The Sandy Puc’ 2010 Family Tour – USA & Canada

February 13, 2010

I had the opportunity to catch this tour last week when they came through Charlotte, NC and I’m so glad I did!  Sandy was a great speaker and had so much information to share in 5 hours, but she did it well.  I would definitely recommend signing up for this tour!

“Learn the best methods of family portraiture craft, the latest trends in marketing, timesaving tips, advice on tools of the trade, and be infused with unbridled enthusiasm.

The Sandy Puc’ 2010 Family Tour covers all aspects of developing, executing and marketing a successful family program.  You will learn how to create life long clients who will regularly update their family portraits for generations.

Each attendee will receive a catalog with helpful tips & tricks and fantastic offers from Sandy’s sponsors.”

Phoenix, AZ Feb 14

San Diego, CA Feb 15

Los Angeles, CA Feb 16

San Francisco, CA Feb 18

Sacramento, CA Feb 19

Portland, OR Feb 22

Seattle, WA Feb 23

Boise, ID Feb 25

Salt Lake City, UT Feb 26

Kansas City, MO March 29

Omaha, NE March 30

Des Moines, IA March 31

St. Louis, MO April 1

Louisville, KY April 2

Indianapolis, IN April 3

Columbus, OH April 5

Cleveland, OH April 6

Buffalo, NY April 7

Boston, MA April 8

Hartford, CT April 9

Newark, NJ April 12

Long Island, NY April 13

Philadelphia, PA April 14

Baltimore, MD April 15

Richmond, VA April 17

Pittsburgh, PA April 18

Detroit, MI April 19

Grand Rapids, MI April 20

Chicago, IL April 21

Madison, WI April 23

Minneapolis, MN April 24

Vancouver, BC Aug 27

Calgary, AB Aug 29

Edmonton, AB Aug 30

Toronto, ON Sept 1

http://sandypuctours.com

Phoenix, AZ February 14, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
San Diego, CA February 15, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Los Angeles, CA February 16, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
San Francisco, CA February 18, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Sacramento, CA February 19, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Portland, OR February 22, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Seattle, WA February 23, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Boise, ID February 25, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Salt Lake City, UT February 26, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Kansas City, MO March 29, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Omaha, NE March 30, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Des Moines, IA March 31, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
St. Louis, MO April 1, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Louisville, KY April 2, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Indianapolis, IN April 3, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Columbus, OH April 5, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Cleveland, OH April 6, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Buffalo, NY April 7, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Boston, MA April 8, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Hartford, CT April 9, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Newark, NJ April 12, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Long Island, NY April 13, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Philadelphia, PA April 14, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Baltimore, MD April 15, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Richmond, VA April 17, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Pittsburgh, PA April 18, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Detroit, MI April 19, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Grand Rapids, MI April 20, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Chicago, IL April 21, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Madison, WI April 23, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Minneapolis, MN April 24, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Vancouver, BC August 27, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Calgary, AB August 29, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Edmonton, AB August 30, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Register
Toronto, ON September 1, 2010
Advertisements

Spreading the word for the Spread the Love Tour

November 24, 2009

<a href=”http://www.justinmarantz.com/”>Justin &amp; Mary Marantz</a> are coming to Charlotte in January for their Spread the Love Workshop and on Black Friday, seats will only be $50!!  After Friday, seats will be $150, so make yourself a reminder to do a little quick shopping online before heading out to shop and wait in hour long lines.

Here’s what they had to say about the workshop:
<em>Spread the Love is not a photography workshop…It’s a LIFE workshop. So you don’t have to be a photographer to attend! Florists, planners, basically anybody who owns their own business can benefit from Spread the Love. In this seminar, we’ll cover everything from marketing, branding, building relationships, business 101, financial health, balancing life &amp; business, creating systems that stick. and so much more. This is the time for a fresh start, and what better way to kick it off than getting inspired to get back to what you love about not only your business, but more importantly…to what you love about your LIFE again? </em>

For each city to remain on the map, at least 50 people will need to sign up for that city, so help them spread the word and invite all your friends to come along!

We’ll be kicking everything off in our own backyard: Beantown, aka Boston on January 5th!

Spread the Love Boston: January 5th
Spread the Love NYC: January 6th
Spread the Love DC: January 7th
Spread the Love Richmond: January 8th

***We’ll be heading to Nashville here to be in town for Imaging/DWF. For any of you guys that are planning on coming to Imaging and can’t make any of the other stops (or just want to come twice!!) we’ve planned the Nashville stop to be the day after the conferences end, just for you!! Well….and all the Nashville people! 🙂

Spread the Love Nashville: January 14th
Spread the Love Charlotte: January 15th
Spread the Love Atlanta: January 18th
Spread the Love Jacksonville: January 19th
Spread the Love Houston: January 22nd
Spread the Love Austin: January 25th
Spread the Love Dallas: January 26th
Spread the Love Phoenix: February 2nd
Spread the Love San Diego: February 4th
Spread the Love LA: February 5th
Spread the Love San Fran: February 8th
Spread the Love Seattle: February 11th
Spread the Love Salt Lake City: February 15th
Spread the Love Denver: February 17th
Spread the Love Kansas City: February 19th
Spread the Love Chicago: February 22nd

***We’ll be taking a break here to get ready for WPPI 2010 where we will be speaking for the very first time! Bleh….I feel like throwing up already!! 🙂 🙂 And then we will wrap up the tour after WPPI with our Maine stop, when hopefully it will be a little warmer up that way!

Spread the Love Maine: March 24th


E.D. Austin Photography – Temecula, CA

July 18, 2009

Meet Erinn-Dehn Austin (E.D. for short).  E.D. and her husband focus mostly on maternity, family, children, and senior portraits.  Erinn shoots Canon using her right eye.  She shoots RAW in manual mode and can’t live without Red Leaf Studios Retro Actions.

my-picture

http://www.edaustinphotography.com
http://www.edaustinphotography.com/blog

Facebook

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
When I married my husband he was already an established wedding photographer, but I nudged him to try lifestyle portraits as well.  After a while it became clear to both of us that while doing a family or kid session I was setting up the shot, telling him how to frame it, and he looked at me one day and said: “why don’t you shoot it.”  I’ve been stuck on photography ever since, we are a perfect fit.

1erinn-austin

What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Shoot.  In the beginning I was always so worried about capturing the “perfect” shot, that I missed those shots by trying to wait for it.  I believe the “perfect” shot finds you, you just have to be ready with your finger on the shutter!

2erinn-austin

What makes you different from everyone else?
I am constantly evolving.  Sure I have a style that is my own, but I constantly change what I am doing to fit the subject I am shooting.  I think this helps me capture a family, a personality, or even a relationship the way it really is.  I love to tell  stories, whatever that story may be.  I believe it shows in my portraits.

Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
So many photographers inspire me.  There is so much phenomenal talent around.  If I had to choose one it would be my husband, Chris Austin.  He is such a talented wedding photographer, and we work so well as a team. He is the reason I am a photographer, he has taught me so much.

3erinn-austin

One item you can’t live without?
My 50mm 1.4.  It is my favorite portrait lens.

Your best bokeh image and why?

8erinn-austin
I love all my bokeh shots!

Favorite book?
My husband got me a photography book of Vanity Fair portraits for my birthday, and since I have always been more into “picture” books I’d have to say that it tops my list at this moment.  If you are looking for a great book for inspiration, that is a fabulous place to start!

Favorite movie?
I am a huge fan of movies.  My all time favorite would be between Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Super Troopers, totally random but they capture both sides of my personality.

4erinn-austin

Where do you find inspiration?
In nature, in my family and friends, and in the work of other talented photographers.  It’s funny that I can’t even drive down the street without seeing the potential for a great shot on the side of the road.  I have said numerous times, “Oh I wish I had a bride on call.”

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
My clients.  My clients are much more then subjects in front of my camera, they are my friends.  These families let me into to a very meaningful and special moment in their lives.  I share a part of them, and I am forever thankful for those moments.  Without my clients I would not have my wonderful shots.  They also are my best advertising, I do not advertise, I am strictly word of mouth, and my favorite words are “my friend referred me to you, I loved her family portraits…”

5erinn-austin

Do you use a second shooter?
My husband and I are both on shoots.  I am the primary shooter, unless he has a wonderful idea.  It takes a couple of us on a family or kid shoot to wrangle the rugrats, keep them laughing, and occassionaly get them to look at the camera.  It is good training for both of us for parenthood someday!

6erinn-austin

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Call me.  I believe 100% in mentoring others and helping them develop their trade and style.  I also learn a lot from other shooters.  You real miss out on so much when you think you have learned everything there is to know.

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Carrie Sandoval.  She is my superstar of newborn photography.  In my opinion there is no one better in her specialty then her.  It would be a dream come true because I love to capture newborns, but I have the most problems with keeping them happy and asleep.  Her pictures are flawless and tell a story so perfectly.

7erinn-austin

Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards or been published?
I am a member of WPPI and OSP.  I was also recently published in The Bump magazine with one of my maternity portraits.  I was so psyched because I am a HUGE goal setter, and one of my goals was to be published within a year.  I made it right under the wire!  I am not really in this business for the awards or recognition.  It is quite an honor to be recognized for my work, but I find the greatest rewards come when my clients are thrilled with their portraits.

9erinn-austin

What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
Getting over my fear of actually charging to take someone’s picture.  I suffer from being a perfectionist and very hard on myself and my work.  It took me a while before I actually felt like my work was worth getting paid for, even if everyone else knew it was.  It is tough when you are your own biggest critic.

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Believe in yourself.  Never miss and opportunity to shoot.  When I started out I shot everything and everyone (my friends loved it).  Most importantly for me, don’t think when shooting, feel the shot.  My favorite images aren’t the technically ideal shots, but they are the ones where I felt something, and I think that feeling reflects in the shot.

What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
That is hard, because I got into this business in a very difficult time in the economy.  Families are struggling right now to get through the month, without thinking of investments like photography.  I have really become economical and lowered my prices significantly.  I want to make sure that everyone has a great portrait of themselves and their loved ones, not only those that can afford it.  The money is great, but if you are in this business for the money alone, you are in the wrong business.  If you shoot portraits, you have to be in it for the people, for the connections.

10erinn-austin

What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
I love the group Trash the Dress shoots my husband and I plan.  At least 20-30 photographers come out at a time, accompanied with amazing hair and makeup artists, and gorgeous models!  We pick a fun location, and everyone just grabs a girl, or couple and heads out.  Photographers come from all over the West and bring their favorite props, lighting, etc.  It is very informal and fun.  The group shoots are also a phenomenal way for newbies to meet people, and learn from other photographers on lighting, posing, and composition.  I love to see all the creative ideas each photographer has!

Anything else you would like to share?
I am always willing to share, and I love questions.  Please feel free to contact me if you just want to chat, or if you have a techincal or artistic question!

11erinn-austin

***Enjoy this feature?  Leave a comment to let us know!***


Boudoir Divas Workshop Event

May 19, 2009

e1242161235To Register:  http://www.boudoirshop.com/cart.php

e1242163427

This is the 50% DEPOSIT to reserve your seat at the workshop. Total cost is $1100; the remaining 50% will be due 3 weeks prior to your workshop start date


David Ziser: Digital Wake Up Call

April 28, 2009

picture-2

Visit: http://www.digitalwakeupcall.com/ for more details!!!

picture-3picture-1picture-5Visit: http://www.digitalwakeupcall.com/ for more details!!!

picture-7picture-8Visit: http://www.digitalwakeupcall.com/ for more details!!!


Fairytale Creations Photography – Temecula, CA & San Diego, CA

April 22, 2009

Meet Courtney Allison, owner of Fairytale Creations Photography.  Courtney shoots weddings and portraits using both eyes, and loves using both wide open apertures as well as super tiny apertures.  She uses Canon equipment (though for the first year she did use Nikon), she shoots 100% RAW, uses Manual mode 98% of the time and Aperture Priority 2% of the time, and she uses actions that she created for herself based on her workflow.  She is also a fan of Ashley McNamara‘s actions as well as Totally Rad Actions.

courtney-allison-300

Image by Desiree Hayes

http://www.ftcphotography.com
http://www.ftcweddings.com

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
I had always had a love of Photography, and always wanted to take pictures for a living. I started with my first SLR camera as a film Canon EOS in 2001 and took pictures of pretty much everything in sight. My Husband and I had gotten our anniversary pics done in 2002. The Photographer was such a nice guy and had explained to me that he quit his career to pursue Photography full time. His Wife was a little less than thrilled since he was nearing retirement in the next 10 years, but he made a go at it anyhow. The one thing that deterred me was that he was using a DSLR and he told me the price and I about went through the roof. (They were a bit more back then, LOL) His perseverance was inspiring and something that always stuck with me. In 2005 I found out I was pregnant with our first child and lost my job in November as a result of it. I had been playing with and learning all about my Nikon DSLR since August of that year (05) and had DREAMED of having my own Photography business on the side. When I lost my job, I realized that it was now or never and I started my business in early 2006. While it has been a roller coaster ride, I am glad I took the leap of faith that I did, and so thankful to my Husband and God for sticking by my side through it all.

the-bokeh-pot-104

What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Realize your value and stick to it. Don’t undercut others in your area. (If you are starting out and PB’ing, don’t charge, and explain to them that you are PB’ing and will charge someday! Even put a timeline on it if you want..) If you start off devaluing your work, your original clients will not only expect it for the future, but will also recommend you as “the reasonable priced Photographer” forever. I started out with decent prices from the get go, and learned that it was always easier to give a discount or a “Thank You” gift certificate/coupon than to give it away for free. Even then, there are still clients that think that you should work for free. On that same token, if you undercut your peers you will not only lose their respect, but it will also seem to potential customers that there is a level of unprofessionalism there that must be lurking around the corner. Its not cool.

the-bokeh-pot-1001

What makes you different from everyone else?
I guess I can say that I am different because I am me. 🙂 My clients come to me because of my personality and the levels of trust that I have built with them, and others that have referred them to me. I am a great listener and I try to be creative and not run of the mill. My clients have told me that they love what I do because its not something you see everywhere else. Even though I think differently, I also need to realize that they aren’t looking at every other Photographer on the internet for comparison. They like me, and that is why I am different. I tend to get along with everyone and I try to be empathetic to every situation.

Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
WOW, I have so many. I would say first and foremost, Lindsay Jane Photography ( a team of Photographers based in the Western Sates) and Becky Earl in Las Vegas. Lindsay Jane has really changed a lot in the past year and I admire what they have done in such a short amount of time. Not to mention all of the Photographers on board are all incredibly talented. Becky Earl is just amazing and she is going places. 🙂 She too has grown so much in the past year and it has been great to watch her bloom via blogland.

One item you can’t live without?
My camera. LOL. Seconded by my Mac.

Your favorite bokeh image and why?

the-bokeh-pot-106
I have so many. I love Bokeh 🙂 Its so hard to choose, which is probably a good thing.

Favorite book?
The Bible, there are so many valuable lessons in there. The Notebook would be next 😉

Favorite movie?
The Notebook 🙂 Followed by Pretty in Pink. LOL

the-bokeh-pot-103

Where do you find inspiration?
Its all around me. I find it in my clients and my surroundings.

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
My clients. Without them I wouldn’t be here. Secondly I would say that customer service is key. Its amazing how something so little can become something so huge and I try to remember that. Things can always go two ways, good or bad. So I always keep it in the back of my head when I am ready to blow. LOL

the-bokeh-pot-101

Do you use a second shooter?
On Weddings where the clients have requested or paid for one in their contract. I am perfectly happy shooting most Weddings on my own but I really cannot knock the luxury of having two sets of eyes on the most important day of someone’s life. 😉

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Simply contact me. I am very approachable and very friendly. I really believe we are all in this together and trying to hoard clients or not help out a well meaning Photographer would just be bad karma. 🙂

the-bokeh-pot-107

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
David and Kimi Baxter, at Ohana Photographers. They are amazing people and photographers. Secondly I would have to say Mike Colon, thirdly, Jasmine Star.

Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
I am a member of WPPI, & PPA. I have never entered a contest, although I would love to. Time is key here and I am hoping to have more of that this year with my price increase. 🙂

the-bokeh-pot-105

What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
Well getting laid off as I mentioned earlier, was pretty much the push I needed. I was still pregnant with my Daughter at the time and didn’t want to start anything until she got here, so I used that time to research, read, and learn everything I could before taking the plunge. Luckily I have a very supportive Husband and Family that really encouraged me from the get go. They continue to encourage me to this day.

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Do your research, get plenty of practice and take people up on their offers for help. There are a lot of great Photographers holding workshops these days, and dishing out a little cash to see what they have to offer might save you a lot of money in the long run. Although I never went to any starting out, I wish I had. Everyone has growing pains and when you do sometimes its not pretty. I would also say that networking is a must. I came from an area where that was so frowned upon, so for the first two years of my business I didn’t network with really any of my peers. Once I started I was so glad I did.

the-bokeh-pot-109

What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
Nothing really crazy comes to mind 🙂 Everything has been pretty much word of mouth.

What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
Good laughs, drinks and fun… With not the entire time being about Photography. Just people with common interests, having a good time.

the-bokeh-pot-108

Anything else you would like to share?
Reach out to your peers. Even if it is just to say hello.

the-bokeh-pot-102


Sylvia Borgo – San Diego, CA

February 11, 2009

Meet Sylvia Borgo.  She focuses primarily on children, families and babies, but hopes to incorporate more maternity, tween, and senior sessions in the future.  She loves, loves, loves Nikon glass and shoots with her right eye.

sylviaborgoheadshot_450
http://www.sylviaborgo.com
http://www.sylviaborgo.com/Sylvia/Blog/Blog.html

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
When I photographed my first family and they called me immediately after viewing their images in their on-line gallery.  They gushed, they thanked me profusely, they even sobbed a little – including the dad.  I felt so happy that I could provide families with a record of their time together, to stop time for them and capture their lives.

lucasmom2_45026mm, f4.2, ISO 450

What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
To be energetic.  The success of a photo session is dependent on me – I have to be ready to help families/kids relax and have fun.

luke2_45030mm, f5.6, ISO 400

What makes you different from everyone else?
Hmmm, I don’t think I’m much different than others.  I have my good days and my bad days.  But I am open to growth and change.  If it was a tough day, I resolve to make the next day a better one.

Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
I’m not sure what classifies as up and coming – but, I love the work of Ohana. They are based here in San Diego, also.  But I think they’ve been in the business for 3 or so years.  I just wanted to give them a shout-out..

3boys1_45050mm, f2.8, ISO 600

One item you can’t live without?
My coffee-cup.  I know, I know . . . I’m going to try to drink less coffee this year.

Your best bokeh image and why?

seanmom_45032mm, f4.4, ISO 220

Oh, I like the one of the little boy in his mom’s arms with the sun shining through.  It has tiny bokeh in the trees.  I love this image because I met this adorable family of 6 and the youngest of the kids was initially so scared of me and my camera.  But then he warmed up to me and the image epitomizes the sense of calm that continued through the rest of the session.

Favorite book?
Catcher in the Rye, I always answer this question with this book

Favorite movie?
Would it be totally cheesy to answer with an 80’s teen film?  How about Sixteen Candles?

ashley3_45050mm, f 4.0, ISO 200

Where do you find inspiration?
Other photographer’s sites/blogs and fashion catalogues.

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
My work ethic.  I’m professional, consistent, and determined.

max1_45030mm, f8, ISO 200

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Oooh, what a great question!  I’m going to say Tara Whitney, Jinky, Cheryl Muhr, Ohana, Kara May, Sarah Q.   Okay, I’ll stop there.

Are you a member of any organizations?
Does OSP count?  If it does, I’m also a member of PPT (a San Diego photographers group).

viv10_45046mm, f5.3, ISO 600

What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
I work as a photographer part-time because I’m also a mom to 2 young boys..  I also teach.

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Come up with business goals and a business plan.  Also, network with other photographers, and read, read, read lots of books.

kenzielemons1_45050mm, f1.4, ISO 200

What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
I volunteered my time to my local neighborhood schools and helped fundraise for them with my photography.  I don’t know if it was creative, but it sure felt good to have all that money go to schools.

Anything else you would like to share?
I am very, very thankful for my family and friends who are so incredibly supportive.

audreykite_45045mm, f 5.6, ISO 200