Get fully booked every season
photographing unique elopements &
non-traditional weddings that inspire you
Oh, and while making your dream income
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Ever wonder how some photographers have a thriving business and a lifestyle they love?
a calendar full of amazing clients they can’t wait to meet, and even getting flown around the world for their art?
Meanwhile back in your daily reality…
It feels impossible to stand out in such a crazy saturated market…
You scramble for any booking that comes your way (by whatever discount necessary) even if something you’ll dread…
Or you might even wonder if it’s time to go look for another “plan b” 9-to-5 backup J.O.B. to make ends meet…
Here’s the dilemma…
You have a vision for what you want your photography business to look like but turning it into a reality feels like a pipe dream
You’re stuck with the constant struggle of…
Woof… I feel you, and trust me,
these are all common issues—even among the most talented and passionate photographers.
The good news is…
it doesn’t have to be that way.
You deserve so much more than:
Being paid low rates… feeling underappreciated & undervalued
Feeling replaceable… asking yourself why a couple would fly you across the world when another local photographer could do it
Struggling to stand out… trying to figure out what’s unique about you and how to set yourself apart
Imagine having a
reliable, thriving, full-time career photographing non-traditional weddings & elopements
where you can burn your backup plans.
You are not average
so why would your business be?
What if you stopped chasing bookings that don’t actually fulfill you, and instead spent your days photographing weddings as unique as you:
Two-person elopements in stunning national parks
Intimate backyard weddings with only the closest friends & family
Luxurious rooftop weddings overlooking city skylines
Small destination weddings on Mediterranean islands
Chic, fifty-guest weddings at art galleries and museums
Fantasy-themed intimate weddings in lush green forests
Spontaneous big-city courthouse elopements
There’s a space in this industry that’s all yours. And will give you the lifestyle you love.
Here’s what’s really possible:
You can become the go-to specialist for the unique elopements & non-traditional weddings you dream of photographing
You can rise above the competition—and carve your own unique path to being a FULL TIME, FULLY booked photographer with the financial stability & lifestyle you seek
“Every course has been life changing and this is no different.”
I’m so thankful for Thrive! Truthfully, I live and die by Maddie’s courses—every single one that I’ve taken has been so unbelievably helpful. Her OG business and marketing course helped me build the business I have now, photograph in places I’ve always dreamed of while getting fully booked out and working with absolutely incredible couples. And now, with Thrive I now have the tools to help my business change with the times and stand out in a way that will be sustainable and successful. And I can’t wait to implement all of the new things that I’ve learned from branding to identifying my ideal client, to implementing workflows to taking a good, hard look at my pricing. Every course has been life changing and this is no different.
– Aimee Flynn, Arizona
“we went from booking mostly 4 hour elopements to full day and even multi day elopements”
My wife and I started our elopement photography business from scratch over 3 years ago when we decided to switch from big weddings to elopements. With Maddie’s first business and marketing course (the precursor to Thrive) we went from charging $2k to over $5k, and we went from booking mostly 4 hour elopements to full day and even multi day elopements—and we even grew to the point where we have two other photographers on our team. It’s just mind blowing to think back to where we started. To bring it back to THRIVE, it is every bit of goodness from Maddie’s previous course, with all the elements that we needed to succeed with how the industry has shifted in the past couple of years. I am 100% confident that with the tools in THRIVE we’ll be able to keep the momentum going!
– Mark Collett, South Carolina
“I am so excited to get myself out of the sea of generic and pour “me” back into my business.”
Maddie is hands down the reason I have a successful business today. Thanks to her original business and marketing course, I went from literally having never picked up a camera to having a successful six figure photography business within two years. So when I learned that Maddie was releasing her new course, Thrive, I was in—and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. Maddie doesn’t do fluff—she shares research-backed strategy from branding to pricing structure to marketing to your dream couples and she lays it all out for you. Thrive is a legit roadmap to a fulfilling, successful business. I am so excited to get myself out of the sea of generic and pour “me” back into my business.
– Vanessa Lill, Colorado
WONDERING WHY IT HASN’T HAPPENED FOR YOU YET?
Fact is, there are only 3 reasons you aren’t getting enough inquiries & bookings to sustain your dream
Your branding looks & sounds too similar to everyone else
If couples can’t identify a meaningful difference between you and your competitors, they will always default to the cheapest option
Your business isn’t being found by enough of your dream couples
You can be the most talented photographer in the world, but if your brand isn’t consistently getting in front of the right people (your dream couples) at the right time (before they’ve hired someone else) with the right message (that draws them in and positions YOU as the expert they need)…
…they won’t know how amazing you are, and will hire someone else.
You aren’t communicating your value in your inquiry-to-booking process
Even if you are getting inquiries, if you don’t know how to clearly and confidently explain the value of your services (in a way that matters to inquiring couples)—clients end up ghosting or going with someone else.
Both you and them deserve more.
So, if you’re not booked out right now—
it’s not because of:
So many photographers think it’s their experience holding them back, but the truth is you already have plenty of photography experience to be successful.
Your work is good. And to be honest most couples can’t tell the difference between a good photo and a great photo. It’s not your skills.
You don’t need thousands of followers, awards, or any other vanity metric to attract your dream clients. Truth is, that’s not what clients care about.
If you’ve been reading this and nodding your head, you’re in the right place.
What you need to get more inquiries & bookings is a PLAN
One that is designed to help you create a stand-out brand, attract your dream clients on autopilot, and empower you to confidently book out your season with the “perfect fit” clients having the unique wedding days you really want to photograph.
Learn how to become fully booked photographing dream unique elopements & non-traditional weddings that inspire & fulfill you—while making a
This self-paced course and results-driven mentorship experience is the only comprehensive online program that shows you how to:
All in a way that is so true to who you are that it can’t be replicated by anyone else, effectively competition-proofing your business
(And you can do all of this in just 90 days. Yep, 90 days.)
“I had a couple days off so I took Maddie Mae’s free course on full day elopements and booked two in 24 hours. I feel like I owe her dinner or something … that’s an insane increase in revenue.”
— Megan Jolie
[Location City, Location State, U.S.A.]
Imagine what it would feel like to…
Never have to worry about where your next inquiry is coming from because your marketing system is so predictable and consistent that nothing could catch you by surprise
Get so many inquiries that you have the luxury of being selective about which couples you want to work with—and you don’t have to stress if not everyone books
Genuinely believe there is enough room for you in this industry—and that just being you is the biggest competitive advantage you will ever have (and knowing how to leverage that)
Establish so much financial stability & security through your photography business that you don’t have to work a job that leaves you feeling detached or empty—you know you have a fully booked and profitable season ahead
Feel confident on every single consultation call because you not only believe in what you have to offer… you also know how to clearly communicate your value to inquiring couples
Have a thriving business you are excited to wake up to every day—one where you anticipate the places you’ll get to go, the couples you are working with, and the lifestyle design you have created for yourself
“Maddie genuinely wants everyone to succeed in the industry.”
Learning from Maddie Mae was the best investment I have made in my business. She has given me the solid footing that my business needed. She not only has an incredible breadth of knowledge about marketing, but is an impressive communicator and teaches in a way that you can actually comprehend and take action. Maddie genuinely wants everyone to succeed in the industry. She’s not just spouting community over competition, she’s living it.
– Jackleen Leed
North Bend, WA, USA
“So impressed with how jam-packed and expertly organized her content is”
Maddie Mae excels at teaching! She knows her stuff backwards and forwards and it shows. I have been so impressed with how jam-packed and expertly organized her content is! I’m very impressed with her focus on efficiency, business acumen, and branding. I’m just starting out in this market so learning from Maddie was a huge level up for me. It was so useful to realize all that I don’t know and it made me so excited to grow! Learning from Maddie was totally worth the investment.
– Keith Folken
North Bend, WA, USA
“Absolutely the BEST educator I have ever had!”
Maddie Mae is absolutely the BEST educator I have ever had! She packs so much info into everything she teaches and breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand! She communicates not only the “what”, but the “why” behind it. Her passion for education, attention to detail, explanations every step of the way, and her complete transparency is truly inspiring! I HIGHLY recommend Maddie Mae. Every single thing I learned from her has been SO valuable!
– Cassandra Oldenburg
North Bend, WA, USA
WONDERING IF THIS COULD REALLY WORK FOR YOU?
If you’re struggling with one or more of the 3 reasons that photographers don’t get enough bookings…
Guess what? It’s not your fault.
and THRIVE is intentionally designed to solve them all
If you are tired of blending in, and getting lost in the sea of sameness…
THRIVE shows you exactly how to differentiate your photography business and brand, so you attract clients that “have to have” YOU
If you’re struggling to get enough clients or get the right ones to find you…
THRIVE gives you proven, results-oriented marketing strategies that supercharge your reach and will bring you dream inquiries on autopilot
If you’re over getting ghosted or hearing “we went with someone else”…
THRIVE helps you discover the unique value you have to offer and how to persuasively communicate it so you get booked at highly profitable rates.
The problem isn’t you.
You HAVE what it takes.
All you need is:
a clear-cut, easy-to-follow plan from someone who can guide you to success.
And that’s why I created THRIVE—it’s your guided plan to overcome any business & marketing hurdles in your way and become fully booked with your dream weddings.
READY SEE WHAT’S INSIDE OF THRIVE?
Welcome to the
These 7 series of masterclasses guide you through the
7 steps to becoming a thriving unconventional wedding & elopement photographer
Define your vision and align your business to your dream life
Craft a unique brand that irresistibly attracts your perfect-fit couples
Maximize your profits with strategic pricing and irresistible packages
Utilize powerful and efficient marketing strategies to get inquiries consistently
Turn your inquiries into highly profitable bookings with authentic selling
Master expert skills, deliver amazing client experiences, earn 5-star reviews
Streamline your business with efficient systems for sustainable success
LET’S DEEP DIVE INTO EACH STEP
1. Discovering Your Story | 0:29:10
Explore your unique story because allowing your story to guide your business path will allow you to approach it with authenticity and meaning
2. Cultivating a Growth Mindset | 0:29:41
Understand how mindset shapes your actions and impacts how you approach challenges, as well as strategies to help you develop a growth mindset
3. Uncovering Your “Why” and Motivators | 0:35:21
Discover your “why” and core motivators to anchor you in difficult times or important decisions—with activities to guide you along the way
4. Designing Your Life | 0:30:41
Establish “work-life boundaries” based on your personal preferences and design a customized lifestyle that seamlessly integrates both work and life
5. Goal Setting for Life and Work | 0:14:42
Learn the SMART framework to set actionable goals, how to prioritize what truly matters, and ways to track your progress toward success
1. Secret to Standing Out | 0:38:53
Understand why it is so important to have a brand that stands apart—as well as the components that contribute to a memorable and differentiated brand
2. Your Mission, Vision, & Values | 0:27:46
Identify the guiding principles for your brand—your mission, vision, and values—and know how to effectively communicate them to your audience
3. The Power of Specializing | 0:38:34
Discover how specializing elevates your business in a competitive market—and different categories to consider when creating your unique space in this industry
4. Defining Niche & Speciality | 0:18:27
Describe your speciality, identify your differentiators, and define your niche effectively through a series of actionable exercises
5. Discovering Your Target Market | 0:33:33
Explore the shared qualities of your target market, their goals & desires, and the challenges they face to improve the efficiency of your marketing efforts
6. Unique Value Proposition | 0:14:39
Craft a unique value proposition that combines your offerings with your ideal client avatar’s needs to concisely communicate your irreplaceable value
7. Brand Message & Story | 1:09:10
Leverage Donald Miller’s simple seven-part Story Brand framework to clearly and effectively communicate your brand message and business story
8. Brand Voice & Personality | 0:08:32
Develop an authentic, well-researched, and clearly-defined brand voice that resonates with your target market, their values, and their communication preferences
9. Portfolio & Visual Identity | 0:21:22
Finalize your branding by establishing the elements of a visual brand identity: logo(s), colors, typography, and a magnetizing photography portfolio
1. Money Myths & Mindset | 0:35:04
Examine common pricing myths in the wedding and elopement industry, countered with data-backed truths to cultivate a profitable abundance mindset
2. Core Service Offer | 0:30:34
Decide what value to include in your offer and learn how to use your clients’ perceived value as the foundation of your pricing strategy
3. Pricing Structure & Deciding Price | 0:37:37
Integrate pricing psychology and choice theory into your pricing so you can confidently present effective packages that incentivize booking more hours
4. Pricing Calculator | 0:33:30
Explore automatically-generated estimates for your pricing using the calculator included, which considers factors like recurring costs and profit goals
5. How to Share Pricing | 0:47:49
Learn about the 3 categories that contribute to perceived value and the pros & cons of the 4 ways photographers present pricing information to couple