Ask & Learn Today with Lauren Hillary


Topic: “Get Published” Lauren will guide you through the steps of getting your work published by industry and wedding publications nationwide. She will touch on each step from making industry contacts, choosing the images that editors look for, getting them ready for publication, writing up a story to grab the editor’s attention and delivering your final submission in a dazzling way.

Bio: Lauren Hillary’s style balances the Fine Art of Photography with Wedding Photojournalism. With an extensive background in Fine art and Fashion Photography, Lauren’s style has a distinctive and classic, artistic and photojournalistic look which captures the true emotions and personalities of her clients. Her approach is best described as natural and relaxed with a fashion flare.

Lauren’s work has been published worldwide and has graced the pages of Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style, Susie Coelho’s new book “Style Your Dream Wedding“, Inside Weddings, The Bride and Bloom, Modern …

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Inside the image of Kevin Swan


Today’s image was taken by Kevin Swan of Delicious Wedding Photography, Indianapolis PUG leader and Pictage member since 2006.

“This is one of my favorite shots from last year. I was trying to convey Chicago…the couple loves downtown. So I knew I needed the L-Train in a shot. I was in bright sunlight, but knew I wanted to have the motion of the train, so I went to TV mode and set my shutter pretty low: 1/13th of a second. I set my ISO to 50, and the aperture at 18 with my 16-35mm dialed all the way out to 16.

I only did the shot once, took four frames, and this one was the one! I was trying to back-light the couple with the sun, but had NO idea that the sun would be partially visible through the cars of the train as it blurred by. It was one of those …

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Liana Lehman Tip – Make BHAGs!

Every week we are bringing you new tips from some of our top photographers and PUG leaders. A big Thanks and we love you goes out to Cinematic Studios for the filming and production of these clips!

What types of goals do you have for your business? Liana Lehman will tell you her goal setting process and why making goals larger than life will help you to succeed!

Liana lives in Atlanta, GA where she operates Liana Photography. She is not only a well-known wedding photojournalist, but has started up Banana’s edu as well! Her two business degrees have led her to own and operate an extremely successful photography business, which just happens to be one of her obsessions. Liana also happens to be our Atlanta PUG leader and has spoken at multiple Pictage events including Partner Conferences, Headliners and our Booth at WPPI!

Tell us about your goals!

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Follow us on Twitter!


Here at Pictage, we love to know all we can about our members. One great way to do that is through! Twitter asks one simple question, “What are you doing?” You can answer that question online or from your phone and you have the choice of following other Twitter members.

Everyday we log-in to what over 50 of our Pictage members are doing, like Jeff Youngren is “So stoked for Matt and Kristy’s e session today at angel stadium! it is going to rock!” and Mike Steelman is “[at the] Pug San jose! Hotseat tonight…finally over. I passed, I think :)”

Check us out:

We can’t wait to hear what you are doing!  We have 49 followers right now, are you one of them?

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Ask & Learn today with David Wittig


Topic: Getting Your Clients to Think Outside the Box (with you) Partner Conference Los Angeles brought together an extraordinary line-up of leading photographer speakers. With Ask & Learn Wednesday’s we’re thrilled to extend these Q&A sessions by bringing our guest speaker photographers directly to you. Right now is your chance to get all your questions answered instantly! Just log on, read the recap, and ask away.

Bio: David is a fine art photographer who discovered his passion for wedding photography eight years ago. He combined his love for fine art with his knowledge of photojournalism to produce a unique style. He is a three-time WPJA award winner, and his work has been published in several magazines. David has done wedding shoots in six different countries, and 15 US states. His artwork has been exhibited in numerous galleries in New York City, Chicago, and Italy. His two solo-shows in Italy coincided with …

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Inside the Image of Kacie Jean


Today’s image was taken by PUG leader Kacie Jean of Kacie Jean Photography, Santa Barbara based Pictage member since 2006.

“This was by far my most favorite engagement session because the couple was willing to do anything I asked! We decided last minute to try and get a cool shot with them kissing as the train rushed by. We found out the train schedule and rushed over to the station. We had to jump out of the car and run down the tracks until we found a good spot for the picture.”

Settings: ISO 400, 1/15th @ f/22

Canon 20D with 24-70mm 2.8 lens (24mm focal length)

Taken at 4:34pm


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Kristin Greenlee Tip – Custom Black & Whites

Pictage Tip of the Week – Yep, it’s Monday! Here we bring you weekly tips brought to you by some of our top photographers and PUG leaders. Many thanks to Cinematic Studios for the filming and production of these clips.

Do you want more control over your Black & White images? Kristin Greenlee talks about tricks she uses to make life easier for both her clients and herself!

Kristin is based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas, where she has established Kristin Greenlee Photography. She also happens to be our Dallas PUG leader! Kristin describes her style as emotional photojournalism that honors traditions. She strives to capture evocative heart-felt images with honesty, but also realizes that those more traditional portraits have a time-honored tradition in families’ legacies.

How do you like your Black & Whites?

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Mingle with Engle & Shawn Reeder

shawnreeder_pictage-1003.jpgWritten by Emily Engle

Today’s Interview is with Shawn Reeder Photography & Music…

*What is your favorite thing to photograph? I have 5 different things that I love to shoot and I love them all equally but they each come in waves.  Landscapes, Climbing, Yoga, Outdoor Lifestyle, and People in Love. 

*Describe your photography style: Its hard to put words to an artistic style.  Natural, organic, real, these are words that try to describe what I strive for, although its really just words.  I want to capture the essence of my subject whether it be a person or a landscape.  My photography tends to be an interpretation of how I see the world, and since I try to see the beauty in everything, I hope this comes through in my work.

*What is a must read or must see? The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is what I’m currently reading and its so …

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Ask & Learn today with Bob Davis


Topic: Near Perfect in-Camera Color & Creating the Light

Bio: After attending Columbia College in Chicago, Bob began working full-time in the field of photojournalism. He spent 14 years as an award-winning photographer at the Chicago Sun-Times, and is often chosen for assignments with Time, People, Business Week and other national magazines. His passion has taken him around the globe, pursuing meaningful storytelling opportunities that cross cultural barriers and show others how we live, work, celebrate and worship.

Bob photographed the wedding of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, and his client list also includes Oprah Winfrey, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Draft Worldwide Advertising. He was commissioned to work on the America 24/7 book, which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show and was a New York Times best seller. Bob is also the Chief Photographer for Bella Pictures, the first national wedding photography company, and was recently honored by becoming a member of …

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*New “Inside the Image”


There is one thing I know we all like to see when we look at the blogs we follow…images!  The Pictage Blog will now showcase an image every week from one of our members.  We’ll also get the scoop on “Inside the image” so you can find out why and how it was shot and more!

Our debut feature was taken by Grant Oakes of Grant Oakes Photography.

“The bride had a close relationship with a developer, and therefore had access to a brand new luxury show home for her wedding.  The spiral staircase in the front entryway was too good to pass up for some amazing images.  It was photographed with a 15mm fisheye held over my head to get it as high as possible.  I liked the image so much I used part of it for the logo of my new venture,”  

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