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!