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

Bedazzled Photograpy – New York City, NY

October 14, 2009

Meet Ayesha Onyekwelu, owner of Bedazzled Photography in NYC.  Ayesha’s focus is wedding and lifestyle photography and she is a Nikon girl all the way.  She shoots RAW with her left eye, manual focus, and although she used to use TRA, she now prefers to use her own lightroom presets as well as Leah Profancik’s presets, with Kubota Magic Sharp MCP actions for her storyboards.






Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?

Hmmm I didn’t find photography, it found/followed me. I started out as a lawyer but with a father who loved all things photography, I took pictures as a hobby. One day, I took pictures as a guest at my cousins wedding and the bride preferred my pictures to their hired photographer. That’s when I knew I had to start thinking seriously about pursuing this. It is still not yet my full time career since I am a lawyer by weekdays and a photographer by evenings/nights and weekends but very well on my way to make a 100% switch :).

Babbs19mm, 800 ISO, 1/80, f/2.8

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

Networking with photographers. Practicing as often as you can. I also take out time to go and shoot for the love of photography and not for clients to refresh my creativity/edge.

What makes you different from everyone else?

I wouldn’t say I am that much different than everyone else, but when I take on a client, I view my clients as myself and my friend, and shoot them the way I would want someone else to shoot me, I almost always become friends with all my clients.

bride55mm, 400 ISO, 1/500, f/3.2

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

hmmm I don’t know that she is up and coming but I love Angie Monson of Simplicity Photography.

One item you can’t live without?

My Crackberry (Blackberry)

Your best bokeh image and why?

favoritebokeh50mm, 150 ISO, 1/200, f/2.8

There is something about this little boys look of glee that I love so much, it makes me smile everytime I look at it.

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

Why wouldn’t any photographer? LOL. On a serious note, it is a great site for photographers and clients.

Favorite book?

Hmmmm I have many but they change with time, but the one that always stays the same is -A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Couple50mm,  200 ISO, 1/250, f/2.2

Favorite movie?

I am a romantic… I love “Pretty Woman”

Where do you find inspiration?

Magazines, People Watching, Fabulous Photographers Blogs, Talking to a couple about themselves… just the most random stuff can inspire me.

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

LOL.. well I think me 🙂 because without me my business cannot exist at the moment.

esession170mm, 100 ISO, 1/320, f/4.0

Do you use a second shooter?

Sometimes depending on the size of the wedding.

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

email me and share your website and/or blog, lets talk.

flowers50mm, 800 ISO, 1/320, f/2.0

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

I am sorry but I have several hahahaha. Lacour Photography because they tell stories through pictures like none other and are so humble at it.  Angie Monson of Simplicity Photography because her colors are sensational and make me want to keep looking, Michael Colon because he is simply too cool for school.  Josef Isayo because his concepts are fantabulous.

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

OSP and PPA. No awards yet but hoping for some really soon.

kiss120mm, 400 ISO, 1/640, f/3.2

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

Purchase my Nikons and not worry about how broke I would be after I swiped that card.

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

Follow this if it is your passion. It is one of the most gratifying things I have ever done in my life and I just wish I had found it sooner before I spent a gazillion bucks in law school.

Shoes50mm, 800 ISO, 1/160, f/2.8

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

Hmm, I don’t think I have done anything magnificent. I have been incredibly blessed to  have wonderful friends and clients who keep referring me.

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

I am yet to do a paid advertising but I am not against it if it brings business to people.

Sunflare50mm, 160 ISO, 1/1250, f/2.2

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

Grabbing a bite and going to shoot just for fun and learning from each other.

Anything else you would like to share?

Thank you for this feature, I am incredibly honored.

uphigh 102mm, 320 ISO, 1/2500, f/2.8

one light workshop

May 26, 2009


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.”

J. Mitchel Photography – Long Island, NY – (Bokeh Feature)

May 12, 2009

Jeff Mitchel Press emailed us at The Bokeh Pot a month or two ago, attached some images, and stated his interest in being featured on our blog.  After looking through his images (all taken with the lens baby), I knew he would need a special feature about bokeh.  After all, that’s what our blog is named for!

Jeff is an architectural and fine art wedding photographer who loves his Lens Baby G3.  He started making custom apertures for it a while ago and always carries a few blanks with him in case he finds a situation that begs for something new.  He shoots with the Nikon D300 and D700, but thinks Canon makes excellent copiers;)  JK.  He shoots RAW with is right eye (occasionally RAW+JPEG), and shoots 50% manual mode, 40% aperture or time value mode, and 10% program mode.  He likes Kubota and TRA actions, The Photography Instructor’s Starbucks B&W conversion action,  and occassionally will use Kubota lightroom presets.





We asked Jeff to answer a few questions about his work with the lens baby (many of his images have been used at B&H workshops), as well as to answer the regular questionnaire.  He also submitted a few images of his non-lensbaby work!

When did you first become interested in creating your own bokeh shapes?

In August 2008, I decided it was time to learn to see. I started to force myself to carry a single lens and figure out how to best express ideas or images using only that lens (outside of paid & contracted works) for a month. October was Lens Baby month for me. I carried it everywhere and used it often. I had the Creative Aperture Kit sitting on my shelf since I first bought a Lens Baby a year earlier and finally got around to using the included star and heart shapes.  When I actually saw the results, in my own images, I knew I needed to start making my own disks.  I have made an umbrella, an angel, lightening bolt, snowflake a maple leaf and others. I made them using inexpensive dies purchased at craft stores like Michaels.


Why are you so interested in the lens baby and customized bokeh and what role do you think either/or will play in the future of photography?

I think the Lens Baby is an amazing way to help focus the viewer’s eye on your message, not just literally, but by using the out of focus areas to support the message with color theory and the shape of the bokeh. Both tools need to be subtle for most images, unless the message itself is about not being subtle. For example, the image featuring an out of focus Texas restaurant’s holiday lights brings bokeh to the point of the image. The bokeh is the only thing in focus. And it is in the shape of Texas, colorful, unexpected and BIG. Having been in Texas only a few weeks when I shot it, that was my first impression of Texas., and it’s people.


Are there any special tricks for making bokeh shapes and/or exposing for them?

There are three I can think of. Positive space,  Negative space and holes. Positive space would be carving a specific shape into an aperture disk. Negative would be carving the opposite of that shape, useful for complex shapes. Holes are just drilling holes in a disk to a pattern or to outline a complex shape. One of the things that works best with the LensBaby is to use it in a dark area with lots of bright colors. The out of focus areas really saturate and smear the colors to amazing effect.


There seems to be a lot of confusion about bokeh… can you sum it up in a quick easy to understand definition?

I understand bokeh to be the quality of the out of focus areas within an image. I think that bokeh is more than a technical aspect of how round, creamy or diffused an out of focus area is, but rather is how those features harmonize or create tension within an image and to what result.


Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?

My own wedding, a few years ago. I had an amazing photographer (Agaton Strom) who sparked my interest. Then during the day I started seeing the shots in my minds eye and helping Agaton capture my vision. I found that I could “see”, but did not have the technical knowledge to shoot. Learning the tech side is the easier part.


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

Be able to effectively practice at least 75% of what you can learn in a book, video, class, etc, before you go out and buy another one.  It is very easy to have an impressive library. It is impressive to be able to demonstrate you have the knowledge within yourself.

What makes you different from everyone else?

I treat weddings as art. I take the time to learn who a couple is on a personality level and have their images reflect that. The motions of a wedding may be similar, but the images shouldn’t be.


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

Ahmet Ze. But he has no idea I think that. I constantly look at his work and try to learn from it. We meet up with other local metro NYC photographers every once in a while to talk shop and shoot on the streets. You can see his work at http://www.ahmetze.com/

One item you can’t live without?

Lens Baby. It constantly teaches me new ways to look at things and how to focus and showcase your subject. Those lessons translate to any other lens.

Your favorite bokeh image and why?


An image of slide guitarist and vocalist Kenny Grohman, part of Stampede, the Todd Fritsch band. The image was shot at The Armadillo Palace, in Houston with a Lens Baby 3g on a Nikon D700. I cut a custom aperture disk in the silhouette of Texas with a box cutter at the bar while the band was warming up. The image has the traditional sharp focus points and dreamy edges you would expect, but the red amplifier light in the image took on a perfect shape of Texas. It is subtle and unexpected, but powerful, especially if you are from Texas. Texans are very passionate about their state.

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

The foundation of photography, as I know it, is you are always learning and you have an obligation to teach those that want to learn. This is a place I can do both.


Favorite book?

Don’t Stop the Carnival, by Herman Wouk.

Favorite movie?

A toss up between Mr. Roberts and The African Queen. I love the oldies.


Where do you find inspiration?

Everyday life. I try to look at the ordinary and see how I can show it in a new way, but convey a common emotion.

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

The relationships. No question. The people I meet, both clients and industry insiders, are fascinating and they all bring something amazing to the party.


Do you use a second shooter?

Almost always for weddings. Rarely for architectural, but I would like to have a few people to work with.

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

Contact me (info is on my website) and tell me what you bring to the table and why you want to shoot with me, particularly. Do you think our styles mesh? Do you want to learn some of the techniques I use? You would not need a large body of work to show me, but be able to show me 5 images and the story behind them. Not just the tech side, but why you thought that moment was a must have.  Be prepared to work hard, take instructions and behave professionally. 90% of the compensation you take home, will be knowledge. And you are getting a bargain. These are the same ideas I bring to the table when I try to second shoot today.


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

So many amazing people in the pool make that a hard question.  I need to come back to that one.

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

PPA, which is the best money you can spend. I belong to several online forums such as Open Source Photo. I have not won any awards really, but I did get an image in American Photo and Popular Photography in January 2009 as part of an MPIX contest. That is the only contest I have entered. Entering more is on my promotional and development plan for 09.


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

Like many photographers, I still have a full time career other than photography. I am a compliance and operations expert in the financial services field. I am coming to the game late, and at almost 40, transitioning to a different career cold turkey, in NYC, would present challenges to my financial obligations and family that are too expensive to undertake.

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

Decide how much risk you can afford. Develop a plan, knowing it is only a guide because as soon as you start it, life will throw you a curveball. Know that photographic skills and artistic vision turn out to be only a small part of being a successful photography business.


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

I draw upon the favorites, business cards for each bride with various images of their event on the back (Moo cards ROCK!), slide shows of the e-session at the reception that the couple has not seen yet and outstanding service.  I guess on the creative side, I have fine art prints up in several cafes and people seem to be able to make the connection between art, and their event.


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

I am not against advertising. I love Facebook. I am against paying a venue to be a “Preferred Vendor” without transparency to their clients about the compensation. Venues and vendors recommend me because I provide a strong product, excellent service and I am easy to work with. I may offer preferred pricing to their clients, but no cash under the table or other common NY dirty pool schemes.


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

I had a blast setting up a photographer get together in NYC last Summer. We had 30 photographers meet at the Columbus Circle fountain,  made a bar from DHL boxes and enjoyed a Heineken mini keg and h’orderves . Whole foods being across the street made that easy. After an hour of socializing and getting to know some of the new faces, we wandered through Central Park shooting two wonderful models we scheduled. You want’ to create a scene, have 30 photographers running after an attractive couple in NYC. After the sunset, we went up to a roof top terrace with views of Central Park, Lincoln Center and the NY skyline. We had ourselves a Strobist good time.

Anything else you would like to share?

Becoming a really good photographer today, is easier than ever. And that is a double edge sword, so always be learnin’.


David Ziser: Digital Wake Up Call

April 28, 2009


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AsukaBook Free Seminar

April 14, 2009

AsukaBook sponsors the following photographers’ events throughout the year.  Below is the latest schedule of their events where you are able to learn more about AsukaBook products and possible win a free book of your own design!

For more information visit http://asukabook.com/home_events.html

April 21, 2009 and April 22, 2009  Boston, MA  Area Seminar

April 23, 2009 Brooklyn, NY Seminar

April 24, 2009 Manhattan, NY Seminar

April 25, 2009 Philadelphia, PA Seminar

April 27, 2009 Baltimore, MD Seminar

April 28, 2009 Charlotte, NC Seminar

April 29, 2009 Atlanta, GA Seminar

May 1, 2009 Orlando, FL Seminar

Fast Track Workshop

April 14, 2009

May 20-21 Houston TX

October 20-21- New York NY

Get clear on who you are as a photographer & witness a world open up that you’ve never dreamed of!

cost? $1200.00

Join in for two days of training that will have more impact on your bottom line and professional satisfaction than any other investment you will make this year – facilitated by Dane Sanders!

> Let Dane help you get clear on your critical competitive advantage.
> Let Dane unlock the mystery of real change in your life and business.
> Let Dane crystalize what you need to do to get your photo house in order.
> Let Dane help you build modular micro-systems to streamline your workflow.
> Let Dane give you personal coaching on how to get the most from your subjects.
> Let Dane catalyze your growth as a photographer.
> Let Dane empower you with a proven game plan for success.

Give yourself the gift of jump starting your career that will save you years of trial and error.

The Workshop is designed around three keys elements that will propel you as a professional photographer.

First, you’ll get everything you need to personally own the Fast Track Philosophy.

Second, you’ll discover the perfect Strategy & Tactics for you to truly lead.


Third, you will be given the Tools and Best Practices necessary to win.

To register:  Click here