Jules Bianchi Tip – Create Personalized Categories

Happy Monday! Time for the Pictage Tip of the Week! Here we bring you weekly tips brought to you by some of our top photographers and PUG leaders. A huge thanks goes out to Cinematic Studios for the filming and production of these clips.

How do you categorize your images on Pictage? Jules Bianchi has some awesome tips on how to make it easy and fun for event guests to find the images they’re looking for.

Jules of Jules Bianchi Photography has led seminars at Pictage Partner Conference for the past 3 years along with workshops at the Digital Wedding Forum Convention in Las Vegas in 2006. She also started up Jules Cafe, where she helps out numerous other photographers with mentoring and hot tips. Jules is our Los Angeles PUG leader and has been featured in prestigious magazines such as Los Angeles Wedding Magazine, Bride and …

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Mingle with Engle & Shari Zellers


Today’s interview is with Shari Zellers of Shari Zellers Photography.

*Describe your photography style: It’s hard to know what one’s style is until someone tells you! I’ve been told my style is “natural” and fun with emotional imagery – I like that.

*What is a must read or must see? Oh, for us photographers, definitely must read “The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It” by Michael E. Gerber. Can’t say I’ve done everything in the book I need to do but it definitely opened my eyes up! Must see? I constantly watch creative media to see what’s happening out there artistically – movies, tv, commercials.

*What are your work hours? Way too many. Working on curtailing that to have a life. Refer to “must read” above! ;o)

*What is your favorite thing about Pictage? It’s been said before but I’ll say it again, the community and the …

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Inside the Image of Shyla Photography


Today’s image was taken by Shyla of Shyla Photography and Pictage member since 2006…

“This Image was shot of an Indian Bride at a fashion show in LA. I was on assignment for gown designer Amal H. from Amal of Beverly Hills and I got a little bored shooting the exact same thing on the runway so I decided to try to get a little creative. Two main spotlights illuminated the runway, but this look was achieved by metering for the skin in the hottest part of the spotlight, shooting at a low ISO, and manually adjusting my white balance to counter the blue cast given off by the lights. Shot with Nikon, skin tones tend to be warmer by nature, but manually adding more yellow allowed for the warmth and depth that made the bride’s skin and clothing similar color values creating the look you see above.

Further specifications: 50mm lens at …

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Mingle with Engle & Will Jacks


Today’s interview is with Will Jacks of Wiljax Photographic Design…

*Describe your photography style: Wow. That’s a tough question to answer. And it seems like as soon as I do, it will change. Often it depends on the job. Commercial and editorial work tends to be cleaner. My gallery work is a little less technical — more abstract. And with portrait and wedding work I try to be somewhere in the middle. So I guess the best way to describe my “style” would be multiple personality-ish, laced with a little attention deficit disorder.

*What is a must read or must see? Must Read: Rising Tide by John Barry. It is about the Mississippi River flood of 1927 and how it reshaped the United States. I’ve heard him speak about Hurricane Katrina and I can’t wait to see what he writes about this event. I think he’ll draw quite a few similarities between the two …

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Ask & Learn Today with Lauren Hillary


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.

Bio: 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 and 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 …

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Inside the image of Kevin Swan


Today’s image was taken by Kevin Swan of Delicious Wedding Photography, Indianapolis PUG leader and Pictage member since 2006.

“This is one of my favorite shots from last year. I was trying to convey Chicago…the couple loves downtown. So I knew I needed the L-Train in a shot. I was in bright sunlight, but knew I wanted to have the motion of the train, so I went to TV mode and set my shutter pretty low: 1/13th of a second. I set my ISO to 50, and the aperture at 18 with my 16-35mm dialed all the way out to 16.

I only did the shot once, took four frames, and this one was the one! I was trying to back-light the couple with the sun, but had NO idea that the sun would be partially visible through the cars of the train as it blurred by. It was one of those …

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Liana Lehman Tip – Make BHAGs!

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!

What types of goals do you have for your business? Liana Lehman will tell you her goal setting process and why making goals larger than life will help you to succeed!

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 also happens to be our Atlanta PUG leader and has spoken at multiple Pictage events including Partner Conferences, Headliners and our Booth at WPPI!

Tell us about your goals!

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Follow us on Twitter!


Here at Pictage, we love to know all we can about our members. One great way to do that is through Twitter.com! Twitter asks one simple question, “What are you doing?” You can answer that question online or from your phone and you have the choice of following other Twitter members.

Everyday we log-in to what over 50 of our Pictage members are doing, like Jeff Youngren is “So stoked for Matt and Kristy’s e session today at angel stadium! it is going to rock!” and Mike Steelman is “[at the] Pug San jose! Hotseat tonight…finally over. I passed, I think :)”

Check us out: twitter.com/pictageblog

We can’t wait to hear what you are doing!  We have 49 followers right now, are you one of them?

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Ask & Learn today with David Wittig


Topic: Getting Your Clients to Think Outside the Box (with you) Partner Conference Los Angeles brought together an extraordinary line-up of leading photographer speakers. With Ask & Learn Wednesday’s we’re thrilled to extend these Q&A sessions by bringing our guest speaker photographers directly to you. Right now is your chance to get all your questions answered instantly! Just log on, read the recap, and ask away.

Bio: David is a fine art photographer who discovered his passion for wedding photography eight years ago. He combined his love for fine art with his knowledge of photojournalism to produce a unique style. He is a three-time WPJA award winner, and his work has been published in several magazines. David has done wedding shoots in six different countries, and 15 US states. His artwork has been exhibited in numerous galleries in New York City, Chicago, and Italy. His two solo-shows in Italy coincided with …

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Inside the Image of Kacie Jean


Today’s image was taken by PUG leader Kacie Jean of Kacie Jean Photography, Santa Barbara based Pictage member since 2006.

“This was by far my most favorite engagement session because the couple was willing to do anything I asked! We decided last minute to try and get a cool shot with them kissing as the train rushed by. We found out the train schedule and rushed over to the station. We had to jump out of the car and run down the tracks until we found a good spot for the picture.”

Settings: ISO 400, 1/15th @ f/22

Canon 20D with 24-70mm 2.8 lens (24mm focal length)

Taken at 4:34pm


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