D'Arcy Benincosa

I scheduled a discovery call with D'Arcy because I knew I really needed to step up my portfolio and I hoped to woo her into working with me on a styled shoot if I scheduled a phone call with her (haha). But from the time I scheduled the discovery call until when it happened, my life sort of fell out from beneath me. My husband, pushed to the edge of a nervous breakdown, quit the job we had moved across the country for. He had been our breadwinner and I had tried to grow my business for some extra money to contribute to the lifestyle we wanted. But I was literally making no money. No clients, no inquiries, nothing.

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Emma
of pilgrim & Co.

support and help me get me to the place I wanted to be. I sent her links to a few of the editorials I had spent so many hours and money putting together that no blogs wanted and I was so frustrated and unable to figure out why. She told me easily and quickly with her discerning eye, the elements of my shoots that were keeping blogs from wanting my work.

After my discovery call and after my husband quit his job, telling me in tears that he couldn't be in that field anymore, we decided to invest in me. I had literally no idea if or how D'Arcy could change things...

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I told myself that businesses take time to grow and I would keep plugging along. I had spent almost $5000 in supplies and online courses and listened to the courses' content again and again, trying to apply it to my business. But I was still make nothing. I told D'Arcy everything about our family's situation and she was so kind and understanding. I was so embarrassed to tell her that I dreamed of being able to support my family. It seemed like such a crazy and embarrassing idea, especially when I heard people refer to my business as my "little wedding business." She told me confidently and without question that she could

feebly about how I wasn't making anything, that I thought I had a great idea of a service to sell, had tried to sell it, and not a single person was interested. I could tell people didn't know how to hire me and no one was in love with my work. It didn't make sense to them what I was trying to do.

She completely revolutionized what I thought my role would be in the industry. She told me how I could establish myself as an authority, have something to offer creatives in the wedding industry, and start making money right away. Thinking back on it now, I can't believe I spent so... 

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but I could tell that we were kindred spirits, I trusted her, and I knew that even though I had learned a lot from courses I bought, I needed someone who know the industry and could tell me what I couldn't see. There was a reason no one was hiring me and I couldn't figure out why. There was nothing I wanted more than to make this work for my family.

I met with D'Arcy for our intensive and she gave me a big hug, probably unaware that I had never felt less stable in my life, never felt more worried about our family's well-being or if we would be able to afford our basic needs. She sat me

step was when I brought together a couple of my dream vendors for a branding shoot that D'Arcy shot. Her images have been absolutely perfect for my brand and have transformed my websites into my dream websites and drawn a lot of clients to me.

She helped me plan my year so that when coaching ended, I would feel confident about how to move forward in making a profit. She encouraged me to try out different strategies in marketing and to connect with my audience. By trying out everything she invited me to do, little by little, I realized I had an audience that loved my brand...

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much money on all of these courses and no one had told me what she told me! With her fresh perspective and the questions she asked, my wheels were spinning. By the next day, I knew what I wanted to offer. Over the next month and a half, I worked on building an online shop and in the process, building my brand. D'Arcy helped me curate my Instagram feed to make it cohesive, beautiful, and draw potential clients in. With D'Arcy helping me understand where to focus my time and energy, I was able to find the heart of my brand, something that felt meaningful to me and would connect with my audience. A huge

literally what gave me hope each week. 

I just had my last coaching call with D'Arcy (at least for now) a few days ago and we were talking about business strategies for the future, how to approach business collaborations with some of my heroes of the industry, and how to move beyond trading my time for money and making passive income. It was so incredibly different from our first meeting. I honestly can't believe how my life has changed. I am still learning about how to grow my business and have a lot to learn, but I just launched my shop yesterday...

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wanted to buy from me, and wanted to learn from me too. She not only helped me understand essential business strategies, she also helped me understand how important it is to have the right mindset and emotional outlook. A few weeks into coaching, I remember lying awake, staring at my ceiling thinking, "I am crazy. How could I think I could do this? Could this really be my future?" I also knew all of my friends and family thought the same. I mean, we had decided to go on our trip to Europe even though we hardly had any money, which proved to be transformational for my brand. My coaching calls with D'Arcy were

enough. She changed my whole family's life, and because of her mentorship, we've already made back in revenue what we spent on coaching.

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and closed on $4000. I made more in a couple of weeks than I made all of last year. But the best thing is that I feel like I can do that again and again. D'Arcy helped me learn the skills and mindset necessary to support my family, love what I do, and make a contribution to an industry I love.

I would definitely recommend D'Arcy to anyone who feels stuck or confused about how to make money or attract the clients they wish to. I actually have already recommended her and talked with several of my friends, urging them to hire her now. I can't recommend her highly

Jamie
of Jamie Findlay Photography

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Starting out with D'Arcy, I was feeling overwhelmed and stuck in the current path my business was taking. I knew there was so much more out there for me to accomplish, but I couldn't figure out how to take those tools and use them. I was terrified to write that check for mentoring! That was an entire month’s income for my family. I was living in a scarcity mentality.

As we wrapped up our final session I was left feeling empowered by my 3 month journey with D'Arcy. I feel confident that I can and WILL accomplish the goals I set for myself.

I was setting my standard so much lower than it should be, and now I’m on the path to do 200k this year and its 100% due to her and her encouragement and insight. 

The second big moment was doing some energy work with her, clearing my mind and some blocks I was dealing with. The tools she taught me I’m using on a regular basis and finding so much more inner peace. We also had a huge moment where I KNEW that my path was more than I envisioned even now. I am meant for great things, and we both felt it.
Goodness, so many things fill my heart and...

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I invoiced over 15 times the amount for incoming jobs as I put out in paying D'Arcy. I’d say that was money well spent! I am no longer living in scarcity. My thermostat for bringing in money just keeps going up and up and up, and I’m excited for the future and to utilize the tools she gave me. 

There were two big moments that really stick out during my coaching with D’Arcy. The first was 1 month into our coaching, and going over my goals and my financials and realizing that I had just brought in 75k in income in 45 days and SMASHED my 2017 goals! D'Arcy helped me realize

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I wish I could write them down on paper to express to others how meaningful D'Arcy's mentoring was in my life. The list would be endless. Words will never do justice for how my emotional, physical and financial health were forever changed by allowing D'Arcy to step in and guide me through her coaching program. She gave me the confidence and tools to take my business to the level I had always dreamt it would go. If I could hire and keep D'Arcy in my pocket everyday for the rest of my life, oh the things I would accomplish. I want to bottle her genius and keep it with me forever.

Before I started coaching with D’Arcy, I had so many questions in certain areas and then in others, had no idea what questions to even ask her. I felt like I was swimming in a sea without a destination and any navigation. Financially, I was making money, but not nearly enough to make my business profitable. I wasn’t desperate, but my burning desire to be successful at what I do was consuming me instead of driving me toward that success. I felt like my mind was restricted in a dark room and every session with D’Arcy opened a window to not only let me see what is outside but also shed light on what was NOT going right inside.

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MINH 
OF Du SOLEIL PHOTOGRAPHIE

coaching sessions. 
There’s so much work I have to do for my business after coaching with D’Arcy, but instead of panicking over where to start, I know exactly what steps I have to take in order to get to where I want to be. That, to me, is the difference between a novice business owner and a strategic entrepreneur whose intention is clear and whose goals are defined. D’Arcy truly made a difference in my business and elevated me as a person. I can’t think of a better way to invest in your business than investing in yourself and coaching with D’Arcy was the best decision that I have ever made for my business.

I really appreciated D’Arcy’s frankness to point out what I could improve while encouraging me emotionally when I found my myself frantic before a big project that I knew was not going to deliver. She taught me to become strategic during a time when the difficult situation might have overshadowed the learnings and benefits I was able to take away from this particular project. What I loved about coaching with D’Arcy is that not only is she a well of knowledge and ideas, she also broadened my horizon to other invaluable resources that helped me even further improve my business and will continue to do so after our

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Hannah 
of Hannah Victoria Photography

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Signing up for coaching with D'Arcy was definitely the best decision I've made for my business since I've started. I can't tell you how much I've learned and grown since having that first chat with her. I've met so many goals, more than doubled my income from the previous year and become a stronger and more fearless business woman. Having someone to chat with every week to ask advice, have accountability and make goals with has been life changing. In a world where there are so many voices and everyone does it a different way, it was so awesome to have on voice to listen to and feel confident that I was on the right...

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path not wasting time on other things. I look forward to every chat I have with D'Arcy because I always leave feeling so encouraged, inspired and ready to defeat the work week. I highly recommend her as a business coach, you won't be disappointed!

Full disclosure: I am a little bit of a skeptic about workshops and mentorships etc. As a hard worker and 'hard knocks' learner, I struggle with investing in myself or others for something as vague sounding as a mentorship. That being said, I fully believe that the investment I made in myself to work with D'Arcy this year was priceless in such a way that I honestly expect to benefit from it exponentially for years to come, and have already considered asking D'Arcy if she would renew me as a client for another session!

Within the first 20 minutes of our first intensive...

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Claire
of Image Clairity

my work, but I'm starting to realize that the worth I put on it comes first from me. If can truly, daily, hourly, believe that I am a $10,000.00 wedding photographer, others can not doubt it. That feeling is incredible, folks. I am blessed with good support, wonderful clients, etc., but I feel like D'Arcy has given me the gift of looking within myself and digging around a bit to see what else might be there. To dream bigger than what I or anyone around me has even dreamt yet.

What an incredible, immeasurable gift...

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I was sure this was going to transform my life, in little immeasurable ways, from the inside out. Thinking of money differently, valuing myself more... the little unheard voices inside my head are being changed to speak more truth, more joy, more positivity, more gratitude, more acceptance, and more grace to give in powerful and changing ways.

I just booked my first $10,000.00 wedding client this week- and to be completely honest, what feels amazing about it is that I believe I am worth it- it is still incredulous to me that others can see that worth in

 thrive and lead others toward a life of more fulfillment, financial peace, and abundance of giving.
The number of ideas D'Arcy inspired in each conversation we had made me know that she had spent time and consideration thinking of my little business and was dedicated to helping me think of it in bigger and healthier ways than I was capable of. She pulls influence and ideas from experts and others around the globe I'd have never personally experienced.
I left each session energized and open-minded to possibilities not yet seen. I would dare to say she has that effect on everyone she comes into contact with- mentor or not.

What D'Arcy brings to the mentorship experience is amazing : interpersonally, emotionally, spiritually, and of course, professionally, her words feel like a constant stream of positivity and wisdom that can only come from years of learning and hard work, experiencing the pitfalls and finding the way out and around them.

D'Arcy's mind is cultivated with an earnest thirst for education that she shares willingly. Her heart to serve others, other women entrepreneurs, to grow and thrive and succeed comes from a deep place of passion that allowed her to overcome and

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John Moore

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D’Arcy’s ambition and enthusiasm rippled into so many areas of my life, far beyond what I initially set out to explore. I have been working in a corporate job since university and always knew that I wanted a more creative lifestyle. I had clear goals for both the geography and line-of-business where I wanted to be, but struggled to start on those goals.

First, about D’Arcy:
Her enthusiasm is infectious: Oh, if I would have had such enthusiasm and sense-of-adventure much earlier in my life.
She is fully open: I could immediately date she was completely transparent about her experiences.

I thought I had completed my mental prep and was ready to go, but l struggled to get started. Once I invited D’Arcy to join me, my struggles faded when paired against her high vibrational energy. I was soon launched on a fun, creative journey to reach my goals.

How did this happen? D’Arcy quickly helped me identify the areas where I was stuck: the major changes I wanted were scaring me. Fight or flight, and I was fleeing. Even better, D’Arcy explained my brain’s wiring and why that caused me to flee. o overcome this, I outlined smaller steps that are allowing me to...

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She tells it like it is: She says what I need to hear in a constructive manner, placing it in context to give me greater meaning.
Her resources are your resources: she gladly shares her resources, not holding back ‘secrets’ that are only for her.
She has an excellent eye: she can zoom in on what is annoying me about an image or a webpage with rich explanations for why (I learned so so much from this).

Next, a little about me: I am someone who has to contemplate themes and ideas from all angles before I pursue them. I am quite deliberative.

I attribute it to being more comfortable and confident with what I am creating for me, freeing up my mind and energy to enjoy myself in the office as my plans take shape. Before, I felt territorial about my responsibilities and went on the defense if I felt someone was invading my area. Now, I invite them in and am curious to hear and observe their opinions and reactions. It has become fun!

I just registered for the next round of coaching sessions with D’Arcy. It has been a great investment. Based on what we both learned about each other from the earlier sessions, we...

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accomplish my goals with confidence. As a first step, D’Arcy helped me recognize that when I prototype my ideal client, I feel more at ease meeting potential clients. Since then, I have declined clients that would have been profitable financially, but the cost of the angst far exceeded the revenue. I can now easily decide on clients without second-guessing (or third- and fourth-guessing) myself.

I also have newfound enthusiasm in my corporate life since working with D’Arcy. An example... I recently received the highest performance review I have ever received.

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developed a structure to support me in this new phase... allowing D’Arcy’s ambition and enthusiasm to ripple even further into my life.

I had been following D’Arcy’s work for a while and admired how much she traveled for wedding photography. She did what I wanted to do! Travel to the best places to photograph weddings!

I finally reached out to her about coaching hoping that I could convert an 8 month no-booking dry spell into a steady business again. I was ready to talk strategy and make a plan that got people in the door but was scared.

In our first session, however, D’Arcy gently guided a conversation about...

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Stephanie 
of Booth Photographics

scared and discouraged business owner controlled by emotions and external factors into who I am today. 

As I followed through on my homework tasks I started to see something amazing happen. The more intently I focused on resolving fears and blocks, ideas started flowing freely. There was a time right after a powerful breakthrough where I literally woke up at 4:00 am because I was dreaming amazing business ideas. I frantically ran downstairs, grabbed my ugly purple notebook, and wrote business ideas non-stop for hours!

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some personal parts of my life and shared how they may be holding back my success. I listened but was getting uncomfortable and impatient. I knew she was right, but I wanted to skip this difficult part and apply a bandaid instead. I really didn’t understand how talking about these pain points was going to help me reach my goals. But D’Arcy knew exactly what she was doing.

That first session laid a foundation to help me work through some deep seated blocks surrounding my abilities, business, and money. I didn’t know it yet, but I was starting a process of transformation from a...

this wanting a profitable business. I am leaving this with 2 profitable businesses. I know how to be an entrepreneur. Now all those ideas I unblocked? I can actually make something of them! I can create, build and launch new businesses and I have a pool of ideas I can’t wait to start developing.

This was the beginning of real momentum for me. And not just for my business-for new businesses. I’d never considered that avenue before!

I know I hired D’Arcy to help me be profitable with my one business. And she’s helped me with that.I have qualified bookings coming in at a steady pace again and an average sale increase of $800/wedding. I can confidently share my value where I used to be filled with fear and avoidance.

But the most powerful gift D’Arcy has given me is the freedom to think like an entrepreneur. I came into...

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Maggie 
of Maggie Wu Studios

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Working with D'Arcy as a business coach was one of the best decisions that I have ever made for my business. I was initially hesitant about working with D'Arcy because I was afraid that her coaching would be applicable for photographers only and not applicable to my e-commerce business. Boy, was I wrong! D'Arcy's creativity and knowledge is tremendously helpful to any creative entrepreneur!

Before working with D'Arcy I felt very lost about what I should do to promote my business. I had initially thought that participating in styled shoots and posting pretty pictures...

launch! Beyond just sharing marketing knowledge and business strategies with you, D'Arcy truly cares about what is happening in your life and knows how it can affect your mindset and emotional outlook. Being a solo entrepreneur can be scary and lonely at times, it is amazing to be able to bounce off ideas from someone who is not only successful in running her own business, but also understanding of how to cope with the emotional ups and downs of solo entrepreneur.

After 3 months of working with D'Arcy, she has completely transformed the way I think...

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on Instagram was enough to drive sales. After months of doing that, I was not getting the sales that I had wanted. I started to doubt whether people would be interested in my products at all. Working with D'Arcy really opened my eyes and made me feel confident that I had something unique to offer to the market. My sessions with her not only helped me discover the heart behind my brand and what I believed in, but more importantly how to communicate it to my target audience in an engaging way. This helped tremendously in connecting with my audience and getting the momentum that I needed for a successful new collection...

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Before working with her, I was timid and afraid to share too much with my audience. Throughout the 3 months, she continued to push me beyond my comfort zone, which was key in transforming my business. The successful launch of my new collection has more than paid off the investment that I had made in D'Arcy. While I still have a lot of learn about growing a business, I now feel more confident than ever that I am on the right track. The skills and the mindset that I have learned from D'Arcy are things I can apply to my business over and over again as I continue to grow! For any creative entrepreneur who feels lost,

confused, or unsure about how to grow their business, I would highly recommend you get in touch with D'Arcy ASAP!

Being coached by D’Arcy is like having an outburst of “Aha moments" in rapid succession. What we’ve loved about D’Arcy is how prepared she is for our specific sessions and how whip-smart she is in regards to all things business. We just recently had a session with her about marketing strategies for Pinterest and Facebook, and she had multiple suggestions and marketing ideas for each platform that we hadn’t ever even considered before. We felt a light turn on in our brains. Marketing has always been such a strange enigma in our minds; we’ve kind of flown by the seat of our pants and never had a plan.

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Samantha & Reid 
of Orange Photographie

For us, marketing has felt like throwing darts blindfolded and hoping that some of the darts stick. Coaching with D’Arcy is helping us decipher the enigma of successful marketing and make it accessible and achievable.

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Mashaida 
of Andrew and Ada Photography

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Before I started coaching with D’Arcy, I was filled with complete uncertainty, worry, and overwhelm. I was so scared of money. Making money, saving money, how to bring in money...and completely lost in what to do. I had a very poor mindset about the direction of our business because I had all these big ideas of where I wanted to be, but did not really know how to get there while simultaneously feeling like I should have accomplished everything months ago. I was very aware of the lack in my life: the things that were missing in our business, what we needed to improve on, and everything I was "failing" at.

Before we started coaching with D'Arcy we had only 2 weddings booked for 2018, and we now have 7 and counting! We are regularly getting leads in each week, which never happened before! 

We launched our first Facebook Ad, planned several international styled shoots, planned a name change campaign (that we are actually happy with!), created our welcome client gift and got clear on our workflow and client experience, learned how to create effective calendars in, and one of the things I most excited for is we now have several outlets in the works for income outside of wedding photography.

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I knew what I wanted the "end result" of our business to look like, but I felt lost on how to get there. I had invested in so many other online workshops, webinars, trainings, and in person workshops, and it felt like everyone was saying different things. I didn't know where to prioritize my time or what I should I focus on.

Our very first session, D'Arcy encouraged us to do a second wedding fair, and it was one of the best decisions we made! Not only did we book weddings, but we also made some great connections with vendors as well.

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My mindset has also drastically changed. I've worked really hard to overcome my thoughts of never being enough, and while I know it is a journey that will take constant practice, I feel like I am finally on the right path towards change. I am no longer as scared of money or how it will come into my life and our business. I am also no longer overwhelmed with not knowing what to do, where to begin, or how to start. Instead, I have been blessed with so much work and knowledge that I know exactly what I need to be spending my time on.. the trick is now finding the time to make all these amazing things happen!

During my coaching time with D'Arcy I had a lot of stressful and hard things happen in my life and in my business. I feel very confident in saying that if I would not have had D'Arcy on my side cheering me on and guiding me I would have given up on my business. Having D’Arcy on my team was exactly what I needed to give me the boost of confidence that I needed to really go for it. Her knowledge and her insight freed me from the constant second guessing I was doing when I was doing it on my own. Hiring D’Arcy to be my business coach is by far the best money I have spent on my business to date.

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Arika 
of Zion Adventure Photography

When I started working with D’Arcy I was very unsure about the direction that I should be heading with my business and how to get there. There are so many different places to put your time and money and effort. It was all a bit paralyzing for me. Emotionally I was a bit of a mess. I didn’t have a whole lot of confidence in myself or my ability to run a successful business.

My coaching with D’Arcy was everything I was hoping that it would be. Just having someone on my team that I could bounce ideas off of, someone that understood what I was going through, someone that could give me direction because they

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had been there before and they had the knowledge…..it was priceless. Starting a business on your own is so daunting. I am often envious of people who have business partners just because you have that accountability and the joint knowledge. Having D’Arcy was like having an amazing business partner.

Kristin 
of Kristin Sweeting Photography

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I hired D'Arcy for business coaching. I had recently had a child, and though my business was successful by many standards, I felt like I wasn't able to see where to go next. I had lost a lot of momentum and felt very frustrated. D'Arcy was huge in helping me see what next steps I needed to take in my business, where fear was holding me back, and how I really wanted to grow the mentoring side of my business and create experiences for photographers as they are growing too! She helped me get my confidence back, dream big, encouraged me where I felt stuck, and set and recommit to priorities in my business.

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I saw huge results in my business very quickly and was able to launch the educational experiences successfully after making a plan with D'Arcy. I always looked forward to our weekly sessions and she is so much fun to talk to. I'm so glad I invested in coaching and totally think everyone who wants to get more out of their business and life should do it!

When I heard that D'Arcy had started to take on coaching clients, I just knew that signing up would be the right choice for me. I'm so glad that I followed my heart and connected with her. I had just gone through a divorce and was in a place of overwhelm. I had so much change occur in such little time, and so many decisions to make. As a business owner we ALREADY are constantly faced with decisions, but at this time in my life, they were at a max and I needed support and guidance to just get through the next few months.

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Camilla 
of Camilla Binks Photography

For the past 12 years I had been supported financially and photography was an "extra" thing I did on the side. Now things were different. All of a sudden photography was what was going to support my family as our primary means of income. It was a lot of stress and things weren't going well. I was in financial distress. I was second guessing my choices. I felt despair. I needed a second opinion, and not just from anyone, from someone I admired. And D'Arcy was exactly that.

She helped to focus, strategize and plan, but she could also tell that I needed emotional support and so she

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personalized our calls to allow enough time for that. I would fill out a form each week before our call and I could tell that she would take the time to read it well, digest it, and plan our call accordingly. This made my coaching experience with her so personal. I learned a lot about mindset, having multiple streams of income, being kind to myself, and I learned to trust myself a lot more. Priceless and just what I needed at that time. So thankful for D'Arcy in my life and the things I learned during our months of coaching will stay with me forever.

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