Don’t Stop Believing (For Women Only)


“For Women Only” is a new section of the blog featuring inspiring women, such as Tasra Dawson, sharing their experiences and encouragement with other women readers. Thank you to Tasra and our other blog contributors for sharing their hearts with us.

Don’t Stop Believing

Just over a month ago, I was sitting down to dinner with my husband, Ron Dawson, and photography veteran and educator, Scott Bourne. I felt intimidated, to say the least. Who was I, but a wannabe photography great. Regardless of how many images I’d taken, professional mentoring I’d received, seminars and workshops I’d attended, and shoots I’d completed, I still felt like a hack. Still cringing inwardly when I said I was a professional, since I didn’t earn a living completely with photography. That one dinner meeting changed everything for me. Or at least it was the beginning of that change. What happened? One person, Scott Bourne, got inside …

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Images and Stories — Photographer Images Adorn our Walls: Phase 2


As you may remember, earlier this summer Pictage CEO Jim Collins posted on the forums requesting Pictage Members to submit photos to hang on the Pictage walls. In early August we shared our first batch of images to go up on the walls, here is the next! Make sure to show some comment love to the fabulous Pictage community members that submitted these photos and their accompanying stories. Thank you to everyone for participating!

Anna and Spencer of Anna and Spencer Photography

“A wedding day is very busy – ok, extremely busy. It can sometimes even be hectic. However, even among all the people, all of the celebration, true love still comes through. You see, to me, true love isn’t something that screams out loud (though, at times it can). Though it is always easy and clear to see, it is often times quiet and can be missed if one isn’t paying …

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Joe Buissink – Behind the Podium


The Joe Buissink PUG tour has been a huge success, thanks for all who have come out to see him speak!  For those of you who have missed it, RJ Kern shared his take on the presentation at the Denver PUG meeting.  Kern-Photo is a husband & wife wedding photography team based in Denver, Colorado.  R. J. & Nicole Kern have partnered with Pictage since 2006.

From RJ:

Celebrity Wedding Photographer, Joe Buissink, spoke at the Denver PUG meeting last night.  Events like these are among the reasons we use Pictage. Joe Buissink uses Pictage for his clients, which include Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey, among many others.  Joe’s work is published regularly in publications like Grace Ormonde Wedding Style and Instyle Weddings. Joe is a legend in the wedding photographer world, to say the least.

During the presentation, I scribbled eight pages of notes and devoured heaps of golden-nugget …

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How to Use Pictage to Make More Money and Get More Web Sales!

At Pictage we are often asked the following question from Pictage members, “How can I use Pictage to make more money and get more web sales?” We have gathered the following tips and suggestions in order to answer this question in the best possible way. We are confident that you will find them helpful and effective!

How can I make more money and get more web sales?

-First check your catalog to see what you are charging for prints.

–Schedule events early and offer pre-registration credits to build your online guest list immediately after booking your event. This can increase your revenue by 30%!

-Continue to build your guest list and capture email addresses by handing out events cards. Any time is a good time to distribute event cards. Give them to your clients for showers, invitations, to include in thank you cards, at the event, etc. We have found event cards generate a …

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Photography Applications for Your iPhone/iPod Touch


If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, do you use applications for your photography, your business, for fun? I recently came across a bunch of photography app’s for my iPhone (some have been mentioned recently on the Pictage forums) and I can’t seem to decide which ones to use. I have gathered together the following applications that look fun and useful, they are listed along with their price and star rating according to iTunes. Which ones do you use and why or why not? I have started a thread on the forums like this, check it out and let the Community know what you think!

In no particular order…

ColorSplash $1.99…….. 4 Stars ColorSplash lets you quickly change any of your photos into a black and white, while allowing the details you choose to remain in it’s original color.

CameraBag $1.99………. 3 ½ Stars 10 different cameras in your camera bag or iPhone? …

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Inside the Image with Grant Oakes


Thank you to Grant Oakes of Grant Oakes Photography for letting us Inside the Image.

“In April of this year I conducted a wedding workshop in the Bahamas and on the first day we were doing a fashion style session in and around the Atlantis Resort a few hours before the wedding.  There was this amazing light coming down from an overhead skylight adjacent to the hallway by the aquarium and had smoke coming up from a faux well that created a very surreal look.  I positioned the couple on the ledge around the well, got back as far as I could (wedged against a wall) and put the camera near the floor and took the image without looking through the view finder.  The image was taken with a 15mm fisheye on a Canon 5D Mark II at 1/25th of a second shutter speed at f2.8.”

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Being New on the Pictage Forums

Picture this: you’re a new photographer, just getting serious about weddings. You’ve done a handful of weddings – and loved it – but just don’t quite understand how to dive in to the world of wedding photography. You have a passion for creating images, but no clue how to run a successful business.

Sound familiar? That was me, just two years ago.

After trying to get my business off the ground for a year, I started thinking about how I could make my photography business stand out in the crowd – I just didn’t know where to start.

Then, I heard about Pictage. I joined mainly because of the ease of online viewing and print order fulfillment. I thought this was the key to growing my business. I was right – but what I didn’t know was that the biggest factor in my success wasn’t found in the client interface, but in the …

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Post Production Workflow Tips

Video by Pictage Member Jared Platt (Pictage Blog Team)

This week Jared shares more valuable Post Production Workflow Tips, most specifically in the area of “File Naming”. To learn more check out the video below!

Untitled from Pictage on Vimeo.

For more of Jared’s Post Production Workflow Tips tune in to the Pictage Blog every Tuesday and check out past blog posts by Jared in the Pictage Blog archives. Also, Jared is on tour and coming to a city near you. Check out the worthy workshop section of the Pictage Blog as well as Jared’s website for more information.

If you have specific questions for Jared feel free to email them to him, email, or ask them in comment form here on the blog!

Thanks again to Jared for another awesome post!

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Images and Stories — Photographer Images Adorn our Walls: Phase 1


Recently Pictage CEO Jim Collins posted on the Pictage Forums asking photographers to send in images that we would be able to hang on the Pictage walls. He asked for images that the photographers felt were not typical wedding or even wedding at all, but most importantly had stories behind them. We are in the process of putting all of them on the walls, but want to say thank you to everyone who submitted photos… we love them and can’t wait to put them up.

Here is the first batch that we want to share with you.

Matthew Grazier of Grazier Photography

While shooting Justin Marantz and his groomsmen at Justin and Mary Marantz’s wedding, Justin showed me an old 4×5 camera in the back of his truck. I immediately tried this shot, I tried it over and over again but the pavement kept getting blown out by the sun. By chance, one …

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Customer Experience Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

We recently sat down with Michael Caro, Senior Director of Customer Experience here at Pictage, to discuss their most frequently asked questions. If you didn’t know, the Customer Experience department is the Pictage call center, staffed with approximately 30 representatives waiting to answer your calls as well as your client’s calls. They are open Monday through Friday from 6am-5pm PST and receive approximately 400 calls a day. They can be reached at 1-877-PICTAGE. Below are the top three reasons photographers need assistance, hopefully this information will save you a future phone call!


1. I need to replace some of the images in my event.  How do I ensure that the right images are replaced and the process is completed quickly?

Step 1.  Check the file size of each image; we recommend the following:

Print resolution of at least 150 pixels per inch. Files are a minimum of 400KB.

Step 2.  Be sure your …

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