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Ladies and gentlemen, dudes and dudettes —

The moment of truth is here. Like Cinderella’s carriage, the deeply discounted launch price for Doubt To Confidence is going to disappear at the stroke of midnight, July 10, 2016.

This is your last chance to get Doubt To Confidence at this price, along with the weekly group coaching, 30 days of accountability check-ins via text message, and the swipe file of phone, e-mail, and conversation scripts.

Click here to enroll in Doubt To Confidence.

Steve and I are not sure when we will open access to the course again at this price, if ever – it could be months later or a year or more from now. And when we do, the offer will NOT be as good.

If you enroll today, you are going to get:

  • Complete access to all 8 modules of the Doubt To Confidence course, available immediately.
  • All of the Five Values of the Professional Photographer teaching and guided exercises and worksheets.
  • Access to the VIP Doubt To Confidence private Facebook community with all the other students embarking on this journey together.
  • All of the fire-starter recipes to craft your tools of confidence and connection, including your business name, logo, elevator pitch, About Page, vision board, daily affirmation, and so much more.
  • A three-stage, proven system for getting booked solid shooting clients you love for the pay you’re worth.
  • All three amazing bonuses: weekly group coaching, text message check-ins, and the invaluable swipe file of phone, e-mail, and conversation scripts.

You can enroll right here for the next few hours at $197, or three monthly payments of $97.

If you are still on the fence, remember – there is a 100% money-back guarantee for 30 days after purchase. There is literally no risk to buy, go through the content and if you change your mind, get a full refund.

The course at this launch price closes tonight midnight at 11:59 PM CST, no exceptions.

Your turn, champ.

– James Michael

P.S. Have any last-minute questions? Simply e-mail me we will be happy to answer them.

P.P.S. Some folks have said they were confused as to how the Doubt To Confidence Course works. Here’s a flowchart to show the journey we take you on, step by step, from self-doubt to self-confidence, to the tools you need to connect with your ideal clients, to a three-stage proven system to make those connections and book yourself solid (click or tap the image to open larger in your browser):



SCROLL DOWN for an outline of everything you’ll find inside this two-hour free live training webinar.

CLICK HERE to Get Immediate Access to the Doubt To Confidence Course for Photographers

Available for a limited time: Sign up by July 10, 2016, 11:59 PM to SAVE $200

A 30-day online course that guides you from self-doubt as a photographer to self-confidence as a professional, sure of the value you create and how to communicate it to your community… in just 30 minutes per day.

Thank you to everyone who was able to come out Wednesday for our free live training webinar on the Five Values of the Professional Photographer!

In this training, we:

  • Teach the Doubt To Confidence Framework, and the Five Values of the Professional Photographer.
  • Answer the question: “What is a lack of confidence?”
  • Recognize that self-doubt is the biggest thing holding you back from your dream of becoming a successful professional photographer.
  • Teach how to turn the negative energy of fear into powerful, motivational, inspirational fuel.
  • Teach The Value of Art.
  • Reveal three major truths about the the value of your art that you need to know.
  • Show you who the right people – your people – are in your community, and how to connect with them.
  • How to be free of the self-inflicted expectation of “good enough.”
  • Give examples for each of the Five Values from my own business, Outlaw Photography.
  • Teach The Value of Experience.
  • Show you the biggest missed opportunity to create value in the photography industry.
  • Teach you how to craft a purposeful experience for your clients.
  • Identify all the touchpoints between you and your clientele.
  • Show you what it means to “plus it up” for your clients.
  • Teach The Value of Personality.
  • How to find alignment with the right people in your community.
  • Show why it’s so hard for us to understand our own value as professional photographers.
  • Teach the ‘secret sauce’ behind helping your ideal clients see you as the perfect photographer for them.
  • Reveal why your quirks – introversion, social awkwardness, age – are not a disadvantage, but a hidden strength.
  • Teach The Value of Story.
  • Show that, even if you feel your life is boring and you can’t tell stories, that you really do have stories to tell.
  • Talk about the difference between story as history and story as a communication of values.
  • Explain how to be a better storyteller, in the written word and in person, even if you’re not a natural storyteller.
  • Teach The Value of Business.
  • Define the policies of business, and how they affect your client’s ability to work with you.
  • Show why there’s no right or wrong way to do business.
  • How to raise and lower the barriers of entry for clients to do business with you.
  • Why copycatting established photographers may be exactly what’s keeping you from getting the bookings you should.
  • How to trade value for traction as a startup or early-stage professional photographer.
  • How to avoid the Fear Of Missing Out when you look at your pricing.
  • Discuss why most pricing distress is navel gazing.
  • Encourage you to no longer hold back the blessings of your art from the world.
  • Make an invitation to work with us in the Doubt To Confidence Course for Photographers.
  • Answer over an hour of questions from attendees, including the right and wrong ways to do business, how to create urgency to close the sale, how to deal with friends asking for free sessions, how to deal with contracts as a startup photographer, how to recognize your value as a commercial photographer, how to communicate your value when you’re an immigrant, when to form an LLC, how to handle model releases, what to do if you’re struggling with people and photography skills, and what to do if you can’t seem to reel in clients.

This was the most value-packed training I’ve ever given, and I hope it’s a blessing to you in your photography journey.

If you feel like the free live training was good, wait until you see inside the course.

CLICK HERE to Get Immediate Access to the Doubt To Confidence Course for Photographers

Available for a limited time: Sign up by July 10, 2016, 11:59 PM to SAVE $200

A 30-day online course that guides you from self-doubt as a photographer to self-confidence as a professional, sure of the value you create and how to communicate it to your community… in just 30 minutes per day.


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“My art isn’t good enough…”

“I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to business…”

“I’m going to disappoint or anger my paying clients, make a fool of myself, and be laughed at by other photographers…”

I’ve been where you are. Over and over and over again.

The battle between self-doubt and self-confidence feels like it’s never ending as a working artist.

I’ve been a professional photographer for 17 years now, and even to this day, I get nervous before photo shoots. I worry I’ll mess up, that I didn’t prepare well, and that my clients will hate the photos I make for them. In fact, it wasn’t that far back that I found myself turning down good potential clients because I just couldn’t get over my fear of not being good enough.

But that fear no longer holds me back.

In fact, I’ve learned that fear is just energy, and it can be directed any way we choose – for positive benefit, or negative detriment.

I’ve also been coaching and encouraging startup photographers here on PTP for the last seven years. I’ve enjoyed thousands of wonderful conversations with you awesome readers, and every single time, I ask, “What’s the biggest challenge holding you back?”

The number one answer?


Consistently, the challenge of self-doubt and lack of self-worth as a professional photographer is what early-stage working artists just like you tell me is keeping them from vigorously (and joyously) pursuing their dream of success.

My friends, I have something new to share with you.

I’ve spent the last year working on a project to solve this problem in a new, powerful, and most importantly, effective way. My dear friend and partner on the project, master story crafter and change facilitator Steve Arensberg, and I have poured ourselves into helping pre-launch and early-stage photographers overcome the dream-stopping challenge that is self-doubt.

I’d like to invite you to a live training webinar I’m hosting with Steve on Wednesday, July 6, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST.

We’re going to teach the Doubt To Confidence Framework, including the Five Values of the Professional Photographer.

You’ll walk away with a fistful of actionable steps, a new understanding of the value you create as a professional photographer, and as a bonus we’ll hook you up with a Five Values Questionnaire that will help you identify your strengths as a professional photographer: are you an artist, architect, performer, storyteller, or professional, or a unique combination?

Please take a minute right now and reserve your seat at this exclusive live training webinar.

Thank you for the blessing of your readership, and for your bravery in bringing the blessings of your work to your clients and community.

– James Michael

P.S. If you’re like me, you don’t have an hour to waste on a sales pitch. Trust, Steve and I hate that crap, and we’re promising to bring serious value to this free, live training. We’ll spend about five minutes welcoming attendees, 35 minutes teaching on the Five Values of the Professional Photographer (which will make you look at your art, business, and overall value in a whole new light), 10 minutes talking about an opportunity for us to work together (which is the only ‘pitching’ we’ll do), 10 minutes of Q&A, then officially end the webinar, but we’ll hang around as long as you guys like to continue to answer your questions and bring you as much value as we possibly can. We have limited seats, so reserve yours today.


A photographer is safe at home, but that’s not what photographers are for

June 6, 2016
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“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William G.T. Shedd

Be brave this day.

Don’t hold back the blessings of your art and business from your community.

You have gifts to give; don’t be afraid to share them. Don’t worry about your lens, your talent, your web site, your reputation, your procrastination, your business name, your fear. Don’t wait for permission. Go, make art.

A photographer is safe at home, but that’s not what photographers are for.

Next Steps

  • BRAINSTORM SESSION: Get out your pen and paper. What Next Steps have you been avoiding out of fear, lack of value, lack of courage? What’s the worst case scenario if you take those steps? What’s the best case scenario? File this away in your Brainstorms folder.
  • SUBSCRIBE TODAY: Book yourself solid shooting clients you love for pay you’re worth. Don’t miss out on my best stories and ideas: subscribe to my e-mail newsletter today at the top-right of any page of this site.
  • DO THIS NOW: What’s the biggest challenge holding you back? E-mail me at I read everything, and I look forward to helping you make a breakthrough today.
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How I found my calling as a photography mentor

April 24, 2016
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I’m you 17 years from today.

Except I’m not, because you’re going to climb your mountains with a completely different set of tools (of heart, mind, and spirit) than I did when I launched Outlaw Photography in 1999.

The words you’re reading, and the site you’re reading them on, exist because nothing like this was around when I made the transition from amateur photographer to paid professional almost two decades ago. True encouragers in this industry are still ultrarare: Chase Jarvis, David duChemin, Eric Kim, CJ Chivers, to name the handful I’ve found who care as much as I do about helping startup photographers get their art and business out into the world.

You know what I found when I started?


Bitter, resentful, mean photographers desperate to discourage the influx of digital photographers into their established markets and industry. Their voices today are neither less numerous nor poisonous than they were 17 years ago.

I don’t hate grognards – I recognize how fast their paradigms, business models, and profit margins crashed in the face of the Digital Revolution.

But I hate their effect.

There’s no statistic to measure how many potential artists this world has been denied. Established photographers’ elitism, discouragement and browbeating has done as much to kill off startup photographers as The Resistance itself.

They sure laid a beating on me:

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Productivity For Photographers: Imperfect Action

March 21, 2016
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”To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

Perfectionism is killing my dream.

It’s killing yours, too.

It’s a gut punch to think about how much I haven’t done with my life because I was waiting for the right time, or to be “ready.” How much art have I not made? How many potential clients have I not served? How many photographers have I not helped? Where would I be today?

Perfectionism is not discernment.

The Resistance tricks us into thinking we’re doing the right thing by doing nothing. Perfectionism disguises itself as an attention to quality, presentation, professionalism.

At its root, perfectionism isn’t really about a deep love of being meticulous. It’s about fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of disappointing others. Fear of failure. Fear of success.” – Michael Law

How can you identify perfectionism in action?

It speaks just one word:


Tell me if you’ve ever said this to yourself:

  • I don’t have the time yet.
  • I don’t have the money yet.
  • My art isn’t good enough yet.
  • I don’t know what I’m doing yet.
  • My camera gear isn’t good enough yet.
  • I’m not ready yet.
  • I don’t know what to say yet.
  • I don’t know what to do if [what if scenario] happens, yet.
  • I don’t know anything about [business, marketing, sales] yet.
  • My web site isn’t ready yet.
  • My pricing isn’t ready yet.
  • I haven’t [read enough books, watched enough videos, done enough tutorials or courses] yet.
  • I can’t compete yet.
  • I don’t know how to use [social media platform] for my business yet.
  • Photoguru Soandso said I can’t call myself a professional yet.
  • I don’t know if I’ll ever be as good as Hero Photographer yet.
  • I haven’t explored every possible thing that could happen yet.
  • I don’t have a perfect plan yet.

Are you cringing, too?

Hey, my hand’s in the air, because these are all rationalizations I’ve made. I’ve fought half of them just writing this article. And don’t think because I’m writing this and you’re reading it that I don’t fight these battles all the time.

As a kid, I spent more time reading Nintendo Power than playing Mario or Metroid or Zelda because I wanted to play them perfectly.

As a teenager, I acted the clown and blew off doing my best at choir or sports or speech because I was scared to be imperfect at it.

As an adult, I’ve spent exponentially more time consuming education and information than practicing or teaching it, because I was scared to do so imperfectly.

As a mentor, I’ve brainstormed hundreds of ideas for how I can better serve startup photographers, but taken a pittance of action because I’m scared those actions will be imperfect.

I’ve tried every trick I could find to overcome perfectionism: productivity practices, motivational audiobooks, affirmations and visualizations.

Nothing worked on its own. I kept falling back into the same ruts, the same excuses to play small.

Until I learned of Imperfect Action.

How I Practice Imperfect Action

“Let it go. Let it go.” – Elsa

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Productivity For Photographers: What Gets Scheduled Gets Done

March 7, 2016
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“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.” – Charles Richards

My photo client called me 10 minutes after our shoot was supposed to start.

And I was 20 minutes away.

In bed.

Asleep, until the phone rang.

Aaaarrrgggg; that sick feeling of “oh crap!

The couple and their two kids waited with saintly patience while I sprang out of bed and raced out the door. The next 15 miles between my country home and the city park where my clients waited were a blur.

You can imagine my embarrassment, and the four-letter words I spewed along the way.

Why Scheduling?

“The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it.” – Shoppenhauer

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