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

iheartpix {photography by Amy Cupp}- Knoxville, TN

September 2, 2009

Meet Amy Cupp of iheartpix.  Amy shoots Nikon using her right eye.  She shoots mostly RAW in Manual Mode and edits in Lightroom.





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

That moment came recently. For the past 2 years, I have pursued photography gradually gaining more business and more confidence along the way. Back in high school, I took photos as a hobby and then when my kids were born (ages 5 and 3) I finally had free models!!! Ha! I was scared to death for the longest time to take photos of people. I hid my talent for fear of failure. Big mistake.

When I finally did start taking photography seriously…. I soon realized I had  ALOT to learn. I didn’t know the first thing about an f stop, iso, etc. I am an artsy fartsy person by nature, not a techy person so that was a learning curve for me. I learned as much as I could. Read every photography magazine and book I could get my hands on. Studied tutorials online. Blog stalked amazing photographers and just practiced practiced practiced.

Eventually, my hobby evolved into a business. I could see the potential of growing my business, but my 9-5 was really holding me back. No vendor wants to meet with you on the weekend and as a single mom, the “mother’s guilt” was overbearing… Imagine coming home from a long day at work, getting your kids from daycare, and then having to face a long nights worth of work ahead of you…. That was my world for a while.

It seems odd to say it, to write it, to even think it outloud but today….. TODAY!!!!  my notice is turned in at the 9-5. I am so excited, I can hardly stand it. I guess  the turning moment is just realizing that I need a career that allows me to really be here for my kids. I wasn’t willing to give up my dream of photography and stick with the corportate world. I feel I have more amazing things calling me 🙂


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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Patience patience patience. It never pays to just go into a shoot or a wedding and just click away. Look for the light, feel the moments, take it all in and get THE shot.

What makes you different from everyone else?
Hahahahaha. Well, I am just your ordinary girl who happens to be passionate about her family and photography so I guess I am not that much different. …. I like to have fun.  Always. I will more than likely break it down for a few at a wedding. I have to enjoy what I am doing!

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

Oh my goodness! I have a lot. Up and Coming… well at least for me, this person is already there, but Sarah Quiara really helped me. When I first stumbled my way upon a photography site and started trying to really pursue this a few years ago, she really had some great advice. Her work is amazing and she always has wonderful ideas. She didn’t blow smoke up my you know what when I needed criticism but she had a way of giving so that you were inspired!

Some other faves are Amy Wenzel, Joey Lawrence, Scarlett Lillian, Jasmine Star, and Mike Colon.

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One item you can’t live without?

Okay, I am addicted to the internet.

Your best bokeh image and why?

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I love this one with the hands together. There is just something about all the wonderful color in the sweater and the hands together to pray… I just love it.

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

I love bokeh! I almost always shoot with my 50mm at 1.8. I just love the feel of an image with nice bokeh and wonderful light.

Favorite book?

Hahaha I am not a big reader. I loved the Twilight series. For kids, I like the Drama Llama ones. I am not sure if that is the exact name, but they are silly!

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Favorite movie?

I have a few… Gone in 60 Seconds, There’s Something About Mary, Dirty Dancing

Where do you find inspiration?

My kids 🙂

Do you use a second shooter?

Not usually… well not yet anyway.

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

Just hit me up via email photosbyamycupp@yahoo.com and we will talk.

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

I have never 2nd shot for anyone so I would love to do that. I think it is a great learning opportunity. I would bend over backwards and do splits to 2nd shoot for alot of the peeps I mentioned above…. Really though, I would love the opportunity to 2nd for a lot of photographers in my network.

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

Not any organizations… I won many different awards in amateur photography contests, but haven’t entered any professionally.

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

Oh goodness. See above. Of course. I am leaving the corporate world… a job that I have had for 7 years (my entire adult life)…. to pursue my dream and spend more time with my kids. Big leap but majorly worth it.

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

Don’t rush things. Take time to learn, experiment, and when it starts to feel like work, take a break and don’t forget to shoot for yourself.

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

This is my area of focus right now. As of now, I haven’t really done that much marketing.

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

I guess I am neutral on it. Free is always good! I have spent money on advertising and so far not really a big return on invesment. The best advertisement is happy, ecstatic customers who gush about you! It is a wonderful amazing feeling when you get repeat clients and client referals.

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

A group shoot. I think everyone could learn a lot from each other that way and it would really get the creative juices flowing.

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David Ziser: Digital Wake Up Call

April 28, 2009


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I Photoshop People Tour

March 10, 2009


Check out this great workshop: http://www.iphotoshoppeopletour.com/


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

KISS Get Simple Tour

December 15, 2008

Get Simple Tour!!

December 3rd 2008- Chattanooga, TN  9am-5pm

Feb 15th 2009-Las Vegas, NV 12pm-5pm ( meet @ MGM grand lobby and share a cab over to Kiss House)