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

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Kansas City, MO March 29

Omaha, NE March 30

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Columbus, OH April 5

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Philadelphia, PA April 14

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Richmond, VA April 17

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Your best bokeh image and why?

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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.

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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…”

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Govinda Jaya Photography – Chico, CA

June 27, 2009

Meet Govinda, a wedding and portrait photographer in California who shoots Canon with her right eye.  She shoots RAW in manual or aperture priority mode and uses a few actions for sharpening and contrast.

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www.govindajaya.com

www.govindajaya.bigfolioblog.com

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
That is easy!  The first week of my first photography class in college.  I took beginning black and white…I was hooked!
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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
2 things…how to use my equipment and how to interact with my clients…making them comfortable and making the picture taking process fun and easy.  Learning how to pose people and get them to do what is in your head can be quite challenging in the beginning.

What makes you different from everyone else?
I am me!  My style is me…it is always evolving but one thing that stays the same is that my intention is to create beautiful timeless images that are just as beautiful in 50-100 years as they are right now.
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Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
Hmmm…so many…but the one who first comes to mind is Sarah Q…she is amazing and fun and creative.  http://www.sarah-q.com/

One item you can’t live without?
Just one?   I guess my bed…it is so comfortable!  Although if I didn’t have it I am sure I would live…just more uncomfortable.

Your best bokeh image and why?
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Because this little man is sooooo cute!  I just want to squeeze him and kiss his little cheeks!  I also love the “circles of confusion” as my favorite photography instructor called them.

Favorite book?
I Know This Much is True ~ Wally Lamb

Favorite movie?
So so many to choose from!  I guess if I have to pick just one it would be Dirty Dancing…BUT…following very close are Terms of Endearment, The Breakfast Club and Butterflies are Free.
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Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere!  In nature, from other photographers, from new places I have never been before.

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
Loving what I do and a great attention to detail.

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Do you use a second shooter?
Yes, when shooting a wedding.

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Ask!
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ISO 160, 1/125, f/8, 24-70 @ 46mm

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Linnea Lenkus…she is an amazing portrait photographer in the Los Angeles area.  I love her work.  Simple, timeless and beautiful!

Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
I have won a couple awards from shows that I have entered.  The one that I was so flattered and surprised by was a Peoples Choice Award.  There were so many amazing pieces in the show and mine was picked.  That felt great!

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What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
I don’t think I took a leap.  I gradually started my business.  Of course I started shooting for free for friends and family do portraits and maternity sessions.  Then a family friend was getting married and she asked me to shoot her wedding.  I was very weary since I had never shot a wedding.  She really wanted me to do it so I asked Denise Neufeld a local wedding photographer if she would help me.  She did!  Thank goodness…I was so nervous.  The pictures came out pretty darn good so I kept at it.

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
I guess the smartest thing to do is be patient. Don’t put yourself in debt buying all the latest and greatest lenses and gadgets all at once.  Buy when you have the cash.  Also buy top of the line lenses so you don’t grow out of them as your business and skills grow.

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What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
I think the best thing I have done is getting my images out where my target people/market is going to see them.  I have my images on display in retail baby and maternity stores.  That has been great.

Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)?  If for, who have you had the most success with?
I am for advertising that does not break the bank.  As in the question above…get your images out where the people you are trying to market to will see them.
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Gloria Mesa Photography – Simi Valley, CA

June 24, 2009

Meet Gloria, a wedding photographer in Ventura County California.  Gloria shoots 100% RAW, 100% Manual, using Canon equipment and her right eye.  She uses TRA.

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*www.gloriamesa.com*
*www.gloriamesaphotography.blogspot.com*
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Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
*When I realize I was not doing what I love the most*
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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
* My personality and attitud I am very easy going.. clients love that!*

What makes you different from everyone else?
* I  think everyone has something special, me? there is only one GLORIA*
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Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
One item you can’t live without?  *Internet*

Your best bokeh image and why?

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* Love the way if looks its like a dream.. like butter.*

Favorite book?
* House of the spirits by Isabel Allende*

Favorite movie?
*Legends of the fall*
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Where do you find inspiration?
*Love to see talented photographers in ISWP*

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
*The way I can work around clients needs..*
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Do you use a second shooter?
*Always*

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
*Easy, Just be on time, have good equipment, then Look for moments in my events. *
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If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
*Angelica Glass or Fer Juaristi.*

Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
*I had a honorable mention in a WPPI, I belong to a Spanish group ” foro de fotografos en español”*
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What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
*I kind that got I bit of help.. got laid-off of my regular job of 10 years a portrait studio*

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
*I have give support to those who ask.. *

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What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
* It really simple, I had to make contact with Vendors and treat them like royalty to me right now are the force of my income.*

Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)?  If for, who have you had the most success with?
*I love my blog! Love it, love it, Love it.. I have learn some SEO too.*
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What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
*  3 things, Food, wine and great friends. simple!*

Anything else you would like to share?
* My dear Friend John Solano told me to always be nice to everyone.. If you are in this industry.. that is a must! be nice and don’t let the fame go over your head.. *

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one light workshop

May 26, 2009

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The cost of the workshop is $600 and includes all of your meals, beverages, and print materials

Registration Click Here!

Workshop dates:

Atlanta :: 7/8 :: SOLD OUT
Mixer the evening of 7/7 – Open to the local community free of charge.

Atlanta :: 8/19 :: 
Mixer the evening of 8/18 – Open to the local community free of charge.

Atlanta :: 9/23 :: 
Mixer the evening of 9/22 – Open to the local community free of charge.

L.A. :: 9/29 :: 
Mixer the evening of 9/28 – Open to the local community free of charge.

L.A. :: 9/30 :: 
Mixer the evening of 9/28 – Open to the local community free of charge.

Seattle :: 10/3 :: 
Mixer the evening of 10/2 – Open to the local community free of charge.

Houston :: 10/13 :: 
Mixer the evening of 10/12 – Open to the local community free of charge.

Austin :: 10/15 :: 

Mixer the evening of 10/14 – Open to the local community free of charge.

NYC :: 10/26 :: 
Mixer the evening of 10/25 – Open to the local community free of charge.

NYC :: 10/27 :: 
Mixer the evening of 10/25 – Open to the local community free of charge.

Atlanta :: 11/11 :: 
Mixer the evening of 11/10 – Open to the local community free of charge.

 

“Off Camera.  Manual Mode.  Old School.  This is how we do it at the OneLight.

This workshop is not a 9 to 5 presentation of pretty pictures telling you what f-stop and shutter speed were used to make them.  You will not be instructed to follow your heart.  We will not “feel” the light.  We most definitely will not talk about the transcendental properties of light and shadow and make metaphors between the physical and metaphysical worlds.  :)”

“This is a nuts and bolts type of workshop that breaks lighting down into something we can understand and know how to use in practical day to day shooting.  We want to make creative and compelling portraits wherever we are at any time of the day or night.  The only prerequisite for this workshop is that all participants MUST have a solid understanding of apertures, shutter speeds, and basic composition knowledge.  The OneLight is designed for intermediate to advanced photographers.”


Lori Anderson Photography – Orange County, CA

May 20, 2009

Meet Lori Anderson and her husband, Keith Mason.  These two mostly focus on casual family portraits, but have lately branched out to include engagements and weddings.  They both use Canon, shoot RAW in manual mode, and even though they both use their right eye, they have completely different perspectives through the viewfinder because Lori is 5’2 and Keith is 6’4.  Lori is a fan of Totally Rad Actions, especially Yin-Yang, select-o-sharp, and vignette & blur.

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We’ve merged our website and blog together:
http://www.loriandersonphoto.com
So far it’s been the best decision we’ve made for the business.  We had a big jump in search rankings after we launched our new “blogsite”

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Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
Actually, Keith and I both have “day jobs” that pay the bills, but I’m naturally an artsy person. I have a background in print and web design–—I work for a well-know Southern California travel and lifestyle magazine.  We started with a Digital Rebel shooting pictures of friends’ kids.  They really enjoyed the photos and showed their friends, who offered to pay us to take family pictures. One thing led to another and here we are! Pretty much all our clients are word-of-mouth referrals.  We don’t advertise.

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Never doubt yourself.  Sometimes we come back from a shoot discouraged, perhaps because of a lighting or posing challenge.  But in the end, there is always at least one photo that the clients LOVES and is proud to show their friends.

What makes you different from everyone else?
We aren’t doing photography to get rich—–we still have our day jobs.  So while our photo business slowly grows, we enjoy meeting people and we strive to capture real images of real families.

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Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
There are so many great new photographers.  But I love checking out the blogs of Richelle Dante and Wayne Toshikazu.  I’m also a fan our own wedding photographer, Sean Hiller.

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One item you can’t live without?
As far as photography equipment goes, I’d be lost without my trusty Canon 28mm/1.8 lens.  But in general, I don’t think I could function without my 24-inch iMac.
Your best bokeh image and why?

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I have several favorites, but the shot of this baby girl really stands out in my mind.  Her mom put together an awesome combination for us–a gorgeous light pink swaddling blanket and light blue-gray bedspread.  I love the way the geometric patterns drop out of focus to frame the baby’s face.

Favorite book?
As an English major in college I really enjoyed a number of works by 19th-century British writers. My favorite being The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins. It’s a fabulous mystery novel.

Favorite movie?
The Notebook was a great movie (I teared up at the end), but I’m more of a TV person.  I teared up after the last episode of The O.C.  It was a cheesy show, but I miss it.

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Where do you find inspiration?
The Open Source Photo forum.  A lot of great people + a lot of great topics = a wealth of information and inspiration.

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
We’re flexible people.  Keith and I strive to do all we can to work with our clients, make them feel comfortable, and listen to their ideas.

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Do you use a second shooter?
So far we haven’t.  Keith and I work really well as a team.  But I could definitely see us adding a third shooter for large events.

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
The best thing to do is introduce yourself.  We’d love to network with more photographers in the Orange County/Southern California area.

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If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
I would love to second shoot with Amelia Lyon.  Her photos are always so clean, crisp, well planned, and beautifully executed.  And I would love a chance to watch the Image is Found folks work a wedding.  I follow their tweets on Twitter.  They have some very interesting things to say.  I would be fun to actually see and hear them in person.

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What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
When we started shooting we made the decision to stay small and grow our business gradually–after all, we still have our day jobs to keep up with.

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Yes…join Facebook!  I didn’t understand the attraction of the site until I joined.  It’s a great way to communicate with clients.

What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
We launched our first website contest in February, and it’s one of the best things we could have done to promote our business.  We had each of our clients choose their favorite photo from their 2008 session, so they would feel more involved in the process.  Then, they got all their friends and family members to vote for their photo.  The grand prize was a 16×20 canvas gallery wrap.  Traffic to our website was off the hook!  And we booked several new jobs because of it.

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What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
One of two things would be great: either a fun dinner to talk shop or a casual walk-around photo session.  If any local photographers are interested in such, drop me a line and we’ll get something organized.

Anything else you would like to share?
It takes time to build a business and keep it growing.  While there are a ton of things we want to add to our website, and promotional pieces we want to have printed, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to make it happen.  So we take things one step at a time.  The photography industry is a fun place to be, and we don’t want to do too much to burn ourselves out and ruin the good thing we’ve got started.

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