Final Give-away! (Denver newborn photographer)

August 8, 2011

We are going out with a bang to end the celebration of my new Francypants Academy blogsite. The final give-away is from a new framing company that I ADORE!  The Organic Bloom is giving away two 8×10 frames so that, not one but, two winners can each get a frame! I have some of their frames and ornaments and get SO many compliments on them!  They are just so unique.

To enter:

Leave a comment answering this question:  What strategies have you tried with your photography business that have not worked?

To earn 8 additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the NEW steps listed below. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, we will not be able to include them.  Entries must be entered here, not on the Facebook Fan Page.

  1. Become a fan of  Francypants Academy on Facebook.
  2. Become a fan of France Photography on Facebook
  3. Become a fan of Chic Critique Forum on Facebook (details coming soon!)
  4. Tweet about this give-away by saying: “Photogs: Francypants is giving away TWO Organic Bloom frames http://tinyurl.com/43hd24a
  5. Mention this give-away on Facebook by saying: “Photogs: Francypants is giving away TWO Organic Bloom frames http://tinyurl.com/43hd24a”
  6. Refer at least one photog friend to www.francypantsacademy.com
  7. Subscribe to The Francypants Academy newsletter —>
  8. Subscribe to this blog —>
This giveaway has ended. All winners will be announced here on Tuesday, August 9th 2011.
P.S. THERE ARE ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT FOR THE AUG.-SEPT. FRANCYPANTS ACADEMY BUSINESS MAKEOVER. ENROLL TODAY!

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  1. Melina says:

    I am a fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook!

  2. Kate Craft says:

    I have tried a boutique Model …didn’t work here LOL

  3. Kate Craft says:

    France fan on facebook too

  4. Kate Craft says:

    subscribe to newsletter

  5. I’m a fan of Francpants Academy on FB

  6. I’m a fan of France Photography on FB also 🙂

  7. Christineb says:

    I haven’t officially started a business yet but I have been pb’ing some. I offered a session to a few close friends for practice last holiday season. I realized how much time it really takes to put into starting a business. I also realized that I don’t want to do it unless I can do it right. Hope this counts as an ok answer even though I didn’t really answer your question.

  8. And am a new fan of Chic Critique on FB – excited to see what this is about!

  9. Christineb says:

    I am a fan of Francypants Academy on FB

  10. Christineb says:

    I am fan of Francy Photography on FB

  11. Christineb says:

    I am a fan of CHic Critique forum on FB

  12. Christineb says:

    I am subscribed to the Academy newsletter

  13. Martha S says:

    I’ve tried “You’ve been spotted” cards, but they haven’t worked as well as good ol’ referrals and WOM.

  14. Christineb says:

    I tweeted your tweet.

  15. Martha S says:

    Francypants FB fan!

  16. Lana Tyler says:

    I’m already a fan of Fancy Pants Academy!

  17. Martha S says:

    France Photography FB fan!

  18. Lana Tyler says:

    I’m a new fan of France Photography!

  19. Lana Tyler says:

    New fan of Chic Critique Forum on fb!

  20. Martha S says:

    Chic Critique FB fan!

  21. Lana Tyler says:

    Subscriped to the newsletter!

  22. I’ve tried giving clients referral cards to hand to friends. I get TONS of referrals but nobody ever passes out the cute little cards!

  23. I’m a fan of Francypants academy on facebook~

  24. I’m a fan of France Photography on Facebook~

  25. I am just started so I am still waiting to see what works and doesnt but I have noticed that selling your services way to cheap just to get customers is not a good way to go!

  26. fan of francypants on FB

  27. Fan of france photography on FB

  28. subscribed to newsletter!

  29. jules says:

    you know i’m a fan!

  30. jules says:

    fan of france photography on fb

  31. jules says:

    fan of chic critique!

  32. jules says:

    i get the newsletter!

  33. jules says:

    i referred a few friends to the past academy … does that count?! 🙂

  34. Doing free photo sessions to get my name out have left me feeling over-worked! I don’t think people appreciate it unless they actually pay for it!

  35. France Photography fan!

  36. kimi says:

    Haven’t tried much, since I’m new, but I tried the whole sepia look for a shoot once & the client wasn’t really a fan. Had to redo the post processing, but in the end it all worked out & the pics were so much cuter in a vintage color. =)

  37. kimi says:

    already a fan of francypants acadamy! =)

  38. kimi says:

    tweeted! =)

  39. kimi says:

    already an academy newsletter subscriber! =)

  40. 1) I’m a fan of Francy Pants Academy on FB

  41. 2) I’m a new fan of France Photography on FB!

  42. 3) I’m a new fan of Chic Critique Forum on FB!

  43. Jeramie says:

    I’ve tried advertising that costs lots of money. Word of mouth works best for me.

  44. Jeramie says:

    Already a fan of Francypants Academy on FB

  45. Jeramie says:

    Already a fan of France Photography on FB

  46. Jeramie says:

    Already a fan of Chic Critique Forum on FB

  47. Jeramie says:

    Tweeted about this giveaway

  48. Jeramie says:

    Mentioned this giveaway on my FB

  49. Jeramie says:

    Already subscribed to the newsletter

  50. Echo Dannelle says:

    I’m a fan of Fancypants Photography.

  51. Echo Dannelle says:

    I also became a fan of Chic Critique. Can’t wait to find out what that’s about. 🙂

  52. Echo Dannelle says:

    I signed up for the Francypants newsletter.(Sorry about the missing ‘r’s up there, my keyboard kind of spits them out when it wants to. :))

  53. Catherine says:

    Giving stuff away! Nobody appreciates what they get for free, because they feel like it has no value. This just caused people to not value my services.

  54. Cynthia Anderson says:

    I am a fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook.

  55. Cynthia Anderson says:

    I am a fan of France Photography on Facebook.

  56. Cynthia Anderson says:

    I am a fan of Chic Critique Forum on Facebook.

  57. Cynthia Anderson says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway: @cynfullgirl

  58. Cynthia Anderson says:

    I posted the link on my FB page.

  59. Cynthia Anderson says:

    I refered a photog friend.

  60. Cynthia Anderson says:

    What didn’t work for me: Free sessions for advertising. . . I offered free sitting just buy prints and I couldn’t keep up. And didn’t think I was giving my best quality of work so took some time off to reevaluate.

  61. Cynthia Anderson says:

    Signed up for the newsletter.

  62. Amy Hoogstad says:

    A strategy I tried was offering fall mini sessions. My client base wasn’t too interested, so I don’t think I’ll offer them again. It was good to try it, though!

  63. Amie says:

    handed out little business cards in trick or treat bags one halloween…fail! haha!

  64. Amie says:

    I am now a fan of Fancypants Academy on facebook!

  65. Naomi Gonzales says:

    I’m a fan on Fancypants Academny, France Photography, and Chic Critique Forum, also posted on my FB, and mentioned to a fellow photog!

  66. Amie says:

    A fan of France Photography on facebook!

  67. Kim Rempel says:

    Love The Organic Bloom frames!!! Thank you for the giveaway!

  68. Amie says:

    A fan of chic critique on facebook!

  69. Misty M says:

    I am a Francypants Academy fan on facebook

  70. Ha, this seems so obvious now, but I USED TO let clients pay for their prints when theypicked them up. Well, how about the prints that NO ONE EVER PICKED UP??? Duh!

  71. Misty M says:

    I am a France Photography fan on facebook

  72. Dawn says:

    I do not have a professional photography business, but my love for photography is so big that I wanted to share it with you. I take pictures on a regular basis and have so many pictures that I would love to frame. These frames are gorgeous and I have wanted them for a while now except they are too expensive for me to afford! I just love to take pictures because capturing memories are so rewarding. Thank you for this opportunity!

  73. Olivia R says:

    Fancypants Academy FB fan!

  74. France Photography FB fan.

  75. Olivia R says:

    France Photography Facebook FAN!

  76. Olivia R says:

    Chic Critique Facebook Fan!

  77. Stephanie D says:

    fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook.

  78. Kim Rempel says:

    I’m a fan of Francpants Academy on FB

  79. Dawn says:

    I am a fan of Fancypants Academy on Facebook! 🙂

  80. Erin Stewart says:

    I’m a fan of Fancypants Academy on Facebook! ^_^

  81. Stephanie D says:

    fan of France Photography on Facebook

  82. Kim Rempel says:

    fan of francypants on FB

  83. Stephanie D says:

    fan of Chic Critique Forum on Facebook

  84. Mentioned giveaway on FB.

  85. Stephanie D says:

    Mention this give-away on Facebook by saying: “Photogs: Francypants is giving away TWO Organic Bloom frames http://tinyurl.com/43hd24a” DONE

  86. Erin Stewart says:

    I’m a fan of France Photography on Facebook!

  87. Cindy Kimble says:

    I am just starting out so I am really trying to avoid those strategies that fail!

  88. Amber says:

    I am a fan of you Facebook page! 🙂 crossmyheartart@gmail.com

  89. Cindy Kimble says:

    FB fan of the Academy

  90. Erin Stewart says:

    I’m a fan of the Chic Critique Forum on Facebook!

  91. Cindy Kimble says:

    FB fan of France Photography

  92. Cindy Kimble says:

    Fan of the Chic forum

  93. Amber says:

    When I first started I tried to schedule all of my appointments on Saturdays. I soon found out that this did not work for my clients or me 🙂 crossmyheartart@gmail.com

  94. Im a new photographer, so im sure I”m doing a lot that doesnt work! ha. I attemped “back to school minis” that haven’t taken of. I thought the idea was really cute, but I probably need to grow and prove myself a little more!

  95. Darcy Martin says:

    Fan of “Francypants Academy” on FB!

  96. Olivia R says:

    Putting my business on Google Places after moving to a new city so people could search for photographers and find me. Only thing is that you have to search eleven pages before you even see my business page! Talk about frustrating!!

  97. Amber says:

    I am a fan of France Photography on Facebook! crossmyheartart@gmail.com

  98. Darcy Martin says:

    Fan of France Photography!!

  99. ashleigh says:

    I think I signed up for the newsletter 😉 Would LOVE to win a frame 🙂

  100. Referred a photog friend to you 🙂

  101. Im a fan of Fancypants on facebook!

  102. fan of France photography now!

  103. Amber says:

    I am fan of the Chiq Critique FB page! crossmyheartart@gmail.com

  104. Olivia R says:

    mentioned the giveaway on my facebook page!

  105. New fan of Chic Critique on facebook!

  106. Dawn says:

    I mentioned this give-away on Facebook by saying: Francypants is giving away TWO Organic Bloom frames! This is exciting! 😉 I would love to have these beautiful frames.

  107. Dawn says:

    I would tweet this, however I do not have a twitter account!

  108. Signed up for your newsletter.

  109. Crissy Easom says:

    Giving away freebies didn’t work so well. Thought I could generate referrals, but didn’t work out so much.

  110. Crissy Easom says:

    I’m a fan of Francypants Academy 🙂

  111. Janelle says:

    Silent Auctions! Never have had good results and the client that wins them are never in my target market even though the area that I did it in should have attracted the right target marker for me. I hate paying the client to take their pictures!

  112. Crissy Easom says:

    I’m now a fan of France Photography 🙂

  113. Darcy Martin says:

    I think my first strategy that didn’t work, was trying to start business alone! It’s websites like these and other photogs as friends that really helped me get things rolling. I could’ve never done it alone so I’m sooo grateful for photographers that are willing to share ideas and things 🙂

  114. New fan on fb of this site!

  115. Janelle says:

    Fan of France Photography

  116. Crissy Easom says:

    Now a fan of Chic Critique Forum!

  117. Kelly says:

    I am fan of y’all! and Organic Bloom frames are awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!

  118. Janelle says:

    Fan of Francypants Academy

  119. I’m a fan of Frances Photography on fb!

  120. Kelly says:

    i am fan of y’all!! Organic bloom frames are the best!! Thanks for sharing!

  121. Janelle says:

    Fan of Chic Critique!

  122. Tiffany Lopez says:

    Im a fan of fancypants academy

  123. Tiffany Lopez says:

    Im a fan of france photography

  124. I’m a fan of CCF on fb too!

  125. One strategy was to do mini’s during slower times and for holiday’s and for some reason they are unsuccessful.

  126. I am a fan of Francypants on Facebook 🙂

  127. Tiffany Lopez says:

    Im a fan of chic critique forum

  128. I am a fan of France Photography on FB!

  129. I am a fan of Chic Critique on FB!

  130. Amy Wallen says:

    I let my clients choose when they will order prints. I don’t put a time limit or specific date on ordering. Definitely not working! They assume they can wait forever. Maybe someday I’ll get paid for them!

  131. Tiffany Lopez says:

    mentioned ”Photogs: Francypants is giving away TWO Organic Bloom frames http://tinyurl.com/43hd24a“ on my facebook page

  132. I subscribed to your newsletter 🙂

  133. Tiffany Lopez says:

    referred a few a few photog friends to the website

  134. Tiffany Lopez says:

    subscribed to the newsletter

  135. Amy Wallen says:

    I “Like” Francypants Academy on Facebook!

  136. Tiffany Lopez says:

    subscribed to this blog

  137. Crissy Easom says:

    Posted giveaway on Facebook!

  138. Teresa O. says:

    Tweeted!!
    twitter.com/tlolson

  139. Amy Wallen says:

    I “Like” France Photography on Facebook!

  140. Amy Wallen says:

    I “Like” Chic Critique Forum on Facebook!

  141. Amy Wallen says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway! @qwallen902

  142. Becca H says:

    I tried to grow by only word of mouth. I quickly learned that I needed to think out my marketing strategy more to grow my business.

  143. Julie Stone says:

    Fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook

  144. Becca H says:

    Became a facebook fan of fancypants academy.

  145. Becca H says:

    Became a facebook fan of France Photography.

  146. Becca H says:

    Became a facebook fan of Chic Critique Forum.

  147. nikki m says:

    I am not in business yet, so nothing yet, but I’m sure if/when I get there, there will be things that don’t work for me!

  148. nikki m says:

    i am already a FB fan!

  149. Love their frames! Let’s see, to answer your question, went to a photo shoot with a new camera that I wasn’t comfortable with yet. Yikes!!! Thanks for the opportunity!Linda

  150. nikki m says:

    I am a new fan of France photography on FB

  151. Beth Pelter says:

    I became a fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook!!

  152. Beth Pelter says:

    I became a fan of France Photography on Facebook!!

  153. Lindsey Wilson says:

    Trying a do a free session without making them work for it

  154. Beth Pelter says:

    I became a fan of Chic Critique Forum on Facebook!! 🙂

  155. Lindsey Wilson says:

    I like Francypants on PB

  156. Lindsey Wilson says:

    I like France photography on FB

  157. Beth Pelter says:

    I tweeted!!! ~~~~~~~ Photogs: Francypants is giving away TWO Organic Bloom frames http://tinyurl.com/43hd24a @eas423

  158. Sarah Danburg says:

    picture parties have not worked

  159. Having really low session fees and really high print prices didn’t work for me. I’m now charging what my time is worth in the photo session fee.

  160. Crissy Easom says:

    Tweeted Giveaway. CEasomPhoto

  161. Beth Pelter says:

    I mention this give-away on Facebook and posted the message above!!

  162. I became a fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook. Looks interesting & informative!

  163. I became a fan of France Photography on Facebook. Gorgeous work!

  164. I became a fan of C.C. on Facebook.

  165. I tweeted! @purecaptures if you want to check, lol

  166. Referred my friend at Picture Perfect Photography to you!

  167. Sarah Danburg says:

    became a fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook

  168. Sarah Danburg says:

    became a Chic Critique fan on FB

  169. Sarah Danburg says:

    Now a FB fan of France Photography

  170. Sarah Danburg says:

    Mentioned giveaway on FB

  171. ma says:

    i have tried to do free sessions to my friends at church. suddenly everyone wanted to be my good friend. didn’t work out so well. =( good luck everyone!

  172. ma says:

    fan on fb! thanks!

  173. Having packages listed on my webiste were useless.

  174. became a fan.. Francypants Academy on Facebook.

  175. became a fan… France Photography on Facebook

  176. Cindy says:

    I have tried giveaways on my facebook fan page, but the winners never cash in on a free session.

  177. Cindy says:

    Fan of francypants on FB

  178. I subscribed to your blog!

  179. Cindy says:

    fan of francephotography on FB

  180. Cindy says:

    Fan of Chic Critique Forum

  181. became a fan… Chic Critique Forum

  182. I have been trying to sign up for your newsletter by following the link at the bottom, but it just takes me right back to the blog post about the Organic Bloom giveaway. 🙁 I did sign up for the first chapter of the BonjOrganization e-book though! Please let me know how to sign up for the newsletter, though, because I’d like to get it.

  183. The worse strategy I’ve tried thus far is to give away free sessions to try to earn new business. It worked great, until they all expected me to give them free sessions all the time. Never again will I work for free! Too much time goes into a custom photography session. Lesson learned!!

  184. Fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook!

  185. Fan of France Photography on Facebook!

  186. Fan of Chic Critique Forum on Facebook!

  187. Mentioned the giveaway on my Facebook Fanpage Facebook Fanpage

  188. Subscribed to the newsletter! (I think)

  189. Subscribed to the blog!!
    Fingers crossed that ONE of these entries wins!! 🙂

  190. Dana Watson says:

    I am a fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook.

  191. Dana Watson says:

    I am a fan of France Photography on FB

  192. Dana Watson says:

    fan of Chic Critique Forum

  193. Dana Watson says:

    referred TWO friends to http://www.francypantsacademy.com 🙂

  194. Dana Watson says:

    mentioned the giveaway on FB

  195. Dana Watson says:

    tweeted about the fab giveaway!

  196. Christina Cary says:

    I am still in the process of opening my own business, but have found that you have to be confident in your skills or your clients will find someone who is.

  197. Christina Cary says:

    I am a FB fan of Fancypants Academy!!

  198. Claire C says:

    The strategies I have used that have not been successful is having a promo discounting the session fee. This attracted the wrong people and they wanted everything for nothing.

  199. Christina Cary says:

    I am a FB fan of France Photography!!

  200. Claire C says:

    I am now a fan of Fancypants Academy on Facebook. 🙂

  201. Christina Cary says:

    I am a FB fan of Chic Critique Forum!!

  202. Christina Cary says:

    I shared a link on my FB page!!

  203. Christina Cary says:

    I’m pretty sure I signed up for the newsletter :o)

  204. Nicki Hudgens says:

    Love those BLOOM frames! Would love to get my hands on one but as im not a “PROFESSINAL”- cant order from them- would love the chance to snag one to show around! I “like” Fancypants Academy on Facebook!

  205. Nicki Hudgens says:

    LOVING The Bloom frames!!! I am a fan of France Photography on facebook!

  206. Nicki Hudgens says:

    Im a fan of chic critique forum on facebook!!!

  207. Nicki Hudgens says:

    I mentioned the giveaway on facebook!! REALLY WOULD LOVE ONE OF THESE FRAMES!!! Thanks for the chance!

  208. Nicki Hudgens says:

    I mentioned the giveaway on Facebook! Cant wait to find out! Thanks for the chance!!

  209. Claire C says:

    New fan of your facebook France Photography page

  210. Nicki Hudgens says:

    I signed up for the newsletter! LOVE THIS OPPORTUNITY!

  211. Katie says:

    Word of mouth has not been a great way of advertising as I thought it might be.

  212. Michelle says:

    Fan of fancypants academy on FB!:).

  213. Good question! I did commercial work for a magazine and it didn’t worked. I had no idea how to price it, I got over exploded doing to much work, got taken advantage off and all that stuff that you don’t want to do or try again. I rather stick with families that truly value my job and have the emotional attachment.

  214. Michelle says:

    Fan of France photog on FB. :). Thanks!!!

  215. Michelle says:

    Chic critique fan on FB. Love these frames!!!:)

  216. #1 Check! Became a fan of Francypants Academy (btw love it already!!!!)

  217. #2 Check! Became a fan of France Photography, love it!

  218. #3 Check! Became a fan of Chic Critique Forum (I already can feel it’ll be a great FB page for us)

  219. #5 Check! Posted it on my FB so other photographers can see and participate too! yay

  220. Fan on FB of francypants!

  221. Beth Pelter says:

    I referred a photog friend!!

  222. Amanda Esau says:

    Sometimes there is nothing you can do to please a baby at a photo shoot…. 🙂

  223. Pam says:

    I have tried print advertising but wasn’t worth the investment – Word of mouth/referrals is the best!

  224. I am a facebook fan of Francypants Academy

  225. I am a facebook fan of France Photography

  226. I am a facebook fan of Chic Critique

  227. I also tweeted the giveaway

  228. My business is brand new so I’m not sure yet what strategies are working or not working. Hoping that my referral program will help

  229. also signed up for the newsletter. Keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

  230. I am a a fan of Fancypants Academy on FaceBook

  231. I am a fan of France Photography on FaceBook

  232. I am a fan of Chic Critique Forum on FaceBook

  233. I subscribed to the Fancy Pants newsletter

  234. I subscribed to the blog!

  235. Laura Brooks says:

    What strategies have you tried with your photography business that have not worked?I have tried to advertise on facebook. Advertising is one of the biggest problems I have. creating a facebook and a twitter and then “friending” everyone and their dog doesn’t seem to work.

  236. Laura Brooks says:

    I am also now a fan on facebook.

  237. Laura Brooks says:

    I tweeted the comment.

  238. Laura Brooks says:

    I posted the comment on my facebook page… Elle Bea Photography (by the way)

  239. Laura Brooks says:

    Became a fan on chic critique.

  240. Laura Brooks says:

    subscribed to the blog

  241. Laura Brooks says:

    also signed up for a newsletter.

  242. Having a large group to close their eyes and then open on the count of three. Some just dont want to listen at all!

  243. Dawn says:

    I have tried to refer all my friends to francypants on my fb page! 🙂

  244. Tabatha Wilson says:

    Not having a website, or a brand, or even a logo is not working out! I’m not sure if this is the answer you were looking for but this is definately what is not working for me. I feel like the sooner i get that section of this show on the road then the sooner I can be a business and make money doing what i sooooo passionately love!

  245. Nicole Voth says:

    I’m a fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook!

  246. Nicole Voth says:

    I am a fan of France Photography on Facebook!

  247. Nicole Voth says:

    I am a fan of Chic Critique Forum on Facebook!

  248. Nicole Voth says:

    I subscribe to The Francypants Academy newsletter!

  249. Nicole Voth says:

    I subscribe to this blog!

  250. Sarah says:

    Business mistakes? Well, I’m fairly new at this, but I don’t recommend trying to get your business off the ground with friends and acquaintances who all expect a deal or free products.

  251. Sarah says:

    I am a fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook!

  252. Sarah says:

    I am subscribed to your Academy newsletter.

  253. Sarah says:

    Lastly, I mentioned this give-away on Facebook in the quoted text.

  254. Crystal Batignani says:

    Spending more on supplies than you actually make from taking photos!!

  255. Crystal Batignani says:

    I have become a fan of Francypants Academy on Facebook.

  256. Crystal Batignani says:

    I have become a fan of France Photography on Facebook

  257. Crystal Batignani says:

    I have become a fan of Chic Critique Forum on Facebook

  258. Crystal Batignani says:

    I shared the giveaway on facebook

  259. Erica says:

    New Fan! Would LOVE to win one of these great frames!!

  260. Dawn says:

    I am a fan of the Chic Critique Forum on facebook! Just watched your video and it is spectacular. Congrats on your 4th baby due! 🙂

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