Do I have to be a pro to attend Unleashed?

The short answer is NO!  We have often had non-professionals attend and love having them. We teach professsional photography, but you don’t have to have a business or a website –just the desire to shoot like a professional. Unleashed is a great place to figure out if this is the right business for you –BEFORE you take that first big step!

The two days in Dallas will be jam-packed with learning about different types of equipment, different types of dogs and different kinds of light! We’ll be helping you choose the right locations, position your subject(s), select the right lens and create the look you want. And that doesn’t even count what you’ll learn from the other photographers in the group.  We will be covering most of the sales and marketing questions in the follow-up webinar so that our time together in Dallas will be primarily shooting time. Lots of models and different locations to give you the greatest range of experience.

We do ask that all attendees be shooting with DSLRs and have at least a basic working knowledge of the manual settings on their cameras.  So get ready to dive in to one of the most creative and exciting photography workshops you can imagine!

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Okay, Okay, Unleashed is back!

Thanks to all of your kind and gentle urgings, we’re setting the wheels in motion for a new Unleashed Workshop!  A few changes and lots of energy are going in to the plans for our next pet photography adventure. Early summer 2012 is looking pretty good, but please stay tuned to this blog for all the latest information!

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DOG SHOTS goes into a second printing! | Dog photography book

Even though our Unleashed Workshops have come to an end, our creative guide DOG SHOTS lives on! In fact, DOG SHOTS has just gone in to it’s second printing.  So if you’re interested in this hefty 66 page shooting guide for photographers, which just happens to be the perfect size to ride along in your camera bag, click on the tab above and order yourself one!

Unleashed! June 26-29, 2011 in Chicago

We’ve just confirmed the next venue and details so those who have been waiting patiently for information will be contacted shortly via email. As of this minute we have 18 spots and over 40 people requesting information, so please respond as soon as possible.

We will post a list of convenient hotels, but we’ll be shooting at Poppy Blue Photography (Barbara Breitsameter’s studio) in Park Ridge, Illinois and utilizing a nearby nature preserve for outdoor shooting. Indoor sessions using natural light are also planned. We use a variety of dog models and shoot in small groups so each attendee will get  to shoot with each of the three instructors. This kind of hands-on shooting in small groups is almost impossible to find in a workshop setting –so if it’s time to add pet photography to your life, this is the time and place to do it!

If you’re checking flights and airfare, you will want to fly in to O’Hare in time for the first session on Sunday evening, June 26th. We’ll meet at 6pm with wine and cheese and get to know each other –and start our first exersize– designed to help you identify your personal style!

Day 1 and Day 2 will start EARLY and be very full!  Business and marketing classes in the morning, and shooting all afternoon and in to the evening. Lunch and snacks are provided.
Day 3 is all about Sales. How to talk with clients, shoot for what they want — and get the big sales!

Tuition is $1600 per person, which includes lunch, snacks AND A COPY OF DOG SHOTS (a $90 value).  Explore this blog for details, a sample agenda and then email us via the contact page  for the full registration package.

Since we just can’t be everywhere at once…

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR DOG PHOTOGRAPHERS from Unleashed Pet Photography Workshops

The official blurb:

“Got a pet session coming up and you’re drawing a blank? Here is a triple shot of inspiration and helpful hints from Bev Hollis, Barbara Breitsameter and Teresa Berg of Unleashed | Fine Art Pet Photograpy Workshops. Thirty of their favorite shots (with the lighting setups and exposure information on the back) in a cool 5×8 flip book. They’ve also included some insights and a little bit of the story behind each shot. It’s the next best thing to having them in your camera bag.”

Available for pre-order via Paypal (Click on the BUY DOG SHOTS page above).  Shipping mid-January.

To order by phone with a credit card, call 972-250-2415 or pick up your copy from us  at Imaging USA in January.

A howling success!

Just a quick note of thanks and praise to our wonderful support staff, the terrifically talented photographers who attended and the adorable dog and people models.  We’ve had some people inquire about future dates for Unleashed which have not yet been confirmed –so stay tuned to this blog for updates!

We are scheduled to teach a one day version of Unleashed, called Sit! Stay! Learn!  at Imaging USA in San Antonio, Texas on January 15th. Please visit HERE to find out more and sign up.

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Dallas Bonus: Half-Day with Studio Manager Don Dechow!

We were so excited when my studio manager, Don Dechow,  agreed to present a half-day program at Unleashed – Dallas!

To say Don plays a major role in my business is an understatement. He handles all communications, does our pre-session consults, all ordering sessions and deliveries.

Don came to Bev Hollis Photography first as a client in 2008. Lucky for me, a happy one! He loved the experience and the final products from his on-location session at his beautiful home with his then three Westie family. (He has since added a white schnauzer to the mix!)

When my business reached the level where I needed some help I was beyond thrilled that Don was interested.  With a strong background in sales, an exemplary customer service attitude and great enthusiasm for my business – he truly is the perfect match for Bev Hollis Photography.

The lucky attendees of Dallas – Unleashed will have the wonderful opportunity to hear Don speak on our final day.  He will walk everyone through our pre-session consults and spend a lot of time discussing how he runs our ordering sessions.

I’m thrilled to have Don on my team. We’re thrilled too, that he’s joining our Unleashed team – welcome Don!