Thursday, April 24, 2008

Pictage on

We thought we'd share this with you guys! We're also starting to upload to Cut Frame TV as well so check us out :)

~Becky Shaffer
Pictage Community Coordinator

Friday, April 18, 2008

Los Angeles PUG

I love being the Los Angeles Pictage User Group leader. Its such a great way to meet other local photographers and hear great speakers. Last night we had our April meeting. Thank you to Ann Kelley for being our Studio Spotlight. The PUG always takes place at Ann's house, so she was able to show us all of her cute products and how she uses her house to demonstrate to her portrait clients how their prints might look when hung on the walls.

Thank you, also, to Erik Johnson who was our speaker for the night. His discussion on the key categories of a balanced life helped us to identify what would really lead to our increased happiness and success.

Thank you to Michael Andrews for these cute photos of me leading the group!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Boston PUG Rocks!!

I wanted to share with you a great note sent over by a brand new Boston PUG member :) She attended the April PUG where they had "Spring Training" this month. The group met at a local church and shared shooting techniques that they use in difficult lighting conditions.

"I have to tell you that this was my first PUG group mtg... and I LOVED IT.
I fell in love with everyone there... they are the best group of people ever and i am holding my breath until our next meeting!
thank you - I HAD to share!

" By Jessica Echavarria

Also, Great work and awesome creativity in gathering over 70 PEOPLE at the March PUG!! Boston won the March attendance contest and will have $500 to spend on a future PUG meeting of their choice. Congrats Boston! Thank you Matt and Enna!!!

~Becky Shaffer
Pictage Community Coordinator

Friday, April 11, 2008


It was a great turn out in Pittsburgh for our PUG this month! I haven't been up to snuff since January - I tore cartilage in my knee and had to have surgery the end of January, so February was a bust and no one seemed inclined to come in March, but we were definitely stoked for our April meeting!

We had a great conversation about branding, the business in general and encouraged the shooters new to the field to be mindful of their pricing for the sake of our industry. Then, we discussed how we could continue to make our PUG a great experience, despite consistency issues from the group.

After the meeting, I sent out a survey to all the PGH PUG members via survey monkey and I'll be analyzing the results by the end of next week specific to people making a commitment to come to the meetings and for making the meetings interesting and full in the future. We'll be having a studio lighting demo in May and be getting on track with studio spotlights too, when Kim Reed will both host the studio lighting demo and be the studio spotlight!

Look for more exciting updates...and photos the upcoming PGH PUG spotlights!

Best, Joanne Bartone, photographer