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As this year comes to a close, I’ve started to look back on my 2010 goals. One huge check off that pretty audacious list was teaching at Pictage‘s Partner Conference 2010. I was chosen to lead a shooting workshop in New Orleans. PartnerCon is a photography conference that I attribute as one of the biggest parts of my growth since the start of my business, so it was a huge honor to be on the other end this year. I was also blown away at  how quick my class sold out. Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who attended and allowed me to give a piece of myself back to the photography community. I hope you came away with some solid tips and inspirations to make your own photography and connections stronger.

We had such an awesome group! Big thanks goes to my good friend Rueben Poon of Celebration Packages for helping out on the shoot and capturing these behind-the-scenes images for me to share.

Sometimes you have to get a bit dirty to get ‘the shot.’Also, thanks must go to our fantastic newlywed couple, Tiffany & Patrick! The workshop was the first day we met in person, but we instantly became great friends. These two are such awesome people and their love totally shines through — even in the chaos of 18 photographers, which I’m sure must be a bit awkward! They totally rocked it!

Here’s a few of my images from the shoot:

Tiffany’s dress was successfully trashed:Last, I want to share the other blog posts of some of the awesome photographers who attended! Everyone got completely unique and fantastic images! Click below to take a look and be sure to leave them some blog-love:

Aubrey Greene

Danielle Fuller

Reuben Poon

Sarah Deshaw

Stacy Conner

And if anybody else has images blogged, please send them my way. I’d love to share your link!

This post is for all the photographers out there!

I’m super excited to announce that I’ve been chosen to lead a shooting workshop at this year’s Pictage PartnerCon 2010 in New Orleans happening November 9-11th. PartnerCon is what I consider to be the one ‘MUST GO TO’ event of the year if you’re interested in taking your photography to the next level. I am very honored to be teaching alongside some of the best photographers in the industry including Mike Colon, David Beckstead, Jared PlattThe Youngrens, Justin & Mary Marantz and so many more (click here to see the full line-up). The shooting workshops are your chance to get away from the office, away from the classroom and onto the streets of NOLA to see how other photographers rock their stuff.

To keep them structured and intimate they will be limited to 15 people so I highly recommend not waiting. Last year there were many people that didn’t get to go to the workshops due to not jumping in early. (And you don’t even have to be a Pictage member to attend! The conference is open to all.)

So what will I be covering?
Something I’m very passionate about: a different kind of shooting style that I like to call ‘Connective Photography’. It’s not photojournalism, it’s not fine-art, it’s not editorial or fashion – it’s connecting with couples.

Here’s a bit about my workshop titled “Connective Photography: Allowing Your Cleint’s Personalities to Fuel Your Creative Fire”

Strip away location, budgets, etc. and what you’re left with is two people who are very unique and have a story to tell. Rather than defining shoots by location (or even technique), attendees will be encouraged to focus more on connecting with their couples to create something more distinctive, more personal and more meaningful.

I’ll be going over the process of how I shoot and interact with my couples, focusing on:

– what to say before the shoot begins to prepare couples for what to expect
– warming up: tips to get shy couples to start to loving you and your camera
– tips to encourage couples to play and flirt in front of your camera
– how to best utilize natural lighting and video light in your images
– lens choices to complement the look you want to achieve, whether it’s sexy, playful, intimate or dramatic

Restration for PartnerCon is limited to 500 photographers and is bound to sell out SOON, so if you haven’t yet click here to sign up!

Hope to catch ya’ll in NOLA! :-)


As professional photographers, it’s funny that we tend to spend the majority of our time glued to our computer chair. We spend countless hours, many times way into the night, poring over our little boxes editing away. If you can relate to this, you can’t miss the free photographer meetup at our place next Wednesday. Lightroom guru, Jared Platt will be joining us to talk about optimizing your workflow and getting better results during post-production. Whether a beginner or a pro, you’ll be sure to walk away with invaluable information on how to streamline this part of your business, leaving you with more time and energy to put other places.

Here’s the details:

When: Wednesday, August 25th 6:30 – 9:00PM

What to bring: Your favorite dish to share and good vibes!

Agenda: Jared Platt will be speaking on “Work Faster with Better Results.” Take your photography portfolio and your individual events from good to great and save time in the process.  Come and learn the how to tap into the power of perception through positive selection.

– Learn the power of positive selection to speed your workflow and improve your photography.
– Learn how to become a better photographer during post-production.
– Learn how to elevate your brand by controlling public perception.
– Learn some tips and tricks for increasing productivity inside of  Lightroom 3.0.
– Question and Answer Period – (bring your toughest post production dilemmas to discuss)
– Door Prizes

If you feel bogged down in post-production or just need to boost your photography to the next level but don’t know where to start, then you need this time with Jared Platt.  And you will learn the latest and greatest in Adobe Lightroom 3.0 at the same time.

Click here for more info and to RSVP!


Jared will also be hosting his full-day Lightroom Workflow Workshop the following day. The Lightroom Workflow Workshop is normally $300.  But by using the coupon code “pictage” at checkout, you will receive a 50% discount, making the workshop the incredible price of only $150. Here’s a video on what is covered:

For more information about Jared and his lecture schedule, go to

Last, here’s some pictures from the last two PUG meets! As you can see, it’s a fun-loving group that always welcomes new people.

Here are the brave souls from our photo critique session which was amazing. We also had some post-it fun!

For more info and to RSVP for the meeting, visit our Vegas PUG’s FB page here! It’s free and new faces are always welcome. :-)

Can’t wait to see all my Vegas peeps soon!


As the last Wednesday of each month rolls around, our home is filled with a wonderful group of fellow photographers! It’s always bound to be a great time – with the exchange of big hugs, hanging out over drinks and yummy munchies and catching up on things. And the best part: Everyone is welcome! The PUG is  totally free, non ‘click-ish’, and  is all about community and sharing and growing together. :-)

Also, aside from hangin’ with a phenomenal group of people, there’s great topics, open discussions, group shoots, fun studio spotlights and incredible speakers (at past meets we’ve had our great friends Justin & Mary Marantz, the uber talented Mike Larson and the wonderful Michael & Anna Costa to name a few).

The next PUG meeting (coming this week) should be just awesome as I’ve been planning something really fun for everyone! Interested in joining? Here’s the scoop:

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 – 6:30 P.M. for socializing; 7:00P.M. getting started!

TOPIC: “Learning from a Coordinator’s Perspective”I’ve invited a panel of some of Vegas’s top wedding coordinators to speak and constructively share their thoughts on the various things each of them has and hasn’t liked about working with photographers throughout their coordination process – before, during and after the wedding day. It should be a really great learning experience and discussion, and is one PUG meeting not to miss!

Meet the coordinators:

Juliet of Green Orchid EventsJuliet of Green Orchid Events | Las Vegas Wedding Coordinator


Stephanie Smith Events
Stephanie Smith | Las Vegas Wedding and Event Coordinator


Tracey of Your Las Vegas Wedding ConciergeTracey of Your Las Vegas Wedding Conceirge

For directions and more details check out the PUG Page: To RSVP, comment below or shoot me a quick email! New faces are always welcome. :-)

I’ve been super busy lately, but I just have to blog about WPPI 2010: an incredible event filled with great photographer friends, new faces, parties, classes – the works!

The highlight of my week was Saturday’s “Lens & Learn” Charity event put together by the amazing team at Pictage for the children of The Boys & Girls Club here in Vegas.

I was invited to be the moderator of our group and teach things like lighting and composition with the fantastic photographers Mike Colón and Ray Santana. It’s always great having the opportunity to give back – and I loved the idea of working with and inspiring children through a subject that has inspired me so much. Many of the kids were underprivileged and had never had the opportunity to ever handle a camera – even a point and shoot. This made the experience even more special for them. We started the day with pizza, an introduction by Pictage’s fantastic CEO, Jim Collins and classroom instruction at the Boys & Girls Club: teaching the kids about the art and fun of photography.

Afterward we took the kids on a field trip to the one of my favorite shooting places, the Springs Preserve for some hands-on-shooting! And, to help inspire the them to think outside-the-box, a photo scavenger hunt was planned: The kids had to shoot things like “happiness without including a person”. Or “Create an image of an “A” shape without using a sign or any text.” Or “Take a picture of something large but make it appear small.” Challenging stuff for sure and it was so cool seeing how much the children got into it. We definitely had a few aspiring photographers in the mix. :-) Watching their faces light-up when they saw the results of their work was something I’ll never forget.

Bellow is fellow photographer Matt Savage, Jim Collins and myself with our great group of kids:

Chelsea Nicole, Matt Savage, Jim Collins, and kids!

And a big group shot with all the kids, photographers and volunteers taken by Kenny Kim:

Group photo by Kenny Kim | Pictage Lens & Learn Charity EventAt the end of the day, Mike Larson did his infamous camera toss where he throws his (very expensive) camera into the air. One of many favorite moments of the day was all the kids yelling in unison “Higher – Higher – Higher!” Haha, loved it!

Image by Mike Larson

I came in hoping to inspire and give what I could to this wonderful group of kids – but what I didn’t expect was that at the end of the day I would leave so incredibly refreshed, recharged and inspired by them. It was such a great experience. And a big, HUGE thanks goes to the Pictage team and to Jim Collins for having the vision and heart to make this happen!

Also a big shout goes out to all the other photographers/friends involved: Mike Colón, Zack & Jody Gray, Will Jacks, Kenny Kim, Mike Larson, Justin & Mary Marantz, Shawn Reeder, Ray Santana, Matt & Stevi Savage, René Tate, Monty Jessop and Joe Buissink.It was great to experience it with you guys!

Saving the best for last, here’s a video created by Ron Dawson that perfectly captures the energy and vibe of the day-long event: