photographic experience to anybody I photograph I've done it it's tried and true I am confident that if I get you alone in my studio with a beautiful dress and I make about us I'm going to take the best photograph you've ever seen of yourself that I'm very confident of that I am confident that there is nothing I can't work out on photo shop because I've been playing with it for years and years I used the first vision of it I am confident that um I'm going to what else what else my really confident about what I want you to write the things that you're really truly confident about notice that none of those things are who you are the things you do write I'm confident doing these things so if I speak about the things I'm confident about doing I sound confident because I'm very confident speaking about them so how many people can have you ever looked at instead I'm going to take the best photograph you view the scene of yourself on that's a pretty bold statement I believe it I believe it most people have bad photographs so they're going to love the photographs that I take of them I'm going to do my best to take the best photograph if I miss I'll try again I won't stop it is my goal my sole purpose is to take the best photograph you've seen of yourself so none of that confidence has to do with may I'm not confident that I'm attractive because sometimes I'm not sometimes you walk in the room and you're the prettiest woman in the world in the rooms sometimes you're the ugliest and the oldest sometimes you're the thinnest sometimes you have a ferris sometimes you're the youngest and there's always going to be someone prettier younger smarter richer thinner the new so you can be confident in how you look it's only in who you are and who you are is not your physical self who you are is what you give I have an in credible empathy for human for all humans and animals for any living being I feel everything people feel okay I am also a theory selfish grumpy person when I'm hungry and tired you ran into me when I'm hungry and tired you will not like me at all and rightly so none of us are perfect so you know if you meet me and I'm tired and hungry and you get in my face and you're like I can have a picture with you tonight and I'm gonna be like really yeah I don't have compassion for you right now I don't have compassion for myself I'm tired and grumpy I'm done and I need to go home because I'm going to be horrible tio so it's not who you are in that moment because we don't know where people are out we don't know if you didn't get any sleep last night if you just broke up with your boyfriend if he lost somebody you love you know everyone has a reason for being grumpy or tired or hungry so again what are we talking about what his confidence it's people say I just don't have the confidence and scared of rejection okay self hate yes I have a lot of self hate so if I feel threatened or if I feel in a way that people are going to reject me myself hate comes up and says yes you'll get rejected you get rejected all the time and then that voice inside you goes and then all of a sudden you just feel your confidence drain away that's just self hate you can deal with that that's your voice I believe when you speak through your true path you find an enthusiasm that is so riel and authentic you don't need any confidence even an introvert becomes an extroverted when they're excited about something and my big brother is an interview I'm an extrovert he's an introvert his children he would say mom mom susan extort the neighbor's house and man would have to come and I'd be sitting at the table having cover t in somebody else's home as for you know we grew up he shy he's quiet he's shy but when he's excited about something you can't shut him up and he's the shyest most beautiful dental man but when he is on his soapbox when he's passionate about something it's like a different person then I think wow even an introvert becomes an extra vote when the enthusiastic so I have to ask when you're pitching what does the part that get you most excited about what you do and are you pitching with that voice are you holding that energy in your heart in your mind in your whole being when you are picturing and selling your wick or are you thinking about what they're thinking of you are you stack in what they're thinking off you in telling yourself a story or are you simply getting excited about what you do now I don't need any more to sell what I do I know what I do so well that I say it with complete enthusiasm like I feel very enthusiastic about what I do now I'm so enthusiastic about being a glamour photographer that if somebody embarrassed me or said I think what you do is disgusting and humiliating two women or I think it's horrible and over finish after I think what you do is a lie or if somebody or why do you charge so much if somebody challenged me about being a glamour photographer I don't have a block around any of those criticisms I've heard them all because I won hundred percent believe in what I do now some like eh you kidding it's the greatest experience it is the greatest experience to stand in front of a camera and feel pulled down and vulnerable and completely out there on your iron and then have somebody tune it around and show you how beautiful you are like seriously people look at the back of the camera and I like how you doing that and it's like it's you you don't see that there's a lot of coolest thing I do that wow you think about that when you're taking for those ten think about hope she buys the twelve hundred dollar package she got it by the twelve hundred dollars take it or she doesn't buy the twelve hundred I'm screwed you know think about the gift you're giving but you've got to find the value so what excites you I'm excited by the fact that people see themselves I'm excited by the fact that most people actually know how beautiful they are but I shocked when you can show it to them okay so there's not a lie there there's not there it's you took a picture of me and how I feel in the mirror that I've never seen another picture I'm like yeah that's cool that is so cool but everybody has a different value yet quitting if you don't have the enthusiasm or you feel like you can't find the enthusiasm does that mean that you are in the wrong field or does so if you can't find anything that makes you makes an introvert like just screaming at the top of their lungs on the hilltop that means you're doing the wrong thing pretty much I'd say so yeah if you are not excited about what you're doing you should consider going and doing something else because how could you possibly making income if you're not excited by it you know my brother when he said building but my introverted brother he would email me from australia for in the morning um and I would say to him why did you see that email at four a m and he would say why was I start work at five and I'm so excited about what I'm doing I can't sleep so he would get up a bore to make coffee and to answer a couple of emails because he was so excited about building this building hey just want to get up there and just go every day and I remember thinking can you imagine wanting to get out of it it for in there I don't want to get out of bed at four in the morning like wow to be that excited about something okay let's just debunked that for there's a couple of things around there one of them is you're close but you're not that closed like this my friend jamie who was doing photography but ended up opening a juice bar and then there was you know my friend susan who was trying to shoot when she wanted to video yeah and then there was my friend people in the industry doing things in the industry that air close but not quite really close to finding the true path ah and I feel like once you when she speaks through your true path yeah now you are going to lose faith in what your true path is very quickly because everyone does you can reconnect to it I do I lose faith in what I'm doing monthly even after twenty five years sometimes you just get just a horrible comment on facebook and you think I could just delete this facebook and just go into something else like this just some days you just want to get about you get a had client or someone doesn't spend money and its awakening you to the fact that you're disconnected or its awakening you to the fact that you've lost your mojo or your flow thie overworking you're pushing too hard that you have a new block to face and then you realize that again same view different attitude you realize that there's just the workers never done ever ever ever ever ever ever but there is a significant flow and change when you shift and if you reconnect you get the flow again you pitching again from enthusiasm I so often go into businesses in the failing and I'll say when were you the most successful what were you doing and they showed me what they were doing a year ago when they were making you know eighteen grand a week or aiding rain a month and I'm like what's the difference between then and now and they just look at may and everybody said the same thing I guess I was just really excited back then and I go and you're not now and they go no yeah well let's get excited what did you change what what are you doing now that you should argue over working for status you know and it shocked me how many people were simply just been town I put a slide in here it's coming out called restoration I I went to jennifer had sent in a fourth orson's workshop last month I did it because I wanted to have an artist's break I wanted to do a fine at workshop that was based on just getting reconnecting to find out it wasn't about portraiture or selling or anything like that it was about finance and she said a word that just made me instantly cry instantly she said restoration you need restoration she didn't say wrist because I feel guilty about sitting on the couch for five minutes so reese is not a word you should say to me how a type personality if I'm not working I'm not making money if I'm not making money are my god lord overlooking I'm all over the place I'm just like go go go go go go and the only thing that'll stop me is getting sick or getting hit and then I'll lie in bed going I don't have time for a sec and then I think what am I pushing so hard for for what more money like what so then I'm like push push drive drive push push drive drive and then I just lose my mijo and that's it my whole will to live just go and she said restoration and the word restoration the sport instant tears to my eyes because I thought to myself I need restoration you need to go into a k for one week and not give give give give give give give to everybody which means I need to receive more so I now acknowledge what my restoration is um I need to restore the passion and drive and enthusiasm that I have for my business for my career then I can pitch with enthusiasm without that there's nothing you have a question you know I'm another ah ha moment for me is what you just saying earlier that you know I feel good that I think I have chosen the right path I was in a you know a comfortable position and I get so excited about being in front of the client and taking them from that you know first shots where they're kind of stiff and shy still too to the end process of that session and I get so excited about showing on the pictures and doing and also in the sale process when I do the reveal wall that really really generally pumps me up with so much joy and excitement that I know I'm doing the right thing that's great

Class Description

Sue Bryce's 28 Days is the all-in-one portrait photography class that teaches you posing, shooting, marketing, selling, and everything else you need to know to run a successful contemporary portrait photography business. 

This series begins with two sessions of intense instruction on business, pricing, and overcoming your fears. Following the kickoff, Sue delivers short sessions exploring 28 different topics essential to any successful portrait photography studio. Sue covers flow posing, connecting with clients, posing and shooting groups, marketing to your key demographic, sales, and more.

In this comprehensive series you'll learn Sue's inspiring approach to styling, posing, marketing, selling and so much more!


1Teaching 2 Photographers in 28 Days
2First 2 Years: The Truth
3Rate Your Business
4Year One in Business
128 Challenges
3Price & Value
4Checklist, Challenges, and Next Steps
1Day 1: The Natural Light Studio
1Day 2: Mapping Your Set and Outfits
1Day 3: One Composition - Five Poses
1Day 4: Flow Posing
1Day 5: Posing Couples
1Day 6: Capturing Beautiful Connection & Expression
1Day 7: The Rules - Chin, Shoulders, Hands
1First Weekly Q&A Session
2Day 8: Rules - Hourglass, Body Language, Asymmetry, Connection
1Day 9: Styling & Wardrobe
1Day 10: Shooting Curves
1Day 11: Posing & Shooting - Groups of 2, 3, and 4
1Day 12: Posing & Shooting Families
1Day 13: Products & Price List
1Day 14: Marketing & Shooting the Before & After
1Day 15: Phone Coaching & Scripting
1Second Weekly Q&A Session
2Day 16: Posing Young Teens
1Day 17: Marketing & Shooting - Family First Demographic
1Day 18: The Corporate Headshot
1Day 19: Glamour Shoot on Location & Shooting with Flare
2Photoshop Video: Glamour Shoot on Location & Shooting with Flare
1Day 20: Photoshop - Warping & the Two Minute Rule
1Day 21: Posing Mothers & Daughters
1Third Weekly Q&A Session
2Day 22: Marketing & Shooting - 50 & Fabulous Demographic
1Day 23: Shooting into the Backlight
2Bonus: Shooting into the Backlight
1Day 24: Marketing & Shooting - Girl Power Demographic (18-30s)
2Photoshop Video: Girl Power Demographic (18-30s)
1Day 25: The Beauty Shot
2Bonus: Vintage Backdrop
1Day 26: Marketing & Shooting - Independent Women Demographic
1Day 27: Sales & Production
1Day 28: Posing Men
1Bonus: Pricing
3Photography, Style, Brand, and Price Part 1
4Photography, Style, Brand, and Price Part 2
5Marketing Part 1
6Marketing Part 2
7Money: What's Blocking You?
8Bonus: The Folio Shoot
1Photo Critiques Images 1 through 10
2Photo Critiques Images 11 through 27
3Photo Critiques Images 28 through 45
4Photo Critiques Images 47 through 67
5Photo Critiques Images 68 through 84
6Photo Critiques Images 85 through 105
7Photo Critiques Images 106 through 130
8Photo Critiques Images 131 through 141
9Photo Critiques Images 142 through 167
10Photo Critiques Images 168 through 197
11Photo Critiques Images 198 through 216
1Identify Your Challenges
2Identify Your Strengths
3Getting Started Q&A
4Rate Your Business
5Marketing Vs Pricing
6Facing Fear
7The 28 Day Study Group
8Selling Points
9Interview with Susan Stripling
10Emotional Honesty
1Sue's Evolution
228 Days Review
3Student Pitches
428 Days Testimonial: Mapuana Reed
5How to Pitch: Starting a Conversation
6Your Block: Seeing is What You're Being
7Your Block: Valuing and Receiving
8Building Confidence: Your Own Stories
9Building Confidence: Your Self Worth
10Pitching An Experience
11Pitching An Experience: Your Intentions
12Pitching An Experience: Social Media
13Final Thoughts