Oct 22, 2011

Rick Sammon Explores the Light - Day 2

Rick Sammon's Skype interview with Hal "Bull" Schmitt was definitely a highlight today. But I think I most enjoyed Rick's social media marketing segment during Day 2 of his live online Exploring the Light workshop on creativeLIVE. It's incredibly easy to get overwhelmed by the massive number of social media outlets, as I often do. Yet it's a key part of our jobs as photog solopreneurs. Very key. At times social media seems less important than editing images or emailing clients, etc etc. But as Rick taught us today, "not enough time" is not an excuse - it's a matter of choice. As with everything in life. So I'm going to heed Rick's advice and carve out at least half an hour a day for social media marketing for my business. Yes, that's above & beyond my personal social media. Social media takes time, just like responding to emails, post-processing images, calling clients etc., etc. Perhaps I'll try setting a timer and then cut myself off - it's so easy to get sucked into the vortex of social media. What are your tips for managing social media for your business?

Here are more behind the scenes photos from today's fun filled workshop with Rick Sammon!

Today was my first Google+ Hangout. As we were about to go to lunch, creativeLIVEr Jason Bafile suggested in the chatroom that we do a G+ hangout. I've been wanting to start joining in G+ Hangouts but I hadn't yet. THANK YOU Jason for kicking us off on creativeLIVE Hangouts! I expect a lot more to come! ; )

See my full set of behind the scenes photos on Google+!

Join me tomorrow from anywhere around the world with an internet connection as Susan Roderick and I host the final day of Rick's FREE online live workshop on creativeLIVE. We'll pass your questions and comments along to Rick from the chatroom!

Behind the scenes with Rick Sammon on creativeLIVE

The man's energy is contagious. Walk in a room with photographer and educator Rick Sammon and instantly you feel ALIVE! Join Susan Roderick and me as we co-host Rick's free live online Exploring the Light workshop on creativeLIVE. We have a blast asking Rick questions on behalf of all of you watching around the world. Thank you Rick for teaching us today about exploring the light and SO much more - setting goals, using speedlites, working with models, photographing people and more.

My favorite part of today was how you pushed each of us to think about the question What Does Your Photography Mean to You? Yes, there were some tears. I'm so touched by all of the stories our creativeLIVE community is sharing on our new creativeLIVE forum. Thank you everyone for engaging with us - you are what makes creativeLIVE so special. Check out more behind the scenes photos here on Google+.

Want to know what this workshop is all about? Watch Susan and my pre-show interview with Rick Sammon as he walks us through the studio and talks about everything he's going to teach.

Tune in to the live stream on creativeLIVE Saturday & Sunday for SO much more learning! Thank you!

Oct 5, 2011

Sneak Peek: J's Senior Portraits

At the end of a very smooth photo shoot, I told high school senior J what a cool guy he is and that I find him to be super chill. I asked if other people tell him that too and he said "pretty much everyone." So THANK YOU J for being so relaxed, agreeable and making my job easy! I'd love to hear you play the guitar plugged in the next time - I am always inspired by self-taught musicians. Best of luck with those college apps! Here is a sneak peek of our photo shoot. Many more to come for your full set of online proofs!

Rock on J!

Oct 4, 2011

Sneak Peek: Maternity Shoot with S & S

Photograph a belly with a henna mandala? YES! Thank you to S & S for a wonderful maternity photo shoot in your warm and welcoming home. I loved rearranging furniture for lighting, yoga poses and creating outfits with lovely fabrics. I am so excited for your little bundle of joy coming very very soon!  Here is a sneak peek from our shoot! What a lucky baby to have you two nurturing souls as parents!