Mingle with Engle & Anne Ruthmann

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This week I got to chat with one of our photographers who is well known in the community and our brand new PUG leader in Boston, Anne Ruthmann!!

What is your favorite thing to photograph? Uninhibited people just being themselves and doing what they love… I couldn’t pick one because they come in so many varieties!

Describe your photography style or words that describe your brand? I actually feel like it’s up to other people to define my style and brand.  I just keep doing what I love and hope to attract the people who connect with it and love it too!

What is a must read or must see?  Books: Griffin & Sabine, Freakenomics, The Last Lecture Movies: Amelie, Garden State, An Inconvenient Truth

What are your work hours? You mean this isn’t a 24 hr job?

What is your favorite thing about Pictage? Permanent archive storage and “instant” FTP download service.  I can’t tell you how tremendously this has helped me get things to clients, vendors, and interviewers when I’ve been on the road!  In fact, I’m using it right now to download the images for this interview!  Thanks Pictage!!

What lens could you not live without? The lenses in my glasses. I can’t see much of anything without them!

How do you juggle your business and family/social life? I schedule my time with friends and family, and then my alone time, and then I just work in between.  I make friends and family a priority by making my schedule around them.  There will always be more work than time, but friends and familiy won’t always be there if we don’t make time for them.

What was your very first job? I honestly can’t remember, but I think it might have been working as a hostess for a restaurant that my mom liked going to every Sunday for breakfast.  Some of my favorite jobs have been: historic tours and youth program coordinator for the 4th largest mansion in the country, account services for a credit union, bookseller at B&N, professional singer for a church, fundraiser for a few different non-profit organizations, oh yeah… and I loved being an elementary music teacher!!

What workflow tools do you use? Lightroom for most post-production workflow and of course PhotoShop for some additional tweaks, Mac Mail, Address Book, & iCal synced w/ Mobile Me & Google Calendar for client and calendar management as well as photographer referrals, Quickbooks for accounting, EditTeam for my additional post-production, my iPhone 3G and MacBook to manage it all while I’m traveling.

Most listened to song on your ipod? My Current Theme Song: Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey, it’s just so “me” right now… and I’m from Detroit.

What is something you have learned last year? Destination weddings are totally overrated.  Traveling for work is not nearly as fun or relaxing as traveling for pleasure.

What is one thing we don’t know about you? I was a personal trainer (for a very short period of time.) HA!!  I take it for granted that I can get my body back into shape whenever I want to.

Who inspires you? Everyone!!!  Seriously, if something doesn’t “inspire” me immediately, I take the time to study it and understand it until I find something to be inspired by.  When people anger or disgust me, I look inward to find out what it is that is pushing my buttons, and then use that as inspiration.  I think inspiration is everywhere and it is actually our outlook on life that allows things to become a source of inspiration or not.

One of my favorite quotes describes this perfectly: “The true voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

How do you get most of your bookings? What is your primary way of marketing? Referrals are by far my most effective marketing method.  I just try to do amazing things for loving and appreciative people.  It always pays off.  I don’t really advertise, and every time I’ve thought about advertising, I just spend that money on my clients or other photographers who have been awesome to me instead.

Any words of wisdom to share… I regularly share them on both of my blogs: http://anneruthmann.com and http://photolovecat.com.

Thanks for mingling Anne!!! – Emily

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Pictage Podcast – Corey McNabb

Today we bring you a podcast interview with the talented Corey McNabb.  On this episode, Corey will demonstrate how he leads his clients towards larger packages, directs the conversation towards common interests in order to relate to them, and finally, motivates them by giving incentives to upgrade.

(Also, if you haven’t heard it yet, check out last week’s podcast with Jared Bauman.)

We decided to take Ask & Learn Wednesdays one step further and create a “get to know you” Podcast. Each week Sara France will personally interview industry leading photographers.

As you know, 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 tomorrow at 4pm!

Today’s tip is brought to you by Cinematic Studios.

Check out Corey’s video first, then download …

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Mingle with Engle – Justin and Mary Marantz

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This week I got a chance to Mingle with lovely couple Justin and Mary Marantz, lucky me!

What is your favorite thing to photograph?  Cooper!

What is a must read or must see? Hmmm…can we have 3?? The three books that I think EVERYONE should read are “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, “Talent is Never Enough” by John Maxwell, and ” Your Best Life Now” by Joel Osteen. All of these books have signaled BIG milestone turning points in our lives, when the stars aligned and we were reading these books just when we needed to most. They have changed the way that we see ourselves, the way that we see & treat others, and what we see as our calling for the future. All of these books share a common thread: that a life worth living is one where you invest in others not just yourself. They introduced the idea to us of what it truly means to be a “people builder” and that has made all the difference for us.

What are your work hours? Ack! WAY too many! We work all the time. Which I think is to be expected when you’re first starting a business and you need to get that momentum rolling. But now that we have our business off and running, we are looking to slowing down very soon. Or at least to take a day off. Yea….that would be nice!

How long have you been a photographer? Well, Justin was pretty much born with a camera in his hand! We have a picture of him when he was like three years old holding a toy camera. For me, as with most things in my life, I put in 8 good years of higher education “takin’ the long way around” to finally find what makes my heart happy. And I guess in my case that was both the photography AND the photographer! So I went full time with Justin two years ago and we’ve never looked back! What was your very first job? Oh let me tell you, it was ULTRA-glamorous. I was the “line girl” at the local steak house! I had to take orders, get drinks, and dry dishes. And I would always nearly slip and kill myself on the greasy floor when I walked back in the kitchen. At least I didn’t have to wear a hair net! As for J, his first job was with Mack Camera Service…see, I told you he was in to this stuff young!

Most listened to song on your iPod? Ooh, that’s a tough one! I would say for me it’s probably “Born & Raised in the Boondocks” by Little Big Town just because it gets me all fired up to be proud of where I come from. Justin’s would have to be “Floating Away” by John Legend.  We love us some Legend!

What is something you learned last year? Oh gosh, probably that it just has to be ok for us to actually say “no” once in a while. I think we really spread ourselves thin last year trying to be everything to everyone and our poor bodies paid for it. By the end of the year we were exhausted and just totally wiped out. We still haven’t quite recovered, to be totally honest with you!

What is one thing we don’t know about you? hmmm probably that we met on match.com. Most people don’t know that about us because we straight up LIED about it for so long…even to our families! Oops. But now that it’s become so much more common we finally started owning up to it!

Who inspires you? Oh boy, the list is LONG here! Be careful, this may just turn into an answer worthy of an Oscar speech. First and foremost, our parents. In each of their different ways they’ve taught us what it means to love somebody for the long haul and also what it means to have a strong work ethic and to live with integrity. That getting to the good life doesn’t always come easy and it takes a lot of work…but it’s work well worth it in the end.

We also have to give a HUGE shout out to our girl Carla Ten Eyck (C10ike)!! There is nobody more passionate, determined and in possession of a giver’s heart than she is. She has had our back more times than I can count and she’s been in our corner believing in us before we even believed in ourselves. Not to mention that she is CRAZY talented and shares that talent with anyone who wants to learn in her monthly “Tuesdays with Ten Eyck” workshops. She’s AMAZING!

How do you get most of your bookings/What is your primary way of marketing? Word o’ Mouth, baby!!! WORD!!! We have what we call our “triangle offense” of marketing through our past & current brides, vendors, and other photographers. And then we just invest everything we have (c’mon not money….HEART) in building those relationships and keepin’ em strong.

Any words of wisdom to share? Just that whatever you do or aspire to be in this life….do it by being you. Don’t let anybody tell you that you have to pretend to be more or HAVE more than you really are. Trust me, we’ve been there and it’s not worth it. Everything that you already are and everything that you already have inside you is everything that you need.

Thanks you two for sharing!!! – Emily

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Pictage Podcast – Jared Bauman

This week our podcast is with one of our photography business experts, Jared Bauman.  On this episode, Jared will discuss among other things how to launch your business into a successful “auto-pilot,” built to survive no matter what state the economy is in. Using foundational business principles, goal setting, and cost analysis, you’ll learn a systematic approach to structuring your business for higher profit margins and more freedom, no matter what your goals are.

(Also, if you haven’t heard it yet, check out last week’s podcast with Justin and Mary Marantz.)

We decided to take Ask & Learn Wednesdays one step further and create a “get to know you” Podcast. Each week Sara France will personally interview industry leading photographers.

As you know, 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 …

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Mingle with Engle & Joanne Bartone

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Today’s Mingle with Engle interviews the lovely Joanne Bartone…

Describe your photography style or words that describe your brand? My work is…artistic, beautiful, trendy, haute, passionate, emotional, inspiring, thought-provoking, tender, exciting, memorable, rich, abstract…my many moods come through visually in my work depending on the assignment and the client!

What is a must read or must see? Don’t get me started!!  Movies: anything by director Pedro Almodovar – I love black comedy but also love the “chick-flicks” too: Out of Africa, Pay it Forward, The Notebook, Mama Mia.  Books: “Think + Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino, “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran, and on, and on, and on…!

What are your work hours? Well, it seems as if I work all the time so I’m taking pro-active steps to get and have a life this year by reducing my work load through better scheduling/management and outsourcing.  I’ve stopped getting up at 5 AM and now start work at 8 AM ending it at 5 PM.

What is your favorite thing about Pictage? By far, Pictage’s commitment to the photographic community they’ve nurtured and developed, BUT the innovative and beautiful products Pictage offers and the fact that Pictage stands behind everything they do speaks volumes to their commitment to us photographers.  I’ve been with Pictage consistently since 2003 (I believe)  – no lab hopping for me!!

What lens could you not live without? My Canon 70-200mm hands down!!!  You can do EVERYTHING with that lens!

How do you juggle your business and family/social life? The beauty of having my own business is that I CAN have a life if I take time to have one!  I have to remember that I am the boss, and despite that I expect a lot from myself (I have an incredible work ethic!) I’ve come to realize that I’m allowed to take time off too!  Balance is everything.

What workflow tools do you use? Lightroom for editing and Photoshop for enhancing.

How long have you been a photographer? The photographic “bug” was instilled in me as a child through my father (he documented our family through photos), I got my first camera as a teenager, went to Art School as an adult (in my late 30s after leaving my established career of 17 years) and began to photograph professionally over 12 years ago!  Dreams DO come true!

What was your very first job? Babysitting – and I made a LOT of good money doing that. Love the little ones! Then retail, then as a machinist, then as a counselor/therapist and now as a photographer!  HA!  What a riot!

Most listened to song on your ipod? “Could You Believe” by Al Jarreau from his “Look to The Rainbow” disc “…just believe; God’ll keep you strong…”

What is something you learned last year? That the one thing you cannot buy back is time; it is THE most important thing to remember.  You can’t buy back time with those you love and care about so take the time to spend with them instead of working. Even if you love your work; no regrets…

What is a goal for 2009? Do more Art photography and have a gallery showing of some of my work!

What is one thing we don’t know about you? That I am the biggest love-bug you’d ever want to know and I frequently perform random acts of kindness to strangers!!!!!  Don’t we all?!

Who inspires you? There is so much, so many people that inspire me: my parents and family, The Source, musical artists such as Al Jarreau, local and nationally known photographers, creative directors, the petals on a flower…I am INSPIRED by everything!

How do you get most of your bookings? Past clients and the network of fabulous local photographers I am connected with.

What is your primary way of marketing? Cross-promotion with other businesses in my local vicinity.

What blog do you stalk? The Pictage blog, of course!

If you had a tagline, what would it be? I’ve had a tagline for years now, and it is “BE INSPIRED!”  I chose that tag line because I am inspired by so much in life; inspired by so many people and things.

Any words of wisdom to share… Do the right thing, ALWAYS and pay good deeds done to you forward!

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Pictage Podcast – Millie Holloman & Davina Fear

Today’s podcast is with two very well known Pictage photographers Davina Fear and Millie Holloman.  Join them as they share the lessons they’ve learned on how to recruit, hire, train, motivate, manage, and grow their teams into high-spirited, high-functioning support systems. Scheduling, boundaries, discipline, operations manuals, money, dress codes and more…

(Also, if you haven’t heard it yet, check out last week’s podcast with Justin and Mary Marantz.)

We decided to take Ask & Learn Wednesdays one step further and create a “get to know you” Podcast. Each week Sara France will personally interview industry leading photographers.

As you know, 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 tomorrow at 4pm!

Check out Millie and Davina’s video first, then download the …

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Justin and Mary Marantz Pictage Podcast

Today’s podcast is with our favorite Hartford PUG leaders, Justin and Mary Marantz, who are experts when it comes to creating a lasting impression with clients, vendors, photographers, and friends. Join them as they discuss ALL NEW ideas for making your clients & vendors love you and rave about you to everyone they know. This brand of loyalty translates into the kind of “super-referrals” that takes all of the work out of future bookings. It’s time to shift the dynamic and actually pick and choose the clients you want to work with.

(Also, if you haven’t heard it yet, check out last week’s podcast with Louis Gabriel.)

We decided to take Ask & Learn Wednesdays one step further and create a “get to know you” Podcast. Each week Sara France will personally interview industry leading photographers.

As you know, each Tuesday we will post a video intro and the full podcast here on the …

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