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The picture taking rule you should not follow!

Many years ago, I was a wedding photographer. I would attend photo seminars and hear about how to take artistic photos of the bride. They showed me how to take photos of the bride looking at her flowers. They showed me how to take photos of the bride and groom looking at each other. It went on and on.

The owner of the studio I was working for was interested, among other things, in selling wall sized pictures. It didn’t take long to realize that the artistic looking photos were not the ones going up on the walls.

The photos that sold the best were the ones where the subjects were looking at the camera. Brides, and families, wanted to see people who looked their best.

There’s nothing wrong with taking pictures of people who are looking at the camera and smiling.

Beware of artistic photos…they usually don’t sell when it comes to portraits or weddings. You should take them if you come upon an interesting scene. However, always cover yourself with straight pictures.

Meeting Creativity

Creativity and meetings usually don’t go together. However,¬†there is a way to make your next meeting a bit different…and more interesting. Here’s how…

Before the meeting ask everyone who will be attending to email a photo to you that they have taken at your office, sometime before the meeting. Ask them to send the ¬†picture in an email or text…with no descriptive text.

You can use the photos in three ways:

  1. They will provide an intriguing reason to attend the meeting. Everyone likes a little mystery.
  2. The photos will give you an idea of what your colleagues are thinking about when they’re in the office.
  3. They will be an interesting topic of conversation at the beginning of the meeting.

For your next meeting, ask them to send a picture that they took the previous weekend.

Photos are great for creativity…even at meetings.

New iPhoneography Workshop for Non-Techies


The iPhone is today’s Brownie Hawkeye! It’s the most often used camera today.

One of the problems I’ve encountered when doing iPhoneography workshops is that some of the audience looks like they are in a trance when I mention something that’s a bit technology oriented. They also cringe if I mention expressions like exposure, shutter speed, and ISO.

So…I’ve designed what I consider to be a practical, hands-on, and tech-free workshop to show folks how to get the most out of their iPhones. It’s called iPhoneography for Non-Techies.

If you’re organization is interested please contact me for availability.