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ASK and LEARN! Tonight with Christine Barker!

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Who is thinking of starting a Portrait Photography side business?  If it’s you, do you feel like you are swimming as you try and research all you can to get going?  Do you find answers, only to find three new questions for every answer?  Do you wonder how to brand yourself so that you are set apart?  Would it help to talk to someone who has been in the process the last eighteen months?  Picture NOT having to reinvent the wheel!  That’s what tonight is about on the SOARORITY forum with our ASK and LEARN event!

Meet Christine Barker!

Christine applied the first year for the SOAR! Scholarship.  When she didn’t get picked, she emailed me and told me that she was still determined to SOAR!  (and she wasn’t joking!!) .  This woman rolled up her sleeves and dove in!  She came to our NY CONFIDENCE Workshop, she learned how to shoot amazing photos!  (all these photos are courtesy of Christine)

Christine started building a business plan and brand with Jeff Jochum.  She has been doing all the HARD WORK of dream building and it’s inspiring to witness! And, I think it’s safe to say that many woman on the East Coast LOVE how Christine gives and encourages EVERY ONE along the way.  If you are just starting, Christine Barker is a RICH resource for you!

But let me back up…what are we doing with Christine tonight?  Besides having a BLAST on the forum with YOU!

Starting this month, we have weekly events that will happen throughout the year on the SOARORITY forum.  The first and third Thursday of every month are going to be our special Ask and Learn evenings. The first week, we will feature a pro who has been in the business for 5+ years.  Sara France was AMAZING this month!  If you missed it, read the THREAD HERE!

*The third week, we thought it would be super helpful to feature someone who has just started their business in the last 2 years.  Their marketing tips, how to get your business off the ground, essentials of what you need to get going, etc. are going to be totally fresh and possibly different than what we’d ask a seasoned pro.  I think it’s going to be AWESOME!

We will often have the photographer be a SOAR! Sister or CONFIDENCE graduate for this third Thursday.  If you’d like to volunteer for a month, you can ALWAYS email our awesome SOAR! Coordinator at! Tell us who you are, and what you’d like to share!

Tonight, YES TONIGHT! (yeah!), Wendy will introduce Christine on the forum at 5pm PST, and for the next two hours, you can post your questions in THIS THREAD!   Christine will refresh her screen (with all of you refreshing) and get her typing speed on as she answers as many questions as possible in two hours!

Christine has SO MUCH to share with being in the thick of getting her business off the ground!  I even surprised her at the SOAR! Garden Party and asked her to share, and she was AMAZING–totally inspiring.  You would NEVER know that she is terrified to speak in front of people!  So proud of this woman!

The SOARORITY forum was buzzing with a wonderful Ask and Learn earlier this month!  This is what it’s all about ladies, being inspired by each other, being empowered, feeling surrounded and supported and so much more!

Gather your questions and remember that NO question is dumb or silly!  We got start somewhere, right?!

See you at the SOARORITY at 5pm PST tonight!



p.s.  Announcing the NY CONFIDENCE Workshop, Running on Empty Winner Tomorrow!


  1. Jane says:

    YEAH!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait for other people to gain so much from my amazing friend! I am so proud of you Christine and watching you grow over these past two years has been inspiring. Love you lots and so excited that you were chosen for this honor!

    Hi Mera! Love you too! 🙂 I hope I get to see you soon!

    Jane Ammon (a Christine Barker fan!)

  2. Debbie says:

    So looking forward to this…..The one with Sara France was so great..
    For someone just starting out, these are so inspiring.
    I feel like I have friends in people I have never even met…
    Thank you MeRa, Brian, and everyone for helping us

  3. ali anderson says:

    log on TONIGHT, people! inspiration is just a refresh button away.

    and christine, you might need to invest in a wrist brace for carpal tunnel after tonight’s forum!

  4. I am SO excited to do this! I don’t think I can appropriately express how much inspiration I get from everyone here. Talk to you soon.

  5. Katherine says:

    Oh I’ll this miss this -middle of the night in the UK, but can I ask how can you get clients to place an order relatively quickly? My pictures are on a web gallery for clients to look at and they can take several weeks to get back to me with an order. How can I politely hassle them to hurry up?
    Thank you,

  6. Genie says:

    Christine – I’m SO EXCITED for you! You are a SHOOTING STAR! I’ve watched you in amazement as you went to school, sent ideas, chimed in EVERYWHERE – truly a superstar too. Your beauty has grown along with your confidence. I’m looking forward to tonight too. Big hug to you!!

  7. ajira says:

    I’m excited to read this… hope I can make it to ask some questions of Christine!

  8. Anne says:

    Hi Mera — If I am unable to join at 5 p.m., is there a way to just view the discussion online afterwards? I really would love to be a part of this :).

  9. Rhonda says:

    Yay Christine!
    I’m going to try to refresh as much as possible and at least follow along from my cell phone (while I learn the ins and outs of the snack bar at the little league field :))

  10. Thank you gals! I am so excited !!! Your comments are making me even more excited!!
    Me Ra I am so blessed to be a part of this group that was created by your love for people! You have changed so many people’s lives, and this life, right here… more than you could know.

  11. I was bummed to have missed it live…but looking forward to reading everything! Thanks Christine!!!