Beth Forester has lived in a small town with a population of about 3,000 people for 15 years, where she runs a boutique photo studio. Even in a struggling economy her studio has not only stayed afloat, but thrived.
Jose Villa is an portrait photographer whose work is truly art. He shoots with a Contax 645 and uses Fuji 400H Pro film. He does not put watermarks or logos on his photos, and there really is no need to because his work is so distinguishable. Although Jose has created a definite style he hates the concept of Ã¢â‚¬Å“your style.Ã¢â‚¬Â
After days of little sleep, it took a loud alarm, a Starbucks frap, and the 15-minute sprint (in heels, mind you) to the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ã‚Â Thanks to WPPIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Pre-Board system, the place was already fairly packed 10 minutes before the event started.Ã‚Â But once the staff knew I was covering the event for SLR Lounge, I was given a front seat to one of the most emotional and moving classes in all of WPPI.
A photographer for 13 years, Mike Larson confided that he began with no style.Ã‚Â Years of soul searching later, he found it. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s his style?Ã‚Â Mike Larson is a West coast photographer who loves shooting vineyards and weddings. The following article is a guest post by Drexelle Park, a photographer with her other half, David Park, from Orange County, CA.Ã‚Â
It was Wednesday morning, my last day in Vegas. I had sat through eight presentations at this point and was dreading another drawn out lullaby. Obviously, I had never heard of Kay Eskridge, because it turns out she is anything but a lullaby. When I found my seat, she was just arriving and walking around bare-foot. Kay’s assistants, AKA Ã¢â‚¬Å“girlfriends,Ã¢â‚¬Â were passing around pretzels, just in case others in the audience were also recovering from the previous night’s Pictage Party.
JaredÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s main message was you can either create clarity, or create confusion.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“This seriously affects not only booking, but size of bookings.Ã‚Â If you are one of the many struggling with how to setup your wedding packages or A La Carte delivery method, this was a presentation for you!Ã‚Â Whichever method you use, you should approach each with the mentality of the photographer, NOT the client!Ã‚Â
The story that Me Ra shared at the beginning of her WPPI talk was as touching as it was gut wrenching. This Sony Artisan of Imagery boldly shared the trials that plagued her life as a young woman starting with a scarring date rape incident in college that led her life to a downward spiral of despair.
What would happen if you practiced your photography like a musical instrument?
Roberto Valenzuela grew up in Mexico, and when he was told he would not be able to attend college in the states unless he was able to pay for it himself he found a way. He learned how to play guitar, because he knew there was money in teaching others to play. He began the seminar with a slideshow of his work and he played an amazing piece on his guitar while we watched. It is hard to decide which part was more breathtaking.
Summary and Review of the Bianchi Sisters’ WPPI 2011 Lecture on Networking, Marketing, and Sales by Priscilla Rathbone, a Seattle-Based Photographer with her Husband, Bob Rathbone.
For those of you who missed it (or couldn’t get in), here’s a summary of Jasmine Star’s WPPI 2011 Platform Lecture called “Telling Your Untold Stories” by Orange County Photographer Drexelle Park
A recap of Susan Stripling’s WPPI 2011 Platform Lecture on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Taking Your Work to the Next LevelÃ¢â‚¬Â by guest writer Lindsay Chavez.
Before we get into the notes, I wanted to give you all a taste of the WPPI Jasmine Star experience. Being ginormous fans of Jasmine Star, it only seemed appropriate that we make it a point to attend her first ever WPPI platform lecture.