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Portrait Startup

with Sue Bryce

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    03:45
  •   02 The 9 Areas of Mastery

    30:28

Class duration: 11h 1m

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About The Class

build and sustain a profitable portrait photography business.


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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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    03:45
  2. 02

    The 9 Areas of Mastery

    The success of every portrait photography business hinges on some key variables - Sue identifies them.

    30:28
  3. 03

    Focusing and Applying the 9 Areas of Mastery

    43:47
  4. 04

    Meet the Mentors: Lori Patrick

    21:32
  5. 05

    Meet the Mentors: Nikki Closser

    13:16
  6. 06

    Meet the Mentors: Heike Delmore

    17:28
  7. 07

    Meet the Mentors: Joanna Ziemlewski

    06:52
  8. 08

    Meet the Mentors: Emily London Miller

    10:26
  9. 09

    Meet the Mentors: Tammy Zurak Allen

    09:51
  10. 10

    Meet the Mentors: Bethany Tubman Johs

    06:51
  11. 11

    Meet the Mentors: Shauna Lofy

    07:21
  12. 12

    Meet the Mentors: Tatiana Lumiere

    06:55
  13. 13

    Pricing Evolution

    12:49
  14. 14

    Pricing Challenge and Valuing Yourself

    41:24
  15. 15

    Pricing Case Study: Nikki Closser

    16:35
  16. 16

    You are in Business, Act Like It

    37:57
  17. 17

    Taking Ownership

    17:37
  18. 18

    A Thank You For Sue

    06:58
  19. 19

    The Reveal Wall

    43:36
  20. 20

    Sales and the Reveal Wall

    34:44
  21. 21

    Selling Yourself

    43:44
  22. 22

    Selling Yourself: Networking

    10:54
  23. 23

    Selling Yourself: Referrals

    09:49
  24. 24

    Mentor Testimonials

    36:59
  25. 25

    Words of Advice from the Mentors on Starting Your Business

    12:50
  26. 26

    Sales and Selling Yourself

    30:35
  27. 27

    What Products to Sell

    13:42
  28. 28

    The Cost of Printing at Home

    05:58
  29. 29

    Digital Sales

    16:26
  30. 30

    Contracts and Payments

    15:33
  31. 31

    Confidence and Ownership

    07:48
  32. 32

    Shameless Self Promotion

    37:10
  33. 33

    Being a Male Glamour Photographer

    04:42
  34. 34

    What's in it For Me?

    06:26
  35. 35

    Where do You Start?

    18:30

Meet Your Expert

Sue Bryce

Multi-talented Sue Bryce is a Master Photographer, Artist, Illustrator, and anthropologist. Her style of contemporary fashion-inspired portraiture gives her clients the experience of looking like the women in magazines and feeling beautiful. Sessions are designed to pamper and celebrate everything ... read more

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94% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Sandra Sal

    September 2015

    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

    Laura Captain Photography

    June 2015

    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.

    Janice S.

    July 2015

    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!

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