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Money Talks with Tiffany Angeles
It's simple Tiffany is one of best friends and my money guru. Tiffany and her husband Marc have been helping me with my money management for the last 5 years. I have been on a mission to learn about money since the day I launched my own business in 2003, I say learn because its like anything you can actually learn to be better at it. Money has never come easy to me, learning to receive it was one of the hardest lessons I had to learn especially as a creative. Learning to keep it is a whole other lesson.…
Photoweek on CreativeLIVE Sep 20 -26 Master Natural Light w ME
Book in now RSVP here it's free to watch live https://www.creativelive.com/conference/photo-week...I am on Tuesday before Lunch Mastering Natural light. I have pre shot a Downloadable tooInside Shooting / Outside Shooting / Sun booth / Too much Light / Not enough Light / Reflectors / Back Light /Silhouette and Behind the Scenes video it will be fast, intense and packed full of 101 Natural Light.
Sue & The Mentors Suppliers list
Sue Bryce Los AngelesAlbum Boxes and Matts Finao (USA) or Seldex (AUS) embossed box with Sue Bryce PortraitPrinting in Studio Canon Pro-1 and the Epson 7900Mounting and Framing LA Custom FramingEmily London Miller - Salt Lake CityProDPI Fuji Deep Matte 8x10 prints. $2.88 per print. t’s been hard for me to find the Fuji Deep Matte paper from other vendors, and especially at such a good price. I love the paper - I think it is luxurious and beautiful.Finao 11x14 mats with 7x10 openings ($5.50 each mat)Finao portfolio boxes (black buckram fabric with blind embossed logo, no ribbon closure, no…
Whats new this week on Sue Bryce Education
Whats new this week on Sue Bryce Education This Week / all these videos on POSING CURVES - Posing is my super power and over the next 12 months I will get as many different shapes and sizes as I can to teach all the subtle fabulous tips and tricks to helping people look their best.Posing & Direction I replicated the Posing & Direction video series with model Tessa, I went through the same General Posing with our curvy model, Jen to show the subtle difference in seeing and directing different body typesRule of 9's Compare and contrast the Rule…
In Person Workshop at the Canon Learning Centre Orange County
I would love to Meet you hereSession 1 July 15th 2015Preparing Posing and Photographing with a live modelPosing Direction Connection Hands All Body TypesREGISTER HERE: http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/events_calendar/event_details/cll_events/oc/20150715_oc_suebryce_clloc.shtml Session 2 July 16th 2015Start the session with posing principles and photographing a live modelPost-production workflowMaking a print (Reveal Wall)Selling Product Selling youREGISTER HERE: http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/events_calendar/event_details/cll_events/oc/20150716_oc_suebryce_clloc.shtml Posing is my Super Power Learn Composition, Hands, Chin, Shoulder, Hourglass, Movement, Expression, Direction, Connection, Body Language, Age Appropriate Posing and how to Flatter all bodies, face shapes and Angles.
The 9 Areas of Mastery Pricing / Selling You / Speak Value
Today we start 12 weeks of intense work together on Convocation. We are starting with Pricing / Selling YOU & Speaking Value. Until you define what it is you sell and offer and then create a price that you feel mirrors your core value then you will never be able to sell yourself. I have Published the first internal blog and video with my first price-list, my pricing evolution, a reasonable standard of professional pricing and some idea on where and how to start and how to get over the pricing block with value. Everybody says I need more Marketing,…
Harness Harsh Light
Harness Natural Light1/8000 sec; f/1.6; ISO 320 No Reflector / No diffuser / Sun position was high face was in semi shadow 2pm in the afternoon (Canon 5Diii 35mm 1.4 lens)Inside the Light box 1/80 sec; f/2.8; ISO 100 1pm High sun Diffused with the fabric over top (Canon 5Diii 35mm 1.4 lens)I cannot shoot in this lightLets build a light box outside 2 Foamcore Vflats make a shell diffuse light over the top with Polyester Chiffon or Net Curtain
How to Give Critique and Get Critique on Sue Bryce.com/education
I wanted to create a website that gave viable and relevant educational feedback for Portrait Photographers. This is not a ranking or validation tool, it's about uploading an image or your online marketing and asking questions that you are struggling with, regards to Design, Posing Direction Photoshop Lighting and Connection. You can also upload your online marketing to get feedback. Watch this video for a demo and join us at suebryce.com/education Watch this little Video to get a peek at Critique
The Reveal Wall
True Story: 12 Years ago a business coach asked me "Who is your demographic" I thought about it and answered "Female 18 - 80" he laughed, I didn't. End of Story My demographic is female, that does not mean I do not shoot husband and sons, it just means this is my marketing demographic. That's it, if you are a woman you are my client. I do not care where you shop or how expensive your clothes are or how old you are. You just have to want beautiful photo's.Fact: When People WANT something they say "HOW can I pay…
The Red Dress a Portrait / Watch Me Shoot
Welcome in to my world of Contemporary Portrait. Watch over 150 videos and have your own images critiqued for only $25 a month (you can cancel your subscription at any time) Join me here at http://suebryce.com/education When you become a member, you'll get access to incredible, content-rich videos that cover a huge range of topics: from posing, lighting, and styling; to marketing, service, and sales. With over 150 videos already available, and more being created every day, this is your back-stage pass to the glamour studio. Shooting with The Strobe WATCH THESE VIDEOS For more Join me here at http://suebryce.com/education…
The White Sheet
This is the Image I chose for InBedWithSue it very much speaks to the simplicity of Contemporary Glamour and she is In Bed. True story: The irony is I am not a boudoir photographer although I have always photographed people in their underwear and nude (by request) the name InBedWithSue came from circa 1998 I used to do all the studio pre consults in our viewing room which had a large couch I would sit people down and get so enthusiastic about designing their shoot I had a 100% booking rate. It was a big comfortable couch and people would…
The Flower Wall
It took 17 hours all up! I was Tenacious. The flowers I collected over 7 years. Some were cheap and some were pricey. Most of them had wire stems so I spent most of my time wire cutting the stems. Then I put two big Polyboards up and Gaffer taped them to the wall and spent about 10 hours poking those flowers in. I call it my happy wall I sit and look at it every day. Enjoy. I did a photoshoot on this wall and I am currently editing it Don't get too excited I wasn't that happy with…
Welcome to the Sue Bryce World of Contemporary Portrait
In early 2008 I moved from New Zealand to Australia, it was a very scary time to be in business, the uncertainty of the failing economy is a palpable fear to the business owner. Particularly a ‘Luxury’ business (thats the name I give to a product that is a pure luxury and certainly not a necessity) I was watching the explosion of video in both my photography community and in media, Facebook and YouTube were clearly on a trajectory of epic proportion and the introduction of online education was becoming the fastest growing medium that was changing lives. To be…
Meet The Mentors
A Message from Sue Bryce: Introducing The MentorsThese Nine Photographers are in their Start Up first three years in Contemporary Portrait after completing my Workshops. Each of these photographers have been building their studios at a remarkable pace and working their way through the 9 areas of portrait business, building their sales higher and more consistently every month. As they were working on their own businesses they became Mentors in the Facebook group InBedWithSue. I invited the Mentors to my studio for a weekend intensive and was blown away with their progress and growth. Each of these amazing Photographers have…
The Sash Dress Challenge
True story: Circa 2003 a client turns up to my start up no doors shonky garage studio in the country. Despite the phone consultation (although if I am to be honest) I probably just emailed her and expected that she would read it. She shows up for her Glam shoot with no clothes, wearing boy jeans and and a black T-shirt. I was in that start up business phase you know the one, where her payment meant I would make rent and eat that week. So the reality was I was devastated, panicking about money and I thought there is…
"Inches mean nothing . . . but the weight of your words and the weight of your actions are everything"
I was on stage at ClickAway 2014 Salt Lake City teaching Posing. I asked them not to get me models I would pick my models from the audience. You see like clients you never know what you are going to get until they walk in your door. I asked for volunteers Curvy, Lean, Tall, Short and I posed the girls simultaneously. I love teaching the very subtle but powerful nuance of movement angles and poses and how different body types do different things. One of my volunteers was Jen Mink, afterwards she was high fived and congratulated for being brave…
My once spartan & minimalistic studio is now a forest of C-stands & sand bags & head hitting obstacles
Circa 1992 we had a softbox hanging from the ceiling on a pull down arm, it was quite cool you could stretch it down move it about and when you were done you could retract it. Every now and then It would fall down and smash me in the head always in front of clients. Anyway the deal was 80's Glamour was done the softbox and the soft vignette were in the trash and we started to shoot Natural light at the time (we were very progressive) we had big sheets of Poly boards (Polystyrene or Styrofoam) The movie industry…
When you find yourself with a backdrop asking for more attention than your client
Take back the contrast or embrace it? I have always run run run from busy backdrops when boudoir photographers around the world were purchasing those black and white damask backdrops I was shaking my head with a hell no. What happens however when you're on location and you don't have a choice. Do you run from it or embrace it. I posted a photo from this shoot and there was an instant splitting of very strong opinions between like and don't like so I edited the shoot dropping the contrast and embracing it, here is how I did it and…
Payback Friendship with Friendship
Nicole Fitzpatrick has been a personal friend of mine since 2008. For two years Nicole's beautiful little daughter Mia battled and finally beat Leukemia and her best friend Coz was there the whole way, you may remember me posting about Mia and bone marrow donation. Well last year Coz turned 40 and was diagnosed with MS. For her 40th birthday she asked her friends and family for a wishing well gift. To be Photographed by me. Nicole called and told me and almost a year later these two wonderful Women flew from Melbourne Australia to me in Los Angeles and…
Portrait of a Musician
I was lucky enough to photograph the incredibly talented singer/songwriter Caity Copley. I went into this shoot with the intention of capturing new fabulous PR images -leaning more towards a rock 'n roll vibe rather then glamour portrait. Something worthy of Rolling Stone, this was a great challenge for me I lean heavily on beauty posing but Caity has such a natural confidence as a performer so we started with beauty type shots and by the time we got into the tophat she was fully her true self. Her music style is Piano/Pop so she still has an element of…
Chalkboard paint and a Gorgeous Woman
I painted this backdrop and it screamed EIGHTIES I screamed back HELL NO. I wasn't too worried as the drop sheet had cost $20 and the paint about the same so I thought oh well it's already primed for another coat. Then I had the idea to use chalkboard paint so I jumped on Amazon and ordered a quart $19.90 I have always loved chalkboard paint because I love anything matt.I had a light plum/mauve left over from my first backdrop attempt so I mixed a little in, I did not want Black Black as I already have the velvet…
My first LA moment & Shooting the black tunnel
Just another incredible opportunity I had working with Olay to meet and photograph all of these incredible Women. Her name is Alexis Wolfer she is the Founder and Editor in chief of The Beauty Bean and an author of an amazing book The Recipe for Radiance and I got to photograph her. Probably my first LA moment. I say that because Bruce Grayson International Makeup Guru and Randi Petersen Celeb stylist were there to give Alexis the star treatment and what an incredible day we had. Congratulations to Alexis.Shoot tip this is what I have been doing a lot these…
Adding Textures and Tones
I do everything the hack way as most of you know although I refer to it as the fast way. After all I had to teach myself photoshop and by the time there was internet accessible education I was long set in my ways. I posted a pic of a girl with a large hair piece yesterday and everyone asked about it so here is how I apply textures. Not all images need or look good with a texture added I almost never do it to a standard portrait. If I am doing something a little more stylized or arty…
Painting a Canvas Backdrop
On Sunday I had a GREAT IDEA to photograph a special Victorian Style shoot with a dress that I have access to for one day. So off I went to the hardware store and bought 2 quarts of paint and a gallon of white. After all if it all turned bad I would throw the pink into the white mash it up and then make it dirty and cracked that was my fall back. I chose colors based on a pastel palette that suits the final look I want and basically is different from anything I have in the studio.…
Testimonials
It has been 18 months since I went live with the Photography workshop 28 Days with Sue Bryce on creativeLIVE. For the last 18 months I have watched the groups work, fight, strive, struggle and also succeed in building their businesses. We have added days and videos and we monitor the group 28 days study group on Facebook where you can join and work through the challenges with others that are working through it weekly. It's a supportive group run by Lori Patrick who tirelessly works to build a community of on going support. I posted in that group that…
I gave her a Napkin . . .
I gave her a napkin at a restaurant. I was nervous - approaching strangers is hard. I talked about her and watched her for about 10 minutes before I got the courage to walk over. I didn't have a card (I know business rule 101 ) "would she think I was some hack, unprofessional or some weirdo" the thoughts all went through my head. I said Hi I am a photographer my name is Sue Bryce I would love to photograph you, I am embarrassed to say I do not have a card on me right now but I have…
Jennifer Hudson Workshop
She is a prolific fine artist award winning talent gentle human soul and simply a lovely girl. I wanted to attend a fine art workshop this year and I chose Jen's for all of these reasons. I wanted or rather needed to be in a place that wasn't teaching or business or money just Mountains and Art and reconnecting. Her opening talk Falling to my knees nearly had me falling to my knees and when she spoke of restoration I had a silent weep. I forget to restore as a business owner as an artist and I resonated with this…
My First Strobe Shoot
Remain calm do not panic. After 25 years of shooting natural light I am not going all strobe simply TEACHING AN OLE DOG NEW TRICKS. Yes I'm the old dog and yes this a great new trick. It definitely has it's place in the gorgeous vintage portraits that I have been creating.My lighting set up for Jenna shoot. Strobe to the wall bouncing back through the scrim as taught byPhotography by Felix Kunze in our last creativelive class. The point of this class was felix to teach me to replicate soft Studio light that competes with my beloved natural light…
Hack your own Designer Gown
Lets get this clear. I AM NOT A DRESS MAKER! My dress maker Mother bought me my first bought dress on my 10th birthday because I begged her to, I tore the frill off at first break at school (we laughed about the cheap quality) I had home made dresses all my life and when I became a teenager she tried so hard to teach me. But NO I don't follow patterns wouldn't follow rules and refused to sit patiently and learn her craft. My Mum will be rolling her eyes reading this. Sorry Mumma you know it I am…
Shooting the Backlight, Light leaks on AlienSkin
Late Afternoon 5D mark iii 50mm 2.8 640 ISO Shooting through twigs light behind client no reflector. Color edit Alien skin Polaroid 600 faded plus Light Leak for rainbow color. The BW I did on top of the color filter so I ran it twice in AS thats why it has that dirty look which I love.Late Afternoon 5D mark iii 50mm 2.8 640 ISO Shooting against Borganvillia light behind client no reflector. Light Leak for rainbow color.Late Afternoon 5D mark iii 50mm 2.8 640 ISO Shooting into light, light behind client no reflector. No color editing SOOC.(Straight out of…
Okay poke your tongue out and say ARRRRR . . .
Lets do a Business check up this Monday LIVE on CreativeLive. You know when I say Business Check up I mean a YOU check up (and a little butt kicking sometimes too) I am flying up to Seattle for a day to talk to you guys.I want REAL questions!HARD questions?HONEST questions!I will not answer how do I tape my V Flats together or how long is my Ottoman. (which by the way all of those questions are being talked about regularly on the facebook group IBWS on Facebook)I want to talk about real business challenges right now. I will show…
Amy - Behind the scenes of a Sue Bryce Shoot
People feel vulnerable mostly when they are about to be photographed. They apologize A LOT! Sorry I cut my hair. Sorry I've put on weight. Sorry my skin has been so bad lately. Sorry I didn't know what clothes to bring. That list goes on and on.I started filming all my sessions last year and interviewing them asking them everyday questions about themselves. This is one of the first of about 30 videos I am editing. This is Amy's shoot behind the scenes, her feelings and her seeing her photos for the first time. A very real and enjoyable insight…
Your Best Beautiful
About 10 years ago I dreamed that video was the next big thing for Photographers I have experienced the invention and growth of the DSLR and the impact of Social Media in all it's forms. The ability to share stories and empower and connect through this media is one of the greatest tools we have. I dreamed one day I could tell real stories of uncompromising beauty and strength from the Woman I meet and Photograph every day. I hear their stories, so filled with beauty and hope and yet all with same underlining fear "Am I good enough" and…
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