View Full Version : favorite programs at imaging

01-15-2010, 07:35 PM
of course i couldn't get to all the programs, but i did stay busy from 7am till closing.

*julianne jonker - wow portrait art at it's best
*drake busath - classic portraiture appealing to the upper crust
*sarah smith - always kicks @ss
*vicki taufer - high energy with husband jed's dry sense of humor
*jb & de ette sallee - enjoyable
*scott boure - entertaining for sure

my wife enjoyed katrin eastmann, julieanne kost & loved jerry ghionis

*best party - whitehouse's at fuse nightclub

there were about 3 or 4 programs that were a total waste of time, and i wish i was smart enough to walk out earlier.

all in all, a great convention - kudos to all that worked hard all year to make it happen.
hope to see youall in san antonio.

so what were your experience?

01-17-2010, 01:15 AM
My favorite programs were:
Anne Monteith - great refresher
Allison Rodgers on product design
Kathleen Hawkins is one smart woman!
A Cut above with Julie Klaasmeyer because her style is so cute but it was the same time as Vicki Taufer - why?
Loved hearing Jane Conner-Kisser again
Julieanne Kost on photoshop
I really enjoyed SARAH SMITH - I must agree with you on that!

01-17-2010, 02:45 AM
Julie Klaasmeyer, Drake Busath, Tony Corbell

01-17-2010, 02:16 PM
Precon: Darty Hines & Colleen Gonsor- Marketing ideas I will use

Tony Corbell- Inspiring
Jack Reznicki- Easy to follow Photoshop tips
Rod Evans-Humor enhanced knowledge sharing
Drake Busath- La la la la la la la
I did like Juliane Kost, but it was the last class of IUSA and my brain was exausted by that time. The information stream flows pretty fast in that class.

01-17-2010, 02:23 PM
Ditto on the Allison Rodgers + Scott Bourne

01-17-2010, 03:32 PM
As long as I've been around (since the early 1980s) I never saw Drake Busath before. So I enjoyed his program, and also his low-key demeaner (which I can relate to).

The Boudoir Divas were fun. Since boudoir peaked and faded about 15 years ago, it's good to see it come back. It should never have gone away.

Scott and Adina were excellent. Lots of info in a short time.

I didn't get much from Tony Corbell, but his program was geared toward newer shooters who no doubt were able to learn a lot from it.

I thought the wall portrait women at the end weren't experienced enough to be giving a national-level program.

Sorry if I hurt any feelings with these opinions... but they are ONLY opinions.

01-17-2010, 04:28 PM
I was impressed by the Simones (although I expected to be). To be sure, their program was an unapologetic okole-chewing, and a few people got up and left, but I was impressed by their appeal for professional photographers to "hold the line" on professional level art and technique. I gave them an "Oooo-Rah!"

01-17-2010, 06:22 PM
I really liked Allison & Jeff Rodgers, Drake Busath and Rod Evans. Lora Novak and Kimberly Wylie had an informative program as well. I agree with Fuzzy that there were some at the end that were not quite the level of presentation that I expected from Imaging USA.

01-17-2010, 08:35 PM
There were only two sessions I attended that I really thought were unprofitable. Neither because they were "below" my level--I always think there are things to learn--but because of format or the teaching capabilities of the presenters.

In one case, it was clear the presenter knew his stuff, but his presentation was nothing but a PowerPoint of slide after slide of list after list that he did nothing but read to the audience. He didn't present any examples, walk us through any processes, show any screen captures, or give us any case studies.

Another was again from someone that clearly knows her stuff, but she spent the first hour telling us more about her family than her business, then was barely into the "meat" of the presentation when she ran out of time.

01-17-2010, 09:17 PM
The first presentation I went to I thought, "Uh oh, will this week be a waste of my time?" as I have never been to imaging before. But the rest were great! Some more FAB than others. All I was able to walk out with at least one pearl.

01-17-2010, 09:20 PM
Kirk, for the benefit of us who might want not to see those programs in the future, could you tell us who those two were?

01-17-2010, 09:22 PM
Kirk, I didn't see the Simone's program but I can imagine why they addressesd that issue. They are so focused on their image-making as a very precise art that it's difficult for them to accept a sloppier style, even though it has become popular (flare, tilting, textures, old photo filters, etc.).

01-17-2010, 11:25 PM
I really enjoyed seeing Jerry Ghionis. I liked Yervant and Dane Saunders. Saw some other programs, but I will leave it at that. I did not go to a program eveytime there was one running because of previous committments.

01-19-2010, 05:18 PM

If I am thinking of the same one as Kirk, Gayletta Tomkins - Time flies when your photographing fun. I walked out 45 minutes into this, as all she was doing was her background. Never got to the meat and potatoes.

01-19-2010, 06:08 PM
I will have to stick my neck out there and say that the program that has stayed on my mind and really has me thinking about different types of marketing demographics (hope that is worded right) was Denis Reggie. I know a lot of people were offended by some of what he said or how he said it...I on the other hand was not offended in the slightest. I have had multiple discussions with my spouse and other photographers about his topic of discussion...I think he was dead on about the things he brought forward. And of course there is the fact that he was willing to say the things that he said...He gets a huge thumbs up from me! I like people with the "guts" to say it plain and simply. :D

01-19-2010, 07:00 PM
i walked out of gayetta's program also.
it was more like her biography not much teaching.

01-19-2010, 09:58 PM
I know a lot of people were offended by some of what he said or how he said it...I on the other hand was not offended in the slightest. I have had multiple discussions with my spouse and other photographers about his topic of discussion...I think he was dead on about the things he brought forward.

What did he say that was controversial? :cool:

01-19-2010, 11:41 PM
What did he say that was controversial? :cool:

He did a comparison of the two:

Blue Collar 90% of us (the client that is not the upper crust) (the ones that most wedding photographers reach)
- moderate education
- live in the suburbs
- marry young
- drive American made cars & Japanese made
- shop at Krogers
- shop at the mall
- eat at Red Lobster
- accept artificial substitutes (a $4.00 chicken or frozen vegetables)
- they have plenty of time for the photographer
- photographer is the shepherd, they want to be led (directed), they are followers
- their wedding is usually a "Fairy Tale" and they want the images to reflect something that is not necessarily what it really is. (ie: fashion type wedding images)
- they respond to advertising, website, blog, etc
- range around $7,000 - $25,000 for wedding photographer (question I asked him after the seminar)

White Collar - 10% of us (the upper crust) (the client that has highly discernible taste and senses)
- Higher educations (PhD's, etc)
- well traveled
- older at time of marriage (late 20's - early 30"s)
- live in the city
- eat at gourmet restaurants, ones that had to be discovered, because they do not put signs on their doors.
- drive Lamborghini, Mercedes, Bentley, Aston-Martin, Bugatti
- shop at organic food stores ($16.00 chicken) they want Natural
- don't have a lot of time available for pre-wedding photography or sessions
- will learn of you through word of mouth, or through discovering you
- they are too smart for fiction or fictitious wedding images
- they want a wedding photographer who is silent and gets the job done, can capture the "real" images, but does so with talent & expectation of the moment. "true photojournalism"
- they can spot a fake very quickly.
- "take" a photograph, not "make" a photograph
- be a witness to the beauty and emotion of their day, and document it as it unfolds. they want a quiet wedding witness.
- they are the shepherd and want you to be a sheep, they lead, they do not follow.
- range around $25,000 - $100,000 for wedding photographer (question I asked him after the seminar)

Straight from my notes.

It is pretty obvious from his description of people that the seminar was made up of mostly blue collar people. He didn't even touch on the t-shirt wearing clients! :eek: It seems that not everyone liked fitting into one of those categories. I was fine with it because I grew up in a demographic that gets the disposable throw away cameras to give to each guest.:D

Until then I wasn't really sure about how to find my perfect clients. Now I know. Without even realizing it he helped me understand how to find them, how to search for the places that they frequent, how to market to them, etc, etc. I believe I could pin point the clients I want now. That was worth the whole of Imaging USA. Well, that plus meeting Don Chick, Todd Reichman, Michael Gan, Jack Reznicki, and the guys from After Dark (sorry, can't remember their names).

01-19-2010, 11:42 PM
i walked out of gayetta's program also.
it was more like her biography not much teaching.

so did I, but got a great nap in the interim

01-20-2010, 02:32 AM
I was impressed by the Simones (although I expected to be).... I gave them an "Oooo-Rah!"

If you liked that little glimpse of the Simones and you want to spend more time with them, we are bringing Joseph and Louise down to Central Louisiana for the Professional Photographers of Louisiana's Spring Seminar on March 21-23 at the Paragon Casino in Marksville Louisiana (right in the middle of the state). They'll be doing an all day program - and even a little more. If anyone is interested, drop me a PM or for more info check out the info posted on the PPLA website - www.ppla.net

01-21-2010, 07:37 PM
There were a lot of seminars that I took and loved. Some I wanted to take and just couldn't.
One that I took and thought was a complete waste of time was Laura Novak and Kimberly Wylie. I seriously don't think I learned anything during their class. They are not ready to be speaking at that level. I really didn't think they gave anything that could help me sell more wall portraits. Very disappointed.

I attended the following and liked them:
Hayden's - loved them
Scott Bourne - really liked him and if you stuck around long enough you got the url for the notes.
Joe Bussnik - I love his work, I wasn't blown away by his class. Actually I was a little upset that he said he shoots in P mode. But his images are inspiring.
Boudior Diva's - LOVE THEM!!!!!
Bebb's- LOVED them

01-21-2010, 08:46 PM
Absolutely loved Jerry Ghionis! (But what woman doesn't? I think there might be a rather embarassing sound byte from me on his blog, actually.) I was bummed that I had to miss 20 minutes of his class for my image critique, actually. He's dreamy... *sigh*

Thought Yervant's class was fabulous, too. Loved that he had some very easy PS tips that were so simple I hit my head in a "duh" moment. I am going to take his workshop in Venice, without a doubt.

Joe Buissink was very inspiring. Even though it was the same program from 2 years ago, I was equally impressed (and, admittedly, a little teary from it). Love how passionate he gets when he speaks. And I love that he shoots in P and is proud to admit it. :)

Thought Tony Corbell's class was really good, even if geared toward newer photographers. I mean, who doesn't need a reminder of "Don't Suck!" once in awhile. :) It was, however, my second choice for that time slot but Parker Pfister had to go and pop out a kid during the class time...

Julianne Kost is always great - thought her Lightroom class was very interesting and easy to pick out a few useful pearls from. She's a little hard to follow (all the caffeine I suspect) but good nonetheless.

Also saw the Bebbs and Julie Klaasmeyer - both had a little good stuff, but I only saw half their programs so I can't really comment.

For the bad: Denis Reggie. Never ever ever EVER will I sit through his demeaning and insulting class ever again. I can't believe I actually stayed as long as I did - just, thought he was kidding at first, and then thought he might have a point second. Turned out - nope. Just trashed the whole room for the fun of it. Since when is it a good idea to call a room full of your professional peers "white trash" and "sheep that need to follow"? We're not talking "candor" here - we're talking full-on insult. Such a difference from Joe Buissink saying he did a $1500 wedding because he knew the bride REALLY appreciated his work to this guy calling himself a "shepherd to the middle-class flock"... Left after 40 minutes of stomach churning rage.

Tuesday did the CPP review which was interesting just to work with the students. Some really good stuff (and some not so good stuff too, but that's ok - learning curve.) Really interesting concepts and it's nice to see work that isn't being done for a client once in awhile.

I wish upon wish and hope against hope that next year they don't schedule the award ceremony so the last day classes can't be attended. Really wanted to see the afternoon classes that day - heard Jose Villa's class was awesome, and really wanted to see him speak!

01-24-2010, 08:53 PM
I think if Tamara Lackey mooned over the lousy images of the Obama's one more time. I might have gotten sick. In 30 years of attending programs at all levels I've never seen anything so pitiful. Since PS & Painter were so clearly a large part of her imagery a how I got here on either of those images would have been educational.

And then to encourage people to tweet or FB her with ideas for a "great prize"? I thought we were supposed to hear what she was saying not ignore her. Should have left like a couple of my neighbors.

Loved - Kost, Ghionas(sp?), & Smiths