April 23rd in San Francisco
Workshop for professional wedding and portrait photographers
What is It?
You're invited to one day workshop at my studio in San Francisco on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013.
The cost of the workshop is 900 and includes a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This is not a workshop for beginners or amateurs. A lot of the material pertains to business skills and client relationships, so this workshop is only helpful to working pros.
What to Expect?
In the morning I'll do a real live photo shoot and show you the editing and post production. In the afternoon I will do short critiques of each student's work (this has been the most popular part). I will also cover:
• How to stay creative and authentic
• The difference between a pretty picture and an important picture
• Building trust with clients
• Running an honest business that is true to your own values
• Creating community with other professionals
• Finding marketing that works for you
• Anything else you want to know (Q and A during meal time.)
Directions and hotel recommendations will be sent after you register.
Workshop hours are 10am to 6pm, dinner is at 6 and we'll wrap up around 9pm.
From Simon Sinek:
There is great beauty in that which is imperfect.
The grain in a piece of wood. A bristle of a paintbrush left stranded in a painting. The uneven
glaze of a Japanese ceramic cup.
Perfection comes out of molds or off assembly lines. Things made by
nature or by hand are imperfect. It is their flaws that make these objects
unlike any other of their kind. It is their imperfections that make these
things unique and beautiful.
The same is true for people.
It is the blend of anxiety, fear, pain, insecurity and naivete that makes
each person special. Ironically, we try to suppress these feelings, cover
them up and compensate in an attempt to appear perfect to the outside
world. We put ourselves into quite unnatural positions in hope that
others don't perceive us as we truly are: imperfect.
Authenticity is about imperfection. And authenticity is a very human quality. To be authentic is
to be at peace with your imperfections. The great leaders are not the strongest, they are the
ones who are honest about their weaknesses. The great leaders are not the smartest; they are
the ones who admit how much they don't know. The great leaders can't do everything; they
are the ones who look to others to help them. Great leaders don't see themselves as great; they
see themselves as human.
Great leaders don't try to be perfect, they try to be themselves. And that's what makes them
I ordered this Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Ink Jet paper
and it arrived Feb 2. Yes, that's a month ago. And stupid me, I had it sitting in the box and just opened it yesterday to find that UPS had dropped it and the a whole corner of the box was crushed. Bent the corner on about half the pages in the box. So today I called B...H and they said they would replace it! Even though I waited a whole month, they are still replacing it. That is classy! I just had to share.
Oh, and I also highly recommend the paper. I print price lists on it. It's a beautiful thick rag paper.
What are you doing in your photography business to provide great customer service? How do you define taking care of your clients?
"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
-- Maya Angelou