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OC Smug Meeting July 2011 – John Mireles   Leave a comment

“The most important things that a photographer should carry are her/his feelings and emotions, because you can make a great picture with your soul, not your eyes. You can’t make images that affect others if you aren’t in some way affected while making them.” ~Brenda Tharp

That is one of my favorite quotes. It was also very fitting to the OC Smug Meeting in Costa Mesa that I went to last night where the speaker was John Mireles and the topic was on “Getting The Clients You Want And The Money You Dreamed Of“. He basically discussed how to stay true to yourself…how to make your work unique and stand out from the rest. You can follow the latest trends and have all the latest camera equipment, but your personal vision has to come from your heart.

A SMUG is a place where you can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share your passion. It’s also how we can tell you what’s  happening in our world and discover what’s happening in yours. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to your creative arsenal.

Posted July 29, 2011 by Anastasia in Meeting, Photographic Education, SMUG Meetings

Riverside & IE SmugMug – Studio Lighting Workshop   Leave a comment

I attended the Riverside & Inland Empire SmugMug meeting this afternoon in Rivserside, CA where the topic was on Studio Lighting. It was more of a photographic educational workshop than just a meeting.

One thing I learned from this workshop was that “cowboy studios” (a type of wireless flash/light trigger) were incompatible with my hotshoe converter (thanks to Sony for being different from Canon and Nikon). Pocket wizards (another type of wireless flash/light trigger) work just fine with my hotshoe adaptor. Some things just aren’t meant to be! But nevertheless, learning about studio lighting is fun and I can learn how to direct models better when using studio lights. This makes me want to go get some pocket wizards and studio lighting so I can experiment some more. Who wants to play with me?

Dalton in left photo and Lisa in right photo.

OC Smug Meeting Feb 2011 – Matt Saville   Leave a comment

After the mini-photog shootout at Irvine Park on Thursday evening, we moved onto the OC Smug meeting at the Outdoor Education Center that was within the park. The speaker was Matt Saville and the topic was “Key Elements That Make Up A Beautiful Portrait”. This was a fun and very interesting topic to listen to. I’m still learning composition, but it also helps that I’m more aware of the surroundings and background to make a better portrait. I left feeling very inspired and I can’t wait to use some of these elements in my next photo shoot.

OC Smug November 2010 – Michelle Cunningham   Leave a comment

I attended the OC Smug meeting last Thursday. The speaker was Michelle Cunningham and the topic was “Marketing On A Budget”. It was a great topic and I was really inspired! Sometimes doing the little things for the clients will help get your name out. Doing charitable events is noble as well. Thanks, Michelle. I have a few ideas in mind that I will definitely try out.

A SMUG is a place where photographers can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share the same passion. It’s also how we can tell you what’s happening in our world and discover what’s happening in yours. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to your creative arsenal.

SMUGs are always free and open to photographers of all levels. All are welcome, all are loved.

Posted November 24, 2010 by Anastasia in Meeting, Networking, SMUG Meetings

Riverside Smug Meeting June 2010 – Kathy Rappaport   Leave a comment

A SMUG is a place where photographers can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share the same passion. It’s also how photographers can tell other photographers what’s happening in each others’ world and discover what’s happening in others. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to their creative arsenals.

I attended a smug meeting in Riverside, CA. The speaker was Kathy Rappaport and the topic was on book keeping. Kathy talked about what a photographer needed to start a business such as business plans, book keeping, and how to maintain a business. It was very informative.

O.C. Smug Meeting May 2010 – Hanssie Trainor   1 comment

A SMUG is a place where photographers can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share the same passion. It’s also how photographers can tell others what’s happening in each others’ world and discover what’s happening in others. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to their creative arsenal.

I attended the O.C. Smug meeting in Costa Mesa, CA last night. The speaker was Hanssie Trainor and the topic was on “How To Be ‘YOU-nique’ In Your Business Without Making It All About YOU”. This was a great topic and it was interesting to learn what a photographer could do to stand out from everyone without being arrogant or putting others down. What one says or does in the public eye is a reflection of that person.

Hanssie also recommend a book called “StrengthsFinder” by Tom Hath. It seems like an interesting read and I will make some plans to purchase it.

After the meeting, we went to Avila’s Rancheritos for dinner. Having lunch/dinner with a group of photographers is always fun.

L.A. Smug Meeting May 2010: Garrett Delph   Leave a comment

A SMUG is a place where photographers can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share the same passion. It’s also how we can tell you what’s happening in each others’ world and discover what’s happening in others. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to the creative arsenal.

I attended a Smug meeting at the Global Cafe in Studio City, CA. Garrett Delph was the speaker and the topic was on “Second Shooters”. Garrett described himself as a fellow traveler who was trying to figure it out like the rest of us. He has been shooting professionally for 11 years, owns Garrett Delph Photography and co-owns ShootDotEdit. Garrett also leads the San Diego SMUG. Garrett is an all-around good guy and a veteran working professional.

I learned a lot from this meeting and it was very imformative. Garrett talked about how second shooters should present themselves (appearance and mannerisms), how they should work with the primary photographer and clients, how to avoid duplicate images and gear.