Why We Don’t Do Wedding Photography “Packages”

Michigan Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Jason Aten recently shared a post on his blog, catered toward potential clients, but that can be helpful for photographers and brides alike as Jason shares his own studio’s commitments to their clients when forming specialty commissions.

Thank you Jason for re-working this post and sharing with our community!

Weddings are significant. They are significant, for so many reasons, but for me – they are significant because there is nothing quite like two people committing, to each other, the rest of their lives.  They are significant because of what they represent, and they are significant because – for our clients – they are the beginning of a journey.  They are the beginning of a story.

I believe that an event of such significance requires a commitment on my part.  It’s a commitment to document …

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Images and Stories — Photographer Images Adorn our Walls: Phase 3

As you may remember, this summer Pictage CEO Jim Collins posted on the forums requesting Pictage Members to submit photos to hang on the Pictage walls. Since then we shared our first two batches of images that went up on the walls at Pictage, here is the third! Make sure to show some comment love to the fabulous Pictage community members that submitted these photos and their accompanying stories. Thank you again to everyone who participated!

Grant Oakes of Images by Grant Oakes

“Krista and Gabe had their wedding at a luxury show home where Krista did the interior decor.  The foyer had this beautiful spiral staircase at the front entryway that was begging to be photographed.  I positioned them in the middle of the ceramic tile floor, went upstairs and leaned over the railing, held my camera with a 15mm fisheye as high over my head as I could reach and …

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How to Push Yourself Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Be challenged to go beyond your comfort zone by Joe Buissink himself, through a question and answer opportunity on the Pictage forums.

Join in the conversation to discuss art, life, business, and more with one of the industry’s best next Tuesday, December 22nd from 4-6 PM. At this time Joe Buissink will be available on the Pictage forums to answer your questions.

You can start posting your questions now on the following forum thread, or wait until Tuesday to ask your questions. Either way be sure to tune in and get Joe’s answers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join the conversation here: http://forums.pictage.com/showthread.php?t=34665

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David Griffin on how photography connects us…

TED is devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

While not new (originally filmed in 2008) this talk is inspiring.  David Griffin, The photo director for National Geographic, knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.

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Favorite Photos with Anna & Spencer

For the last six months Anna and Spencer have been featuring a series called Favorite Photos. They showcase an image and discuss how they shot it, what they were thinking, and why it’s a favorite. Spencer explained the original thought behind doing the series. It was to give any people visiting the blog a good sense of who they are along with their thought process on the images they capture.

Today we’re posting a favorite of ours, check out their blog for more of the 12 “Favorite Photos” so far.

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Pictage User Group Spotlight- Central NY


Share the love, join a PUG. Pictage User Groups are designed to facilitate communication and education among professional photographers on a regional level around the nation. There are over 55 PUGs located across the United States and in Canada. PUG meetings are open to both Pictage and non-Pictage members and are a great resource for professional photographers to network and grow.

In our attempt to get photographers connected to local PUGs, we are featuring Pictage User Group Spotlights. In each spotlight post we will get to know the PUG through the PUG leader.

We would like you to meet Alice Patterson of Alice G. Patterson Photography, Pictage User Group (PUG) leader in Central New York. Hear from Alice herself, what she loves about being a photographer and what her goals are for the Central NY PUG.

About Alice:

Alice Patterson graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography and has been a professional photographer for over fifteen years.  She …

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Pictage Podcast – Jared Bauman

We’re excited to bring you episode #47 of the Pictage podcast.  Hosted by Sara France, this episode features an enlightening conversation with San Diego-based photographer Jared Bauman.  Jared is getting married next month and he shares his observations from a client perspective, providing some valuable insights.  Sara also explores such topics as Jared’s growing educational outreach, and how he’s helping photographers across the country reach $100k+ annual profits on their photography businesses. 

You can listen to all the Pictage Podcast episodes via the player to the right, as well as by sorting through the “Podcasts” category here on the blog.  And, to subscibe to the podcast in iTunes and listen on your iPod, follow these simple steps:

1. Open iTunes 2. Click “Advanced” tab in top toolbar 3. Click “subscribe to podcast” 4. copy and paste: http://pictage.podbean.com/feed 5. All the episodes should then be playable on your iPod / mp3 player


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Summer Night Lights

I have amazing friends.  I really do.  I’m not sure why – probably has something to do with my amazing wife – but I am surrounded by people who do fascinating things.  One of my amazing friends is Jeff Carr. Jeff has worked for years developing programs targeted at inner city youth and families. He has this gift for seeing all people as people and for understanding that what may look different on the outside for any number of reasons is a lot more the same on the inside.

Photo by Leo Flores.

A couple of years ago Jeff was asked by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to come and work for the city, running a department focused on Gang Reduction and Youth Development.  Jeff’s experience and perspective made him the right guy in the right place at the right time.  From experience, Jeff knew that one of the key …

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Wedding Wonders

From Justin and Mary Marantz:

Sometimes in life you get a freebie. A ‘show up and shoot and everything’s perfect’ kind of gift from the universe, and all you have to do is remember to say thank you. THAT was the kind of day that we had with Angela & Andrew. Everything was perfect, from the location to the light, the theme, and the couple. The day went perfectly and fit perfectly. It was the kind of wedding where you can shoot for 16 hours before you realize that you’re even tired. Because it’s easy and fun and there is beauty everywhere you look. It is at a wedding like this, that you are reminded why it is exactly that you have the best job on earth.

And now….for a little history:

Angela & Andrew could have met many times in multiple countries. They could have met in the tiny unheard of town …

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