28 Days of Portrait Photography


28 Days of Portrait Photography


Lesson Info

Money: What's Blocking You?

money let's talk about money isn't it funny money is such a um desired and sort after evil it's not funny that we call it an evil um okay I grew up with no money and I had no money throughout my uh most of my life so it wasn't until I was in my mid thirties did I ever start to accumulate money and I first lend teo in it so I always earned my end my wage but my wage was between four and maximum eight hundred dollars that's where my wage wass I met throughout my lifetime is a photographer so even when I did a seven thousand dollar shoot in my twenty's my boss got to keep that money and I resented him for it because I didn't understand that he was just playing an average I just saw seven thousand dollars for my photography which essentially I got fifty dollars for so I had no concept of money and teams of calmest money in terms of business had no concept of money and I was also an over giver of money so very over generous with my money and never received money I never received it very wel...

l and always struggled with that so it would flow out very very fast and not come back very very easily um I also grew up in ah family of blue collar workers who were very hard workers and we're all very had would give my entire family my little brother struggles with money my big sister struggled with money but my big brother never did never did even as a kid we would be given two dollars five dollars I would go and spend mine within the hour my dad used to say to me spinning a hole in your pocket isn't it it's burning a hole in your pocket and I would have to go and spend it and my brother saved it always he was the same with his easter eggs he was the same with anything he was given as a kid he kept and I spent as we grew up he accumulated because he's a hard worker but he's a blue collar worker say that and I was a blue collar worker spender then he went from becoming being a butcher to a builder and as his income increased hey built wealth through buying homes now my brother has bought homes and bought his bought three homes and I had bought none and I had flowing to stay with him if free twice a year for seven years which equates to around thirty seven thousand dollars which was a deposit on home I had always spent my money on things that were valued to me travel living a lifestyle earning staff you know and I spent my money quite happily on what I valued and what he valued was accumulating so he accumulated and if that meant he couldn't come and visit may he wouldn't he would see me eventually anyway so I started to get resentful about that I fly to your house twice a year I spend all this money to come and visit you and your family you don't spend the money and return instead you buy houses and then I realized that that wasn't so much it was what he valued I valued spending time there with his children he valued talking to me on the phone but he valued buying houses more and I realized that it had nothing to do with how we were brought up because my mom and dad were not accumulators they never had the value for themselves and my brother somehow got this gene and I realized in that moment some people have the money jane naturally and some people don't so you can just sort of strike that often say I'm always going to struggle with money on the spin diamond over spender but the truth is is there's a vast difference between how I think about money and how my brother thinks about money you see when you go to my brother's home whether he owns the homes or not the three homes they did he does not have the things that I have he would never spent ten thousand dollars on a couch instead he spent two thousand dollars on the couch my couch is thine times better but he put his money elsewhere so it's reflected in what's around me what I own what I spend my money on what my values are I realized very early on that I like nice things so in order to have nice things that I've paid for not on credit and to have nice things that all I needed to in more money than my brother because he saves more than me but he goes without more than me so in order to win more I had to open up to earn more everybody wants more money everybody sitting in this room right now wants more income correct no matter what your income is even if you're comfortable you would like more and yet the truth is is what are you prepared to do for more income so when everybody says I've sent money goals to win more money you want to get paid more for what what are you going to do to get paid they're going to give more you're going to create more air you're going to make more so I think this two ways to make money you can either be a service provider or a product maker a service provider means that when you're giving a service you're getting paid when you don't give that service you don't get paid so as a photographer when you're giving us see this you do not get paid if you're not shooting so when you go on holiday your studio does not make money unless you have more than one shooter correct then you can go on holiday in the service you provide is still running that business now most people are at that stage yet so you don't have a business you have a job all right and your job means that only when you work you get paid now until you create a subsidiary income that supplements that wage you will only get paid when you give the service you are giving so if you're giving away that service for two hundred fifty dollars then it stands to reason you're not only only getting paid when you do the service you're not getting paid very well to do that service so when you stop working and you don't get paid you're going to suffer because in order to not work you have to accumulate enough money in the bank to cover the times when there's no income that comets that it's business so I realized very early on that I needed to employ more photographers and my studio grew what happened is I stopped shooting and I let other people shoot and I started to die inside because I realized that what I loved doing the most was being taken away from me and watching other people do it not as well as me who me greatly even though they made me the most amount of income I made third year of business eight hundred and eighty thousand dollars in tune over three photographers were to actually my business partner stopped as well but I was deed inside so earning that sort of income did not make me wealthy do you know why because we were turning over income in order to pay a big lease to pay eight wages and at the end of the day I never made more money okay I was still personally getting paid fifty thousand a year which is a thousand dollars awake I was clearing a thousand dollars a weight with all of my bills paid so I was sitting pretty I could pretty much just bank that and live on it so I did what I always do I lived on it and then my studios made close to two million dollars first three years of business and I'm deep free with maybe fifty thousand dollars in the bank but I've made nearly two million dollars but I am not accumulating any wealth I'm not buying investing or investing my money in things that will get me more money I have not gone on a wealth track I simply have lent to create a better paid job and I can now take a holiday because my studio is still making money when I'm not there and I think I'm on the high life I'm like I've got money money money money money I'm doing it I'm rocking this lifetime got money in the bank for the first time in my life I've got money in the bank one I hated my life I had started teo I'm I was a full time manager ofthe teen people nine including myself I couldn't manage myself very well so teen one really difficult when and I had money in the bank but you know once I stopped working that money just drained out and was gone and just like that on my fourth year of business I found myself back to square one again because I lived my studio in new zealand and moved to australia two reasons one was for love and the other one wass to start a new studio in a country brand new country big big big big population I went from four million people rocking a studio in the country new zealand to open a studio in australia I was there a week and I broke up with my boyfriend so I was in a country that did not know me I had fifty thousand dollars in the bank and I failed so badly it wasn't funny I instantly came back to a feeling of competition defense ego and scarcity how would I get no one in this market it's too big where I go what do I do even though I had done it built it I have not addressed any of my personal issues around money and I found myself back to square one in a country that did not know me draining money out of my account and this is what happened to mei my goodness I had a hundred and eighty dollars in my purse and the client owed me three hundred bucks I had spent over fifty thousand dollars out of my savings account and I've been in australia for one year if reece singles shoot I did I got blocked money drained out of may people would cancel the orders I could not understand why I was attracting from this place of scarcity and every single day I would wake up and say I hate my job I hate doing what I'm doing but I would do it so here's the cool thing about the universe you can ask the universe to send you wick and then tell you the universe that you hide it and repel it because that's what happens uh I had to fly to the gold coast for a job I had I had one hundred eighty dollars of my peers and a client owed me three hundred bucks I found here sorry that's a lie I emailed here because I would never find somebody and ask him for money I e mailed her and said could you put that money through tonight it's very important she emailed me back and said certainly I'm doing it right now I paid I think sixty eight dollars for a cab to the airport could have taken a twenty dollar shuttle didn't think about that got to the airport paid excess baggage on my computer equipment on my camera equipment and everything to go into the shoot and I met rock bottom okay I get out of the airport at the gold coast I've got five dollars in my purse and I go to the atm and that woman never paid me three hundred bucks I've got five dollars this makes me cry it was valentine's day one year I remember the date off like they're I wass build this million dollar studio with five backs alone in a country where I didn't know anybody that couldn't call them to pick me up so I set out on my bag and I started to cry and I had five bucks in my hand and I said universe you have to help me because I don't know how I got here and I'm this is it I can't go home and I don't know what to do say help me because I don't know what to do and I have my heat down and I heard this I opened my eyes this is big bus double doors and this guy the driver he goes you right there love and I said do you go past nineteenth than ever and he goes right past the front door and I said how much and he said three dollars fifty I realized in that moment I didn't have twenty backs to catch a care to my destination and it was stephen miles away it was about ninety two degrees and I had about ninety pounds of luggage with me in a camera bag and I was prepared to take my running shoes out and dragged my bags seven miles and their hate because I had no option and never could to me that I could catch a bus because I think in caves so here's this angel of a man looking at me with this beautiful smile on his face and I handed my five dollars and it gives me a dollar fifty change I get on the bus and clearly I've been crying I'm distressed looking with valentine's day and he drops me off and right before he dropped me off at this stop this woman says yours yours is the next stop love and I said thank you and I got off and I walked in and I was like I don't know what I'm going to do I met rock bottom I'm here to do a shoot and I'll probably get paid for it but I don't know when and I don't know how I'm gonna eat because I've got a total of fifty but I believe that when you were at rock bottom there's always enough or there's always something that gets you buy is always something I believe that so I go to the apartment that I'm staying in that the woman who have flown up there to shoot for and it's a one point six million dollar apartment on the waterfront on the gold coast of australia a property most people could never afford to stay in I laugh at the irony I I opened the door and there's a note and it says you know I realize that you've flown in late in the afternoon you probably wouldn't have time to get any supply so fort you're weeks with the food ha ha ha ha and so I did what most women do when they're in a state of distress I ate just about everything I could in the pantry and they drank the wine then I lay down a bid for two days and I cried I cried for myself for being a loser for going backwards for finding myself in the same situation for worrying wondering how I'm going to get the next five dollars and I lay there and as I lay there this thought overwhelmed me and the thought was I did this I did this I chose to come to a country that nobody knew me and instead of going and marketing myself with confidence I chose to sit at home in a state of hate ego competition empathy victim intel early fear and self hate and instead of showing people my beautiful wick I stayed I imbued it with self heightened said it was horrible and I can't do it and why would I do it and I was prepared to give it up and go and get a job and then I remembered what I had built and I remembered why I had built it and the reason I had built it was because I'd hidden behind other people and I had not faced any of those issues with myself so I said they're in that room and I said I did clear out loud to the universe to whoever is listening to me right now I make a decision that from today on I'm going to be so brave and it's going to frighten the hell out of me but I have nothing to lose I'm gonna walk my true path I'm gonna do what I want to do I'm going to believe in it because I don't have an option to starve or bring my mom and did it what thirty eight years old and tell them I need a ticket home no it's not gonna happen and I couldn't do it and I believed in it right in their moment I said it out loud and then the next day I got I woke up and there was a shoot on offer for a shoot on email and I responded immediately and then running a woman because she's given me a fine number why wouldn't I ring it because I was too scared to talk to people well this time I run it and she said listen I know you're here for janet and I would like you to come and photographed me and my kids I went to her house I photographed her in her kids and then her friend came over while I was doing her hair and makeup myself with my own makeup because I didn't have a makeup kit and then I photographed her outside her own house leaning it's here outside wall and inside on the couch and you know and she paid me three thousand eight hundred dollars and she wrote me a check the next day then who friend that came over said I liked her so much can I book her and I did her shade as well and then by the end of the week I'd done a feared jennet who'd actually flying me out there and given me that apartment and by friday I hit eighteen thousand dollars in the bank and I don't know how that happens all they know is that I made a friggin decision right in that moment it was do or die and I had to confidently put myself out there and make money and I did not have an option it was dying in their moment or survive and I chose to survive and then I decided that this survival and then this thrive all okay and I had to go past a survival instinct I had to thrive at what I believed in I had to put a value on who I wass what I do and I had to actively pursue it and you have to harden that up close when people say no to you you gotta move on and when people say you know I can't afford that right now so sweet as the next person it's called shameless self promotion you are with that and instead what you want to do is you want to hold to every person that says no to you because that means that you're not good enough and that's not business that is bullshit and you are in the way of that and you have todo felt that and it's not the truth it's not by any street to the imagination I made a decision that day it was valentine's day do you have any concept two years later within that week that I was standing a creative life telling paypal how to do this and that two years the two years from my last two that's three years just gone my last three years I have made money hand over fist shooting and nothing changed but may and you know it just came down to getting out of my way and putting a value on what I did I realized in that moment I was not only ego iq a victim empathetic and able to take action for myself lacking in confidence filled with self hate that head nothing to do with the market by the way two thousand eight we're here in history for all of us you know and I turned it around and you know I turned it around because I just started actively in confidently deciding that what my value wass I sit my package at three thousand dollars that week and I did three three thousand dollars sales plus a three thousand eight hundred three thousand two hundred I'm eighteen thousand dollars that wait then I had three eighteen thousand dollars in my bank and I was like I had five bucks last tuesday it was valentine's day and I had a dollar fifty because I pay for my bus fear I had a dollar fifty and a week later I have ten grand and I have the skill to make money you have the skill to make money you're the only person that's not doing it so you want money but what are you prepared to do to get it because most of you would rather sleep in or cry about it than actually do the work I did and you know in that moment I was like right can you learn to be wealthy can you learn that so for one year my bank account isn't it weird how you get a number and then you sticking that number I was like ten thousand dollars my bank account would go to thine thousand and then train away and they got eighteen thousand and drain away eighteen thousand I'd never had that money myself in my bank then I went to twenty thousand and it drained away and then twenty thousand drained away twenty thousand and I knew that every time I hit a ceiling I would push through it I would push through it and I would try and make it to the next block that much and then it was sixty thousand sixty thousand sixty thousand breaking one hundred thousand was easy because I went straight to one twenty and then I was like no now I'm making money now I am making money and I'm keeping money and I learned to ask for it and I learned to receive it live for leaving right for receiving thank you very much I also lent my value I set my price and in stone in my own self I see it that in stone and once I decided that that was my decision and that was what I was with I just started to do it and these are the questions I asked money how do you feel about it what do you think of wealthy people how's this two of my auntie's married rich men my mama dad nothing they used to look down on us what I felt they did as a kid they used to have homes where you couldn't sit on the couch because you weren't allowed to touch the couch but we had a couch we could make a hat out of who had more fun growing up I thought what they had was better than us until I grew up and realized they had nothing they'd beautiful homes and nothing else and when their husbands left them for women half their age and my dad still adores my mother I knew that my parents valued something far greater than a couch you couldn't sit on but I realized my my problem with money was I thought asshole head money because people with money treat people like shit that was my belief I want you to check that what do you think of wealthy people capitalist pigs just have enough it's disgusting how much money they have the money they say you need to check your energy around money immediately let's do it what do you some of your blocks around money what did you fear around money what do your core beliefs around money alright how can you possibly be rich when half the world is starving to death half the world is starving to death and the other half is eating itself to death and that is the incredible polarity and isn't it incongruous that that is happening however I now understand that the more wealth I billed as a human being the more I educate other people to build wealth the world is not in poverty it's becoming wealthy wallace d wattles I'm not going to be guilty for earning money I'm going to show you how instead ofthe explaining why I have it I gave a challenge out which I'm going to give t and I gave this to tina and you'll be shocked by kenya's response I'm sure she'll want to share it because it was such a beautiful one what you focus on grows that applies to your bank account in your ass it does sorry for saying us but the truth is at the end of the day if all you think about is how big you obama's your bum gets bigger if all you think about us growing wealth your wealth gets bigger if all you think about it you did it gets bigger what you worry and obsess about growth I was constantly fixated on what I did not have I was constantly fixated on what I did not have and I did not know I have to turn that around in order to forget about what you don't have you need to focus on what you do have and that's where gratitude helps so if you think gratitude is eerie theory you're wrong it is the most powerful energy in the universe and you only need to meet people with an attitude of gratitude to know that they're wealthy because regardless of whether they have teen dollars in the bank or ten million dollars in the bank they freaking happy right because in the pursuit of happiness even if you don't get what you wanted the end you still had happy moments all the way through is that not winning okay so the fact is what you focus on grows so instead of trying to focus on making money jessica try and focus on booking two shoots awake for the next six months then you're trying to make goals for work not money ok then it's not about many many many chasing money you know what happens when you chase money it keeps running away from you because you're chasing it can you hear yourself I'm chasing money constantly stop chasing it it'll come to you when you stop running and it stops running away from you all right so from here all my fear around money lift when I focused on my product value this became service driven I stopped focusing on myself I stopped making it about may okay I've stopped making it my ego my drama my competition my leg I started focusing and steered on what I was going to give you to get paid for because I realized something if I try and shoot you and I make it please just give me six hundred dollars please just give me six hundred dollars I just need six hundred dollars there's a really good chance I'm going to repel that but if I've focused on you and said I'm going to give you the experience of your life I'm going to give you the experience of your life I'm going to give you the experience of your life I'm gonna take the this photographs you have ever seen off yourself and I didn't focus on money I focused on that energy and you felt that you paid for that and whatever you paid for that I accepted gratefully is a perfect exchange I accepted that gratefully and then I started to shift that in myself and I was like wow all of a sudden I've become a giver instead of a window take a complainer not have a scarcity and that's where I wass and if you don't believe that thankful one minute about how you feel about money when you shoot and sell because I used to do shoots thinking god I hope they just being too grand please let them be in two grand please let them spend two grand please and then spent two grand now I don't even care what they spend I just try to take the best photograph that I have ever taken this week and it would straight away it started to flip around how do you feel about money what do you think of wealthy people those two questions that they really freak you out when you write it down and I don't want you to just write one answer I need you to write the answer okay I want you to write down every bad feeling you have ever felt about accumulating wealth right now because remember what I said to you you're quite happy to go into a job and get paid seven hundred backs awake you're quite happy to do facebook at that job and know that you're ripping your balls off and help yourself to stamps and envelopes and which is stealing by the way um and if you don't think it's stealing try owning the company it's stealing and then all of a sudden you're quite happy to do all of it ripped him off the seven hundred dollars a week but when you go out into business you can't make seven hundred dollars a week because you're not with that and yet leaving off somebody else and being on facebook you're with that because somebody else is paying but when it comes to you paying yourself suddenly your values drained so you need to look at what you think you're weird and if you can't turn that around within yourself you need to turn it around for your children for your future or just at a basic business since my business needs to sell this many units at an average sail off in order to make this amount so I can pay myself this this is basic business remove all the emotion and value out of it value the product instead of you in fact you're the one in the way does everybody understand that so all of a sudden these money guilt the world is poor the world is poor and yet some people have thirty two million dollar yachts and that's gross right gross wealth or is it I mean how they choose to spend their money is entirely up to them it's not distributed wealth if they gave all of the money to us we would all be the same that's not how it works in every species and all evolution there is an alfa male alfa female the strong survive the strong thrive if you want to look at people who are accumulating wealth look at what they're doing and they are not sitting at home crying about how good they are not so getting out of your own way is one of the hardest things acknowledging your existence in energy around money is a huge huge in fact when I finish the conversation with jessica and I stopped recording her and I started to have a conversation about money me about how I grew up with money and hear about how she grew up with money and that conversation is more powerful than me telling her off of that a pdf because that is who called belief around what she's worth and that's what she told me the answer to so all of the seven that core belief around money incredibly enlightened because everybody just create enough or enough struggle that you don't have to do anything you have the right to thrive you have the right for your children to have an abundant rich full life and you are not to leave any excuse given that way so what I deserve what I want and enough to get by is not enough you deserve to have excess money in the bank you deserve a home a safe home for your children you deserve to have clothes that keep you warm that you like that you feel comfortable and you deserve if you value that you deserve to have a fancy car if you don't value it don't get one if you want to have holidays in the bahamas and drive a two thousand dollar toyota then that's fine that's your value but you do not deserve to struggle you do not there is no struggle that's your choice okay so from here how are you going to get paid you can see the dollar amount but you're better to sit an average amount and an average amount is what you're going to get from your clients as a photographer you are bitter to say I'm gonna work this year until my averages eight hundred dollars and then I'm going to work on one hundred shoots this year which is to a week at a tune over one hundred and eighty thousand dollars this is my profit imagine this is my profitability this is what I'm going to pay myself and this is how I'm going to survive and thrive this year you're better to look at it like that and in tune it into business and service then you are to sit down and try to manifest money because if I told you right now that you needed to go and find me eighteen thousand dollars in the next three days from the streets of seattle you would not cut you'd come back with maybe seven bucks in a cigarette okay but if I told you to go out into the streets of seattle and find six photo shoots I guarantee you come back with six right and then your average sale would be reflected on what those six people would buy some my average sal is three thousand dollars so it stands to reason that I would come home with eighteen thousand dollars and you would come home with how much whatever your averages so if I told you to go on manifest money you won't find money but if I told you to go on manifest work then I guarantee you will look for people because if I look for money then I'm not looking at valerie I'm looking at it pierce I'm like I hope she pays may I hope she pays me but if I'm looking for valerie I'm like your sixty six years old you are beautiful I would love to photograph here I couldn't think of anything I'd rather do I'm a photographer my name so I'll give you a business card and if you were interested in doing a fellowship please call me because you're amazing and I would love love love to show you give you my business card I've got more chance of booking here then looking for him money it's just amazing the attitude of gratitude without doubt singlehandedly changes that because you shifting away from what you don't want to focus on anymore what you're getting is what you're focusing on so that stands to reason that that's what you're focused on is what you're getting do you understand what you're getting is what you're focused on what you're focused on is what you're getting what you're getting is what you're focused on what you're focused on is getting is what you're getting over and over again that's the hardest thing to shift so the only way to distract yourself from all the negative shit that you're attracting constantly in your life when you say I'm broke I can't afford it I haven't got this you have to stop and say hang on I am down to my last dollar but I am not broke my family is healthy and I have love in abundance and I have joy in my life now this is one of the best things about being poor my family didn't have much growing up but I have a family that can sing and dance and play the guitar when I'm near them I just want to sing with them and dance with them and play the guitar no amount of money would bring me more joy no ferrari no mention on the hill would ever take my family from me because my family there they are the core of what is good in all people but my problem is is my family is so poor and I want to make them rich and then I realized I didn't need to make the rich I heard a rich some people just want more things there's a difference between struggle and being rich and my parents don't struggle and yes they don't have much but they're so rich you know I did used to say when we were little we would sit and watch the sunset and my dad would say I wonder what all the poor people are doing and I used to think that we're poor and then when I grow up one day I was with all my friends and we were drinking of cuckoo and I was like watching the sunset and I said I wonder what all the poor people are doing on one of my girlfriends went uh you can't say that and I realized I couldn't because I wasn't one of them and I was like oh I just mean that I appreciate the sunset and she's like yeah not cold so the thing is is my values a different from my parents and when I started to make money I felt guilty about that because what do you do if you're becoming wealthy in people in your family have got no money and you feel guilty everyone's got one of those right somebody that makes them feel guilty about having stuff okay I realized then that that was my guilt it wasn't this and I can have stuff my family are okay with it my my brother thinks I should be putting it into helping my sister doesn't care what I've got my sister would never look at me and go those air amazing boats where did you get them from and she just she doesn't care she's more interested in what I've been drawing lately or have you been singing what groups have you joined you know when my business made eight hundred eighty thousand dollars that year I was so stressed out I put on forty pounds I was strung out that I had fifty grand in the bank I went to my dad and I was like you know I've got fifty grand in the bank I'm all like you know nearly having a how to take and their head looks to make a call you happy and I thought you prick I work my guts out for that money and he's right you happy now I wasn't all that happy doll that to lose it all about to realize that I wasn't making money from joy I was making money from resistance because I was trying to hold on well dynamics I've talked about it before in order to find the path that makes you wealth you need to do what you want to do in order to make money okay that means you do not make money hating what you're doing you make money by working through your highest values on the right path and your wife wealth dynamics profile is the profile that tells you what you are and how you make that money I am a creator I am at my prime when I'm creating marketing when I'm creating income that's when I'm at my most powerful if I am not creating images if I'm not creating marketing campaigns if I'm not creating pity ifs and you can see how passionate I am about them because in the year that most of you haven't done one I've done fifty and told you all that I can't believe how unexcited you've bean by making pdf you know this is where I met my most powerful this is when I make money I always talk about this too I talk about clear vision and gold sitting because you cannot create anything that she had a clear strong vision for the goal that you want to see it so if you want to get out of debt infect it's john demartini says the most incredible way to get out of debt is let's say you have did that's forty thousand dollars and he said break the debt into service so he said and let's say you get paid seven hundred dollars a shoot and you have to divide forty thousand dollars by seven hundred and then look at that number and that's how much work you need to look for and then you can get out of debt because instead of having the debt loom over you you just transfer it back into giving back and service and then that work comes to you because you're working from service instead of scarcity and that's a really interesting way to look at it because they're actually works the science of getting rich by wallace t waters is a free pdf if you email may with in the in the subject line if you emailed me in the next two weeks and say free pt if I can email it to you but if you don't write free pdf in the subject line I'm not going to answer you because I'm gonna hundreds of hundreds of not thousands of emails it's a free pdf which challenges you about money and I love it it's free to give away as long as you do not copy the content or break it up in any way shape or form so I've got that pdf and I'm happy to pass it on all right now for mei I've showed this before but what I want to show you is something different gratitude dream big clear vision okay what if it was already there so I drew this picture three years before I stepped on seeded creative alive I had never seen or heard of creative lives I drew this on my vision board because I wanted to create a vision board for what I wanted for my future I wrote under here in educational warehouse for photographers I didn't wrote I write I will own it okay I did write an educational wearhouse for photographers what did I go into their creative life look at that picture look at the floor look at the window look at the brick look at the warehouse look at the lights look at the ceiling how could I have envisioned that you know whether you call it the secret or whatever clear vision I knew where I wanted to go I knew what I wanted to create how did I do that I don't know that's just bloody magic how did I do that window why the window there and why the floor why did I define the floor and why did I write a warehouse educational facility for photographers why I don't know but this what I wanted so I put it on my vision board and my vision came to fruition tunes out that not only exists I was brought there and I got booked signed an advertised and in the studio before I saw the picture and then I went like that I've seen this before like a deja vu so I go back to my vision board in there it wass even the window and I like that when I don't even understand that so I realized that in my manifestation of my last three years of turning around all my energy into what I want instead of what I haven't got I started to do this I called it the million dollar gift and I said it to a friend of mine while we're having coffee I said I've got a million dollars in my handbag one million dollars on the grand scheme of things it's not a lot of money because you know it's going to buy you a home and it's not going to pay for match after you buy their home so I said to here I've got a million dollars in my bank and my bag and I'm going to give you this check for a million dollars right now I'm going to give it to you but you can only take it if you start a business with it and she was like okay nothing right and then I got a pen and paper and I think what you're going to build you have to build a business out of it you will be shocked at what you write I want you to do that I've got a million dollars for you and it's the million dollar gift and I'm going to give it teo to start a business but you have to started business that will make an income from it I gave that challenge to kinnah at breakfast last week and I said to cannot here's your money tell me what you're going to do with it and keenan started to list the things she would do they involve travel they involved setting up a foundation they involve looking after her family and lots of other wonderful things and all of them everything she list involved giving money away so we looked at her list and at the end of it I was like that's a great thing to do with the money what else and she then I would look out to pay my shouldn't lie and look after my mom you know and I said okay so everything you've written was handing money over to someone else didn't we not do and then we started to look at our own list you know what my listed my list said I would do just about everything I wasn't doing in my normal life this was three years ago I want you to write them a lyndall a gift bliss and I need you to do it tonight I want you to imagine that I'm going to deposit a million dollars in your bank account tomorrow morning and all you have to do is give me a list off the business you were going to make out of it do you know the irony is you don't need a million dollars because I built that business in my garret in new zealand with three thousand dollars that I borrowed off my mom and dad and I did not need a million dollars because I hear people the time say I've got this idea for this business model if only somebody would give me this money I could do it but when you really want to do it you just start doing it you don't know how you don't know how it's gonna work you don't know what the outcome is gonna be you just start and somehow it happens and it arrives and it just collectively doors open because you're filled with so much patient and details and for what you're doing it is like magic so you do not need him a million dollars to start a business but what the million dollar challenge does is it alleviates for one minute everything that you don't like about what you currently have in this situation you can't we have because a million dollars freeze just about everybody it frees you from a job you hate it frees you from a relationship that is deep garden stale it frees you from a mortgage it pretty much freeze everybody and many dollars covers freedom for just about everybody but what I need to know is why you're not doing that without the million dollars because the truth is is when you see that list you will be shocked in what you can't achieve once you see it so here's the cool thing when candidate here list I did mine now I haven't done this for three years and three years ago I had a dollar fifty in the bank and I imagined that week that that eighteen thousand dollars I got was a million and I started to think to myself I'm going to pretend I own this one six point six million dollar home and that the ten thousand dollars in my bank those zeros I can see a six of them and that I have a million dollars in the bank what would I do tomorrow if I had no fear of where my next dollar was coming from what would I do tomorrow if I had know did no fear no empathy only opportunity and then I wrote that list and that list came to fruition so I realized then that the only thing standing in the way for me creating anything was my belief system and I had to uproot that belief system and order to challenge my blocks around money and when I did start to do that I don't count money anymore you know when I see it and they're not with one hundred and twenty that it's now it's just I don't even know what's in my bank I hear a fair idea I'm not stupid I do my texas every every two months so I know what I am and what I know now longer I don't count every scene in every dollar in every now it's just auxiliary it's an auxiliary income toe a full passionate life that I am now not afraid to have and if I can do it anybody can do it and when you do the money and all the challenge here's the thing I just sat down and did mine and everything I wrote on the list I'm already doing so a million dollars right now if you handed me a million dollars valerie I'd say thanks I put into my bank and I would keep working tomorrow because I am already on my path and I know it's the right land because I wouldn't change a single thing actually not true there were three things I would change I would paint for myself more it would take more days off and I would go to the gym more I can do all of those things without a million dollars okay that's just giving sewer but more time being a bit more gentle with her because she deserves that I want you to do the million dollar gift challenge I want you to write down what you would create I gave this challenge to my friend who's a photographer struggling and business she's come back with an entirely different business model turns out she didn't want to be a photographer at all she said why was I so attracted to photography I said I don't know she said maybe it was just to find you so you could frame me and I said I didn't free you you freed yourself her new business launches this month I'm not going to tell you what this because I'm when she built it and opens it then I'm going to tell you that story she learned that with may that she would always be in love with photography and it would be part of what she does but it would not be here income and I'm so proud of here because now she started a business that has nothing to do with photography nothing and it's something she's so passionate about how could she possibly think for one minute that she couldn't you're gonna do the million dollar challenge after you do the million dollar challenge you're then going to have a look at what you do do regarding and then you're going to compare it to what you would do if you had the money and you were going to start focusing on that list what you would do if you had a million dollars and you're going to move towards it every single day because that is what makes you happy and filled you with passion and you're going to forget you're going to slowly forget the debt and then it will slowly go away because you will no longer be looking at 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
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