It’s July, Happy New Year!

blogheader We are 100% officially half way through 2014. How are those New Years Resolutions coming?  You are now waist deep into the year, summer is in full swing and if you have taken the Senior Blueprint course you are busy with your senior reps and booking summer sessions for the Class of 2015. This may seem like an overwhelming time to reevaluate your goals &  resolutions. To be perfectly honest it is just the right time.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Taking a pause and look at what you may have added to your business that is nonsense and fluff. Taking a big deep breath and look at the things you can do a bit more of or a bit less of. Don’t let the rest of the year go by making the same mistakes. Keep up the good work & let go of the time consuming tasks that yield very little positive results. I did the same. I stopped. I looked and I LISTED.  3 things for my business & 3 things for me. Recommit!

  1. Create my 6 month blog calendar.
  2. Stop dragging feet on that one ‘secret dream’ idea for my business.
  3. Plan & Shoot back to school mini sessions for all ages.
  4. Return to my morning devotional time. [I have slacked & my days are always better when I spend time in prayer first]
  5. Recommit to couch to 5K
  6. Do this : 30 day smoothie challenge

- What is your recommit, happy half new year resolution list? Just take a few minutes and take a quick look at your business. No need to wait for a whole year to go by, reevaluate often, it is the only way to make sure you are staying on track.

Happy July



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Happy Life Curator : Kelli France Photography

What advice do you have for quick growth/opportunity and staying balanced? 

I share 3 Organizing Tools that Changed my Life in this video.

If you can pinpoint one thing that has truly contributed to your current level of success what would it be?

I’ve always let my passion be my guide and sometimes I’ve had to “fake it till I make it.” Also, helping others.

What activity truly replenishes your spirit? 

Shopping. Sunshine. Reading. Running.

What makes your heart soar?

Helping teens feel beautiful inside & out, teaching photographers, & fashion. 

What strength have you found within yourself you never knew existed?

Helping others see their creative potential


Favorite comfort food?

Cadbury Mini eggs


Happy Life Curator : Leah Remillet Photography


What did you think you would be when you grew up?

I thought I was going to be a combination between Celine Dion and Whitney Houston… Turns out, it was only meant for the shower.

Did you fearlessly start your business or did you have lots of fears/doubts?

I think we all have fears and doubts but I pushed through anyways. Every time one of those fears popped up, I chose to believe that it was affirmation that I was on the brink of something amazing.

How has being a mother changed your goals?

I started my photography business with a 3 year old, 2 year old and a 4 month old – brilliant timing right?! ;)  Because of this, I had always known that I was building my business around my family. I actually didn’t choose photography first. I’ve always been an entrepreneur and was missing it terribly, I decided that photography would be my best median as a mommy. Being a mommy  #1 profession and wanted to build a business around that. When I saw lifestyle photography I fell in love and instantly knew that this would be how I could harness my love

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If you can pinpoint one thing that has truly contributed to your current level of success what would it be?

Refusing to give up! My very suborn nature has helped me to constantly look for another way. If it doesn’t work the first time (or second or third) or if someone says it can’t be done… It’s like my own personal challenge to prove that it can and it will. The number one takeaway I wish I could impart is that I’ve failed and anyone who’s ever had success would say the same. It’s not nearly as much about getting it right as it is about picking yourself up every time you get it wrong.

What is one thing you would like to tell your ‘just about to step out towards my dreams’ self?

Don’t hold back. Don’t waste time worrying about if it doesn’t work…If it doesn’t than readjust and come at this dream from another angle and another angle until it’s your reality. Everything is possible, so get determined, get focused, get a little crazy and run (not walk) toward what’s waiting for you.

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How do you curate a happy life?The first step is to define what your happy life looks like. What does your perfect day to day look like and then you take that day you break down your wishes and start planning to make them reality. For example, when I did this exercise I imagined everything slowing down, having time to work out in the morning and take 30 minutes to enjoy my lunch over a magazine. I then started planning and structuring for making that happen. It was harder than you would think. I had to go to bed a bit earlier so I could wake up earlier. And to get that lunch I had to figure out where those 2.5 hours were going to come from each week, I ended up hiring someone to free up one task that would then allow me to  have plenty of time for that lunch.


Ok, some just for fun questions:

If you had to choose only one album to spin for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?  I actually really love silence or a great audio book over music. 
Which color evokes happiness?   Anything bright Lately I’m really into emerald green and fuschia pink 

Favorite comfort food? Dungeness Crab (I’m a bit weird) 

Senior Blueprint V.4

blogheaderIt is back by popular demand, an overwhelming flood of request for one more round this year couldn’t be ignored. Starting setting your Senior Portrait business up for success in the years to come.

Register today for instant access, all content is preloaded. 


Super excited to make this announcement…

Registration has opened for Senior Blueprint V.4

Over 70 photographers have taken the leap and joined the Senior Blueprint family. Senior Blueprint Alumni and V.4 Students already are having good soulful conversations in our private Facebook group. We are chatting about rep programs, organization and the biggest challenges we face as senior portrait photographers!  We hope you will become a part of the this supportive group.  Don’t go it alone, learn from 5+ amazing photographers, guest speakers and your fellow students.

For more information and/or to register, just click right here. . .


Want to know the teaching line up, price, if we include an amazing posing guide [yes we do]?   All the details are here.

Oh and you can totally do it all while wearing your slippers and plaid pajama bottoms. We teach class in our coziest close so you won’t feel bad learning in them. All awesome content and learning happens on line and can be reviewed anytime, downloads are available for the life of

Thank you so much to all the teachers for the incredible information they shared. In all honesty, Senior Blueprint literally changed my outlook on my high school senior business especially my senior rep program. One of the best parts for me is having lifetime access to all the on-line materials. I can review it anytime. Thank you for your generosity and continued support.
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Learn shooting, organization, pricing, products, business basics, styling, social media strategies, rep programs! Honest to goodness pretty much everything you need to know to run a senior portrait business!

Yay for a customizable blueprint, oh and a tiny bit of hand holding. 



 Register for Senior Blueprint V.4 today and build the senior portrait business you deserve!


Testimonials from Senior Blueprint Participants:

I have never been so ready to jump head first into something in my life. There was so much information that it was well worth the money spent. I am more confident in my self and my business! Thank you Courtney for such an amazing online workshop!!
Juanita Snodgrass
Kaydan Jane Studio

After completing the Senior Blueprint course, I made some changes to the products I offer, based on what I saw in the course. Adding a few unique items and changing the way I presented others impacted their perceived value. I was able to raise my prices while showing an increased value, which made them more desirable to my clients. I also started doing in-person ordering sessions and holy wow, did my sales increase! Courtney teaches some great tips on how to maximize that experience and they work!
Stephanie Newbold
Stephanie Newbold Seniors

Before taking Get Schooled Photo I had a camera and a business name. Get Schooled Photo helped me to build a solid, successful business. I couldn’t be more thankful to Courtney and all the other amazing teachers for helping me to improve my over all session experience! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!
Jessica Slingerland
Buttonfield Photography

Seriously. Courtney is a great teacher. She doesn’t just tell you “here is what you do because I think it’s the best way”. She explains the reasoning behind everything she does and she is totally willing to share her expertise! She will make you feel confident in what you are doing & that definitely makes it easier to try something new with your business.
Olivia Renee
Olivia Renee Photography

Courtney really rocked my business world. She is firm and commanding but she gave me freedom to think in a new way. Lots of people say “charge what your worth” that thought process has never worked for me. Its too personal, especially when its about your art. Courtney has a different approach that makes more sense and she drove home the importance of making a living, while being with your family and not burning out! She is like meeting with a financial advisor that is an artist, a mom and a wife! I walked away ready to make a living and do what I love. Courtney empowers you to make your passion your business and gives you the verbal, finical and psychological tools to do so… She was my kick in the pants to success in my business!
Carmen Evans
Love Carmen Rose

Oh man! Well, its crazy!!! I actually took this course in the process of an out of state move and I just couldn’t wait to get things going. I felt that since I was in a new state, a new place, I had a new start and being that I took SRBP I was able to start off on the right foot and lay the ground work to build up my business. I started the building and foundation prep in June of 2012 and I opened my business in Sept of 2012. With in the first month I had 6 clients and 4 Model Reps for the class of 2013. By that November I had 14 Class of 2014 Model Reps and by the time Feb of 2013 came, I was beginning to book my spring and summer for the Class of 2014. It was like WILD FIRE! Seriously!! By the end of May I was completely booked for the Summer and I currently am booked out till the end of Oct. SRBP changed my business because I implemented what I learned and I followed the process. I now have a successful business that has actual clients coming in and paying me what I feel I’m worth! lol, which is a crazy awesome feeling!
Amanda Navarro
Amanda Mae Photography

Senior Blueprint Rocks! I have been a photography for a long time. I have really only ever wanted to specialize in Seniors and Boudoir. Being new to our location, I have been photographing a little bit of everything. It was not making me happy. I signed up for the class, and it was quite a ride! I had been making lists and planning a lot of different things for my Senior Business. Senior Blueprint gave me new direction on a few things and affirmed the way I was heading on several others. That gave me the confidence to step out and actually make those change and move my business forward. Since beginning the Senior Blueprint, my business has blossomed! Business has multiplied. My first quarter of 2014 has been the busiest and best of any in more than 10 years of business. Thank you so much, Courtney and Staff! Pam Rowell
Pam Rowell Photography

This course has been very helpful, being new to the senior portrait side of business, it gives you a good foundation to get started. I have started implementing some of the info, getting my prices where they need to be, in person sales, and just the overall senior experience. I am just part time right now, but in almost 2 months have tripled my take home per session, and have been booked solid for this spring senior season.Looking forward to good things ahead. Would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to start a high school senior business. Thank you so much Courtney and all the other teachers for the time involved in teaching this course.
Glenn Preuett
Preuett Photography