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My Story

I thought I had everything I needed but the one thing I completely forgot to pack was balance and I missed that I needed to put my own oxygen mask on first.

My first photography business started 14 years ago and ended in burn out. My second attempt, exploded faster than I could think. In the process, my dreams came true.

I went from small town kid to full time international wedding photographer in about a year. I was traveling to places I never thought possible and though I’ve always had an adventurous and romantic soul, I’d yet to understand how we each have the power to change our lives to anything we want them to be.

I was flying over 100,000 miles a year shooting weddings. My social media following was exploding and so was my bank account. I moved to a big city. I bought a house. I thought I was unstoppable, and then my world fell apart.

I always thought I was a happy person but woke up to realize I was just feeling really good and I had no road map to navigate the downward spiral of depression that followed.

I had become someone entirely different than who the world knew me to be. My closest friends were simply usernames leaving likes on humble brag posts I made. I unintentionally fell into trying to manage how others thought of me instead of leading with who I had become. I was terrified and I woke up daily with immediate anxiety due to my work. Nothing was ever enough, including me.

As a man, my awareness of the emotional depth humans can have was extremely limited. I was so naive. I had lost all motivation for being a photographer and my ego almost kept me from asking for help. Then at my lowest point, I broke. It was one of the best things that has ever happened to me because it forced me to change. A few weeks later, I found a mentor who helped me out of my hole. I had been teaching business for years but missed that building a great business has little to do with what you do and far more to do with who you become in the process.

My time in the darkness has been my greatest teacher however mentors have been my greatest guides to discovering the light. My gut has always told me I was meant for something much bigger than myself and I’ve found my passion and purpose in helping creatives understand how to build a thriving business and a happy life that is greater than themselves.

PERSONAL BUSINESS

MaterialSPRITUAL

MY BELIEFS & APPROACH

Think of me as a brand therapist
and marketing problem solver

I help ambitious photographers build authentic, purposeful, and profitable brands

with deep and personalized education that helps you build a thriving business around who you are, rather than what you do, and in turn, work less, make more, and live a happier life. I’m going to help you...

  • Find clarity in you and your message so you can create deeper trust
    and greater value in your brand.
  • Help you overcome the doubts of not being good enough and
    transform it into confidence that propels your business forward.
  • Build a branding and marketing strategy that magnetizes clients you
    love and who love you. Pro Tip: Clients that love you want to pay you.
  • Learn the psychology of how to Work Less and Make More so you can
    increase your profitability and have a life outside your business.
  • Defeat the perfectionist mindset and find a deeper happiness in what
    you do.

start transforming your business

with a free 30-min strategy session

WHAT I BELIEVE…

  • I believe building a brand is a JOURNEY of self discovery WITH NO DESTINATION
  • I believe when you choose to work deeper rather than harder, you unlock the POWER OF HOW TO work less and makE more
  • I believe when you lead with authenticity, you build value around who you are rather than what you do and in turn explode your profitability
  • I believe that a mindSET of scarcity AND business driven by fear is the greatest poison for a happy life and a thriving BRAND
  • I believe that FAKING IT TIL YOU MAKE IT IS A DEAD END TRAIL THAT LEADS YOU AROUND THE MOUNTAIN INSTEAD OF UP TO THE SUMMIT
  • I believe if you don’t understand self, you don’t understand branding and if you don’t understand others, you don’t understand business.
What Kyle Said
"Looking back at this past year, I can say with 100% certainty that my business would not be where it is now without Robert's guidance.”
Kyle Szeto / Chicago, IL
What Krysta Said
"Robert's mentorship helped me tremendously! It's only November and I already have 13 weddings booked for next year and my inquiries are through the roof.”
Krysta Rownd / Portland, OR
What Khoa Said
"The Mentorship really helped me love the business side of photography and it was definitely the confident-boost I've been looking for, for a long time.”
Khoa Truong / Sand Diego, CA
What Lynnsey Said
"The Mentorship taught me more than I could have ever imagined”
Lynssey Phillips / Seattle, WA
What Lauren Said
"I feel lucky to have Robert as a mentor and I highly recommend for anyone wishing to take their business to the next level, to seek out Robert's wisdom and guidance.”
Lauren Louise Miller / Washington D.C.

SPEAKING & TEACHING

2020 Evolve Workshop San Fransisco / Speaker & Shoot Leader

2019 Photo Rehab Puerto Rico / Speaker & Shoot Leader

2019 Rooted To Thrive Workshop Italy / Speaker & Shoot Leader

2018 Grain Wedding Photography Festival Croatia / Speaker

2017 Range Finder Magazine / Interview

2017 Mystic Seminars / Speaker

2017 Southeast Photo Convention / Speaker

2017 Finding Creative Success Podcast / Interview

2017 Forest + Falls Workshop / Speaker

2017 Six Figure Photography Podcast / Interview

2016 Design Aglow / Guest Writer

2016 Southeast Photo Convention / Speaker

2016 PhotoBizX Podcast / Interview

2015 Shotkit Book / Interview

TAKE YOUR
PHOTOGRAPHY
& BUSINESS TO
THE NEXT LEVEL

Overcome your doubts and deepen your approach
AS A CREATIVE AND Brand

FREE 30-MIN SESSION EXPLORE MENTORING

GROW IN COMMUNITY

This is the group I wish existed when I was started out. It’s full of smart people who are ready to help and are asking the same questions you are. The varied experience and knowledge means there isn’t a problem we can’t solve together. Our common thread is that we are all looking to grow purposeful and profitable brands that are true to who we are.

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