Living the Dream Workshop – Denver, CO – Aug 3-5 2010

February 13, 2010

Living the Dream Workshop

Presented by Laura Novak & Kimberly Wylie

the premiere portrait workshop that follows the entire process of building a portrait business from beginning to end.

“So you love photography right?  Okay, lets be honest here… for most of us photography often goes past a love affair into the realm of slightly obsessed.  We are creators and get to leave people with little pieces of us.  Pretty cool.

Now that we have established that we are all the luckiest people on earth, here are the big questions… Are you the most creative and efficient that you could be?  Are you making the most of every opportunity?  Are you up every night on your computer?  Do you have balance in your life?  Are you actually making a profit doing what you love?  Join award winning photographers Kimberly Wylie and Laura Novak, owners of two of the most profitable portrait studios in the United States, for a workshop that teaches the entire life cycle of a portrait.  We will be covering bringing a customer in the door, the photo session, efficient workflow and post processing and all those little steps in between.  It is rare to find a workshop that teaches each step in such detail, from beginning to end.  If you are serious about your portrait business, this is the workshop you have been waiting for!”

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Spreading the word for the Spread the Love Tour

November 24, 2009

<a href=””>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

Ryan Breeden Photography – Denver, CO

April 1, 2009

Meet Ryan, brand new to the photography world.  Ryan uses both eyes and shoots mostly friends and scenery currently, but is just getting in to wedding photography, and has shot 1 small one.  He loves his fuji finepix point and shoot camera for all of his work and says that it’s not about the fancy equipment, but what you can do with what you have.  He doesn’t use actions, and believes the best work is what comes straight out of the camera in it’s raw form.

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
My friend asked me to photograph his wedding because they had only about 1k for their wedding budget.  I had a great time partying with them, and have been trying to get more jobs ever since.  In the meantime, I spend a lot of time shooting scenery and friends.

What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?

That it’s not so much about having fancy expensive equipment, but about having fun and taking sweet shots.

What makes you different from everyone else?

I think it’s my complex mind and simple style.


Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?

Me, of course!

One item you can’t live without?

My car keys with the bottle opener key chain… never know when the party’s starting!

Your best bokeh image and why?

What’s bokeh?  I’m down with the boca burgers.


Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?

I just want people to see how awesome I am!

Favorite book?

Twilight because it helped me figure out what the chics dig… but the soundtrack’s better.

Favorite movie?

Saw V, Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke


Where do you find inspiration?

The bottom of my bong.  Is that okay to say on here?

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?

My complex perspective and my ability to find the perfect angles.  I also learned how to do some cool stuff with my on camera flash.


Do you use a second shooter?


How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?

I don’t use a second shooter.

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?

Joel Peter Witkin


What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?

It just falls into my lap man.  I think everyone is born to be great and once you get started on the path, you just go up from there.

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?

Don’t push it, if it’s meant to be, it will happen.


What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?

I cold call from the phone book.

Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)?  If for, who have you had the most success with?

I put flyers on people’s cars outside of wedding vendor businesses… we’ll see if it works.


What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?

Why would I want to network with my competition?

Website –  in progress

Business End of Photography Workshop by Innovative Imagemakers

March 24, 2009

Business End of Photography
by your side helping you grow your business for a whole year!

An 8-day intensive, hands-on business incubator course that teaches you SuccessWare studio management system, plus helps you create your own customized business plan and marketing plan, and teaches you how to sell!

Then 3 instructors keep you accountable for an entire year and help you continually tweak your plan for cultivating, growing, and thriving in your business.

Meets 8 full days. Enrollment limited to 30 studios in each location.

Cost: $3900, or $3400 when you register before March 1st. Only $750 for spouse or studio employee. Price includes tuition, kick-off dinner, lunch each day, and wrap-up party! Payment plans available. Call 303.224.9050 for details.

2009 locations and dates:
Portland, Oregon: April 14-17 and June 9-12
Dallas, Texas: April 20-23 and June 15-18
Chicago, Illinois: April 26-29 and June 21-24
Denver, Colorado: September 8-11 and November 3-6

If you’re in Denver, check out the other events and mini workshops by Innovative Imagemakers…