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012. 5th House Boudoir: Authenticity + Boudoir Photography = Success

012. 5th House Boudoir: Authenticity + Boudoir Photography = Success // Sustainable Freedom with Photography Podcast hosted by Tracy Lynn of Tracy Lynn Coaching and Boudoir by Tracy Lynn

Dhi Skrmetti of 5th House Boudoir is a TLC Boudoir Photographers Mastermind photographers living in her authenticity – after a long road. 

Ten years ago, she picked up a camera for the first time and fell in love. Since 2020, she has been trying to get her flailing boudoir photography business off the ground. After a year and a half of struggling and charging anywhere from $50-200 for her work, she finally decided to look into education.  

When Dhi joined the Boudoir Photographers Mastermind in 2021, she wasn’t sure what she needed, she just knew it was now or never for her business.  And now, ten months later, she has gone a *totally* different direction with her boudoir business. 

In this episode, we talk about her journey to freedom from her 9-5, how she came up with the idea for 5th House Boudoir, and talked about how the TLC Boudoir Photographers Mastermind works. 

Letting go of her soul-sucking 9-5

Dhi has worked in many different fields, but the current job she’s working is 100% soul-sucking. A few weeks ago, she literally came to our group call in tears because of the way they treat her.

While she knows her business can support her right now, she’s also trying to be smart before she jumps with both feet. She wants this to be her career for years to come – not something that fails because she was so desperately ready to leave her 9-5. She also has kids and a family to consider and support.

Strategy is the name of the game in Dhi’s life. With the help of our mastermind group, she knows she needs a set number of clients before she gives her notice so she doesn’t have to put *so* much pressure on herself or her business.  Plus she wants her husband’s full support.

Good news though – she’s only a few weeks away from officially giving up her 9-5!

The Journey to Authenticity

When Dhi first joined the TLC Boudoir Photographers Mastermind, she was set on Dhi Skrmetti Boudoir as the name of her business. While I’m always a fan of using your name in your business name because it sounds professional, Dhi Skrmetti was going to be hard for *most* people to pronounce. I don’t think it would have turned off clients from booking, but I *do* think it would make it harder for her clients to tell others about her business.

With encouragement from myself and our mastermind group, she decided to live in her authenticity and quirkiness and went with 5th House Boudoir. In astrology, the 5th house is the ruler of one’s creativity, so it just fit perfectly.

And can’t you just imagine how easy it will be for clients to say “Yeah, I went to 5th House for my boudoir photos! You should too!” 

I always tell my 1:1 coaching clients and Mastermind clients building a sellable business is super important – so important that I have a Breakout Session in the upcoming launch of the mastermind called “How to Protect your Business in Case of Tragedyand it shows you how to set up your business so that *any one* can jump in and take over at a moment’s notice.

The TLC Boudoir Photographers Mastermind

This year-long program is packed full of step-by-step guidance to build your boudoir photography business into a more automated, profitable, and sustainable endeavor… Not to mention, it’s pretty much the exact method I used to build my own 7-figure business.

    • 24 bi-monthly live training calls with me & the mastermind group covering foundational elements of running a six-figure boudoir photography business. 
    • Nine topical breakout sessions with step-by-step guides, templates, and checklists to transform your business on a flexible, one-thing-at-a-time schedule.
    • A private community of boudoir photographers working to create more streamlined & profitable businesses with accountability, encouragement, and brainstorming built right in.
    •  Plus, one 60-minute 1:1 private coaching session with me for my undivided attention on your business. 

And the Exclusive BPM suite of bonuses, including: 

    • The Live Sales Session 
    • The TLC Full-Time Formula 
    • The TLC Photography Pricing Template, Calculator & Training 
    • The TLC Guide to Build your Posing Sequence and Cut your Shooting Time in HALF 
    • The BPM Exclusive Plug-and-Play Freebie Canva Template
    • The TLC Trello Workflow Template
    • The TLC Master List for Outsourcing for Photographers 

This program is *literally* everything you need in order to set up + run a successful boudoir photography business, while living in your own authenticity. The Mastermind opens to the public on August 13, 2022 and then will close again until 2023.. If you’re at all interested, please join the waitlist!

Relevant Links:

TLC Boudoir Photographers Mastermind Waitlist

5th House Boudoir Website

Dhi’s Instagram

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Tracy Lynn is a boudoir photogapher for brides-to-be in the St. Louis area, and a mentor + coach for photographers looking to level up their businesses with better systems and processes.

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