I have been very sheltered in my career. The first four years as a professional retouch artist and part time pro (no studio/learning to make money) Our artroom serviced the entire NZ Pro market. So I knew my industry. Three years ago when I started to look beyond the NZ market I went to Australia. A country with 6 times the population of NZ and a very high standard of Pro Photography, with a great connection to the U.S Photog market. It was THAT moment that I realised I not only had a great and successful business model, I had a brand that differentiated me from the current market.
Although Boudoir has really re launched in the U.S market I AM NOT A BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER. The idea began, to take my Brand globally. Maybe I could FRANCHISE?. I studied franchise, got a franchise lawyer, wrote everything I needed to write down and then got busy shooting and setting up my Australian brand and promptly didn’t go any further. Coming back to franchise I will say, when I bring it up people get very excited about it and I always get asked the same question.
Can you teach someone to do what you do?
It’s one thing doing a 2 day workshop, no you can’t learn EVERYTHING in 2 days. But when you work with a photographer for 1 – 6 months then yes you can. I know this is true, as aside from the many Photogs I mentor I have produced 6 strong fulltime Photogs within my own brand. I can also track their financial progress, 2 of whom did 4 $8000 portrait shoots in their first two months, each. I have the proof and a testimonial to confirm this. My biggest reservation regarding franchising my business model, is that you as an artist/photographer would want the creative license to add your own flavour, which would take it away from the structure of what my brand/shooting system is.
When you read reviews about the photography education market in general around the world, I’m hearing “People teaching workshops are just churning out clones of themselves” etc blah blah. Yes. If you pay to learn from someone you will shoot like them. THAT IS THE POINT if you are like me, trying to teach people a new genre. Contemporary Glamour Photography doesn’t exist in the current portrait market. So if you learn my system, then it stands to reason you go forth and create this system into your own brand. SO when someone looks at you and says “Oh did you do a SUE BRYCE workshop” you say yes! It’s a wonderful inclusion into my brand and is making me a lot of money. (wink)
So can you learn my shooting system, include it into your brand, put your own spin on it and not have to pay me a franchise fee? YES I invite you to join ‘Inside the Glamour Studio’ a one year online training membership. Not long to wait now, as a perfectionist its taking me months to pull all this content but I want you to go online and be overwhelmed with so much information to excite you teach you and get your business and income flowing in.
Can I teach you YES. I can teach you about business and shooting YES, can I teach you about making money and posing and photoshop and marketing YES, these are tools. Can I give you drive NO confidence NO the power to regenerate yourself and work from a place of passion NO this all must come from you. Because these are SELF power and attitude, these can only come from you and these things will dictate how successful you become.
When Simona my assistant/makeup artist asked me to start working with her I said yes immediately
Simona’s words: After doing hair and make up for 15 years professionally, working with many photographers and modelling for 8 yrs, I have been on both sides of the camera.I never got inspired to shoot for myself and become a photographer. Even my husband, who is also a photographer could never get me to pick up the camera. Then I met Sue Bryce, on the third shoot I realised that I wanted to learn her style of photography . So I started to shoot. I have been very lucky to have been taught by such a Master. I love Sue’s ability to pose a woman that has never been photographed before , or possibly doesn’t even like having photos taken. She moves every inch of their body in a way that she looks like a model. To watch it in person is magic. Sue makes her subjects feel so comfortable that she projects that soft serene face that you often see in fashion mags and beauty campaigns. Sue also has an amazing ability to teach, and explain how and why she works a certain way. Most photographers that shot models just guide the model a bit but the model does all the posing. I have never worked with anyone else that has this down to such a fine art . After training with Sue for the past two years, I still have light bulb moments and am always learning something new.
My greatest moment came when she critiqued my latest shoot and said there was nothing to critique, that and selling my first Folio and shoot. Simona Janek
Simona and I shooting together. This is us discussing the manipulation of light on a client (serious stuff) this is our working faces.
As a professional Makeup Artist an ex Model and a Wife of one of Sydney’s Best Wedding Photographers Graham Monro, Simona is a natural at shooting. Mostly though because she has a beautiful, calm aura that radiates beauty.
Simona’s shoot, this is from a beautiful shoot she did. She did the Hair and Makeup also. I am so proud when one of my Photographers start turning in a high level of work.