Moved to Facebook Page

November 8, 2010

In order to better connect with our members, we have moved to a facebook page!  Please check out the events tab on the facebook page for upcoming Boston PUG events: http://facebook.com/bostonpug

 

October PUG: Headshot Shootout

October 3, 2010

Who’s Invited: All Professional Photographers
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Lens Pro To Go Studio, 152 Commonwealth Ave, Unit M-1, Concord, MA 01742
Google Maphttp://tinyurl.com/lensprotogo
Video Directionshttp://www.lensprotogo.com/index.php?pr=Directions

Summary: Bring your cameras, laptops, and any lighting equipment you’d like to experiment with!  We’ll start with a discussion of communicating your brand through your headshot and then create shooting teams with creative challenges to try!  We also have a new Boston PUG Facebook Page, so please “Like” us there so we can keep you up to date even when email doesn’t go through!

September PUG: Pain Relief in Challenging Times

August 31, 2010

Who’s Invited: All Professional Photographers
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Lens Pro To Go Studio, 152 Commonwealth Ave, Unit M-1, Concord, MA 01742
Google Maphttp://tinyurl.com/lensprotogo
Video Directionshttp://www.lensprotogo.com/index.php?pr=Directions

Special Guest: Carol Lundeen & Beth Shapiro
Websites: Carol’s creativity and Life Coaching Blog:  http://carollundeen.com/life-coaching-photographers-blog/

Carol’s Photography Website: http://www.carollundeen.com

Beth’s website: http://www.ssquaredassociates.com

Summary:

Any of these been causing you financial or emotional pain you lately?

  • My business is really taking off and I need help managing my success.
  • I spend all this time and money going to conventions and seminars. I get home with so much energy and inspiration, but I lose it all so fast.
  • I feel stuck and my photography business isn’t moving forward.
  • I’m ready to make some changes, but I’m not sure how to proceed.
  • My business is down a huge percent this year.  What should I be doing?
  • What would I do if my photography business fails to support me?

Facing these kinds of difficult situations is painful for most people.  And most people take some kind of action to alleviate their pain.  But most of those actions give us only temporary relief.  When you’re committed in your heart to real introspection and creating meaningful, sustainable changes, having a coach can be the difference between failure and success.

Join Carol Lundeen and Beth Shapiro as they actively engage you in the creative process to make real changes in your life.


More about Carol & Beth:

Carol Lundeen is a life coach and international award-winning photographer.  Her eye for capturing peak emotional moments, combined with her sense of composition and design, have attracted wedding and portrait clients as well as magazine editors for nearly three decades.  She is a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Professional Photographers Association of New England, and Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts.  Carol has earned the title of Certified Professional Photographer from the PPA.  Carol’s editorial publication credits include Popular Photography, Coastal Living, Yankee, Attaché, Continental, The Knot, Brides, and Southern New England Weddings.

Beth Shapiro, MPA, CPCC, ORSC specializes in leadership development and change training for corporations, non-profits, government, and individual clients.  She rocks.

August PUG: Jared Platt

July 28, 2010

Who’s Invited: All Professional Photographers (please RSVP to the right)
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Lens Pro To Go Studio, 152 Commonwealth Ave, Unit M-1, Concord, MA 01742
Google Maphttp://tinyurl.com/lensprotogo
Video Directionshttp://www.lensprotogo.com/index.php?pr=Directions

Summary:

The Lightroom Workflow Workshop Tour 2010 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Take your photography portfolio and your individual events from good to great and save time in the process. Come and learn the how to tap into the power of perception through positive selection.

– Learn the power of positive selection to speed your workflow and improve your photography.
– Learn how to become a better photographer durring post-production.
– Learn how to elivate your brand by controling public perception.
– Learn some tips and tricks for increasing productivity inside of Lightroom 3.0.
– Question and Answer Period – Bring your toughest post production delimas to discuss!
– Door Prizes

If you feel bogged down in post-production or just need to boost your photography to the next level but don’t know where to start, then you need this time with Jared Platt. And you will learn the latest and greatest in Adobe Lightroom 3.0 at the same time!

This event is free and open to all pro or aspiring-pro photographers! Also, for those interested Jared Platt’s full day Lightroom Workflow Workshop will be held the following day on August 4th. It’s normally $300, but he’s offering PUG members a 50% discount making the workshop only $150! Just use the code “pictage.” To find out more or register go to:http://www.jaredplattworkshops.com/.

Bio:

I am a professional wedding and portrait photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. I hold a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University. I teach photography at the college level and to professionals everywhere. My portfolio can be seen at www.plattphotography.com.

I was raised in a small town in northern Arizona where I took my first photographs at the age of seventeen. I fell in love with photography immediately and pursued the art from that day on. I have never done anything else. It’s like I have never had a real job. I am blessed to labor at something I love. I have so much passion and excitement for the subject that it can’t help but spills out into my photography. This passion is why I lecture and teach on the subject of photography at conferences and in small workshops and seminars. My audiences are made up of students, professionals and serious amateurs all over the world. My most recent lecture was given in Hong Kong at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

July PUG – Mike Larson

July 12, 2010

Who’s Invited: All Professional Photographers (please RSVP to the right)
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Lens Pro To Go Studio, 152 Commonwealth Ave, Unit M-1, Concord, MA 01742
Google Maphttp://tinyurl.com/lensprotogo
Video Directionshttp://www.lensprotogo.com/index.php?pr=Directions

Special Guest: Mike Larson
Website: www.mikelarson.com

Summary: Mike Larson: Trust Marketing, Character Marketing & Excellence Marketing

Excelling in client relationships…Trust…100% referral biz… UN-commoditizing yourself…Mastering your art…Excellent times.

Details: We’ll do a LIVE night (flash) shoot of a couple going over practical examples of how to relate to clients and get amazing images during a casual portrait shoot OR a wedding.

Mike will share how he relates to clients to build trust, and confidence with your clients and yourself to separate YOU from other photographers. It’s important to know where you stand in comparison to the rest of the industry. Are you a commodity or a highly desired artist? How do you become that unique artist you want to be?

Mike’s Bio: Developing his style from an editorial/catalogue photographer, and shooting surfing & lifestyle, Mike had the opportunity to work with multi million dollar ad campaigns which gave him a perspective on quality, mastering his craft, and real world marketing. Big clients such as Roxy, Bodyglove and Swell.com like these, don’t accept anything less than perfect. Shooting slides for immediate editorial demanded shooting right the 1st time. Traveling the Globe and getting things done required excellent management, and closing leads and maintaining excited clients became his number one job. in 2004 Mike jumped back into weddings with both feet and within 2 years had shot 80 weddings. His mindset to fast track and develop a big client base in 2 years paid off.

Now in the last 2 years Mike’s business has grown and so has his outlook on business & life. He has a team of 6 photographers who photograph 80+ weddings per year. Their volume has given them the freedom to grow and pursue exciting opportunities. His business has allowed him to travel the world. Using his business growth and buzz he built a brand new studio on the coast of California.
He maintains an amazingly blessed marriage with his sweet wife Rachel. Striving to always be learning, reading, sharing & encouraging others. He believes that one’s business should be a vehicle for a more abundant life. Have your business support your ideal lifestyle. Recently he has photographed weddings in Singapore, Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Hawaii & the West Indies as well as having a recent wedding published in InStyle Weddings and another upcoming feature on Style me Pretty.

“Business success & profits should be just scalable as your freedom in life”
For more info on Mike, visit www.mikelarson.com and make sure to follow him at twitter.com/mikelarsoninc.

June PUG – Guest Speaker: Jim Collins

May 24, 2010

Pictage CEO, Jim Collins, is coming to the Boston PUG!

Who’s Invited: All Professional Photographers (please RSVP to the right)
Date: *******WEDNESDAY*******, June 2nd, 2010
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Lens Pro To Go Studio, 152 Commonwealth Ave, Unit M-1, Concord, MA 01742
Google Maphttp://tinyurl.com/lensprotogo
Video Directionshttp://www.lensprotogo.com/index.php?pr=Directions

Join us for Jim’s presenation – What does Dream, Create, Inspire Mean to You?

Success requires a combination of vision and discipline. We’re going to explore both fundamental elements of vision “dream, create, inspire” and the fundamentals of business. From a business perspective, what is holding you back? Is it sales, marketing, pricing, workflow, client relations… We’ll be diggin’ deep on this, and discussing various ideas and solutions. From a vision perspective, we’re going to take a moment to breathe and dream a little. We’re going to celebrate the incredible work you do and we’ll contemplate creativity. What inspires your creative energy? What drives your vision? What’s your next big thing?

Let’s shake a few of the cobwebs loose in your soul. Ultimately, this session is about beginnings. It’s about a mindset. It’s about being open to what’s next.

May PUG: Visual Thinking

May 5, 2010

Who’s Invited: All Professional Photographers (please RSVP to the right)
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Lens Pro To Go Studio, 152 Commonwealth Ave, Unit M-1, Concord, MA 01742
Google Maphttp://tinyurl.com/lensprotogo
Video Directionshttp://www.lensprotogo.com/index.php?pr=Directions

Special Guest: Allana Taranto
Website: http://www.arsmagnastudio.com/
Summary: Allana will introduce her use of Visual Thinking Strategies and do a quick overview of the Elements and Principles of Art – specific photographic concerns, using both images from the traditional ‘canon’ of photography as well as images from our wedding/portrait industry.  She will talk about taking this method of seeing and apply it into the editing of our own work, specifically looking at our web presence. “Taking a selection of images, and bio pictures, and question what they say about our individual brands. Is it a cohesive story that we are presenting?”  If we have time – Allana will faciliate a social review of thoughts and observations as attendees look at their images/web presence – and (ideally) talk about how they are seeing their own work differently.  Please leave a comment on this post with your website if you’d like to have your portfolio reviewed as part of the talk!


More about Allana:

Allana Taranto earned her Masters in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art, and holds a Bachelors degree in Photography and Media Studies from Hampshire College. She spent several years teaching studio art in the Boston Public Schools and darkroom photography at Braintree High School. In Holyoke, Massachusetts, she worked as program director for Positive Development, an after school photography program for at-risk youth. Allana also was a teaching artist through the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, The San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.  She now currently runs a wedding and portrait photography studio in Jamaica Plain.

Coming up in June: Special Guest – Jim Collins, Pictage CEO

April PUG: Productive Office Organization & Design

April 5, 2010

Who’s Invited: Professional Photographers in and around the Boston area
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Lens Pro To Go Studio, 152 Commonwealth Ave, Unit M-1, Concord, MA 01742
Google Maphttp://tinyurl.com/lensprotogo
Video Directionshttp://www.lensprotogo.com/index.php?pr=Directions

Special Guests:

Kelly Santos- Professional Organizer http://www.xtrahands.org

Cathe Rousselle- Certified Redesigner http://casualinteriors.com

5 Steps to Help You Organize Your Home

The seminar will offer 5 steps you can use to organize your home today.  If you are not ready to have a professional organizer in your home but want to save time and money by being more organized this workshop is for you.

You will get:

  • Tips and tricks you can use today
  • Ideas on how to repurpose and reuse what you already have at home
  • Ways to create balance in your space and with your time
  • A chance to ask the organizer your questions
  • Subscription to ” Organize Today” newsletter
  • Chance to win a door prize

Presenter Kelly Santos, is owner of XtraHands Home Organizing. Known as Merrimack Valley & Southern New Hampshire’s Preferred Home Organizing Expert; Kelly helps clients change their lives by improving their space and changing behaviors.  Her credentials include: Membership in the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), Member and Professional Development Chair Person of the NAPO New England Chapter, Member and Go Month 2010 Chair person NAPO Greater Manchester NH Chapter.  In April 2010, Kelly will attend her fourth annual NAPO conference

Redesign Your Studio/Home Office

Guidelines to redesigning your studio/home office using items you already have.  Cathe will offer advice on decorating your space using color, lighting, textures and accessories that reflect your personality.

Cathe Rousselle, bio

Creating casual spaces and comfortable places where families can relax and enjoy their time together is the purpose of Casual Interiors.

Founder, Cathe Rousselle, is a graduate of the School of Interior Redesign in Brookfield, CT.  Certified in interior redesign and an interior home staging specialist, Cathe is a member of IRIS-Interior Redesign Industry Specialists- a national organization whose work is often featured on HGTV.


March Special Guest – Dane Sanders

March 18, 2010

This month we’ll host special guest speaker, Dane Sanders!

“Standing Out From the Crowd”

In a two-hour compelling conversation, Dane will share how to get clear on the gifts and talents you  bring to the table as a unique individual. He will help you discover what’s inside you as a creative and will help you become the photographer that you were created to be. How do you stand out from a crowd? What makes your work unique? If you are in the mindset to start or re-start your photography business, this is a PUG that you cannot miss.

Who’s Invited: Professional Photographers in and around the Boston area
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Lens Pro To Go Studio, 152 Commonwealth Ave, Unit M-1, Concord, MA 01742
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/lensprotogo
Video Directions: http://www.lensprotogo.com/index.php?pr=Directions

Dane will also be hosting a workshop on the 25th – http://store.fasttrackphotographer.com/products/workshop

Get clear on who you are as a photographer & witness a world open up that you’ve never dreamed of! Join in for two days of training that will have more impact on your bottom line and professional satisfaction than any other investment you will make this year – facilitated by Dane Sanders!

> get clear on your critical competitive advantage.
> unlock the mystery of real change in your life and business.
> crystalize what you need to do to get your photo house in order.
> give you personal coaching on how to get the most from your subjects.
> catalyze your growth as a photographer.
> empower you with a proven game plan for success.

Special THANK YOU to Mike & Kate Duval and LensProToGo for making this happen while I’m away! – Anne

March PUG – Financial Planning

February 27, 2010

Who’s Invited: Professional Photographers in and around the Boston area
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Lens Pro To Go Studio, 152 Commonwealth Ave, Unit M-1, Concord, MA 01742
Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/lensprotogo
Video Directions: http://www.lensprotogo.com/index.php?pr=Directions

Special Guest: Razvan Mirica, CRPC®, Advanced Financial Advisor
Website: http://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/razvan.x.mirica/
“My role is to facilitate the development of a client’s financial values, goals and vision. I help clients to envision what they want financial success to mean both during their lifetime and afterward. I then help develop a customized financial plan that addresses multi-generational planning as well as day-to-day needs. By understanding your goals, dreams and values, I can help you make financial and investment decisions that align with your values and help you achieve your goals. Whether you’re looking for investment strategies, retirement income, funding for your child’s education, or estate or tax planning strategies, we’ll work with you on your terms. ”

Coming up in April’s PUG: Organizing & Designing Your Work Space


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