Tip of the week with Melissa Jill

It’s Monday again, and time for another Pictage Tip of the Week! This feature is where we bring you photography, business and Pictage tips from some of our top photographers and PUG leaders. Special thanks to Cinematic Studios for the filming and production of these clips.

Melissa Jill was a sophomore in high school when a camera was first placed in her hands and she was hooked! She never imagined that as a Philosophy and Christian Ministries major at Azusa Pacific University in CA, that she would one day create for a living. She always thought of art as a hobby until a friend, David Jay, started and grew his successful studio in Santa Barbara, CA. She started her business in the spring of 2003 and still marvels every day that she spends her life doing something she enjoys so much. Melissa Jill is our Phoenix PUG leader and has …

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Ask & Learn Today with Jared Bauman!

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Session Topic: “Business 101- Structuring Your Business for Maximum Profit”

Bauman Photographers has something unique in the wedding photography industry – associate photographers who book at the same rate as the main photographer. Jared will share with you how he has teamed up with several photographers to maximize the success and profitability of the company. Find out how you can add both associate and partner photographers that increase the visibility, pricing, and revenue of your company. Also, learn how to build a successful business structure that will allow you to succeed financially.

Bio: Jared Bauman

Within only a few years, Jared has built a company that photographs 90 weddings annually with an average package price of $6,000. In addition to the company’s success, Jared has structured the business in a way that allows him several months off each year. Jared and his photography partner Bronson Pate have released an educational …

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Inside the Image of Angela Anderson

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Today’s image was given to us by Angela Anderson of Angela Anderson Photography…

“This photo is a recent favorite of mine, taken this month. I love doing bridal portraits in my studio because it affords me perfect weather and a lot of control. Since I have control-issues this works well for me! One of the walls in my studio just happened to have this amazing light pattern that typically comes in in the early evening. I love it because it looks like impressionistic brush strokes. I had Andrea, my bride, think of something that made her feel serene. I intentionally focused soft on her, because I thought it fit with the styling of the photograph. It is deep and dramatic and that is just so me, so yay!”

The 411: Taken with a Canon 5d with a 50 1.2 lens

ISO 250, 1/60, 1.8

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Ask & Learn Today with Melissa Jill

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Session Topic: “Join the Blog Revolution” Have you noticed that your expensive ads in magazines aren’t leveraging as much business as they used to? Times are changing and more and more people are tuning out interruption-based advertising. Instead of relying on ads, people are increasingly trusting their relationships and the reliable word-of-mouth their friends offer. Blogging is an effective way to leverage this change in our business culture. And the best part about blog-based marketing – IT’S FREE! Don’t be left behind – Melissa Jill will tell you how she has used blogging to successfully boost her business to the next level in just one year.

Bio: Melissa Jill took photography classes in high school and college but never dreamed she would be an artist or business woman for a living. After graduating college and working as a graphic designer for a stint, she realized her deep need to do something …

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Another Joe Buissink Tip!

We’ve decided to give you guys a double dose of Joe since we got such a positive response last week! Here’s part 2:

Joe Buissink started his professional photographic career 12 years ago. His unique style redefines wedding photography and has its roots in Fine Art. His passion for photography began with landscapes, nudes and evolved into the observation of people in some of the most emotional and special days of their lives, such as weddings. Joe’s photography is about capturing the moments and capturing the essence of each person in those moments.

Joe tells us how he stays excited about photography after years of shooting. Leave a comment and let us know what You do to keep it interesting!

Video Produced by Cinematic Studios.

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Ask & Learn Today with Lauren Hillary

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Session Topic: “Get Published” Lauren will guide you through the steps of getting your work published by industry and wedding publications nationwide. She will touch on each step from making industry contacts, choosing the images that editors look for, getting them ready for publication, writing up a story to grab the editor’s attention and delivering your final submission in a dazzling way.

Biography: Lauren Hillary’s style balances the Fine Art of Photography with Wedding Photojournalism.

With an extensive background in Fine Art and Fashion Photography, Lauren’s style has a distinctive, classic, artistic and photojournalistic look which captures the true emotions and personalities of her clients. Her approach is best described as natural and relaxed with a fashion flare.

Lauren’s work has been published worldwide and has graced the pages of Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style, Susie Coelho’s new book “Style Your Dream Wedding”, Inside Weddings, The Bride and Bloom, Modern Bride, Brides Southern California, …

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Inside the Image of Chelsea Nicole

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Chelsea Nicole of Chelsea Nicole Photography (and our new Vegas PUG leader) gave us today’s image.

“Imagine this image with a soft Italian opera playing in the background. That’s how I remember it. The opera is being sung by the groom’s father. His mother is gently weeping… And it’s the best day of this couple’s life.

I chose this image to feature because it might not be immediately apparent that in addition to the newly-weds clearly in love – there’s a third spirit represented: the groom’s father. The inspiration behind this image came directly from him. One of Pete’s best memories was of their trip to Italy and so this shot was born. Pete, and his new bride Reann, in front of the beautiful Venetian architecture that reminded him of his father.

I don’t usually cry at weddings but it really was impossible not to when Pete’s mother wept as she walked him …

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Tip of the Week with Joe Buissink!

It’s Monday again, and time for another Pictage Tip of the Week! In this feature we bring you photography, business and Pictage tips from some of our top photographers and PUG leaders. Special thanks to Cinematic Studios for the filming and production of these clips.

Joe Buissink started his professional photographic career 12 years ago. His unique style redefines wedding photography and has its roots in Fine Art. His passion for photography began with landscapes, nudes and evolved into the observation of people in some of the most emotional and special days of their lives, such as weddings. Joe’s photography is about capturing the moments and capturing the essence of each person in those moments.

Are you true to yourself? Are you true to your style? Joe talks about the importance of shooting for yourself.

Video Produced by Cinematic Studios.

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Ask & Learn Today with Nathan and Amber Holritz

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Session Topic: Relational Affluence: The Value of Relationships in Building your Business.

Out with the old, in with the new! The old way of doing business was competition and direct mailers. The new way of doing business is communication and blogging! The old way consisted of keeping secrets. The new way consists of sharing them!

Successful businesses stem from successful relationships. Relational affluence must exist on several levels: personally, locally, and nationally. Whether it’s with a partner, a client, a vendor, or an industry CEO, each relationship is an investment vital to the growth of your business.

Nathan and Amber will not only share how you can develop key relationships but also how to harness the power of those relationships to further your business in the industry.

Biography : Holritz Photography was a hobby turned profession for Nathan and Amber Holritz. Nathan & Amber photographed their first wedding in 2002 with …

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Inside the Image of Lauren Hillary

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Thank you Lauren of Lauren Hillary Photography for today’s image!!!

“Despite the rain, wind and chill we had here yesterday I had one of the best days with my long time clients Shawna and Anthony Puma. I photographed Shawna and Anthony’s wedding way back in 2003! I will never forget how much love I felt that day especially when Anthony said so adoring to Shawna I cant wait to make little baby Puma’s with you, how freaking heart melting is that!

Well guess what…The Pumas are having Twins!

So here we are 5 years later braving the rain in Newport!

Because it was raining I had a backup plan to shoot in the studio but I knew that wasnt what Shawna really was going for. So I asked her if she wanted to chance the rain, brave mother that she is we went for it and as soon as we got into our groove …

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