Hello! I’m Leah Remillét
I’m the creator and writer behind Go4Pro Photos and The Thriving Photographer™.
Like you, I am so much more than just an entrepreneur. I am an adoring wife, the mommy to three beautiful kiddos. I am a daughter, a business coach, a friend, a sister, the master chef of my kitchen (at least in my own head), a photographer, a volunteer, a foodie and a self-proclaimed ever-optimist!
My days are divided between strategy meetings, car pool, business consulting and cooking up dinner with my kiddos beside me.
I am a six figure, stay at home, mommy-preneur. And my dream is to show as many talented and determined women as I can that they too, can create this reality.
My Core Mission:
I believe that this life is for thriving! To me, that means loving the life you live. I believe in having passion, profits and creating time for a fabulous life! It means balance in the home, love in your relationships and respect for your business. I’m here to prove to you just how incredibly capable of thriving you are!
The Back Story:
In 2008, I got a crazy idea! I wanted to become a professional photographer!
I knew in my heart that I could do this. I could be a mommy by day, entrepreneur by night, and a professional photographer sprinkled throughout.
At the time, we were living in Hawaii while my husband finished undergrad at BYU-Hawaii (translation: we had no money). Our kiddos were 3, 2 and 4 months (translation: I had even less time than we had money).
But – I was going for pro (yup – that’s how this little space got its name), and I believed that I wasn’t the only one… So, in tandem with my photography business, I also started this blog so that I could pass on the amazing things I was learning from others in the industry.
I soon realized that what I lacked in camera skills, I made up for with my business background.
I started sharing… people started listening, and I have been honored and humbled by the opportunities to share my philosophies and strategies on becoming a thriving photography business owner ever since.
The Real Question… Why do I have any right to give you advice?
That’s actually a very good question, and I’m glad you’re intuitive enough to be asking. Lots of people give advice, but most advice isn’t even worth the free blogger platform it’s composed on – and why is that? Because often, those dolling out the ‘advice’ haven’t actually experienced true success for themselves.
Let me be very clear! I give advice about business. You won’t hear me giving ‘photography technique’ advice; I won’t be writing posts on how to take a better macro shot; nor will I be hosting workshops on creative shooting. It’s just not going to happen. And there’s a reason:
It’s not where I excel! I will be the first to tell you that I’m not the best photographer out there. Won’t even make it into the top 1,000… There are incredibly talented photographers, who are true masters of our craft that I would highly recommend if you’re looking for a great photography workshop! And you’re more than welcome to email me – I’d gladly let you know who they are!
But when it comes to business? Now that I get! I have run two successful multi-six-figure businesses, both in the marine industry and the photography industry. I started my own photography business in 2008 (so let’s be real… it’s not that long ago), and within 18 months I was averaging $2,000.00 sales per session with a waiting list full of fabulous clients.
Was this because I was so amazing with my camera that they just couldn’t keep their hands off of me? Not by a long shot. It’s because I understand business, and I know how to bring clients in, create the experience, build the offer, and then get the referrals. And that’s what I teach.
But it doesn’t stop there. (Hey… you asked!) When I started seeing this happen in my own business, I thought, “Well, shoot… There are people so much more talented than I am who are making no money. I need to show them how I’m doing this! Because if they implement these steps, surely it will work for them, too.”
So I shared my techniques, first with a few close photographer friends. And guess what – it absolutely worked for them. Then I began sharing more and more through the go4pro blog, then through live web events and finally through my program, The Thriving Photographer™ (launched in March of 2012). The emails started pouring in as photographers thanked me for giving them their lives back and helping them finally become confident business owners; they began to experience real success for the first time.
Today I am honored to share that I’ve had the privilege of helping thousands of photographers the world over, from every continent (except Antarctica – if you’re there, call me! No penguins, please.) build their dream photography business.
Ultimately, you get to decide if you want to listen to what I have to say. If you determine that my mannerisms are a little too sporadic, or that my incessant optimism rubs you the wrong way – no problem! Best of luck to you in your future endeavors… But if you do like what you see, and you’ve got a hunch that just maybe I really can help you… fabulous! Roll up your sleeves, and let’s get to work. I’m ready to prove just how possible success is for you!
Accomplishments & Accolades:
- Featured in the book, Visual Marketing (available at Barnes & Noble & Amazon)
- Featured on the Cover of Portland Family Magazine
- Featured on the Cover of Vancouver Family Magazine (x2)
- Featured in Photographer’s Social Media Handbook by Design Aglow and Zach Prez
- Featured in Professional Photographer Magazine
- Featured in Chic Magazine
- Featured on The Savvy Photographer, Rock the Shot, Paperie Boutique, Fundy Software, Photography Web Marketing, Chic Critique, National Association of Professional Photographers, Sticky Albums and More
- Celebrity Photographer & Judge For Chic Critique
- In less than 18 months, Leah Remillet Photography went from portfolio-building status to averaging client sales of $2,000 and maintaining a 4-6 wk wait list.
- Featured in Photography Blog Success
- Have been honored to have mentored and taught professional photographers from every state in the USA as well as in other parts of the world such as Japan, Brazil, Europe, Australia, Canada, Africa, The Middle East. Basically… all over the globe.
- Most importantly, I won a clam-eating contest when I was seven! (My grandpa would want that one included; he’s so proud !)
I followed my passion and worked as hard as anyone can in order to see my dream become my reality. I am now on a mission to show you how to find profits, develop your passion and make room for a fabulous life! I’ve seen what is possible, and I completely believe that if I can do this, so can you! Go4Pro Photos and The Thriving Photographer™ are my way of proving it.
I am certainly not void of flaws nor imperfection [just ask my proofer, my hubby (although he might fib for me) or my sisters]! I make mistakes, but I also work harder, love harder, and believe in my mission more than probably anyone you’ll ever meet.
My philosophy is simple, and it’s defined by my 3 P’s: Purpose, Passion and Profits. My purpose on this earth is first and foremost, as a wife, mommy and daughter of God. My passion is as a teacher, entrepreneur and artist. And I believe whole-heartedly in working less and living way more (and that means profitability). This life is for thriving!
If you like the way I think, then I’d love to continue our conversation through Facebook and my Free Thrive Newsletter!
Cheers to Your Success,