PortraitCoach.com Kevin Jordan Testimonials
On-site Studio Training:
“OK, Mister Kevin…drum roll please! Today we had a $15,100 portrait order! One of the first design sessions we did after you came to visit. I was hoping for $10,000. so this was incredible! I think the design session helped. It gave us a chance to talk about ideas and gave me a chance to prepare and get myself focused on exactly what we wanted to create!” ~ Karen Goforth
“How do you put into words something so incredible and energizing? From the moment Kevin said he would come to Kansas and do a studio rescue, I was beyond excited. My head started swirling with one idea after another, and I couldn’t wait to get some one on one mentoring to help make me unique and stand out from others in my area. The minute he got here, my notebook started filling up with goals, hopes and dreams and how we were going to accomplish them. I expected to get yelled at a few times, but he never did (verbally anyway…..) Kevin worked with my price list, made a few reasonable changes, went over my website and portfolio and current business practices. We talked about how a few little things could be changed to make a big impact. I was so excited and overwhelmed by the end of day 1 and couldn’t wait to start implementing the changes. On the 2nd day, we did some studio shooting and editing. He showed me how to do some lighting that I was curious about and then I set the boxes up myself to see if I could duplicate it. When the images came up on my screen, I honestly couldn’t believe that I had taken those gorgeous images! Along with some of the shooting and editing tips that he gave me, I felt unstoppable. Kevin’s energy and personality spread like wildfire. He gets you pumped up and excited about your business and the changes that need made. I have attended several conferences and I always leave feeling like the speakers don’t know me, my clients or how small town Kansas really works. Kevin got it and made me feel like I could achieve my goals this year as long as I followed his advice. I love how he didn’t just come for 2 days and leave me high and dry. He checks in periodically to see how things are going and answers all of my questions….no matter how silly they are. I highly recommend a studio rescue session with Kevin. He is genuine and truly cares about you and your studio and will do just about anything to help you succeed.” ~ Jennifer Bailey
“I wanted to give a HUGE public thank you to Kevin Jordan for the incredible consulting job at my studio. It was so wonderful that I kept him an extra day!!!! If you are overworked, don't know where to start or simply burned out, call him. If you are on the fence about education, have him come to you and train with YOUR STUDIO, YOUR EQUIPMENT AND FOCUS ON YOUR NEEDS!
What did he do for me? Transformed my life!” ~Cynthia Pace
“We had Kevin at our studio earlier this year and he was phenomenal. Greatly exceeded our expectations and we are still reaping the benefits from his visit. Everyone should inbox him!” ~ Jim Cook
“We are looking forward to continuing our journey from photography studio to designer art portrait studio. It has been a crazy ride this last year since we started this journey and it is paying off. January, February and March are our best months ever -- by far. Our perceived value has never been higher and the thing is.... just like you predicted... the model you taught us seeps into everything. For example, a few years ago when we started our senior model program, people were paying $100... now they are consistently paying $750 to join with the expectation of spending thousands on our art.” ~ Jim Cook
“It has been a week since Kevin Jordan arrived at our studio for a 2 day consult. It took me this long to recover from the intense education he provided! :-) We now have a set plan for year two in our journey from a photography studio to an art studio selling galleries to furnish the wall spaces of our clients homes. We are excited about what lies ahead and looking forward to having him back next year to plan year 3. I will tell you this... if you want to make more money, if you are stuck in a rut, if you want more freedom, if you need your studio to run better, engaging Kevin is a no brainer. This is the best education value in the business. Book him now before he get too booked and can't take on new clients or before he raises his rates. I have already reserved him for next year for fear that he will be booked for when we want them back. The secret is out... Kevin is da bomb diggity!!!!” ~Jim Cook
“I don’t know WHY we didn’t get a photo to document this, but it was great having Kevin Jordan up to the studio for some one-on-one consulting. Well...actually it was more like one-on-four as we have a full-on team of artists at our studio, and he put us all in our place (role definition).
If you’re looking to steer your business in the right direction, don’t hesitate to extend an invitation to Kevin. He is eager to help, and completely knows what he is talking about.
Thanks again, Kevin!” ~ Chris Garner
"I loved watching the bar rescue shows and wished that I could find somebody to come to my studio, because I have attended the other workshops where I traveled to them, which I always learned things. However, I wanted to learn in my environment, my studio, my setup, my challenges, my gear…
As I reflect back now from our May 2017 workshop and it has been 1 year, since that cold May weather in St. Cloud Minnesota, it was worth it. We covered a lot in two days and I mean a lot (pricing, changing business name, role-playing, posing, lighting, marketing, and so much more). Kevin gave a suggestion that I should order a different backdrop that had more texture/depth, because I was using a solid black. I ordered a hand painted canvas backdrop and what a world of difference that made in my images. If Kevin would not have come to my studio I would have never known any different, I am amazed that by making that small of a change it made that big of a difference in my artwork. Sometime the change only needs to small and it can make the world of difference. As a photographer if feels like we have our hands in everything, so it always nice to be reminded by other professionals that you have to stay focused on the things that you love to do and outsource the things that bog you down or dislike doing, because we cannot do it all. I am so grateful for randomly one day on Facebook doing a search for a studio rescue photography group. Thank you Kevin Jordan for all that you have done and your service is appreciated." Thanks, Alison Hauck Portraits & Design LLC
"We have been to a lot of photography work shops across the country and hands down this was the best money we have ever spent. Having Kevin Jordan in our studio for 2 days helped us go from just average photographers to portrait artists creating paintings and wall art for our clients homes.
In about three weeks after Kevin came to our studio in Whiteville, NC we sold our 1st painting for over
Tim & Stephanie Hilbourn
Strategy Phone Calls:
"I'm literally pinching myself looking at 4 legal sized pages of notes filled with genuine help after talking with Kevin Jordan this evening. His reputation for kindness and generosity in helping this industry is the real deal. I cannot tell you how much weight has been lifted off my shoulders that has been replaced with hope and more importantly an action plan. Tonight was a studio game changer and a real-life rescue mission for me. Thank you Kevin for helping me pull all of my random pieces together and taking the time to customize a strategy for me and my mobile portrait studio. I will, without a doubt, sleep much better tonight smile emoticon” ~ Ginny Baxley Daniels
"My head is whirling! I just got off the phone with Kevin Jordan, and it was SO eye opening. I can't thank him and the rest of the Studio Rescue team for doing what they do. I WILL be a successful business because there are people who care enough to see perfect strangers succeed. I can't wait to see my love of art taken up to the next level! Again, my family and I thank you!” ~ Sara Ohloff Palas
"I JUST got of the phone with Kevin, the amount of information he shared with me to help me take my business to the next level was amazing. My mind is going a million different directions, I CANNOT wait to start implementing these business strategies into my studio!”~ Jennifer Dunn
“OMG !!! Just got off the phone AND skype with Kevin Jordan --- fantastic meeting. fantastic information... so patient, so kind... so much information.. my hand is hurting from all of the notes I've been taking. I am SO excited to start putting all of the advice to use and get this ball rolling !!!” ~ Carol Davis
“Oh wow! I just got off the phone with Kevin! I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for my business and am feeling really good about the growth opportunities for this coming year. Kevin simply gathered information about my current business and in no time, had a plan for me to build on! Studio Rescue Team is going to be saving time and tears for those of us who could use a little rescue! Thanks so much Kevin and I can't wait to continue onto the next step and see where we go with the future of my business!” ~ Kathie Brune
“Thank you so much, Kevin! I am very appreciative of the advice and time you spent with me on the phone. You threw out some killer ideas and were very helpful in helping me wrap my head around my business model and how to make it happen! You're the best!” ~ Susie Lehman
“I met Kevin exactly 18 months ago. And in one night my life changed. Kevin's attitude toward life and business conveys the power of positive thinking. But more than the cliche. Barely knowing me from any of the others in attendance at a photography workshop, Kevin offered to sit down and help me come up with a goal/dream list. As we worked through it, we didn't stop at modest, easily achievable goals that I was conservatively thinking. He pushed me to open my mind to believe anything was possible; that limitations come from within my own head. He taught me to see past those thoughts and stop thinking about the negative what if's, but rather the positive whens. Once those self-imposed limitations were mentally removed, the journey has begun and success is on the horizon.
The journey continued about six months later at another photographer workshop. He shared very openly and honestly his story of failures and successes leading to how he got to where he is now and what's involved in staying on top. He again changed my way of thinking in believing that we our business can be more of the level of a furniture store rather than a little nickel and dime shop. As an added bonus, over the last six months Kevin has kept the conversation going in a beta mentoring group to not only keep us on track, but also discuss other ideas and success stories. I have come to believe in a famous quote: "Do what rich people do." Meaning there's no reason to try to reinvent the wheel. Analyze what someone who is succeeding is doing and do it. That plan has done me and my wife well in that just 18 months. I went from fledgling photographer dabbling in a side-business to my wife and I working together in the business, closer relationship-wise than ever before, and currently moving into my own newly remodeled 4500 square foot studio after quadrupling my client sales average because I was able to remove those self-imposed doubts and limitations. The journey is not over. It's only begun. But I have to put The Kevin Jordan mentoring program at the top of the list of Thank You's that I owe for helping me get where I am today. THANK YOU KEVIN JORDAN! -Nate Peterson, Portrait Artist”
“Kevin Jordan spent less than 20 minutes talking with me about our sales approach and price list. He recommended 2 changes in terminology and one basic price list change. Our images, sales technique, printing and products all stayed the same. Our averages our previous year were right at $1400 on a senior sale. This year with the changes fully implemented (which cost nothing to do) we are averaging $2400 per senior with a massive decrease in COGS on large prints. Thank you Kevin!!" ~ Jason Williams
“Kevin Jordan is someone that anyone would be fortunate to study with! I learn something new every time I talk with him and love his "yes I can" attitude in any economy and any situation. Kevin will give you the tools to succeed in your own area and circumstances. If you're looking for help and ready to take your business to the next level, he will help formulate a plan with you and be your biggest cheerleaders!” ~ Lori Nordstrom
“Jessica and I sat down with Kevin several years ago in a hotel lobby and discussed business and photography for several hours. We came home and put much of that conversation into play. A lot of our success comes from that relationship. He is in tune with the studio needs of today, which are very different than just 5 short years ago. I would highly recommend that when he talks, you listen”. ~Mike Ridinger
“Without question Kevin Jordan’s knowledge and passion for not only making us believe in ourselves but educating us that no matter where we are or who our clients will be, we WILL sell larger portraits and be successful. The TriCoast team will always be in their debt for their passion in sharing real knowledge that simply works!” ~Mike Fulton, TriCoast Photography
“After many years of capturing weddings within and outside the United States, we realized we wanted to stay more local and open up a portrait studio. Easy right…..wrong! We simply were overwhelmed with the amount of work which was needed to run a successful portrait studio. The photography we had down but it was such a small part of a successful portrait studio we simply were lost.
In stepped Kevin Jordan. He taught us the greatest value of selling portraits….. to believe in yourself. We found the biggest hold up in being successful was ourselves and through their training and view point we were not only able to open up a successful portrait studio but also expand into many other areas which we never thought were possible. As our Wall Portraits sales went bigger of course our averages went up, which in turned allowed us to expand our studio to our 4500 square foot location today.”
Small group Iowa Training Workshop:
“We had to immense pleasure of hosting at our studio in Iowa this last September. I just can't say enough good things about Kevin's consulting. Although you can call it a workshop it just feels like so much more because of the individualized training you receive. I can say that we immediately started putting in place what we had learned (still putting pieces in) and each sale has exceeded our expectations and our clients seem happier than ever. We learned to look at our studio in a new light and help our clients see us as something different from all the other photographers in town. This approach leads to better sales and I find that it also helps me feel better about what I produce and my place in the industry. It's more than worth the investment on your part.” ~ Brian Stevens
“Working with the Kevin Jordan has been both an inspiring and eye-opening experience. Kevin has an approach that encourages you to look beyond being like every other photography studio and instead become something more. It’s that transition from photographer to artist/designer that not only improves your business but how you feel about your craft/studio. He doesn’t lecture you and force you into their mold but instead give you the tools and techniques that have been essential to their success. This approach leaves you feeling confident and with the skills to integrate their system in part into your current system or as a full replacement. Kevin zero’d in on two key areas where we were letting our clients down and missing an opportunity in our studio. We started to implement those changes and we are already starting to see positive results. I know it’s not always cool to take a business orientated training but what Kevin offers is so much more than that. Sure you are learning keys to improve your business but these techniques are also geared to improve your life by getting you back to the things and people you love. I personally can’t say enough good things about how I feel about my time with Kevin. If I only had the capability work and learn from one person this year then I would pick him every time.” ~Brian Stevens (Iowa Training Workshop)
“Hi, Kevin!!! I am flying high right now!!! Called my husband to share my “little happy” first. Then, had to contact you right away. I just had my first client consultation since I came back from your workshop a few days ago. Obviously, I haven’t even had the chance to change out my studio samples, yet, as I plan to. However, this did not keep me from embracing my new designer studio model, focusing on large wall portraits. This client came in with the idea that she wanted 8×10 images and some web images for marketing for her husband’s business. I explained to her that she caught me during a little transition period in my business. While I was continuing the portrait business as I always have, I was concentrating on large wall portraits. I painted her an image of what my studio was soon going to look like – large wall portraits, canvas finishes, big fat frames…. Even explained how I would be framing these to best suit the client. It did not even matter that my studio had not changed a bit, yet. The vision that I created for both of us created so much excitement! Then I asked her, if she were to have a large wall portrait, what would she like to see. After she explained her dream, I showed her my large portrait of my family. We talked about the great amount of joy a portrait can provide for a family. I offered to come into her home to measure, if she wished. We are now going to have 2 sessions. One to satisfy her husband’s vision for his business and one to create her dream portrait. (I am doing the second session at no charge.) I gave her a packet of “fun stuff” with all price info pulled from it. It wasn’t even an issue to her – it had been an issue for me. I had unconsciously created a price concern for my clients by placing this info. in front of them before. I am SO already hooked on your model. I was convinced when I left your workshop, but after diving in with just a few of your points under my belt so far, I have already created a huge difference in my business. Just wait until I have all of the tools in place that you helped me custom create! You have made a huge difference in my business and in my life. My client left THRILLED today, with no discussion of cost. I will be recommending your method to all of my other photographer friends. You handed me a plate with the tools that I needed. I will be forever grateful! Thank you, Kevin for the time and love you put into assisting us with our businesses! I can’t wait to contact you with my future successes! Blessings!” ~ Michelle Hjelle (Iowa Training workshop)
“Follow up: Hi, Kevin! Just wanted you to know that I had my first sales session since our workshop in Des Moines, and since raising my prices. I was SO nervous to give the final total. I played it cool, repeated back to them what they wanted (they did not ever have any prices in front of them) and gave them the total without hesitation. It was an easy $2500, double what I normally would have made. They didn’t blink. The rest will be easier and easier.” THANK YOU!!! ~ Michelle Hjelle (Iowa Training workshop)
“I recently attended a 2 and half day training program held by Kevin Jordan. It was a wonderful small group setting, which was absolutely perfect for me. I love small group learning! I am at a point in my photography career where I know I have to make some changes and I have to make them drastic and fast. My children are growing up and as much as I love photography…I will not miss their childhood to pursue my dreams. I was kind of the emotional sap of the group…but it is because I have know for quite some time that there are changes coming, I was just afraid that they were going to be negative.
So, I was in the perfect mindset for the class…I was ready and willing to make some major changes. The training was pretty straightforward, but yet…it seems too simple. In reality, the changes are subtle, yet very powerful. For the first time in months I feel like I know where I am going AND how to get there.
Thank you to Kevin for the opportunity to learn from you! I had a wonderful time and someday I think I will look back and know that this is when it all changed for me.” ~ Carisa Keeling (Iowa training workshop)
“I attended Kevin’s workshop in October. As I am a very new photographer I felt very lost and without direction. I knew where I wanted to go but was very unsure of how to get there. I had sat for hours upon hours trying to figure out how I was going to set my dream in motion. I have attended other workshop too but they have all been bigger workshops with lots of people. I’m not one to fight for attention so I usually end up setting in the back just watching and observing. Kevin’s workshop was completely different. It was a small intimate group which I absolutely LOVED! It gave me a chance to really get to know the others in the group as well as Kevin. For the first time I actually felt like someone cared about whether or not I succeeded. Kevin set down with me one on one and helped me put together a price plan. He was also amazing at helping us understand how to talk to clients. I can not even begin to describe how much it meant to me for him to be so personal and to help me. Really help me. I truly feel that this workshop is the one thing that I will take with me for my entire career. It has honestly been the most influential thing I have ever attended.” ~ Laura Coleman (Iowa training workshop)