View Full Version : After Dark Miami....March 28th

11-10-2009, 09:45 PM

Place: The hyatt Regency - room rate $123.00

The space is exactly what we were hoping for. more than Triple the space we had in austin and all in the same venue.

The hotel is extreamly acomadating and the staff is excellent.

Sunday 4-6 is the registration meet and great at the Hotel, Then After Dark would like to take you down to South Beach and Ocean Dr to get a taste of World famous South Beach!

Monday after noon will be South beach location expierences with multiple mentors working natural light in many different ways...including fill flash.
Monday night after dark at the Hyatt begings with the 10 studio pods and 10 work stations going full out untill 2 am......then again tuesday.....And weds. will be all about what you want to do. It is an open day to apply what you have learned and get any final questions answered....

We are wired beyond for this one.....

11-11-2009, 01:37 PM
For those who are not sure of what after dark is:

This is After Dark

From others:

"I probably learned more in the last two days than I have in the last two years. It has been just an exceptional experience." -- Heather Nix, professional portrait and wedding photographer, Brownwood, Tex.


George Kuchler

Lori Nordstrom

Eddie Tapp

Ed Pierce - PhotoVision

Dan Davis

Austin we wanted to have the a sense of the area so we had local musicians as models for the expierence....Miami is about fashion....so prepare for the models.....We will be emphasising light and composition for the capturing and the work pods will be focused on Sales, marketing , intense photoshop tract, painter and where ever else you want to take it....

11-11-2009, 01:41 PM
We are also proud to say we give back to each comunity we paly in. Monday afternoon in Austin, mentors and attendees created images for the women particiants of Dress for success and Millers Lab stepped in and donated $2500 to the cause.

We were also fortunate to have Ralph and Cyndi Romaguera present a short program on Operation smile. After Dark donated all of the proceeds of the t shirt sales and Millers once again stepped in and donate $2500! After Dark helped raise over $4000 for operation smile.

After Dark is about the complete expierence..

11-11-2009, 04:26 PM
Entirely WAY too much footage (is that term appropriate anymore) of Dinger in the first video. You made it look like he actually DID something there. It must have been staged for the camera.

Just kiddin. He's a hard working trooper.

11-14-2009, 04:50 AM
Fuz, you are right...it is part of his support program when he is trying to get off the meds.....we try to be supportive.....

11-14-2009, 09:33 PM

Do you stop for fuel (meals) or rest (some sleep)? Some of us might be more aged than you!

Not at all similar to any 4-5 day workshop?

Is depositing at Imaging January too late for an early discount? Having NOT looked at the website about registration, lazy me!!!

Maybe I should combine a vacation at my sister & husband's place west and between Sarasota/Ft Myers, then over to Miami! However, I'm trying to do that in January & to Nashville!

11-21-2009, 06:29 PM
George, the Early bird discount expires Dec. 15th.

We are getting closer to finalizing the mentors for Miami. Once again we will have over 35 educators in small groups working marketing, sales, design, photoshop fundamentals, photoshop design, Studio bays, outdoor locations....and more.

Check out the first few mentors commited:

Ken Kneringer Senior Pictures, Photographer, Photography Indianapolis, Indiana (http://www.studiokphoto.com/) - killer work!!
Julianne Jonker Jonker Portrait Gallery Home Page (http://www.jonkerportraitgallery.com/Photography/index.php) - a great spirit
Angela Carson Angela Carson Photography | Northville, Michigan (http://www.angelacarson.com/) - a great mind
Don Chick Don Chick - Portrait Education (http://www.donchick.com/) a master at lighting
Fuzzy and Shirley Duenkel - www.duenkel.com
Jeff Lubin Jeff Lubin Portrait Artist (http://www.jefflubin.com/) - BUSSINESS !!!! you need this!!!
Dan Davis Home (http://www.davisphotousa.com/dds-home/) - check out Dan's mind...a place you want to understand.

and this is just the start. Over 25 more instructors to go. Working with each other in small group goal orientated educational expierences....

it will be...After Dark....Miami. play hard.

11-30-2009, 04:03 AM
Just wanted to update the mentors that have commited to After Dark Miami.
If you do not recognize the names please google them and you will be impressed.
also, Marathon press is completly re-designing the After Dark Web site so be looking for a face lift in two weeks. We will have complete bios and images that will define the excellent work of the mentors coming to Miami. ( we still have more mentors in the works!)


-Julianne Jonker -
-Angela Carson -
-Jeff Lubin -
-Ken Kneringer -
-Lou Freeman
- Dave Junion -
- Kevin and Dixie Jordan -
-Travis Gugelman -
-Jordan Chan -
-Mike Ridinger -
-Mark Fitzgibbons -
- David Shwartz -
-Lori Nordstrom -
-Pete Wright -
-Dan Davis -
-Eddie Tapp and Judy Host -
-George Kuchler -
-Julie Klaasmeyer -
-Don Chick -
-Fuzzy and Shirley Duenkel -
-Larry Peters -
-Bry Cox -
-Marci Sandler -
Rachel and Clark Marten -
-Jen Hillenga -
-Brian Killian -
-Troy and Heidi Eiffert

The early bird discount of $100 ends on the 15th of Dec. until then registration is only $400.

We are wired to redefine what photographic education can be...

play hard....

11-30-2009, 07:00 PM
Things keep getting better...the two latest mentors,

Kevin JairaJ http://www.kjimages.com/

Scott and Adina Hayne http://www.scotthaynephotography.com/

we will play....

12-01-2009, 02:41 PM
Having experienced the 1st After Dark in Austin I can honestly say it was Amazing and an Amazing experience!

This one will be even more so as it is 3 days instead of 2! I can't wait to be a part of Miami.

12-02-2009, 01:10 AM
It will be good...

new mentors just announced to the already strong line up....

Chuck Arlund http://www.arlundimagery.com/

Martin Grahame-Dunn http://www.theimagefile.com/web/martingrahamedunn/

We have gone international...Martin is from spain and will be promoting after dark through out europe..this is getting kind of bizzare.....

12-02-2009, 02:09 PM

Any idea when/where the next one (after Miami) will be? I want to go so badly but I'm having my baby in March!



12-02-2009, 03:47 PM
Ashley....congratulations.....well...ahh...we need maternity images....smile....

Minneapolis end of may....

Also, I looked at the list of mentors for Miami and have taken my name off....I will be there and helping but the educators coming blow me away and I want to sit and hang with them and learn! . I am looking for a new edge for my portraits which Is why I am hoping to hang out with wedding guys to help influence my normal portrait work. Then throw in the commercial fashion shooters we have coming there will be no sleep.....

we still have 5-6 more mentors...we were only going to have 25 in Miami but we just do not care....we will most likely end up with 40 mentors....

Just going to the mentors web site looking at their work has been a huge education in itself. Each of the mentors bring a strength in capturing, however, they all bring their knowledge of sales, marketing and production systems with them. Only half of after dark is the capture..the other half is how to run your studio once you have the image. It is about expanding your comfort zone....Watching a wedding shooter to improve your skills with children. Listening to multiple mentors compare their marketing strategies so you can create a personalized solution for your studio....and just making new friends.

Miami...After Dark


Angela Carson http://www.angelacarson.com/
Brian Killian http://petersphotography.com/Brian_Killian.html
Bry Cox http://brycox.com/
Chuck Arlund http://www.arlundimagery.com/
David Shwartz http://www.davidschwartzphotography.com/
Dan Davis http://www.dandavisstudios.com/
Don Chick http://www.donchick.com/
Eddie Tapp http://eddietapp.com/blog/
Judy Host http://www.judyhost.com/
Fuzzy & Shirley Duenkel http://www.duenkel.com/
George Kuchler http://www.gkphotography.com/
Julianne Jonker http://www.jonkerportraitgallery.com/
Julie Klaasmeyer http://www.jklaasmeyer.com/
Jeff Lubin http://www.jefflubin.com/
Jen Hillenga http://www.momentoimages.com/
Jordan Chan http://www.facebook.com/jordanchan
Ken Kneringer http://www.studiokphoto.com/
Kevin JairaJ http://www.kjimages.com/
Lou Freeman http://www.loufreeman.com/
Lori Nordstrom http://www.nordstromphoto.com/
Larry Peters http://www.petersphotography.com/
Mike Ridinger http://www.ridingerphoto.com/
Mark Fitzgibbons http://www.fitzphoto.com/Fitzphoto,_inc..html
Marci Sandler http://www.facebook.com/marciphoto
Pete Wright http://www.pwphotography.com/
Rachel and Clark Marten http://www.clarkmarten.com/index2.php
Scott and Adina Haynes http://www.scotthaynephotography.com/
Tim Kelly http://www.timkellyportraits.com/
Travis Gugelman http://www.travisgugelman.com/index2.php
Troy and Heida Eiffort

12-08-2009, 10:56 PM
and it gets better...Marilyn Sholin is in on the artistic side as a mentor...

and, I have been waiting to let everyone know about this.

Bill Sorenson is a mentor in Miami!!!

If you do not know who Bill is do some research. The man is a marketing and sales guru in the photographic industry. He ussually only holds exclusive limited attendee workshops how ever we have convinced him to come and play in Miami.

http://www.wealthinphotography.com/ > this is info about bill from his workshop promotion.....

this just keeps getting better......

12-11-2009, 05:14 PM
After Dark is fortunate to add to the already great list of mentors for Miami...

Rod Evans will be there to share...


this will be fun.

01-16-2010, 12:06 AM
I just got a note from Larry Peters and he is planning on spending after dark miami underwater capturing images. From Larry:
I am so excited about the possibility of doing an underwater shoot at After Dark. I think the attendees may want to get involved so.... Tell them to have a bathing suit, please, and a mask to get in the water to see whats going on. If they really want to get involved bring some type of a weight belt so they can stay underwater, underwater cameras are advised if they want to capture images, check it out before you get there knowing how to use it before you get in the water is a good idea. Eddie Tapp has agreed to adjust and manipulate the files that I take and it will also be advisable for attendies to watch this process. He will be using Lightroom to adjust the files. I think anyone serious about what we are doing will get an eye opening experience.

- Waht a great opportunity to create....

01-16-2010, 12:06 AM
underwater Larry Peters

check out the updated site http://afterdarkedu.com/

01-16-2010, 10:24 PM
I am sooooo looking forward to AD Miami!!

I met some great folks in Nashville who talked about attending too.

01-16-2010, 10:30 PM
Me tooooooooooo. Can't wait!

01-17-2010, 12:30 AM
Mark, It was great to see you at imaging....prepare..Miami will be.....

I had the pleasure of meeting Chuck Arlund this week. the man makes me feel like I am sleeping he has so much energy. Doing senior portraits so long I feel I have gotten into a "senior" mode and one of my goals for after dark is to hang with the mentors that do not do seniors. I am looking for new.....ideas from the wedding and comercial world. Chuck is definitly on a different plane. check out his site at:
then come play with him at After Dark Miami.

01-17-2010, 12:31 AM
Chuck Arlund

01-17-2010, 12:36 AM
Chuck Arlund -

check out the 35 plus mentors at:

01-17-2010, 12:47 AM
now think about after a session with Chuck you turn and next to you is Rod Evans ready to share.


01-17-2010, 01:04 AM
Two of the most down to earth people in this industry.. Scott and Adina Hayne. Their work is extroidinary.


01-17-2010, 01:11 AM
KJ's work speaks for itself


01-17-2010, 01:13 AM
We are limiting registration to 300.
to register:

To get $100 off - making registration $400...use the discount code ADEMIA

01-17-2010, 09:41 PM
Just found out that Julieanne Kost , the goddess sent from Adobe will be at After Dark Miami to play and hang out. Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere questions ...I also thought she promised to be barefoot the whole time....
she knows all.....

01-18-2010, 04:51 PM
Dave will be sharing his insight into seniors..


01-19-2010, 01:26 AM
There is no one better at control natural light and integrating elements of an image into a complete piece. * I have been in awe of Fuzzy for many years..... and then Shirley.....you just have to expierence Shirley... as far as people..it just does not get any better.

01-19-2010, 01:40 AM
David not only has an exquisite eye he has a very sharp business mind and will be sharing the entire after dark Miami expierence


01-19-2010, 05:21 PM
I am sooooo looking forward to AD Miami!!

I met some great folks in Nashville who talked about attending too.

Planning it now! You sold me on it Don!:D

01-19-2010, 08:57 PM
Hi Dave:
Thanks for the information. You sent m about After Dark Miami. I registered for the hotel, but when I went to register for After Dark Miami, in state category VI or Virgin Islands is missing. Puerto Rico is listed but that will not help with processing my credit card. Do you have any suggestions. Thanks Denise

01-20-2010, 03:55 AM
Denise, Marathon is working on it....they promised it in the next day or two....MANY< MANY APOLOGIES!!!! I never thought our little gathering would go international so soon!! I was contacted today saying that it is close to adding.....thanks again.....

01-20-2010, 03:56 AM
Another Mentor to check out is Bry Cox . A great talent and very giving of what he knows!

01-20-2010, 06:19 PM
Denise, Try registering one more time. They have added VI to the state pull down but need you to run it to confirm it works....Thanks for helping out.

01-20-2010, 07:37 PM
Planning it now! You sold me on it Don!:D

Cool, it will be nice to see you there.

Now do your homework.... Make a list of all the things you want answered while there and who you need to see to get the information.
And while there, don't be shy. It's one big learning/sharing experience for everyone. :D

01-20-2010, 09:15 PM
Dan Davis is one of After Dark's best kept secret.....the work speaks for itself

01-20-2010, 09:18 PM
Dan Davis. after dark Miami

01-21-2010, 03:27 AM
Denise, WELCOME!!!!.....so what do we need to do to make your expierence worth the trip?

01-21-2010, 04:12 PM
Thanks Dave for your help in registering and your welcoming remarks :)
Right now I am pretty excited about the whole concept and learning new strategies. I would like ideas of how to decrease my workflow from capture to product. I am putting some things in place but I can use some more ideas. And with my new gallery studio (a year-and-a half old) I can use ideas of a smooth workflow for special events.

I am also interested in meeting some photographers who would like to come to St. Croix US Virgin Islands to do workshops similar to what they do stateside. Cost is one of the major factors; maybe someone who is sponsored and need a different place will consider. We have beautiful island waiting to be discovered. Presently, I am planning a photography workshop here for February 20, 2010 and I will be the presenter.

Anyway, I just wanted something different and this seems to fit the bill. Do keep me abreast of all the events because I don’t want to miss anything and I look forward to meeting you and wish you continued success.


01-21-2010, 10:35 PM
What airport should you use to go to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or Miami?

01-21-2010, 11:32 PM
You need to come into Miami Airport.

01-22-2010, 05:25 PM
Travis has created one of the hottest studios in the country...creative and business system are among the best!


01-23-2010, 02:27 AM
Very few photographers have mastered studio light control to the level at which Don has. If you can not make after dark check out his lighting DVD's...they are worth the investment.

01-26-2010, 02:31 PM
A note to everyone. Saturday night at the hotel is sold out. You need to put the first date in as the 28th or the web booking will tell you all of the rooms are sold out... thanks

01-27-2010, 11:32 PM
After Dark in Austin was the best seminar I have ever attended...if you can actually call it that. It is so different I wouldn't really put it in that category. It was the most amazing way to learn with so much hands on experience.

I am SO EXCITED about coming to Miami. AfterDark here I come!!!

01-28-2010, 07:13 PM
Lori Nordstrom

One of the coolest things about Miami...Lori Nordstom is coming to play. I got to play with Lori recently and created a completly new vision on how to approach pregnant woman....and it works great!

02-12-2010, 04:51 PM
I was at Jeff's studio a few years back and he invited me to watch a sales session of a five year old girl....At the closing of the sales sessions he calmly said...that will be $27,000, how many credit cards would you like to put that on. the next sale session latter that afternoon he mentioned it was a mother- daughter and not to expect as much...he was right...it was only $17,000. The man knows sales techniques. THe thing about Jeff is that he has adapted to the economy and has made it work for him....He may not have the coolest action set but I would put his stock portfolio against anyone in the bussiness...He knows how to sell.

Between Bill Sorenson and Jeff Lubin......and Rachel and Travis...It might be better to leave a camera at home and just focus on the bussiness end............

02-18-2010, 08:33 PM
The grids for Miami.. This is tentative and will have minor changes.
Please download the pdfs and lets us know any questions what else you would like added...

02-18-2010, 08:55 PM
Remember. The mentors are available for the complete expierence. The grids states when they will be teaching their specialty how ever, you have access the whole event...you can not be shy...you just have to ask....or find an assistant and they will set it up for you.... In addition to the pod time you will also get answers 2 hours on Monday and Tuesday at the mentor meet and greet.

Sunday night is going to be a relaxed intro night. We want everyone comfortable with what is happening. There will be Intro's to radio poppers so everyone will up to speed....meter domes.... demos on the photogenics.....walk throughs on all of the Denny backgrounds and equipment and Midwest photo will be on hand for any camera/lens questions...

play hard....

02-18-2010, 11:58 PM
BTW, I didn't sell much product at Austin, so at Miami I will be charging $25 per answer. The neat thing is you can ask me all the questions you want, but if I answer, it'll cost you $25.

I'll answer any questions except:

1) Where do babies come from?

2) What is the secret to photography?

02-19-2010, 03:18 AM
The neat thing is you can ask me all the questions you want, but if I answer, it'll cost you $25.

How do magnets work?

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03-08-2010, 05:54 AM
In addition to the already great partners we have After Dark would like to welcome Canon and thank them for supporting the After Dark Expierence. In Miami, If you are interested in trying out Canon products, CPS will be providing equipment for everyone to test. YOu will be able to use the products in real time. Also, CPS will be providing a lens cleaning service at no charge!

After Dark just keeps getting better!

03-08-2010, 11:55 AM
Sweet! Really looking forward to this!

03-08-2010, 01:22 PM
How do magnets work?

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You remembered!

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03-08-2010, 01:24 PM
Dave, setting up those grids must have been sheer agony for an anarchist like you.

03-14-2010, 05:26 AM
yeah...I made a game out of it.....goes back to my wanna-be an engineer days.....a moment of structure and then I saw the need to see light...

a question....YOu need two coins to make 30 cents. one of them is not a nickle. what are the two coins?

03-14-2010, 05:47 AM
The other one is a nickel, and a quarter.

When is After Dark Wyoming going to be?

03-14-2010, 03:50 PM
a 10 cent piece and a 20 cent piece. You never specified US currency. :)

03-14-2010, 06:02 PM
one of them is a quarter, and the other one is a nickel

03-14-2010, 08:25 PM
I will be there in Miami as a representative of RadioPopper so if you have any questions, concerns or just want to play with some Popper's please let me know I will be glad to help you guys out!

Really looking forward to it!

03-18-2010, 03:50 AM
We are fortunate to have Mike come and play again...

To get an idea of what is happening in Miami keep up on the facebook updates...it will give an idea of what is coming to the next events in Minneapolis, Portland and New Orleans.....

The mentors are so wired about this....


For everyone attending we are setting up a server for a group share. YOu will be able to share and take images. files, marketing pieces.....instead of trading wallets we will be trading files on a wireless network....We want to maximise the expierence with everything we can...

03-18-2010, 03:57 AM
One of the things that blows me away about After Dark is that we have 35 mentors. In addition to the 35 mentors, we have an additional 17 "guest" that are coming just to play that could have been mentors. That is over 50 speakers just hanging out want to share with anyone around....it does not get any better....

03-18-2010, 05:09 AM
Just found out Hanson Fong is going to stop in Sunday night just to hang out...

BLair Phillips will be there the whole event...

Lizbeth is coming to play.....

Tom Munoz .....

Julieanne Kost from adobe......

03-18-2010, 04:58 PM
no excuses....We are going to have about 150 attendess. 50 educators....that is about a 3 to 1 ratio.....this will never happen again.....

There is such a bizzare excitment building...this is new....all these mentors are excited about it...no one is quite sure of what is really going to happen...

It does not get any better....With all of that energy in one area...it will be kind of cool.