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Your website’s content and keywords might be optimized for search engines, but have you built out an SEO strategy that Google will like? In today’s episode, Melissa Arlena joins us to share how you should plan your keywords, best practices for SEO, and what tools you should be using (including AI). The Business-First Creatives Podcast is brought […]

SEO Best Practices for Photographers | Simple SEO Series with Melissa Arlena (Part 2)


Search Engine Optimization doesn’t come naturally to us all, but it is something that we should be prioritizing as business owners. The best approach is through simple SEO and understanding the basics you need to make sure your website is being crawled by Google. In today’s episode, Erin Ollila joins us to discuss the value […]

Getting Started with SEO | Simple SEO Series with Erin Ollila (Part 1)


In this episode, Colie and Annemie discuss the importance of implementing automated processes inside your business. Automating aspects of the business can save time and create opportunities to build a deeper connections with clients. They both share their success as educators within the photography industry and the impact they have made on other photographer’s businesses […]

How Automated Processes Can Help Strengthen Client Relationships with Annemie Tonken


The Business-First Creatives Podcast is usually brought to you by CRM and Dubsado expert Colie James. But THIS week she is in the hotseat while Erin Ollila, host of the Talk Copy to Me podcast interviews her. If you’ve tried setting up your Dubsado account, yet aren’t actually utilizing all of the features it offers, I want to invite you to […]

That Time Erin Ollila Interviewed Me on My Own Podcast

Business-First Creatives Episode 73 Christina Torres

The client experience consists of every interaction your business has with your audience and possible clients before & after they inquire about your services. In this episode, I chat with copywriter and Chief Creative Officer Christina Torres of Run & Tell That about how to create messaging that connects with your clients on the front-end […]

Creating a Cohesive Client Experience with Christina Torres


Being a business owner comes with a lot of responsibilities and strategy for success—one thing we often overlook is finding a balance of creativity. In today’s episode, Tenley Clark joins us to share why it’s important to nurture your creativity and find the time to keep creating for yourself! The Business-First Creatives Podcast is brought to you […]

Creating for Yourself with Tenley Clark

I'm a Disney-loving family photographer, and filmmaker turned Workflow and Automations Guru who helps creative service providers automate their sh*t, reclaim their time and get back to living!

With 10+ years in the creative space, Colie believes every creative deserves to build a business that is sustainable and profitable, and no one should quit their 9 to 5 only to work 24/7 [in their business].

The truth—automated systems can save us all from being overworked and overwhelmed.

I believe every creative deserves to turn their craft into a business that brings them joy and profit.

Hi, I'm Colie. 

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