28 Days of Portrait Photography


Lesson Info


twenty eight days well I'm going to start off the morning by talking about the challenges I want to talk about the challenges fast and give us much information about them is they can if you're already doing them be if you're wondering if they're going to help you and you haven't got them yet see if you've looked at it and thought I don't know if that challenges for me and why would I do that challenge so I'm going to invite as many fast questions as I can on through the chat through kiner and susan and then you you guys here going to give me a ce matches you can as well so we're gonna open up all the challenges first okay then I've been talking a lot this last month about value I've been talking a lot about product and pricing I've been talking a lot about what I believe is the number that you should put on your work in order to make money and I've been very vocal about that and and last week on our monday check for q and a one of our fabulous lounges who's always in our lounge and a g...

reat supporter of creative life james j morgan images she threw out something in the ted and I challenged here in her and I skyped over the weekend so I'm going to show you that I'm going to show you how we're going to transform the way she thinks and feels about money the way she thinks and feels about marketing herself and that seemed to be the two things that keep coming up after showing you twenty eight days of shooting you keep saying to me how do I sell it had away price it and how do I marketed okay I know now how to shoot it how do I sell it how do I price it how do we market it so after lunch we're going to take you back through there and really going to spend the afternoon talking about making money um I'm going to show you how to clear any money blocks just like I showed you how to clear fear blocks now who worked on the fear blocks after the first twenty eight days they were huge right and I have received more emails about that one talk about fear in the first twenty eight days and I head in any of my creative life so just really transforming letters and emails from people that are confronting their biggest blocks or today I'm going to do the exactly the same thing and we're going to discuss your money blocks because it's really interesting when I talked about fear everybody started to cry but when I talk about money it went fold their rounds it's a very difficult subject to talk about it comes down to how you were brought up uh it's a really big factor and how you feel about money it comes down to how you value yourself and it's also really hard thing to talk about but a lot of people refused to believe that the income that they make they're in charge ofthe everybody likes to blame the economy blame somebody anybody but them self so this afternoon I'm going to reach in and expose some of your hugest blocks around money I really challenged jessica when she wrote that in the checked last week I challenged her and she came to the table with everything she's got to show you so she has made herself vulnerable she's letting me show you her petey if she's letting me show you my critique of it my critique of it was very hard but then I helped teo go on a new direction and I hope that um now she can create more and more what she will because she's a very clever girl so we're going to show you all of that and it's very difficult to watch but doing it and allowing her allowing us to see what she's done I will allow you all to not only identify with here but face your own demons there because what came up for her was remarkable for me to see because I was there I was that girl five years ago I also am somebody who never made money as a photographer until the last eight years and I had to learn all about what my value wass what my value was is a photographer and a human being and then I had to learn how to put that into my business model so I've done that and now money flows for me and the days off feeling sick when I would go to my letterbox because bills would be there in the days of juggling money lying about money on dh feeling generally incredibly discuss just uncomfortable about money talking about pricing I was unable to do that how I ever started a business I do not know but it was the single most confronting time of my life and I had to remove those blocks in order to get paid now I've always had two things when I speak at w p b I or when I speak anywhere and right from the very first creative life I was never interested in showing you slide shows about me I'm not interested in talking about I bought an x three hundred men altar when I was eighteen years old who kias I was only ever interested in showing you two things three things one wass how I shoot the way I shoot because my brand look different from everybody else's too wass how to make money because I learned how to do that and I now make a lot of money and I'm very comfortable making money now for the first time ever in my life and three was why I love it so much even when people told me glamour photography should never ever ever be that I loved it so much that nobody could ever stop me from doing it those are the only three things I ever wanted to tell you guys and so I've done that now I have laid it out for you and when we started twenty eight days I said I want you to grade your business and these are the things that are going to get in your way and today to finish it um the fade back his bain show me maura about marketing show me maura about confidence shamim or about pricing it confidently believing that I'm with that and then show me how to make money doing it so I'm going to confront you on everything to do with money and self today until you feel so uncomfortable in your own self you will only be able to go forward and make money doing this this world is abundant and your choice to struggle is your choice and if you can open up to that today if you can open your mind up to the possibility that you're the only person standing in your way then I can help you with that okay because that's where I wass and this is not this is tried and true I've done it I've experienced it I've experienced it is and you be photographer for those of you sitting there right now saying you know you're so lucky I don't have a rich husband yet I don't have a trust fund okay I'm never going to get one my parents are blue collar okay not even white blue collar I watched my parents worked their hands to the bone to pay a mortgage and I just watched that for a whole lifetime and my father he said to me when I was in my early thirties he said at late twenty sorry he said don't don't own a business it's too much stress just go and do your job really well and get paid well to do it and I listened to my blue colored father because that's what they'd done they are honorable people my appearance they work hard for their money and I worked hard for my money I worked so hard for my four hundred dollars a week and then I started by in business and within fifteen within fifteen weeks I was getting up to the twenty thousand dollars in turnover and I went to my mom and dad and I said to them you had told me this you never told me I could do that yes but they told me I could do anything so you know but they never told me this my mom looked at me and she said because that's because we couldn't and I said but you never told me I could do this look at this money is just everywhere I have always thought there was not enough and mom said well here's the thing my mom and dad bought a business when they were twenty two years old can you imagine my parents have been together since fifteen sweethearts so twenty two they've kind of been in a long term relationship they bought a business and with the bread delivery service really good business and it failed within the year so my mom had a baby pregnant with a second and then I was about to be three kids under two and a half I was number three and my dad had to go and work night shift at the steel mill to pay you know for his young family twenty three years old can you imagine having you know kids this young and they failed and I asked mom why how did dead fella business and did wasn't in the room at the time so he doesn't even know that I know this he said um they could never ask for money okay so it twenty three years old my father his father had died at fifteen my dad was fifteen when his father died and my father gave up everything to run the family business which then failed and then he got another business and he failed so he went to work he does he did what everybody else did I can't run a business so I'm going to go go to work and he worked his lifetime and I realized my dad had they left for leaving but no right for receiving he could never ask somebody for money so people never paid him because they didn't have to and that's the thing people don't pay you if they can keep their money they won't pay you so my father never spoke up from self he never said this is my with my family needs money my business needs money he never stood out for that and until you learn tio give money and then receive money and remember that was it lift believing right for receiving until you learn what that fifty fifty is that one sentence from my mother changed my life it changed my life because I walked back to my business and I said I will never ever fail at this because I am not going to be afraid to ask people for money I was terrified of asking people for money and I didn't believe that I was with that so today that's where we're going to be twenty eight challenges everything I've taught you is the tyr the entire structure of how I shoot how I pose how I connect with people how I sell how I built my prices how I built my product none of that will be successful for you if you do not work on who you are and what you believe I believe your business is in direct proportion to how you believe about yourself and the value you have for yourself right now I believe that I significantly change that when I changed that focus within myself so let's talk about it today let's go go for it I want to know where you were challenged I want to know if these challenges don't apply for you I don't keep I don't mind clearly questions if they come in just throw them at me you know anything you can say this is what I do this is I haven't just showing you something that I've made up or something that I've written this is what I do this is my life's work and I'm open to talking about any part of it including the struggles and I'm happy to do that so let's do it

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 2Fear 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 2Introduction 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


Claude Bossel

Based in Switzerland, I am an advertising/commercial photographer since 20 years and I am still learning everyday. I have bought several courses on Creativelive, all are great and inspiring. This one is also fantastic, thanks to Sue and her incredible experience and wisdom, you will improve your personality, your attitude and skills that will bear many fruits in your business and personal life. I highly recommend anyone who loves photography or dream to become a full time pro to invest in courses like this one. Thank you Sue, thank you all from Creativelive.