New Pictage Podcasts!

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Ask & Learn Wednesdays have been a great way to build our photographer community with over 250,000 views in the last 2 years alone!

We decided to take the live chat one step further and create a “get to know you” Podcast. We’re pleased to have Sara France personally interview some of the Industry leaders, our very own Pictage Partner Conference speakers! Each Tuesday we will post a video intro and the full podcast here on the blog. Then you’ll have a day to listen to the interview and think of all the questions you can come up with for the Ask & Learn on Wednesday!

This week’s debut Podcast features Gene Higa, on the topic: “Creating a Niche Market to Set Yourself Apart”. Check out the video first, then download the podcast down below to hear the inside scoop! Gene will be on the forum tomorrow …

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Tip of the Week with Mary and Justin Marantz!

Shooting Wide open with fixed, fast lenses

Justin & Mary have 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. Recently they launched justinmarantz.com– It’s a blog. It’s a website. It’s a blogsite!! Check it out!

Do you have a really great fixed lens and you’re not sure how to get the most out of it? Justin tells us how to really use your lenses to the best of their ability!

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Pictage TV Channel on You Tube

Did you know? We have our own Pictage TV channel on You Tube. Be sure to check out the video below and many others about PUGs, Tips of the week, PartnerCon, and more…

Video Produced by Cinematic Studios.Also, we love to be ranked and to see your comments! Go ahead, watch, learn, share and enjoy.

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Inside the Image of Jason Groupp

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Today’s image was taken by Jason Groupp out of New York – a Pictage member since 2006…

Jason says: Shooting on the streets of NYC is ALWAYS an experience!  This photo captures one of those greats moments and just makes me smile.  

The story:  It’s about 7:30 p.m. in the middle of June and I’ve got about 3 minutes before that sun goes behind the buildings for good and all of a sudden I hear from behind me.  “Yo – Yo!”  and “Oh man, she’s fine!!”  🙂

My assistant Lindsey is next to me holding a fill card (California Sunbounce) and says, “Ugh, here comes trouble.”   This group of 16 year olds continue walking past while I am frantically trying to get a few more shots in before the light is gone.  Next thing I know they are standing next to Anna saying “Yo – can we get in the shot – We famous too.” 🙂  

I say, “OK guys, …

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Tip of the Week with Melissa Jill!

Breaking the Ice

How do you get your clients talking when you first meet them? Melissa Jill tells us her tips and tricks on breaking the ice and getting clients into the conversation.

Melissa Jill was a sophomore in high school when a camera was first placed in her hands and she was hooked! She never imagined that as a Philosophy and Christian Ministries major at Azusa Pacific University in CA, that she would one day create for a living. She always thought of art as a hobby until a friend, David Jay, started and grew his successful studio in Santa Barbara, CA. She started her business in the spring of 2003 and still marvels every day that she spends her life doing something she enjoys so much. Melissa Jill is our Phoenix PUG leader and has grown the group steadily over the past 2 years! She was recently featured in …

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Speaker Spotlight – Rob Evans

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Robert Evans will be speaking on “Time to Play On the Wedding Day.”

What are the top 3 things you want attendees to take from your presentation? 1. I want my attendees to see that it is possible to create a schedule that is conducive to capturing great images on the wedding day, all prior to the ceremony. 2. I want my attendees  to learn how to educate their clients on how to run on time in order to maximize their talents and time to the fullest on the wedding day. 3. I want my attendees to understand that it is their responsibility to make sure they set themselves up for success on the wedding day. Do you shoot what you want. or do you shoot what you get?

What’s your favorite thing about Partner Conference Los Angeles? I love the opportunity to help photographers learn from my 20 years of trial and error. Also, I really like …

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Speaker Spotlight – Marc Weisberg

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Marc Weisberg will be speaking about “Turning Pixels into Profit – How to Start a Profitable Family Portrait Studio.”   What are the top 3 things you want attendees to take from your presentation? 1. Creating your own niche. 2. What to charge for your portraits. 3. Marketing Strategies that work.

What’s your favorite thing about Partner Conference Los Angeles? 1. Killer info from top photographers in an intimate setting.

What is the best advice you can give someone who has never attended a Pictage Partner Conference? 1. Go with an open mind.  Step outside you comfort zone.  Stay after the seminar and ask questions. 2. Sit up front instead of hiding in the back of the room.  Bring lots of business cards.  Ask for lots of business cards.  If you can, stay in L.A. for a few days, get there early to network and stay after for impromptu dinners.  You never know who you going to meet. Contribute and share.

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Speaker Spotlight – Jared Bauman

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Jared Bauman will be speaking about “Business 102 – Recession-Proof Your Business.”

What are the top 3 things you want attendees to take from your presentation? 1. Learn how to take your business into “success-pilot” – where you business succeeds no matter what the circumstances! 2.  Learn easy business principles that are easy to apply and make a difference. 3. How to accurately run a cost analysis on your business

What’s your favorite thing about Partner Conference Los Angeles? The incredible community of sharing . . .  And the bed-jumping!

What is the best advice you can give someone who has never attended a Pictage Partner Conference? Come ready to take notes – don’t try to process everything you’re hearing, just get it down on paper.  You’ll have plenty of time to think about how it applies to your business later – focus on learning as much as possible while you’re there!

Besides your own presentation who would you like to hear? Marc Weisberg – …

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Speaker Spotlight – Louis Gabriel

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Louis Gabriel’s presentation will be on “Learning the True Secrets of Creating Iconic Images for Fashion and Glamour Photography.”

What are the top 3 things you want attendees to take from your presentation?           1. Encouragement 2. Enlightenment 3. And the will to persist against any and all obstacles.

What’s your favorite thing about Partner Conference Los Angeles? The opportunity to share the truth with others, which seems to be very unpopular these days.

What is the best advice you can give someone who has never attended a Pictage Partner Conference?  Decide for yourself what works for you and what doesn’t.

Besides your own presentation who would you like to hear? I don’t know, my heroes are all dead.

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Speaker Spotlight – Jay Goldman

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Jay Goldman will be speaking about “10 tips to surviving a career in photography: 20 years in the trenches.”

What are the top 3 things I want attendees to take from my presentation? 1. I certainly want the attendees who get up early for my presentation to be entertained for an hour. 2. I want the attendees to be inspired to step outside their comfort zone, and to try some other things to prevent the ” wedding photographer burn-out.” 3. I want attendees to leave with some new ideas on what to bring and how to prepare for a photo shoot.

My favorite thing about PartnerCon LA is: The size of it.  It’s not too large where it’s totally overwhelming, and still has enough variation in the presentation topics to appeal to people at all levels.  The feeling of community is amazing, you get to share with other photographers in the industry who are using Pictage to take care …

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