Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I still have some available sessions for any Seniors who still need their photos taken to meet the Port Townsend High School's deadline of January 6th. Give me a call at 385-2662 for details on my pricing or you can also scroll down in the Blog here for additional pricing and products.
By Monday I was back at the computer and spending the day online with the wonderful program Sarah Petty from Joy of Marketing made available for free to thousands of photographers. The day included some 24 speakers and if you listened/watched the whole event it lasted 14 hours. I was on the site up until the last minute listening to speakers like Rod Evans talk about photographing seniors, Joe Buissink's talk on wedding photography was inspiring, Darty Hines gave some great tips on posing men and women and Jesh de Rox gave a very refreshing talk on how he approaches his photography and tips for marketing to clients. It was an amazing workshop and my head was spinning with ideas when I finally went to bed.
I'm so excited about the upcoming year. I plan to attend the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Convention again in Las Vegas in March. I attended the workshop for eight days last year and find that I'm still working on putting into practice all the tips I picked up while there.
I wish the best to all my friends and clients during the upcoming year.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I do offer High School Senior portraits but recently I have had several "over 50 seniors" come to my studio for portraits. I think my studio soft boxes create a lovely flattering light perfect for this type of portrait. I offer additional editing to each photo that gives an even softer look to the final image. This type of portrait would make a special holiday gift to give to a family member as a print, canvas print or the photo could used as a Christmas card. I have several open time slots available for the last week of October.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Here is a link to Phil's website to view some of his images: http://www.philborges.com/
And a link to his work with Bridges of Understanding: http://www.bridgesofunderstanding.org/
From the School of Athens website:http://athens-pt.org//#Borges
Award-winning Seattle photographer and lecturer Phil Borges, has documented indigenous and tribal cultures around the world for over twenty-five years. His books and exhibitions include Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion (a deep look into the displacement and marginalization of a spiritual culture), Enduring Spirit (celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), The Gift (documenting the work of medical teams providing reconstructive surgery to children in the developing world), and Women Empowered (focusing on extraordinary women who are breaking through gender barriers and conventions in the developing world).
The next speaker is on November 8th with Tom Joyce and it will be held at the Rose here in Port Townsend.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I actually hadn't heard of any of these until I attended the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Convention in Las Vegas in March. Of the 12,000 attendees I felt I was one of the few that didn't have a Facebook account, Blog daily and use Twitter to keep up with my friends. Since March I opened a Facebook account which is a great way to keep up with my family back in Wisconsin. Several months ago I started this Blog, using my Google account, and a couple months ago I created a Twitter account. With Twitter I'm able to follow some of my favorite photographers like Joe McNally and view specials with several of the vendors including those that offer canvas prints that I now offer my clients.
Keven has a Blog filled with lots of great information on marketing and links with even more articles and info.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
For me the Festival is a wonderful opportunity to capture images with the lovely early morning light or the soft light at sunset as it settles behind the Sail Loft. This year is only my fifth year to see the festival through the lens of a camera. Many of the images I sell at the Port Townsend Farmer's Market, as a vendor, are cards of boats and other images I have photographed during the Festival. This year it was amazing to see how many of us early morning risers were up before sunrise taking photos before the docks rocked with thousands of visitors. Can't wait to do it again next year.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
These are the dogs available this week at the shelter. All three of them are sweet dogs deserving of a new home. Give the Shelter a call at (360) 385-3292 for more details on these dogs.
9-29 Update-Violet is the only dog still available for adoption at the Shelter.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The Photo Club meeting is open to the public and visitors are welcome.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Several groups of kittens are in foster care right now and should be available for adoption sometime soon. I will post photos as soon as they are at the shelter.
We have a wonderful of sweet and loving cats and dogs that are just waiting for the right person to adopt them. Please consider visiting the shelter to learn more about anyone of the animals you see pictured here. The JCA Shelter is opened Wednesday-Saturday from 11-5 or you can reach them at 360 385-3292.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Call the Jefferson County Animal Shelter (360) 385-3292 to find out more information about Mimi who is currently available for adoption.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
7-13 Both of these animals have been adopted from the shelter.
Two of the many animals available for adoption at the shelter this week. This handsome dog is named Cody and the lovely cat is Savannah. Call the shelter 360 385-3292 for more information on these two and all our animals.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I'm in love with Savannah and Rhubarb. Unfortunately I'm allergic to cats and have two dogs who would think bringing a cat or two home would be a bad idea.
Our handsome Lab/Retriever/German Short Haired Pointer mix named Jimmy is a real sweetheart who deserves a good home. He was one of the first dogs I photographed when I started volunteering at the shelter nearly four years ago. He had just come to the shelter as a puppy and had lost his right eye from being shot with a BB. He has adapted just fine to having the use of just one eye and has a wonderful disposition.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The show was based on the East coast so I was at my computer bright and early on Thursday only to find I was an hour early not figuring the correct time conversion for the East coast. There were several speakers with four different topics including how to use your camera to record video, fine art printing, creative lighting using flash and the latest in wedding photography. The virtual show also was a perfect opportunity to interact with vendors who were standing by in virtual booths ready to answer any questions on their products. The speakers were also able to answer questions members of the online audience asked during their presentation.
I won a door prize from Silverback Imaging and Design for answering a question on what color space is used on the internet. I also received several coupons for 16x20 canvas wraps which are one of the new products I hope to offer my clients. Canvas wraps are photos printed on canvas texture material and the image looks like a painting. They come in a variety of sizes and depths and usually have a UV coating added for protect from the sun and they don't require a frame. Many photographers are using this time of product to replace the traditional framed image. The all day trade show was a great opportunity to take part in an educational workshop while working at home.
When I first started at the Farmer's Market five years ago I was mainly selling scenic cards to locals and tourists. Two years ago I started offering different size prints and focused on more portraits with pets. As people saw the quality of portraits I was taking I found them telling me that if I could do that kind of photography with pets would I consider taking a photo of either their children or family. So I began offering clients those types of photos and that has developed into more portraiture work leaving me less time not only to physically create the cards but also to photograph local scenery. So this year I will only be an occasional vendor at the Farmer's Market on Saturdays. Right now my schedule it to attend every other weekend. This Memorial Day weekend I'm here at home editing my last portrait session and preparing for another outdoor session I have this afternoon.
During the last six months I have devoted most of my time to becoming more familiar with my lighting equipment. I'm shooting with a Nikon D-80 and use both speedlights and softboxes for lighting. I have attended several workshops and bought additional equipment all in preparation of setting up a studio here at my home. With the studio now set up, and less time at the market, I now have more time on the weekends to schedule portrait sessions in the studio or on location. The reasonably large studio space allows for sessions with several different backgrounds and lighting options. I mainly do individual or small groups at this time. The studio gives me the ability to capture more than just a snapshot but rather a posed image, a moment in time with beautiful soft lighting that creates a lovely portraiture worthy of framing.
To my many clients who have shopped at my vendor booth at the market please give me a call or send an email and I will still create the cards you request or let you know my next date I will be a vendor at the market. Please also consider giving me a call and we can discuss my fees and perhaps set up an appointment.
Monday, April 27, 2009
The whole family helps me by holding the dogs while I photograph them for our local paper and for placement on Pet Finder. Pet Finder is this amazing free website service available nation wide for helping animals get adopted by posting their photos on the site. Currently the site hosts some 12,500 adoption groups with over 275,000 animals on the site. Our local shelter page for the Jefferson County Animal Shelter page averages 175 hit per day where the average for the entire site is 157. We are fortunate to have families come from all over the Northwest to adopt our animals. It is not uncommon for a family to make the drive from Seattle for a dog or even as far as Oregon for a kitten. All the staff and dedicated group of volunteers work with one common goal of getting our animals adopted. We have several volunteers who work to write wonderful descriptive write-ups for each animal which aids in them being adopted.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Please give me a call to discuss my session fees and to set up an appointment for a portrait session with your family. You can reach me here in Port Townsend at (360) 385-2662.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Just wanted to add this photo that I took this week at the shelter. This handsome Mastiff/German Shepherd mix named Maximilian is currently available for adoption. He is neutered, well trained, loves other dogs, cats and kids. He would make someone a perfect companion. If interested call the Jefferson County Animal Shelter in Port Townsend at (360) 385-3292.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Welcome to my first attempt at blogging. I just got back from a week at the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Conference in Las Vegas and every photographer had a Blog site along with a Facebook account. My new Pro site on BetterPhoto.com offers me the ability to add a Blog page to my new updated site so here goes. My website now also offers a variety of music to listen to as you either view the photos one at a time or watch the slide show. I volunteer weekly at the Jefferson County Animal Shelter and I was there yesterday and got this photo of lovely Iris. She is currently available for adoption at the Shelter at 360 385-3292. I also offer pet portraits as part of my photography business. You can view my animal photos on my website in the gallery section. I haven't figured out how to link back to my site yet once you get to my Blog tab so for right now just hit http://www.dejasphotos.com/