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Big Boost Workshop | for Military Spouse Photographers

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There are so many reasons that I’m excited about my new Big Boost Workshop that it’s hard to know where to start.

LeahandChelseaI guess it all starts with Chelsea over at CMH Designs. Chelsea is an original Thriver, and even though it’s been years, I can still remember when she reached out to me about The Thriving Photographer™….  “I’m a military wife” she explained, ‘in Hawaii‘… ‘so my clients are either tourists or fellow military families‘… ‘how will I make this work?’

It was a legit question, and I’ll be straight… I wasn’t fully sure just yet and that’s exactly what I said.  I told Chelsea it would take some creativity, and that I didn’t exactly know the how, but I was willing to find it with her.  I fully believed we could.  Here’s your first clue about how amazing Chelsea is… she decided to leap!

Well since that first conversation back in 2012, Chelsea has been teased repeatedly by me that she is my poster-child of Thrive. The girl has killed it! Her sales are some of the highest of all of our Thrivers, her constant wait-list proves she’s creating an amazing experience, and best of all, she’s become a dear friend!

This friendship started on Facebook through our private Thrive group. Then through one-on-one coaching calls until we eventually met in real life in 2012 when she attended my very first Thrive Mastermind Retreat in Florida. I love this girl (if you can’t tell)!   🙂

She came to me last year and told me that she wanted me to come to Hawaii to help her fellow military spouse photog friends.  There was no way I could say no. Plus it’s military, and I’m so grateful for all they (you) do for me and my family that I was thrilled to have an opportunity to give back.  And ummm, hello, it’s Hawaii! I haven’t been back to Hawaii since I lived there back in 2008.

I’m so excited to be heading to Hawaii to teach the Big Boost Workshop right after I finish speaking at The Inspired Retreat. This is going to be one crazy and awesome week of travel, inspiration and celebration over what’s possible in our lives!

I guess it all comes down to this… I love showing people the “other” option. The one that says, ‘yes you can!’. I love blowing the roof off of limits and expectations with loads of glittery confetti. And that’s exactly what I plan to do.

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This workshop is specifically designed for military photographers!
 It’s a one day intensive workshop broken down into 2 sections. The first half of the day is about Marketing. I’ll be teaching how to maximize brand awareness and build partnerships.  Then after lunch, we’ll get into the nitty gritty of how to start over when you’re called to move. I’m even going to be sharing my simple steps for building your new clientele before you even arrive on base.

Our military families already give so much. In addition to all they sacrifice, the fact that these creative entrepreneurs have to start their businesses over again every 4 or so years makes you realize that their sacrifices are felt in ever part of their lives. Starting over is hard! I know. I’ve done it (from Hawaii to Portland then Portland to Seattle), and I get that it can be daunting. But it’s also an opportunity for a fresh start and fresh starts are fun! My objective is to bring the excitement back and give these photographers’ businesses a boost!

I am so excited for this special opportunity to give back to my military photography friends! If you’re a military spouse and are interested in having me come speak for your base, please send me an email. I have limited openings, but would love to see what we can do.

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  1. Ava H says:

    What an amazing opportunity!

  2. Kristen says:


    Please consider offering this info for military spouses as a digital download in your shop! It would be such a great help for all of us looking for a mobile career that we love and desperately need help to start and thrive! I would love to hear all your insights if it came in a more accessible version. Plus, I know tons of mil spouse photographers trying to make it work who would be so grateful for this.

    Thanks for sharing so openly with your site!


    • Hi Kristen! Great news! The Thriving Photographer is a digital training program that is very accessible and has taught and helped hundreds of military spouses as well as other photographers from around the world to Thrive. The next open enrollment period with be in September!

      For a hands on experience, we have the Big Boost workshop available on or near your base. Let me know if you would like to talk details for a live event.

  3. Kristen says:

    Thanks, Leah. I’ve been looking into the Thrive program and just wasn’t sure if the military spouse workshop would be more specific. I’ll definitely keep the September program opening in mind…Don’t know about on a base near me as I live in Asia and will be moving soon! Thanks for the reply and being open to help out. I hope I can connect with you in September 🙂

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