I have been drawing, painting, photographing and writing my entire life. I made it my "career" a little more than fifteen years ago. My portraits are a labor of love and many combine my photography skills with drawing, painting, and varnishing. Every one is unique. My goal is to always create art that is timeless, stirring to the heart and personal - but never "stiff"!
My journey has been an exciting one. I have earned the titles of Master Photographer, Master Artist, Photographic Craftsman and have had more than 40 images included in the prestigious Loan Collection for Professional Photographers of America. I thank the Lord for allowing me to meet, work, and teach so many wonderful people along the way! My portraiture now hangs in lovely homes all over the continental United States and in a few places beyond its borders. It has been awarded on the International level over and over again. And, even after all of these years, it leaves me yearning to create something new. There is nothing better than that!
5 Ways to stay inspired Photographing Weddings
If you want to book more brides you must show your potential clients that you are as excited and inspired today as when you started your photography journey.
Join me while I explore 5 tips to stay inspired in wedding photography.
Following these tips will help you revitalize, your photography and mental health. When you are happy and excited, your clients are too!
Stephen Sedman BFA, Craftsman Photographer, CPP, Owner of Sedman Photography of Braintree Mass. for 25 years,
Stephen possesses a unique mix of Fine Art, Computer/Internet, and Photographic experience. He earned a BFA at the Swain School of Design. Stephen’s paintings, sculpture and photography are in many public and private collections throughout the country.
His passion for photography shows in his work and he enjoys sharing that experience with his photography peers.
Awards: 5 Kodak Gallery awards, 3 Fuji Masterpiece awards, PPA Bronze Photographer of Year and 6 Court of Honors at PPANE and PPAM.
Specializing in weddings, he photographs about 40 a year throughout New England. Bar Mitzvahs, senior portraits, families and schools round out his photographic experience.
Mary Fisk-Taylor has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since 1998. She owns and operates two highly profitable photography studios in Richmond, Virginia with her business partners. Hayes & Fisk Photography is a small home-based studio that for over 20 years has provided their clients high-end wall portrait installations and custom-designed weddings. In 2009 Mary with her mother and sister created Real Life Studios which filled a niche in their market area for a boutique volume/event business and high school senior portrait studio that offers both professional imagery and excellence in customer service.
Mary earned her PPA Master of Photography, Craftsmen of Photography and PPA Certification. She also received the ASP Education Fellow in 2018 as well as completing and earning the designation of StoryBrand Certified Guide, which gives her the rights and ability to teach, lecture and coach the StoryBrand concept. Mary is passionate about image competition and is a PPA Approved Juror. She has earned numerous awards including VPPA Photographer of the Year, VPPA Top 10 Photographer of the Year, PPA Loan Collection images, PPA Grand Imaging Finalist, PPA Photography of the Year (Bronze, Silver and Gold), Kodak Gallery Awards, Fuji Masterpiece Awards, LexJet Awards, and the PPA Charities Impact Award to name a few. She is the proud recipient of the Virginia Award, PPA National Award, the Charles H. (Bud) Haynes Award and the PPA Charities Legacy Award all for her dedication, volunteerism, and commitment to the excellence and education in professional photography.
Mary and her husband, Daryl, are most proud of their two beautiful children, Alexandra and Jax. She enjoys the flexibility and joy that owning a profitable and successful photography studio has allowed her and her family. Mary has enjoyed lecturing and teaching all over the world. She currently serves on the PPA Board of Directors, the Virginia PPA Board and the Society of XXV Executive Committee. She is past President of PPA Charities and because of her continued volunteer work, business savvy and commitment to community development was named Top 40 Under 40 in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Mary is very grateful for all of her mentors and teachers that have given so much to her and her business partners. The path to their success is paved with the wisdom and advice they so generously have given. If you asked Mary for her best business advice she would most definitely say, “You get 100% of what you do NOT ask for, so ASK for the business, ASK for the sale, ASK for the possibility!”
Author, Speaker, Board Certified Hypnotist
The Star System of Success – How to make success happen in your business and your life through persuasion, influence, and psychological strategies to program your own subconscious mind to get more of what you want in your personal and professional life.
Bio: Known in business for being a behavioral communications specialist, Dan Candell is a world-renowned expert on high performance and helping people make success happen in their personal and professional lives. He is an author, an international speaker, coach and also a Board Certified Hypnotist and Certified Instructor. He teaches people how to positively re-program their subconscious minds to overcome their obstacles, achieve their full potential and get more of what they want in their personal and professional lives. Dan also teaches the art of “Hypnotic Selling” and how to persuade and influence anyone. Dan works with professional athletes, business owners, and entrepreneurs. The result? They can take their performance, attitude, and career to the next level. After teaching more than 75,000 people these techniques, Dan has become to “go to guy” to help people convert their dreams into plans as he helps them overcome stress and anxiety, gain confidence and motivation, adopt better habits and belief systems, and achieve their full personal and professional potential.
Is pet photography for you? If so join Cathy for a short informational session on adding Pet Portraiture to your business. We will talk about ways to get started, prepping the human and furry client for success and some tried and true tricks to keep the session going smoothly and to keep Fido engaged.
Cathy fell in love photographing dogs four years ago when she hosted a pet portrait fundraiser for a local shelter. She is a self proclaimed dog fanatic and thinks we should all strive to live the way they do.
A Master Photographer and CPP, Cathy is also a Past President of PPAM. She is a two time PPAM Highest Scoring Print Winner with pet portraits along with being a 2018 PPA International Photographic Competition Silver Medalist with an all canine case, including a Grand Imaging Award Nomination. She has a studio in Whitman where she welcomes dogs and their humans anytime!
Since an early age, I was fascinated by The Arts. I looked at my uncle in amazement as he played with his enormously huge and shiny new camera. It had all the bells and whistles. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a photographer.
While in High School, my art teacher inspired my creativity and did not allow me to settle for the ordinary and encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, so I could be more innovative. I went on to drawing, painting and making clay sculptures that were exhibited in a year-end art display. She taught me patience and perseverance. In college, I was exposed to African Art which led me to explore and immerse myself in everything it had to offer. This had a profound lifelong influence on my work.
I am a passionate photographic artist, with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. I currently an active member on the Board of The Professional Photographers of Massachusetts (PPAM), I hold a certification degree, CPP, by PPA and have the honor of servicing as Liaison for the CPP program for MA.
George and Gail are a husband and wife team specializing in Theater and Portrait Photography. They first met in 1993 and even at that point George was already handing over his paychecks...Gail was his bank teller! While it was love at first sight, it took eight years for them to finally tie the knot. They’ve been a dynamic duo ever since.
They started ASA Photographic in 1996 photographing weddings, added theater photography in 2002 and then began portrait work in 2006. In 2008, with the intention of growing their portrait line, they found a home for their business in the historic Faulkner Mills of North Billerica. It was another "love at first sight” moment when they first walked into the space that became their studio where ASA Photographic, and their newer brand, Lucozzi Portraits, now call home.
While they can each stand alone in the photography world, they are even better as a team. Gail, a Massachusetts native, fell in love with photography in her teens when she discovered its ability to capture emotion and its power to tell a story. She brings a feminine touch, a mind for business, and the attention to detail that all clients deserve.
Along with photographing, she handles the scheduling, sales and customer service aspects of the business.
With his initial education focused on Engineering and Design and later adding formal training in photography and lighting at New England School of Photography, George is ASA's technical mind. He keeps the business up to date with equipment, software and techniques in shooting, processing and printing. He is responsible for all the data and file management and is our primary photographer in the business.
George is also a Massachusetts native, born and raised in the Boston area. His love of photography developed in his teenage years when he came across his father’s old camera and started photographing around New England.
This seminar, focused on working with high school seniors, is geared for all levels of photographers, beginner to professional.
Not every senior arrives happy or excited for their session so come find out how they turn a grumpy senior into a happy client. Learn a simple lighting set up, how to put students at ease and how to engage them to capture winning portraits that mom’s will love. At the same time, you’ll learn that having a studio doesn’t mean having perfect grounds, and that having a perfect setting is not required to create stunning portraits.
Streamline your camera room, equipment, lighting and posing to allow for maximum profit. Jamie Hayes will share with you a simple lighting concept for both indoor and outdoor portraits that he and business partner Mary Fisk-Taylor have used for over 25 years. This simple concept has allowed them to maximize their profit while simplifying the way in which they photograph and light their subjects.
Using a 20/20/20 concept Jamie will show you how to create 20 poses in 20 minutes with 20 different sales possibilities from these poses.
Streamline your way to success, maximum profit and complete repeatability no matter what type of portrait session you are creating.
Jamie attributes the success of their studio, along with business partner Mary Fisk-Taylor, to their sound management and business skills combined with their love and passion for photography.
His commitment to creating priceless portraits, wedding albums and commercial imagery has earned him an extremely loyal clientele as well as a sterling reputation in the state of Virginia. Their business savvy and creative marketing concepts have enabled them to establish an extremely profitable and fulfilling portrait and wedding gallery. As a PPA Approved Business Instructor and PPA Approved Photographic Instructor, Jamie offers informative and motivational programs to working photographers. Jamie has participated in several state, regional, national and international conferences giving both full-day and week long classes. As an affiliate PPA juror he has the pleasure to judge several international print competitions throughout the US. He is a proud member of several professional photography organizations, including: Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Virginia Professional Photographers Association (VPPA), The Society of XXV and the International Society of Portrait Artists. Jamie has been honored with many awards on both state and national levels. His achievements include the Kodak Gallery Elite Award of Excellence, numerous Kodak Gallery Awards of Excellence, PPA Loan collections, multiple ASP Regional Medallion Awards, SEPPA Distinguished Awards, Best Wedding Albums VPPA, Best of Category, Fuji Masterpiece Awards and the VPPA Photographer (Highest Print Case) several times as well as one of the Top Ten Photographers for the entire state of Virginia. Jamie will earn the distinguished honor of ASP Fellow in January of 2018 as the 122 photographer in the world to earn this degree.
Jamie shares his simple lighting concept applying a down to earth and easy formula for lighting any subject indoors or outdoors.
Photographic Craftsmen Degree Master of Photography Degree Imaging Excellence Degree Approved Photographic Instructor Approved Business Instructor Member of The Society of XXV
Scored a perfect 100 in SEPPA competition using film
4 for 4 in PPA Loan Collection (2 wedding albums and 2 prints using film ) Kodak Gallery Elite
4 VPPA Photographer of the Year Awards 4 ASP State Awards
2 ASP Regional Awards
2 Top 10 PPA Wedding Photographer of the Year Awards 8
PPA Charities Legacy Award PPA Affiliate Juror
PPA Directors Award Recipient
Certification Committee Member
Speaker Selection Committee Member
PPA Charities Dream Studio Giveaway Committee Member
PEC Committee Member
VPPA Print Salon Chair
Stephanie C. Olsen, CPP
Beauty & Boudoir Seminar
In this class, I will focus mostly on how I photograph in a small space by manipulating natural light and creating sets. These techniques cross over nicely on a wedding day for general bride getting ready portraits too. I will show you images of my set ups for many different qualities of light as well was the finished portrait that was created with that set. We will touch a bit on continuous light sources as well. I will share with you my camera settings and touch upon my editing and post production techniques as well. I do use the same techniques for my senior portraits girls and boys too.
We will also review posing techniques and how to get your client to relax and trust you, making the connection you want to help make beautiful images. Studio atmospheres and offerings are also a big part of the experience and I will also give you a glimpse into that.
I will also give information on the programs I use to run my business from studio management software, design programs, product resources and all others that apply. I am happy to share my pricing and collections with you and marketing will also be a conversation as well.
Will leave the last 10 minutes of the class for questions and answers on any part of the class. So be sure to take notes!
The Principles of Classic Studio Portrait Lighting
This inspirational hour long session will provide different lighting techniques used in various photographic genres. You will also be able to assess the most appropriate lighting set-up for a given subject and create it in an efficient manner given the 6 portrait lighting patterns every photographer should know (Split, Loop, Rembrandt, Butterfly, Broad, and Short).
Trish Gilmore & Mariah Ashley
Co-owners of Snap Weddings in Rumford Rhode Island, Mariah and Trish have been in business together for 14 years, each owning separate photography businesses for 7 years prior to their merger in 2005. They photograph about 35 weddings per year mostly in the Newport and Rhode Island area and are now working to develop a corporate photography and conceptual portrait side of their business. They have withstood many changes in the industry over the years, from technology to client styles to social media, and are still going strong!
No one ever talks about it, but owning your own photography business can be difficult, we have all experienced struggles at one time or another, but there is no shame in it! You are not alone, and we need to be able to talk about it and support each other! We want to inspire you to ‘Turn It Around’! Come and hear us share our story of the ups and downs we have had and what we have done to stay in business and prosper.
At one time we only had $79 in our bank account, that seemed like an obvious point to fold up shop. But for some reason our accountant insisted that we keep the doors open a bit longer and we trusted him to tell us when to quit. Photography was the only career we knew, and we had kids and ourselves to support, so we had to figure out how to make it work and to be able to pay ourselves. And we did!
We will share our multi step process to ‘Turn It Around’, so that you too can keep your doors open! We’ll talk about you, your business, your clients and how to fit it all together to create the right formula for your business to succeed. You will leave with ideas that you can implement immediately to get things rolling in the right direction. You will feel inspired and hopeful about the future of your business, don’t go it alone, we’re all in this together!
Daniel brings years of experience and dedication in photojournalism, portrait, contemporary, fashion and wedding photography. Dan has achieved the status of Photographic Craftsmen from the Professional Photographers Association of America. In 2010 he was invited to join the Society of XXV, one of only 25 photographers worldwide. He was also named one of the top 100 Photographers by Westcott Lighting. Dan has photographed over 30 magazine covers including Rangefinder, Studio Photography, Simply Elegant Platinum Weddings, Gala, and La Bella Bride Magazine to name a few. Many of his images can be seen in magazines like Grace Ormond Wedding Style, Southern New England Weddings, Boston Weddings, and Flowers & MyTeleflora.com.
Speaking at both the state and national level, Dan has been a platform speaker twice at WPPI. One of the most awarded wedding photographers in New England he has won multiple photographer of the year in Massachusetts, multiple Massachusetts album of the year, New England Album of the year, along with multiple Kodak Gallery and Fuji awards.
Daniel has been an educator sharing his talent and enthusiasm all over the country. He is considered one of the best wedding and lighting instructors around today. His passion comes from his past mentors that have always said’ “I will show you what I know as long as you share with anyone who wants to learn.”