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A personal project redefined David Peters’ photography business


July 2017 issue Profiles

David Peters realized the true value of his work, and it changed his lifeFor decades, David Peters, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, ran a successful portrait business in Marin County, California, just outside of San Francisco. As he advanced into his 60s, Peters wondered if there might be a more profound purpose for him and his work, something to refocus his efforts and allow him to continue his career on renegotiated terms.Around the time he was contemplating questions that would potentially alter... Continue Reading >

Photographer’s personal project leads to nonprofit launch


6.26.2017 News

A passionate voice“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” So says portrait photographer David Peters, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, when describing his inspirations for founding Passion Voice, a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting charitable causes related to the abuse of children. Peters founded Passion Voice after traveling to Fortaleza, Brazil, with Iris Global, a Christian missionary organization.In Fortaleza, Iris operates a program aimed at breaking the cycle of... Continue Reading >

5 ways to ignite sales


5.24.2017 Business

Working with clients to create senior albums, wall art, and other heirlooms is one of the easiest and fastest ways to ignite sales. If you’re a senior photographer, there’s no reason to limit yourself to selling just the photo shoot and a collection. The key to increased revenues is establishing rapport with clients, educating them, and selling with intent.Beyond capturing the client’s story with a camera, our job is to guide the client to the products and artwork that fit them best.... Continue Reading >

Can you make a street portrait in 30 seconds flat?


May 2017 issue News

It’s easy to get lost in the eyes of Nicola Davison Reed’s eclectic street portrait subjects. And yet the subjects were strangers to Reed, and the images were made in just 30 seconds. We caught up with Davison Reed, who lives in Tuxford, England, to find out more about her personal project “30 Seconds of Street Portrait.”Many photographers find it tough to approach strangers on the street. What’s your tack?My strategy is clear the mind. It can be as tough as you make it or as... Continue Reading >

Lighting how-to: Light wands with two subjects


May 2017 issue Tech

To review the BrightSaber Travel Portable Light Wand by Polaroid ($69.99), I took a break from my typical three-light portrait practices to use continuous lights. I had the Travel BrightSaber and the LightSaber Pro ($170) to experiment with.The Travel Portable Light Wand comes with four color filters and has 10 power settings. Both the Pro and the Travel versions are comfortable to hold and easy to mount on light stands.I wanted the camera-to-subject distance to be far enough away to use a... Continue Reading >

Business tips: Put strategy behind your passion


4.21.2017 Business

Because it’s not enough to love what you doDo what you love and money will follow. Who hasn’t heard that heartfelt but incomplete advice? Pro photographer Suzanne Deaton, M.Photog., notes that without a strategy behind the passion, you’re just hoping to earn a living instead of planning on it.Deaton offers some advice to fellow photographers looking to follow their joy and pay the bills:© Suzanne DeatonGet educated. “Earning my master of photography from PPA was the best... Continue Reading >

How to foster a portrait business on wall art sales


May 2017 issue Business

Professional photography wasn’t part of the plan for Suzanne Deaton, M.Photog. For 11 years, she worked as a registered nurse. It was hard work, a lot of nights and weekends away from her family. While she enjoyed caring for others, the stresses of the job were wearing on her. More than once, she found herself uttering out loud, “There has to be a better way to make a living.”© Suzanne DeatonIn 2003, that way presented itself when she received a camera as a Christmas gift. Deaton... Continue Reading >

The story behind this Greg Anderson image


April 2017 issue News

© Greg AndersonGreg Anderson has made portraits of participants in the National Beard and Mustache Championships for five consecutive years. (Read more about his portraiture success in our April 2017 profile.) In 2016 he decided to change things up by using an old-fashioned photographic technique, tintype. Here's how it went:“I’ve been photographing the National Beard and Mustache Championships for the past four years, but I couldn’t decide if I wanted to travel to Nashville in 2016... Continue Reading >

Greg Anderson: At the intersection of preparation and inspiration


April 2017 issue Profiles

He’s become known as the “beard and mustache guy” and not because of his own facial hair. In 2013, when business was sluggish, Las Vegas-based commercial photographer Greg Anderson traveled to New Orleans to photograph contestants at the National Beard and Mustache Championships—without any assignment to do so. The resulting images went viral, changing the trajectory of Anderson’s career by widening his exposure to potential clients and influencing both the images he produced and... Continue Reading >
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