Ask & Learn Wednesday with Sara France!


Session Topic: “Work From Anywhere: Building a Remote Control Business” Sara will touch on her proven techniques for creating and maintaining a successful remote controlled business. Wouldn’t it be great to have the ability to generate income from where ever you happen to be on the planet?

Sara will answer questions on how utilizing todays technologies will help you become more efficient, more flexible, and profitable. Looking at how businesses might evolve in the future Sara will introduce you to emerging technologies that relate to the non-location based photographer. She will also talk about web-based services, social networking, utilizing devices, software, and more.

Bio: Sara France Sara France is an international, award-winning wedding and commercial photographer based in Southern California. Her images have been featured in numerous regional and national publications, including Ceremony Magazine, Modern Bride, San Diego Style Weddings, and San Diego Bride & Groom, and the cover of Studio Photography.

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Inside the Image of Heather Fowler


Today’s image was given to us by Heather Fowler of Heather Fowler Photography and Pictage members since 2004…

“This is Rebecca and Shaun taken at Knowlton Mansion on May 4th, 2008.

The mansion has a cool space in the basement that is an old wine cellar. It is dark and dank smelling but all lit up with candles and they set out wine and cheese for guests.

The guests have to go down a long winding staircase to get to it. I cleared out the room of any guests, and I told the couple to go in that little nook and just be into each other. They seem REALLY into each other in such a strange space which makes it even more intimate. I put my flash behind them to get the sillouette look. I love how the flash lights up the bottom of her dress and the edges of their faces. I …

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Tip of the Week with Sara France – the 35mm 1.4

The 35mm 1.4

Every week we bring you a new tip from one of our many talented Pictage Members. This week’s tip is brought to you by Cinematic Studios.

Check out the video below and learn about Sara’s favorite lens and how it makes her photography unique! What’s your favorite lens?

Video Produced by Cinematic Studios.

Sara France is an international, award-winning wedding and commercial photographer based in Southern California. (Sara France Photography) Her images have been featured in numerous regional and national publications, including Ceremony Magazine, Modern Bride, San Diego Style Weddings, and San Diego Bride & Groom, and the cover of Studio Photography.

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Mingle with Engle & N Phocus Photography


Describe your photography style or words that describe your brand? I try and keep it as fun and informal as possible. This way they are relaxed and more likely to experience true emotion which leads to perfect moments to capture. It’s all about the moments, however, the best moments are hard to catch. The more relaxed and comfortable your bride and groom are, the more moments you’ll have a chance to catch. I need to start hiring 2nd shooters!!! Is there anyone in LA who has nothing to do on a Saturday?

What is your favorite thing about Pictage? The Free Album Designs of course! The people are cool too. We have a lot of fun at the events. I hear the LA PUG is the place to be!

What lens could you not live without? I’d rather have my 70-200 I.S. than the keys to my Aston Martin.

How do you juggle your business and …

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Speaker Spotlight – Jared Platt


We are very excited to have locked in a fabulous schedule of speakers for this year’s Pictage Partner Conference. We figure the more you know about what you will learn from each presentation, the better! Up until the conference, we will “spotlight” a different speaker each week. Thanks to Jared Platt for starting us off…

Jared’s topic is “Get Inspired – An Entertaining Look at the History of Photography”

What are the top 3 things you want attendees to take from your presentation? Going to Partner Con can be a bit of an overload for a photographer. So many presentations about what to do with your business, how to take better photos, how to blog, how to market, where to shop, what to say to a client, how to design albums, etc… I thought it would be fun to relax a bit, look back at the masters of the past, learn about …

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Ask & Learn Wednesday with Corey McNabb


Session Topic: “Rockstar Wedding Photography – Your Backstage Pass to Making Brides Feel Like a Million Bucks” Rockstar brides spend rockstar bucks. When brides feel like supermodels, they will indulge themselves with photographic pampering. By making them feel celebrated and beautiful through your environment, your rapport, and your service, they will gladly and extravagantly invest in their family legacies. Optimize your environment by creating a comfortable and relaxed spending atmosphere that gives brides permission to be excited about you and your work. Your interaction with brides is vital to establishing a lifetime of loyalty. Regardless of your price point, knowing your brides will allow you to maximize your profit potential and firmly establish credibility in your marketplace.

Bio: A fourth generation photojournalist, Corey McNabb has been covering weddings for three years and travels regularly for destination weddings and honeymoon coverage. For a decade he worked in the film and fashion industries in …

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Tip of the Week with Mike Colon – Aperture Plug-In (and Lightroom too!)

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!

Mike Colon is an international wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Newport Beach, California. He was recently named a “Legend Behind the Lens” by Nikon.

Mike talks about the Pictage to Aperture Plug-in. We have also just released the Pictage to Lightroom Plug-in. Both of these improvements have streamlined your workflow by making image transfers between Adobe Photoshop Lightroom/Aperture and Pictage easier than ever!

Video Produced by Cinematic Studios.

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Ask & Learn Wednesday with Carlos Baez


Session Topic: See The Light: Passion, Fashion and Inspiration

It takes more than numbers to keep yourself going in the wedding market, it takes deep rooted passion, knowing your style; where you came from and where you want to go. Don’t end up as a photographer having a “break down” due to lack of inspiration. Finding and listening to your inner voice can keep you going with as much energy and vigor as you did the first time you picked up a camera.

Today’s wedding photography market is competitive, and shooting with available light is simply not enough to separate your imagery in the market place. With many photographers’ images looking the same, how can you stand out? Fashion photography is consistently molding what the savvy client is expecting. With the use of many types of lighting, your images can stand out and bring a new edge to your style.


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Inside the Image of Jules Bianchi


Jules Bianchi (Pictage member since 2003 & LA PUG leader) let me snag today’s image and story from her blog…

“When I first saw Julie’s colors (red tones) I was excited because I knew there was a red wall in the parking lot level of the Walt Disney Concert Hall where she was getting married. For this image, I asked them to hold hands and look at me. I wanted them to simply stand quietly together because I was trying to capture something that might evoke feelings of a vintage wedding image like this one:”

“How I shot it: I was shooting in RAW with my Canon 5D and my new 50mm 1.2 lens. This image was shot in manual mode at 1/80, f 1.6, ISO 500.Because it was rather dark down there, I used my Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 and had Shannon hold my 580 EX flash to light them. She was off to …

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Tip of the Week with Justin & Mary

Business Cards

Together, Justin & Mary form Justin Marantz Photography in Hartford, CT. It is one of the fastest growing studios on the east coast! They are also the leaders of our very own Harford PUG! Their work has been featured in Brides magazine, Grace Ormonde and La Bella. Mary and Justin founded The Portrait House in 2006 as a worldwide fundraising mission to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity.

What do clients think when you give them your business card? Mary and Justin Marantz have customized their marketing materials to ensure that they stand out from the crowd. What does your card say about you?

Video Produced by Cinematic Studios.

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