Create the Incredible Competition. We told you to go crazy and wow check out these amazing works of art
175 entries have been submitted you can check them out on my business Facebook page HERE
‘LIKE’ to cast your vote winner will be announced November 22nd.
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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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Please write all questions here on the blog in the comments so we can take this conversation to the next level.
I’m still playing with the shoots from this ‘Create the Incredible’ workshop with Lara Jade so fun the artist in me is all invigorated. The replay will loop all day today at this link CHECK IT OUT
If you want to enter the ‘Create the Incredible Competition’ for all the details and links CLICK HERE entries close November 13th
Tuesday on the Broadcast a new conversation Pricing You and Portraits. Lets open that conversation and hash it out together I will blog all the details here tomorrow morning and we can direct personal questions to the blog.
Canon 5D mark iii 50mm 1.2 f/2.8 250/s ISO 640 Natural light
10% off any purchase from the Alien Skin store. Code: SBR1320 through Nov 8th
As you see I edited this image live and added the canvas backdrop but there is no other editing than dodge/burn and AlienSkin at 50% less grain
This is how I did this fun gorgeous shoot. Natural Light one window. The VFlat is turned towards Katie on the black side to asorb light as the room is white and instead of a coloured back drop I want a muted cream tone like this. She is young and the light in the open space is enough to flatter her face as long as I keep her face to the light source. There is no other light than the window on the left and there is no curtain or filter over the window as it was a foggy morning in Seattle even at 10.30am Shot on Canon 5D mark iii ISO 800 50mm 1.2 f/2.8 160/s always shoot in RAW
Straight out of camera on the left this image doesn’t need much correction the wedding dress is unzipped an folded down and I have wrapped the veil around her as a top and tucked the ends into her bra no pins needed. I lightly retouch her skin with clone and the skirt looked to white so I copy and pasted some tulle from her back and free transformed then warped it over her skirt dialled back the opacity and erased the edge until it blended in. I then copy the top layer and Filter Blur then I erase back the points I want to be in focus. This tricks the eye a little draws the eye into the focal point and gives a fantasy and ethereal look that I love.
I open the retouched image in AlienSKin Exposure and I chose this filter and dialled back the opacity to 50% I then applied the same filter to every image
To texture or not to texture? The texture I chose was one of the beautiful ones that Lara Jade made on our course. I like textures but if they start to compete with the image I remove them
My Mum taught me retouching when I was 18 she said “It takes two artists to do an art piece one to create it and the other to hit the first artist over the head when they have done enough” ha thanks mum. Remember to save your images in layers so you can remove filters and think Coco Chanel she said “when you are ready to go out look in the mirror and take one thing off” Less is more sometimes right.
This image is the same AlienSkin filter as above
Sometimes textures can be as light as 15% and still have impact but they very rarely look good on the face
Textures look wonderful on backgrounds erased back to your desired opacity
I tend to choose textures that are similar in tone to the image as its simply easier to blend in
Left is just AlienSkin same again and right is a Lara Jade Texture see attached
Again left image is just AlienSkin as above and right is Texture attached from the beautiful Lara Jade Textures
The discount code for 25% off this month is :Octobersue You get 100 free textures and videos on how to use them apply them and even how to make your own with this course http://www.creativelive.com/courses/create-incredible-experimental-portraits-sue-bryce-and-lara-jade
AlienSkin have also offered a discount this code is good for 10% off any purchase from the Alien Skin store. Code SBR1320 www.alienskin.com
Enjoy create play learn enhance your folio HAVE FUN
The wonderful team at JuneBug are hosting a Workshop in Los Angeles this November. I will be teaching there with extraordinaire’s lighting guru Scott Robert Lim Wedding, Avant Garde Wedding Maestro Roberto Valenzuela and The best Duo Brian & Allie Callaway Fashion Forward Weddings and Dynamic Engagements shoots. This is what each of these instructors will teach you live shooting (Thats YOU with a camera shooting with us) Great models and a location in Los Angeles that will blow you away. This is an intimate hands on workshop (small groups) I have seen the line up the content and the location and no expense has been spared to make this one of the best workshops I have ever seen.
I do not shoot weddings any more. As most of you know I famously say “I would rather stick pins in my eyes!” BUT I have 101 weddings under my belt so I have seen it all. Best of all I have a speciality and that is making Women move their bodies to look incredible. All bodies, short curvy zero curves extra chins and they are letting me shoot live with you and a Curvy Model. But this is more than slimming and lengthening in camera, this is about connection femininity beauty and grace and learning how to hold this space for women to bring forward their beauty and movement as you direct them with control and ease. On a wedding you have to think and act fast these skills need to be a second nature for you. No matter what you are faced with you will learn that every body just needs some little tweaks and every person will love having a gorgeous photo of themselves. This is the ONE day every woman deserves to be the most beautiful woman in the room captured forever.
I have pre shot a curvy manual for you so you can take everything you have learned home and practise. I look forward to spending two days with you in LA lots of shooting learning posing and don’t forget cocktails and dinner parties too.
Junebug’s Fashion Forward Wedding Photography Workshop Details & Bookings Here http://www.junebugworkshops.com
Barbie was my beautiful Bride for the Posing Manual I have done. She isn’t really that curvy she is short. As you can see I am only 5 3″ Barbie is shorter than me. It doesn’t take much to block a short body and make them look wider than they are in camera so teaching lengthening is one of the most valuable posing skills you can learn as a photographer. Also I put on a dinner Jacket to play her Groom in the video so I could show you how to use the Mans body to slim the Brides ha so yes I am supposed to look like the Husband. In this video/manual we address Chin Arms Hands Waists and Lengthening bodies.
As a fun challenge we went out to find a Wedding Dress and discovered this stunning 90′s Wedding ensemble at Goodwill for $14 I chopped it up and did a Glam the Dress shoot with my assistant Katie. On this workshop I want to show you how I get Pre Wedding Boudoir & Beauty Portraits, Bachelorette Party Glamour sessions and my favourite Glam the dress Bridal Portraits (like this one below) The opportunity for a girl to get back into all the incredible details that she spent a year putting together and get all glammed up and beautiful again.
Loved making this outfit come to life.
It didn’t take long to unzip the dress and start draping her in the veil.
18 Months ago I was invited to Seattle to teach my very first creativeLIVE workshop. I have been in this industry for just over 24 years. I have built a business from the ground up with no money no idea and a whole lot of blood sweat and tears. creativeLIVE was created as an incredible resource to share education internationally for free. It exists to lift inspire educate and empower the creative community all around the world. I have given everything I have to give and grow my industry as I know the bumps and hurdles fears pains and lessons have made me the photographer and business person I am today. There was no support for our industry like this for the first 20 years I was learning through it and now it is both accessible and within your reach. I teach contemporary Portrait marketing and business, I specialise in posing and shooting natural light. My intent is to lift this industry as high as I can, to educate photographers to make money doing what they love, to show you that it is achievable that whole live your dreams thing and to bring portraiture up to value it deserves. Enjoy these classes, learn and apply all you can stay connected and work hard to master your own fears and your own business because you are worth this. The team at creativeLIVE are among the most incredible people I’ve have ever met they are like family to me. I like them so much I have stayed in Seattle and will remain here till April 2014. I thank you for your support and following I have loved watching you grow I read the thousands of emails I receive and am amazed at your growth both personally in business and photographically the emails of doubling and tripling your income of light bulb moments and gratitude just blow me away. I am the lucky one to be part of this and I have grown the most over the last year and a half I thank you thank you thank you.
I am hosting a private Marathon Workshop Video watch on my business FaceBook page CLICK THIS LINK to watch my workshops this week
Here is the schedule for the rebroadcasts they will play through the week so you can see which course will help build your business to the next level:
• Mon, Oct 21: Glamour Photography
• Tue, Oct 22: Inside the Glamour Studio
• Wed, Oct 23: A Shoot with Sue
• Thu, Oct 24: Showreels with Hailey Bartholomew
• Fri, Oct 25: 28 Days with Sue (Intro + 4 sessions)
• Sat, Oct 26: Marketing and Promotion
• Sun, Oct 27: Bumps to Babies with Kelly Brown
• Mon, Oct 28: Experimental Portraits with Lara Jade
Through to the end of the month of October you can also get 25% off any of these class videos. Click any of the links above and use the coupon code OctoberSue when you checkout at creativeLIVE.
Complete Your Sue Bryce Collection bundle. Anyone who already owns some of your courses can get a customized deal to complete the full set:
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A critique is not a competition it’s about what you need to learn. This is a free course to help you lift your game. There are three genres Wedding Commercial and Portrait and then sub categories. I will have live models on set for portrait Boudoir Glamour & Family to demonstrate. I share the stage with these amazing educators Bambi Cantrell Scott Robert Lim and John Cornicello that all really teach and they have years of experience.
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I had a triple shoot yesterday and I put Tina Turner on Pandora in the studio. Stopped shooting to sing at least 16 times AWESOME genre and crazy collection around Tina and for shooting. The whole shoot was just a bit of a boogie and shake try it, great energy easy to sing tunes up beat and fun. I get SO sick of music at work. In the NZ studio I had a rotating CD deck with 6 CDs we made compilations but within a month it would do my head in. Pandora is pretty cool if you’re struggling for work tunes.