Las Vegas Senior Shootout 2016:W/ Christina Ramirez, True Moua & Spanki Mills {Senior Photography workshops & courses, wppi, las vegas, nv}

There is literally nothing better for the creative's soul then being getting out and being creative.  It's something that we often forget to do, but it brings so much clarity focus and reignited passion for the work.

When my friends Christina, Spanki and True invited me to be a part of a collaborative to put on stylized shoot outs for photographers, my first reactions was that they had to have the wrong person.   Never once have I displayed that I was talented enough or even enjoyed stylized shoots.  My version of a stylized shoots is my girls dressed in my brand colors and denim and headed out on the town.  That's how basic my shooting style is.   But, reluctant, I agreed because I knew that these girls would challenge me to think outside of my comfort zone and that if they were asking me that there had to be something they felt I could bring to the table.  

We all knew we were going to WPPI.  We also knew that WPPI isn't always great at providing educational resources for senior photographers.  We thought it was a great opportunity to fill that gap, and fill is what we did.  We dreamed up an amazing shootout at Nelson Ghost Town and started our planning. 

One thing that I knew immediately that I could offer were my girls, who were both excited and who's parents were equally willing to support me taking them on this trip!

We piled into the car, a group of high school juniors and seniors,  and headed to the airport and we were on our way to meet the girls and our shoot out crew!

Even though the girls were only going to be in Vegas for just over 24 hours, we made sure to give them an experience to remember - because legit, if your parents let you go to Vegas overnight, you have to DO Vegas even if its in high speed.  

Some of my girls had never been and enjoyed taking in the sights once we landed and unpacked our suitcases.

It brought me so much joy to see how exciting it was for them and how much fun they were having. 

After just 4 hours of sleep, the girls woke up at 5a and went immediately into hair and makeup.  SO professional.  So humble, they set in their chairs and prepared for the day, while the girls and I came up with our strategy for the day.

On the drive to Nelson ( about 1hr and 15 minutes) we did a candid Q&A on the charter bus about our experience in senior photographer, an overview of how we run our business (all very different, but all in ways that work for us) and we had the opportunity to encourage the attendees, put them at peace that they were right on track and provide some fun insight on how to work with young people and to create a senior business that was impactful.

Each of us brought our unique styles to the shoot.

I was able to bring my urban flair, while Christina brought a very polished and pretty aesthetic, Spanki taught on emotion and connection and it was evident in the images that were created by the attendees who worked with her and True, with all of her imagination, brought her styled concepts.

It was amazing seeing how our four unique styles actually complimented each other really well AND added so much value to the attendees learning experience overall. 

It was such a joy getting to know Christina, True and Spanki better and I was amazed by how well we really worked well together. 

I learned so much by collaborating with these ladies. 

Three Things I Learned by Doing This Shoot Out:

1.) Her Success Is Not My Failure - a lesson that continues to show itself strong in everything I do.  Working with other photographers and collaborating with them, only seems to strengthen my own work, challenge me to go harder and to pull deeper to create art that is impactful and that is true to me.  It helps me to see what makes me unique and to really build on my strengths and no part of sharing, working or collaborating with other artist dilutes any plans or vision that God has for me. 

2.) Collaboration is powerful and necessary.  No man is an island and getting out and dreaming and working with others brings so much joy and really is a lot of fun.

3.) Don't be Afraid to Stretch Yourself, even if its not your norm.  I always speak about not being the "stylized type," but I think its okay to adopt something new to challenge yourself.  To see if you can do it and to see what comes out of it.  Maybe in that process you may discover something about yourself, or you might discover something along that way that really is who you are - and you can't get to that place without challenging yourself to think outside of the box.

Every time I get around these ladies now, I am excited about the discoveries I am going to make about myself, simply by being in their presence.  They challenge me and force me to see my work in such a different light and to push to the next level. 

 

Below a few images I got to make during this shootout

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Ike and Tash

You belong in our Inner Circle.

**INNER CIRCLE & MASTERMIND IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR ENROLLMENT**

Missed enrollment? Have no fear! Get your name on the email list to be notified as soon as our senior business building tools and resources become available for purchase Spring 2016! 

 

Last week we FINALLY announced our new online year long mentoring & coaching groups- the Inner Circle & the Mastermind.

The response has blown us away.

For each kind email sent encouraging us, thank you. Truly.

If you missed the announcement last week, you can go here to read all about our Inner Circle & Mastermind groups that we released for senior photographers.  

We also have these two videos that we did on Periscope this past week talking about what all is going on with this Inner Circle & Mastermind and why we believe this is going to be the best community for you to be in this year for your business growth. 

  • We're together in all our un-scripted glory (with a cameo appearance from our daughter!) which you can go here to watch and hear why we created the Inner Circle and Mastermind community based on what we saw what was lacking in the photography industry. 

 

  • You can watch the second video follow up here on why the Inner Circle & Mastermind is how we are bringing together the best of community, strategy, coaching, accountability, feedback, structure and implementation. 


(Curious to hear from our Senior Reps what they think about working with us? You can watch that periscope here as well! )

If you consider yourself one of our people, then you need to get your booty in this group…..we’ve been waiting for you and we’re ready to take this relationship to the next level!


Here’s what you need to know:

  • Signup closes Monday, February 29th
  • Community begins Tuesday, March 1st
  • We will not be offering this again until 2017! 
  • This is a small, intimate community with YOUR name written all over it.
     

What you will get:

  • 12 months of being a part of a highly focused and compassionate community (no off-topic chatter here making it a highly productive community!) with group mentoring from Ike & Tash for your senior photography business
  • 6 beta* versions of products with step by step we'll be releasing online that you get to try before anyone else gets to buy!  
    • March 1- Marketing Calendar for seniors
    • May 1- Marketing Calendar for senior reps
    • July 1- Easy as Pie Pricing™ for seniors (an exclusive version from the #1 pricing guide in the industry by Alicia Caine of Profit First Photography) 
    • September 1- How to find and pick your senior reps
    • November 1- Utilizing social media for your reps and attracting new clients (Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat & Pinterest) 
    • January 1- Client workflow from inquiry to order delivery
  • Twice monthly Q&A hours on the focused topic
  • Bonus guest teachers- Amanda Holloway, Rachel Brenke, Vickie Black and more! 


If you're in the Mastermind, you get all the above PLUS

  • 2 Additional Q&A hours per month
  • Access to Inner Circle community and exclusive Mastermind community
  • Bonus mini course February 1st, 2017- Building community with your seniors and reps
  • 1 hour one-on-one mentoring session with Ike & Tash
  • 1 hour one-on-one strategy session with Alicia Caine
  • $200 discount to 2017 Blink Conference 
  • Private invitation to a retreat & shoot-out February 3-4th 2017
  • BONUS surprises along the way because we just want to get the delight factor going strong! 

 

Which one is best for you?
 

*If you’re just starting out in Senior Photography and it’s just not taking off fast enough for you or you feel completely lost on where to begin and your marketing just hasn’t been doing what you need it to…..the Inner Circle is for you.

The Inner Circle will give you a clear step by step strategy on having a powerful marketing message, method of implementation, profitable pricing for your marketplace and earning needs, AND have all of those pieces working together like a well-oiled machine.

*If you’ve been doing Senior Photography for a while and you’re ready to take your business to the next level and implement more strategy and set your brand apart in an intentional and strategic way by working with …..the Mastermind is for you.

The Mastermind will help you confidently grow your senior business by being challenged to go outside the box, invest in your community and effectively market yourself. The smaller community will also allow you to build more intimate relationships where you can all support and encourage one another with a higher level of feedback and more experience that you can learn from.



Whatever option that you choose, we can’t wait to get started working with you. 

 

SIGN UP CLOSED MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29th! 

 

XOXO

Ike and Tash

 

P.S. Have a question about the groups, just email us at getcaredfor@ikeandtash.com and we'll answer any question that you may have about the Inner Circle or Mastermind! 

Senior Photographers: Work with us for $600 for one year

 

 

**UPDATE: THE INNER CIRCLE & MASTERMIND ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR ENROLLMENT**

 

For YEARS we have been begged to offer more intensive levels of mentoring and coaching. For YEARS we have longed to share our hearts with ya’ll on a deeper level.

Finally the time has come that we have been able to create something super special for you, our business soulmate.

One thing that is a huge part of our heart is community- we value it deeply. We live and breathe it- we want to model it and most importantly, we want to help YOU build your very own community within your marketplace and help you grow your own profitable business.

As much as we love teaching at conferences and offering workshops, we have discovered that there is so much more personal interaction that is needed for most.

In addition, it isn’t always easy for everyone to be able to afford to get away for a weekend and shut down their own businesses to learn how to grow their business.

We have been offering one on one consulting which you can hire us for $350 for an hour which we absolutely LOVE doing as those power hour strategy sessions serve as a great guide as they always produce results that make that $350 investment worthwhile.

But again, not the best option for every situation as not everyone’s needs can be wrapped up in a single hour and in some cases, many can’t afford to hire us for mentoring for several hours every month over the course of a year.



We get that.



We’ve been in the same place in our own business and we understand the need for access to mentors over a longer period of time and not just having open-ended mentoring but a clear path of strategy to keep moving forward where we know what’s the next step is and what’s the bigger picture that we are working towards.

We’re pretty jazzed about our solution to this need and we totally hear you and see you.

 

YOU are on our hearts BIG TIME.
 


You want details right?

 

Here’s how this works:


This 12 month group coaching we call The Inner Circle.



Every other month we create a product- ebook, videos, worksheets, etc. and we deliver them to you – 6 total courses over the 12 months on the topics of marketing calendars for seniors and senior reps, how to find and pick your reps, how to use social media to attract the senior crowd (including Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat & Twitter- our personal favorites!), how to build community and our step by step workflow from client inquiry to order delivery. 

We’re also partnering with Alicia Caine and her #1 pricing guide in the photography industry and creating a senior version of Easy as Pie pricing!



Wait. But that’s not all! (Did anyone else just see a cheesy yellow flashing graphic??)



In addition to these products, you will also receive an exclusive and private Facebook community where Ike & I will be showing up twice a month for an intensive Q&A hour chat with everyone in the community where we can offer you all the A’s to your Q’s on that month’s projects.

We know that not everyone knows all the questions to ask and so these Q&A hours are going to be incredibly powerful to your business because someone asks a question and you’re given an answer that you didn’t even know to ask.

You also get the chance to have your problem solved working within a community of varying levels of experience who all have something amazing to offer as well as the experience of Ike & I as well. So much goodness is going to take place here.

If you’ve been a part of our communities before, you know that we gather some seriously epic souls. You’re one of them!

The 6 products we’re developing to release online, you get first access to being in the Inner Circle and they will retail for over $1K.

Because we value you and we want to serve more people like you, YOUR feedback will help us develop each of these products to best serve your needs and you get both the Inner Circle version of each course & product, but you will also receive the final version that we will be releasing to our online community as well.

We don’t want to create something that we think is great, we want to know firsthand that what we have is making a difference and we want you to be a part of that process.
 

Here are the topics that we will be covering 

  • Marketing Calendar for seniors - March 1
  • Marketing Calendar for senior reps- May 1
  • Easy as Pie™ pricing for seniors – July 1
  • How to find and pick your senior reps- September 1
  • Utilizing social media for your reps and attracting new clients - October 1
  • Client workflow checklist: From inquiry to delivery December 1

 

So that’s the Inner Circle!



We’re also offering a more intimate and private group called the Mastermind which is an even higher level of mentoring & coaching which includes two additional days per month of Q&A hours, a separate Facebook community for the higher level group to work together and relationship build and offer support and accountability.

The mastermind group still receives all that the Inner Circle does but additional goodies as well including: a $200 discount to the 2017 Blink Conference, an invitation to a private retreat & shoot-out exclusive to the Mastermind group which will be held in February 3rd & 4th 2017, a one-hour coaching call with Ike & Tash (worth $350) and a one hour coaching call with Alicia Caine of Profit First Photography.

 

 

Which one is best for you?


*If you’re just starting out in Senior Photography and it’s just not taking off fast enough for you or you feel completely lost on where to begin and your marketing just hasn’t been doing what you need it to…..the Inner Circle is for you.

The Inner Circle will give you a clear step by step strategy on having a powerful marketing message, method of implementation, profitable pricing for your marketplace and earning needs, AND have all of those pieces working together like a well-oiled machine.

*If you’ve been doing Senior Photography for a while and you’re ready to take your business to the next level and implement more strategy and set your brand apart in an intentional and strategic way by working with …..the Mastermind is for you.

The Mastermind will help you confidently grow your senior business by being challenged to go outside the box, invest in your community and effectively market yourself. The smaller community will also allow you to build more intimate relationships where you can all support and encourage one another with a higher level of feedback and more experience that you can learn from.



Whatever option that you choose, we can’t wait to get started working with you.




The Inner Circle and Mastermind startED March 1st! If you missed enrollment, get your name on our email list to be notified when we'll be releasing the Senior business building courses and tools Spring 2016! 

 



Love,
Ike and Tash
 
P.S. Have a question about the groups, just email us at getcaredfor@ikeandtash.com and we’ll make sure that we answer your question ASAP!