Vail Fucci's picture
Associate

THANK YOU HS CREW!

Hi All, I just had to hop on here and write this down. I am so very happy I can barely contain it. I can't believe how much has changed in the year since I joined the crew. I went from being worried I wouldn't be able to pay the $635 a month for my studio rent to today I started the process of bringing in an assistant to work with me and bidding out for a 100 headshot gig at Harvard! I really think my goal of making over $100K in revenue this year is going to happen. Even when I was shooting weddings that never happened. All this business...from headshots! And I am loving every minute of it!

With all of your help my business is doing better than I ever dreamed possible at this point in time. Every day I go to work I am so incredibly happy. And not only am I happy, my clients are over the moon happy.

Peter, you came up with a technique to photograph people that makes them feel so good about themselves and created this amazing online community to help us learn how to do it. You didn't keep your secret sauce to yourself. No, you spread it around and have given all of us members of HSC a tremendous gift. You dole out the tough love to help make us better.

And mentors, associates, and proteges, you all play a huge role too. Everyone in this community plays a role in lifting each other up. We all have huge thank yous to say to one another in this group.

Thank you to every person in this group who has ever given me a critique or helped me figure out an issue or just plain given me support. You all are the best.

I am sorry I haven't been as present lately in the group as before, but have just been soooo very busy with shoots...because of this amazing group.

For those of you reading this and just are starting out with headshot crew here's my advice to you:
1) Dream Big
2) Submit a headshot every week for HSOW and listen to the the critique you get. If you don't have a paying client that week, find someone, anyone to sit in front of your lights and shoot. Try not to get defensive during the critique. Instead, take it to heart and work on what Peter or the mentors tell you. Watch the whole HSOW not just for your own image but others and learn from the pointers that are given for each image so you learn what makes a strong image and what makes one weak.
3) Get a flex kit as soon as you can afford one. Being able to see how the light is falling in real time right before your eyes is a game changer. There is no question to me, the flex kit has paid for itself already. I sell way more images now than when I was working with ad-300 strobes with puny modeling lights, and I have only had the studio flex kit for a little over a month!

Here are the shots I sold from a recent ERAS session. Yes, that's the type that medical students usually buy only one shot for their residency application. She bought 7.

Thank you, THANK YOU, THANK YOU CREW!

48 Comments

Garret Buckley's picture
Mentor

This is so wholesome Vail!!!

Vail Fucci's picture
Associate

Thank you so much Peter Hurley James Van Hees Rich Soublet Jon Meadows Trevor Walker Sharon Morgenstern Garret Buckley Danh Nguyen Peter Roelofs Scott Rosenthal and so so so many more of you. A massive shoutout to Kevin Thai who has been an AMAZING help and friend and "worthy rival" and to Vanessa Burns for being my HSC sister from another mister, I still look at that bracelet you got me every day and it inspires me.

Vanessa Burns's picture
Protégé

You deserve all the success from all of your hard work! I am thrilled for you!!!

Peter Roelofs's picture
Associate

Awesome Vail!!!! :) You Rock!!

Jared Wolfe's picture
Protégé

Love hearing this. 100% agree that this is a great place.

Those headshots you got there are killer. Great work.

mike Young's picture
Protégé

great stuff Vail! Keep it up!

Robert Morris's picture

What a nice smile.

Menno Klaasse's picture
Associate

Good Stuff awesome news Vail well deserved!

Sharon Morgenstern's picture
Mentor

Awesome, Vail! Congrats!! Did you get the studio next door? Beautiful work!

Vail Fucci's picture
Associate

Ironically while we were sitting there talking it hey we’re signing the papers to rent it to someone else. I texted them right as you left and they were like oh man…a few minutes too late! But that’s ok. I figured that was the universe’s way of telling me to hold off for now on it. As things keep going well I may want to move the studio to a nicer building. But for now it is doing the job nicely. :)

Eric Cathell's picture
Protégé

This is so great! Really happy for you Vail!

Christian Berens's picture
Associate

Congrats Vail! Huge accomplishment! And you're always so positive, keep on pushing, keep that drive and tenacity, and keep making that money!!!
Nice work! keep it going!!

Jameel Morrison's picture
Protégé

1000x liking this post. Way to work Vail!

Vail Fucci's picture
Associate

Thanks Jameel!

Enid Arvelo's picture
Protégé

Congrats Vail. This is so encouraging. I love hearing this stories. I have had the best last three month because of the headshots.

Jakub Strumillo's picture
Protégé

Hell yeah Vail! Let's goo! 100k this year!
You can do this girl!

Vail Fucci's picture
Associate

Thanks Jakub!!!!

Peter Istvan's picture
Protégé

Awesome Vail!

Pete Coco's picture
Associate

Awesome, Vail! So happy for you and thank YOU for being an inspiration to many of us as well!

Mofeed Qasem's picture
Protégé

I agree with Garret and every beautiful soul here and really Vail, Peter, associates, mentors and every living soul here deserves an awesome standing ovation for giving us so much and helping each one here with heart and patience. A big thank you from overseas to everyone here!

Not to forget your beautiful soul and the unboxing video of your FLEX kit!
You worked hard to get where you are today and now it is harvest time. So, enjoy it to the max!

Vail Fucci's picture
Associate

Thank you Mofeed! I still gotta edit that one and post it! Scott Rosenthal’s running commentary was epic.

Beth Madison's picture
Associate

Wow, what a fantastic post, Vail!! I'm so thrilled for your success -- and well deserved!! Your story is inspiring to all of us. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings! Woo -hoo!!!

Jon Meadows's picture
Mentor

That second one is especially awesome!

Peter Hurley's picture
The Man

Ahhh Vail!!! I love hearing it and it’s proof that I believed that if I stick to my guns and taught you guys the way I thought it should be done that you really can pull it off and you really did! Major #SHABANG!💥🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻

Daniel Wakefield's picture
Associate

Love this, Vail!!!

Egis Jurgaitis's picture
Associate

Bravo Vail!

Deb Davis's picture
Protégé

This is so awesome Vail. I totally agree with all of this!

Jordan Bellotti's picture
Protégé

This is so good to hear, Vail! I made more money in my first year than I ever could have imagined. Congrats!

Brian Gayley's picture
Protégé

This is such an awesome story. But it’s not a unique one. I may not be full time but even as a part time shooter thanks to what I’ve learned from peter and so many others Im actually in the market for a studio lease. I spend more a month on an hourly rate per shoot rental than I would for a monthly lease. I agree with Vail. The knowledge Peter has shared for , what, the cost of lunch for 2 per month, is staggering and generous! Congrats on your continued success, Vail Fucci !!! Thanks for the inspirational post!!

Marc Gosselin's picture
Protégé

That is so inspiring! Thank you for sharring

Christy Bell's picture
Protégé

Terrific Vail !!! You go girl !!!

Danh Nguyen's picture
The Specimen

Love reading this Vail Fucci !!! Congrats on all of your success and I'm happy for you. Keep rocking!

Vail Fucci's picture
Associate

Thanks Danh Nguyen and thank you soooo much for all your recent video advice. It has been so helpful.

James E. Alexander's picture
Protégé

Wow! That's Awesome Vail! Congratulations my SuperSTAR sister.

Vail Fucci's picture
Associate

Thanks so much James E. Alexander!

Scott Parker's picture
Protégé

This is very encouraging. I'm so happy for you Vail.

Vail Fucci's picture
Associate

I’m happy for me too ;) love your insightful help and comments always Scott!

Lynda J. Chan's picture
Protégé

Vail Fucci you have received, and then you are giving and giving! This is beautiful!

Angie Meyer's picture
Protégé

Congrats Vail! I'm so happy for you, what a powerful story! Thanks for sharing it with us!

John Rumball's picture
Protégé

Congrats Vail!! That’s awesome!

Tony Angel's picture
Protégé

This is so inspiring, Vail, thank you. Really happy for you, too.

Tracy Hoexter's picture
Protégé

Beautiful, Vail! And congratulations on your hard work paying off!

Rich Soublet's picture
Mentor

Ya love to see it!

You're gonna hit that 100k mark and as soon as you do you'll say to yourself "Y'know...wouldn't be that hard to make it to 200k!" Go go, Vail!

Trevor Holman's picture
Protégé

Nice work!

James E. Alexander's picture
Protégé

Really gorgeous images Vail! SuperSTAR images my sister.

Vail Fucci's picture
Associate

Thank you so much James E. Alexander

Tom Trevatt's picture
Protégé

You're killing it Doctor!

Vail Fucci's picture
Associate

Thank you Doctor!