Mingle with Engle- Emily T. Smith


Photos Courtesy of Emily T. Smith

Describe your photography style or words that describe your brand? We define our work as modern, natural, and beautiful.  Which I believe defines not only our imagery, but also our branding and our care for our clients as well.  We have a deep passion for loving and serving our clients, and look forward to long-term relationships with them.

What is your favorite thing to shoot? Hands down, my daughter, Ailey. I have the most beautiful daughter in the world – every good Mom thinks that about their little one right!?!?    I love capturing her always changing, always growing spirit.  It’s so bright and full of crazy energy.  (and attitude – something I suspect will give her dad and I some trouble in years to come!)

What is a must read or must see? My must see and must read are one in the same – Harry Potter.  I stumbled onto …

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Pictage Podcast with Carla Ten Eyck

This week’s Pictage podcast features a conversation with Connecticut-based photographer  Carla Ten Eyck. A very active leader in the photographer community, Carla talks about her studio and how she manages 8 employees and a family all from her home-based office.  She also discusses her experiences with workshops and what workshops she recommends for photographers and her rationale for each. 

Want to know what was the turning point in Carla’s career? Don’t miss this podcast.  And, be sure to check out Carla’s website — you will no doubt be drawn in by her incredible talent.

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3 Keys to Financial Success


We would like to welcome Pictage Chief Financial Officer Kevin Rubin to the Pictage Blog as he shares his financial advice with the Pictage Community. Whether you have a new photography business or have been in business for many years, the current economic climate makes it difficult for small businesses. In this post Kevin brings it back to the basics, setting a solid foundation for your business to sustain financially in any climate. If you have any follow up questions or suggestions for future topic from Kevin, email them to blog@pictage.com or leave a comment below.

From Kevin:

Many of today’s small businesses face the same age-old difficulties of controlling cash flow, justifying expenses, negotiating favorable deals with suppliers and vendors, balancing quality and costs, and predicting or foreseeing market demand.  In this discussion, I will offer a few important financial disciplines that will help you run a profitable business.

Successful businesses – …

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Smart Marketing for your photography business- 3 tips that will save you time and money!


We are so excited to have Mike Adrian as a guest blogger on the Pictage Blog.

One of the subjects I discuss most with photographers during discussion groups is the topic of marketing. Smart and effective marketing can play a big part in the success of any business. Marketing your business effectively can help elevate your business to the next level and expand your exposure to potential customers. One false misconception is that marketing is expensive and time consuming, that’s not true. Here are 3 tips to add Smart Marketing to your business without breaking the bank! Smart Marketing Tip #1: Know your market by understanding the needs of your client. You need to know who your clients are. Knowing your clients, their like and dislikes, spending habits, demographics, etc… will give you useful information that can be digested to make very sound and smart decisions so that you can tailor your product and services to your clientele. If you …

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Jared Platt: New Pictage Blogger on Post Production

From the Pictage Blog Team: We are so excited to have Pictage Member and prominent Phoenix based photographer, Jared Platt, as a regular contributor to the Pictage Blog. Tune in below for his introduction video blog post. You will find him here on a regular basis delivering tips and advice for your post production workflow.

From Jared: If you have any questions about your post production workflow or would like some advice on the subject, send me an email. I will try to answer your question through a blog post or a podcast in the near future.

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Why Clients Need a Wedding Album


As a Pictage photographer, one of the greatest values Pictage brings your company is the ability to drive increased revenue.  In our business, one of the best ways we’ve found to add value to both our business and to our clients, is through the sale of albums.  An album is a finished piece of art that communicates the clients’ wedding story in a way that nothing else can.  Using the Pictage Album Designer – as well as the many album and book options that Pictage offers is a great way to build your business and add value to your clients.

Educating clients on the value of an album is one of the first steps towards building a valuable part of a wedding photography business.  Here’s our take on it:

Often clients ask about whether or not they really need a wedding album.  Wedding blogs, and other industry “insiders” often suggesting saving money …

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The Value of Community


We would like to welcome Pictage CEO Jim Collins to the Pictage Blog today as he shares about “The Value of Community.”  Jim, along with other executives and members of the Pictage Team, will now be regular contributors to the Pictage Blog… other guests will include CMO Simon Anderson, CFO Kevin Rubin, Senior Director of Customer Experience Michael Caro, and more!

From Jim:

I was talking to Mike Colon not all that long ago and he mentioned that he thought the primary benefit of working with Pictage for any photographer was the community. I’ve had some time to think about it and I think he’s right. Here’s why.

You’ve chosen to be a professional photographer. That’s your living, your path. We all know that a lot of the time it’s great fun. Your interaction with your clients, their faces when they see their pictures or albums …

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Pictage Podcast with Kevin Meyers


This week on the Pictage Podcast Sara talks with Kevin Meyers about ways to be smart with your business from the beginning.  Kevin shares some of the mistakes he has made and lessons he has learned throughout his career.  Listen in for some really great advice on how to keep your business profitable and efficient.


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Don’t forget to leave a comment for Kevin!

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“Admired by Beckstead” Newest Winners (and bonus Honorable Mentions)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 7th round of “Admired by Beckstead,” our twice-monthly David Beckstead image contest!

We are so excited to announce this round’s winner… FIRST place goes to Don Bryant of Annapolis, MD. Congratulations Don!

David’s Comments on the winning image: The compositional elements work together perfectly in this shot! The clouds mock the angle of the car. The leading lines of the car move your eyes eventually to the subjects. The depth is just great putting the original hard focus on the front of the car then gently going out of focus (but not too much) to the subjects. The colors are just great! The angle the photographer chose was interesting and different.

Reflections, points of interest, story…all there for us to view again and again. Nice!

SECOND PLACE goes to Jason Karlin of Jamie K Photography in New Jersey.

David’s Comments: Framed perfectly into the negative …

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Mingle with Engle – Anna and Spencer


Anna and Spencer, two of our wonderful community members, came up with the sweetest idea for the Mingle with Engle, a video version! They recently painted a wall in their house to use as a video backdrop and wanted to test it out. They interviewed each other and didn’t look at the Mingle questions until they were filming.

The video is just under 30 minutes so my advice is to sit back, grab some good wine, hot tea, or a fun photographer friend and enjoy!!!

p.s. I am always looking for photographers to interview so please email blog@pictage.com if you’re interested.

Make sure to leave a comment or re-tweet this interview!

Lastly, some link love: http://www.annaandspencer.com/ http://www.annaandspencer.com/blog/ http://www.beyondthewedding.com/ 

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