Vida Carson Photography – Philadelphia, PA

September 16, 2009

Meet Vida, a portrait and wedding photographer who uses Nikon.  She is left handed, but uses her right eye to shoot with.  She shoots in Manual Mode but uses both RAW and JPEG.  She mostly uses actions that she created herself, but will occasionally use Totally Rad or Nichole Van Actions.


Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
I was editing some pictures that I took of my best friend and in my head I said “hey.. I could do this!” then two weeks later a close friend of mine who does tattoos (LeenaInk) hired me to do some photos for a magazine spread that she’d be in and… that was that.


What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Hm.. that’s a toughy because I’ve learned a lot of things. The most valuable thing would probably be that you can’t be anyone other than yourself. Stay true to who you are and clients will love you for that.


What makes you different from everyone else?
I think I stand out because I can always make you laugh! Whether we’re in the middle of downtown Philly or laying in a field, I love making people laugh. I try to connect with my clients on a more personal level because photography is always more fun when it’s with a friend.


Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
If I had to pick one, it would have to be Natalie Franke of Natalie Franke Photography. I just had the pleasure of meeting her in Maryland and she’s just awesome. If you’re ever in Maryland and need a photographer – she’s your girl!


One item you can’t live without?
My cell phone! I’m a texting junkie so without my cell phone I feel so lost 😦

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Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?
Because I often stalk other photographers so why not let someone stalk me for a change? 😉

Favorite book?
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

Favorite movie?
Anna and the King

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Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration all over the place! Ofcourse through fashion magazines and my amazing contacts on Flickr but also through the little things, the every day things. When it’s cold outside and you close your eyes and imagine being in the arms of the ones you love.. I want my pictures to be the scene you’re imagining. Is that cheesy? 😉

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
Self respect! I don’t think anyone else will respect you or your art if you don’t respect yourself.


Do you use a second shooter?
Since this is my first year as a wedding photographer, I haven’t used a second shooter yet. I also don’t know many photographers in my area so that could be another reason!

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Just email me! I check my email about 50 times a day 🙂

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If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Oh, that’s a tough one. Definitely Jonas Peterson or Ken Kienow. They’re not super famous photographers but I know them through a forum I belong to and I just love their work and they’re really nice guys 🙂

Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
I am now a member of PPA. I’ve won a non photography related award. I wrote a play and it was chosen to be cast and performed off Broadway.


What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
I’m still not a full time photographer because I’m currently in college so I haven’t really “taken the leap” I guess. I’m still jumping through hoops now.. it’s expensive to start a photography business andit takes a lot of time and effort.

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Even if you get knocked down a couple times (which you will) if you want it bad enough, it’ll happen. I promise.

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Smith Photo Studios – Philadelphia, PA

May 27, 2009

Meet Michael and Lindsay Smith of Smith Photo Studios.  This husband/wife team focus on weddings and portraits, shoot with their right eyes in manual mode using Nikon equipment.  They shoot all RAW and use Pioneer Woman Photography Actions.

Twitter – Smithpho  and  1lindsaysmith

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
When we met and continued to see each other we realized we had a great team and knew that photography was something we could pursue as a couple.


What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Always be over-prepared for ANY situation even those that seem non-photography. Be ready for wardrobe malfunctions and anything else that could go wrong.

What makes you different from everyone else?
We are a team that works so closely and can play off of each others strengths to maximize capturing all the details of the day.

One item you can’t live without?
Each other.

Your favorite bokeh image?


Favorite book?
The Bible

Favorite movie?
Get Smart (Michael)
Sweet Home Alabama (Lindsay)
Where do you find inspiration?
Blogs, life, and small towns
What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
Personalized service

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Marry one of us, oh wait too late.
If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Ryan Estes (Michael)
Jasmine Star (Lindsay)


What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
Go out on a shoot and then upload and critique each other.
Anything else you would like to share?
Go for it! Just jump in and immerse yourself in photography. If photography is what you really want to do then go for it and work hard.


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!

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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

I Photoshop People Tour

March 10, 2009


Check out this great workshop:


Location Date
Kansas City, MO March 11, 2009
St. Louis, MO March 12, 2009
Chicago, IL March 13, 2009
Detroit, MI March 15, 2009
Columbus, OH March 16, 2009
New York, NY March 18, 2009
Philadelphia, PA March 19, 2009
Washington, DC March 20, 2009
Atlanta, GA March 23, 2009
Nashville, TN March 24, 2009
Oklahoma City, OK March 26, 2009
Dallas, TX March 29, 2009
Austin, TX March 31, 2009
San Antonio, TX April 1, 2009
Houston, TX April 2, 2009
Dallas, TX September 28, 2009
Dallas, TX October 26, 2009
Maui, HI November 16, 2009

Cliff Mautner’s Lighting & Skillset Bootcamp – Philadelphia, PA & Toronto

March 3, 2009

Dates :

Philadelphia – April 28-30, 2009 with an opening reception the evening of April 27

Toronto – May 12-14, 2009

Philadelphia – October 27-29, 2009 with an opening reception the evening of Oct 26

Registration Fee – $1700

For More Information Call 609.560.0877 or email


“I really believe that in our digital age, photographers have become so caught up with what they can do in post production, they’ve ignored the rudiments and foundation that are essential in creating images”

The goal of this workshop is for every photographer in attendance to drastically improve their skills and empower them with the confidence to go after their own style.

The workshop will feature:

-various technical aspects & an understanding of your gear

– a multitude of creative flash techniques

– lighting your subjects from noon to midnight

– live bridal shoots on location in philadelphia

– individual hands-on instruction during shoots

– techniques in capturing the essence of our clients

– one-on-one mentoring sessions

Other Topics Covered will be:

– client interaction and relationships

– sales presentation skills including a mock presentation

– building a referral base through vendor/partner relationships

– client retention

– workflow from capture to proof