– January 6-9, 2017 –
So Much More Than a Photography Workshop…
At this event we will be working at the divine intersection of YOU + YOUR BUSINESS.
We will not be discussing photography or editing at all* – this program is 100% focused on making 2017 the year you perform at your peak and accomplish the most essential goals in your business… not just activities that tick boxes or just eliminate guilt – but the ones that take you closer to your dream life.
* Of course, bring your camera [we’ll be in an incredibly beautiful part of the world] but this weekend escape will focus totally on getting you AHEAD in 2017
Sounds like a big promise right?
Yeah I thought so too. That’s the point.
The concept for this event came from asking myself one question: ‘what is the most transformational thing I can do with a small group of people in 2 days’ and the answer came to me loud + clear:
Design the year.
Create the perfect environment for success.
What is the perfect environment for success?
Well I believe it’s a mix of: Mindset, data, insights, tools, processes, inspiration, support, commitment, accountability & follow-up. But also, if you’re going to change your life and business, you need to be in a place where you feel relaxed and inspired – so only a 5-star, luxury hotel in the sunshine would do. But where do you find that in January?
Palm Springs, CA
Here’s your program:
+ Pre-retreat work with experts to prime you for maximum effectiveness on the weekend
+ Space to think, reflect + relax: A luxurious escape to a glamorous place where magic happens
+ Help discovering what you actually want & why in 2017
+ Expert coaching to set realistic goals + break those goals down into manageable chunks
+ A customized performance plan complete with step-by-step instructions + benchmarks – this means you leave with…
+ An actual binder FULL of your plan, for you to reference as you go
+ Brand building blocks to help you get or maintain the demand in your business
+ A survival kit to blast through despair, resistance & self-sabotage when they creep up
+ Tools to manage work and life – to balance work with life without compromise
+ Strategies to manage money: especially pricing & cash flow
+ A healthy dose of inspiration + cheerleading
+ Fun & networking with a group of your savvy, supportive, delightful peers
+ Delightful details, gifties, resources & materials
+ Perhaps most importantly, ongoing accountability with your community & coach
Oh and did I mention?
All-inclusive 5 star hotel experience; complete with:
- Super funky luxurious King room, designed exclusively by mid-century phenom Jonathan Adler
- Endless Gourmet meals & snacks
- Award-winning [but not pretentious] Spa + Wellness Center
- 3 Pools [including one saline, and one ‘adult-only’]
- 13 gorgeous acres to explore including: tennis, ping-pong, croquet, giant chess + petanque
- Other activities like: Yoga, Hiking, Cycling, Horseback riding or my favorite; pool lounging.
- Premium transportation to/from the Palm Springs International Airport [PSP]
So literally, all you have to do is show up. We got the rest!
P.S. If you think it’s too indulgent to spend on a 5 star experience – don’t you worry – that bit is coming out of my profit. You’re not paying for a fancy hotel – you’re paying for results. I have priced this program at its bare-minimum price for the months of support included [Keep in mind, it’s $1000 for one two-hour call with me and we’re going to be together for like three whole days!]
I am a brandologist with a Masters in Marketing and over a decade of practical experience with dog brands + pet photographers. I co-create brands that people crave.
Fancy Pro Bio.
J.Nichole Smith is a commercial pet photographer, marketing consultant and dog expert. In 2005 she founded dane + dane studios, a creative studio for pet businesses. In 2007 she co-founded Dog is Good, a lifestyle company for dog lovers, which is now a multi-million dollar business.
In addition to championing her own brands, Nichole has spent the last decade crafting creative strategies and campaigns for the most influential individuals and brands in the pet industry, including the likes of Purina, Petco and Victoria Stilwell.
In 2012, Nichole traded sunny California for swinging London. Later that year, her coffee table book ‘Puppyhood’ was released to critical acclaim. In 2014 Nichole graduated with Distinction from Kingston University’s MA Marketing program. Immediately following, Nichole opened Little & Large, a fine-art pet photography studio and dog boutique in SW London.
In 2016, Nichole sold her retail business and launched Working with Dog, a community based around providing petpreneuers with simple, actionable marketing strategies. Later in 2016, her book “Million Dollar Dog Brand – insights from the pet industry’s most inspiring startups” will be published. Nichole also keeps busy offering marketing courses, one-to-one consulting and keynote speeches (primarily to women) on topics relating to ‘marketing genius’ and entrepreneurship.
She currently works from London traveling often to the U.S. and various locations in France and Italy (traipsing from mountain to seaside with her husband, his cycle travel business and their ‘more-baby-than-dog’, Charleston).
Meet the Dream Team
I will not be the only one knockin’ your socks off in January. I have assembled the dreamiest of dream teams to help you get the very most of our few days together and your entire year after that!
Jamie Piper [Pflughoeft]
Commercial animal photographer, innovative thinker, serial micropreneur, published author and fearless solo road tripper.
Jamie Piper (née Pflughoeft), is a commercial animal photographer whose colorful, engaging style has been influencing pet photographers around the world since the early days of her business in 2003. An innovative thinker and fearless entrepreneur, she excels at high-stakes, high production-value shoots, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each of her corporate clients. Jamie is the author of Beautiful Beasties, a Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography (Wiley), now considered a bible of sorts by amateur and professional photographers alike.
She considers herself a creative serial micropreneur, and when she isn’t on set, she is dreaming up her next personal project or umpteenth business idea. Officially, Jamie retired from teaching pet photographers in 2011 when she and I held our last ‘Passport Workshop’ in San Diego [where she promptly fell in love with the city and made it her personal mission to move there from rainy Seattle some day – which I am happy to announce, she’s now done!] So it is a great honor and privilege to have her with us at the P4/Luxe retreat – not just because she’s one of the original pioneers of pet photography, but also because she 100% specializes in commercial work now and is going to take you behind the scenes into the world of six-figure high-production work. We are going to dig deep into how to bid for big commercial pet photography jobs [and small ones too] and discuss all the in’s and out’s of adding this type of service to your resume.
This is a one-time deal and you definitely don’t want to miss it!!
Coach, consultant, facilitator and assumption challenger. Green drink addict, yoga, kayaking and hard salted pretzel enthusiast. Author, speaker, leader grower, team builder and all around nice person.
Sherryl is mega-watt lady. One of those people who walk in the room and the whole places feels brighter. If you’re lucky enough to sit across from her for coaching or a workshop, you immediately get swept up in her brilliant storytelling and unforgettable charisma.
If you were to ask Sherryl what she does for a living she might say she provides leadership coaching, augmented by a sprinkling of facilitation, assessment, training, and consulting as appropriate. But what she really does is change lives, solve problems, save teams and wields both science and a bit of magic to create real solutions and tangible results.
Usually her work involves leadership development coaching for executives and senior managers, with a specialty in technical environments. She is also noted for her experience coaching and development for leadership teams and high-impact project teams. Her work often includes retreat facilitation for leadership teams and Boards of Directors. However Sherryl has also developed a special niche expertise on the topic of coaching and facilitation for women in leadership roles in business or community.
We are very lucky to have her and all of her wonderful, varied experience and knowledge with us at our little retreat January. Her topics of focus will revolve around self-sabatoge and overcoming the obstacles our creative minds and businesses often throw in our way.
P.S. Sherryl is my mom. I can say with the utmost authority, she is awesome and you’re going to love her
Coach, consultant, creative dynamo, and list-wrangling project manager. Expert-level de-clutterer & decor advisor, dog-addict, salty sailor, horse whisperer and all around life of the party.
Antonia is the Creative Productivity expert here at Working with Dog – she is a hybrid between creative genius, nichole-manager and general Director of making sure sh*t gets done and gets done well.
She comes to us from an illustrious career in media: including 20 years in publishing [titles like Elle, Grazia, Cosmo, Red, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire] and previous years in film and brand development for leading design agencies. Antonia works alongside creative directors, journalists, account managers and clients to produce creative content that makes both readers and brands happy. She also works 1:1 with designers, photographers and writers to help them find order, efficiency and stability in the often chaotic world of creative business.
Antonia is my personal secret weapon for productivity and I’m sharing her with you for 3 days only to help you find your perfect path to planning, organization and effective action made easy. You’re welcome.
So, What’s included?
+ 3 Nights, 4 days in the 5-Star Parker Hotel in Palm Springs
+ Transportation from the Palm Springs International Airport
+ All meals + snacks: dinner on Friday the 6th, to breakfast on Monday the 9th
+ Pre-work + prep materials in 2016 to get you ready + tailor our curriculum to YOU
+ Two full days of workshop tuition + masterminds with digital marketing, personal growth, business coaching + marketing experts
+ Your plan leave the retreat with a binder full of your year ahead, mapped out and ready for action
+ 4×4 Mastermind breakout sessions with peers + 3 industry-leading women coaches
+ 90 days of ongoing accountability, including live group coaching calls every 4 weeks. *this is unprecedented in any ‘photography workshop’ program [value of this follow-up program alone is over $3000]
But wait, there’s more!
There are several parts of this experience that I simply couldn’t offer to everyone, but I think could add an extra dimension of POW to help you absolutely smash through your goals in 2017, so I am sweetening deal for those of you who just KNOW this experience is exactly what you need and act fast:
The first 10 people will receive:
+ One 60 min. Brand Breakthrough session with Nichole to work on your “Why” or any one of the other ‘Marketing Senses’ [fall of 2016: $500 value]
+ One Brand Audit from Nichole – where she will scour your website, marketing materials + social profiles prior to your Branding Breakthrough session to make the most out of your time chatting [fall of 2016: $500 value]
+ A year’s free membership to Working with Dog [if you’ve renewed your membership you’ll be refunded] [$400 value]
The first 3 people will receive:
+ Everything above… PLUS…
+ One session with EFT practitioner Claire Hayes to help you blast through your emotional blocks & limiting beliefs [$300 value]
+ A super swank VIP upgraded Gift Basket in Palm Springs
Now, Let’s talk Investment
Just to Review, here’s what’s included
A luxury weekend basking in the desert glamour [and cocktails] of Palm Springs
Two-days of intense tuition all about building the business that gets closer to your DREAM LIFE
90 Days of ongoing group coaching calls + community
Masterminds with Nic + other experts who ordinarily charge hundreds per hour for their time
Community + kinship with a select group of ambitious pet photographers
The value of accommodation, transport, meals + extras is over $3,000
The value of individual attention from the experts is well over $10,000
The value of the ongoing 90 Day Mastermind is over $3,000
For one-on-one programs of a similar length, Nichole charges $5000
That’s a combined total of over $21,000 in coaching, tangible goodies, support and expertise.
But, most of us don’t have that kind of cash lying around.
I wanted to make this event as affordable as possible so that I could reach as many of you who need this as I can, while still delivering the level of luxury, access to experts and ongoing support that I think is necessary to make the kind of changes most of you will be looking to make.
Get in to P4/Luxe today for just $999
deposit +12 monthly payments of $375. Total investment $5499.
Or if you want to pay all at once, you can save $500 and make one payment of $5000.
Want a little more sugar on top?
For those of you who want the group experience but also need some one-on-one attention I am offering TWO [only 2] VIP tickets which include everything included in the regular ticket, plus:
This is the equivalent of my Million Dollar Dog Brand program but at a savings of 50% when purchased with the retreat!! If you pay all at once you will save $3000 on these two products!! This is outstanding value for two people who are seeking a total business transformation in 2017.
+ An extra night stay at the Parker
+ A 3-hour 1:1 intensive with Nic on the Tuesday [Jan 12th]
+ Four 1:1 calls in the 90 days after the retreat to support the group coaching calls.
+ A few little extra goodies I’m not going to tell you about [surprise + delight, right?]
Get the VIP ticket to P4/Luxe today for just $1999
Now, as you know I am very results-driven.
I am not interested in just selling you something you don’t benefit from. So let’s talk about ‘return on investment’ for a second, shall we? Here are some ways you can make solid returns on your investment in this program:
- You map out the strategy, get the courage, support and accountability to finally finish and launch that ‘passive income’ product you’ve been thinking about. You’re nervous about selling it, but thanks to P4 you’ve got a solid launch strategy, so you’re hopeful… It’s a SUPER duper valuable product so you’re launching at $199 [or giving the choice of 3 payments of $75]. At the $199 price, you’d only need to sell about 28 of these babies to make your investment back. The rest, is pure profit.
- Let’s say you want to know more about incorporating mini-sessions into your biz so you can have some regular leveraged shoots. Let’s say you’re still not super keen on charging much – but you chatted with a few gals at P4 who also do this and now feel confident you can make an average of $299 from those events. Well, the good news there is, you’d only need to sell 18 of those to make your investment back – that’s two easy days of 9 people per day averaging $299.
- Or let’s say you’re average in person sales have been hovering around $800 and you’d really like them to be more like $1500. You’re pretty good at getting shoots booked but haven’t figured out the formula to get people to spend more. You talk through this with your mastermind group at P4 and they + the experts give the info and confidence to tweak your pricing + collections and you blaze into 2017! Well you’d have to up that sale from $800 to $1500 8 times to make your investment back.
- Maybe you’re just in a place where you want to get more clients. You’re happy with how it goes when you DO get them – but your big focus at P4 is on strengthening your brand and building your marketing strategy so you attract more clients to you, and find more leads to pursue. Let’s say you currently shoot about 3 people per month, average sale $1000 but you’d really like that to be more like 5 people at $1500 average sale. Let’s say it takes about 4 months to achieve this goal, but you manage to keep it going for the following 6 months… That’s a gain in your business of $500 per person, 5 people per month, over 6 months. Well, after the second month you’ve nearly made your investment back, by month 6 you’ve made additional profit of nearly $10,000!
The BEST PART IS… if you take the payment plan option – you can be earning your investment back before you’ve even paid for it! It’s the best possible way to up-level your business incrementally.
So the question now is, will January 6 be the beginning of your new life + business?
I sure hope so. See you by the pool!
Get in to P4/Luxe today for just $999
+12 monthly payments of $375. Total investment $5499.