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Every Day

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When I got started in this business, I wish someone had warned me about a particular experience I have every morning. Every morning, I lay in bed and think about what my day is going to be like.  And every day I’m wrong.  It’s like Groundhog Day (except each day is different).  You’re confused?  How do you think I feel? Is this the business I signed up for?  What could have prepared me better? While…

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Big Ideas Coming Your Way

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Business as unUsual – on a computer or device near you November 7, 2012 (Today!) Join us today at 1:00 pm eastern for our inaugural Business as unUsual webinar featuringMary Virginia Swanson.  Packed with visual examples, this interactive program will help you grow your business by developing and presenting a cohesive vision to a broad range of markets.  You can submit questions via chat or twitter (#ASMP) during the live webinar.  This is an amazing…

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Alchemy, Synergy, and Body Language

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After a couple of days of reviewing portfolios at PhotoPlus Expo, what I’m thinking a lot about right now is alchemy and synergy. As defined by Websters: alchemy is an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting. In-person networking events mix up the molecules of your business plans. Things change. There’s is something quite magical and powerful about the lucky coincidences and happy accidents that occur in face-to-face networking events. Connections occur that could never happen alone in…

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Big Ideas: Avoiding the Void

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I used to be an actor, and one of the things I loved best about that profession was the collaboration.  It was always exciting to see what the set designers, make-up artists and prop masters did with the material.  Without them, the value of what I could offer the audience was significantly reduced. I deeply missed that collaboration when I became a photographer.  So I started thinking…why not model my business more like the theater? …

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Do Your Purchase Biases Effect Your Pricing?

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I attended several of my fellow speakers’ presentations at PhotoPlus Expo this year and thought I’d share something that struck me as very important as we all sell either our services or our products. I listened to Tamara Lackey, a Durham, North Carolina based portrait photographer giving a presentation titled, “Portrait Sales: Increasing the Revenue, Decreasing the Awkwardness.”  In it, she talked about how she often charges in excess of $1,200 for large wall prints…

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A Tale of Two Reviews

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This is not a story about me.  It’s about one of my fellow photographers in San Diego who doesPhotoPlus right.  I’m not saying I do it wrong, I’m just saying his way has impressed me more than my own. Darren Edwards first arrived at PhotoPlus last year with the express purpose of attending theportfolio reviews sponsored by PDN and the Palm Springs Photo Festival.  Sometimes I would run into him throughout the day and depending…

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