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Colleen & Co. - Colleen Gonsar

thriving in today's market with a professional portrait studio

sponsored by h+h color lab


Join Colleen as she shares the survival tips of keeping a thriving portrait studio for over 28 years.  Her honest and realistic approach is perfect for all audiences, new or old to the business.  Not “putting all her eggs in one basket”, is essential to keeping busy all year round.  Be prepared to take tons of notes with idea of how to keep your photography business busy and successful.  Included are children and family promotions, and volume photography.  Ideas and execution will be detailed to help you cultivate your own ideas to increase your studio sales. 

ABOUT COLLEEN: Colleen Gonsar has survived the portrait industry for over 28 years and is still excited about the future.  Her studio has evolved over the years and has continued success as she constantly changes to meet the demands of the market.  She has been a main stage presenter at most major national shows and dozens of PPA state and regional organizations.  She has presented on Photo Vision on sales and studio layout and design. Located in Central PA, Colleen & Co. photographs high school seniors, newborns, children, families, sport leagues and underclass. 

Her business is a great mix of these styles to keep the studio highly profitable in this changing industry. Colleen is 48 years old and will be celebrating her 28th anniversary to her husband, Jeff, who also works in the studio.  They have a son, Reece (24), who is in his third year of a Master’s program at Temple University majoring in Architecture.  Their daughter, Rylee (21), owns The Color Loft, a professional hair and makeup salon and also works at the studio when needed. She has inspired many photographers across the nation that they can also have a successful business with hard work, smart decisions and perseverance.

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