WPPI 2012 | Virginia Portrait Artist | Virginia Wedding and Destination Photographer

We have spent most of February out speaking at different venues, in different states, and before many photographers sharing how we do what we do.  We have traveled from Florida to Arizona all in a short 29 days.  We love the opportunity to hit the road and share about our photographic experience.  Since the photographic industry has changed from photography film to digital, there are many changes that have been made in the way that we shoot, process and market.  One of our stops in the month of February, was in Las Vegas, speaking at our national photography conference called WPPI.  WPPI’s (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) attendance is generally 12,000 – 15,000 attracting photographers from all over the globe, so to be able to share there is an honor.  This year we shared about wedding photography, both stateside and international, and about senior high photography . Thank you WPPI and H&H for the opportunity to share! Here are a few shots from the day.  You can tell how passionate we are about sharing.  It seems that every shot we have our mouths open!~

No Rules Workshop – Norfolk Photography Workshop

So we spilled the beans at our latest workshop as we met some real neat folks and dished out some serious knowledge.  We just happened to have a most amazing model for the day as we explored the streets around our studio and messed around with some lights in the studio too.  Thanks to Erin, our model for turning on her glam for us!  Stay tuned for our next workshop as we may be headed your way soon, check it out here – www.norulesworkshop.com. Make up by Rebecca Wood of Faces by Rebecca Wood Couture by All the Rage in Virginia Beach    

Online Photography Webinar – The Joy of Marketing

For those of you looking into the crazy world of Senior High School photography we have just the tool for you!  We are participating in a webinar that you can listen to and get the scoop on what it takes to make it in this biz.  It was fun to record this event along with some of the most renown photographers from around the nation!  Best of all… It’s free 🙂 First of all, you have to check out Scott and my senior pics on this event.  I assure you personally that it will offer you some comic relief for your hectic day! Boy, have senior portraits changed over the years. We believe you can grow your piece of the high school senior pie or even just grab a small slice with all you’ll learn at The High School Senior How To Free online event at The Joy of Marketing We are excited to be a part of this one-of-a-kind event and it’s Free for you to attend thanks to The Joy of Marketing. Here are some of the topics that will be discussed at the event Create a boutique senior business from scratch! Go from 0-100 seniors in 2 years. Market to 3 generations at 1 sale. Grow a great senior business. Be “it” In your market. Make money with the senior experience. Put on a fashion show for your studio. Use senior trends to set yourself apart and make more money. Get what YOU want from your senior market. Create the ultimate senior business model. How to use senior spirit sessions to rock the senior marketplace. How to create a boutique senior business from scratch!

Norfolk Workshop! – Our “No Rules Workshop” Stays Local

Okay, Okay! We get it….all this traveling is wearing us out and our local peeps were missing out on all the fun while we taught around the nation.  Our “No Rules Workshop” dives into the details of running your business as well as opening up our studio for some shooting and editing instruction.  We’ll have models and a couple of choice locations to shoot in so bring you cameras and computers!  Our first local workshop was such a success we just had to do it again.  Seats are limited and filling fast but you can purchase your tickets right online HERE. Meanwhile, here’s a few shots from some recent workshops!

Palm Springs, California, Riviera Hotel – Dustin & Missy’s Couples Shoot!

We winged our way out west to the spectacular Riviera Resort in Palm Springs, California for a shoot and it turned out to be just what my jet lag needed!  A fun and somewhat “experimental” shoot using a variety of lighting techniques including, video lights, ambient, off-camera flash, ringlight, and reflectors…that about covers it all.  Thanks Dustin & Missy for joining us and getting your groove on for this long distance shoot – you rock!

SYNC 2011 – No Rules Workshop

St. Petersburg, Florida….love that town. We carried our cold and weary bodies to the sunshine state to hang out with 400 of the craziest photographers on the planet. I mean, these guys & gals are serious about their photography and their business! It just felt weird to be shooting on the beach in February – I know I heard my camera say, “What the…?” until Alexis popped in front of it! Alexis was our model for the afternoon as we strolled around the Tradewinds resort for our shooting workshop. She did fabulous especially considering all the cameras pointing her way! We’re back in Norfolk now with snow & slush today but I think I will post some sunny pics of Alexis to warm our cold toes. Ahhh….

No Rules Workshop – Norfolk

Our first workshop in our shiny new studio!   Our thanks go out to the Wells Theater in downtown Norfolk for allowing us to use their fabulous space for our shooting.  20 of us dodged the snowflakes and took cover in the historic theater where we kept warm and took some rather cool shots.  Christ & St. Lukes Church loaned us their stunning sanctuary for some shots inside the church.  Our model Rachel looked amazing in a gown from Pure English Bridal and a couple of gowns from All The Rage Virginia Beach.  Brian was sporting some vintage fashions from Echoes in Time that fit in perfectly with the theme of the shoots. We love doing these workshops, especially when they are on our home turf and we know everyone came away with great shots and new friends.  Our next local No Rules Workshop will be on April 13th where we will be focusing on shooting, editing, and image critique.  Only 20 seats available and they will be going quick!  Our teaching and workshop tour is kicking off in January so maybe we will be coming to a venue near you! January 28-31 : St. Pete, Florida (SYNC) February 6-8 : Minneapolis, MN (Twin Cities PPA) February 12-15 : Palm Springs, CA (SPA) February 19-25 : Las Vegas, NV (WPPI) March 6-8 : Murfreesboro, TN (Tennessee PPA) April 10-12 : Norfolk, VA (PSD Experience) April 13 : Norfolk, VA (No Rules Workshop) June 5-7 : Des Moines, IA (MAIPP School) June 20-23 : Ann Arbor, MI (GLIP School) On to the pics!

2 More Days! 10.10.10 Sales Summit for Photographers!

Ten Leading Photographers. Ten Sales Strategies. Ten Money Making Products. Not sure how we got thrown in the mix with these guys but we are honored to be speaking in an online summit with the likes of – Kubota, Woods, Bianchi, Claire, Puc, Petty, Bondurant, Nichols, Walden and of course us! It is just a few days away so put it on your calendar! A FREE summit with a few of the nations best photographers and most importantly in this case – some the best sales people in the industry. So many photographers struggle with the sales portion of their business since we tend to be all wrapped up in the creative side of life. Now it’s time to get your sales house in order and grab a cup o’ joe and listen to the free summit presented by The Joy of Marketing on October 10, 2010. Heck, even if you don’t think you need help with your sales strategies just tune in and get a chuckle as Adina & I fumble over our words! Learn a little bit about what we do behind the scenes of our business. We think you will get a kick out of it either way! REGISTER HERE!

Alaska Workshop – Bride & Groom Photoshoot

Alaska is big and far away. That did not stop us from heading north and putting on our teacher’s hat and hosting one of our No Rules Workshops in Anchorage, Alaska! We had just finished up our Aruba weddings so we criss-crossed our great land and landed at Nordby Photography where they hosted us for a few days of shooting and instructing. A totally different backdrop from our usual beaches and parks gave way to mountains and the great Alaska outback. This will go down as a most unique location with sunset around midnight and mountains and forests that only Alaska could offer. Here’s a few pics of our bride & groom shoot on the rocky coast of Alaska (more to come!) :

Orlando “No Rules Workshop”

A bit of retro was in order for our Orlando Workshop which seemed to fit with the host studio (Nielsens Photography) since their studio is in a train complete with an engine and all! We had folks from all over come in for this event including, Texas, Utah, Florida, and even Trinidad. A very diverse group for sure which made for lots of questions and interaction which we love. Mike and Ann totally rocked the 30’s vibe with the fedora & birdcage veil. Thanks to our models, our fellow photographers and of course the gorgeous Florida weather we had a blast! Check out the video courtesy of Shaking Hands Productions and a few of my favorites. Next stop – Michigan!

Houston Workshop

As many of you know we bounce around the country teaching our “No Rules” philosophy to whomever will listen. Houston gathered 80 of their finest photographers for our workshop last month and we got down and dirty with everything from marketing & business strategies to off-camera lighting & posing. We always cram a ton of info in our all-day workshops and this was no different – lots of questions, shooting and a few puzzled looks (yes, we saw you….!) Check out where we are headed next here and put down your pre-conceptions and join us! Here’s a few shots from the Houston No Rules Workshop. Stay tuned for some sweetness from Orlando!

Ty and Shannon

Shooting another photographer is always a bit different than a “normal” shoot but this one was different…in a good way!. We met Ty and Shannon at our workshop in Tampa last week and we had a great time talking photography and just getting to know each other. We were actually in Tampa for a senior (High School) convention but we always love shooting a couple when we get a chance. We jumped in the car and drove around looking for some cool spots and stumbled on a ’57 Chevy, an old marina, and of course a Florida sunset. Niiiiice….. We topped the night off with some Mexican eats. Check out Ty & Shannon and their awesomeness!

SPA model 2010 – Aubree!

Yes, call me a California wannabe. We winged our way out to San Diego for the 2010 Senior Portrait Artists (SPA) convention last week and came back energized and excited about what we were going to do in 2010 for our seniors! The fabulous Hotel del Coronado provided a backdrop for our shooting workshop with our senior models, Aubree and Brittany. They were both amazing and the California sand & sun gave us all kinds of opportunities for some great shooting. Thanks to SPA for inviting us to San Diego to give folks a taste of what our workshops are like. Stay tuned for a few shots of Brittany tomorrow!