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About this time every year we get flooded with questions from members thinking about joining us at our Ultimate Photography Workshop.

So here’s a quick Q&A of the most common questions we receive:

Q: Who is this event for and why should I attend?

A: It’s for people who want to put the zest back in their life.  It’s for people who want to travel differently – not like a typical tourist.

It’s for people who want more – whether it’s more time to spend with loved ones… income to travel and live wherever they please… or the kind of fun and adventure you can’t get from a cubicle job.

It’s about photography, but it’s also about putting more life into your years… and adding options to your life plan whether you’re approaching retirement or you have a day-job you’d like to replace.

Q: What if I’m a beginner?

A: GREAT!  We love beginners.  We’ve all been on that side of the fence.  You have to start somewhere — and this is the perfect place.  It’s likely the catapult you need to get up and going quickly.

Q: What if I’m already a photographer?

A: Welcome!  The ideas you’ll be privy to at this workshop will be unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. I guarantee you’ll walk away inspired and full of ideas to expand and grow your business.

Q: I don’t like big groups of people and I’ve never done anything like this before.  Are you sure I won’t be overwhelmed?

A: Don’t let the numbers fool you.  The small group reviews are limited to just eight people per table. You’ll also have plenty of time to talk, one on one, with instructors and staff both in the hallways and at cocktail parties.  Our cocktails are pretty low-key.  No dressing up and no loud music.  It’s just us with drinks and food, getting to know each other.

Q: Does it really work? Do your attendees find success after this? What about the beginners?

A: All our people and success stories are real. Not only are we prohibited by law from making people up, but we live and thrive on the success of our members.  

Most participants who start with us have no prior skills. Cheryl Bigman, who you’ll meet on Day 3, came to her first event years ago with only a mild interest in taking pictures.  She was going through a divorce so she needed a new outlook on life and that’s when she found us.  She’ll be on the stage next month to talk about crossing the six-figure mark with her photography sales last year.  That’s one end of the success spectrum.

On the other side are people like James Kao.  James went to school for photography and came to us with great skills… but no idea what to do with them.  He didn’t see himself as a wedding or portrait photographer, so he came looking for options.  He’ll be speaking on our success panel this year about the things from last year’s event that helped him find success in magazines, fine-art calendars, stock, and more.

And then there’s Troy Nelson, also on this year’s success panel.  Troy owns a commercial and home cleaning business.  Photography is what he uses to keep grass from going under his feet (his words, not mine).  

His already-established and successful family business is his primary source of income, but photography helps him be creative and, in retirement, this is what he sees himself doing.  

His skills are improving fast because he’s throwing himself into projects.  Since last year he used what he learned at the event to sell a bunch of fine art, stock, and headshots.  He’s also done some family photos and church photos.  He’s a great example of a beginner who tries everything and finds success in almost all of it.  He’ll be interesting to watch this year as he adds video to his work, too.

Q: What about the video sessions? Should I still go if video is not my thing?

A: For starters, most of the video sessions are run alongside other sessions, so you can choose to sit in on other things if you want.  HOWEVER, I’ll just throw this out there – you might be surprised at how much you like video after you’ve seen those presentations.  

It’s one of the most lucrative opportunities out there right now, and it’s not that much harder than photography.  Some will even say it’s easier.  I think you should watch at least one session on it and then decide.  It might be the thing you come home the most excited about.

Q: I’ve seen pictures of past events where attendees are dressed in bathrobes doing silly things.  You’re not going to make me do anything silly are you?

A: NO WAY!!  Well… ok, maybe.  Let’s put it this way – we never make you do something you don’t want to do.  That’s not fun for anybody.  Were the people in those photos laughing and smiling?  They participated because it was fun.  You might be surprised to see what you think is fun, too 

Q: What does my ticket include?

A: A lifetime of fun opportunities – I’m not kidding.  Once you have the skills to point and shoot without thinking about the technical specific, all kinds of doors open up… whether you’re like Cheryl, James or Troy.  And trying it all is part of the fun. Oh, and cocktails with us, feedback on your photos, a dozen or more different ways you can sell your photos, access to the group Facebook page afterwards, and more!

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