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

February 13, 2010

Living the Dream Workshop

Presented by Laura Novak & Kimberly Wylie

www.livingthedreamworkshop.com

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!”

Sign up today at www.livingthedreamworkshop.com

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Heidi Leigh Photography – Colorado Springs, CO / Myrtle Beach, SC

December 2, 2009

Meet Heidi Hesla of Heidi Leigh Photography.  Heidi is a wedding and portrait photographer who works in Colorado Springs as well as in her hometown of Myrtle Beach, SC.  She shoots in RAW using Nikon Manual mode.  While she uses her right eye to shoot with, her left eye does crazy things as it’s behind the camera.  She likes to use Kubota actions as well as MCP  Blogging Actions.

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Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
The first wedding I ever did!  There is something completely amazing about being able to document Love. I love people, photography and weddings so it seemed like a natural fit for me.  Plus I have been waiting my whole life to do something that I truly LOVE.

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
I have to pick one thing? I have to say I have learned A LOT this last year.  But not viewing other photographers as competition would be close to the top. This industry is huge and there is so much to learn, we can all learn something from one another.  Luckily I figured this out early on(thanks Becker) and I believe it has helped my business to thrive.  Check out the [b] school.

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What makes you different from everyone else?
My background is in communications and event planning so I fully understand the importance of details, schedules and thinking on the fly.  I even made bouquets at a wedding once, because of a flower emergency! 🙂  I believe it is of utmost importance that things run as smoothly as possible for the bride and groom on their big day.  Sometimes that means you have to take care of the details.  Besides they aren’t going to need you to photograph the moment they realize all of their flowers are dead.

Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
Jamie Delaine. She is only 19 years old and her work is classic, artistic and just plain stunning.

One item you can’t live without?
My camera or my macbook pro….hmmm

Your best bokeh image and why?

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I love this image because it separates this child from everything around him.  For a moment he just is and I believe it captures the child at this age.  The bokeh in this image helps me to convey that feeling.  For this reason I love bokeh!!

Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?
I think it is really great what you all are doing!  I love learning more about other photographers around the country and I love to blogstalk too! If I can impart any widsom(if I have any) to help you on your journey to a photography career I would be happy to.
Favorite book?
Anything by Jane Austen
Favorite movie?
Sabrina

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Where do you find inspiration?
Anthropologie…haha but seriously I love that store. Such a classic/vintage style all wrapped up into one. But really my greatest inspiration comes from those around me.
What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
I guess me(filled with all of the information that I have learned).  I am offering my clients an experience and the end result is relaxed and beautiful photographs that tell their story, this is my goal.

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Do you use a second shooter?
Yes! I eventually hope to have someone full time, but right now I use photog friends or people that I find through the B school, etc.  I believe have a second shooter is crucial for many reasons and thus I don’t think that I will ever shoot a wedding without one.  If you want to know what those reasons are just ask! 🙂
How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Just send me an e-mail!

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If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
I would say Becker because I hear that he has a way with clients like no one else and can make anyone feel comfortable in front of the camera. And Jamie Delaine because I love her style and I would ask her how she became such an amazing photographer AND businesswoman at the ripe old age of 19.

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Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
I am in the process of gaining membership through two organizations. No awards yet, but who knows maybe one day.

What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
I suppose I am still taking the leap. I still work a full time job in addition to my business. But when I started this I said if I was going to do it I would do it right. So I bought pro gear and spent every waking moment learning as much as I could.  There is still so much to learn though.

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Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Shoot, shoot, shoot and learn, learn, learn in order to grow, grow, grow.  This isn’t a song yet but maybe I will right it soon.

What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
Social Networking and Facebook have been huge for me!  I don’t know that I have anything super creative yet.

Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)?  If for, who have you had the most success with?
I purchased paid advertising in a new market that I was hoping to break into and have received 0 return from it. But that was my only experience.  I am a huge fan of social networking, I think it is the way of the future and I am predominately referral based.

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What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
Chatting for hours over coffee and then going out and shooting for fun!

Anything else you would like to share?
I really have learned a lot from the [b] school and the amazing community there.  I would suggest you check it out if you haven’t already.  Don’t be afraid to blogstalk but identify your brand and what you like to shoot from this will come your own style.

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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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Do you use a second shooter?

Nope

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

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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.

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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.

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

Why would I want to network with my competition?

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Business End of Photography Workshop by Innovative Imagemakers

March 24, 2009

http://www.innovativeimagemakers.com/institute.html

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…

http://www.innovativeimagemakers.com/events.html