How Wendy Wood Increased Her Bookings and Went Full Time with Boudoir Photography with Boudoir Certified

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Sarah: So my identify is Sarah Sobon. I’m the results coach for Boudoir Certified, and I’m interviewing Wendy Wood, a current Certified graduate.

Wendy: Yay!

Sarah: So Wendy, what’s your images business identify?

Wendy: What’s my images business identify?

Sarah: Yes.

Wendy: My images business identify is Wendy Wood Photography, and I’ve stored it that means as a result of I’ve been in enterprise for 16 years. But for my personal Fb group and stuff like that, I’ve switched it to Boudoir by Wendy Wood.

Sarah: I like that. And where are you situated?

Wendy: I’m in Golden, Colorado.

Sarah: Nice. Adore it. Okay. What was your images business like before you began Boudoir Certified?

Wendy: I’ve been very lucky, I feel. I’ve had a very great images business. Like I stated, I began about 16 years in the past, and it was a good time to get into images. It was lots of arduous work. I started out doing weddings to get my identify out there, nevertheless it was earlier than everyone was a photographer. So it’s been a very good business, however it’s been primarily phrase of mouth, and I’ve been really lucky that it’s been a thriving business. But that’s what I’ve beloved concerning the Boudoir program is that Molly totally has launched me to advertising and bringing on a brand new niche to my program.

Sarah: That’s great. What made you start capturing Boudoir images?

Wendy: You already know, I feel it was simply I’m all the time on the lookout for something new. Again, being in enterprise so long it was nice to add one thing totally different and thrilling, one other service. Also really to make myself stand out from a variety of the opposite photographers which are … they only … yeah. I feel to make myself stand out even additional.

Sarah: Great. Did you have got any reservations about starting to shoot Boudoir?

Wendy: Reservations. No. I don’t assume so. I mean I assume if any reservation at all it will be perhaps just, how do I convince ladies that they might take pleasure in one thing like this? I feel that with household portrait work and highschool Seniors it’s sort of lots of people actually really feel it’s one thing that they should do, whereas Boudoir images ladies unfortunately means too typically, as everyone knows, put themselves on the backside of the listing, in order that was I feel in all probability my largest hesitation. Will they do that for themselves?

Sarah: Yeah. I utterly agree with that. It’s not as a lot of a need like wedding ceremony images is. It’s more like you need to persuade them.

Wendy: Proper.

Sarah: What made you determine to join Boudoir Certified?

Wendy: I had been following Molly I feel for a few yr, and so I knew of her. I used to be watching. I had bought a couple of smaller pieces, gadgets, and I used to be type of simply dabbling at the concept of Boudoir. After which as my life all the time goes … I all the time say that this time of yr is my quiet time of yr, and so that is when I try to assume up my new ideas for the following yr. How am I going to stay busy? And so it was a yr in the past that I used to be type of dabbling in testing a few of Molly’s stuff, and then I obtained busy, and then it was December. This previous December and I assumed, “Oh my gosh. I haven’t done anything with Boudoir.” And I feel because of the fact that she was offering a program, it was regimented, particular courses, I feel that was actually the selling level for me because I needed someone to maintain me on process, and I knew that I needed to do it now when I’m a bit bit slower. And so that’s why I was so motivated. I joined in the direction of the top of January. I’m like, “I need to do this. If I’m going to do it, I need to do it now.”

Sarah: Yeah, yeah. And also you appreciated that it was a full program and not simply little bits and pieces?

Wendy: Right, right.

Sarah: Was your family on board with you beginning Boudoir images and beginning the program?

Wendy: I undoubtedly consulted with my husband. I have three youngsters. I didn’t actually seek the advice of with my youngsters. I imply I run a full-time images enterprise, so to them it actually wasn’t that anything … They’re excited. They know that I’m doing nicely. However my husband was slightly bit hesitant concerning the investment, but I advised him, I stated, “[Derick 00:05:09],” I stated, “I’ve been in business for 16 years. I have no debt. I do really well with my finances. I know this is a good investment in myself.” And he stated, “Well, then I will trust you.” And then, as you already know, it totally paid off simply amazingly shortly.

Sarah: Yeah. It’s so great when you possibly can present them the results. It was good that you simply trusted me because it does pay off.

Wendy: Precisely.

Sarah: What else do I’ve? Oh! What would you say is your favorite half about being in Boudoir Certified?

Wendy: About being in this system, not essentially about being a Boudoir photographer? Is that what you imply? Simply to make clear.

Sarah: Yes. Being in this system.

Wendy: Okay. My favorite thing about being in the program. Oh gosh. I really like quite a bit about being this system. I really like, again, I’m a checklist sort individual, so I really like the truth that there’s checklists with every module. I’m extremely motivated by that sort of program. So that labored rather well for me. I really like the fact that you are able to do this system on your own time. I really like the Facebook group. The personal Fb group is a large useful resource. Each time I obtained stuck with something I might do a search. And to be trustworthy with you, I really feel really guilty as a result of I’ve been so busy getting this program finished in eight weeks, and with all my mannequin calls I really feel really responsible that I have not contributed as a lot as I’d wish to to the group. However I do get on there and I try to each time I can. After which as an alternative of bothering individuals all the time and simply placing in a generic, “Help me with this,” I really like the truth that it’s acquired this search program, because I don’t need to be taking from everyone if I’m not equally giving. So the search button has been superb because most individuals have already requested comparable questions that I’m caught with, so that’s been big.

Sarah: Yeah. I really like the Fb group. It’s all the time a variety of enjoyable in there.

Wendy: Yeah.

Sarah: What would you say your small business is like now that you simply’re graduated Certified? Have you observed a change in doing more Boudoir?

Wendy: Nicely, I just [inaudible 00:07:21] yesterday I feel. But how has my life modified since being in Certified? I feel its … I’ve raised my prices. I’m extra motivated, and I’m somewhat bit extra self assured I assume.

Sarah: That’s great! Do you could have any advice for anybody that may be contemplating becoming a member of Boudoir Certified?

Wendy: Recommendation for somebody contemplating becoming a member of. I extremely advocate the program. I feel Molly has finished a tremendous job of setting things up step-by-step. I feel the best way she really encourages individuals to go step-by-step, and don’t cheat, and don’t go forward, I actually did take heed to that as onerous because it was at occasions. It’s a lot info that you simply don’t need to do this, as a result of in case you skip forward I feel that you could just get lost. So getting again to your important question, I feel that it is … It’s a small investment in your self. I mean really it’s … and the fact that I’ve paid it back and made double in eight weeks, I feel it’s properly value your funding. If in case you have the time to decide to it, and for those who’re critical about it … Sorry. I’m leaping everywhere.

What I used to be going to get at before is by not leaping forward, you need to trust Molly because she has it so nicely laid out that you simply’re doing stuff that you simply don’t even understand why you’re doing it. Like I know once I acquired to the Dream Planner I was like, “Oh my gosh! This is brilliant! I’ve done all the steps. It’s all here. I just need to go back into my files and plug this stuff in and I’ve got a Dream planner.” Whereas if I had jumped ahead and started working on the Dream Planner, I might have been like, “Oh. This is going to be so much work.” But yeah. So I’d say go for it. Trust Molly. Belief yourself, and you’ll take pleasure in it.

Sarah: Yeah. That’s actually nice advice. Yeah. Undoubtedly having belief in yourself and this system is large. Is there anything that you’d need to share?

Wendy: I might say that I want to share, for me another big change within the last eight weeks is that I’ve all the time beloved images since I was in grade faculty. However by being a Boudoir photographer, it’s taken my images to an entire new degree. I actually simply am blown away by the comments from my shoppers throughout their periods, after their periods. It’s so inspiring, and I maintain pinching myself saying, “Is this really real? Are these clients … Did someone pay these clients to say this stuff?” Significantly! I’m just like the evaluations that they’re giving me … So my level is that I’m nonetheless the same photographer. I imply I’ve grown, and I’ve changed, and I’ve improved, however my level is that these ladies need this. And I really like the truth that that is something so totally different in my images enterprise, because sure, they needed Senior footage. Sure, they wanted household footage. However this is life altering for these ladies. And so for me what a huge bonus for my business because I really feel like I’m actually making a difference in these ladies’s lives, and I really like that. [crosstalk 00:10:57].

Sarah: Yes. I agree with that. I really like Boudoir images to have the ability to give again and every little thing like that.

Wendy: Yeah. Absolutely.

Sarah: Properly, thank you so much.

Wendy: Absolutely.

Sarah: I am so completely happy that you simply graduated in eight weeks. That’s simply superb. And I’m so excited to see you at BCL-

Wendy: I’m excited.

Sarah: … subsequent week. All proper. Nicely, thank you a lot. After which once more, you’re Wendy Wood Photography.

Wendy: Right.

Sarah: And I’m sorry. The town?

Wendy: Golden, Colorado.

Sarah: Nice. And then if anyone needed to succeed in out to you and ship you a message would that be okay?

Wendy: Completely.

Sarah: Good! Thanks a lot.

Wendy: All right. Thanks.