Pictage Podcast – Kenny Kim

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Today’s podcast features the infamous & extremely talented Kenny Kim!  In this episode Kenny talks about the value of the Pictage Community. Learn more about the many benefits of this Community, and how Kenny attributes much of his success to the valuable relationships he’s built (not to mention his amazing imagery, we might add!).

About Kenny:

Kenny Kim has always been fascinated by the visual arts – and especially the connection between art & photography. His passion first led to the study of graphic design at the University of Illinois, where he also became a skilled web designer and eventually opened up his own design studio in 2003. It was during this period, he began to realize that the greatest outlet for his artistic expression and technical skills would be through his passion for photography. He explains it best in his brand new promo video, check it out!

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Make the Most of your Engagement Session – *Guest Post*

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We love engagement sessions. Nothing is more fun or more inspiring than spending a few hours with a cool couple roaming the streets of a cool city with a big cool camera!

Some people ask why we include engagement sessions with every wedding that we photograph, and the answer is simple. We’re selfish. We love creating beautiful images for our couples, and the engagement session gives us a chance to learn how every one of our couples photographs well. And not only do we learn about our clients, but our clients become comfortable in front of our two huge cameras months before the nervousness of the wedding day.

While there are a lot of factors that go into planning an engagement session (lighting, location, timing, etc.), we have learned and developed some basic techniques that help us to maximize these shoots and produce authentic, creative, and beautiful images every single …

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Pictage Podcast – Davide Greene

Today’s podcast features worldwide Pictage photographer, Davide Greene. On this episode, Davide will discuss how to make the most of the resources that are at your finger tips. With Pictage, you can get away from the endless cycle of overwork and burnout that most photographers are falling into today. You will also learn how to start or re-craft your approach to marketing and create a style that will attract the type of clients you love to work with…helping you build a constantly growing business that will give you stability into the future. (Also, if you haven’t heard it yet, check out last week’s podcast with Dane Sanders.) 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 …

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How Brides Pick their Wedding Photographer

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I thought it would be fun to share the results of a survey we just ran to brides searching the new Pictage Photographer Directory.

The goal of the survey was to get a better idea of what drives a bride’s booking decision.  First we asked for some general information.

Of the brides searching the Pictage Directory;

75% have already booked their venue 75% plan to talk to three or more photographers before booking 1 in 3 expect to book a photographer they found on the Pictage Directory

Now came the fun part. We asked the brides to rank the most important criteria in choosing their wedding photographer. Here is what we got back:

1)   Style and quality of the photographer’s images 2)   Price 3)   Digital delivery of images on disc after the event 4)   A near tie between Experience and Personality 5)   Recommendations from past customers/vendors/venues 6)   Products offered (prints, coffee table books, albums, etc…)

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Pictage Podcast – Dane Sanders

This week’s podcast features community leader and author of Fast Track Photographer, Dane Sanders.  On this episode, Dane will discuss his presentation in which he asks you to imagine life as a professional photographer where you never fake it or pretend – where your confidence in your art and your business comes from who you are as a photographer and not from what someone tells you you’re supposed to be. Imagine a recession- and competition-proof photo business built on a resource uncompromisingly committed to your core strengths.Now, imagine being given the tools required to get clear on what those skills are, as well as a fool proof plan to maximize your talents. Join this podcast with Dane as he helps put YOU at the center of your photography. (Also, if you haven’t heard it yet, check out last week’s podcast with Chris and Katie Humphreys.) We decided to take Ask & Learn Wednesdays one step further and …

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Mingle with Engle & Lauren Hillary

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This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the ever so sweet Lauren Hillary!     Describe your photography style: My Style is artistic, passionate, energetic, refreshing, delightful, classic, true, original, friendly, creative and brigh0t.

What is a must read or must see? Must Read: The Secret, Eat Pray love, He’s just not that into you.

What are your work hours? 12pm-5pm or 8pm -1am.

What is your favorite thing about Pictage? The people that work there and all that they do to propel my business to the next level.

What lens could you not live without? 50mm 1.2.

How do you juggle your business and family/social life? A great assistant!

What workflow tools do you use? ADOBE LIGHTROOM2, ADOBE CS4.

How long have you been a photographer? 13 years…but my grandfather got me my first polaroid camera when I was 8.

What was your very first job? When I was 14 I worked at …

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More WPPI Photos!

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Thank you to Kenny Kim and Leo Flores who sent us photos from WPPI!  Our official photographers, David Esquire and Brian Hancock, did an amazing job with our booth speakers and at the party.

Photos by Brian Hancock

Photos by David Esquire

Photos by Kenny Kim

We have added all the photos to six new albums on our Facebook page, including all the jpgs from the Foto Cabina Booth at Studio 54!

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Pictage Podcast – Chris & Katie Humphreys

Today’s podcast features Santa Barbara husband and wife team, Chris and Katie Humphreys.  On this episode, they will discuss how everything that is watched improves – the power behind this simple idea and how it can transform your business. By intentionally observing different areas of your business, you’ll gain valuable insight that is fundamental for growth. Learn simple but effective ways to gather, track and analyze information in your business about relationships, money, and your time so that you can determine priorities based on actual data.

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

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 …

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