I'm Colie

I make awesomely real photos + everyday films for families just like yours, even in a pandemic.

If someone told you being an entrepreneur was easy, they lied. You deserve a business that works for you, but you have to work for it. Don't worry, we're in this together!

Building a Family Photography Business

Photo by Alicia Kinter

My Approach

What I Offer


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Are you here for Dubsado services?

Dubsado might not be the answer to all your prayers, but it is certainly the holy grail for running your family photography business.  Reclaim your time and book clients in a streamlined, automated, and professional process.

learn more about Colie's Dubsado offers

A no-bullshit approach for family photographer education

What does that mean in practice?

I don't give advice unless I am certain of the outcome.  So take my advice, or don't, but 9 times out of 10 you will come back and say I was right. 

I still have actual clients.  My business advice is not theoretical, it's based in actual client experience that is current.  Photographer first, educator second.

I won't try to sell you on something you don't need.  If I think you only need a 1-hour strategy call to push you in the right direction, that's what I will recommend.  If I don't think you are in a place to truly benefit from my 1:1 mentoring or group coaching, I promise to tell you that.

Still here?  Okay keep scrolling.

Are you in the right place?

You are if you can say YES to any of the following.

You have or are in the process of building up a family photography business.

You would love to photograph families where they live or in an authentic, non-posed fashion.

You are struggling to build a client base, automate or simplify your business practices, or run a profitable business.

You are interested in offering family films to your clients.

1:1 Mentorship

This is for those ready for the crash course in building a family photography business or family filmmaking.  A 6-hour day customized for you hitting all your pain points in one session so you can hit the ground running.  Most mentorships include a joint session where we co-shoot a family session and then edit photos or create a film immediately after.

Pair this with a Day in the Life session for YOUR family and we'll make it a Weekend with Colie.

Strategy calls

These are 90-minute  Zoom calls focused on a specific pain point you are experiencing. 

Some examples:

These are recorded so you can go back and revisit the topics we cover.

Live website audit
Workflow/CRM setup
Improving your client experience
General business Q&A

All About Mentorships

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