Let’s start with some fun stuff! Lightning Round, here we go:
I’m a portrait and brand photographer in New York City. I love helping people see and connect to their own beauty and purpose.
Books! I’m a huge reader, but I also love exploring cute used bookstores (possibly too much, given my overloaded bookshelves, hahaha)
My husband’s stovetop popcorn. I can make it, but somehow it just tastes better when he does it 🙂
For a long time, I watched other photographers burn out and fall out of love with their art. I’m proud of taking my time, figuring out my needs and boundaries, and finally taking my photography business from long-time side hustle to full-time at a pace that works for me.
Continuing to build up my blog and improve my portfolio site’s SEO. It’s a journey!
I was once on my school’s wrestling team (I joined on a dare and ended up loving it!)
“A photographer’s job isn’t to photograph beautiful things. It’s to take ordinary things and bring out their beauty.” – my uncle, when teaching me how to use a camera
Finishing up Ted Lasso / the Normal Gossip podcast (the perfect fun listen while editing tons of photos!) / The Utopians by Anna Neima
breakfast tea with milk and sugar
So many! Florist in the English countryside, small-town librarian, owner of a bookstore–cafe–wine bar. I’ve already made my previous fantasy job of full-time photographer come true, so who knows what the future holds 🙂
You are beautiful, you are loved, and you are worthy of good things
Let’s talk turkey, I mean, Business!
Courtney Fanning of Big Picture Copywriting created and shared a list of the best things she purchased for her business, and The Blueprint Model was one of them. I think I signed up for the waitlist the very next day!
✓ The Money Club (our new membership community!)
I had taken a few business classes before that didn’t quite fit my personality or the direction I wanted to take my business. The more I read about Shanna and The Blueprint Model, the more I could see myself belonging to this amazing community. I’m so glad I did!
Pricing for profitability! I had previously priced for what felt “reasonable” given my clients, the market, and the fact that at that time, I wasn’t doing it for a living. Actually sitting down and figuring out where my money and time went was extraordinarily helpful, especially since Shanna helped me set up ways to continue tracking that moving forward!
I was profitable in my first year of business! I was able to celebrate that because I actually knew what was coming in and going out and could track that monthly.
Nike-style: just do it. It’s the best decision I’ve made for my business!
— Carly Piersol
Carly, thank you so much for sharing more of your story on building a profitable photography business and experience working together. I am so grateful for such amazing students like you! And loved getting to know you better through this spotlight!
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Carly Piersol is a portrait and branding photographer in New York City. She works with the career-focused, the creative, and the camera-shy to make stunning images that boost confidence and create brand clarity. She’s collaborated with authors, career coaches, designers, photographers, and more to create a wide range of photographs they can use to tell their story.
August 22, 2023