Our Big Announcement!! | We will be on creativeLIVE

It is time to finally share with you all our exciting news!! Watch the below video to find out what it is!! [iframe: src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/33076301?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”700″ height=”394″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen>]   Video by the fab Eugene + Heather (formerly known as 2Duce2 Films!). ** **Enroll for free here!!!** ** ___________   Yes, you have it right – we are super excited and super honored to announce that we have been asked to be a part of the creativeLIVE line-up for 2012!! This means you get to spend 3 days with us, right from your living room as we share all our information on how we tackle a wedding day! You’ll be part of a global classroom with other photographers watching and asking us questions from every continent! For those of you who are unfamiliar with creativeLIVE, it’s the biggest online FREE resource for photographers to learn from some amazing photographers. Past photogs who have graced the web through creativeLIVE have been Jeremy Cowart, Jasmine Star, Tamara Lackey, Vincent Laforet and many more. THE DETAILS:   What: We will be in Seattle broadcasting LIVE, sharing with you for three days the ins and outs of how we run our weddings! We will… … Show you the gear we bring out to weddings talking through the hows and whats we use it for … Not only talk through the different parts of the wedding day sharing the ins-and-outs of what we’re thinking and our approach and how we handle the different and crazy lighting situations we are given on wedding days, but we will actually be shooting different wedding styled scenes... Read More

Come see us at Imaging USA 2012!

In case you haven’t heard yet, we are super honored to have been asked to speak at Imaging USA 2012! We are speaking among an amazing lineup of photographers and are thrilled to be a part of Imaging this year!   We are excited to come out and see you all! Our session is Sunday morning (7:00am, January 15th) and we are sharing the tools that we used to build our business to make a near 6-figure income in only our 2nd year of business! Looking forward to seeing you all! Make sure to Register and also become a Fan of Imaging USA on Facebook!    ... Read More

Hello Big Apple!

We made it! We woke up at 4:00am this morning to catch our 6:00 am flight to the Big Apple and we have arrived!! Our trip is a short one (we will be here less than 24 hours) but never-the-less, we are excited to be here! This evening we will be doing an Adorama 2-hour business workshop, sponsored by SanDisk to a sold out audience! Can’t wait to meet you all and we’re really looking forward to it!... Read More

Our Indy PUG Adventures

Last week we were in the great state of Indiana! We were speaking at the local PUG there run by Tim & Megan King and what a great group that turned out! A shout out to those who made the 3 hour drive from South Bend!! So great to meet you all!! Here are a few images from the event, thanks to Megan King :) Tim getting ready to hand the floor to the business genius Kevin Swan to introduce us.     So great to see all of you who came out!!!    ... Read More

Michigan Speaking & Workshop Recap!

Last week we were in Michigan speaking at the local PPA group and then we held our IN-CAMERA: Light workshop! We had an awesome time being back home in my (Jody) stomping grounds, and it was so great meeting the other photographers there! Here is us at MTPPA (thanks to mi madre, Patty Brouillet for grabbing this shot for us).   Once again, a big thanks to MTPPA for bringing us out! On Thursday, we had our IN-CAMERA: Light workshop. Thanks to Jason Aten for letting us use his awesome studio space and it was the perfect spot to once again, hold our workshops. Check out the shots from the workshop!   In the below shot, we were demoing a before and after with the lighting techniques that we were using that day. We set up the shot, then took a natural lit shot to show what it looked like before.   In this before image, the lighting is OK, but is not super directional and is a little flat looking. Then, not going too far dramatically with the lighting, we added some directional light with the strobe and got a much cleaner, better looking lit shot. :)   Here is another behind the scenes shot of one of our set ups.   Then, once we lit it, we got the awesome blue sky and added some serious drama to the image! In this last set up, we wanted to show what adding one extra, small light source in the background can do to an image. Here, as the light was getting really low, we shot an image in... Read More

Starbucks Trip Adventures | The Big Apple

What up New York!!!!!!!! We had the pleasure of being in New York on Thursday, and boy, the day flew by, but we had fun! We honestly don’t know how you New Yorkers do it! After one afternoon in the bustling city, we are ready for a full week of napping or SOMEthing relaxing :) We We have now added another Starbucks mug to our collection! It took two tries, but we have it now!   When we pulled in early Thursday morning it was raining. We think this is the first stop that we actually got rained on! At 2pm we hailed a cab and made our way over to Adorama. You know, the ginormous online retailer? They only have one actual storefront and we got the tour! Here is Zach in the pro-department that Anne Cahill had a big part in putting together. We will be coming back to Adorama in September so stay tuned for some goodness on that which we will be sharing!! This has been added on our To Buy list. A human being comes with this lens to help hold it up :) Us and the one-and-only Joel Meisels from Adorama! After grabbing some food, we zipped back to the venue and it was showtime! Goofing off at the PASS photo wall. (Photo compliments to Tim Hussey). And we have to end with this shot… this is our bus… to the right is the door that we get on and off the bus. Ah! Talk about watching out for traffic! :) We had SUCH an amazing time meeting you all and we can’t... Read More

Starbucks Trip Adventures! | Washington DC

Yesterday we had the awesomeness of being in Washington DC for the PASS Premier tour! I (Jody) had never been before, and we had about 4 hours to see the city before the show began that evening, so it was our goal to make the best of it! We pulled in around 11:00am, Zach and I threw clothes on and hit the city! Enjoy the images from our iphones and point and shoot! Our first stop was, you guessed it, Starbucks!! There was no way we were missing out on getting our Starbucks mug like we had in other cities!! We got to see the Lincoln Memorial… Us with Lincoln below! In all seriousness. This was really moving. To read Lincoln’s inaugural address and the other writings on the wall, was…. I don’t know… I can’t put it in to words.   Then we headed off to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. There was a group of World War II veterans that had been flown out to visit the memorials. You could spot them all easily in their yellow/orange shirts. To know they had served and given up so much for our country … a simple “thank-you” seemed so inadequate.   The World War II Memorial…   One of the Veterans… Next, it was the Washington Monument! This is me with the monument taken from the Lincoln Memorial (yeah, the reflective pool was being worked on :(. Then we were off to take a peek at the White House! So cool!!   Then we headed off to the National Archives…. or so we thought. Our taxi driver took us to... Read More

A Look Inside the Showit Tour Bus!

For those of you who may have been away from the internet for the past month or so, we are on a speaking tour! Many of you have asked about the tour bus we have been traveling on, so we thought that we would go ahead and reveal to you the secret insides of the Showit tour bus!!   [iframe: src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/25206666?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”750″ height=”422″ frameborder=”0″] We still have two weeks left on the tour, with many adventures ahead of us! We hope to see you out in the following cities that are coming up!! Charlotte, NC DC (Arlington, VA) New York Boston Chicago Indianapolis Nashville Visit the PASS website for more... Read More

A highlight of our Dallas Tour Stop!

Happy Monday! Today marks the 3rd week and 2nd day that we have been on tour!! We have been to Seattle, San Francisco, Orange County, San Diego, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, and this evening we are HOUSTON!! The Dallas stop was amazing and we had a blast with the photographers there, so we’ll see if Houston can bring it tonight :) The oh-so-sweet, Showiteer, Catie Ronquillo, put this little video together of stills from set up all the way through the whole night! Enjoy, and thanks... Read More

Interview with the UK’s Photography Parlour!

We were honored to have been interviewed by Liesl Cheney for the United Kingdom’s Photography Parlour!! The Photography Parlour is a great resource for not only UK photographers to learn and share, but also for U.S. photographers. You can watch (or read!) the interview by clicking the image below! Liesl asked us questions in regards to our business – how we began, how our business grew the way it did, the best and worst things about working with each other, out style and approach to photography, how we incorporate lighting into our shoots and how to slowly build your gear AND more :) Hope you enjoy! Make sure to follow the @photoparlour on Twitter to hear about the other amazing interviews they have (including Mike Colon, Jessica Clair, Jaz Ampaw-Farr, Jesh De Rox and more... Read More
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Promo Video of the PASS tour!!

Aw snap! Fresh from the editing room we have a killer video to give you a glimpse into the actual PASS tour!! [iframe: src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/24367391?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=4d84e8″ width=”750″ height=”422″ frameborder=”0″] To snag your seat before the rest of the cities fill up – click here! We are so pumped to be a part of this and cannot wait to meet the rest of you at the other stops!! Major props to the man Than Heschle of Heschle Video Productions. He hopped on the bus with us for the first two stops and rocked this out fast. Than, you’re the bomb! Here are a few pics taken from San Fran (thank-you Jihan Cerda!)     Can’t wait to hang with the rest of you all on the other... Read More

Friday Fun | Our San Francisco Tour Adventures!

Happy Friday! This week has been a whirlwind! As of tomorrow morning we will have officially been on the bus for one week! Only five more to go! We had the first two PASS premier stops – Seattle & San Francisco, and man, we had such a great time! We have been sending out tweets and pictures on Twitter and Facebook so make sure you’re following us there, but on here – we wanted to share a little video Zach put together on his phone to give you a little peek into our time so far :) Check it out! [iframe: src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/24324049?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ width=”750″ height=”422″... Read More

The Wheels on the Bus Go…

We are officially on the road for the next 6 weeks! Yes, it’s totally crazy to think that for the next month and a half we will be living on a bus! For those of you who are new to us and/or the blog, we are officially on the PASS Premier tour hitting 18 cities from the West Coast to the East Coast! We are super pumped to meet so many of you and share a bit about our process of how we run our business. It’s going to be a great time! This is is our home for the next six weeks! :) We will be updating you here on the blog with all of our adventures (Can’t wait to add to our Starbucks mug collection – yay!). Though speaking of mugs, The Freedom House got a special package before we all left Santa Barbara from the Stotts… for any of you who have seen the office, you will fully appreciate it. The back of our mugs have the PASS logo, but the back of DJ’s mug is the mug shown on the right!! Aren’t they awesome? Our first official tour stop is tomorrow in Seattle and we are pumped! We pulled in this morning and are bowling tonight with some local Showitteers who have arranged a little get-together!! So exciting! Which of you will we be seeing on the tour?... Read More

A Sneak Peek into PASS!

Hey all! Has all the hype on PASS got your interest piqued but you’re wondering what in the world PASS exactly is?? Not sure what the PASS Premier tour is all about? Well, wonder no further. We introduce to you something that will dramatically change how you run your business and make it simpler and easy to manage. Check out the sneak peek into PASS… To learn more about PASS, book your seat to the PASS Premier tour (only 60 seats per stop!) and if you’re wondering what other goodness will be involved, you can watch this little video we filmed here with David Jay from Showit (the sexiest man in the photography industry) and Kevin Swan from Kiss Books and SWAT (probably the smartest guy we have ever met) to tell you all a bit about the upcoming PASS tour! We wish that Promise Tangeman could have been there with us too!! Check it... Read More

Join in the Conversation! Live Interview with us next Tuesday, May 10th

We are excited to share that next Tuesday at 3pm CST we will be live with Dane Sanders on his Fast Track Coaching broadcast! Author of Fast Track Photographer and Fast Track Photographer Business Plan, Dane has a passion for seeing other photographers succeed which is exactly why we wanted to do this. Dane has created a huge resource for photographer to learn (Fast Track Photographer), and we are excited to play a role in this! Some of Dane’s past interviews have been with people like Guy Kawasaki, Mike Larson and Seth Godin (view past interviews here)! We invite you to come along and join in as we have virtual coffee together (maybe even Starbucks?? ha ha ;o) and chat about a topic that is important to all of us. To join in on the fun, make sure to Join the Event at the given link and if you want to participate then make sure to register or sign in! Look forward to seeing you... Read More

Going on Tour to a City Near YOU!

Awwwwwwwwww snap! We are PUMPED to share with you that we are going on an 18-city tour in less than a month and we will be coming to a city near you!! Come hear us, the amazingly talented and beautiful Promise Tangeman, and studly David Jay speak as we come to you along with KISS wedding books! We each will be sharing on our own area of expertise and this tour will also be launching an AMAZING new product called PASS that is going to be the-bomb-dot-com for all photographers alike! Also can’t neglect to tell you that you will get to see first-hand the beauty and simplicity of the free and awesome S.W.A.T album designer built by KISS books! This is going to be a fantastic evening of information, hanging and learning some great stuff to amp up your photography business! This is going to be a blast and we area already seeing tweets of you all who have already signed up to come! We can’t wait! To read more information on the tour as well as register (only 60 seats per tour stop!) visit the PASS Tour Website. The cities we will be visiting: Seattle, WA San Francisco, CA Los Angeles, CA San Diego, CA Phoenix, AZ Denver, CO Dallas, TX Austin, TX Houston, TX Atlanta, GA Orlando, FL Charlotte, NC Arlington, VA New York, NY Boston, MA Chicago, IL Indianapolis, IN Nashville, TN Who is coming?? Can’t wait to see you all... Read More

Starbucks Trip Adventures | England

Can you believe that up until today we still had yet to blog on our Starbucks mug from England all the way back from JANUARY?? Talk about slackers!!! Well today we bring to you our trip reflections on the last part of our European journey – England!!! We were in England at the beginning of our trip for SWPP (Europe’s largest Wedding & Portrait conference) and then we had a day or so to enjoy a bit more of England at the end of our trip! We seriously had THE BEST time in England, and it was greatly in part due to the AMAZING people that we met there!! We were mainly with Showit while at SWPP and the photographers who we met through there were simply FANTASTIC. Oh my gosh, these peeps were amazing. Crazy us, we did not bring our camera out once at SWPP except for our two lighting photographer meetups that we did, and so we really do not have pictures of our time there!! We are pretty bummed about that :( However, the last night there was an awards banquet and a group of us got dressed up and headed on over. These below pictures were taken with Gisela’s point and shoot. Thank-you, girl!! The ladies… Me, Jaz, Serena, Gisela, Melissa Love. (Alex not pictured, so sad!) The men… minus Andrew… Zach, Kevin, DJ We had a wonderful time at SWPP meeting the fabulous photographers out there, eating at some cool places, being a part of Showit, speaking at the conference itself, and man, just so many good memories!! One evening we went out... Read More

Maui IN-CAMERA Photography Workshop Recap | Shooting & Post and Business

Whew! What a whirlwind trip we had the last few weeks traveling around and getting to meet tons of amazing photographers! Just before we headed out from Sacramento to Maui, we did a quick stop off in San Diego to hang with our amazing friends Jeff and Erin Youngren and speak at their amazing PUG group that they run once a month. We had about 60+ photographers that came out to hear us, and they also stream it live and had around 350 shooters tuning in from all over the country! It was a blast to meet everyone there and hear all the stories of what people are doing to build their businesses better and bigger. Then, we we headed out and spent a full week in Maui and had a GREAT time there! Before we say anymore, we have a HUGE thanks to send out to the amazing Anna Kim. Without this awesome gal, these workshops would not have happened!! We arrived on Thursday and hit the ground running speaking at the Smug Mug that local photographer Anna Kim runs over there. We met some really great photographers and even had a little iguana listening in on our talk! Big thanks Ajja DeShayne and Anna Kim for their behind the scenes shots all throughout! On Friday we hit up the PUG led by Mike Adrian, and met some more great people there and had dinner afterward at this really cool place with delicious food! Sadly, we didn’t bring the camera so we have no visuals to share with you :) Just live with it. ;) On Sunday our... Read More

Our Sacramento Adventures | Speaking at PPSV and The Sac. PUG!

We just spent the last 5 days speaking, shooting and meeting an amazing group of photographers in the Sacramento, CA area! We flew in and spoke to the PPSV group (Professional Photographers of Sacramento) and were blown away by the turn out of over 110 shooters! After our talk we did some impromptu print judging (which was a first for both of us!) and then headed out to do a lighting demo. We can’t believe how warm of a welcome we received from all the photographers and were sooo blessed to be able to talk about all the tools that we have used in our business to make it what it is today and then FREELY share that knowledge with anyone and everyone that we can to help them take their businesses to where they want them to go. We love that we get to do this and love that we have met so many new friends, and love how our story was able to connect with some specific photographers in that area at that time and place. Check out some of the shots below from our time at PPSV, and from the Sacramento PUG group! We headed out afterward to do a lighting demo and it was sooo cool how many photographers stayed as late as they did to shoot with us! We had the worst lighting conditions imaginable, but showed how just one light could really make a huge difference! The Before: This was the ambient light that we had to work with which was basically just one street light behind our subject lighting the tree in... Read More

Starbucks Trip Adventures | WPPI 2011 Las Vegas

We have been traveling a lot over here and you know what that means – more Starbucks mugs that we have added to our collection! … not to mention it’s good closure for us! lol. And now we present to you the final recap of our time in Las Vegas! You saw our Desert shoot at WPPI, we blogged on our Master Class, and the other awesome big thing that we were involved was an event that Pictage had with The Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas! Yes, we were a part of this last year and begged for them to let us be a part of it once again. We split into smaller groups and talk about cameras and photography and then we go out and shoot with the kids! It’s a great chance to pour into these kids and just love on ’em. Below is our group! This kid here, Paul, became Zach’s apprentice. Talk about shadow for the day and SUPER Talented! Zach gave Paul his camera (this is a big deal here folks!) and gave Paul some pointers and this kid took off and got some REALLY stellar shots! Talk about artsy! :) Pictage had a studio setup and so our kids had a great time posing and taking shots with each other :) This is me with my precious girl, Kayden. We met last year when we came to the Las Vegas Boys & Girls Club, and we were soooo excited to see each other again. Kayden wants to get into model so she’s practicing her look here :) Short of the desert... Read More

Our Connecticut Adventures | Speaking at CTPPA

Sadly, the beginning of this mug does not start with a Hartford, CT Starbucks mug :( Can you believe that we didn’t make it out to one?? So sad. However, we have not let that ruin our spirits and still blogging on the event :) This past weekend we were honored to speak at Connecticut’s PPA convention in, you guessed it, Hartford, CT! We flew on out Saturday afternoon and arrived to cloudy and overcast weather, with a few piles of snow still on the ground where the sun had yet to reach. Crazy! Our talk was on Sunday and we had a 3 hour time slot and then that evening after the awards ceremony did a mini lighting talk then demonstration. The Marantzs and Jasmine Star and hubby JD were also a part of the festivities and rocked the house with their goodness. Earlier in the day on Sunday we had the chance to touch and play around with an older film camera. It’s totally crazy using it (looking through the viewfinder is a trip!) and it definitely makes you have respect for the photographers who actually shot weddings with it. Good times!! Thanks to the CTPPA staff for having us out, Marietta for her awesomeness in arranging all the logistics and bringing us in and Eric Foley for taking care of us :) Thank you... Read More

WPPI 2011 Master Class Recap!

We feel that it is high time to share with you how our WPPI 2011 Master Class went! We had a blast hanging out with our MasterClass attendees at WPPI, not only once but twice!! We had an awesome time doing the 5am shoot the day before with about 20 of these photographers, and then we got to spend another 2 1/2 hours with all the registrants going over the technical side of lighting with a demo shoot at the end of our class. To see images from the 5am shoot we did in the desert, click HERE to see the past blog post! Thanks to Eric Farewell for coming in to take the behind the scenes images below and for being an all around rockstar! Also thanks to the below companies we work with and use for providing some awesome giveaways!! Expo Imaging KISS books Pixel 2 Canvas Showit Westcott Lighting Thanks again everyone for coming out and we hope to see you again soon!! This was the in-class section of the Master Class where we went over the why and how of our system that we use to light the bride and groom. The system allows us to set up, light and get the exact image we want in just a minute or two. Here we are outside of the MGM Grand near the tradeshow floor where we decided to do our demo shot. This was not the most ideal place, but it was great because the ambient light was getting pretty low and we were able to demonstrate what we can do with one simple, powerful... Read More

Friday Fun | Oh, the fun we had on Photog Retreat…

Last week, right after WPPI we went and spoke on a cruise for photographers! We had a great time, and you better believe that photos are coming… However, our the-bomb-dot-com friend, Ginny Corbett put together a little video of the time we had together and we wanted to share that with you…. :) May this be your laugh for this Friday :) … and by the way if you’re wondering if that is Zach under there, it is... Read More

Where to See us this Month | Our Upcoming Speaking Gigs

We have a few speaking gigs coming up this month that we wanted to let you guys know about, so if you’re in the area, we’d love to see you! We will be doing some free lighting demos and talking about business strategies and how to make your business do more of what YOU want it to do. We also have multiple full-day workshop dates with seats available. Come hang with us because it is going to be tons of fun!! Link for PPSV meeting information. Click for Smug Mug specific info. For information on our IN-CAMERA workshops in Sacramento & Maui, visit our workshop website. Can’t wait to see you... Read More