Archive for March, 2010

2010 PhotoCamp Utah “Business of Photography” Panel

This past weekend’s Photocamp Utah was a huge success–an entire day of workshops for $15! Incredible . . . where else can you get a deal like that? Over 350 people signed up for the one day event here in Salt Lake City. This was my first year at the event, and I felt honored to be a part of it. As mentioned in a previous post I sat in on a business panel with Brody Dezember (wedding guru), Rich Legg (full-time micro stock shooter) and Zack Arias (Atlanta area music photographer). Questions and topics ranged from business plans and insurance to marketing budgets and accounting. It was a great start to a good discussion, but I left sensing there were many questions left unanswered. We could have easily filled up another hour. So . . .

. . . I wanted to offer a place for people to continue the discussion. If you have a question, leave a comment below. Nothing’s off topic . . . marketing, pricing, business plans, finding your vision, insurance, accountants and taxes, budgeting . . . whatever comes to your mind is fair game. Chances are if you are curious about a particular aspect of running a photo business, there are countless others with the same question. So please, don’t be shy. Fire away! I’ve contacted the other panelist inviting them to chime in as well. It’s an open discussion, so please share your perspective.

For those who don’t live in SLC or who were unable to get a ticket, all of the presentations in the main auditorium were streamed online. These included the keynote presentation by Zack, as well several other great sessions. You can watch any of these, including the business panel session, online here for free.

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 Photo Education 6 Comments

PhotoCamp Utah

PhotoCamp Utah: An amazing one day event here in Salt Lake City for photographers of all abilities. Sadly this year’s event is sold out. However, for those who are interested all of the presentations taking place in the main auditorium will be streaming live here throughout the day. This includes the business of photography panel I’ll be chiming in on at 1:15PM MST and Zack Arias’ keynote presentation at 3:30PM MST. I feel honored to be a part of such an amazing event. Hope you can join us.

Friday, March 19th, 2010 Photo Education No Comments

Swimming with sharks

I’ve never really been one to heed warnings. More often than not danger needs to be staring me in the face before I react. On my recent shoot in Hawaii I spent countless hours bobbing in the ocean like a cork without a home. I was almost halfway through the two week shoot, so although this was my first time shooting with an underwater housing in the ocean, I was feeling extremely comfortable in the water by now. In my ongoing quest for outstanding locations I came across Snorkel Bob’s description for Olowalu: “This prolific reef will keep you busy for days or till lunch, whichever comes first. That’s Oscar’s lunch. OLOWALU IS POSTED WITH SHARK WARNINGS.” Blah. Blah. Blah. “Surely,” I reasoned, “the guide was written 10 years ago by some bloke who no longer spends any time in the water.” The location looked like it had lots of potential, and after seeing numerous locals in the water, I decided it was worth a look.

Despite Snorkel Bob’s warning and my wife’s strong opposition I bravely headed to the water’s edge. “Warm sun. No fins surfacing. Seems fine.” Then, less than 2 minutes after submersing myself, it happened. “Oscar” and two of his friends emerged in the distance. I guess that Snorkel Bob dude was right. Now I’m no oceanic expert, nor do I claim to know anything about shark behavior. But a shark is a shark in my book. And I wasn’t about to stick around to see if “Oscar” and his friends were an aggressive species or not. In all my time in Hawaii, I don’t think I ever swam as quickly as I did that afternoon to shore. Typically I can spend hours poking around in the water even when I say I’m only going to be a minute. So when I emerged from the water after only a few minutes, my wife knew but said nothing to save any ounce of manly ego that remained. (She’s cool like that.)

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 Photo Education, Recent Shoots 4 Comments


Aloha! I just returned from a two week shoot on Maui and wanted to give you a sneak peak at some of the new work. Tons more on the way, so be sure to check out my site next week.

Friday, March 5th, 2010 Uncategorized 4 Comments