How do you know you’re on the right path?



This week I’ve been restless.  Perhaps it was taking last week off and the return to work.  Perhaps it is good old-fashioned nesting.
Not-pregnant Heidi would come home and enjoy a good glass of red wine while cooking dinner and forget about it.Pregnant Heidi has been waking up in the middle of the night (it’s 4 am as I write this) and tossing hundreds of ideas around in my head.

I ask my sleeplessness,  “What are you trying to tell me?  What do I do next?  Which path should I choose?”I would love just to do what needs to be done and fall back asleep, but it isn’t always that simple.
Sometimes we don’t know what we need to do next.
Restlessness often accompanies the unknown.
I could blame it all on pregnancy insomnia, but the truth is, I have noticed this feeling of restlessness as part of a pattern in my creative process.I’ve come to embrace it as something that is possibly even good for me.
Restlessness usually follows a period of rest and contentment.  It begins the creative cycle anew.  It is taken up by action and later achievement.

I wonder if we never had a feeling of restlessness, would we ever have the will to create?

Creation isn’t born of inertia.

Creation is born out of movement.

It is the result of doing.

I realize my old friend restlessness simply dawns upon me when I’m stuck.  When I have a new road to travel, but the path isn’t yet clear.

Restlessness comes when something is about to change, but we can’t yet see the end of the journey.

How do I get started when I don’t know if I’m even on the right path?

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.”– Steve Jobs [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

So what do I do?

I get busy making dots.

What about when I’m not sure which path to choose?  Which direction to move?  Where to place my effort?

I start with my enthusiasm.

What lights me up and makes me happy?

What am I most passionate about at this moment?

I get busy doing THAT.

I start “doing” and I trust that the dots will connect in the future.

And I hope that it will make all of the difference.

Creative drive, inspiration, and enthusiasm are our true connections to our own inner guide.  They are gently telling us what we need to be doing.  We just have to listen.

What dots are you making this week?  I want to hear from you!  Let me know in the comment section on the blog (so I know I’m not talking to myself!).

Your friend,


PS:  No FAQ Friday today 🙁  Shaun and I are headed to a family wedding.  I’ll be back next week so get your questions ready!

Early Bird Registration
for all 2016 Workshops ENDS TODAY!

We opened early bird registration for our 2016 workshops to our waitlist and our June workshop is already 1/2 sold out!


If you know me (and my budget-happy husband Shaun), you know I never think it’s too early to start planning your business and investments for the coming year.  We’ve even opened convenient monthly payment plan options for you to make achieving your dream business easier on your bank account.Plus, because I’ll be a busy mom of THREE come October and anticipating our studio’s most profitable year ever, I am limited to how many teaching engagements I will commit to for the year ahead.  You all know our studio is the heart of our business.  I’m scheduling all of my teaching and travel for 2016 now so it’s off my plate when the baby comes.


So yes, this is your chance!


This all means that NOW is the time to sign up if you’d like to learn with me at my studio before 2017. 
Say what?! 


You know I want to meet you so read on for all of the details…


What’s the deal?


We will be offering a few types of workshops in 2016.  Each is limited in size and judging by our growing wait list, they will likely sell out soon after their release.  Register for any workshop during Early Bird Registration in the month of July and receive $100 off!  Simply enter the code “earlybird” at checkout!
Our studio is the heart of our successful business at Heidi Hope Photography.  With our 2016 schedule already filling, we are only planning on offering 3 of these well-reviewed workshops next year (in March, April and June).  This workshop is a unique combination of business lessons and live photography sessions to build your portfolio.  Travel to our studio, meet the Heidi Hope Photography team and learn the strategies for success that have helped Heidi Hope Photography grow to be one of the most profitable portrait studios in the country.  All while living a balanced life!
The Boutique Baby Studio Workshops are limited to 12 photographers.




The Online Workshop is a 1 Week LIVE Online Business Workshop running in January 2016.  The online workshop is the heart of the HHP business model and covers creating a business plan, developing sustainable pricing, marketing to find paying clients, establishing a strong brand to eliminate competition, and how to increase sales.  There is daily Q&A, recorded photo sessions, and over 80 pages of worksheets designed to create unique solutions for your specific business needs.  Everything is recorded and available for 30 days after the workshop ends.  When you sign up for the Online Workshop, you become a lifetime member and can re-attend the live workshop with me every time it airs!Grow our big family of happy (and successful) alumni!
March 2016Register Now


Have you heard the gossip?

Here’s what past attendees are saying:

The Online Workshop

“Thank you for such an amazing, inspiring workshop opportunity! I’ve taken quite a few workshops and although they were very helpful and resourceful, yours is the top contender! I loved how it was live and we were able to interact with you as if we were in the same room in person. You opened up everything you knew about being a business owner and photographer and not many people are willing to do that and I want to thank you. I cannot wait to see what 2015 has to bring for my business. I’ve been telling everyone about the workshop and will continue to do so. So many positives that came from this workshop and it has really inspired me to work harder, be more organized, know that things take time and that every photographer has had their struggles but have worked hard to be where they are today! From the worksheets to the videos on how you conduct your session were so helpful to visually get to see how things are done and hear how you interact with clients instead of having to read how it’s done and try to paint a picture of it! Another positive was meeting new people from around the world. I love how we have been helping each other, supporting each others’ photography pages from Facebook to Instagram to Pinterest, etc. I can’t thank you enough and I look forward to attending more workshops!!!”

~ Michelle Pacheco Photography

“After being in the photography business for over 15 years, Heidi and Shaun are the most genuine people I have ever met in this industry. They are an open book and beyond willing to help others. It was such a pleasant surprise to finally take a workshop that the teachers are real, honest, and even willing to share their actual numbers with you. NO ONE does that. No one. They literally will give you the steps to take to create a profitable and enjoyable photography business. I was a little nervous about 5 days online. I wanted to be sure I stayed focused. Clearly that wasn’t a problem. Heidi nailed it and had us all on the edge of our seats the entire time.”

~ Jenni Maroney Portrait Boutique

The In-Person Workshop


“Heidi’s workshop was hands-down the BEST workshop I’ve ever attended. Heidi and Shaun have an answer for every business question/situation/problem you’ve ever had and are so business savvy, have a great handle on marketing, client relations, not to mention the actual photography. She just “gets” how to work with people, clients and photographers alike, and has that rare knack of being able to zero in on the trouble areas and come up with a solution.  I’m thankful that Heidi kicked my butt into shape because I actually TOPPED my best month from last year and have raised my monthly average by nearly a $1000/month. And it was the perfect timing, too, because unfortunately my husband was laid off last month, but my income is meeting all our needs, and then some. It’s crazy to think that I went from being excited about someone paying a whole hundred dollars for a CD of images to something of this magnitude, providing for our family and paying an entire mortgage. That’s just self-inspiring, if I can even put it like that.  If I could recommend only one workshop, online or in-person to attend, it would be Heidi’s.” ~ Megan, 2014 Workshop Attendee


“From the moment you walk into the front doors of Heidi Hope’s studio you know you’re going to have an amazing experience!  Heidi and her team have prepared the most inviting atmosphere – from the cupcakes to the little gift bags, little notebooks for each attendee with matching pencils – her attention to detail and organization are incredible!  But the best part of Heidi’s workshop is the  warmth, enthusiasm and willingness to share every aspect of her business.  Heidi’s business partner and husband is ready to teach you everything you need and want to know about the business side of running your business, while Heidi focuses on teaching you everything you want from the photography aspect.  She is so creative and genuine — we had such a great time getting equal shooting time with sets that were prepared and thought out in advance.   Her team is just as willing to answer any questions you might have along the way — from photoshop to the details of shooting.   I’m not sure there wasn’t a topic that wasn’t covered –  and because of their willingness to share, you really felt you could ask anything you wanted to know about running your business, or shooting, and someone on the team would have an answer for you.  This workshop was truly one of the best I’ve been to!  It was absolutely evident that Heidi has a love for teaching and photography!  This is a must-have workshop experience!” ~Sheri, October 2013 Workshop Attendee

“I cannot say enough good things about the Heidi Hope Workshop.  It was the first full workshop I have taken and I have since held every workshop up to it in comparison – and none of them have topped – or even come close to – my experience at Heidi’s.  What caused the HH workshop to stand so high above the others was a combination of the breadth of material covered (posing, shooting, creative but also marketing, business, and pricing), the organizational and planning that went into it to create the best experience for the participants, the friendliness of the team, and the information communicated to the participants both leading up to the workshop and all throughout the workshop.  Everyone was an open book, very welcoming, incredibly knowledgeable and more than happy to share whatever they could with us.  It was hands down the best workshop I’ve ever taken which I have continued to tell attendees at every other workshop I’ve been to!  The others have been very good, with some of the other top photographers in the industry, but your workshop was truly amazing.  It has been four months since I attended and I still think about it, and the things I learned in it, on a daily basis.  I left more inspired that I thought I could ever possibly be.  Seriously changed my life.  Thank you!!!”  October 2013 Workshop Attendee

Register during Early Bird Registration during the month of July and get$100 off any workshop registrationSimply enter the code “earlybird” at checkout!



As always, we’re a REAL business that is really open every day!  Call or email us any time with your questions.  We always get back to you within a business day (M-F 9am-5pm EST).401-864-1919 or info@heidihope.com.