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February 16, 2014#

Facebook

Lets face it a lot of our marketing is happening on Facebook.  We build profiles make connections and network network I even teach how to build your page when I do workshops.  When I got my Personal Facebook I was sitting around the 688 friends mark ,made up of Family & Friends and then Photographers and randoms with of course some old school people that find you.   I chose NOT to have a business page it was 2012 March and I felt that people wanted to be ‘Friends’ not fans.

I did my first creativeLIVE March 3rd and in one day maxed out my personal page to the limit of 5000.  That day I opened Sue Bryce Photographer my business page and since then I have worked both pages dual posting.   I do not sell product on my facebook pages but I do post links to workshops and events and if you follow me a whole lot of personal stuff.

I built this page over two years Personal 5000 friends and 13.5 thousand subscribers and Business: 90 thousand plus.

I work under the micro blogging recipe which is

40% Positive Opinion – Because no one comes to your page for negativity

40 % Information – Everyone wants something and when you give they come back for more

10% Personality – I try to be silly funny and real

10% sell – Any more than that and people are repelled

Oh and Post every day.   It’s always about consistency.  This recipe worked for me and it will work for you.

I have had many images stolen off facebook and they used them to start new pages and people always message me to dobb them in.  I try never to delete negative comments because everyone is entitled to have their say but if it hurts my client at all I remove them.  I love my Facebook network it is a huge part of my day.  People who I have not necessarily met are consistent they share and message me and I have built the one thing I try to teach and that is a community.  So this week I got Facebook Cloned yes it’s a new thing read about it here: http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Facebook-cloning-How-its-done-and-how-to-prevent-it-20130530 Facebook even posted this warning you need to hide your friends list https://www.facebook.com/Facecrooks/posts/10151524855310345

They copy your Personal Profile: Block you so you can’t see it.  Copy your Profile Pic and your details and then like the same pages so at first glance it looks just like you.  Then they start friend requesting everyone you know.  Your friends are none the wiser.  But here is the best part then they went to my REAL page and reported me and FACEBOOK shut down my account. I did not get an email I simply got a message when I tried to log in saying “You have been reported as using your personal facebook for business.  Follow the instructions to migrate this page to a business page to keep these friends”  Thats it! no email! no right of reply! no help desk! and the FAKE Sue Bryce is still operational.  Now I have TWO Facebook business pages all of my friends including my family have been migrated to LIKES I cannot access their pages or tag them or contact them or even message them.  The fake account can then do as they please with all my pictures and my friends (well the ones I can’t email)  and I just lost a community I have built over two years.  I do not even pop up in your feed anymore.

Now lets address the tough luck principle well Sue Bryce you were doing business on your FB page and you got busted.  10% yes and only sell promotion no selling and no spam and no emails and no private messages I have never used my FB acct to send anything of this nature. I even have please email me business emails as I do not answer FB private messages.

My Options :

You can still like my business page and I can respond to your comments and messages here https://www.facebook.com/SueBrycePhotographer

You can join me on Twitter here https://twitter.com/sue_bryce

You can join me on Instagram here http://instagram.com/suebryce

Or you can subscribe to this blog and I will keep on posting and doing my thing.

I have applied to FB to merge the two business pages to this one I am sorry I cannot be friends with you I am trying to resolve this situation as soon as possible.

This is a screen shot of the FAKE account if this Sue Bryce friends you with only 40 friends it is not me.  If they ask you for money its is not me.  Please report this page so we can shut it down.  How to spot the fake, Joined 2014 only 40 friends no posts past or present.

and to the person who thought it was fun or cool to push me off facebook I lost 999 photographs that did not migrate even though the facebook print said they would and most importantly you have removed my FAMILY PRIVATE page from me and my whole network, I hope the fleas of one thousand camels infest your armpits and you stand on a lego.

 

This is the FAKE Sue Bryce account

This is the FAKE Sue Bryce account

 

 

 

 

February 5, 2014#

A Personal Post – My 30 day Juice cleanse

30 Day Juice Cleanse - Not Photography but much asked for.  Sorry if this doesn’t interest you but everyone is asking on FB so I’m putting it here.

Why? yes to lose weight and get my cholesterol under control (219) I thought Thats it, my beautiful Nana had a stroke when she was 42 it was the year I was born and the year I am now.  She lost the use of her right side her speech and had to learn how to walk again talk again and never regained her right hand so she had to learn to write with her left hand.  I adored her.  She was disabled with this stroke until the day she died at 83.  Lovingly at peace in my arms. When I turned 42 I went to the Doctor and got a full medical.  She said Sue Bryce you are in good health except you are still in the Overweight range and you have a cholesterol of 219 screeeech BAD. I have been on a weight loss mission since October 2012 after Jill in Paris.  Jill made me realise here was this beautiful young woman with a body parts getting cut away fighting for life and here I was with a perfectly healthy body I was not treating very well.  I cannot give Jill my body parts and I cannot give her the one thing she wants in all the world and that is a baby.  But I can honour her every day by looking after what I’ve got.

After Paris I cut out Wheat and all processed substitutes meaning no gluten free bread just NO bread no processed food at all and I was half vegetarian meaning white meat only Fish and Chicken.  Over the first year I lost 34 pounds / 15 kilos its was slow around one kilo per month but it was consistent. Then it STOPPED so I knew I either had to up the exercise or change the diet more.  Jamie Stephenson is one of my dearest friends she was in the crew that took Jill to Paris and this month she is opening Las Vegas’s first cold pressed juice bar.  She has studied and studied like no one I have seen before her passion for juicing and changing people lives is extraordinary.  You can check out Jamie’s new business here The Juice Standard like them on FACEBOOK till there website is full and live.  She was the reason I agreed to do this I believe in her 100 %.

Jamie Stephenson My friend, Founder of TheJuiceStandard. Kick Ass WOMAN

Jamie Stephenson My friend, Founder of TheJuiceStandard. Kick Ass WOMAN

I called her and I said I’m ready.  Mentally I had to do the prep work no 7 day Juice Cleanse for me I had to smash my cholesterol and I was prepared to give up eating to do it.  Jamie made me watch Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead you can watch it free it will change the way you see juicing.  You will watch really over weight sick guys change their lives get off medication for cholesterol, blood pressure and skin disorders and drop phenomenal  amounts of weight.  Another great source of inspiration and education I found was  Eat, Fast and Live Longer by Michael Mosley I really enjoyed watching this too its a perfect reminder that food is medicine and we simply eat to much.

My Before November 22nd & After photos December 24th, lost 13.5 lbs (6 kilos) in 30 days not glamourous but really telling.  That Belly fat just melts off.  I have been off my cleanse for 6 weeks and now have lost another 4 lbs (Total weight loss in 19 months is 51.5 pounds / 23.4 kilos) I am maintaining by eating vegan and working out and I’m still losing weight I am following Dr. Fuhrman Eat to Live (is the Doctor on Fat, Sick and nearly Dead) and has a video that you must watch on youtube if you are interested in his Eat to live plan its a great way to come off the cleanse Dr. Joel Fuhrman

The best news is My cholesterol is under 150!

After 30 days of Juicing Sue Bryce Juice 4

You have two choices buy or Juice. I don’t cook I would prefer to not walk into the kitchen I’m not going to lie I suck at cooking and don’t enjoy it.  When I cook I think about work.  So I would rather work and buy my juice so this is what Jamie did for me and her recipes are just unbelievable.  However most people opt to invest in the juicer so you can get all of that info at fat Sick and nearly Dead.  This is what a day on a juice program looks like.

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Am I really a Vegan YES never in a million years was I going to give up Diary.  Since my cleanse I haven’t craved it in fact I’ve been eating again for 6 weeks and I juice every morning still.

Did I cheat.  Yes Thanksgiving a glass of red wine and squash soup while everyone was chowing down on good ole American Thanksgiving I struggled with the wine and carried on as normal the next day.  In fact in week two I even hosted a dinner party and cooked for everyone.  When did I struggle: Oh boy yes I hit a wall.  Day one was hard but I was prepared I took the day off a whole lot of movies to watch and I thought yeah I can cope.  Week one I was a little uptight I definitely didn’t want to be near anyone eating! Nikki and Katie came to work every day and didn’t bring lunch they fully supported me and no social life was the go, so I stayed at home. Week two I had completely normal energy so I started going for walks and going to the gym hosting dinner parties etc I thought this is a breeze.  Week THREE I struggled during week 3 for starters I felt house bound work live sleep same place.  Everyone was going to pre holiday December parties but not me (BTW there is no good time of the year) and it dawned on my I don’t have many joyous activities that don’t involve food so I made a pact to find more and I have.

Best tips: My biggest lesson was during week three it was freezing and I was just so sick of cold juice then everything stopped (if you know what I mean) including my weight loss I went 6 days with nothing passing through and no weight loss so I called Jamie and she said are you still drinking your water and the answer was no I had become dehydrated.  If you are not going to the toilet you are not losing weight and you are not detoxing. Keep it moving keep drinking water.  Another tip is If you buy your juice make sure its Pressed never heated you can ask the experts why I just do as I’m told.

I had so much support because I asked for it and my friends were amazing they really prepared and so did I and Oh and the icing on the cake (excuse the pun) The Cashew nut dessert the Creme of all cremes Jamies incredible recipe which by the way when you are juicing is equivalent to eating a decadent icecream but its not and that along with the support got me through this.  But finally I have to say the mind is so powerful.  I believe when you WANT something you WILL achieve it.  I would repeat multiple mantra’s like

I WANT THE RESULT MORE THAN I WANT TO EAT - I WANT THE RESULT MORE THAN I WANT TO EAT – I WANT THE RESULT MORE THAN I WANT TO EAT  and My Kungfu is strong which is a funny reference to the years I trained in martial arts.   I was never hungry not once I know you think you will be but you are not.  Mind hungry yes but never physically hungry because I was getting as much micronutrients as possible.  I made a decision I believed in the result I believed in my self I loved Jamie’s Juice.

The best news is My cholesterol is under 150! I’m the slimmest I’ve been in 15 years. I don’t want to talk about my body or my weight.  I want to talk about why I put on 100 pounds all those years ago and why I held on to them for so long.  Weight loss it seems is a pretty basic science.  Eat this much – lose this much.  So why why do we find our identity in being unhealthy or overweight or not good enough.  I don’t want to try to preach to you about juicing this is just something I needed to do.  This was for you Nan because I know you wouldn’t want me to be hurting with a stroke like you were at my age.  There is a different diet out there for every person.  Different needs different life style different taste buds.  Just love being you and look after what you’ve got the best you can you are worth feeling good looking good and sleeping good.  A vowed after meeting Jill I would live a fuller, richer, braver life. I just needed to let go of some emotional baggage.

 

January 31, 2014#

Designing Refreshing Updating my website, brand, passion.

How long does it take before you start saying “I hate my website” I hear it all the time from others too “Don’t look at my website I haven’t updated it in a year.”  Then you start to redesign and the hours turn into late nights, days and then weeks.  Such a labour and so necessary.  The one thing I have noticed as I work my way through new gallery images letting go of old favourites and introducing new work is how much I fall back in love with what I do.    Sometimes the pressure the hustle the grind the competition the social media the marketing it gets you down it knocks you back.  I return to service of others always but there is also this spark that ignites and that is the love of creating a beautiful image of someone.  Sometimes I work on an image before bed and I email to myself and save it on my ipad.  I put it by my bed and stare at it.  I think about how lucky I am to be able to make pretty pictures for people.  For the people I work with every day and the clients I meet.  Then I’m not jaded anymore.

Put a new refresh of your website on your todo list this year.  Be proud of your online folio.  Fall back in love with what you enjoy.

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January 31, 2014#

‘Create the Incredible’ competition winners

During our Experimental Portraits workshop on creativeLIVE, Lara Jade and I announced a contest to “create the incredible” with an image I took during the live workshop.

Here is the original image that people were given to create with

Sue Bryce Illustrate blog

Thank you to all who entered. We had almost 300 submissions and Lara and I have both chosen a winner.

Here is the photo I chose created by Trisha Hadley

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Here is the photo that Lara chose created by Janet Hoffman

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January 27, 2014#

My job is a gift. To me

My job is a gift. To me. Every person I photograph gives me something incredible. I am so very luck to have this career and I don’t know when it actually shifted because I struggled for a long time. As you know I am a big campaigner for advertising to the 50 plus market and this year in March (don’t worry full details coming soon I promise) I will do a mentoring session and campaign marketing to show you all the amazing shoots I have done these last four months. This is Mary Beth she is one of my ’50 is Fabulous’ ladies and one of my favourite shoots for 2013 I got to spend the day photographing her and her two best girlfriends from college a life long friendship that spans years and I filmed it also cannot wait to share that.

Anyway after Christmas break I came back to the studio to find a large box had been delivered. In it is this fabulous Wedding Dress and a note from Mary Beth “this is my wedding dress from the 80s and I want you to have it because I know you will do something beautiful with it.” Firstly thank you Mary Beth for giving me this beautiful fairy princess gown I will do something fabulous with it. Secondly thank you for allowing me to capture you and the girls I admire friendship, sisterhood and women that live to empower each other. Im off today to remodel a gown and Glam the Dress.

She bought this dress in Paris

She bought this dress in Paris

and when she talks about the Paris

and when she talks about the Paris

She simply comes alive with joy

She simply comes alive with joy

I didn't need to make her dance I couldn't have stopped her

I didn’t need to make her dance I couldn’t have stopped her

I have already seen how I can remodel this gown. I am so excited to give it new life

I have already seen how I can remodel this gown. I am so excited to give it new life

January 26, 2014#

Have you created a Clear Vision for 2014

A lot of people ask me about The Secret. I read it when it first came out but I don’t quote it or recommend it because there are other books that had a more profound effect on me like Wallace Wattles ‘The Science of getting Rich’ But I guess people associate The Secret with me because I talk a lot about Clear Vision. So today’s blog is all about how I make things happen. I built my business on this quote:

“What we vividly imagine, ardently desire, enthusiastically act upon, must inevitably come to pass.” Colin P Sisson

I believe what you think becomes true. I believe what we focus on becomes our reality in fact I have seen it in practice over and over again. I believe in forming a Clear Vision and taking action towards that everyday. It is to me ‘The state in which you dwell’ spend all your energy thinking about debt and you create more. Manifesting is such a nebulous word so is visualizing I prefer Goal Setting. I don’t create a ‘Vision Board’ I create a THIS IS WHAT I WANT board then I set about putting it in to action every day.

Stress is so physical you become sick with worry you attract more. Start to think of creative ways to get out of it and you create more ways and so on. So easy to say once your are on the other side. But trust me I used to walk up to my letterbox with so much fear and pain in my gut knowing there was debt collection and bills I could not pay.

How I changed my thinking and got out of debt. I added up all my debt my living expenses and my bulging visa and worked out I needed to make 1400 dollars per week to pay it off get out of trouble and start living a life. At the time I was earning about $400 per week and paying the minimum on everything. There was no option to earn more in my job so I got a part time job and was earning $13 an hour getting nowhere even faster. So I had to seek self employment it was through this time that I learned about valuing my self.

I read a quote by John de Martini to convert your debt into service. When you work from an energy of service you are giving. When you are working from an energy of scarcity you are taking. Trust me giving attracts a lot more. I converted my debt into service. I was making $400 on my shoots at the time. I needed to book three to four shoots per week or three shoots and some retouching tuition. I went home that night designed a retouching card and printed it on art paper. Then I went to a photographic event asked them if I could do a free presentation on photoshop and gave every photographer my card. I then printed a gift voucher for a shoot and started to call every shoot I had ever done and asked them to recommend me to a friend and would they like another shoot. This both horrified me and made me physically sick people said no and I cried then people said yes and I got more work.

In other words instead of freaking out about having no money and trying to find money I just focused all my energy on booking three shoots and some retouching. I focused all my energy on giving service to others. That was my only focus three shoots and retouching. I put signs everywhere in my office

THIS IS WHAT I WANT! THREE SHOOTS and 5 hours retouching training. Within 4 months I had my first savings. Sounds kind of like a fairy tale but it isn’t. It’s so real.

Draw up an I Want/My Goals board today. Make it clear. Don’t make goals for money. Make goals for service. Read it everyday. Do something everyday to work towards it. Do not be afraid to write exactly what you want.

Nothing freaks me out more than this image. I put this on my I Want/Goals ‘A warehouse studio to train photographers’ when I walked on to the set of creativeLIVE three years later and took this picture I nearly fell over backwards. My Goals are set and they do come to fruition.

Sue Bryce Dream Big

Here’s another tip that really works. Speak your truth. In a time of great struggle I wrote down “I hate marketing and selling my work” I really did I HATED IT, it gave me serious anxiety and feelings of rejection. Tell friends tell a business coach free yourself of excuses that are holding you back come out of the failure closet speak out and find a solution. You see no longer could I make the same lame excuses its the economy others were flourishing but not me. It was me and I had to change it and I did and so can you. I had two choices get in a situation where someone was doing it for me or confront my fears and blocks.

Wanting something is one thing. Taking action towards it is a different story. Keep gratitude in your mind always. Do one thing everyday to support your Want/Goals list and lastly applied faith. Know you are worth the life you dream of and let it happen. Get out of your own way. Strive for what you really want. When you write down what you want and set it in your mind your blocks will come up fast and they will be very obvious thats what you embrace and fix as soon as you can.

December 14, 2013#

Live events and Mentoring for 2014

I have chosen this year not to speak on the Expo circuit as I really want to build up my business. I want to grow as a business owner and Photographer. I know lots of people get caught up in the bright lights of being up on that stage but I love to do the work so thats what I will focus on. I will always share and provide resources and inspiration for Photographers on my website and I am starting a more personal Mentor program for the photographers that want to work with me one on one.

Two Companies have treated me with such generosity and respect and I am returning the favour by choosing both of their events to speak at this coming year, the first being creativeLIVE and the second a great organisation called Clickinmoms. The event I will present at for Clickinmoms is Clickaway in September in Utah details & registration here: http://www.clickinmoms.com/clickaway/

I would love to see you there.

To both Clickinmoms and my creativeLIVE family thank you for your amazing support. Love Sue

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For Personal mentoring all details will be on my new website which will launch in the next 2 weeks. All details for creativeLIVE I will post on my Blog and Social Media. I’m very excited for the new year and I am making some big plans.

December 14, 2013#

More Show don’t tell “Create a DREAM your clients can share”

This coming month try photographing all your details for a shoot. 50/50 ask a photographer you know to come shoot your details and behind the scenes and then go to their studio and shoot their details and behind the scenes. Heres a tip a wedding photographer does great detail shots. Nikki Closser shoots all my details and Behind the scenes now she has such a great eye for details being a wedding photographer and knows how to make me look good as a portrait photographer. My marketing and Social Media are based on Show don’t tell. Show your clients the details, show them the process excite them with imagery excite them with story telling.

You primary market is Women! Bride Mother Maternity Family. What do Women LOVE? look at these pics below there isn’t a woman that would not fall in love with these images if she’s into pretty things. Stop trying to market on PRICE market on experience on service on the love of your job on the pride you have in what you do. Its good energy and it’s in every image it translates. Fill your marketing with enthusiasm and joy and see how everything you attract changes. I do not live in a Martha Stewart home but Nikki’s shots make it look dreamy and pastel and romantic. We are photographers after all the best gift we have is to tell stories with our cameras. Are you telling yours? We don’t have to have big fancy studios to give big fabulous service.

At first I hated the Behind the Scenes and then I realised the power it carries on my social media.  One photo like this speaks so many words.

At first I hated the Behind the Scenes and then I realised the power it carries on my social media. One photo like this speaks so many words.

A bride spends months creating her wedding we shoot every detail.  A woman should feel the same about her portrait shoot. Create desirable product and a desirable experience that others want

A bride spends months creating her wedding we shoot every detail. A woman should feel the same about her portrait shoot. Create desirable product and a desirable experience that others want

Clients want to know you bond with you.  "If they like you they buy from you"

Clients want to know you bond with you. “If they like you they buy from you”

My friends on facebook always want to know what Im up to.  Its a way to constantly promote yourself and your business without promoting yourself and your business. Keep it interesting Show don't tell.

My friends on facebook always want to know what Im up to. Its a way to constantly promote yourself and your business without promoting yourself and your business. Keep it interesting Show don’t tell.

Images: Nikki Closser  Would you rather me make an Advert to try and sell you a video or show you the complete overwhelming joy I experienced making these incredible pieces and then photographing them.

Images: Nikki Closser Would you rather me make an Advert to try and sell you a video or show you the complete overwhelming joy I experienced making these incredible pieces and then photographing them.

by Sue Bryce Making Portraits makes my heart sing.

by Sue Bryce Making Portraits makes my heart sing.

Fear repels, negativity repels, anger repels, resentment kills everything. RECONNECT If your heart is not in it get out of it or change it. Tell people why you do what you do. Show them why you do it. Connect with your value and your truth and infuse it into every part of your business YOU ARE WORTH THAT. Because the worst thing that can happen is you will be filled with joy. It doesn’t take long for joy to attract.

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