Mingle with Engle and Paul Manke

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Describe your photography style or words that describe your brand? My style is still being defined! I try to catch the moments as they happen, and I’m learning how to make some of those special moments happen too. I also still do a lot of formals because you know grandma and aunt Martha still want all the formal photos.

What are your work hours? Whenever I can fit them in. My partner is always telling me to relax a bit. But I am always trying to fit something in!

What is your favorite thing about Pictage? Pictage gives me the ability to focus my attention on my clients and creating beautiful memories for them. Not to mention Pictage is an awesome source of income for our business.

What lens could you not live without? My 70-200 2.8 although I am starting to fall in love with my new 50 macro!

What workflow tools do you use? Currently I am using Adobe Bridge and Photoshop. I am trying to learn Lightroom because it is such an awesome program, but until I get that down, I work in Bridge.

How long have you been a photographer? I started with a Kodak Instamatic 124 way back in 1975. I shot some great black & white portraits that my family still has. Even as a kid I was trying to get different angles and light. I went through more rolls of film than my parents cared for!

In 2003, I began doing some travel photography and was published a few times. I wanted to continue with photography but realized that the money for photography is in weddings. So I started shooting weddings in 2005.

Most listened to song on your ipod? Embarrassingly enough, the soundtracks to “Hairspray” & “Enchanted”.

What is something you have learned this year? I have learned some incredible things in the last year or so. I have been working with some amazing photographers and have received incredible insight into lighting and posing. I really want to thank Shari Zellers & Kurt Hilmerson for their continuing words of wisdom and insight!

What is a goal for 2008? Well, one of my goals was to turn our “Puppy” PUG into a full-fledged PUG…and it looks like that will be happening in the very near future!

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I love Disney movies and I am the uncle of 3 week old twin boys, Noah & Ryan!

Who inspires you? I get my inspiration from many different sources, mostly from PUG meetings, our incredible Pictage photographers and my wonderful clients.

How do you get most of your bookings? Most of my clients come from word of mouth. For a couple years I was an official photographer for David’s Bridal, so that got me going on the right track.

What blog do you stalk? I have a whole “Favorites” folder of blogs that I stalk! Shari Zellers, David Jay, Becker, the image is found, Dane Sanders and Chris Humphreys.

Any words of wisdom to share… Don’t give up on your dreams! As humans we are very impatient. What you really want will happen. Just be patient, don’t see what you want…BE what you want.

Paul, you have been such an awesome contribution to our community, Thank you!

Link love: Site – http://www.paulmanke.com/ Blog – http://paulmanke.blogspot.com/

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Ask & Learn Today with Melissa Jill

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Session Topic: “Join the Blog Revolution” Have you noticed that your expensive ads in magazines aren’t leveraging as much business as they used to? Times are changing and more and more people are tuning out interruption-based advertising. Instead of relying on ads, people are increasingly trusting their relationships and the reliable word-of-mouth their friends offer. Blogging is an effective way to leverage this change in our business culture. And the best part about blog-based marketing – IT’S FREE! Don’t be left behind – Melissa Jill will tell you how she has used blogging to successfully boost her business to the next level in just one year.

Bio: Melissa Jill took photography classes in high school and college but never dreamed she would be an artist or business woman for a living. After graduating college and working as a graphic designer for a stint, she realized her deep need to do something creative long-term. So, four years ago Melissa Jill Photography was born. Melissa runs her studio out of her home in Gilbert, Arizona and shoots 20-25 weddings a year both in Arizona and around the nation. She is an award-winning member of the WPJA, has been a member of Pictage since 2003, and enjoys leading the Phoenix PUG.

Get your questions ready and join us Here today at 4PM(pst). If you’re not already registered for the Pictage Forums, sign up here and check out the community today!

Upcoming Speakers: Don’t miss other Pictage Partner Conference Speakers every following Wednesday from 4pm – 6pm Pacific Time.

07-02-2008 Jared Bauman 07-09-2008 Liana Lehman 07-16-2008 Carlos Baez 07-23-2008 Corey McNabb 07-30-2008 Sara France 08-06-2008 Pepper Nix & Mitch Burt 08-13-2008 Travis Broxton 08-20-2008 Dane Sanders 08-27-2008 Chris & Katie Humphreys 09-03-2008 Justin & Mary Marantz

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Another Joe Buissink Tip!

We’ve decided to give you guys a double dose of Joe since we got such a positive response last week! Here’s part 2:

Joe Buissink started his professional photographic career 12 years ago. His unique style redefines wedding photography and has its roots in Fine Art. His passion for photography began with landscapes, nudes and evolved into the observation of people in some of the most emotional and special days of their lives, such as weddings. Joe’s photography is about capturing the moments and capturing the essence of each person in those moments.

Joe tells us how he stays excited about photography after years of shooting. Leave a comment and let us know what You do to keep it interesting!

Video Produced by Cinematic Studios.

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Mingle with Engle & Jensen Sutta

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Check out the new and improved Mingle with Engle format, Jensen makes it look so good!

Describe your photography style or words that describe your brand? My style is best described as documentary.  I like to think that looking at my work reminds the client exactly how the day or event went (no posing or staging, just documenting).

Chelsea Clinton at the Kentucky Derby

What is your favorite thing to photograph? My favorite thing to photograph is actually the non-profit called the Dream Foundation.  They grant wishes for terminally ill adults with 6 months or less to live.  Producing images for those individuals defines the importance of photography and reminds me of what is really important in life.

What is a must read or must see? A must read is “marketing without advertising“, but my all time favorite book is “the right words at the right time” by Marlo Thomas.

What are your work hours? About 10-4 during the week, and then the hours working a wedding or event.

What is your favorite thing about Pictage? My favorite thing about Pictage is that once I shoot the wedding, my work is done.  I download the files, organize into folders and do a rough edit all on the airplane on the way home from the shoot and when it lands, I know that all I have to do is send the files to Pictage and they will do the final color correction and print and ship the images….leaving my only job walking to the mailbox to collect my commission check!

What lens could you not live without? Canon 70-200 IS L.

How do you juggle your business and family/social life? Pictage helps me juggle the two by allowing me to delegate those time consuming tasks that I do not need to do, like album designing and organizing small print orders.

 

What workflow tools do you use? Only lightroom.

How long does it take you to upload to Pictage? About 4-5 hours.

 

How long have you been a photographer? This is my 9th wedding season.

What was your very first job? Believe it or not, my very first photography paycheck was taking a group picture for Paramount Pictures!  I had no idea what I was doing, so hired 2 assistants that did, to teach me on the fly!

Most listened to song on your ipod? “Great Day to Be Alive” by Travis Tritt.

What is something you have learned this year? That I will never stop learning!

What is a goal for 2008? To shoot less and make more!

 

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I teach photography once a week at the Institute of Art.

Who inspires you? Perhaps because I’m going to the concert tonight, but I’d say Jimmy Buffett.  He does what he loves, his theme is enjoy life and relax, and he has figured out how to make a living doing both.

How do you get most of your bookings? What is your primary way of marketing? Many on the spot at weddings while showing the day’s slideshow, many from word of mouth and also from fellow photographers.

 

What blog do you stalk? I’m not much of a blog stalker, but I probably check out David Jay’s the most.  I love how his goal is to save photographers time and make them more money, he’s looking out for our best interests!

Love it, Thank you Jensen!  

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Ask & Learn Today with Lauren Hillary

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Session 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.

Biography: 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, 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 Bride, Brides Southern California, Brides New Jersey, The Knot Weddings Southern California and Texas, Studio Photography and Design and Greersoc.com. She is currently the resident editorial photographer for The Bride and Bloom Magazine in Los Angeles.

Get your questions ready and join us here today at 4PM(pst). If you’re not already registered for the Pictage Forums, sign up here and check out the community today!

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Inside the Image of Chelsea Nicole

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Chelsea Nicole of Chelsea Nicole Photography (and our new Vegas PUG leader) gave us today’s image.

“Imagine this image with a soft Italian opera playing in the background. That’s how I remember it. The opera is being sung by the groom’s father. His mother is gently weeping… And it’s the best day of this couple’s life.

I chose this image to feature because it might not be immediately apparent that in addition to the newly-weds clearly in love – there’s a third spirit represented: the groom’s father. The inspiration behind this image came directly from him. One of Pete’s best memories was of their trip to Italy and so this shot was born. Pete, and his new bride Reann, in front of the beautiful Venetian architecture that reminded him of his father.

I don’t usually cry at weddings but it really was impossible not to when Pete’s mother wept as she walked him down the isle, a recording of an Italian opera his dad had sung years earlier softly playing in tribute.

I chose to shoot this image from a low angle, almost heavenward, with a 13mm focal length at f3.8. I thought the clouds were amazing and bracketed to retain the highlight-detail.

I know Pete’s father would have been very proud of his son, and, I hope, very touched by this shot.”

Shot with a Nikon D300 and 10-17mm lens Camera Settings: ISO 200, 1/640th sec, f/3.8 (additional exposure was taken for the clouds)

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Tip of the Week with Joe Buissink!

It’s Monday again, and time for another Pictage Tip of the Week! In this feature we bring you photography, business and Pictage tips from some of our top photographers and PUG leaders. Special thanks to Cinematic Studios for the filming and production of these clips.

Joe Buissink started his professional photographic career 12 years ago. His unique style redefines wedding photography and has its roots in Fine Art. His passion for photography began with landscapes, nudes and evolved into the observation of people in some of the most emotional and special days of their lives, such as weddings. Joe’s photography is about capturing the moments and capturing the essence of each person in those moments.

Are you true to yourself? Are you true to your style? Joe talks about the importance of shooting for yourself.

Video Produced by Cinematic Studios.

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Ask & Learn Today with Nathan and Amber Holritz

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Session Topic: Relational Affluence: The Value of Relationships in Building your Business.

Out with the old, in with the new! The old way of doing business was competition and direct mailers. The new way of doing business is communication and blogging! The old way consisted of keeping secrets. The new way consists of sharing them!

Successful businesses stem from successful relationships. Relational affluence must exist on several levels: personally, locally, and nationally. Whether it’s with a partner, a client, a vendor, or an industry CEO, each relationship is an investment vital to the growth of your business.

Nathan and Amber will not only share how you can develop key relationships but also how to harness the power of those relationships to further your business in the industry.

Biography : Holritz Photography was a hobby turned profession for Nathan and Amber Holritz. Nathan & Amber photographed their first wedding in 2002 with a couple of consumer cameras and an asking price of $300. In 2005, they photographed close to 40 weddings, as they focused on bringing modern wedding photography to the small town of Chattanooga, TN. Utilizing the unique perspective of a husband and wife team, Nathan and Amber reside in Chattanooga with their two beautiful children.

Get your questions ready and join us here today at 4PM(pst). If you’re not already registered for the Pictage Forums, sign up here and check out the community today!

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Inside the Image of Lauren Hillary

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Thank you Lauren of Lauren Hillary Photography for today’s image!!!

“Despite the rain, wind and chill we had here yesterday I had one of the best days with my long time clients Shawna and Anthony Puma. I photographed Shawna and Anthony’s wedding way back in 2003! I will never forget how much love I felt that day especially when Anthony said so adoring to Shawna I cant wait to make little baby Puma’s with you, how freaking heart melting is that!

Well guess what…The Pumas are having Twins!

So here we are 5 years later braving the rain in Newport!

Because it was raining I had a backup plan to shoot in the studio but I knew that wasnt what Shawna really was going for. So I asked her if she wanted to chance the rain, brave mother that she is we went for it and as soon as we got into our groove the rain broke, the clouds parted and the sun shone upon us! It was beautiful!”

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Tip of the Week with Liana Lehman

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!

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 has spoken at multiple Pictage events including Partner Conferences, Headliners and our Booth at WPPI!

Do you know how much money is coming in and out of your business? Liana talks briefly about understanding the foundation. Tune in and let us know what you think!

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