Thursday, May 29, 2008

Los Angeles May PUG

We had a fantastic turn-out at last night's Pictage User Group. Our speaker was accountant Mark Varshawsky of Mark S. Varshawsky & Associates. He really knew his stuff, and if you are looking for a great accountant, I recommend giving him a call.

Thank you to Juan Turcios for being our May Studio Spotlight. He showed a slideshow of really lovely work and told us a little bit about himself and how he became a wedding photographer.

I really appreciate Ann because she allows us to use her home each month to host the PUG. Here she is introducing Mark.

Also, congratulations to Michael Andrews who won the Jules Café Kevin Kubota DVD RAW workflow contest by sending us the best tip or trick. Visit Jules Café to see some other tips and tricks that were sent in!

Jules Bianchi & Robert Evans.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Asheville PUG - May

Last Tuesday night was the Asheville PUG meeting. Charlotte photographer Critsey Rowe was our guest speaker. Critsey is a partner of Indigo Photography and has recently launched her own boutique style company. She has been published in many local and national magazines and had her first international magazine feature in the current issue of UK’s “You and Your Wedding”. She photographed Carolina Panther Thomas Davis’ wedding that will be featured on the WE channel show Platinum Weddings and published soon on the cover of a local magazine. Critsey talked about how she stepped up marketing her business and meeting with event planners outside NC. She founded The Next Set, a group of photographers networking to high end vendors. She photographed celebrity planner David Tutera in his NYC apartment last month. Critsey and Thomas Geist from Germany just recently got married. Critsey is also sponsored by Kambara Albums and brought a gorgeous sample. It was great having them up for the PUG and dinner afterwards.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

May 20th PGH PUG Lighting Demo!

I, too, really enjoy being a PUG leader and getting everyone together for our fabulous PUG meetings here in Pittsburgh! It is such a great experience to meet new and experienced shooters and stand with each other in support of one another. It is simply a great feeling...

Our PUG will begin at 7 PM and probably go until about 9 PM with a detailed demo on studio lighting from Kim Reed, who has also graciously agreed to be the studio spotlight...well, since we were at her studio already, I asked her to "shine" for us and she agreed!

THEN, after Kim's studio spotlight and studio lighting demo, Terry Clark will be demonstrating on/off camera flash lighting with multiple flashes!

So: We'll start w/ the studio spotlight and move to the lighting demos. Everyone will be on their own for food and drink, with one suggestion: if you must drink something, please make sure it has a cap on it for the sake of Kim's studio - thanks!

Should be a great PUG, so I look forward to seeing everyone then and there! I'll be sure to blog with photos when I update this post!

Time: 7 PM - 9 PM
Place: Kim Reed's Studio: 3702 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201
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Joanne Bartone, Photographer