Free Photo Workshop On Increasing Sales and Managing Your Time

One of the most difficult things about running your own business and being your own boss is managing your time. Life can become stressful trying to manage photoshoots, editing, packaging, having a social life, meetings, and taking care of the daily responsibilities. Professional photographer Tamara Lackey has somehow figured out how to balance her time as she runs two businesses, teach around the country, and play mom to three children. Starting today, Tamara is teaching how you can manage your time through a free creativeLIVE workshop.

On July 18 - July 22, creativeLIVE is airing two workshops with Tamara Lackey for free! Join in to learn how to take control of your valuable time and ease the stress of every day living. As a photographer, business owner, wife AND mother of three active kids, Tamara's time is very valuable. In her first workshop, Work.Life.Balance with Tamara Lackey you will learn first hand how to balance it all. The course is available for free on Wednesday from 9am-4pm. If you want to buy the course to watch later, it only costs $29 now until the workshop kicks off, after which the download is still a reasonable $39.

Unique topics:

  • Personalized strategies for priority management
  • Top tips on how to balance all of it and tending to relationships
  • The Family Panel - LIVE with Tamara's entire family - husband and 3 kids - "How these techniques really stack up"

The second workshop, Sales Sales Sales: The Comprehensive Course with Tamara Lackey will air from Friday July 20 until Sunday July 22 from 9am-4pm (pacific time). If you own your own small business, you are in a 100% sales commission job. Tamara Lackey has worked in a 100%-commission based sales role for 15 years, achieving remarkable success in sales before she ever picked up a camera professionally.

Tamara will show you exactly how she maintains a consistently high sales average in multiple genres, sharing how to conquer fear of criticism and self-doubt to make the entire process significantly more enjoyable and - a first for creativeLIVE - she will showcase detailed evaluations of each in-studio audience member's sales sessions to show what works, what doesn't, and how you may be killing your sales! If you want to buy the full weekend course to watch later, it only costs $99 now until the workshop kicks off, after which the download is still a reasonable $149.

Unique Topics To Help Increase Sales

  • How to stop feeling awkward about sales
  • Handling criticism, lack of confidence, and self-doubt
  • Live end to end sales process with client feedback! Live family photo shoot, sales session, debrief and post-shoot image presentation.

  • Learn to sell your work for what it's truly worth. This comprehensive course covers the nuts and bolts of achieving great sales and goes far beyond. Prime yourself to value your
  • work — and to create great relationships with clients who will appreciate a better experience!
  • This is the OPPOSITE of quick & dirty tricks to push clients into sale. This is a comprehensive program designed to help you sell comfortably and consistently, for life.
  • Sales can be a challenge for artists. This 3-day course on Sales is designed to get you from challenged to comfortable to thriving.
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wow.  I'd suggest reading zack arias latest post on those kind of seminars.... 

I glanced at her portfolio and there is nothing there that sets her appart IMO.... I'd rather learn from Hobby, Arias, Lawrence than this....

Peter Kremzar's picture

The photography business is more about marketing and less photography. You can be the best photographer on the world but you won’t earn a cent if nobody knows for you. The guys you mentioned especially David Hobby are good in marketing. And that’s it about their photography.

and most her shots are blurry....

Patrick Hall's picture

one of the very first lessons I learned early is the quality of your photographs rarely distinguishes you from your competition in the eyes of your potential clients.  The average client cannot distinguish between a good photograph and a great photograph.  Your business sense is what is going to determine if you are successful or not and Tamara is one of the best out there.  Try to look at your business and images through the eyes of your clients and not through the eyes of a photographer :)

I recently made a few portraits for newly weds, and they couldn't tell the difference between a missed and a good one.

I'll never work with that kind of client. Ever. Again.

If to "make it" a photographer has to stoop down to the level of the customer, id'say we are all in trouble.

Go read Zack Arias blog post... its enlightning...

Steve Lackey's picture

I have had the unique luxury of working with Tamara to explore how to improve sales and overall business process and I truly think anyone interested in increasing success in their business would be remiss to pass on an opportunity to hear firsthand how she approaches this sales. 

Also, honestly, it's simply inaccurate to post that her images are blurry. 

Check again. In featured work, the VERY FIRST picture of an african-american woman leaning on a wall... her eyes are not sharp... at least not sharp enough to give this to a client IMO.

I would give you the direct links but the gallery format prevents me from doing this.

Edit: I can't really take your word for it...since it's your wife. I get it, but you can't tell me you are objective in this. ;)

Patrick Hall's picture

I've def given clients images less sharp than that one appears.  Was I happy about it?  No.  But at some point you realize that not every photo from a wedding is going to be printed and sometimes just the memory of that moment is enough to warrant giving it to the client.  

I respect your opinion Simon, but I know for myself, if I didn't "stoop down to the level of my clients" then I would probably working a 40 hour day job I despised.  For me personally, I'd rather have normal every day clients that know little about technical photography who book me and allow me to have 5 days a week off than have to commit to working all week as someone else's employee.  With those 5 days off I can do whatever I want like book commercial clients or start Fstoppers.

I understand where you are coming from but I believe anyone can build a wedding business that caters towards the clients without completely undermining the integrity of the photographer.  

Christopher Hoffmann's picture

Well put Patrick. Unfortunately, most hobbyists don't understand that logic. It's not really about the "perfect" shot.... More so, about selling yourself and pleasing the client. In regard to wedding/portrait photography.