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03-06-2012, 02:33 AM
After Dark Dallas as many who attended have said, “ It was the best AD ever!” Each show we have strived to create an experience of sharing, friendship and expectations of being exceptional. If you are attending other events in the industry and not walking away feeling your life has been improved you need to be asking why you are not attending After Dark.
The Ad Staff, the assistance and the Mentors all clicked showing that the After Dark concept has arrived. AD Dallas was Exceptional. Where else can you go where two mentors are working with each other while six other mentors are watching with the other attending. One thing that makes the mentors at After Dark exceptional is that there are there to learn as much as they are to teach. There is a mutual respect for everyone involved.
Viviana Peralta (from Bogotá’, Columbia) has become an After Dark Addict. She has described it as good as anyone I know. If you do not understand the value of After Dark you may want to check out the thoughts of someone who travels from another country to attend AD: Viviana’s thought’s http://www.facebook.com/notes/viviana-peralta/why-you-should-attend-an-after-dark/10150650229452210?notif_t=note_tag
To understand why you should be at an After Dark check out our fan page, those who attended AD Dallas make a great case:
Images from AD Dallas: http://afterdarkedu.com/dallas/
The planning for Charlotte is already in gear and the mentors will be announced in two weeks. We will be running the “ADE72” ($72 off) for another week. The discount will be going to $50 off before the mentors are announced.
Thanks again everyone, It is a great feeling to know AD is making such an impact on so many lives in such a positive way,
Play hard, Dave
03-09-2012, 06:52 PM
Just sharing form a dance company doing Pinocchio this week end..
03-10-2012, 06:39 PM
Lance Taylor came up with the idea we should share what AD is all about by sharing "behind the scene shots" and pullback shots of what happens at AD. Killer idea! I ask you to share not only your "behind the scene" images but also favorite stories. Please upload at:
Thanks everyone. We need to share what AD is all about so we can make sure we continue to get the registration numbers we need to make sure AD continues to grow. Thanks!
03-13-2012, 08:41 PM
I am always saying how one should get involved with their schools/ community.....this is just an example....and also, because I have been giving over the years to a local high school choir....They are paying my way to go document them sing in Vienna and Prauge in two weeks...
I am hanging around last thursday having an afternoon Dr. Peppere when Renee Feldhausen Buchholz ( teacher/ dance guru at DCE) stops by and thinks we should create a video for this contest. http://ladyantebellum.com/own-prom-night-lady . I get all excited and suggest to the Kids that it should be about getting Lady A to go to Henryville, IN ( http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/pictures-of-henryville-tornado ) instead of their now school....They are all over it...Anyone complaining about kids and schools today need to get out and see what is really happening....This is what we came up with... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKFsT5WNNLo
03-13-2012, 09:58 PM
To everyone from AD Dallas. we found the glitch in the code and the upload page to the gallery is working !!!! http://www.afterdarkedu.com/upload.php
Please be kind and remember your models.....many apologies for the delay...Marathon did a great job finding the corrupted code ...it was buried deep. thanks again everyone. ONE IMAGE< EVERY MODEL>>>EVERY SESSION...thank you!
Galleries to view
03-15-2012, 05:40 AM
Ad Charlotte mentors. 2 more days of "ADE72" - $72 off registration and it goes away....https://secure1.marathonpress.com/afterdarkedu.com/all/register/72
Neil Van niekerk
Mentor Profiles will be posted on the website early next week
03-15-2012, 08:44 PM
Mentor Profiles are up.....http://afterdarkedu.com/?page_id=5531
03-19-2012, 04:13 AM
Where else in the world can you take a class with Brooke Shaden, being modeled by Lindsay Adler, with assistance from both Dan Frievalt & attendees? *No where* other than After Dark! - Amy Parrish
03-19-2012, 02:06 PM
We are looking forward to this happening all the time in Charlotte. Many of the mentors have started working with each other demonstrating different approaches to the same challenge...It is a tremendous way to learn.
03-20-2012, 04:38 PM
We may think the high school students today are self-involved and care only about themselves. I had the privilege to work with juniors from DC Everest, a local high school in a project that defines “Pay it forward”. Lady antebellum has a contest that they would show up and play at the high school that created the best video showing school spirit and the theme “ Own the night”. The DC Everest students decided instead of trying to get Lady Antebellum to their own high school, they would campaign for Lady A to play at Henryville High School in Indiana that was recently destroyed by a tornado. (Their video is one of Lady A’s top ten favs!)
Along with the video the students have started a fundraiser to help the school out. For $5 you can send a Happy thought to the kids in Henryville and help them have a better day
03-20-2012, 04:40 PM
After Dark first time mentor Richard Sturdevant’s fluid combination of photography with fine art skills stems from his original artistic roots. Prior to becoming a photographer, Richard made his living as a classic and award-winning artist and also was a national art instructor and a published subject matter expert. Using airbrush and oil, his unique but photorealistic style made for a natural transition to photography. Today his passion for painting comes alive in his creations of photographic art.
Richard Sturdevant’s bio
The After Dark Charlotte Mentor line up is impressive. http://afterdarkedu.com/?p=6649
to register for AD Charlotte:
( $50 off ) ADE50
03-21-2012, 03:08 PM
After Dark has been a great adventure for everyone and we thank the mentors, the partners and everyone involved for helping create a pretty cool experience. We are going on 11 events, which is pretty wild in itself with the excitement and experience getting better at every show. After Dark needs your help. After Dark has never made a profit from any of the events to date and owe a huge thank you to the bald guys, the management team and the make up team for contributing so much for expenses only!
We only need to get another 40 people at each show to be able to show the After Dark support team the gratitude they deserve.
We ask that you help us spread the word and convince those that have been on the fence that After Dark is the best photography education event in the industry. So join us in our excitement and let people know what AD is really all about…
After dark thanks you. Play hard…Dave
03-21-2012, 04:58 PM
Please welcome Jennifer Rozenbaum to the line up of After Dark mentors in Charlotte!.
-Like many people, I turned to the camera to get me through a difficult time in my life. I started by shooting some small weddings, but I was pretty bad at it! One day a photographer I was friendly with asked me to join her at a boudoir shoot (because my camera had a higher ISO than hers and the hotel was dark.). When I finished the shoot, I ran home and exclaimed to my husband, “I know what I want to be when I grow up!”
Thankfully my husband believed in me, and the whole idea. He has been so instrumental in my success, along with the rest of my family.
Jens bio - http://afterdarkedu.com/?p=6640
03-22-2012, 03:36 PM
Ad Charlotte we have brought in a number of new mentors that may not fit your " style" but will make you think sand bring your work to a place you have not been before.
Thom Rouse is one of those mentors.
As a photographer I have become a collector of elements for finished works that are assembled in the computer. As a digital artist, I manipulate, embellish and composite images in the computer, however, in staying faithful to my background as a photographer, all principle elements are photographic in origin and not rendered in the computer. Environmental textures (both natural and man made) are photographed and redeployed as overlays for photographed objects -often but not exclusively figure studies.
Thom's and all of the Charlotte mentors bio's are at: http://afterdarkedu.com/?page_id=5531
03-22-2012, 06:19 PM
Marco is a friend of Chuckies...need we say more..
In my years learning the craft (still an ongoing process) I have figured out a couple of constants in myself and how I approach what I do. Obsessions: are the only way to become great at something; nothing can distract you, all your energy stays focussed in a single process. Creativity requires a method: routines can be boring but like physical exercise will get you in shape and capable of repeating a performance, a method will unleash your creative processes in a controlled way and give them direction and focus. Find a muse: this has meant a great deal to me. Unlike a mentor, which you want to emulate, a muse is a distracting agent. A surprise detour you just have to follow without knowing where it will take you. A muse will help you discover instead of learning. Trust your guts: well, pretty self explanatory.
Marco's Bio: http://afterdarkedu.com/?p=6644
03-23-2012, 02:44 AM
Joy Vertz, has grown in 6 short years from a one-woman show in her basement to now running 2, thriving high end, boutique style studios with a team of 7 employees. She is a self-proclaimed numbers girl with a firm grasp on the business aspect of running a photography studio at all levels. Joy’s studio, Shoot the Moon Photography has maintained a steady profitability despite the decline in the economy and continues to flourish. It is incredible to hear the organization system that Joy has implemented to ensure that thousands of clients think they are her one and only!
03-24-2012, 02:57 PM
Bert Behnke is back in Charlotte to share the wisdom of his world.
My philosophy is that its all about the subject. If you relate to them and make them feel good about the photography experience, you will create a meaningful portrait. Of course, that means you already have the mad skills both technically and creatively!
Bert's bio is at: http://afterdarkedu.com/?p=312
04-10-2012, 06:02 PM
If you are not sure what AD is all about...take a look...http://player.vimeo.com/video/40094573?autoplay=1
04-11-2012, 11:21 PM
Thanks to Scott Tracy for showing a glimpse of what AD is all about...
04-17-2012, 03:26 PM
Ad Charlotte, May 14- 16. There is no other educational experience you can find the amount of skill, the amount of sharing, and the potential gain so much knowledge. Ad Gives. But then so does everyone that is a part of every AD experience. You can still get $50 off using " ADE50" at https://secure1.marathonpress.com/afterdarkedu.com/all/register/72
Full mentor profiles are at:
Neil Van niekerk
We will have fun.
04-18-2012, 08:34 PM
Justin Jagare is making his way back across the ocean from Sweden to share once again with everyone at AD. checkout Justin's profile at : http://afterdarkedu.com/?p=534
04-19-2012, 01:44 AM
I have been hanging around this industry for over 30 years and have yet to see a spirit as pure and genuine as that of Brooke Shaden. Her style, her energy and her presence is almost better than having a piece of key lime pie at sun set in Key West after barefoot water skiing all day. She is that spectacular. http://afterdarkedu.com/?p=5039
04-19-2012, 04:26 PM
Jason Group - Knowledge - energy - creativity - After Dark Mentor - Charlotte - http://afterdarkedu.com/?p=2216
04-19-2012, 06:59 PM
Peter Holcombe has just confirmed a Sunday pre-event for AD charlotte:
Adventure Sports Photography: Whitewater Freestyle Kayaking
When: Sunday, May 13th, 4-6pm, (leave the hotel at 3:30)
Where: The U.S. National Whitewater Center
What: We will be photographing freestyle whitewater kayaking in the controlled environment of the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. This bonus pod will allow participants the ability learn lighting concepts for sports, talk about strategies for photographing in a whitewater river environment, and discuss special equipment Peter uses (GoPro cameras, long lenses, using kayaks to get to the best positions and photograph as an “active participant”). We will be photographing two kayakers surfing a river wave and performing freestyle kayaking tricks. This will be a great kick off to AD - Charlotte!
How Much: It’s included in your After Dark registration, how cool is that!!!
What to bring: camera, lenses (70-200 is great but wide angle’s can be fun as well), We will have loaner super telephoto lenses from Canon available to demo. lots of memory cards for high speed shooting, any other photography equipment you would normally want/need, a water bottle, sunscreen, snack (if you like), wear appropriate comfortable footwear.
Map: from After Dark hotel to National Whitewater Center: 30 minutes
04-20-2012, 04:58 AM
We Like Lindsay Adler...so will you...
04-21-2012, 03:37 AM
Brian and Dena Demint are what After Dark is all about. Generous, giving and extreme professionals. They are the definition of what is good in the industry.
Brian and Dena Demint - http://afterdarkedu.com/?p=3360
04-22-2012, 03:52 AM
Dan is tearing up the industry with his vision and creativity.....http://afterdarkedu.com/?
04-22-2012, 04:18 PM
Beth Forester is After Dark....http://afterdarkedu.com/?p=3625
04-23-2012, 03:09 AM
Neil Van Niekerk - AD Charlotte mentor......http://afterdarkedu.com/?p=2484
04-23-2012, 03:51 AM
Awe Dave, join in the conversations. This is starting to feel like spam.
04-24-2012, 04:58 PM
Linda, This is My contribution for individuals to see some of the best work in the country from some killer photographers. Each event has gotten around 2500 views so I assumed some one was interested in it. It is obvious I am pushing AD how ever ignore that and just appreciate the images and tall ant. Happy day.
04-24-2012, 05:39 PM
How ever Linda, You are correct. After all AD averages about 3 registration pick ups each show form what I post here which if looked at in a compressive break down of time investment to return compensation, it really is not a good return for my time investment. So if I was a smart business person I would find better ways to focus and divert my time to a more qualified target market instead of posting images from different photographers for those here on the forum to look at. It still confuses me why the posts get so many views. There must be some value to those looking because of the repetitive nature of what I do post if there was no value viewers would not return in such a repetitive manor. There, buried in that is what I believe is a fundamental marketing principle that can apply to any size business. happiness all over.