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I’ve found that most senior portrait photographers are REALLY good at styling their female clients. But when it comes to helping senior guys with what to wear, many flounder. So, when Senior Style Guide invited me to contribute to their What to Wear Wednesday blog series, I jumped at the chance to talk about menswear. I really LOVE menswear, because contrary to popular belief, it’s quite versatile and SO much fun to style. In my opinion, it’s all about layering.

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Head on over to Senior Style Guide’s blog to get tips from me on layering menswear for your senior guy sessions! And be sure to tune in again this Wednesday for Part 2 of my series, where I’ll go into more detail on how to layer with just a few key pieces that are in just about every guy’s closet!

Don’t forget to FOLLOW SENIOR STYLE GUIDE ON FACEBOOK for TONS of information and inspiration for seniors AND senior portrait photographers!!!

 

Margette called me looking for new professional head shots since the images she had were in need of updating. Since her last shoot with another photographer, she had drastically changed her hair, and those images just didn’t suit her anymore. She was looking for something fresh, images that would show her personality and work as a stellar first impression on social media sites like LinkedIn, as well as in her company’s website and printed materials.

And while we were at it, she asked if we could also shoot some casual beauty images as a gift to her husband. I LOVED this idea, and I thought it would be a wonderful chance for Margette to pamper herself with professional hair & makeup and escape the hustle and bustle of the Dallas professional scene.

Here’s what Margette had to say about her Jen Bertrand Photographie experience:

“I had a blast this afternoon – thanks! You really know how to make your ‘subjects’ feel comfortable in front of the camera, give direction well, and of course know exactly what to say to make the right smile come out!”

 

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Holy amazeballs, y’all.  I’m so freaking excited to announce that I am a speaker at Senior Style Guide’s first conference, The Push Conference in Greencastle, Indiana. If you are a senior portrait photographer, you are NOT going to want to miss this incredible event.  This two day conference runs July 14-15, 2015, and I’ll be speaking alongside some of the industry’s leading senior portrait photographers – Amanda Holloway, Jen Basford, Latasha Haynes, Craig Stidham, Brooke Daniels, Christina Ramirez, and Jim Meyer!

 

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Vickie Black of Senior Style Guide spent 10 months (TEN MONTHS!!!!) working on this idea before finally announcing it.  She wanted to create an event for photographers unlike any other. According to Vickie, “Push was created with the vision of  a small, boutique conference that allowed frequent interaction with the speakers. I wanted to create an environment that would not only teach you about your business, but one that would push you out of your comfort zone. Better yet I want you to go home and push your business to the next level!”

Vickie asked me to come on board to teach studio lighting, and I jumped at the chance. This is an area of photography that I absolutely love, but I know that a lot of photographers avoid learning it because it seems intimidating. Therefore, I wanted to create a course that would allow photographers the chance to overcome their fears by learning the fundamentals and then applying what they learned at a hands on shoot where I’ll be available to answers questions. Here’s the rundown on the class I’ll be teaching:

 BECOMING A STUDIO LIGHTING BADASS

You’ve told yourself every single excuse in the book, “I’m a natural light photographer,” “I don’t need to learn lighting,” and, “Studio lighting for seniors means I have to have a giant foam number and a ladder on a white backdrop.” The truth is none of those reasons is the REAL reason you haven’t learned lighting. The real reason is you’re scared. But now is the time to break up with your excuses, never return their phone calls, and go get a sexy, new haircut. And by sexy, new haircut I mean take a kick ass lighting course.

I understand the thought of learning studio lighting can be both overwhelming and intimidating. But, I’m going to walk you through the fundamentals and break them down into digestible nuggets that will leave you saying, “OMG! I can do that!” I’ll teach you about lighting styles and light modifiers, and then show you how to use them to create high-end images on a low-end budget in a space the size of an apartment bedroom. (No, seriously. I shot in a bedroom in my apartment for a year.)

Through this course, you will become a more versatile photographer who will master both 1 and 2 light set ups like a boss, sucker punch the objections holding you back, and learn to mold light to the vision in your head.  By adding studio skills to your natural light repertoire, you will transform yourself into a lighting badass who can provide a more robust, creative experience for your clients. I’ll teach you the rules then encourage you to break them.  This is studio lighting, no holds barred.

 

At this conference, you’re going to get:

* 8 amazing speakers
* 2 Evening portfolio building shoots
* Giveaways & swag bags from our sponsors
*2 Days of intimate classroom instruction
*Small attendee to speaker ratio
*Special hotel pricing for attendees

DATES: July 14-15, 2015

LOCATION: The Inn at Depauw, Greencastle, Indiana

COST: $1300

AVAILABLE SEATS: 50

Registration is open now, and you can sign up by clicking the button below.  There are ONLY 50 SPOTS, so DO NOT miss out!  CLICK THIS BUTTON NOW! REGISTRATION IS LIVE!!!!

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OMG, you guys! I cannot freaking believe this day has come!  I’ve had to hold my tongue until given the okay to spill the beans, and now I just want to shout it from the rooftops! Senior Style Guide has spent 10 months preparing this announcement, and now this grand idea is a reality! Vickie Black, the brilliant mind behind Senior Style Guide has put together an incredible lineup of speakers for The Push Conference at The Inn at Depauw in Greencastle, Indiana.  The conference will be a two day event on July 14-15, 2015, and it will be an intimate conference designed to give photographers access and hands on learning to push their business forward.

I’ll be speaking alongside an incredible line up of speakers including Amanda Holloway, Jen Basford, Latasha Haynes, Brooke Daniels, Jim Meyer, Craig Stidham, and Christina Ramirez. Topics covered will include marketing, off camera lighting, studio lighting, client workflow, building an effective senior model program, and even how to build a profitable business year round.  I’ll be teaching studio lighting, and if you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes into this area of photography, then THIS is your chance to do it and finally learn it!

Vickie wanted to create an intimate setting where attendees would get the chance to have access to the speakers and not be overshadowed by a large student to instructor ratio.  Therefore, there are ONLY 50 SPOTS for attendees!  You do NOT want to miss this! Registration opens Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10AM Central.  I will post a blog tomorrow with more information and a link for you to register, so STAY TUNED!

For more information on The Push Conference, visit the official website HERE.  Also, more information is listed on the Senior Style Guide blog HERE and HERE.

I can’t wait to meet you all in Greencastle in 2015!!!