We’re super psyched about this year’s Virginia Unleashed! Join us in lovely Alexandria, VA for what promises to be a sensory overload of shooting opportunities. We’re smack dab in the middle of Old Town at the uber dog-friendly Hotel Monaco.
The days are long and packed with shooting and tons of business information. We work hard and long so come well rested!
Dates: Oct. 4-6, 2014
Where: Old Town, Alexandria, VA (DCA is the closest airport)
Cost: $1395 (see Agenda tabs for more info on what’s included!)
Email us through our contact page here for more info or, if you’re ready to jump in – you can register here on Square Market and we will send you your registration packet! Hotel links will be available in the registration packet. See you in Virginia and come ready to be Unleashed!
Our August Studio Shooters Workshop is almost sold out! Since this is a hands-on-in-the-studio workshop, we’re purposely keeping the group small. Lots of different dog (and people) models and lots of individual shooting time that way. This is going to be a great portfolio-building workshop — and (selfishly) a chance for me to really put the new studio through it’s paces! We’ve got strobes, monolights, continuous lights, video light, and a ton of different light modifiers and at least 10 different umbrellas to play with, so variety is the name of the game. Come play with us?
All we can say is WOW! Lots of great photographers, great models, great light and great friendships formed. It was a super workshop all the way around! We had fabulous homes to shoot in, gorgeous studio space and last but not least, beautiful historic Leesburg, Virginia as the perfect backdrop. Stay tuned for more Unleashed fun…. See more samples of what was shot on our facebook page: HERE
Last call for Unleashed 2012! We have two seats left for our June 2-4 workshop. If you haven’t already inquired, sign up is easy. Just email us using the contact page of this blog and we’ll send you the registration info with a link for payment. Our workshops are small by design, so we can spend lots of one on one time with each photographer — and so that each attendee really has a chance to get to know the others and learn from them as well. Hope you can join us!
We often get applause and feedback from our past students –and it means so much as an instructor to know that you’ve done your job well. We take teaching very seriously. We’ve all attended workshops in the past where the thing was ‘all hype and no substance’ and it’s something we have vowed never to have happen with Unleashed. Call us old school, but we prepare, we practice and we perform.
We recently got this lovely comment from a 2010 Unleashed attendee:
I don’t know if I ever said thank you for the wonderful Unleashed workshop 18 months (!) ago. I learned so much from all 3 of you and I have tried to apply it – it certainly has helped me avoid costly mistakes and to start off my business in the best way I could. I am even able to volunteer my services at the local shelter once/week andphotograph their adoptables, which I love and they seem to appreciate. If you are so inclined, you can check out my facebook page and keep up on all of my comings and goings…. www.facebook.com/PoshPetsPhotography …we always like “fans”!
So, when do the Unleashed Alumni get to come back for a second go?
Thanks, Karen! It was a pleasure getting to know you – and not enough can be said about the advantages of forming a core group of photographer friends and mentors. We still have facebook group pages going from Unleashed Workshops from 2009 and the friendships and sharing go on forever. After three years, we’ve got quite an accomplished group of graduates!
We have just a few more seats for our June 2012 Unleashed — if you’re thinking about joining us, don’t delay. We prefer to keep the groups small, so we will be closing this group soon.
Registration has started and already we’ve got photographers flying in from all over for Unleashed Dallas 2012! This week I spent an hour at The Aloft Hotel, where some of Unleashed will be held. We’ve received permission from this dog-friendly hotel to use their lobby and outdoor areas for shooting during the workshop and our supermodel Sophie and I immediately loved all the natural light and bright colors. I can’t wait for June!
Let’s pretend that you are an experienced photographer shooting babies, kids and families. There are only 100 of us per square mile these days. How do you set yourself apart from your competition? Start shooting pets, right? They’re cute, everybody’s got one –how hard can it be?
Think about a few of these scenarios before inviting pets in to your studio:
What happens if Max, the black lab, refuses to look at the camera and chooses instead to take off after a squirrel? Chaos follows. Now you’re watching your profits go flying out the window as everyone takes off after him, messes up their hair and clothing, scaring the baby who erupts in to tears.
A 50ish couple calls and books an appointment for a session with their elderly Schnauzer. After they arrive, they announce that he’s deaf and almost blind – but that’s okay, right? How do you get his attention, where do you seat the three of them and how do you make all three of them look younger, healthier and blissfully happy?
Your favorite clients want you to photograph their new baby with their old baby – a 9 year old Golden Retriever. How do you set up the shot?
The Smiths show up with their three Jack Russell Terriers and want great portraits but they forgot to tell you they didn’t want to be in them. Now what?
The young couple down the street wants shots of their Australian Shepherd catching his Frisbee in mid-air, in the park, in the middle of the day on a Saturday. Are you ready?
You’re laughing now because you KNOW one of these things is going to happen to you (or already has) and you know you were unprepared. So back up a few steps. There are lots of great reasons to photograph pets and it WILL increase your sales and it WILL bring new clients in your door –but be a professional and do it thoughtfully. Take a workshop, buy a book, get some practice and build a great pet portfolio that will actually BRING in new clients. Find out what Pet lovers buy and what you have to charge to actually make a profit. Then update your website and start marketing to pet lovers. Adding pet photography brings all sorts of benefits to your existing business –not to mention puppy breath!