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Summer Night Lights

I have amazing friends.  I really do.  I’m not sure why – probably has something to do with my amazing wife – but I am surrounded by people who do fascinating things.  One of my amazing friends is Jeff Carr. Jeff has worked for years developing programs targeted at inner city youth and families. He has this gift for seeing all people as people and for understanding that what may look different on the outside for any number of reasons is a lot more the same on the inside. Photo by Leo Flores. A couple of years ago Jeff was asked by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to come and work for the city, running a department focused on Gang Reduction and Youth Development.  Jeff’s

Pictage User Group Spotlight- Long Beach

Share the love, join a PUG. Pictage User Groups are designed to facilitate communication and education among professional photographers on a regional level around the nation. There are over 55 PUGs located across the United States and in Canada. PUG meetings are open to both Pictage and non-Pictage members and are a great resource for professional photographers to network and grow. In our attempt to get photographers connected to local PUGs, we are beginning Pictage User Group Spotlights. In each spotlight post we will get to know the PUG through the PUG leader. We would like you to meet Christine Lee Smith of CLS Photography, Pictage User Group (PUG) leader in Long Beach, California. Hear from Christine herself, what she loves about being a photographer and

PartnerCon – A Different Side

I’m lucky. I got to see a side of PartnerCon that many of you didn’t see. A side that makes me believe that what happened the first week in November was not just a photography convention, but the start of a movement.  As I drove home Thursday night, six and half hours up Highway 61 to the Mississippi Delta, I brought a little bit of the week home with me — both literally and figuratively. Photo by Spencer Clark. Five photographers from all over the country converged on three Delta towns to photograph three different weddings, and to bask in the glow of the previous week.  We chatted about what we’d experienced.  We laughed.  We spoke of our inspirations.  We shared our fears. We learned

Getting off the Dock in 365

If you haven’t seen Day 1 of my 365 project, then the title of this post probably doesn’t make much sense, allow me to explain. The ‘Dock’ is a metaphor for the ‘sidelines’ of whatever career you are wanting to jump head first into, for me that career is photography. Zack Aries, a talented photographer and One Light instructor from Atlanta Georgia, wrote several blog posts about a photographer, who went by the alias of B, in July of this year that was stuck on the ‘Dock’. ‘B’ was a part-time shooter with a full time day job and family to balance around his love for photography, but was ready to throw in the towel since his skill level stayed stagnant for the past year.

Partner Con NOLA Round Up

PartnerCon has been over for more than a week, but you’ve probably noticed that the buzz, inspiration, and community love is thriving. We are more than thrilled with this year’s turnout and want to once again say thank you for joining us for the BEST event we’ve ever had! I think all of us walked away with something powerful and we challenge you to spread the word AND spread your work.  Share what you learned and who you met with photographer friends and fellow PUG members.  Post your photos among the almost 700 on our Facebook page and/or share your blog posts on the forums. These are just a few by the following photographers in their own post Partner Con blog posts and also on

Speaker Spotlight

Greetings from an accidental storm chaser: As you know, I have been traveling, teaching the Lightroom Workflow Workshops over the last few weeks and I just finished one in Houston, Texas today (Thursday, October 29th).  I planned my workshop tour to coincide with Pictage Partner Conference, in New Orleans.  But, with a few days to myself, I thought I would swing up to visit my family in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Have you seen the weather lately?  An absolute nightmare of a storm has spread itself directly up my path with tornados touching down all over Shreveport.  So, while my family hunkers down in a closet amidst storm sirens, and with road closures everywhere, I am left half way between Houston and Shreveport in a Best Wester

PartnerCon Countdown!

Partner Conference is so close! If you are as excited as we are, join us in our countdown by posting it to your own blog through the HTML code below. Created by OnePlusYou <object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.oneplusyou.com/bb/files/countdown/countdown.swf?co=01007D&bgcolor=DDE6FF&date_month=11&date_day=03&date_year=0&un=PARTNER CONFERENCE NOLA&size=giant&mo=11&da=03&yr=2009″ width=”500″ height=”160″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.oneplusyou.com/bb/files/countdown/countdown.swf?co=01007D&bgcolor=DDE6FF&date_month=11&date_day=03&date_year=0&un=PARTNER CONFERENCE NOLA&size=giant&mo=11&da=03&yr=2009″ /><param value=”#DDE6FF” /></object><img src=”http://www.oneplusyou.com/q/img/bb_badges/countdown.jpg” alt=”” style=”display: none;” height=”1″ width=”1″ /><div>Created by <a href=”http://www.oneplusyou.com”>OnePlusYou</a></div>

PartnerCon 2009 Speaker Spotlight

What will you be doing Tuesday, Nov. 3rd at 3:10pm? Pictage Partner Conference is only a few short weeks away!  I’m so excited to see New Orleans for the first time, reconnect with friends from around the nation, make new friends and learn how to take my business and photography to the next level. How is everyone doing with deciding which sessions to attend?  With so many amazing speakers to choose from it can be a tough call.  I wanted to share with you a little about my session entitled “Top 3 Keys to Long-Term Success” that will take place on Tuesday at 3:10. You should come. It’s going to be a jam-packed hour of learning goodness.  Don’t plan on a lot of fluff –

Hurricane Katrina– Family Portrait Sessions

An opportunity for YOU to help serve the needs of Katrina survivors by creating lasting photographic memories – Just four years ago thousands of families from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast states were left homeless, with many of their personal belongings destroyed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. A large majority of these families lost what could arguably be their most valued treasures – family photographs. In response to the disaster wrought by Hurricane Katrina we’ll be providing hundreds of families with charitable mini portrait sessions as part of PartnerCon New Orleans! With YOUR help, all families will be provided a CD of their images the day of the shoot, along with a package of assorted prints delivered to them a few weeks later.

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The NEW ShootQ is Complimentary while in Beta mode for the next few months.  Enjoy!
The NEW ShootQ is Complimentary while in Beta mode for the next few months.  Enjoy!