5 days a week. WHAT IS THAT?

Over 25 years as a professional photographer. Yes, I’m still running a full time photography business. While during the past 25 years I have pretty much photographed everything you can imagine – and worked 7 days a week for the past 25 years…. I’m cutting my work-schedule to 5 days a week. Shocker – I know.
Lots of people out there realize this is what normal people do – work 40 hour work weeks. I have not known a 40 hour work week since I was 18 years old. I didn’t become a Brand Partner at Nerium because I’m quitting my labor of love for photography. I partnered with Nerium, because I wanted to:
1. Focus on my family
2. Focus on my best customers and give them the attention they deserve
3. Focus on photography that gives the most back to my heart.
Being a Nerium Brand-Partner has simply allowed me to do more of what I love to do AND have a family/personal life going forward.
Long-time loyal clients, I will always photograph anything for them within the new 5 day work week.
However, I will be having a little more focus going forward.
Weddings – Materinty/Newborns – Family Portraits 

Styled portraits (children & women)

Dance/ballet Fine Art Portraits

Food photography (limited to 2 corporate clients/year)
Because we are going to a NORMAL work-schedule, some times of the year will book up more quickly. I will continue to do fall family days each year. If you are pregnant and looking forward to newborn portraits, we will schedule a date based on your due date and then leave flexibility in the schedule so that we can assure time to photograph your newborn when they actually do arrive (sooner or later smile emoticon
If you want to keep up to date on Styled shoots and special studio events, please like our Facebook page Jeanine Thurston Photography or follow my BLOG at http://www.fototails.me

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What’s so great about network marketing?

There are a couple reasons to join a network marketing business.



If you’re only joining for the first of the above reasons you are likely to fail and the marketing/business structure will not work for you.  The amazing thing about a good network marketing company – is that you make money by helping others succeed.

This concept is a difficult shift to make for many that come from the traditional corporate world.

IT’S A PYRAMID THING.  Well, in actuality, traditional corporations are built more like a pyramid than a network marketing company.  You have your CEO or top, and then it trickles down into a pyramid shape of the amount of salary, benefits, support… so if you want to think of a pyramid – look at traditional corporations, churches… etc.  How a good network marketing company works is actually a reverse pyramid structure.  In network marketing, your base isn’t on the ground at all – your base is at the top and the top is pulling you up not pushing you to the bottom.  Network marketing’s focus is getting more people to the top… sounds good right? No more trying to hold your position at the company by suppressing others…. instead being rewarded for helping other succeed.

WHY THE BAD RAP?  Back to the beginning of this post.  To succeed in network marketing you need to want to succeed and to help others succeed.  Many people only partner with a network marketing company to make money – if they don’t see a huge cash flow in the first few weeks or months, or if they encounter any opposition they feel discouraged and quit, and many times bad-mouth the company.

Now it has been found that people that can delay gratification often led more successful lives than those who could not.  That delay in gratification is a tough one to swallow sometimes.


~You have a business structure thats goal is for YOU to succeed.

~Company focus is on developing not only your business skills, but your emotional intelligence.

~You are an entrepreneur – you make your own hours, your growth is directly linked to your efforts.

~Opportunity for residual income.

~Positive  team support.

~In many cases you have the opportunity to start with a network marketing company with spare time before you decide to leave your day job, or keep your day job if you love that too.

~In a good network marketing company you are not limited in growth potential by the person who recruited you.  You are part of a team, but not stuck under management.  You have the opportunity to surpass earnings of anyone above you.


If you do your research and find a good network marketing company.  If you go into it with the intent to not only help yourself but also help others.  If you DON’T quit too soon, and have the ability to delay gratification and self motivate.  It’s a place where emotional intelligence outweighs book-smarts, which means anyone can achieve and succeed with the right company and the right personal outlook and drive to succeed.  Ask yourself this… are you coachable?  If you are – and willing to follow the steps of those that are already succeeding in the company – you have a good chance of success.


Yes – it’s always important to do your homework before you start with a company, start your own company… educate yourself about the product(s), company, and leadership within the company.  The random internet article doesn’t mean it’s fact either – research reputable sources!


-What is the product?

-When/how will you start actually making money?

-Where is the product available and where can it be promoted?

-Is the industry that the company is part if growing?

-How were you recruited and by who? Is the person that recruited your reputable?

WHY are you doing this… THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION!  It’s not for the immediate cash crunch you may be in at the moment, or the get rich quick – that’s what the lotto is for.  But if you believe in the product, and the company is structured well, and if it has great leadership – it can mean residual income and financial security with some effort by you in building your team and helping others succeed.

Just my thoughts/experience.

Jeanine Thurston, MBA – Business & Marketing



Motivational Monday – conscious effort to re-motivate

A couple years ago, I started blocking off Mondays.  Yes, I still work from home and take the occasional work assignment – but most Mondays I try to use now as my reset for the week.  Playing catch up on odds & ends, and lots of time reflecting, crying, getting out frustrations and meditating to get my mind back in order.

I come from a family with a lot of strengths and a LOT of weaknesses (I’m sure many can relate) – all of which I have inherited and really are at a vast spectrum from each other.  It happens to be one of the reasons I went to get my first degree in Psychology over 24 years ago now… because I was a little afraid of what might come down the line and felt like I needed some basis to deal with it if the time ever came.  A couple decades after I graduated I was just living life without any real reflective thoughts that were very deep…then just a few years back I started feeling the strain… first ignoring it, and then struggling with what was happening – or what I was finally owning as happening.

My heart and moral compass started to struggle with how to handle reality.  How to handle people you love completely detaching from you, loss of relationships, loss of trust, not understanding why people act they way they do – and having a mind that always wanted to know WHY for every situation,  not understanding people who closed down, not understanding dishonesty, not understanding why people are so unwilling to listen, why people are so set in their thinking… and I could go on and on.  All of this would make me angry, unsettled, and anxious constantly.

Now I’m not saying that any of these feelings have changed.  But I have made conscious choice to re-motivate myself on a daily basis.  I use motivational Monday to post some blurbs that I find online that I connect with – because I like to share; but, daily I do this for myself.  I find some words that re-connect me with what I agree with in my own mind, and then I always find a few minutes to shut out everything and meditate and reset myself each day (and sometimes more than once a day).  I’m constantly searching for education on ways to guide me in life.  These are a few quotes that I love to read over and over again.

If you have any self-help, books on motivation… or any books you love – please share!

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Happy New Year

A New Year and New Adventures

We have said our goodbyes to 2014 and begin to warmly greeting a new year. Okay maybe not with warm temperatures but warm hearts!!

A new year can hold so many moments! New adventures, moments of achievement, soulful smiles and laughter, times of saying goodbye and the start of new chapters.

I think back on graduation parties, important birthdays, holiday parties, new beginings and so on that I wish I would have documented better over the years.

Think about what your year is going to hold. Think about what you want to rememebr and document to look back on and reflect. How are you going to capture these moments of your life?

We have two great options for capturing a year of special moments! Our Chronicles Series are great ways to document your year.

The Chronicles Series I: $1800

3) 90 minute portrait sessions to be used over 12 months and a $300 print credit for each session

The Chronicles Series II: $2500

3) 90 minute portrait sessions to be used over 12 months and the digital files package from each session

These sessions could be used for:

The Documentation of a Pregnancy

A Birth, 6 Months and Year

Birthday Parties…even the big ones, 50, 60, 70!!!


To Annouce a Secret…such as moving or expecting a child


Capturing Him or Her saying YES!

Saying Goodbye to someone leaving for service or work overseas or in another country.

Graduations and other school milestones; like becoming a 1st grader or finishing elementary school!!

These moments that hold space in your heart can be captured and we would love to be a part of those moments.

Nerium Press Release Nov 2014

Nerium International and its CMO Receive Awards
Press Release | 11/18/2014

ADDISON, Texas, Nov. 18, 2014 — Nerium International, the leader in age-defying skincare products, and its Chief Marketing Officer, Amber Olson Rourke, continue to earn accolades for business innovation, receiving awards in the following categories during the 11th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business ceremony:
Company of the Year – Consumer Products – More Than 10 Employees (Gold)

Women Helping Women – Business (Gold)

Fastest Growing Company of the Year (Silver)

Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services – 11 to 2,500 Employees (Bronze)

Woman of the Year – Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations (Bronze)

Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year (Bronze)

Nerium International also received the Grand Stevie Award for submitting one of the best collections of entries in this year’s competition. The Grand Stevie Award trophy, which was introduced to the competition in 2013, is only awarded to a handful of organizations in each of the Stevie Awards’ five competitions.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2014 awards received entries from 22 nations and territories.

“At Nerium, we’re passionate about creating opportunities for women in business, and couldn’t be more proud of Amber for all she’s accomplished on behalf of Nerium at such a young age,” said Jeff Olson, CEO of Nerium International. “Amber’s success in this competition not only reflects her dedication and hard work, but where Nerium is going as a company.”

Nerium achieved more than $100 million in sales during its first year of business, with just one product in its portfolio. As a result of its unprecedented and continued success, Nerium has become the youngest company ever to make the Direct Selling News’ Global 100 List and to receive the Bravo Growth Award from Direct Selling News. In 2014, Nerium was recognized for the second time in a row on Direct Selling News’ Global Top 100 List, jumping from number 86 to number 54 on the list. Continuing its impressive path, Nerium has since added three more products to its lineup, continuing to grow more than $400 million in revenue in just three short years.




I’m looking for the teeny, tiny, itty, bitty yumminess that we call newborns! Casting CALL starts NOW. I have some newborn awesomeness in props that I want photographed…. so if you have… will have soon… or know if ANYONE having a newborn baby that is 2 weeks or younger IT’S TIME FOR SOME ART!

Must be a newborn that is 14 days old or LESS
UNDER 7 LBS (for any premies that showed themselves early)

Photoshoots will be at my Denver Studio, and if you qualify the session and one 11×14 canvas print will be FREE. Qualification will be determined by the above and our schedule availability! Photographer will have 100% creative control, so we can’t do a list – shoots will be based on our vision.

* If you have a newborn e-mail us immediately so we can get you on the schedule.
* If you are due in Dec or January e-mail us immediately with your approximate due date so we can set a tentative date and then adjust it for when the baby actually arrives.



To view my work online please visit

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For every newborn 2 weeks or less photographed by me in December 2014 – January 2015 they will be entered into a drawing on February 1st, 2015 for a BABY BOOK!



BIG things coming with Nerium

We have BIG things coming in 2015. As you know, Nerium has broken record after record. We did $100 Million in our first year of business, and after year 3 we are over $400 Million. We received the Bravo Growth Award for being the fastest growing direct sales company in history, and had the most successful launch of any skincare line – ever! There are about 8-10,000 DS companies in the world, and in our first year we made the Direct Selling News Global Top 100 List at #87, and #54 in our second year. We are the first and ONLY company to have a global patent on our active ingredients, so no other business or individual can copy what we have. A company can only have that kind of success when their products work and their business structure and leadership are phenomenal. And that’s what we have!

This is a business. This is not just “another one of those things.” This is not mascara, fake nails, tupperware or clothing. We have something that no one else has.

In the first part of 2015 we will be launching into ALL of Asia! And in April, one of the most prestigious Medical Universities will be attaching their name to our products, and we will be releasing a new product with 35+ years of scientific and medical research behind it.

So THIS is when you want to be building your teams – because the time to get in is before these things happen. Myself, and your entire Nerium team will help you and your teams grow. We will really be focusing on training, communication, and making sure we are all ready to go!

This company is a gift – at least that’s how I see it. And it’s a gift I want to share with everyone! If you have even 20 minutes, I would love to talk to you about this business and about everything it has to offer. Then you can decide if it’s a right fit for a positive change in your life and those you know.

Nerium Gives Back



Your rights.

There are a lot of stresses over the holidays.  There are many things that make this time of year more difficult to different people in different ways, and while we all have the right to be upset or disturbed or sad or angry… it’s time to own that and move on whenever we can. Own the fact that you have the right to feel however you feel – that is 100% healthy.  Someone cuts us off, the mail/packages don’t arrive in time, someone says something hurtful.  What if instead of complaining we stopped and looked at the situation and made a conscious decision to THINK before we complain.

1. Will complaining change the situation?

2. Will complaining make me feel better about the situation?

3. Have I really considered others involved and maybe given the benefit of the doubt that some things may be out of anyone’s control?

4.  Was whatever that happened that upset you or the circumstances something that was purposefully malicious?

In most situations, complaining does nothing but amplify your negative feelings and complaining to others may make you feel for a brief moment like others agree with you and that empowers you… but it is really a very momentary thing, and has fixed nothing about the situation.  It may have even amplified it so much bigger than it actually is in reality.

When you are angry maybe ask yourself the questions above.   Will complaining change the situation? Is there a way you can confront a situation with honesty so that you feel better about a little release of whatever is bothering you?  Will venting and complaining about a situation get other people upset that are really not involved?

Or if you are really ready to turn it around.  Turn it around and maybe give a little love or extra help to that someone, or to someone totally not part of the equation to make you feel better and put you in a better mood.

It’s human nature to want support, but know the difference between telling people something because you’re trying to help them or make sure other’s don’t encounter the same situation – and the later… complaining to get support for your own instant empowerment.

Lastly… know that we all have bad days… we all have days where we complain – and that’s ok to… and if you are on the listening end… do just that, listen instead of elevating whenever you can.