creativelive – behind the scenes in seattle, taking care of business

admin —  September 19, 2011


There’s just no way I could pull together all the thoughts, emotions and experiences from this second experience teaching at creativeLIVE, so I’ll just say this:  I’m ridiculously grateful to be associated with such a cool organization.  I’m overwhelmed at how many people from all over the world tuned in, actively participated, offered unreal support to everyone involved and were kind enough to offer fantastic feedback after the Taking Care of Business workshop.  Okay, whew. There. I said it.  The saying has happened.

Big thanks to those who supplied us with some seriously big prizes to give away during the course of the weekend:  Artsy Couture, Kubota Image Tools, Asuka Book, Capturing Life Better, WPPI 2012, Animoto, Fundy Tools, my partners who helped create Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography, and Triple Scoop Music.  They weren’t small giveaways, either – and there were a lot of happy winners out there.  In fact, Triple Scoop Music was so happy with the giveaway on creativeLIVE of my “Little Ones” music collection, valued at $299, that they are going to give another one away again – with this post about the weekend.  To enter to win, just follow @triplscoopmusic on twitter and let us know something you took away from this course – anything! – by commenting below. The lucky winner of those 10 seriously well-written, beautifully composed, royalty-free songs will be announced this Friday.

If you didn’t catch any of the weekend, here’s a clip from the beginning of the course, including a very kind intro from my friend & (superstar) Photographer and Director Chase Jarvis (who I interviewed for reDefine – that very insightful episode will be out next week.):

For a lot more clips and a truly excellent writeup, check out the creativeLIVE blog!

Joining me this time around were some seriously brave, open-hearted, and all-in photographers who I respect and have a great deal of affection for:

photo courtesy @Carolyn Ann Ryan

From L to R:
Courtney Jade – She made the very cool video that got so much buzz. Courtney is fun, upbeat and was very open to sharing her struggles and, obviously, her talent.  She had some great advice to share with everyone, and her energy and focus were great touchstones not just for me, but for the rest of the audience, as well. I don’t take enthusiasm for granted, and she has a great deal of it. Her take on the course is here.  Her descriptive take on the weekend is a great read.

Erika Monaco - Erika was our Seattle native.  Initially a bit shy, she got so engaged in the course – and her own vision for her business – that the anxiety faded rapidly and we got to see just how sharp and clever she is.  I love watching people emerge from their concerns and just shine.  As a new mama figuring out a new course of juggling it all, I know just how complicated it is for her right now.  Setting multiple priorities is never easy – loving your work doesn’t mean you don’t love your family like crazy. I don’t doubt she’ll work it all out sooner than I did. I’ll link to her post as soon as it’s live!

Jesse Clements – You may remember him from last September’s 3-day course!  Jesse put himself out there big, again, and in the midst of an extremely busy year.   I admire him for that.  My impression of Jesse after meeting him last year was wow, this man really loves his wife.  My impression this time was, wow, this many really, really loves his wife! – oh, AND he has truly made some great strides in his work this past year. Fantastic. We kept all the conversations very candid – when it came down to questioning whether he should re-think a major link to his business, whether to re-name it completely, he took a deep breath – but was open to the question.  I don’t know many better ways to grow than that.


photo courtesy @Courtney Jade

Carolyn Ann Ryan – It was lovely to see Carolyn again.  She had attended several talks and presentations I’ve given over the last year, but of course that doesn’t mean we had a  chance to really have a real conversation with each other.  Every one of the programs she attended happened to be different ones, with different content – and, I must say, I love her for noticing that.  These presentations take work!  ;)   Having just moved into photography full-time, Carolyn has gotten quite an education lately.  She’s taking this very seriously, which I appreciate.  She not only jumped in completely this weekend, she also offered excellent information that she’d discovered, and she also shared a few things that had everyone melting a bit … like how important it felt to her to simply be liked as a child.  Most of us recognized how that doesn’t change when we get older, either. Check out her smart perspective on the weekend.

photos courtesy @Carolyn Ann Ryan and @Courtney Jade

From L to R:

Kellianna Wirth: Kelli had shared ahead of time that she was extremely nervous about even creating her video and hesitated a LOT about the next step of putting it out there – and then, all of sudden, she was sitting there in the live audience, very much putting herself out there, as well as her business, her priorities and her very definition of who she was.  After we hugged goodbye, the next statement I heard from her was:  After this weekend I have decided to banish the word anxiety from my brain. It no longer exists. I don’t need it or want it. Read more of her inspiring feedback here.

Donovan Fannon:  Donovan also created a stand-out video – he had me at “Hi, my name’s Donovan Fannon, and I’m a bit of a wreck.”  Turns out he’s not really a wreck, more a very honest guy with a lot of talent who is hopefully quickly better understanding what he and his business have to offer.  He received a groundswell of support from the interwebs when he stated a lot of concerns that others shared – then picked up all kinds of kudos for his very cool work.  Known as Rekanize, I laughed the first few times I said the word … then found that I simply couldn’t stop saying it as the weekend wore on.  We toasted his name (and him) repeatedly after the course finished.  His REKANIZE! post is here.

photo courtesy @Donovan Fannon and @Jim Catechi (joint effort!)

The entire crew behind this production is plentiful – unfortunately, they’re not all shown here, but this is the biggest group shot I’ve got!  They work hard, tirelessly and in a very focused manner.  And they are also just darn fun to be around, too.  They’re a stand-out group of individuals who make this big effort feel far more effortless.


photo courtesy @Kenna Klosterman

photo courtesy @Courtney Jade

photo courtesy @Donovan Fannon

I worked on this presentation for way, way longer than I thought I would – up through lunch on the second day, in fact.  Thanks for snapping this photo, Courtney – I had just finished speaking on the merits of single tasking when I had to jump back to my laptop to write up yet one more idea about how I could phrase something (that kept happening – wait a minute!  I can explain it this way).  Donovan made sure to walk over with his phone so he could show me a video of a vomiting baby despite my repeated pleas to not bring walking streams of consciousness my way.   Yes, he was joking.  And, yes, it was funny.

photo courtesy @Courtney Jade

A big thank you to fashion & celebrity photographer, American Top Model Photog & Sometimes Judge, and all-around friendly stand-out talent Matthew Jordan Smith for joining us on the program and taping a live reDefine Show while actually filming creativeLIVE.  Yes, that’s right – a show within a show.  Surreal and educational.  You can see the very inspirational talk, edited with photographs, here:  reDefineshow.com.


photo courtesy @Kenna Klosterman

A BIG thank you to everyone watching, however you watched!

photo courtesy @Kenna Klosterman of Jim Catechi and … Who sent this in?  Your notes look familiar? ;)

photos courtesy @Kenna Klosterman and @Jesse Clements

photo courtesy @Courtney Jade

photo courtesy @Carolyn Ann Ryan

Who doesn’t love these two??  Susan Roderick and Kenna Klosterman are the spunky, beautiful, fun ladies behind the live – they keep the whole show humming with their serious internet proweress and their smooth transitioning in and out of all the segments.  The world wide webs and I are crazy about you two, and you know it ;)

 

photo courtesy @Carolyn Ann Ryan

See that guy in the green shirt on the far right of that image up there?  That’s Mr. Craig Swanson, the founder of creativeLIVE.  After all the talk we had about how you run your business, there’s no doubt that Craig fits the visionary description – he has a great love for entrepreneurship, for the real change these programs make in peoples’ lives.  He cheers people on through their breakthroughs and forwards emails from people who overcome their fears, along with his excited words about how amazing that is.  He’s crazy about his beautiful family of four, and I am grateful for our plentiful conversations about grand plans, educational walkthroughs, marketing, business models and all the kind of stuff that bore a few of my friends but fascinates he and I.  I’m looking forward to all the conversations yet to come.

A quick 2-set of what it feels like to actually finish creativeLIVE:

photo courtesy @Jesse Clements

I think a few of us broke into dance when we finished the course.  I say a few because I’m concerned that I was the only one, and I danced like a velociraptor (tiny arms, clumsy moves).  But it’s simply such a relief to make it through and to be happy with how it went .. I know Celeste Olds, Producer Extraordinare with the Super Cool Red Hair (say it all together to a beat, sounds better that way) would agree with me.  Celeste keeps things running so smoothly, and I must say:  there’s a LOT of moving parts!  The running joke is that she furrows her brows when big plans are brought forth – but then she manages to pull them off anyway.

Another thing that happened this whole weekend?

photo courtesy @Jesse Clements

Do I look a little shiny?  Or, rather a lot shiny?  Yeah, I know.  It was seriously HOT in the studio – so we just kept talking about how business was so hot .. but mygoodness we were dewy by the end of the workshop :)

 

 

To everyone out there who watched, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  The only downside of the entire weekend is that I couldn’t see many of you face to face, but I did love hearing from as many of you as I did.  Your messages kept me company for the two days it took me to get home between flight issues, luggage loss and general sleepiness (actually, long after that, too) … I’m GRATEFUL.

Get your entries in to win some music, and I promise I won’t dance for you while you’re listening ;)

 

 

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49 responses to creativelive – behind the scenes in seattle, taking care of business

  1. It was pure “resonance”,…a product of putting all the right components together,…and these stunning BTS pics show it,…well done indeed!

  2. Life Changing. I hope everyone buys it, sees it, applies it to their lives.

  3. We watched as much as possible. It was an extension of information from another workshop with Tamara (btw- anytime she offers a workshop and you can make it ~ do it!)

  4. I took sooo many useful things away from this, but number one has to be just getting an intern already. I’d been thinking about it for a while, but I kept putting it off and finding excuses not to. While watching Tamara on Creative Live something clicked in my head, and I posted a comment on Facebook about it right then and there. To my great surprise, I had my first intern within five minutes! I KNOW it’s going to help me immensely, so thank you very much!!

  5. Priceless!! Absolutely priceless – I can’t think of a better guide than Tamara through this craziness of starting a business + setting aside time with my family + being paid to do what I love so that I can continue part a and part b :)

  6. Thank you again for sharing, Tamara!  Wonderful creativeLive show!  My favorite take-away: 

    Self limiting beliefs – get
    rid of them.

    You deserve to love your
    business, which is your life.

    And it doesn’t last forever.

    Why wouldn’t you maximize
    your enjoyment of it?
    ;~}pamela

  7. It was fantastic and wonderful to watch! You are as always, quiet wonderful! Thank you for being you!

  8. Great job, Tamara!  I had to do the re-watch, but enjoyed it nonetheless!  I am curious as to what presentation program you were using on your iPad.  It worked quite seamlessly.

  9. I loved it! I I didn’t know how great it would be but i found myself glued to my computer for 2 days plus the rewatch! You are amazing!

  10. I love that you are a champion of single-tasking. One of the many things I am taking away from this course is to concentrate on one thing at a time. I have been so scattered, and feel like I am always in the middle of 500 things, never finishing one of them. I aim to change that! Thanks for another inspiring weekend, Tamara! You’re the best :)

  11. Loved the entire course, loved Tamara’s enthusiasm and knowledge!!  Keeping it Legit was fantastically informative and has proved oh so effective already!

  12. I actually wrote a blog post about everything I took away from it: http://wp.me/pOM6C-9N

  13. I took away so much real and valuable advice! And I adored your magnetic personality, Tamara! Thanks to you, @creativeLIVE, @TriplScoopMusic and the other generous sponsors!

  14. My favourite quote from the course was “You make your path based on who you are!” And that was very much what I needed to hear. I’m now in school learing everything I can about running a business here in Sweden. After that I will ad some photography-courses as well. But that part, about being who you are in your business is nothing you can just learn from school but it’s still so important.

  15. Thank you Tamara! I have both workshops now. Due to DH being deployed staying up late with little ones is not going to work. But I love purchasing them! I have finally found the gold nugget I was looking for. I appreciate your gift to the photography community. Thank you for keeping it real! Many blessings to you, the creative live team, and all the sponsors!

  16. My favorite part was Tamara explaining how she tried to do copy the “sales videos” and perform according to the way she was taught, but it wasn’t until she did it her way that she exploded her sales.  This was a great reminder that although I can be inspired by others, I need to stay true to who I am, be genuine, authentic and work within my giftings – then my true success and joy will be found!  Thank you for this very important reminder and for staying true to the real YOU!

  17. Love what you do! It is so obvious that you do and that is why you do it so well! Great workshop!

  18. A Big! Thank you Tamara! For helping answering a lot of questions that most people in this business wont.  Thank You for breaking down the white board and giving me real usable business tools.  Thank you for taking the fear out of me letting go of some of the work, when I try and do it all!  Just a big Thank You!   

  19. So much content. The course was amazing. I learned that I need to spend as much time if not more in the art of my business as I do in the art of my photography! Thanks Tamara! 

  20. An amazing workshop.  I learned to make business and not wait for it.  Invest in what is working and know cash position.  Where money is concerned, do not spend it until you have earned it.

  21. It was an amazing series- some things I had learned along the way and needed to be reminded of, and SO MANY new things to do!  I love all the behind-the-scenes pics, too, it must be a photography seminar when all the candids look so good! :)

  22. Thank you so much for all of the valuable insight. I learned that I can do this: by closing the gap between who I am and what I want to be. I have never struggled with passion or drive but I have continuously questioned myself and my natural instincts. After you drilling in into us over and over again I will always ask myself the question of; “What about B?” If I am doing A, what is B, and could my life B better if I would just try B? The Artist in me is finally trying B. So thank you for the extra courage. Rebecca Grennan

  23. Thank you so much for all of the valuable insight. I learned that I can do this: by closing the gap between who I am and what I want to be. I have never struggled with passion or drive but I have continuously questioned myself and my natural instincts. After you drilling in into us over and over again I will always ask myself the question of; “What about B?” If I am doing A, what is B, and could my life B better if I would just try B? The Artist in me is finally trying B. So thank you for the extra courage. Rebecca Grennan

  24. Thank you so much Tamara.  I am still thinking about your workshop and how much it has changed my perspective on so many things, including my personal life.  You have given me the courage I have been needing to “make it all happen.”

  25. I was glued to my computer for the entire two days, taking notes feverishly, and I learned to define myself. I learned that I have been resisting, resisting doing what was necessary to succeed. Amazing stuff! I also took a look at my website and removed any photographs that did not fit the image I want my clients to have of me. Also, since I am on a budget, it was great to hear the many ways one could economize :) Thanks Tamara! You were fantastic! I have even shared some of your suggestions with my husband. He has his own business also, though not photography.

  26. You basically rocked my world! Your personality and the invaluable resources that you readily shared have left a lasting impression on me personally and my business as well. I have spent the past week or so, totally revamping my website, honing in on my Brand and restructuring my Pricing Structure. You gave me lots to think about and plenty to do. I am still working on the whole “single tasking” deal but I’ll get there lol. Once again, thank you so much for being willing to share your knowledge and experiences. I guarantee you the results will be furthur reaching than you could have imagined!

  27. My favoritest quote was “You make your path based on who you are.”

  28. Hey, Tamara! 
    Bookkeeping, cost of doing business, marketing, etc., was all invaluable. I think the foundation for all that, is knowing who I am. This weekend really got me thinking about that question seriously and in a different light. I’m still working on the answer, but who I am should drive my photography and business, and not the other way around.

    Thanks for a great workshop! :)

  29. I’m still watching my downloaded course, but I’ve seen enough to know that there is a lot that I do know and I lot that I don’t… I’m so passionate about learning everything I can about this amazing art and the biz behind it (it’s a like being a nerdy school girl all over again, but cooler this time around – LOL)

  30. As I said under the wrong post (sorry!), what I took away from the course was to get up and get over my fear.  So now I have my first ever paid photo shoot tomorrow!  Thank you for bringing this home!

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  31. One of my favorite parts of the course was when Tamara talked about bringing her (I think it was) daughter to the first day of school. Tamara talked about helping build her daughter up/reassure her daughter when her daughter was nervous/afraid/etc. She pointed out how when we start new things, we often forget to do this. That has really stuck with me over the last couple weeks, and I’ve been concentrating more on boosting myself up instead of focusing on the fears/not knowing. Thanks Tamara! 

  32. One of my favorite parts of the course was when Tamara talked about bringing her (I think it was) daughter to the first day of school. Tamara talked about helping build her daughter up/reassure her daughter when her daughter was nervous/afraid/etc. She pointed out how when we start new things, we often forget to do this. That has really stuck with me over the last couple weeks, and I’ve been concentrating more on boosting myself up instead of focusing on the fears/not knowing. Thanks Tamara! 

  33. I wish I could afford to buy this course and watch it over and over and over however I can’t afford to at the moment. The information given is extremely invaluable. This made me realize that I need to define what I am. Describing myself in a few words and letting my online presence reflect that.. is a start.

    Sorry my name is Kaylley Williams

  34. I wish I could afford to buy this course and watch it over and over and over however I can’t afford to at the moment. The information given is extremely invaluable. This made me realize that I need to define what I am. Describing myself in a few words and letting my online presence reflect that.. is a start.

    Sorry my name is Kaylley Williams

  35. My biggest takeaway from this workshop was just how important developing a consistent brand is. I hadn’t thought about being aware of branding on social media and not just on a website. As a not quite professional photographer, I’m thankful to have learned this before I really get into the business. Awesome workshop, Tamara! 

  36. My biggest takeaway from this workshop was building a solid understanding of who I am and how that affects my business. There were so many great points, ideas, thoughts, etc. brought up during this workshop on how to be in business, but it all came down for me to who am I and what I can give my clients.

  37. What a great course. Can’t name just one thing I took from this course. I bought and I’m re-watching again this weekend before the three sales sessions I have next week. Of course I’ll start working on my branding ASAP and more importantly I’ll try to SINGLE task, so hard!!!! Thanks Tamara!!

  38. So much to process! Thank-you for being so willing to share. Every time I listen to you I learn something new. I have a long way to go on my business practices and your advice will help so much.

  39. The 3 word branding test with a post it or note card to constantly test you faithfulness to maintaining it was priceless!

  40. Thank-you!!!  I am now following @TripleScoopMusic … and what I learned is really too much for this little comment box!  To put it simply the entire weekend gave me the boost in confidence that I needed to get my act together.  I CAN be organized, I CAN be efficient, and I CAN shoot my behind off … so that not only will I create beautiful photos and have fun … I will also make some $ and not be so stressed out!!!  (maybe sleep too?!?!)
    ~Courtney Cook Photography

  41. Loved every moment. Thank you so much. Single tasking…a great reminder.

  42. I realized that I really need to find out who I am and find a few words to describe me. I also realized that I need to be more confident in my abilities and do a better job selling them!

  43. It was hard to step away from this CreativeLive show. So much great info – and delivered in such a straightforward / “real-world” way. This post makes it look like the show and the team took weeks (not days) to produce. A lot of different energies from everyone. Very fun (and enlightening).

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