Thursday, March 5, 2009

Upcoming wedding

I am getting juiced. I get to photograph a wedding this Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Chicago with my good friend Bob Schueler from Indiana. It's gonna be a lot of fun. I hope to have some images to show early next week.

Bob comes from Indiana to go with me to weddings from time to time. He does it on his own dime because he wants to see what I am doing and learn from it. He works hard on his craft, studying things on-line and trying things out. And he is building a reputation in his own area as a go-to guy for local studios while he builds his own business. This is what it takes.

Speaking of studying, there is a wonderful resource on-line at Kelby Training ( They have on-line tutorials in Photoshop, Lightroom, lighting, gear, posing, and lots more. For less than $200 a year or $20 a month, you can have a seminar in your own home on you computer. Check it out and give it a try.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New Wedding Season is Approaching

Well, the weather is warming up and the wedding season is approaching. What have you done over the winter to keep yourself sharp? What have you done to improve your skills? Or do you think that you can't get better without actually going out on a wedding to photograph?

Over the winter, I scour the blogs from David Ziser, The Strobist (David Hobby), Joe McNally, and Neil Van Niekirk to mention a few. You could get a PhD in photography from them.

And I have bought and paid for a Master Class with David Ziser at his studio outside Cincinnati. It is five intensive days with him learning hands-on just how he does all those really great images. It goes from shooting to software to marketing. The whole package.

And, speaking of marketing, my friend Kristin has convinced me that I should branch out and take some chances to do some weddings and portraits for myself through Smiles Photography, Ltd. my own company. I am not sure just how that will go, but I am starting to get my name out there.

I love what I do. I have been a full time professional photographer for almost 21 years (my anniversary is April 15th) and was a part timer for four or five years before that. I am always looking for new and better ways to get things done. That is called growth.

What have you done to grow over the winter?