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Class Introduction

Sue Bryce

Portrait Startup

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1. Class Introduction

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Class Introduction

I thought a lot about my last (laughs). I'm coming out of the gate already fired up, I tell you what. Give me this again. Just looking at these girls is really hard. Let me address a couple of things first. Why are they nine women? Cause I hear that a lot? I don't know, maybe men don't ask for directions. I have a lot of male followers. 33% which I think is extraordinary because I am a glamour brand so I definitely have a female branding. Kind of like newborn photography. You know, mothers photograph babies, women photograph women. I get that men photograph Playboy and Sports Illustrated and I don't like that divide. So the amount of men that have come in and started glamour businesses for me has been wonderful. The ones that did come up through the ranks in the last couple of years, just wanna teach their own workshops so I haven't had any male mentors that stepped up. So if you want to be a mentor, you have to work up just helping the community of glamour photographers while you buil...

d your own business. It was not, you know, you were chosen for any specific reason other than the photographers sitting here, not the women sitting here but the photographers sitting here have worked really hard on their business and really hard on giving mentoring advice, sage advice, constant support to other people in the group. So that's why they're here and because they've all built something really extraordinary and I can't wait to show you what they've built. Because it's really quite amazing. Now what it comes down to for me is, this is evidence, any scientist will stand in front of you and say, "Give me evidence that this works." Give me evidence or proof that this is real. Give me evidence that this is good. Give me evidence that this is viable and for the first time I realized, two months ago, I invited these mentors to my home in LA and I had not met seven of the nine. So seven of these photographers had watched me online and built a business having never met me in person and I think that is a testament to not only the model that I teach but to Creative Live. That online education is accessible to anybody in the world and you are proof that it works. Some of these photographers sitting here have gone from zero to an average of two and a half thousand dollars. And they are here today to tell you guys how they did it. Now I told you the first time I stood up and did Sue Bryce glamour. March, 3rd, 4th and 5th, my very first Creative Live workshop. I stood up and I told you how I did it. That I dragged myself up. I did it myself, I don't know how I did it. I got out of my own way, I confronted my blocks and so many of you starting out said, "Yeah but you're Sue Bryce. "So it was easy." And I don't know how I could've stood in front of you, more vulnerable and told you more of the truth than I told you that day. When I look at the last three and a half years I've grown extraordinarily as a photographer and as a person and as a teacher. So we're gonna talk about that too. Because I feel like my evolution has been really consistent with yours and you've all seen it because I've also been on camera the whole time. So, I think this two day workshop is extraordinary because what you're about to see is total proof that if you apply these simple steps with great courage you're gonna get somewhere. Alright, that's what it comes down to for me.

Class Description

When Sue Bryce taught her first CreativeLive class in 2012, she reinvented the category of glamour photography. That workshop inspired thousands of photographers to create a new kind of portrait photography business.

During this special event, you’ll hear from Sue again and meet nine photographers who changed the trajectory of their business and their lives thanks to inspiration they found in Sue’s CreativeLive classes.

In Portrait Startup, you’ll find out exactly what these photographers did to transform their fledgling photography operations into sophisticated, profitable businesses. You’ll learn about what it takes to build a profitable photography business and Sue will detail the Areas of Mastery required to run and sustain it. 

You’ll learn about:  

  • Cameras & Lighting
  • Studio or Location
  • Website & Portfolio
  • Marketing & Design
  • Social Media & Connection
  • Price & Product
  • Sales & Selling
  • Money Management
Sue will discuss the essential elements for building a successful glamour photography studio and you’ll get specific, tactical insights for doing it yourself.

Each of the guest photographers will share their own unique story of following Sue's business model and they’ll provide intimate details on what they've discovered and what worked (or didn't) for them. Sue will share the secrets behind her wildly effective Reveal Wall and share strategies that guarantee sales while keeping clients happy and eager to refer you to their friends.

If you want to build a photography business that celebrates the beauty inherent in all women, while running a business that provides for you and your family, join Sue Bryce and guests for Portrait Startup and learn how to build a business and life that you love.

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Sandra Sal

How glad I am that I have purchased this course! Sue is just wonderful woman, photographer, business person and life coach. This course is so informative, inspiring, educating and just AMAZING!! Simply a must have! Don't even think "should I get it" just buy it and you will be blown away! I loved every second of it and will keep re watching it many times more! Thank you to Sue, wonderful mentours and Creative Live!!

Laura Captain Photography

As a person that is new to portrait photography and to starting a portrait business, this class has been extremely valuable to me and well worth my time. It is also very helpful to hear from the mentors. I have a lot of respect for Sue, her work and her wisdom. She is genuine, has a passion for her work and has a wealth of information to share. I believe this class will actually allow a person to achieve their goals and build a business. I now feel more knowledgeable and more confident about pursuing a photography business. Thanks so much Sue and thanks to CreativeLive for providing wonderful online education.

Janice S.

i just finished watching this workshop. though i'd seen sue's name on the list of creative live workshops, this is the first one i've done. to me, she is effectively partnering life coaching with photography education. which is awesome. between being an ER nurse for almost 20 years, as well as arriving at my late 40s not unscathed, i can relate to much of what sue has said and would like to think that i'm in a better position to tackle the business of business ownership than i would have been 20 or 30 years ago. the other thing i noticed was hints of rhonda byrne. this may or may not actually be the case, but it seems like it. the power of positive thinking essentially. i loved the whole thing. though i'm not really close to implementing the business practices taught here, i wanted to watch the whole thing before moving on to her glamour photography workshop. i wanted to understand what i would be moving toward as i go through my technical education. i believe i will be adding 28 days to my class list too. thank you sue!