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

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Devin Boughey Photography – Louisville, KY

November 11, 2009

Meet Devin, a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Louisville, KY.  Devin shoots Canon using her right eye and shoots manual and aperture priority in both RAW and JPEG .  She prefers to use her own lightroom presets.

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http://www.Flashy-Photography.com

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Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
I have always known that I wanted to be a photographer, I just wasn’t sure how to go about it. I got in touch with a local photographer and she gave me the encouragement and advice that I needed. As soon as I hung up the phone with her I knew that this was what I was meant to do. I went out the next day and bought my first DSLR and I’ve never looked back.

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Practice makes perfect! And always be yourself, people can sense when someone is being fake and its a definite turn off.

 

What makes you different from everyone else?
I always give 100% and I am totally in love with what I do… and also there is only one me, what could be more wonderfully different then that?

Flashy247mm, 100 ISO , 1/25, F/5.7

 

Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
Theresa Spalding with Envy Photography http://www.EnvyPhotography.net She should already be famous!

 

One item you can’t live without?
My GPS, I would literally be lost with out it.

 

Your best bokeh image and why?
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132mm,100iso, 1/395, f/5.7

I just love this, I think she looks like she is in deep thought…and there is this childhood innocence about it. It makes me smile.

 

Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?
Well why not? I think it’s a great networking site and an even better place to showcase some of my work. I always enjoy looking at other photographers images…hopefully there are some people out there that will enjoy what I have done

 

Favorite book?
I am a huge fan of the Twilight Series, I also enjoy books by Lauren Weisberger and Nicholas Sparks.

 

Favorite movie?
There is NO way I could choose just one – Wayne’s World, My Best Friends Wedding, The Breakfast club, Teen Witch, Father of the Bride…are just a few

flashy318mm, 200 ISO, 1/99, F/6.4

 

Where do you find inspiration?
Through the people that I photograph, nature, and from other photographers blogs.

 

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
I think it’s the friendships that I form with clients. I really value the relationships that I form with the people that I work with.

flashy441mm, 400 ISO, 1/63, F/5.0

 

Do you use a second shooter?
I have a few times, but only at weddings

 

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Just email me, I’d love to hear from you!

 

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
With out a doubt Bobbi + Mike (www.BobbiandMike.com) I LOVE their energy and style.

flashy528mm, 100 ISO, 1/99, F/5.7

 

Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
I just mailed my application to become a member of the Professional Photographers Of Greater Louisville association, and I am very excited about that. No awards yet…

 

What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
After I got my first DSLR I started second shooting for people and I learned a lot that way and eventually branched out on my own. Through the help of my very supporting husband and good friends that pass my name out to anyone who mentions the word ‘engaged’ I have built up a nice clientele base. Everyday is another hoop to jump through. It is a learning process, but I love every minute of it.

flashy620mm, 400 ISO, 1/83, F/5.7

 

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Follow your heart, its a lot of hard work, but if its something you really want to do then the work is totally worth it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and if you are presented with the opportunity to learn something new, don’t pass it up!

flashy718mm, 400 ISO, 1/197, F/9.1

 

What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
Its not very creative, but I have gotten a lot of referrals from past clients that were really happy with my work.

 

Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)?  If for, who have you had the most success with?
I am for any kind of advertising. For me, word of mouth has proven to be the most effective. I signed up for a booth at a bridal show in January so I guess I will have to wait and see if that brings in more business.

flashy828mm, 100 ISO, 1/197, F/3.5

 

What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
I think it would be really fun to do a group “Trash the Dress” session followed up by some yummy Starbucks

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Anything else you would like to share?
I have three dogs that are pretty much AWESOME.

Flashy1128mm, 100 ISO, 1/64, F.40

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Courtney Reece Photography – Louisville, KY

August 12, 2009

Meet Courtney, a Canon girl all the way, whose focus is wedding photography.  Courtney shoots with her Left eye, most of the time, using RAW in Manual or Aperture Priority Modes.  She doesn’t use actions often, but when she does, she prefers Totally Rad Actions : The Revenge,  “because, well…they’re Totally Rad, duh”.

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http://www.courtneyreece.com

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Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
I remember once seeing someone with a really nice dSLR camera, remembering that I always wanted to learn more about photography back in my high school days, and realizing how much time I had let pass without going for it, and it was basically now or never. And so I took the leap, bought a secondhand dSLR, then I never turned back! And when I got married myself last year, I knew Weddings were something incredible to capture and I wanted to give people that joy. And that’s how my career journey has started.:)

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
I think I’ve learned that most importantly, in order to be successful you have to be yourself! You can be an incredible photographer but if people don’t feel like they know and trust you, they may not want to work with you.

What makes you different from everyone else?
There is only one Me! Isn’t that enough? 😉

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50mm, 1/3200, ISO 250, f/1.8

Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
Gah! She’s not so up and coming anymore but she was when I first started following her and that is Miss Jamie Delaine. She’s totally fab. She’s a wonderful writer, extremely talented at her craft and seems like someone I could totally chill with. 🙂 And her faith is untouchable and totally awesome.

One item you can’t live without?
My blackberry. I’m addicted to it.

Your best bokeh image and why?
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50mm, 1/250, ISO 100, f/1.4

This is my favorite because not only is it lovely bokeh but lovely sun flare too! 🙂

Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?
Because you’re not cool unless you do The Bokeh Pot interview. 😉 I also think The Bokeh Pot is a great way for people that are new to the industry to get their names out there to everyone. Clients and Photographers both!

Favorite book?
I’m an avid reader so this is an incredibly hard question. I’m a huge Twilight series fan as well as Harry Potter, anything by Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Piccoult, and Sophie Kinsella. And Memoirs of a Geisha really sucked me in when I read it. 🙂

Favorite movie?
GAH! Another tough question. I think my top 5 in no particular order are, The Notebook, Forrest Gump, What About Bob, Meet Me In St. Louis, You’ve Got Mail. (Yes, that’ right…You’ve Got Mail. Its my guilty pleasure!)

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50mm, 1/100, ISO 125, f/2.0

Where do you find inspiration?
I try to see inspiration in everything. But a lot of the time, and probably just because I spend so much time doing this, I find my inspiration by reading other blogs. All kinds of blogs. I’m a huge follower of a ton of other wedding photographers and I’m a celebrity blog junkie. 🙂

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
The most valuable aspect of the business is Me! I’m sure that is everyone’s answer but how can you not be the most valuable player in your own game?

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50mm, 1/3200, ISO 400, f/1.2

Do you use a second shooter?
I always use a second shooter. It’s reassuring, and just fun to hang out with someone all day who totally gets everything you do because they’re doing it too!

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

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28mm, 1/640, ISO 400, f/1.8

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Jamie Delaine of course! Or Jasmine Star. Or Melissa Jill. Three of my favorite photographers ever. 🙂

Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?

I’m a PPA member, but not an award winner. Yet 😉

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50mm, 1/6000, ISO 400, f/1.2

What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
It was a big leap to spend the kind of money it takes to build up an initial set up gear-wise. But as for jumping hoops I didn’t struggle too much making the decisions to do everything. My husband is incredibly supportive and amazing. 🙂

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
If you know in your heart of hearts that this is what you’re supposed to do, just go for it. But be smart about it. Don’t put yourself in debt if you don’t absolutely have to but don’t let anything or anyone hold you back. Have confidence. 🙂

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50mm, 1/3200, ISO 160, f/1.2

What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
I’m very lucky that I have amazing friends who’ve pushed my name out there to anyone and everyone. Its not very creative but its incredibly helpful and has really done the most for me when it comes to drawing new clients.

Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)?  If for, who have you had the most success with?
I am not at all against paid advertising if you have the funds to do so. I’ve not really spent any money on advertising yet, because I’ve been fortunate enough to have free advertisements via word of mouth and happy clients. But that’s not to say I won’t in the future!  🙂

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What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
My perfect photographer networking date is grabbing lunch lunch or hanging out at a coffee shop where you can chat for hours about this awesome business.

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50mm, 1/800, ISO 400, f/1.8

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David Ziser: Digital Wake Up Call

April 28, 2009

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