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June 1, 2014#

Did you trial Exposure 5 after our workshop

Did you trial Exposure 5 after our workshop? I’m putting the AlienSkin code here on the blog so you can return to it when you’re ready, you have till June 20th to get the discount.  I am posting some of my favorite go to filters but Im sure you’ll find your own.

Promo code is FKZ0514 It gives the discount of 30%. The promotion is live now and is set to end on the 20th of June. www.alienskin.com 

Exposure 6 is in late beta and isn’t quite ready for a debut.  Anyone that purchases version 5–taking advantage of the discount–will receive a free upgrade to version 6 when it’s released. Version 6 has creative focus capabilities of another one of my favorite products, Bokeh. So, there’s an extra $100 value of software coming your way.

Felix and I would like to thank you for your questions and hilarious comments and support we had a blast.  I look forward to watching this young man turn into an extraordinary force in the photographic industry.  I hope AlienSkin assists you in the creation of beautiful images I know both Felix Lara and I love it and we hope you do too.

If you haven’t  seen our workshop yet here is the link The Lighting Challenge and see how we challenged Felix to create beautiful soft portrait light to match natural light.  Gorgeous Hollywood portraits and more

Workshop Image Natural Light

Workshop Image Natural Light

Workshop Image Studio Light

Workshop Image Studio Light

Original Image no filter.  Light retouch to face & extra bright sequin's. Slimming through waistline.

Original Image no filter. Light retouch to face & extra bright sequin’s. Slimming through waistline.

Definitely my Go To Black and white especially for Hollywood shoots desaturate image open in AlienSkin 5 Daguerreotype 75% with less grain.

Definitely my Go To Black and white especially for Hollywood shoots desaturate image open in AlienSkin 5 Daguerreotype 75% with less grain.

A little more drama Wetplate with Brush Painted 75%

A little more drama Wetplate with Brush Painted 75%

Strangely this is Wetplate color and I really like it

Strangely this is Wetplate color and I really like it

Technicolor Process 4 faded 100% I am always drawn to cold tones and strong warm tones my goal is always to push away from natural skin tone.

Technicolor Process 4 faded 100% I am always drawn to cold tones and strong warm tones my goal is always to push away from natural skin tone.

This is my favorite filter Fade all leave strong reds 100%

This is my favorite filter Fade all leave strong reds 100%

Probably used on 80% of my shoots in Polaroid 600 Yellowed Aging removed - Added Blue to bring down the yellow & desaturate 10 %

Probably used on 80% of my shoots in Polaroid 600 Yellowed Aging removed – Added Blue to bring down the yellow & desaturate 10 %

Original Image from the workshop

Original Image from the workshop

Another favorite BW go to Calotype 75% less grain.  Brings me straight home to film days.

Another favorite BW go to Calotype 75% less grain. Brings me straight home to film days.

Original Image from Workshop light retouching on face.  Shot with Strobe

Original Image from Workshop light retouching on face. Shot with Strobe

See how my go to Fade all leave reds changes the whole tone of this image

See how my go to Fade all leave reds changes the whole tone of this image

I double up filters this is Fade all leave strong reds and NoonDaySun about 50% each

I double up filters this is Fade all leave strong reds and NoonDaySun about 50% each

Another favorite is NoonDay Sun.  Almost reminiscent of our C41 to E6 X process era

Another favorite is NoonDay Sun. Almost reminiscent of our C41 to E6 X process era

My pick of Images of Katie in my most used B/W Daguerreotype 75% grain 43%

My pick of Images of Katie in my most used B/W Daguerreotype 75% grain 43%

June 1, 2014#

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 into my daily life as a portrait photographer and the complete joy I get to experience watching these women unfold. Enjoy.

Photography Assistant: Nikki Closser
Hair and Makeup: Kendra Springer
Filmed & Edited by Shaun Levra
Music by TripleScoopMusic

April 8, 2014#

Hollywood Icons and a video on Animoto

Argh check out this fabulous video we made on Animoto.  This sort of behind the scenes is so easy to create and everyone LOVEs them.   In January I was in New York and I spent the whole day playing with these fabulous photographers.  Myself Felix Kunze bought our Hollywood GLAM together and he showed me how to create or rather recreate these iconic hollywood images with 3 Arri lights and a 5×4 Softbox.  Watching him work the light with diffusers and reflectors amazed me and seeing these shots come to life was just incredible. Stills, lighting details and more information are on the next blog

Hollywood Shoot with Sue Bryce & Felix Kunze from InBedWithSue.com on Vimeo.

Are you using Animoto yet and promoting your studio the biggest social media platforms on the planet Facebook Youtube Vimeo Pinterest. It’s so easy and so affordable here’s a discount code

Promo code is NYCshoot and it gives $50 off until April 30th – Thats unlimited highres slideshows you can embed and share

Thank you Adorama you guys were great to work with. Katie McMullen Hair and Makeup fantastic work, Nikki Closser shot all these behind the scenes and the beautiful people Susan Stripling Tamara Lackey Brooke Shaden Felix Kunze Lara Jade Play shoots do not get better than this. A big thank you to Sally Sargood for making me be Liz I wouldn’t have done it and now I love the image so much I’m putting it on my wall. Thank you Animoto for the code I love watching Shot videos like these I know the power they have on media and I love your service too.

March 26, 2014#

50 & Fabulous Movement

The question is “Are Women over 50 invisible in our media?” They are part of the largest shopping demographic and the biggest internet users, yet they are the most unmarketed to demographic in the world. We live in this fountain of youth society and as we get older, we are more and more ignored. This makes me annoyed and I want it to change.  So I am starting a movement.  Join me in starting a 50 & Fabulous movement #50andfabulous. Let’s show the world the true beauty of these magnificent women.  As a photographer these have always been my favourite shoots.  I remember looking at my Mother thinking that she was the most beautiful woman in the world and I still do. Woman over 50 are our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughter, friends and wives. They are the matriarch of families. I love to photograph these women. They are magnificent, beautiful, and confident.

I want to tell Women to GET IN PHOTOGRAPHS.  To celebrate their beauty and most important of all to exist in Photos for your children. One day they will be priceless.  Like you are to the people who love you.

50 & Fabulous from InBedWithSue.com on Vimeo.

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I photographed  Kathleen Clemons as part of my 50 & Fabulous campaign. She has a beautiful story and I wanted to tell it.

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57 is Fabulous from InBedWithSue.com on Vimeo.

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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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.

December 9, 2013#

This is what I want to do for you . . .

I am refreshing, updating and replenishing my website. When I do workshops I tell people all the time replenish this source every year but wow what a big job this is. I am working on new images and new videos and a beautiful Issuu ‘A shoot with Sue’ Our websites are our first line of contact and our online folios and we need to stay current and excited about what is on there. (I don’t think I really need to tell you that you know I’m preaching to the choir) So I guess what I want to share is WHAT is going on this site. We get 30 seconds to hook that viewer and that means the content has to be visual and strong. Videos will hold the viewer 8 times longer and can link to Vimeo and YouTube so you can monitor where the traffic is coming from.

Less words more SHOW don’t TELL and information that communicates well and connects. Be real, be interesting show what you do, show who you are but the most important rule of all. Show people what you are giving them. You provide a service they are paying for it tell them what it is you are offering. This video is for my About Page did I really need a video on my about page. Well yes, I want people to meet me, know me and hopefully like me but mostly I want them to BELIEVE me. Talking about what I love is easy, actually it was quite emotional my voice quavers through this as I didn’t write the answers I just said what I believe to be true for me.

Filmed in my Makeup Room by Alejandra Vidal of www.imaginaledesign.com check her out like the formidable Hailey Bartholomew www.youcantbeserious.com.au she has a beautiful eye and she can capture stories. These two women make my work so beautiful.

About Sue Bryce Portrait from InBedWithSue.com on Vimeo.

October 31, 2013#

Pricing YOU & Portraits

This is the constant feedback I hear regularly. What am I worth charging? How do I price myself in the market? What level am I at? How do I compete with Johnny So and So down the road only charging this much? The industry is flooded! No one in my area spends more than this __________!

What is the industry standard? How can I sustain an income? WAIT screeching brakes sound… these two I hardly ever hear. Because most people start with the above blocks and objections and quickly fall in to the negative hole of self perpetuating doom. It’s not fear! Why is Johnny So and So making more money than me I am 3 times a better photographer/person But whenever I’ve been down that whole I have managed to fight out of my doom just long enough to think “I am a creative. Surely I can think of lots of creative ways to get out of this hole”

Some big questions for you
First what is your thru average sale? Number of shoots divided by total income.
What is your Cost of doing business – What is your Shoot & Product profitability ? How much money are you keeping from this average.
How many shoots do you want per week at what dream average?
What is your survival rate? The least you are prepared to accept for a job.
Is your price list wired to drive sales to your required or desired average?
Are you a package price list or a La carte?

Over the last 24 years working in the industry I’ve seen this progression with all photographers $400 $900 $1200 $1800 $2300 $2800 $3300 These were the exact increments in which my sales progressed as I lifted my service product and value. Every time I would hit one level I would turn my focus to the next one. I didn’t see it as a ceiling but rather an umbrella you set the limits and then you come up against your own limits time to reset.

How do you raise your average? You raise your value both in what your product and service is and you raise your internal value system. How do you get out of your own way in what you’re worth and earning/receiving money. Because it is usually us that is blocking this growth. For the first 2 years in my business I struggled to pull a $400 average I had the work just not the service or the self value. I learned to value me by increasing my service to others.

Where are you at on this pricing scale? What are you offering for your current average? Can you sustain a business and income at this average?
If the answer is yes then keep that cog turning if the answer is no you have some pretty big goals to set today. But they are just goals and trust me when these goals start to come to fruition and you see your average climbing YOU are in business.

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