Join us at WPPI for our Platform Class with Special Musical Guests

For all of you going to WPPI this year (almost one week away!), we invite you to join us for our platform class Sunday, at 3:00m (doors open at 2:50pm)! Not only will we be sharing on avoiding the pitfalls that most small businesses do, but we will have opening musical guests Holley Maher and Marie Hines, thanks to The Music Bed!  This event is free and you can attend if you have the full pass to WPPI. DOORS OPEN AT 2:50!! RSVP at this link on the Facebook event page! And if you haven’t already, make sure to add our class to your WPPI planner, and pre-board to ensure your seat if there is still... Read More
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Be one of the first to have our latest DVD! In honor of IN-CAMERA: Shooting | The Natural Light Photography System releasing one week from today, we are doing a giveaway! One lucky person will receive a signed copy of IN-CAMERA: Shooting, mailed right to their front door! This is what you need to do to win: 1. Tweet making sure you use the hashtag #INCAMERAdvd and this link – Feel free to copy and paste the below text or add your own flair :) So excited that #INCAMERAdvd Natural-light Shooting releases Tues, March 5th! More info:   That’s all you have to do!  Nice and simple! Winner will be announce on Friday via twitter! Happy tweeting!!! We leave you with the trailer for IN-CAMERA: Shooting… [iframe: src=”” width=”750″ height=”422″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen>] (Production by Rhetorik Creative | Packaging design by Julie... Read More

Santa Barbara & Showit!

  We are in the glorious state of California in Santa Barbara speaking at the Showit United Conference! We are going to be here hanging at the Four Seasons and soaking up a little California sun! We love giving back to the community and this event is a shining example of that. The Showit Community has tons of free resources for photographers 0n all sorts of business, shooting and great, low-priced events like this conference. We are excited to be here and hang with all the amazing photographers that are a part of this event!!  ... Read More
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IN-CAMERA Workshops are coming to your living room!

For those of you who have been following our #secretproject on Instagram, it’s time for the secret to be revealed! We are thrilled to announce that our IN-CAMERA workshops are coming out on DVD & as a digital download!! That’s right! No longer do you have to travel to some distant city to come to a workshop, pay $750/day, and hope to soak in all of the content. Now, you can virtually bring us home with you for a drastically reduced cost, and watch the content in your PJs as many times as you want! This content has been years in the making and is unlike anything that is out there!  We introduce to you the first of 3 DVDs…. IN-CAMERA: Shooting | The Natural-Light Photography System – Turning your natural-light shooting into a systematic process that takes out the guesswork!  [iframe: src=”” width=”750″ height=”422″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen>] (Production by Rhetorik Creative | Packaging design by Julie Story) RELEASE DATES AND PRICING INFO: DVD 1 IN-CAMERA: Shooting | The Natural-Light Photography System Overview: Turning your natural-light shooting into a systematic process that takes out the guess work with over 3 hours of content & 19 live shooting demos! Release Date: Tuesday, March 5th at 11:00am – mark your calendars! ____________________________________________   DVD 2 IN-CAMERA: Post | The Lightning-Fast Post-Production System Release Date: 2013 ___________________________________________   DVD 3 IN-CAMERA: Light |  The Off-Camera Portrait Lighting System Release Date: 2013  We leave you with personal testimonies from IN-CAMERA attendees! “You guys have seriously changed the way I shoot. I edited and uploaded all images from Saturday’s senior session in less than... Read More

Tuesday Photo Tips & Tricks | The Wildcard That Will Bring You Success

Life is really hard sometimes. I mean, REALLY hard.  There are tons of obstacles that can hit us personally as well as professional from every side. Today is how to overcome those. The video we are sharing today was going around on Facebook a few weeks ago and we thought that it was very appropriate to share ESPECIALLY on a Tuesday Tips & Tricks.  Tuesdays are all about growing your business and photography, and this is probably one of the most important things to learn that will drastically change the tough cards that you may have been dealt with. Here are the cards: Chemistry – your chemical makeup Connections – the people who naturally have been placed in your life Circumstances – self-explanatory Consciousness – what you believe about yourself Choices – This card is your wildcard and makes or breaks your entire hand What we CHOOSE to do with the first four cards will determine the outcome of our life. Case and point… watch this video, and like Oprah says, “Just shut your mouth”  ;o) [iframe: width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>]   Man, this hit us hard.  We think that our lives are tough??  Think again.  We are CHOOSING to be thankful for what we have and make the choice to rise above!  I often think the harder people have it, the greater their impact and bigger their victory is on the other side.  I love this quote that I saw on Facebook from one of the people we follow, Verent Chan: “Sometimes life give you lemons – really, really, really, big lemons. You might not be able... Read More
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Our Photo Pro Expo Cincinnati Adventures!

One week ago we found ourselves in Cincinnati, OH at the largest photographic convention in the midwest – Photo Pro Expo! We had a GREAT time connecting with people on the tradeshow floor, speaking, and meeting new photographers. Here are a few images from our iphone and the better images are from two of our assistants for the day – Rebecca Pierce (Pierce’d by Rebecca) and Lauren (LoK Photography). :) The entrance to the show! The calm before the storm! Zach rockin it out at the Westcott Stage. Our platform talk… Chatting with some peeps afterwards! We also got to meet the sweet and energetic Sandy Puc and be on her show SPTV! Other amazing photographers who were a part of this LIVE on-location airing were Joe McNally, Kevin Kubota, Tim Walden, & Rick Sammon! (below image by Ryan Gambrel on Instagram) You can watch the re-air of the LIVE show at THIS LINK for two more days! (All you have to do is Register for free, if you already don’t have an account to her forum!) If you aren’t familiar with Sandy, check out her site and also non-profit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.  Such an amazing heart and person! Our amazing team who helped us run our table! – Thank-you, Rebecca, Leah, Lauren & Mandy!! Below is the sweet photography duo, Nick and Chelsea who also helped us on on Sunday! It was so nice meeting everyone who came to the show and maybe next time we’ll get our Cincinnati Starbucks mug and go to Skyline... Read More

Friday Fun/Finds | Hoodie Pillow!

If you don’t watch Shark Tank, then you should. 1. Because it is really entertaining, and 2. Because you get to see how the big dawgs (multi-100 millionaires and billionaires) negotiate and think. People that have figured out how to make that kind of money know something we don’t (most things about business) and it is a great way to learn a small part of how they think. So, we were watching the latest episode as we like to do, and saw something amazing! We travel a ton and were on the road 260 days last year alone. We flew over 60,000 miles in 2012 and let us tell you, you want some alone time after doing that! :) The biggest problem with traveling is listening to the same in-flight safety speech, sitting next to some dude who does not realize you need some time to sleep or relax, and the overly bright lights they flash on and off in your face. Problem solved! Introducing…..   The Travel Hoddie Pillow This pillow gives you everything that rocks about a Hoodie, without the Hoodie! For $16.95 you can bring this on any trip, blow it up and be in the zone! Talk about pure awesome cool factor! :) They also have the full-size Hoodie Pillow for home use that has an iPhone and headphone doc on the pillow so you can listen to your tunes as you drift off to sleep. Get one... Read More
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IN-CAMERA: Workshops | Four Years in 2 Minutes

“This is truly one of the best workshops I have ever attended!” “I learned here more than anywhere else” “Excellent, excellent, excellent!!! This will give me so much more time with my husband and kids. Thank-you!!!” For the last four years we have had an amazing privilege: sharing the information we have applied in our own photography that has not only allowed us to 1) take stellar images IN-CAMERA with natural light and with on-location high-powered strobes using a systematic process, but 2) edit our images in a fast and efficient way that has freed up our lives to grow our business and spend time with each other!  And then of course, we taught our Harvest Business workshop as the third day of IN-CAMERA workshops for a few years. The comments at the beginning of this post are a few of the hundreds we have received from attendees…. which makes this blog entry bitter-sweet. This post is the official farewell to our IN-CAMERA workshops that after four years we are officially retiring. Yes, that means we are no longer teaching these workshops in person. You may be thinking… “Wait a second!!! I was hoping to attend your IN-CAMERA Workshops this year!” Well don’t you fret! We have some exciting news that we are sharing one week from today! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Feb 20th at NOON CST to check back here on the blog. In the meantime, watch the last four years flash before your eyes in this short clip less-than-2-minute highlight reel with… 986 attendees 33 cities 3 counties Enjoy! [iframe: src=”″ width=”900″ height=”601″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen... Read More

Tuesday Photo Tips & Tricks | How to Have a Higher Closing Rate

  Have you ever found yourself on the phone or in person with a potential client and you have listened to their needs and wants and then you have finally told them about your services and answered any questions that they have, and then comes the awkward moment… … The chirping cricket moment … The moment where silence seems to drag on like an eternity and you’re thinking to yourself, “Do they like me? Does what I offer sound good to them? Can they afford me? Do they want to hire me?” But you have absolutely no idea and they aren’t saying anything, so you result to the most defeating and non-resolving thing you feel you can say – “Well…. let me know…” Then you hang up or they begin to gather their belongings, and you know as soon as the phone line goes dead or as soon as you watch the back of their heads retreating, you more than likely will never hear back from them. Car salesmen call this a “be back.” If someone leaves from the sale, statistics say that 80% of people are never coming back. What is needed is a CLOSE! You need to close this bad boy without sounding pushy or weird. The close is the most important part of the consultation. Whether we like it or not, all of us are in sales and we need to be able to bring the meeting to a place where it’s not left open-ended. We have for you one of the best things you can ask your clients, “Does this sound like what you’re looking... Read More
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Photo Pro Expo & Iowa PPA here we come!

We are headed to the Photo Pro Expo and then straight to the Iowa PPA convention this weekend! We are excited to be headed out to see friends, give some brand new talks and meet some new peeps!     If you want to come out and see us at the Photo Pro Expo, you can sign up HERE. If you want to see us at the Iowa PPA, you can check it out HERE. See you... Read More
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Our FREE 5 Week Photography Course is HERE!

Lesson 1: Must-have Gear Essentials You are receiving the FIRST week of this complimentary 5-week course just for being an awesome blog reader! You can SIGN UP for the entire 5 week course HERE! Welcome to the first lesson in the Five Keys to Rockin’ Your Portrait Sessions! Over the next few weeks, we are going to cover must-have gear, finding the light that any client can look great in, how to get the best moments and expressions from your client, how to get free help which allows you to focus on your clients, and how to make more money on your sessions! So, get ready because here we go with week 1! Portrait Session Goals When we are out shooting a portrait session, we have one goal in mind – To make our clients look their absolute best! In order to do that it’s important to have the right tools. Today’s lesson is about the two most important things you can bring out with you to your portrait shoots – the right lens and the right reflector. MUST-HAVE GEAR ESSENTIAL #1: A PORTRAIT LENS You have the power to make your subject look their best or their worst simply by the type of lens you choose to shoot with. This is why, unless we are trying to go for a certain look, we are usually shooting with a portrait lens. What makes a portrait lens a portrait lens? Any lens that is approximately 80mm or longer (depending on what expert you ask) is considered a “portrait lens.” Likewise, any lens that is shorter than approximately 80mm is not a... Read More

Brand Consistency (Video)

We are excited to be talking about something that is critical in building trust with your clients. Branding Consistency. When your brand is consistent and seen everywhere, potential clients begin to trust that brand and feel good about purchasing from you. The same way that a bride could hear from a friend about you, then a florist, then a planner and know she needs to book you because of all those referrals  the same thing can happen when they see you on Twitter, Facebook, on a friends Facebook and then see your site and can easily detect that it is YOU in all those places. When that happens, she begins to trust in that brand due to her seeing it multiple times. Studies have shown that you need to see a company marketed to you at least 9 times in order to start trusting in that brand. So, check out the video to see how we have incorporated Brand Consistency into our business!... Read More

Our Favorite 2013 SuperBowl Commericials

Yes, it’s true…. The only time we actually watch football is the Superbowl and I (Jody) only really watch it for the commercials.  But hey, at least we’re watching, which is more than some people do! Last year’s commercials were great (See our favorite 2012 Super Bowl commercials) and this years there were some cool ones, but not AS awesome, but we thought we would at least highlight a few that made us chuckle. #1.Prom date with Audi [iframe: width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>]   #2. Budweiser Clydesdales (please do not read deep into this.  We simply liked the commercial). [iframe: width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>]  #3. And for your final entertainment: You thought Beyonce was the start of the half time show? Well, this video says otherwise…. :) [iframe: width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>] This was one of the kids at the Super Bowl party we were at… so adorable!!!! What was your... Read More

Bid on a Mentoring Session and Change the World | Thirst Relief Mentor Auction Begins Today!!

Do you want to receive mentoring by some amazing photographers while making a difference in the world? From through February 3rd, Thirst Relief will enable you to big on eBay for a 90-minute instructional sessions from some of the best photographers in the business.  Bid NOW for a mentoring session with us! For those of you not familiar with Thirst Relief, it’s a non-profit that provides clean water for those in need around the world. We have put up for bid a 90-minute mentoring session with us plus our business DVD, HARVEST | The Three Steps to Growing a Thriving Photography Business. 100% of the proceeds directly benefit Thirst Relief.  Last time the mentor auction gave over 8,000 people clean water and helped numerous photographers become better at their craft and business! This is one of the biggest fundraisers that Thirst Relief holds, so spread the word!  Tell all of your friends!  Blog, tweet, Facebook – whatever you have to do!  Let’s have our community make a difference in the world! Find out more info about the auction:  Bid... Read More