Tip of the Week with Liana Lehman

Every week we are bringing you new tips from some of our top photographers and PUG leaders. A big Thanks and we love you goes out to Cinematic Studios for the filming and production of these clips!

Liana lives in Atlanta, GA where she operates Liana Photography. She is not only a well-known wedding photojournalist, but has started up Banana’s edu as well! Her two business degrees have led her to own and operate an extremely successful photography business, which just happens to be one of her obsessions. Liana has spoken at multiple Pictage events including Partner Conferences, Headliners and our Booth at WPPI!

Do you know how much money is coming in and out of your business? Liana talks briefly about understanding the foundation. Tune in and let us know what you think!

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Ask & Learn Today with Kevin Swan


Session Topic: Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Today’s world is complicated; with input coming from email, voicemail, text-messages, IMs, the mail, or in person. We’re no longer living in an age where work and personal lives are defined. Kevin will give details on how to implement David Allen’s GTD (Get Things Done) system which allows you to focus and make trusted choices about what to do (and not do!) at any moment. He will explain how to capture anything and everything that has your attention; define actionable items into concrete next steps and how to organize reminders and information in a streamlined way.

Bio: Kevin has a bizarre and eclectic history; a professional actor in Seattle, he assisted Adobe in the development of their CS products, and the creative director of an advertising agency in Indianapolis. He’s finally found a home for his unique skill-set in …

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Inside the Image of Staja Studios


Love this image from Jason and Stacey Thon of Staja Studios.  They are the Minneapolis PUG leaders and have been Pictage members since 2003.

“This is one of our all-time favorite wedding images.  Everything about this couple, and their wedding, was a pleasure to work with.   From their wedding party to their venue, it was a defining Saturday.  One that screamed out loud telling us we have indeed found what we are meant to do.  This particular image moves us, because it is the moment they are entering their reception hall for the first time.  Their happy family and friends are on the other side of the door waiting to greet them as husband and wife.  We just love the feeling of anticipation this image evokes and the symbolism of the bright light flooding onto them as if they are walking into their future together.   After arriving at the …

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Tip of the Week with Jared Bauman

It’s Monday again, and time for another Pictage Tip of the Week! This feature is where we bring you photograpy, buisness 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.

Jared Bauman heads up the awesome team know as Bauman Photographers based in San Diego, CA. In 2007, Bauman Photographers work was featured on the covers of “Ceremony” and “San Diego Bride and Groom” magazine. Perhaps the most important thing to note is Jared’s passion for his craft. He considers his work a joy and an honor.

Jared couldn’t have gotten this far without his fantastic referral base. Check it out as he talks about when to cut deals with clients, and what that will do for your business.

What do you think?

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Ask & Learn Today with Mike Larson!


Session Topic: “Set profit & time goals to have an AMAZING LIFESTYLE, travel the world, and have your business support your DREAM life.”

Mike Larson, an International Photographer known for his “camera toss” on www.cutframetv.com, is here to share with you. Learn about his focus on building personal character, as well as his goals for building a thriving business machine, owning property, increasing profit margins, and working less than 100 days in the office this year. For Mike, this approach has contributed to amazing world travels, repeat destination weddings, enjoyable living, and quality time spent with his wife, family and friends. Mike is known for his belief that, “business is important, and what you don’t know WILL slow you down and hurt your overall business health…you need specific knowledge to grow and to compete in this industry, and to set you apart and raise you above the rest. Remember …

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Inside the Image of Tanja Lippert


Today’s image was taken by Tanja of Tanja Lippert Photography…

“This photo was taken in November, 2006 in Union Square, San Francisco.  I love it because it shows the irony between the homeless man on the street having his meal and the wedding couple who are experiencing the happiest moment of their lives.   This is one of my favorite photos and quite honestly, taken on accident.  I was so focused on shooting the couple heading off to their reception, that I was oblivious to the poor guy on the street!  It was not until I got the proofs back that I realized the shot that I got.

It was shot with Kodak 400CN film in my Nikon F100 camera, most likely f2.0 at around 1/30 to 1/60th a second.”

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Inside the Image of Davide Greene


This image was taken by David Greene, Pictage member since 2004.

“This image is from one of my favorite engagement shoots ever. It was taken a few years back at an old brick factory that is zoned as city parkland. The couple was a total joy to work with…really adventurous, visually aware and super stylish. Both were ex-models and working in the fine art world. After sneaking through the fence we entered this dilapidated space and I had the couple climb up a stairway to an overhead walkway. I clambered up a lower level piece of equipment holding on for my life and took a few shots of them. We started talking about how some of the roof was missing and as they were looking up at the roof I captured this shot.

Even though part of the roof was missing there was next to no light on this overcast day inside …

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Tip of the Week with Justin & Mary Marantz

Every week we bring you a new tip from one of our many talented Pictage Members. This week’s tip is brought to you by Cinematic Studios.

Justin & Mary Marantz talk today about the little extras that they give to the bride on the morning of their event.

Together, Justin & Mary form Imagine Imaging in Hartford, CT.  It is one of the fastest growing studios on the east coast!  They are also the leaders of our very own Harford PUG!  Their work has been featured in Brides magazine, Grace Ormonde and La Bella.  Recently, Mary and Justin founded the Portrait House in 2006 as  a worldwide fundraising mission to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity.

Tell us your secrets!

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Ask & Learn Today with Kristin Greenlee


Topic: “Breaking Out — Principles of Building your Business”

Transitioning from a full time “job” to a full time photographer can be overwhelming. Wondering where to start, how to price, what to tell people, how to spend your time and money can all be daunting to a new photographer. This chat will be of value for all of you who are wondering if you’ll ever get where you really want to be — without risking the livelihood of your family. I’ll share with you the avenues and principles you can apply to build a successful business and transition to your dream career.

Bio: Kristin Greenlee started photographing weddings for other studios while in college at the University of North Texas earning a degree in Fine Arts. After taking a hiatus to focus more on fine art photography, Kristin found her way back to shooting portrait and wedding photography while teaching art …

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Inside the Image of Chris Beard


Today’s image was taken by Chris Beard of Chris Beard Photography and Pictage member since 2006.  He is also the new Toronto PUG leader!

“We were shooting Joy and Chris’ wedding at a park in Niagara Falls that had these really cool hedges with archways cut into them. I had them stand in one of the archways and let the sun illuminate the leaves in the background. We had told the wedding party to go on ahead to our next location while we got a few shots here, so it was fairly intimate with no one else around.

I told Chris and Joy that I was going to grab a new card from my bag, and that the shot we were going for was simply them enjoying each other – very tender, very soft.

I walked over to grab the card, but glanced over my shoulder just before reaching my bag, and I’m …

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