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Grand Imaging Award 2018 finalists named by Professional Photographers of America

9.7.2017 News

Professional Photographers of America has announced the Grand Imaging Award finalists for 2018.The 100 finalists' images have been deemed the best of the 2017 PPA International Photographic Competition. The Grand Imaging Award finalists, 10 each in 10 categories, were selected from 5,800 entries judged by a panel of 33 jurors.At Imaging USA 2018, the top three photographers in each category will receive awards, with one of the 10 first-place images taking the overall Grand Imaging Award and... Continue Reading >

What photographers need to know about SEO


September 2017 issue Business

SEO doesn’t have to drive you crazyIn 1994, there were fewer than 3,000 registered sites on the World Wide Web. Google didn’t exist. The concept of online search was rudimentary at best.Today, there are more than a billion active websites. Led by Google, search engines have pioneered increasingly sophisticated, semantic ways of locating online content. And search engine optimization (SEO)—the act of maximizing a website’s visibility for search engines—has evolved into one of the... Continue Reading >

It’s not wedding photojournalism, but it looks like it


June 2017 issue Profiles

Allison and Brian Callaway Polish RealityBefore they stepped behind the camera, both Allison and Brian Callaway made their living in front of it. Brian worked for years as an actor and Allison as a model. Despite living in someone else’s lens, the L.A. couple say neither ever felt comfortable being photographed.Years ago, when Allison and Brian transitioned their Los Angeles-based Callaway Gable Studios to professional wedding photography, they channeled that discomfort. Their experience... Continue Reading >

How to sell infrared photography to wedding and portrait clients


May 2017 issue Business

Back in the days of film, infrared photography was a complicated undertaking and therefore rarely used outside of scientific and fine art applications. The advent of digital imaging allowed photographers to convert standard digital cameras affordably and see on-camera histograms easily, which opened up possibilities for more widespread use of infrared. Today, photographers looking to offer something unusual to clients might find this alternative process an appealing option.Laurie Klein is one... Continue Reading >

Weddings with a Rocky view


February 2017 issue Profiles

Darren Roberts is miles from where he started—and sometimes miles from anywhere. That’s entirely the point.Roberts, an erstwhile neuroscience student, was on the brink of a career in dentistry when he had a change of heart. “I just didn’t think I’d enjoy it,” he says. So he pulled up his roots in Saskatchewan, Canada, and relocated to Calgary, on the edge of the picturesque Canadian Rockies.Roberts enrolled in photography school, which had a heavy commercial focus. From the... Continue Reading >

Print-and-go portraits are crowd pleasers


10.14.2016 Business

makING on-site printing payDave Stana, Cr.Photog., CPP, of Frisco, Texas, and Bill Vahrenkamp, Cr. Photog., of Mansfield, Texas, want to show fellow photographers a pathway to more profits using the skills and equipment they already possess. On-site printing, they say, is something consumers want and will pay for.The key, notes Stana, is providing high-quality images that clients would expect from a custom portrait session or wedding booking, with the addition of a take-home product... Continue Reading >

Power Pricing: Susan Stripling’s studio thrives on cost analysis


September 2016 issue Profiles

There is no one-size-fits-all “It seems fairly universal that when a photographer gets started, they’re afraid to ask a client for money, which is fascinating to me,” wedding photographer Susan Stripling says. “It seems like something you’d want to do. But everybody goes through a period of time where they’re shooting to build a portfolio and doing favors for friends. When they have to charge what they’re worth, artists seem to sort of pause because asking clients for money is... Continue Reading >

Shaken


June 2016 issue News

Tragedy and RESTORATION at the roof of the worldIn 2013, Charleton Churchill put out a call for adventurous souls. Two years later, in 2015, he planned to trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp to shoot a stylized wedding somewhere around 18,000 feet. A willing couple signed on, several corporate sponsors provided equipment, and Churchill set about planning the wedding shoot of a lifetime.In the spring of 2015, Churchill and his subjects began their trek to Base Camp. On April 25, at about 11,000... Continue Reading >

In the moment


February 2016 issue Profiles

Dan Doke is the calm eye of the emotional whirlwindWeddings, says Dan Doke, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, are kind of like a snow storm: “You never know what you’re going to get.” Most of the time, though, what Doke finds is joy—a delightful tempest of touching moments, some of which bring tears to his eyes even as he documents them. The moment the bride and her mother’s eyes lock just before they hug at the receiving line. The instant the flower girl first gazes up at the bride in her dress.... Continue Reading >

My studio: Jerry Ghionis’ chic Beverly Hills location

November 2014 issue Business

Jerry Ghionis, M.Photog.Cr., has been photographing professionally for 22 years. He began by assisting a prominent photographer and then in 1997 started his own business in Victoria, Australia. It grew to become one of the biggest studios in the country, photographing more than 300 weddings a year and employing 15 people.In 2007, Jerry opened a boutique studio in Melbourne, Australia, with the goal of providing a more personalized, luxurious experience for clients. He and his wife, Melissa... Continue Reading >
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