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Believing in yourself might very well need to be your very first step. If it is, re-read the letter I wrote to myself. If you have the courage to take that first step you will never regret it.

For the rest of you who find yourself in the same place I found myself not too long ago I have a few words for you.

You are ready. You are educated. You are prepared. You have worked hard to get to where you are today. Because your phone is not ringing off the hook does not mean your prices are too high or your art not good enough. Be patient. It takes time. And, in the meantime when you do book that client be grateful. Treat them like family. You will get referrals. And, the snowball will only grow larger.

When you find yourself working more than you intended learn to say no even more. Be selective. Take care of you. Take care of your family. Don’t lose site of why you went into owning your business in the first place. It wasn’t to be a slave to everyone else. It was to have flexibility in your schedule. Keep it that way.

When you find yourself in a rut take a step back and think through why you fell in love with photography in the first place. Check out Jodi’s tips for breaking out of a rut, too. Take a break from looking at other artists’ blogs and sites and focus only on your own work. Visit your site as if you were viewing it for the very first time. Get out and take pictures for yourself. Take breaks. Give yourself weekends when you don’t even check email. Not even on your phone. Focus on those around you. It won’t take long before your head is clear again and you are creating work that comes easy, genuinely, and from the heart.

With every step you take be confident, remain humble and do not apologize for any decisions you make for yourself or your business. As soon as you let others dictate your life you will hate what you do. Don’t let it happen. Be kind, be bold, trust your instincts and be you. Then, enjoy a fulfilling career doing something you are passionate about, making money that not only pays the bills, but also gives you a bit extra to take that vacation you’ve always wanted to go on.

You are working your dream job. Congratulations!

Cianciolo_maternity_039-copy From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 6. Believe in YOU Business Tips Guest Bloggers Photo Sharing & Inspiration Photography Tips

Jessica, our guest writer for this series on going from Hobbyist to Professional Photographer, is the photographer behind 503 photography and the owner and creator of 503 |online| workshops for adults and now, KIDS AND TEENS!

p.s. Sign your chid up for one of our kid/teen workshops and use code MCP503 for $50 off. Offer ends May 23rd.

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  1. Kim S. on May 22, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I would love to ask: How do you get people comfortable in front of the camera?

  2. Marti on May 22, 2010 at 9:06 am

    what is the most effective way you have found to promote your business?

  3. Jenna on May 22, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I would ask how what are some of the best routes to take to go from doing ok and letting your business grow from word of mouth to kicking it up a notch and going to the next level.

  4. Jenna on May 22, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I am a subscriber to your blog … and love it! Thanks so much, Jodie, for all you do!

  5. Jenna on May 22, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I am a fan on facebook!

  6. Michele on May 22, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Do you find a blog or a traditional website to be more effective in promoting your business?

  7. Brenda Jorgensen on May 22, 2010 at 9:09 am

    When was the moment you decided “I get it…I really KNOW photography…I’m going to call myself a ‘photographer’ and I can now begin marketing myself as such.” At what point did you decide that you have the skills and expertise down to “BE” a photographer and not just an enthusiast or hobbyist. When were you secure enough to make that leap?

  8. Ariane Hunter on May 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Thank you so much for this contest! The one question I would like to ask a seasoned photographer is: What’s the one piece of advice you would give another photographer who is afraid to pursue photography full time?

  9. Jennie on May 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I would love to know what a professional learned early on that has made a huge impact in their business…successes, mistakes, etc..

  10. Bre on May 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I would ask what I need to do to take better pictures.

  11. Michele on May 22, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I am a fan and also posted this to Facebook

  12. Suzanne on May 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I would ask – what is the secret to consistent color and skin tones in post processing? I know the basics, just can’t always get it to work correctly!

  13. Suzanne on May 22, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I am a fan on FB too!

  14. Suzanne on May 22, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I follow you on Twitter too! 🙂

  15. Stephanie on May 22, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Did you ever think you were ever going to get out of the ‘just shooting your kids’ stage?

  16. Maida ODonnell on May 22, 2010 at 9:15 am

    What is the biggest mistake you made when you were establishing your portfolio?

  17. christy schmid on May 22, 2010 at 9:16 am

    My one question would be…As a beginner, what are the main steps I would need to do to get my business on the ground?

  18. Debbie Perrin on May 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Can I pick your brain for a day?

  19. Emily on May 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Any tips for finding your target market?

  20. Melissa Thiem on May 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

    What “challenges” did you learn from in establishing & growing your business?

  21. Emily on May 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  22. Debbie Perrin on May 22, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I am already a fan of MCP, follow on TWitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and have the link on my blog.

  23. mills on May 22, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I would ask: How do you judge the light, so you can adjust aperture/shutter speed, on the fly?

  24. Susan on May 22, 2010 at 9:22 am

    How do you network effectively to build your business and expand your knowledge?

  25. Danielle on May 22, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I’m a facebook fan!

  26. Danielle on May 22, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I would ask her the best way to get out of a creative rut and fun ideas to shoot pictures of…

  27. Karla Burton on May 22, 2010 at 9:29 am

    How do you increase your workflow speed?

  28. Rene on May 22, 2010 at 9:36 am

    What do you consider to be essential equipment, and what equipment could facillitate taking my photography to the next level?

  29. Kristin Nicole Photography on May 22, 2010 at 9:36 am

    How did you jump start your business to go full time?

  30. Kristin Nicole Photography on May 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I am a facebook fan

  31. Allison on May 22, 2010 at 9:38 am

    How do I start my own photography business?

  32. Jenni L on May 22, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I would like to ask, ” What would you suggest I do differently by looking at my business?”

  33. cristina on May 22, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Would buying a better camera or better lens take me to the next level?

  34. Inspired by christy on May 22, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I would like to give a pro photographer my budget and ask what kind of equipment they feel is the best investment for my shooting style.

  35. Bobbi K on May 22, 2010 at 9:44 am

    What are some mistakes that you have learned from when starting your business?

  36. Allison on May 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

    How did you start building your client base?

  37. Audrey Coley on May 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

    In todays economy what tips do you have for someone who is a custom portrait photographer with a low volume business model?

  38. Susan on May 22, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I would ask what was the “ah-ha moment” that took them to the next level in the business, going more professional in their business.

  39. Christie on May 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I would ask how do I learn to believe in myself and the worth in my images?

  40. Christie on May 22, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I am also a subscriber to your blog!

  41. cristina Gagliano on May 22, 2010 at 9:51 am

    fan on facebook!

  42. Brooke on May 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Which lens is your favorite and why?

  43. cristina Gagliano on May 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

    link on my blog to mcpactions.com

  44. Elizabeth Biesemeyer on May 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

    My question would be “would you review my work with me and provixe me with advice on how I can be better’.

  45. Karen on May 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

    How do you gain enough confidence to be able to charge people for your work?

  46. sherry mescher on May 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Could you critique the images on my web site?

  47. Lacey on May 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

    What have you found to be the most effective pricing structure?

  48. Whitnie on May 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Where do I start?

  49. Beth K on May 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

    How can I make clients feel more comfortable and relaxed at a shoot?

  50. Regina on May 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I would ask if she knew what she knew now what would she do differently in starting her business? I hope that makes sense!

  51. Beth K on May 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I put a banner on my blog. Original comment: How can I make clients feel more comfortable and relaxed at a shoot?

  52. Dru Stefan Stone on May 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I’m an older adult whose dream has always been to make a living working creatively. I’m just struggling with believing that this will all be possible, to actually make being an artist/photographer come to fruition. I know I have people who love my work but how do I tap into that? There has to be a way!!

  53. Pam D on May 22, 2010 at 10:03 am

    What is the best way you’ve found to identify and market to your target clientele?

  54. Pam D on May 22, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I posted the giveaway to my Facebook page….

  55. Misti on May 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I’m a fan on FB!

  56. Misti on May 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I have a link on my blog 🙂

  57. Misti on May 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I’m subscribed to RSS feeds.

  58. Misti on May 22, 2010 at 10:09 am

    How do you get out and market your business?

  59. Pam D on May 22, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I added your button to my blogspot blog…

  60. Allison Winfield on May 22, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I follow you on twitter. How_Many_Kids

  61. Mel on May 22, 2010 at 10:10 am

    How do you stop yourself from throwing it all in when you had a bad shoot?

  62. Erin B on May 22, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Q: If you could only use one camera and lens for the rest of your career, what would choose? (so excited about this contest!!)

  63. Amy Hoogstad on May 22, 2010 at 10:10 am

    How and where did you find your first clients?

  64. Pam D on May 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed…

  65. Pam D on May 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I’m already a fan on Facebook!

  66. Allison on May 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

    How did you decide to make the jump from photographing your family, to being a professional photographer?

  67. Amy Hoogstad on May 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I have the MCP banner on my blog: http://www.kahoogstad2.blogspot.com/

  68. Pam D on May 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

    And I am now a Twitter follower and retweeted about this contest! I think after all of this that we are now BFF’s…. :<)

  69. Allison on May 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I added your banner to my blog.

  70. Allison on May 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I follow you on twitter. How_Many_Kids

  71. Amy Hoogstad on May 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I subscribe using Google Reader.

  72. serena on May 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

    How did you make the leap from amateur to professional?

  73. Amy Hoogstad on May 22, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I’m a MCP facebook fan.

  74. janie jones on May 22, 2010 at 10:23 am

    how do you become confident in yourself as a professional so you don’t feel bad about charging them a dollar for the picture?

  75. Julie Martin on May 22, 2010 at 10:24 am

    What is your formula for striking a good balance between your personal life and your business life?

  76. Lisa on May 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I would ask what am I doing right and what can be improved upon?

  77. Lisa on May 22, 2010 at 10:31 am

    subscribed to RSS

  78. Lisa on May 22, 2010 at 10:31 am

    fan on FB 🙂

  79. Lisa on May 22, 2010 at 10:32 am

    following on twitter (@shutterspeeder)

  80. Glennen on May 22, 2010 at 10:39 am

    How does one go from properly exposed and properly composed “snapshots” (I adore snapshots by the way) to having “it”? I know what “it” is, but I’m not quite getting there. Thank you for this amazing series.

  81. Twyla on May 22, 2010 at 10:40 am

    How would you prioritize investments when starting a photgraphy business?

  82. Amy Hoogstad on May 22, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AsherImages

  83. Alison on May 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

    How long did it take to get your name known and then to see the results of your marketing/advertising?

  84. francesca on May 22, 2010 at 10:44 am

    what should I work on to make my work better?

  85. Ally on May 22, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Light light light…. The challenges and learning how to work each situation to your advantage!! That is what I would ask.

  86. Megan on May 22, 2010 at 10:44 am

    How do you constantly improve your craft and stay fresh?

  87. Amanda on May 22, 2010 at 10:50 am

    How did you know you were ready to be paid to take pictures?

  88. Heather Bird on May 22, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Is there one defining moment that made you believe in yourself and your photography and help you to stop doubting your dream?

  89. Amanda on May 22, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I have MCP’s button on my blog.

  90. Andrea on May 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

    For me, so far, it has been word of mouth.

  91. Kai on May 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

    As someone who is about to start my own business (T minus 64 days!), I would have to ask at what point did you leave that gut-churning can-I-do-this-is-this-even-possible-what-am-I-doing fear behind into yeah!-I-can-do-this! absolute certainty? That is, at what point were you comfortable enough with your business and how many clients you had to know you could do this and keep doing it?

  92. Jessica F on May 22, 2010 at 10:55 am

    How did you get started?

  93. Jessica F on May 22, 2010 at 10:55 am

    just tweeted this

  94. Jessica F on May 22, 2010 at 10:56 am

    just posted this on FB

  95. Anna Wu on May 22, 2010 at 10:56 am

    What were your biggest triumphs and mistakes in your first couple years of business?

  96. Sarah Vasquez on May 22, 2010 at 10:56 am

    What has been your most successful method of gaining clients beyond just word of mouth?

  97. Brienne on May 22, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I would ask “what are some of the things you wish you hadn’t done while starting your business and what did you find worked better”

  98. Kai on May 22, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Also, fan on FB

  99. Amy B on May 22, 2010 at 10:58 am

    How do you know when you’re ready to go from hobbyist to professional. (Maybe if you have to ask, you’re not ready, huh?! 🙂

  100. Sarah Vasquez on May 22, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I follow you on Twitter (@hopeandmemphoto).

  101. Sarah Vasquez on May 22, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I am also a fan on facebook.

  102. Sarah Vasquez on May 22, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I have a link to your site under the “stuff I love” section on my blog (hopeandmemoryphotography.com/blog).

  103. Sarah Vasquez on May 22, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I am subscribed to your blog.

  104. linda on May 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

    How do you deal with a photoshoot that is not going well? Cranky kids, stressed out moms, bad light, etc.

  105. Christina on May 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

    How do you truly KNOW you’re ready to go pro?

  106. Kelly Q on May 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

    How did you really establish your business?

  107. Kelly Q on May 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I’m a fan on fb!

  108. Tina on May 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Can I see your last session SOOC?!

  109. GregH on May 22, 2010 at 11:08 am

    What was the best investment you made to get yourself to the next level?

  110. GregH on May 22, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Following on RSS

  111. Alison M on May 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Can you sit down and help me fill out the buisness part of the paperwork?

  112. GregH on May 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Joined MCP FB page

  113. GregH on May 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Following on Twitter

  114. Stefanie C. on May 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

    What has been most effective in helping to establish large sales?

  115. Robyn on May 22, 2010 at 11:11 am

    How can I learn to play with off-camera lighting more effectively?

  116. Bree Ross on May 22, 2010 at 11:17 am

    What is the best way to “get out there” and promote my business?

  117. Annie H. on May 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I would like to know what advice she would give to someone who is thinking of transitioning from a hobbyist to a professional photographer. Thanks.

  118. Kellie Hatcher on May 22, 2010 at 11:22 am

    How do you organize your sessions, more specifically, moving from scene to scene and keeping your session flowing?

  119. Dominique on May 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

    ONE QUESTION!!?? That’s hard! If I got the chance, I’d ask a million questions. … … I guess I’d ask to hear their story of how they got started and what inspires them. That would probably be the best motivation I could imagine.

  120. Vicki Putnam on May 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I would ask about focus. I understand the exposure triangle and using a higher fstop for groups, but I have trouble gettting everyone in a group in focus.

  121. Vicki Putnam on May 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I subscribe to the daily updates.

  122. Vicki Putnam on May 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I follow MCP on twitter.

  123. Vicki Putnam on May 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I am a fan of MCP on Facebook.

  124. Diane on May 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    My question would be: What did you do to find your unique style as a photographer?

  125. Holly on May 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    How do you get consistent skin tones and exposure in a shoot?

  126. Nanette on May 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Oh gosh, one questions is tough! I have a million I would like to ask Deb running around in my head. I guess the biggest would be… How do you keep your love of shooting and working with people in perspective when there are so many other issues to be concerned about as a professional photographer such as website design and maintenance, internet issues of providing preview photos, taking and filling orders, and balancing all of the financial pieces of maintaining a business? I feel with the digital age and everything being done over the internet, these are wonderful resources but they take so much time away from the actual “Photographing People” aspect of the job! Thank you!

  127. Bree Ross on May 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

    facebook fan!

  128. Elizabeth Beattie on May 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I would ask her about how she goes about getting such beautiful natural light portraits. I am a fan on your FB page under Elizabeth Beattie, I follow you on twitter as Beattie_Studios and I subscribe to your blog.

  129. Bree Ross on May 22, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Follow you on twitter!

  130. Erin on May 22, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I would ask, ‘What is the one area of photography(lighting, business, ect) that you would tell a ‘newbie’ to learn the most about in-order to start and maintain a successful profession?’

  131. Jeanine on May 22, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Brenda worded my question perfectly!: At what point did you decide that you have the skills and expertise down to “BE” a photographer and not just an enthusiast or hobbyist.

  132. rebecca on May 22, 2010 at 11:49 am

    What do you do on days when you have no faith in yourself at all, in your creativity or your art?

  133. Tami Wilson on May 22, 2010 at 11:50 am

    What is the best way to promote your business and build your client base?

  134. Jennifer Geck on May 22, 2010 at 11:50 am

    How did you overcome your fears of not being good enough so that you could charge what you are really worth?

  135. Lauren Everly on May 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

    There are a million questions I want to ask a seasoned professional, but I would LOVE a one on one to better perfect my Photoshop skills!

  136. Sarah Watson on May 22, 2010 at 11:58 am

    When did you know that you were ready to start charging clients?

  137. Yolanda on May 22, 2010 at 11:59 am

    What was the moment/event that made you stop calling yourself an amateur or a learner and instead call yourself, “Photographer”?

  138. launa on May 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    How did you find “your style” of editing?

  139. JeninWA on May 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    When did you know you were “ready” to take the plunge and call yourself a professional?

  140. Kimberly Butler on May 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    (fan on facebook) my question is, do you feel your talents/gifts are God given or that you discovered them and worked hard to be where you are today or a combo of both?

  141. Miranda glaeser on May 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I would ask… When just starting out in the business what is the best way to find new clients?

  142. Miranda glaeser on May 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I follow all your tweets!

  143. Miranda glaeser on May 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I like you on facebook!

  144. Carrie Reger on May 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I need a critical look at my portfolio…is it good enough?

  145. Miranda glaeser on May 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I subscribe to your daily feed!

  146. Marea Breedlove on May 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Would you recommend taking an online photographer’s course?

  147. rachael s on May 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    i tweeted about it! @littlebites

  148. rachael s on May 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    with so much beautiful talent out there, how do you stay true to your own artistic voice and vision?

  149. rachael s on May 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    i subscribe to the rss for mcp!

  150. rachael s on May 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    i follow mcp on fb

  151. rachael s on May 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    i follow mcp on twitter

  152. heather on May 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I would ask – how do you communicate what you want to achieve from a session to the client, and how do you merge their expectations with your vision and style?

  153. Jo on May 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    What would be your best advice concerning the formal portrait session?

  154. Liz on May 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    What is the best lighting set up?

  155. Liz on May 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I subscribe to rss

  156. Liz on May 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    facebook fan

  157. Lisa on May 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I’d ask what are the biggest challenges you faced while starting your business, and what did you learn from them?

  158. Lisa on May 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I’m a facebook fan

  159. Maranda on May 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I would ask… How do you determine how much your time and talent are truly worth?

  160. Lisa on May 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I follow you on twitter

  161. KarenH on May 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    How do you direct people during a shoot?

  162. Miranda Glaeser on May 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I just tweeted about this awesome contest! http://twitter.com/mkqueener

  163. Chelsi on May 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    How did you find the balance between the important business side of being a photographer and the actual “taking the pictures, editing” part of being a photographer? Hope that makes sense 🙂

  164. chelsi on May 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    facebook fan!

  165. Chelsi on May 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    subscriber!

  166. Sheryl Salisbury on May 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I would ask, “Do I have what it takes to become a professional photographer?”.

  167. Maria D'Aura on May 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    My question: What five things can I do to make myself an in demand high level photographer and really set myself apart from the “craigslist” cheapies that seem to be popping up daily?

  168. stephanie pedersen on May 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I would love to know the whole process of selling prints. Right now, I’ve only done the CD thing, but in the process of selling products. It’s a whole new world out there.

  169. stephanie pedersen on May 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    How do you go from selling CD’s to prints and product? I need a how-to!

  170. Christina weeks on May 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    When was the moment you decided “I get it”_I really KNOW photography”_I’m going to call myself a “Öphotographer’ and I can now begin marketing myself as such.” At what point did you decide that you have the skills and expertise down to “BE” a photographer and not just an enthusiast or hobbyist. When were you secure enough to make that leap?

  171. Christina Weeks on May 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    fan on facebook 🙂

  172. Christina Weeks on May 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I am a subscriber to your blog “_ and love it! Thanks so much, Jodie, for all you do!

  173. Christina Weeks on May 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    MCP banner on Website 🙂

  174. Suzzanne Dockendorf on May 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I’m starting out and would like to ask, “what’s the best way to develop my style or figure out what my style is”?

  175. lisa on May 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    What are some secrets to making clients feel more comfortable and relaxed at a shoot?

  176. Melissa on May 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    How to better balance my business. I let it often dictate my life.

  177. Melissa on May 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Already a FB fan! MCP Actions rock!!!

  178. Shana Qualey on May 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    What is the one thing that has contributed to your success the most?

  179. Shana Qualey on May 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook.

  180. Yu on May 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I’d love to ask: how do you get your clients in a relaxed mood?

  181. Janice Kervin on May 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    How do you get people that are so used to the posed “say cheese” look comfortable in front of the camera so they can just be themselves?

  182. Janice Kervin on May 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I subscribe to the RSS feed

  183. Janice Kervin on May 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I’m already a fan on FB

  184. Janice Kervin on May 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I already follow on Twitter

  185. Kelly Garvey on May 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I am a brand new photographer. This series has helped me SO MUCH. THANK YOU FOR THAT! I have so many questions about lighting, equipment, camera settings, editing, adding creativity to each session, etc. that it is overwhelming to come up with just one question! I guess I’d be broad & ask someone what is the best piece of advice you can give a new photographer like me? Gosh I would love this opportunity!

  186. Janice Kervin on May 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I tweeted about the contest on Twiter – @JaniceKervin

  187. Kelly Garvey on May 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I posted this to my Facebook profile.

  188. Kelly Garvey on May 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I became a fan on Facebook.

  189. Josie Hamper on May 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    How do I get out of a creative rut!

  190. jodi Sware on May 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    i’m a fan on facebook and i subscribe to your feed. LOVE IT!

  191. Josie on May 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I have MCP button

  192. Josie Hamper on May 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I subscribed to your daily feed. RSS

  193. Kelly on May 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    How do I find the clients who want to pay what I want to charge? 🙂

  194. Josie on May 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook of MCP

  195. jodi Sware on May 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    My one question would be…can you PLEASE help me make my post processing less time-consuming and stressful! I started being a photographer in the days of film, and am struggling with my time management now that i’ve gone digital! Please give any advice on this topic. Thank you for this contest!

  196. Jenn Straznicky on May 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    What is the most important key to marketing?

  197. jenn Straznicky on May 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    i am a fan on fb.

  198. Melissa. M. on May 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    The one question I would love to ask is how get the most from sports photography.

  199. janelkg on May 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    How do you know you’re really ready?

  200. Jennifer Page on May 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    What are three things you know now that you wish you knew back when you were starting out?

  201. Christine on May 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    How did you decide to make the jump from photographing your family, to being a professional photographer

  202. Jennifer Page on May 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I’m a facebook fan, of course!

  203. Diane on May 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    My questions would be: “What would you have wanted someone to tell YOU when you first started out?”

  204. Katharine on May 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I would love to have a fresh set of professional eyes look at my portfolio and website!

  205. Lee on May 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I would ask them to look at some of my images and give honest critique.

  206. Heather on May 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I would ask: What is the one piece of advice you would give an aspiring photographer?

  207. Christine Long on May 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I would ask – how long it took them, and how they went about, identifying their signature style, especially with regards to post-processing. I’ve found that I have a “signature” style with composition, poses, perspectives, and angles in my photographs. But, I’m still struggling to identify my “signature” in my processing. Lately, I’ve found myself flip-flopping between punchy color and high-contrast black and white, and more subtle, hazy, vintage processing. So, I’d like to know more about how they nailed down their photographic style.

  208. Christine Long on May 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I’m a FB fan

  209. Carly on May 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I know that this may sounds like a silly question, but there are many Q&As with pros. My question would be a little more personal, but truly the biggest question that I need answered to continue. Am I good enough and what do I need to work on to make my pictures better. Of course I have PLENTY more questions!

  210. Carly on May 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I subscribe to the feed.

  211. Carly on May 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook

  212. Carly on May 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I also follow on Twitter

  213. Laurie Walscheid on May 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I would love to ask about managing the work flow.

  214. malia on May 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    what to ask a seasoned photographer…now that you’ve “made it”, what is your next big dream?

  215. Beth K on May 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I’m a fan on FB!Original comment: How can I make clients feel more comfortable and relaxed at a shoot?

  216. Beth K on May 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I subscribe to the RSS feed!Original comment: How can I make clients feel more comfortable and relaxed at a shoot?

  217. Julie P on May 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    What are some things you can do to reduce processing time? I have so many pictures and have some ideas of what I want to do with them in Photoshop Elements, but don’t have the time!

  218. Rachael Ice on May 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    One question and one question only:”Did you ever think YOU werent a good enough photographer for this profession?”

  219. Julie P on May 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Posted to FB. Thanks!

  220. Julie P on May 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I am a FB fan!

  221. rosie Bray on May 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I would like to ask how do you speed up your processing so you don’t spend hours editing each photo!

  222. rosie Bray on May 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    i’m a fan on facebook too!

  223. Carly on May 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Oh, and I also retweeted

  224. Tera on May 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I would like to know how to keep work fresh despite constant shooting. I get myself into huge ruts that lead to feeling stuck and horribly insufficient. How do you get past it?

  225. Nance H on May 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I would ask about how to ‘find the light’.

  226. Malinder on May 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Everyone learns from their mistakes; so my question would be what did you learn from the mistakes that you made?

  227. Kelley Cook on May 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I always want to learn more and attempt different photography styles. I never want my photographs to become stagnant and stereotypical to once certain style.From time to time I get discouraged and lose my confidence in my “creative eye” and question myself as a photographer, which can be beneficial in a way, but how do I keep it all in perspective and prevent myself from falling in a photography rut?

  228. Kelley Cook on May 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I posted this earlier in the week in a previous contest, not sure if it counts for every contest, but I’m a fan of MCP on fb.Thank you again for this awesome workshop and all the contest opportunities! I love MCP, and I love you Jodi for taking the time to create the actions that simplify our photography world!

  229. Elizabeth Zoppa on May 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I would want to know how to find the light in many different situations.

  230. Tera on May 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Subscribed to RSS! Thanks!

  231. Tera on May 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Following on Twitter. Tweet, tweet!

  232. Heather on May 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    How do you determine your pricing with consideration to you talent, market and TIME?

  233. Terry Lee Cafferty on May 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    What is your workflow from start to finish?

  234. shannon michaelis on May 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    How do I achieve accurate white balance?

  235. Nicole Klingler on May 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I would ask: What is the best way to learn what my style is and then stay true to it?

  236. Tera on May 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Posted on FB.

  237. Nicole Klingler on May 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I am a fan of facebook and LOVE learning about all the fabulous things you do !!!! Thanks so much Jodi!

  238. Sarah on May 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    How do you become confident in your work?

  239. Nicole Klingler on May 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I just subscribed to your updates/ rss feed!!!!!!! 🙂

  240. Aimee Lashley on May 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I would love to know: What was the turning point in your photography when you realized that you could do this for a business rather than a hobby?

  241. Amy Little on May 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    How do you streamline your workflow and not get caught up in spending hours on one picture?

  242. jude on May 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    how do you find the courage to take that first step and believe in yourself?

  243. Megan on May 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    What tips/tricks do you have when photographing your own family?

  244. Courtney on May 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Have you been able to stay connected and true to your creative spirit that pulled you into photography in the first place, or have there been lots of compromises for the sake of staying in business?

  245. Julie Freeman on May 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    How should you manage business and the creative side?

  246. Sarah on May 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    How do you take your photography from looking good, to looking amazing- – where people want to hire you? I, of course, have a lot of other questions. 🙂 In fact, I’m really interested to read the other questions that are posted here.

  247. Sarah on May 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Just shared it on Facebook! 🙂

  248. Sarah on May 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I have your button/banner on my blog. 🙂

  249. Sarah on May 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I subscribe to your feed!

  250. Sarah on May 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Facebook Fan, too!

  251. Kristin Rush on May 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    What goes through your head when you first get to a shoot…especially, where do you start with your camera settings?

  252. Ally on May 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I would love to go through the different lighting scenarios I have run into or will run into and go through the best way to tackle it to get the great shots.

  253. Krista Campbell on May 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I’d ask what would be the best approach to launching my photography business and marketing my business to a specific type of client.

  254. jodi on May 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    what part of your photography business is the most exhilarating to you?

  255. Krista Campbell on May 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I have a link to MCP actions on my blog. http://kristacampbell.blogspot.com

  256. Krista Campbell on May 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I’m an RSS feed subscriber! Love your website!

  257. Melissa on May 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    What is the biggest challenge you have when doing photography as a full time profession?

  258. Breanne on May 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    My questions are endless, but probably, how do I go about beginning the business aspect?

  259. Breanne on May 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I’m a follower on Twitter.

  260. Breanne on May 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I’m a fan on FB.

  261. Breanne on May 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I’m a subscriber.

  262. Erin Phillips on May 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    How did you get into finding how to make the perfect actions and tweeking them to meet your needs as a photographer?

  263. Erica on May 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Such a tough one! How do you know it is time to stop portfolio building and take the next step into business?

  264. sara k on May 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    supposing the professional photographer learnt photagraphy in some form of formal setting, the question i would love to ask is how long did it take you to get to the stage where you were able to take and edit pictures, and look back at them after a while and not cringe at all the, well, imperfections?

  265. JodyM on May 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Deb’s work is such an inspiration to me. I would like to ask her… “What advice would you give on how to stay inspired and keep your work fresh?”

  266. Laura on May 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    What was the hardest lesson you’ve learned as a photgrapher, how did it change the way you did things, and what words of advice would you give to a newbie to save them making the same “mistake”?

  267. shelby Clarke on May 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I would ask; what is one thing you have learned in photography or business that you wish you knew before you got started.

  268. shelby Clarke on May 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    fan on FB

  269. shelby Clarke on May 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    following on twitter

  270. cayce on May 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    What is a good, inexpensive marketing plan?

  271. Laurie Marie Photography on May 22, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    How do I get my business to really take off?!?

  272. cayce on May 22, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    i subscribe to rss feed

  273. cayce on May 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook

  274. Halina on May 22, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    do you feel down sometimes, where you feel like quitting?

  275. Tera on May 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I am a FB fan!

  276. Marla Misclevitz on May 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I would ask what their biggest mistakes have been with their business.

  277. Debbie on May 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    What is the best way to develop my own unique and personal style?

  278. Jen Espanet on May 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    i would like to know how i can get a newborn’s skin to be creamy smooth…when it’s not. 🙂

  279. Meera on May 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I would like to ask: How do I create a unique niche as a photographer to market myself with.

  280. Rhonda on May 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Tweeted about the contests (epicrhonda)

  281. hailey on May 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    will I ever feel like I have made it?

  282. Krista Campbell on May 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I’m an MCP FB Fan! This Skype session would be amazing. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  283. Lauren on May 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    My question is: What advise would you give amateur photographers that think about going professional on how to know when they are ready?

  284. jeanine on May 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I would ask what is the biggest thing that made a difference in their skill as a photographer. Thanks for the great contest!

  285. jeanine krupp on May 22, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Link on my blog. Thanks for the chance – what an awesome prize!

  286. Lauren on May 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook! Thanks.

  287. Bethanie on May 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    When did you consider yourself a professional photographer?

  288. jeanine krupp on May 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Follow of Twitter and tweeted… http://twitter.com/JeanineKrupp

  289. jeanine krupp on May 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Subscribe (and stalk!)

  290. jeanine krupp on May 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Fan on Facebook. Thanks for the chance to win!

  291. Becca on May 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    How to continue to stay inspired, grow, learn, change . . . what do you need to be the best photographer out there?

  292. Kathleen on May 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I think I would ask where they find their target market.

  293. Lauren on May 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I am now a MCP Actions subscriber! Thanks!

  294. Becca on May 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I’m a facebook fan 🙂

  295. Jen Lavelle on May 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I would love to hear what business hints you have for promoting yourself.

  296. Lauren on May 22, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I have shared the link on my Facebook page! Thanks!

  297. Megan Evans on May 22, 2010 at 9:51 pm
  298. Lisa on May 22, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    My one question would be…There are so many great artists/photographers out there all with different styles. Do you ever doubt your own style?

  299. Lisa on May 22, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    also, I’m a MCP fb fan!

  300. Jess M on May 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    If I could ask just one question I guess it would be how did you learn to pose people?

  301. Jill on May 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    What are your go-to props?

  302. Jill Heupel on May 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Fanned. 🙂

  303. Susan on May 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm
  304. Ashley on May 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    When somebody asks what you do, at what point did you feel comfortable enough saying “I am a photographer” as opposed to saying I am a stay at home mom, but I play with some photography on the side…

  305. Sarah Andreotti on May 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    My question would be: Do you think I’m on the right path to starting my business? And oh, how I would LOVE to be able to ask Deb! 🙂

  306. mary Saou on May 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    How do you cope with bad lighting that you can’t avoid, such as a wedding ceremony?

  307. Wendy on May 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Help with editing??

  308. Wendy on May 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Rss feed

  309. Rachel on May 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    What is the one tool/technique (such as metering, settings, etc.) did you find most difficult to master?

  310. Wendy on May 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Fb fan

  311. Wendy on May 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Follow you on twitter

  312. tracy dee on May 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    What is the one thing you MUST see when looking through the viewfinder before pushing the shutter button?

  313. Cyndi on May 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    How can I improve my lead time when doing action type photography?

  314. Jordan on May 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Tell me how you get ideas for posing and getting people comfortable in front of the camera.Thanks for the giveaway!

  315. Rachel on May 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Facebook fan as well. Linked it to my profile: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/rachel1001

  316. BruceF on May 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    How to get the ball really rolling and get more clients, referrals, etc.

  317. Sarah S on May 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I’d ask for help with getting correct exposure – it is soooo hard sometimes, especially as the light is changing at the end of the day.

  318. Sarah S on May 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    subscriber!

  319. Sarah S on May 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    FB fan

  320. Sarah S on May 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    twitter follower

  321. Sarah S on May 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I tweeted – username pinkfrogpress

  322. Amy Benson on May 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    How do you stay true to yourself and your art?I’m a FB fan, I follow you on Twitter and I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  323. Amy Benson on May 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I tweeted…

  324. Kristin Villano on May 22, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    My question would be about what I consider to be “the elusive STYLE”. It seems to elude me. I would like to know how do I settle into (or accept my style), suggestions on how to refine it and lastly do I have one? ;)Another fantastic giveaway. Thanks!

  325. Jacqueline on May 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I would like to ask what diffuser she would recommend. I shoot natural light and hate using my speedlight.

  326. Jacqueline on May 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I am already a fan on fb.

  327. Christina Klahn on May 22, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I would ask “What do you do when self-doubt creeps in, or you’ve had a bad session, to keep your confidence high and keep yourself motivated to keep going?”

  328. Anne McQuary on May 22, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    deciding on what kind of photography to specialize in.

  329. Christina Klahn on May 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I just subscribed to your blog!

  330. Kelli Covil Collins on May 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    How do you balance it all; your passion for photography, people, family, and self?

  331. Eleni on May 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    How do you market to your target niche?

  332. GayleV on May 22, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    What a great series this has been. I would ask about their most successful marketing techniques!

  333. GayleV on May 22, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Follow on Twitter! @momandcamera

  334. GayleV on May 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I am a facebook fan!

  335. GayleV on May 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I subscribe to the RSS and LOVE IT!!

  336. Jennifer on May 22, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I would ask what is the “secret” to your workflow.

  337. Sym on May 22, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    How do you connect with your subject?

  338. Gabrielle Smith on May 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I would like ask how to relax people – to get them beyond that initial nervousness so that their true personality shows through!

  339. Gabrielle Smith on May 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I follow on twitter – @SouthernILPhoto

  340. Gabrielle Smith on May 22, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I’m a fan on FB!

  341. Gabrielle Smith on May 22, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    And I have a link on my blog to mcp!

  342. Amanda on May 22, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I would want to hear about any of the regrets or mistakes they made when first starting their biz.

  343. Deborah on May 23, 2010 at 12:14 am

    My one question would be how to get your initial business going. I know that with photography, it’s mostly about word of mouth, but how do you get your first clients?

  344. Gina on May 23, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I would like to ask about marketing and getting a new business off the ground. I feel like there are plenty of resources out there to help me hone in on my photography skills, but when it comes to marketing myself and positively drawing attention to myself as a photographyer I am at a loss. I think I’m on the right track, but then I don’t see any results.

  345. Tara on May 23, 2010 at 12:24 am

    What is the one thing that you wish you would have known, when you first started out, that would have helped you the most?

  346. Tara on May 23, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Subcribed to RSS feed/Daily updates!

  347. Tara on May 23, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Fan on fb!

  348. Tara on May 23, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Following on Twitter!

  349. Tara on May 23, 2010 at 12:29 am

    I tweeted!

  350. Brooke Reynolds on May 23, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I would ask how do you keep organized and motivated? I am having troubles organizing and figuring out what I need to do as a business to get and stay successful.

  351. Kevin Halliburton on May 23, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Tell me about your estimating strategy for competitive bid based opportunities.

  352. Tina Prainito on May 23, 2010 at 1:39 am

    “Could you please mentor me?” That would be my question! 🙂

  353. Tina Prainito on May 23, 2010 at 1:40 am

    have the MCP banner on the blog http://www.icandiepix.blogspot.com

  354. Michelle Anderson on May 23, 2010 at 1:53 am

    I would ask them what is the one thing that took their business from “not making it” to “making it as a profitable, sustainable business”.

  355. Michelle Anderson on May 23, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I’m a fan on facebook.

  356. Julie L. on May 23, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Oh gosh….one question…that’s hard! Hmmmm…..I would probably want to know if she was ever super nervous to take pictures for people and how did she over-come it or handle it?I have always been passionate about photography…it’s the one thing that has stuck with me since I was a child. I have never pursued it professionally because I’ve I always doubt myself and am afraid of screwing up…or I have so much more to learn before I am ready. I’ve started taking it more seriously since I have my own family now and I get asked on a semi-regular basis if I will take someone else’s photos, but I literally get so “sick to my stomach” nervous, that I usually say no….even though I know I enjoy it and am bummed to miss out on an opportunity to practice on someone other than my own 3 kiddos. Photos are such a precious treasure to me and I just don’t want to mess up those treasures for another family! :)THX!

  357. Michelle Anderson on May 23, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I subscribed to the blog feed.

  358. Michelle Anderson on May 23, 2010 at 1:56 am

    I follow MCP on Twitter.

  359. Nataly on May 23, 2010 at 2:07 am

    What is your most successful business-promoting method???

  360. Caryl on May 23, 2010 at 2:42 am

    What a great addition/idea for this contest…Thanks for doing this…. Of course I have quite a few questions to ask but this one is quite important to me….What do you think of photographers that are giving up their Copyrights with the DVD of images… and what do you do in regards to this issue?

  361. Rebecca Ort on May 23, 2010 at 2:58 am

    I would ask them to look at my current work and give me feedback/advice on how I could improve on it.

  362. Veronica Hudley on May 23, 2010 at 3:18 am

    When first becoming a professional photographer, how did you overcome the fear of meeting clients, posing, and making sure their pictures are great?

  363. Mikki on May 23, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I would like to know what advice you’d go back and give yourself when you were just starting. What do you know now that would have helped you in the beginning! Thanks

  364. Thauna on May 23, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Do you see anything “good” in my work?

  365. Thauna on May 23, 2010 at 3:35 am

    I’m a facebook fan, follow on twitter and I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  366. Keshia on May 23, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I would like to know: what is the one thing you done in the beginning to attract clients?

  367. jennifer on May 23, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I would ask what lessons she learned that helped her the most to make her business more successful.

  368. jennifer on May 23, 2010 at 7:43 am

    i’m a fan on fb!

  369. Kristin V on May 23, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I follow the fan page. I am so excited about this giveaway 🙂

  370. Kris on May 23, 2010 at 9:15 am

    How did you get the courage to say “Ok this is it, I’m really going to do this”

  371. Melanie Pitcher on May 23, 2010 at 9:56 am

    What are the most effective to promote your business?

  372. Melanie Pitcher on May 23, 2010 at 9:57 am

    the mcp banner is on my blog!

  373. Melanie Pitcher on May 23, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I’m a subscriber to the daily feed too!

  374. Lisa Mason Drake on May 23, 2010 at 10:52 am

    How do you make sure to keep your portraits/ideas/passion fresh and new?

  375. Brandy T on May 23, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I would love to ask: what do you do when you have a grumpy kid who won’t cooperate?

  376. Lisa Mason Drake on May 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

    twitter follower

  377. Brandy T on May 23, 2010 at 10:53 am
  378. Lisa Mason Drake on May 23, 2010 at 10:54 am

    FB fan

  379. Lisa Mason Drake on May 23, 2010 at 10:55 am

    RSS subscriber

  380. Brandy T on May 23, 2010 at 10:55 am
  381. Anneli on May 23, 2010 at 11:12 am

    How do you get people to feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera?

  382. Jessica Hilborn on May 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

    What is the best way to really learn and get comfortable with photoshop?

  383. Jessica Hilborn on May 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I subscribe to your blog! =)

  384. Jessica Hilborn on May 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I “like” you on facebook!

  385. Katey on May 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I would ask what is the best business advice you can give to someone?

  386. Samantha Jones on May 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

    What is your favorite family pose or set up?

  387. Rachel Johnson on May 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

    How do you get started learning OCF?

  388. Tina Prainito on May 23, 2010 at 11:51 am
  389. Belinda Olsen on May 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    How have you adapted your marketing strategies during this economic situation?

  390. belinda Olsen on May 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I have an MCP button on my blog http://www.craigolsenfamily.blogspot.com

  391. Emily on May 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I would ask: where do I go from here?

  392. Emily on May 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I’m a fb fan!

  393. Emily on May 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I subscribe to rss feed!

  394. Nicole on May 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    How did you overcome adversity when starting out?

  395. Angie on May 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    What is your best tip to get great outdoor, backlit photos?

  396. Andrea Lopez on May 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Do you still love photography as much now as you did when you started?

  397. Andrea Lopez on May 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I have your banner posted on my blog:http://365andrealopez.blogpsot.com

  398. Stef on May 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    At what point can you consider yourself a “professional photographer”?

  399. Lisa on May 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    How to build my business while I’m still working a regular job. Gah.

  400. leslie on May 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    what/if any photography situations do you still feel nervous going into~ and how do you overcome it?

  401. Lisa on May 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Following on Twitter.

  402. Lisa on May 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Fan on FB.

  403. Ann on May 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I would love to know how to set up a flash website??? xo

  404. Tracy Y.H. on May 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I would like to ask, “how do you keep your passion for what you’re doing (photography, creative spark) alive while you’re trying to please your clients and give them what they want?

  405. jen on May 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    i subscribe to your rss feed.

  406. jen on May 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    i have many, but i would ask how do you find your true style while not getting caught up in all the latest trends?

  407. Christy on May 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    How do you compete with other photographer’s in your area – what do you do that separates you from them?

  408. Victoria on May 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    How do I choose one specialty when I like different things about each type of client/session {i.e. newborns, seniors, families, children, even weddings}?

  409. Angela Healy on May 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    When was your ‘Aha!” moment, when you felt you finally went from “Almost getting it”, to “Yay! I know I got it!”???

  410. Sherri Dale on May 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    if you could go back in time and do anything differently, what would it be?

  411. Holly on May 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    What books or series have you found helpful to continue your growth as a professional photographer?

  412. staci zohlen on May 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    how do you keep yourself organized?

  413. Haley on May 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    How did you develop/learn your style of photography?

  414. Casey on May 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    WHAT IS YOUR WORKFLOW AND HOW MUCH SHARPENING DO YOU APPLY?

  415. Roxy on May 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I have often wondered how most successful photographers find and effectively sell to their market. I can’t seem to find the right people who value a custom photographer.

  416. Jada Brock on May 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    My question is :what is the most effective marketing tool you have?

  417. Susan Cohen on May 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    How did you know when you were ready to “go professional” with your photography?

  418. Jada Brock on May 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I’m a fan on FB!

  419. Heather R on May 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I need a portfolio review!!

  420. Jill Clark on May 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    How can I get younger kids to relax and cooperate, especially with siblings?

  421. Heather R on May 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Facebook fan!!

  422. Jen Parker on May 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    What’s the most effective way of increasing your clientele?

  423. Jen Parker on May 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I’m an RSS subscriber!

  424. Natalie on May 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I would like to know where you get your inspiration?

  425. Jen Parker on May 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I’m a fb fan!

  426. Jen Parker on May 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I’m a follower on Twitter!

  427. Michelle Schwingler on May 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Does the lens really matter that much?

  428. Kristen Fannin on May 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I’d ask if they knew then (when they first started) what they know now, what one thing would they do differently.

  429. Kelley on May 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    “What was the hardest road block that you had to overcome to be successful in your business?”

  430. Nichole on May 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I just have to say I love Deb and her lovely locks, her work amazing and honest! My question is How do you put a value to your work as far as session pricing??

  431. Robin I on May 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    My question is: What is the best time of day to take outside portrait shots so you can reduce the amount of shadows…or to avoid the over exposure of the sun. I took my son’s senior pics and for the most part, I am happy with the few I got to come out. But, trying to expand my horizon’s on taking protraits and would like to know how to work witht he lighting.

  432. Lisa on May 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    How do you get people to feel natural and “pose” if needed?

  433. misty Jones on May 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    How do you get such consistent images?

  434. Kristen Fannin on May 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm
  435. Stacey Haslem on May 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    How do you go from amateur to professional?

  436. Melissa on May 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    What are the things you couldn’t/wouldn’t shoot without?

  437. Karla on May 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Which are the best suggestions you have for me to start my business?

  438. Sarah Phillips on May 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    How do you move from WOM clients to the next level?

  439. Julie on May 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Besides word of mouth what has been your next most successful way to bring in new clients.

  440. Lori K on May 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    At what point do you know you can move from hobby to profession?

  441. Lori K on May 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I follow on facebook!!!

  442. Lori K on May 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I read in Google!!!

  443. Tammy Burdiak on May 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    What was your biggest inspiration when you decided to pursue your dream?

  444. jasonschafer on May 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    my question: where do i go from here? (how can i get more people to experience our photography?)

  445. Tammy Burdiak on May 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I am a fan on Twitter

  446. Tammy Burdiak on May 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Added a banner to my blog

  447. Tammy Burdiak on May 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I am a fan on FB

  448. Sarah beth on May 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I would love to ask, if you could only have 5 photos in your portfolio/ad, how would you decide? what would you want them to reflect to your customers? what is the most important part of portfolio building? okay, that was more than one question!

  449. Chelsie Moreland on May 23, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    What lenses do you own?

  450. Jennifer Kovacs on May 23, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    What is the biggest mistake you feel you have made as a photographer and what did you learn from it?

  451. Susanne on May 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I would ask the steps for workflow processing.

  452. C Marie on May 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    How do you handle proofing to increase sales?

  453. C Marie on May 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Tweeted: @catinamarie123

  454. Kayla Renckly on May 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    My question would be what has been your best way to promote your business?

  455. Kayla Renckly on May 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I’m a Facebook fan!

  456. Lindsay on May 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    If I could ask a seasoned professional one question, it would be this: When you started your photography business, what was your number one goal, have you achieved it and if so, how?

  457. Kristie Nicoll on May 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    What was the most important thing in taking you business from casual to a full time money making endeavor?

  458. Emily Dobson on May 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    What is the most effective way to conduct in-house consultation an ordering appointments to increase bookings and boost sales?

  459. Robin on May 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    how do you plan your photo sessions, poses, location and the like?

  460. Kristie Nicoll on May 23, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I’m a fan on FB 🙂

  461. Emily Dobson on May 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I am a subscriber to MCP Blog!

  462. Emily Dobson on May 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I am a MCP FB Fan!

  463. Emily Dobson on May 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I follow @mcpactions!

  464. Emily Dobson on May 23, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I tweeted about this contest!

  465. Julie M. on May 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I would ask what are your most successful marketing strategies?

  466. Julie M. on May 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I’m a FB Fan

  467. Shuva Rahim on May 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    i want to know how to take my business up a notch without losing my current clients.

  468. Julie M. on May 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I follow you @mcpactions on twitter (my twitter @mstudiosphoto)

  469. alexa on May 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    This is your best contest yet! Wow… I would LOVE this. One question? I’m always looking to improve, so, I’d ask after chatting what she thought my weak spots are.

  470. Jay on May 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    My one question would be ” how to turn passion to profit?”

  471. Michelle N. on May 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Do you create albums for your clients and is it worth the time and effort making them and how do you price them?

  472. Ami Parrish on May 23, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    How long did it take you to get your personal style defined?

  473. Rachael B on May 23, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I would ask about posing clients – how to get it to look natural

  474. Becca Caniglia on May 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    If I could ask a photographer any question it would be: How do you market to reach your “ideal” client?

  475. Rachael B on May 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I’m a facebook fan!

  476. rachael B on May 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Twitter follower!

  477. Kara on May 23, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    The one question I would love to ask is how you know how to approach a shoot based on the subjects. For example, toddler shoots – where do you start? 🙂

  478. Jessica Thomas on May 23, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    This comment is for the contest – I would like to know why? Just that simple..why did you start a business in photography? Or even simpler – Why photography?

  479. Sarah Backstrom on May 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    What is the greatest tool you have found in promoting your business?

  480. Sarah Backstrom on May 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    What is the biggest tool you have found to promote your business?

  481. Debra Ritter on May 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I would love to know their tried and true raw workflow.

  482. Kim Bolyard on May 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Best way to edit a photo to get the nice creamy smooth skin in a portrait?ThanksKim Bolyard

  483. Jen Baker on May 23, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I would like to know how they choose to focus their shots?

  484. Jodi on May 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Do you think it’s essential to have school training to take your photography to the next level?

  485. jlyn on May 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    it might be too late…but this would be AWESOME!

  486. Briana on May 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    My question would be: What builds your confidence to take that step to pro and charge appropriately?

  487. Yolanda on May 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

  488. jodie on May 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Gosh, hope I’m not too late, I would ask how do you make it possible to quit your real job and start your DREAM job of photography??!?!

  489. Conni M on May 23, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    THe one question I would ask … “How do you handle getting clients to feel comfortable in front of your camera when they are complete strangers?”

  490. Claire on May 23, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    How long did it take you to get your ah ha moment?

  491. Toni Nelson on May 23, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    What is the best promotion/way to get clients to come to you?

  492. Brad on May 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I would ask about good ways to market yourself effectively when getting started.

  493. Claire on May 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I am a FB fan

  494. Tina Rothe on May 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I would like to ask how you gain confidence in your abilities and not be scared every time you have a shoot.

  495. Tyan on May 23, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I would love to ask about getting consistent skin tones. 🙂

  496. Conni M on May 23, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Follow you on twitter

  497. Conni M on May 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Already a facebook fan!!

  498. Jennifer Cameron on May 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    What have you found to be the best marketing strategy for a photography business?

  499. j on May 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I posted to twitter

  500. Kallie on May 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I would like to know what techniques work best for getting people comfortable in front of the camera.

  501. Kallie on May 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Fan on Facebook!

  502. Laura on May 23, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    For tips on how to get people to act natural in front of the camera.

  503. Tiffany on May 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    What is the one step that you missed and wished you new while learning

  504. Yvette on May 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Where do you get inspiration for poses and shoot locations?

  505. Yvette on May 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I’m a facebook fan…

  506. Sandy on May 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I’d want to know how do you develop self-confidence and get past the fear of putting yourself out there and comparing yourself to other photographers.

  507. Sandy on May 23, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I’m following on Twitter!!

  508. heidi McCrary on May 24, 2010 at 1:13 am

    am i really that good that people should be paying me?

  509. stacy on May 24, 2010 at 9:23 am

    probably too late, but i would ask if the excitement ever wears off. it’s all i think about everyday and i smile through each and every edit. does it happen to them? is that how they are too? it makes my heart so happy when a client gets their images and loves them.

  510. Nichole on May 24, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I would love to know how professionals always get that perfect focus in-camera? I have such a hard time with it.

  511. donna good on May 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

    i love new gear, don’t get me wrong, but how can i spend more time on developing a personal, creative style, and less time lusting over the latest, newest, biggest cameras and lenses?

  512. Kelly Willardson on May 25, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME!!!!When you feel like a photo-shoot is taking a turn for the worst, this is how you save it….. PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME!!!!

  513. julie Delgado on May 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    How do you stay true to your own style when there are so many that will question it?

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