Pictage Podcast with Dane Sanders

This episode of the Pictage Podcast features an inspiring conversation with Dane Sanders.

Dane and Sara talk candidly about the year in review, what has happened in the photo industry and how to prepare for 2010. Dane also talks about the value of community and plans for the year ahead. Don’t miss out!

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Wedding Wonders

We love the work that you do and are constantly taking note of the beautiful images that you create and share on your websites and blogs. More often than not we come across images that are so amazing and unique that we want to share them again, so we decided to start doing just that on the Pictage blog.

Recently, Boston based photographer Matt Grazier posted the story and images of Lidiya and Ilya and their amazing wedding rock climb and cliff top ceremony in North Conway, NH. As they describe below, it was a magical day suited perfectly for Lidiya and Ilya’s adventurous beginnings.

Thank you to Matt, Lidiya, and Ilya for letting us share this amazing day on the Pictage blog.

Matt’s take on the day…

I grew up in New Hampshire, and the North Conway/Franconia Notch region has always had a special place in my heart.  My black lab Jackson is named …

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Pictage User Group Spotlight- Sonoma/Napa

Spread 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 Megan Clouse of Megan Clouse Photography, Pictage User Group (PUG) leader in Sonoma and Napa. In the interview shown below, hear from Megan herself, what she loves about being a photographer and what her plans are for the Sonoma/Napa PUG.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a little bit of everything; a camera-toting, big smile …

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5 Tips to Becoming a Successful Wedding Photographer (Tip #1)

1. It’s not easy. Make sure you love it.

It all starts with the foundation. Let’s back up and start at the beginning. Possibly, let’s back up to before you even get started—or maybe you’ve already started, but you’re not full time and are considering taking your business to the next level.

It seems simple, right? I have a digital camera and a computer, so I can be a wedding photographer. Think again. I can’t tell you how many photographers have started out this way, only to be in tears a year or two later because they are being crushed by the mountain of work that’s on top of them.

If you love wedding photography, be sure to take steps to prevent yourself from ever getting into this situation. If you’re already in this situation, make a serious effort to get out of it and go back to the foundation. If you’re serious …

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Pictage Podcast with Melissa Jill

In this episode Sara France talks to Melissa Jill about her new website, her upcoming workshop, and how she is changing the way she does albums and the reasons why. Melissa also shares her strategy for her new website and online presence. Don’t miss out on this podcast.

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Mike Larson Rocks San Diego PUG

Betsy and I have recently been named as the replacement leaders of the San Diego Pictage User Group for the next few months as our great friends Jeff and Erin Youngren will be traveling all over the world for awhile. For our first meeting we were fortunate to play host to Mike Larson, a highly-respected and talented photographer from the central coast. We’ve seen Mike speak before, so we already knew that he was going to deliver a great presentation to our friends at PUG. I’ll admit that we were a little bit nervous introducing Mike as it was our first time for this group, but Jeff and Erin gave us a very heartfelt intro, so we felt a LOT more at ease.

Mike was awesome. He gave all of us a lot of inspiration, as well as some excellent business advice. His “20 Things you MUST do” created a sudden eruption …

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Starting Out Right: OneDay Intensive (Worthy Workshops)

STARTING OUT RIGHT: ONE-DAY INTENSIVE

4 SPOTS LEFT!!!

This is not a typical workshop.  It’s not a seminar.  If you’re looking for a day of learning more about your camera and shooting pretty models – this isn’t for you.

On the other hand, if you’re ready to go deep – and get serious about your photography business, you can’t afford to miss this. You can’t afford to NOT start out right.

Unlike most photography “workshops,” this isn’t about photography.  It’s based on business principles to help you grow your business.

Jason brings a background in management and marketing from working at as an executive at a Fortune 100 company, and the experience of starting – and building a successful boutique studio based in the midwest.

You’ll leave with answers.  You’ll leave with a PLAN.  You’ll leave with the best practices and key strategies to help grow a business built to last.

KNOWING YOUR NUMBERS

We’ll start …

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Pictage User Group Spotlight- New York City

Spread 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 Brian Friedman of B-Freed Photography, Pictage User Group (PUG) leader in New York City. Hear from Brian himself, what he loves about being a photographer and what his goals are for the New York PUG.

From Brian:

I’m a born and raised NY’er, and have always had a strong interest in the arts. I’ve been playing the …

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Know Who Your Clients Are and Let the Other Ones Go

Sit back and let me tell you a story. One that is a bit too open, but I am going to tell it because it is the elephant in the room and must be discussed, regardless of whether or not past and potential clients can read this blog.

I met the couple downtown in a coffee shop / book shop.  I had only ever spoken to the bride and she seemed very nice on the phone.  She was so cute and so very nice, and he was a bit full of himself.  As I spoke with the clients, I got an uneasy feeling, but I enjoyed the bride to be well enough and they (meaning she) seemed to like my work. So I gave them my pricing information, and told them to call me when they were ready to book.

When I arrived home, I told my wife I didn’t think that …

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Pictage Podcast with Mike Larson

In today’s podcast episode, Sara talks with Mike Larson about his experiences as a world traveling speaker and photographer. Through this podcast Mike shares valuable insight into the lives and practices of photographers around the world and what similarities these photographers share with photographers in the United States.  Mike has recently been traveling to different Pictage User Groups all over the nation, and in this unique podcast he shares some of the main points from his PUG talk that will get you excited for his visit to a city near you.

For up to date information on the Mike Larson PUG Tour (such as dates he has visited and will be visiting soon) visit the Mike Larson PUG Tour tab at the top of this page. Or click this link to take you there.

Listen to this podcast below and be sure to show Mike your support by leaving him some comments!

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