Isabel Sam Photography – Cincinnati, OH

May 4, 2010

Meet Isabel, of Isabel Sam Photography, a husband and wife team in the suburbs of Cincinnati, OH.  Their focus is being creative and fun with people.  They are Nikon shooters and shoot with their right eyes.  They shoot in RAW using manual 99% of the time and AV 1% of the time.  Isabel’s favorite actions are Claire-ify and Pool Party by TRA.

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

I don’t think I had a specific moment. I never really saw photography as an option until I thought I was going to take a photog class for fun and then I found out it was an interview for a job. Eventually I saw that I was good and that I had potential…and then figured out that this would be the best career for my family. My husband and I both have advanced degrees, but this job gives me flexibility with my family life that no corporate job ever offered. So, it’s been a blessing!

17-55 55mm 2.8  1/1600 ISO 320

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

I cannot do it all and I must be patient with myself.
What makes you as a business person different from everyone else?

Outstanding customer service. My brides love me to death for all the extra joys I add to their experience of having me as their photographer.

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

Hmmm….I don’t know…maybe myself? 😉
One item you can’t live without?

My eyes, everything else is just a tool.
Your favorite bokeh image and why?

85mm 1.8 1/640 ISO 320

I think this one is my favorite – I have issues saying this, because my mind changes like every day! Anyway, I’ve received TONS of comments on this image that it just brings out his personality and I’ve even had other clients ask if I can do a similar image for them.
Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?

I think this blog is a seriously wonderful tool for many newcomers!
Favorite book?

The Bible

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Favorite movie?

I really loved the Mexican film “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”, it’s really sad, but it’s just great.
Favorite songs to work to?

Anything that makes me happy and helps make my fingers work faster. 🙂
Where do you find inspiration?

I find a lot from fashion, architecture, and nature. I feel like that helps me from letting my images look exactly the same as others.

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Aside from yourself, what do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?

Probably my husband and baby sitter. They help me keep my business separate from my family – because when I feel like those worlds are colliding –  I’m losing my mind!
Do you use a second shooter?

Yep, mostly my husband.
How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?

Shoot me an email with a link to your site!

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

Probably Fuller Edge in Canada. I really love their sexiness in their images!
Are you a member of any organizations?

Eh, PPA and a bunch of nerdy engineering and computer ones. 🙂

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

My husband and I put a chunk of money into savings and when it looked like God was opening up some doors – I just did it cold turkey!
Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?

Be patient and always keep on trying to think outside of the box. If something isn’t working, be ready and flexible to try something new.

17-55 17mm 2.8 1/1250 ISO 200

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

Senior model program for my high school students and a fashion show.

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

I think that some paid advertising does work – you just have to be smart about how  you do it. I’ve advertised, for instance, in high school papers for my senior shoots, but I used my models from those schools in the ad. That helped bring in a lot of new business.

85mm 2.5 1/320 ISO 320

How do you go about networking with other wedding vendors?

I started going to their parties they have at the end of the wedding season or openings of new locations. I just get to talking with them and if they seem to want to work with me we set up a time to chat and figure out how we can help each other.
What does an overview of your typical workflow look like?

It could probably be better. But I dump all my cards after  a wedding and then sort according to the images time stamps. Then a day later I just sit down and go through the whole folder and start “starring” the ones I like. I get to the end and see how many I starred and sift through them to get to the number I give my clients. From there I take my favorite 100-150 to very specifically retouch in photoshop. The rest get batched or something like that.

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How do you stay organized?

I have all these envelopes that hold contracts, dates when checks were paid to me, dates of  engagement shoot, etc…that all pertain to one client. I then also have all the dates in my phone and on my calendar so I can immediately tell a phone inquiry if I’m available or not.
What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?

Probably hot chocolate together and discussing our businesses and how we can help each other.

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iDream Media – Chillicothe, OH

November 25, 2009

 

Meet Brian Jones of iDream Media.  Brian is a wedding, portrait, and wildlife photographer who uses Canon equipment and shoots with his right eye.  He shoots in both RAW & JPEG, Manual and AV modes, and uses TRA actions.

 

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

I have always wanted photography as a career. After graduation I wanted to take photography in college but my parents told me I could never make a living doing it so I ended up going a different direction. After a few different majors and everyone telling me I should do photography full time  I finally enrolled at the Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton, Ohio. I earned a degree in portrait photography.

1/2500, ISO 640, 85L F1.6, 5D MKII

 

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

Have fun!

What makes you different from everyone else?

I am very outgoing and connect with my clients easily. I try and capture the small details that people tend to forget about.

5D MKII, 70-200 F 2.8

 

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

ME 😉 haha

 

One item you can’t live without?

My 85L

 

Your best bokeh image?

5D MKII, 85L, F1.2 ISO500


Favorite movie?

300

 

Where do you find inspiration?

Malls

 

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

The different look that I deliver. It’s more modern and edgy.

 

Do you use a second shooter?

Sometimes

 

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

Just ask 😉

 

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

Jerry Ghionis


Canon 5D MKII, 1/200 F1.8, 85L, ISO800

 

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

PPA, WPPI, NILMDTS, I have won awards for my nature and wildlife photos 😉

 

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

I wanted to make sure I was fully prepared and ready before accepting and weddings. You have one chance to get it right!


5D MKII, 1/5000, F1.4, 85L, ISO100

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

Work with other photographers and get out there and shoot.

 

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

I get out in the community and get noticed. I also work with a local jewelry store and give a complimentary engagement session when they buy an engagement ring.

5dMKII, 1/5000, ISO640 85L f1.6

 

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

Both! I have had alot of success from Facebook! My website and I also have a commercial running which has reached alot of homes for not alot of money. Check your local cable company for rates.

 

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

Just grab your gear and go out shooting…try things you wouldn’t normally do alone.


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Leah Stafford Photography, Intimate Boudoir – Akron, OH

October 28, 2009

Meet Leah of Leah Stafford Photography and Intimate Boudoir.  Leah’s focus is destination weddings and boudoir.  She shoots JPEG with her left eye using Canon equipment.  She shoots in manual mode and uses TRA and Heart and Soul Actions.

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

My husband was the one who gave me confidence to do this. I waited and waited until I was really ready. And also, I really hated waking up at 5AM to go to work.

antiguawedding28MM 200ISO, 1/1300 2.2

What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
the relationhip you have with your clients. treat them as more than someone who just comes through your door. treat them as one of your closest friends. do that and the rewards will be very great.
What makes you different from everyone else?
just being me. 🙂

CHICAGBOUDOIR128mm, 800iso

Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
jen williams. she’s done so much in so little time.
One item you can’t live without?
my iphone. it’s a terrible addiction.

Your best bokeh image and why?

DJWedding27028MM, 500ISO, 1/5399, 1.8

i adore this shot. i love bright colors and detail shots. i was also blown away by the bokeh. thank you 28 1.8 🙂

Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?
i think its important to keep in connection with other photographers and see what is going on. we have a very unique jobs. some of my peers are my closest friends.

Favorite book?
i’m actually a magazine person. i stock up on them all

Favorite movie?
mr and mrs smith. brad pitt. need i say more?

destinationwedding50MM 1.2. 100ISO, 1/5300 1.6

Where do you find inspiration?
random places and random things. the other day i was driving down the freeway and the light was hitting the field and it was perfectly lit up. I could imagine myself out there shooting and was totally going through the poses in my head. I also look at others work and then think of ways to redo it to my style. Magazines, music, anything. Inspiration is everywhere for me.

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
confidence. what is your business without it?

flowersleah28 mm 200iso, 1/2000, 1.8

Do you use a second shooter?
it’s usually my hubby. he rocks it out.

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
just ask! i love working with new people, it challenges me.

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
jose villa + bobbi and mike. 2 totally different styles but nonetheless, amazing

mexico wedding28MM, 500ISO, 1/8000, 1.8

Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
PPA.
What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
No hoops or interesting story. I just wanted to make sure it was the right timing.

NYCBOUDOIR50mm, 200ISO, 1/320 1.6

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Take your time and don’t burn yourself out too quickly. Good things come to those who wait. There is nothing wrong with taking your time in the process.

nycengagement50MM, 320ISO, 1/2000, 1.8

What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
nothing groundbreaking. i have an amazing referral system so 90% of my business is word of mouth.

weddingdress28mm 100iso, 1/800, 1.8

Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)?  If for, who have you had the most success with?
In the beginning I did some paid advertising. It wasn’t what I was expecting so I reevaluated that route. I turned to a great referral system and free things- like facebook! Most recently, I have decided to sign up for google adwords. The results, in such a short time (4 days as I write this) have brought me tremendous results!

What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
Talking boudoir in a coffeeshop.

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Cassidy Dawn Photography – Chillicothe, OH

August 26, 2009

Meet Cassidy Drummond of Cassidy Dawn Photography.  Cassidy’s focus is portraits and weddings and her husband is her second shooter.  She uses Canon and shoots with her left eye.  She shoots Jpeg in Manual Mode and loves Red Leaf Studio‘s Actions.

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Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
In junior high my locker was covered with landscape photos from various vacations, and a friend said, “I want to be a photographer on the side when I’m older.” I thought, I want to be a photographer too, but all the time.

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Don’t do something just because you think that’s what everyone wants to see. Make your business & your work reflect you. Why strive to be someone else? God made us the way He did for a reason.

What makes you different from everyone else?

I wouldn’t say I am different from anyone else. I can honestly say that my career is also my passion, and those that can say that are some of the most blessed people on earth. I am just a girl that loves her life and everything in it. No one is the same, but I am by no means extraordinary.

ISO100 50mm f1.4 1_2000_1ISO100 50mm f1.4

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

Josh Goleman (I don’t know if you can call him up-and-coming…but not enough people know about this guy…so much talent, wow!)

One item you can’t live without?

My GPS, ask anyone who knows me.

Your favorite bokeh image?

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Favorite book?

Ooh, hate to say it, but I am just not a book girl. (My poor husband is an English teacher!)  I love magazines, although they are fading. I lost Cottage Living & Domino last year…

Favorite movie?

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium – puts me in the best mood J

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Where do you find inspiration?

Nature. My house is a cottage hidden away in the hills. I can’t see my neighbors; I have a waterfall in my front yard and a cave under my driveway. It’s a little piece of heaven.

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

Um…me. It’s is called Cassidy Dawn Photography. You make your business, make it what you want it to be.

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Do you use a second shooter?

On weddings, it’s my husband. He’s very, very talented!

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

Ask…it never hurts to ask! That’s how I got started!  I like to keep it at two shooters though, but if my husband can’t be there – I’d love to have you!

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

Red Leaf Studios….I am in awe of their work. Vintage & Nature-y…just my style!

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

OSP, Wedding Wire

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

I was majoring in Art in college and felt like I wasn’t being fed all the photo goodness I needed. I switched my major to Business and found a photography mentor who let me intern for a year. We clicked right away and I worked for her for 3 years. She is not only my mentor, but the most amazing photographer. Not only did I learn the value of an image from her, but she showed me that nothing is more important than having pure kindness towards everyone and loving your life down to each little detail of the day. I am eternally grateful to Melanie Mauer (www.melaniemauer.com).

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

It’s all about believing in yourself.  Maybe set a list of goals that you need to achieve before taking the leap, but whatever you do, believe that you can do it.

ISO200 70mm f5.0 1_200_1ISO200 70mm f5.0

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

I don’t believe I have any particular groundbreaking thing. I treat my clients they way that they should be treated.  They are such an important part of what we do, my clients aren’t just some business one day and then we move on.  They are my referral system, 80% of my business is from word of mouth.

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

um…ice cream. Do you really need anything more than ice cream?

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Your name?

Cassidy Drummond

Your business name and are you a single or multiple shooting team?

Cassidy Dawn Photography, Single. (my husband is my second shooter on weddings)

Your location?

Chillicothe, Ohio

Your shooting specialty/focus?

Portraits & Weddings

Nikon or Canon?

Canon

Left eye or right?

Left

Raw or Jpeg?

Jpeg

What shooting mode/s do you use?

Manual

Actions?

A variety, love Red Leaf Studio’s action sets

Descriptive Answer (mostly) Section:

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
In junior high my locker was covered with landscape photos from various vacations, and a friend said, “I want to be a photographer on the side when I’m older.” I thought, I want to be a photographer too, but all the time.

What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Don’t do something just because you think that’s what everyone wants to see. Make your business & your work reflect you. Why strive to be someone else? God made us the way He did for a reason.

What makes you different from everyone else?

I wouldn’t say I am different from anyone else. I can honestly say that my career is also my passion, and those that can say that are some of the most blessed people on earth. I am just a girl that loves her life and everything in it. No one is the same, but I am by no means extraordinary.

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

Josh Goleman (I don’t know if you can call him up-and-coming…but not enough people know about this guy…so much talent, wow!)

One item you can’t live without?

My GPS, ask anyone who knows me.

Your best bokeh image and why?

Favorite book?

Ooh, hate to say it, but I am just not a book girl. (My poor husband is an English teacher!)  I love magazines, although they are fading. I lost Cottage Living & Domino last year…

Favorite movie?

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium – puts me in the best mood J

Where do you find inspiration?

Nature. My house is a cottage hidden away in the hills. I can’t see my neighbors; I have a waterfall in my front yard and a cave under my driveway. It’s a little piece of heaven.

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

Um…me. It’s is called Cassidy Dawn Photography. You make your business, make it what you want it to be.

Do you use a second shooter?

On weddings, it’s my husband. He’s very, very talented!

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

Ask…it never hurts to ask! That’s how I got started!  I like to keep it at two shooters though, but if my husband can’t be there – I’d love to have you!

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

Red Leaf Studios….I am in awe of their work. Vintage & Nature-y…just my style!

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

OSP, Wedding Wire

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

I was majoring in Art in college and felt like I wasn’t being fed all the photo goodness I needed. I switched my major to Business and found a photography mentor who let me intern for a year. We clicked right away and I worked for her for 3 years. She is not only my mentor, but the most amazing photographer. Not only did I learn the value of an image from her, but she showed me that nothing is more important than having pure kindness towards everyone and loving your life down to each little detail of the day. I am eternally grateful to Melanie Mauer (www.melaniemauer.com).

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

It’s all about believing in yourself.  Maybe set a list of goals that you need to achieve before taking the leap, but whatever you do, believe that you can do it.

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

I don’t believe I have any particular groundbreaking thing. I treat my clients they way that they should be treated.  They are such an important part of what we do, my clients aren’t just some business one day and then we move on.  They are my referral system, 80% of my business is from word of mouth.

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

um…ice cream. Do you really need anything more than ice cream?


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