The other day on my Instagram I mentioned that I was changing the workshops. The Salt lake city workshop is the last one of its kind for me. From now on workshops will be nude/partial nude. the price will also be 899.
I also mentioned that this meant I had to change my marketing.
I went for a drive with my mother last night and she asked me why I would do this, Meaning, why would I raise my prices so high?
This is what I told her…..My mentor told me the same thing a few weeks before.
Photography is not a necessity. It’s not food, water or shelter. People who take workshops have discretionary income. They are the people who worry about how to feed their family. If they have 275 to spend on a workshop, Then they have 899 to spend on a workshop.
Then I told her about Fernando. He’s a photographer who drives trucks for a living. He took a workshop from me last year.
As the workshop was ending the told me that my workshop was amazing! He told me the month before he had paid 600 dollars to attend a workshop in Salt Lake City where the photographer who taught it mostly talked about herself for 5 hours and then they took photos of a model for about 1 hour and he came away from the workshop with less than 10 photos taken.
When he left my workshop he had over 1500 images and they were amazing. I went over all kinds of things, from how to work with models to finding models to determining exposure and how to pose the models, lighting and the list goes on….
I walked away from that evening happy but also disappointed in myself. I wondered who I could charge 600 for a workshop when someone else could. When Fernando told me my workshop was so much better, which means it was more valuable to him, I kinda felt like I was selling myself short.
That workshop was 11 months ago.
It was the last one I taught before I walked out into the desert to live for 9 months.
The desert will change you. It changed me. Being separated from society will change you. The people I was with changed me. I am grateful for the desert. I am grateful for all of it!
Selling yourself short is a crappy thing to do to yourself. It’s a crappy thing to do to the people you love. It’s really just letting others take advantage of you because you don’t see your own self-worth. And the really sad thing is a lot of photographers have great work and sell themselves short. I know it cause I was one of them. Not now!
So now I about to mix up my marketing. I am going to begin to market to the affluent.
Doctors, lawyers, real estate agents, and many rock stars, because I wanna hang with those guys. 😉
I’ve got plans I’m working on and no.. I won’t tell you everything because there are two rules of business…
Rule number one is don’t tell everyone everything and rule number two is don’t forget rule number one..
So I’ll keep my plans to myself, in Idaho, where they are safe! Lol!
Ah.. And another thing. I keep going back and forth about where to move to, Right now I am staying with family and I don’t want to be here much longer.
I was going back and forth between moving to Salt Lake City, the Seattle area or staying here.
I like it way too much here so I’ll find a place around here. It’s affordable. I can travel because I have a big van. It’s for the most part, centralized to where I want to go over the next few years and it’s close to rivers I can kayak and mountain I can camp and hike in.
It also had pretty sunsets.
I need a few models up here so if you’re will to make the drive, from SLC it’s only 3 and a half hours I photograph you for free. I only need models who shoot nudes thought and need models who take care of themselves and their bodies. The images will be used for promotional material. If you’re interested message me! I should have my new phone later today!
I said a lot in here and I don’t know if you caught it but I learned, while I was in the desert was that the best way to teach was to teach through stories.
ideas I just went over…
Values is perceived.
The way we see ourselves can hurt or help us. It can hurt or help our business.
Finding a niche market is important today.
knowing your target audience is important.
Living a balanced life is important.
Actions are more important than words.
Knowing what you want and what you need are important.
Have goals and plans.
And I ain’t giving this fire for a cold, cold heart
So don’t say I’m getting colder
‘Cause I’ll say it when I do
Is growing old, is growing old too quickly
And I don’t wanna go
No how am I supposed to slow it down so I can figure out who I am?
Ikon Republik- I live and travel in a frickin van and I love my life! I founded a magazine, VEGA Magazine. My magazine is full of beautiful nude women and its based around the idea of respect and soon it will include amazing articles on how to improve your life! Out of the last 8 months, I have spent 4 of them living in the desert, under the stars and cooking over a campfire that was made with two sticks and a bow. I believe in self-sufficiency and integrity. Now you know a little about who I am. I’d love to know more about you! My plan to tour the USA and teaching a workshop in every state! It’s gonna take a while but I’ve started!