Photography Coach Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:55:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WizardOfLight September 2015 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:02:21 +0000 Continue Reading]]>
  • Dealing with adversity and a splitting headaches.....(and various other forms of self-induced aches)
  • Big changes this summer for Rob including two moves in one month
  • Going mirrorless with Sony....Rob explains....
  • Using Facebook....still huge opportunity and Robz strategy right now
  • forum...bringing noBs Photo Success Inner circle forum out of the dark ages....
  • Jason Abott and Maggie....a love affair...with photography and challenges
  • Goals and the magic of believing...some more strategies on achieving everything YOU want in your life and in your photography career

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    “What’s happening to the industry in your opinion?” Mon, 07 Sep 2015 23:59:55 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Last week I emailed a few well  known and respected photographers.

    Folks who's opinion I trust.

    I value their insight. When they speak, I listen....

    Guys like Tim of the brightest names in the industry.

    I ask Tim: "What's happening to the industry in your opinion?"

    His answer was filled with wisdom, hope and insight.

    We can all it is:

    How wonderful to hear from you! It is so true that our industry has changed a lot over
    the last several years.

    I believe the introduction of digital, on the  back of a soft economy created some big changes.

    Mainly masses becoming a “Professional” photographer. It has mucked up our profession in many

    A lot because we have no standard of excellence for entry and the
    masses diluted the marketplace.

    However, with that said I see some good things on the horizon…I liken this mass
    entrance to photography like a little town with a few thousand people
    and with 4 or 5 great restaurants.

    Then, over night, 50 new ones popped up.

    All flavors and styles and, of course, everyone is excited to try
    them out.

    One night you try this one and the next a different one. Seems
    exciting but, after a short time you realize they all don’t have the
    same standards and, actually the quality isn’t very good with most.

    So you make that trip back to the places with great food and with

    I believe the novelty is wearing off and people are beginning
    to recognize quality, imagery that is excellent and is investment
    worthy. This gives me hope!

    I love technology and we are using all the tools we now have to perfect
    our style and we are having a great time with it.

    Many pros have struggled or quit because they never formed a distinct brand and, that,
    in a nutshell, is what we teach and people are listening now.

    To succeed you must create a GAP between you and the masses.

    A gap people can see  and appreciate and find unique enough to draw those that love it and it
    must be built on excellence.

    I am SO thankful that we have preached this
    for decades and practiced it.

    We defined a Walden look that was unique
    and distinctive and, with the masses in this profession we continue to

    Putting our attention on fine art, museum style portraiture
    created in the studio and also on Bev’s paintings.

    These are things the masses can’t (and won’t) do.

    So, we have been tested with this thought
    in the marketplace and it’s proven true.

    I am encouraged because the novelty has seemed to worn off cute

    At least to some degree and people (buying public) want
    substance again (or they are beginning too) and this has left those
    “Professionals" wanting to grow looking to learn and get info but they
    don’t know much.

    Others that popped up without passion to hold one are
    leaving and some established photographers are starting to roll-up their
    sleeves and doing the things they need too.

    So,it’s changed for sure but I feel good things are beginning to happen
    for the positive, yet it’s not the same DNA in the meetings it was a
    decade or more ago.

    Sorry for the long answer to a simple question :-).

    Soon, Tim"

    Gotta luv this guy..... I luv the way he defines "cute" photography.'s the pure gold....

    summarized for you:
    *no standard of excellence for entry
    *they never formed a distinct brand
    *actually the quality isn’t very good with most
    *people are beginning to recognize quality, imagery that is excellent and is investment
    *attention on fine art, museum style portraiture
    *and finally.....roll-up their  sleeves and doing the things they need too.

    Investment worthy. Wow....

    I feel the same way, just never heard it defined that way.

    Makes total sense.

    You can watch Tim's webinar I hosted with him's loaded.....HERE

    To your success in photography,

    Robert Provencher

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    Why persistence matters most and when it doesn’t… Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:18:13 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Persistence doesn't matter when you don't have goals.... it's not much use.
    Why persist when you have no goals? No direction? No aim?

    Nothing much to be passionate about?
    You'll only frustrate yourself. You know, when I coach and when I do my own goals, I can't help but think about the "missing link" when it comes to pushing forward and trying to get ahead by using sheer persistence.

    I've read, and continue to read many self- help and business books,
    and in some of the older classics you'll hear this key principle,
    persistence, more often than nowadays.

    Although you still hear it from guys like the Robin Sharma and Seth Godin.

    They agree:


    The missing link when it comes to chasing  after something is HAVING A CLEAR MENTAL PICTURE of what it is we want for ourselves.

    Also known as CMP.

    Or, better known as well defined goals, both short term, mid term and long term.

    Add to that an idea of what's holding us back.

    Aaaaa, now here where's things get scary. Where we need to stop the whining, the bullsh*t, the lies we tell ourselves.
    And kick our egos aside. And get honest.
    Yes, sometimes we fall. We fail. We falter.
    No one knows this more than I do.
    When every ounce of me screams to throw in the towel.

    When I have every reason to pack it in.

    It's at these times I know I need to keep on. Even if I have to simply go through the motions, when inside I ain't feeling it.
    Most of the time it works out. Most of the time the fears and inner roadblocks are of my own making. They are from some external, family, guilt, anger......

    For whatever reason. Or where ever they came from.
    Matters not.
    Progress and success doesn't care about my fears. My excuses. No matter how good they sound.
    Getting ahead, creating something that is uniquely mine, is completely immune to the darkest side of my soul and the deepest pull of my neurosis.

    My job, your job, is to be true to yourself.

    And jump in anyways. Just go through the motions if that's the best you can do.
    Until your reality changes for the better.
    This my friend is when persistence matters most. You need to invest in yourself.

    I dig this quote....

    "If you don't want  to invest in yourself or a business, get a job."

    There is no shame in that. But at least be honest and know the difference. Being in business ain't for everyone.

    This, my friend, is why I created the Top Ten Issues form, the five year
    and one year and monthly goals as KEY STRATEGIES.

    Get on that, work it baby, and add dogged determination and WATCH OUT!

    Nothing can stop you.

    The goal setting essentials forms and the goal setting presentation, for those who are like me, and need to be reminded and fired up, for those who know they need to get on it: HERE

    Yours in success and photography,

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    What do these successful photographers have in common? Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:05:49 +0000 Continue Reading]]> When I was a kid...I had loads of curiosity.

    Much of the time it got me in trouble. And many a times could have nearly killed me.

    As I got older, I did channel my curiosity to more constructive activities. It took me a while, but in time and with persistence my curiosity helped me in more ways than I could count.

    I always, and still to this day, had and have many questions.

    I wanted to know what made successful people click.
    Questions like.....:

    What magic mojo was it that so many creative photographers had that I didn't, but wanted?

    How do I sell my photography?

    How do I marketing my photography studio?

    And so on. Endless.
    I never had so much shame that I resisted asking.

    I believe to this day one the best keys to success is asking questions.

    Never: "Why am I a crappy *fill-in-the-blank-here-with-your-shame-du-jour*."

    But can I? What do I need to do? Where do I need to go? What questions should I ask?

    It's this reason why I got to know, interview, and have so many photographers and players in the noBs photo success inner circle members forum.
    And as players in the Advanced Training Series with the Wizard Of Light.
    I asked questions.

    All these photographers seem to have something in common. They, and the many hundreds of members and other photographers I've interviewed over the years have it as well.

    They are prosperous, creative and enjoy loads of freedom in their lives.

    I like that.

    Being successful means being free, prosperous, and doing what I love most.....taking photographs and getting paid for it.....

    Week, after week....and living life to the max.

    No excuses. No bull.

    I believe when you ask the right questions the answers will come to you.

    If you're willing and open. And persistent.
    Yes, oftentimes I feel like quitting. That my friend is fairly normal human behavior. Quitting.
    But alas, I look to my heroes and mentors and ask...Would they quit?
    When it gets really hard, confusing, scary, stressful, impossible.... the best solution is to ask deep probing questions and wait for the answer to well up from deep within.
    It will come. I guarantee it.

    It always does. But you need to bring child like curiosity to the game, always asking questions and probing.

    Like a child.

    Yours in photography,

    Robert Provencher

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    Surfer Dude critique—ish….. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:12:57 +0000 Continue Reading]]> When digital took over my life back in 2001 and photoshop became my new darkroom, my new master, the universe opened up in a big way.

    As it did for the entire industry.

    The creative possibilities, the new many options it can make your head spin.

    This is especially true for the beginner. I can't imagine the feeling one has when starting out in photoshop.

    I feel fortunate....I got in early, and I had  a couple decades of darkroom experience and retouching under my belt.

    All of this transferred into the new darkroom.

    So when I analyze an image for someone, as I did in this video for Greg, it's my subjective take. Here's my take in a video I created for Lynn....

    Yours in photoshop and in photography,


    P.S. Excuse the sound quality...this is a kitchen table production:)

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    Wizard Of Light Ep2-Money Management secrets for photographers… Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:33:26 +0000 With special guest Shawn Von Ins.....valuable info on finances and how to achieve independence.


    Earn What You

    MrMoneyMoustache WEBSITE

    Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

    For NoBs Inner Circle Members... Wealth Attraction and Goal Setting Presentation

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    Some low cost solutions for those starting out with fairy portraits Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:23:32 +0000 Continue Reading]]> I received an email from it she asks:

    "Rob, I have a quick question for you.  I have the whole set for the fairy sessions (10x20 background, mushroom, plexi glass mirror, rocks.. the whole works).  Right now I do not have a studio and I was doing them in my home.  My home is now too small to do this.  Do you have any low cost suggestions where I can do this outside of the home until I am able to make the leap into a studio?  Any suggestions are welcome.
    Thanks, Teresa Casillas Photographic Artist"

    Teresa...way to go. It sounds like you're all set to go and ready to fire up this amazing product. We love shooting fairies and putting on fairy days, one of our most popular portrait promotions.

    If you're starting out you can create these sessions just about anywhere.

    Many would be surprised at how little space you need.

    I know several photographers who run these from their homes. One in particular, Alicia Birch from Australia, creates beautiful results in her garage. And it's small. Really small!

    Andrea, from Chasing Whimsy, shoots these in her living room.

    And what about Paul Maynard, who started fairies a few years ago, and loved them so much and had so much success he decided to specialize and become a fairy portrait studio....again, in his living room no less.

    How cool is that?

    Again, they had minimal space! By the way, each one of these photographers were immersed and studied using my fairy success system...just saying.

    When it works, it works.

    The minimum space one really needs is about equivalent to an average size den or living room. Or garage. Make sure the place is cleaned up and presentable when you decide to shoot in home or in garage. No dirty dishes, smelly litter boxes or old winter tires.

    You could get away with a 10'x20' drop in a room not much larger. There's only one way to find out! Move the couch, give it  a go.

    If you ready to move on to larger spaces, but aren't ready to commit to a commercial space, here's some more ideas to consider....

    *find another photographer and share the profits. Is there a studio in your area that has no desire to get into these types of sessions but would gladly have you come in? Pitch them. Make sure you can do your part and make certain you trust them. I've done this fours times already!

    Once with an out of town photographer we know who had no desire to do this on her own, but loves the idea of bringing us in and splitting the net profits down the middle.

    I also have done this three times locally, since I sold my studio last year. We successfully ran some very profitable fairy day events, pitching his group and our list. (btw, I'm heading back into a studio space, having had enough of working in a share office co-working space...see next point)

    *co-working space. These set ups are very popular these days. You could rent out the lobby or board room for a one day fairy day. They have the set up, facilities, space and office staff to help you out. And at a fair cost to you!

    *rent a small room at a local hotel. This should cost more than renting a co-working space, but the options available and facilities are great. Something to consider once you have market penetration and a brand.

    *local school, business, gymnastics club, dance school or church basement. Snoop around. I bet there's a dozen places that would love to work with you. One of my first 'events' was photographing babies, at a local baby furniture store. We promoted this one day event in their store. This brought some legitimacy and good will off their name.

    They handled all the bookings and collected the fees as part of doing their bit and offering their space. Plus, I gave them a percentage of the sales. You need to negotiate this with them. Win/win...they get some new exposure, new clients who often return to see the previews and order, and return yet again to pick up their final order. You win, since you get the space, and you get to piggyback on their existing clients who come in daily and see your posters and cards.

    The most important thing to bring to the game is a system and a great product. That, and don't be afraid to sell.

    The more sales you have and the happier clients you make, the better off you'll  all be.

    And bring passion and enthusiasm to the game. I cannot emphasize this enough. Show everyone some great samples, but do so with energy and zeal.

    They'll see how much you believe in your product.
    This is important.

    to your success!

    Robert Provencher

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    Wizard Of Light Episode 1 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:39:04 +0000

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    Why market position matters more nowadays then ever before….some photography marketing insights Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:04:24 +0000 Continue Reading]]> I was at a one day photography event recently. About 47 photogs in attendance and some trade.
    Two of those in attendance gave us each a 2 hour live photo shoot demo and showed us their photoshop workflow secrets.
    I learned a lot. I always do.
    The unspoken truth, the 'white elephant" in the room, so to speak, that doesn't get enough mention is the fact that these two photographers have  strong marketing position with their photography studios, in their communities.
    They are both visionaries.  Maggie Habieda, the first of the two, and always a radiant beam of light and crowd favorite, doesn't dig deep enough into the true reasons for her success.
    Yes, she has  a beautiful studio.  In the right town, run by the right people. Her studio exudes class and style.
    What people want. And are paying her for. She's a success.
    But how they get there in the first place is what's important to note.
    See, Maggie is a networking genius in my opinion. That, and a bold visionary.
    What she pursued and accomplished, in the face of so much resistance and barriers, would force most of us mere mortals to turn and run. Curling up into the corner crying for mommy.
    Not Maggie. Frankly, I don't know how she did it. But did it, she did. Only she knows the true depth of her struggles and pains. She never let it show. She always kept her focus and chin up. Way up. And smiled.
    This, my friend, is what she brings to what I'm talking about here. The true reason why her studio got it's legs and hit the ground running. Her passion and energy that she put into networking.
    And networking is the very best foundation for creating a strong market position. She has this down pat.
    Her studio isn't built on sand. It seems so many are.
    Never mind the deal a day- shoot and burn- and slap happy 'fauxtographers' that permeate every town, city and community.
    They are built on sand. Temporary.  Flash in the pan.
    She has respect and loyalty, that she earned and struggled and acted on over time to achieve, from  a strong, healthy, vibrant community, a legion, of clients and fans.
    Not flakebook fans.  Real fans. Clients. People show up, open their hearts and minds and wallets.
    There's a huge difference when you define loyalty. Real loyalty from real clients.
    And then there's Warne Noyce.

    Same stuff, different town.
    Warne is big and loud. But his passion for his art, his business and his community is on par with Maggie's.
    See, Warne moved into a new town about 5 years ago. A small town. Mostly farmers and blue collar.
    They warned him...."you'll never get high school seniors to sell here. Never. People in these parts don't buy that sort of thing. And don't forget, this is Canada. High school seniors is a US thing."
    Blah, blah, blah.....
    Did he listen? Not for a second. Last time I interviewed Warne, last year, he had just booked, with a $300.00 prepaid deposit, his 42nd high school senior.
    Not bad in a small farming community in Canada, where no one buys this sort of session.
    Average sale around $1,200.00. And Warne shoots weddings, families, destination weddings, and whole bunch more....including some amazing publicity and marketing fundraisers in his area.
    Good thing he didn't listen to the naysayers. Nor did Maggie. They could have.
    But choose not to. This is what I truly admire and in my opinion is the true basis for success. It's not something you study in school. Or learn about in some flakebook group.
    It's based on one's ability to have a vision, a passion, and what I call "a great big pair of brass balls..."..something that, metaphorically speaking of course, both Maggie and Warne have plenty of.
    We can all learn.

    We can learn that market position is what matters more than anything.
    And it's achievable with the right vision, boldness, and confidence to go where most are not willing to go.
    Yes, market position is the white elephant. And it's a good thing.
    Worth going after, as proven by Maggie and Warne.
    If you want more of the mojo that is Maggie and Warne, it's not a coincidence that I've interviewed and recorded several top notch presentations from both these role models in noBs photosuccess inner circle members forum.
    I follow and learn  from people like Warne and Maggie, I put my ego aside, I turn on my passion for success, and tap into the knowledge that they both so passionately share in the photographic community.
    And learn. And grow. And prosper.

    Yours in success and in photography,

    Robert Provencher

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    The school of hard and soft knocks…. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:38:45 +0000 Continue Reading]]> When my baby girl was born, I wanted one thing for her.

    I figured, if she had this one thing, she'd be set for life.

    No matter happened to her, no matter what life throws at her, no matter her choices....
    and no matter what knocks and smack downs she experiences, the better.

    As long as she had this one thing.

    This thing I speak of is something all successful people seem
    to possess in varying degrees. And it took me forever to tap into.

    Better late than never, I figure.

    If you feel you lack this, then you might want to look into it further.

    I speak of self-confidence.  A sense of self. Self-esteem. Self-discipline.

    No matter what happens, having this as a part of your person will
    get you through just about any sh*t storm.

    Truth be told, all of the lessons life throws your way are valuable.
    When you have this ninja skill.

    You learn from each and every episode. You get better with each lesson.

    Stronger. More resilient. More confident.

    Danielle (now 19...2 months from turning 20 as I write this)
    went off to a prestigious university. She learned more from the pressure, the demands on her discipline and schedule, and more from life stuff than from the learning in-class.

    Wow....did she learn.

    She called me towards the end of her first year.

    Saying: "Dad, I don't know if I want to do this forever. I'm having serious doubts.
    I want to travel some and then consider school."

    "No problem." I replied. "Do it. I ain't paying however. Figure it out. Make your own way and make  it happen."

    Lesson one: Make it happen.

    And make it happen she did. If I would have offered to pay her way, I would have robbed her.

    She didn't go back to school.

    She worked full time at Starbucks. She assisted me at weddings. She went after, on her own initiative, a local night club as their social media photographer (hey, $85.00 an hour!)

    She did small art jobs and photo gigs.

    And she saved $10,000.00 buckaroos and off she went to south east Asia to find herself.

    Epic. Trans formative. Tell me, what value can you place on that life lesson?

    To me, it's priceless. In my opinion, she's doing more right now and finding more about herself than the pursuit of a career track where the number one value is safety and a good soul-sucking job.

    School isn't the ONLY answer....not in the traditional sense.

    Do most parents push school because they too have fallen for the illusion that a safe,
    reliable job is the answer? And school will provide?

    In spite of the abysmal statistics.

    The goal, and this sounds like a I'm being a weirdo Buddhist again,
    is to tap into her voice, her thing, whatever it may be.

    So, now, she's slacking off. Sorta.

    Or is she? She's didn't work much when she returned.

    She's connecting with many, many cool friends. She reflected. Connected. And networked.

    But here's the 'thing'.

    Because having a 'thing' is vital.

    This is optimum time in a young persons life to be learning,
    so I'd hate to see it go to waste.....part of learning is learning where
    her strengths are. And build that up.

    She's still 19. She's re-registered for school next fall in a program that suits her much better.

    She's joined Toastmasters. She's built a website promoting her art and photography. She's starting working
    at StarBucks, part time.

    She's started working with a networking company, under an amazing lady and role model and
    is learning the fine art of selling. And pitching people.

    And rejection.

    Me thinks my wishes for her have turned out for the better.

    Tap into your self-confidence and you'll have it made.

    Yes, life throws all kinds of crap at you. This is a no-option

    But when you have a sense of self, self-discipline, confidence and adaptability,
    you're on the best track for success.

    You develop a sense of direction. You make decisions best suited for your vision
    and your photography business.

    No matter what life throws at you. Hard knocks and soft. All tuition that
    pays off.

    yours in success....

    Robert Provencher

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