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BARK Magazine Cover image by Jenny Froh Photography

We are proud to announce that one of our very talented Owners at 4 The Love of Focus and Dallas area Pet Photographer, Jenny Froh of Jenny Froh Photography, landed the cover of the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of The Bark magazine.

Cover Sept Oct Bark66 FB1 BARK Magazine Cover image by Jenny Froh Photography

The Bark magazine is a national dog enthusiast magazine with over 250,000 readers and is available by subscription and sold at Barnes & Noble, PetSmart, Whole Foods, and many other locations.

Jenny is an avid dog lover and involved in rescue work throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She photographs rescue dogs and cats to help potential adopters see their true beauty and personality.  She is a member of http://heartsspeak.org, a non-profit organization that supports artists working to help animals in need.

Jenny also fosters some of her subjects and recently spent over 7 weeks helping 2 puppies recover from Parvovirus. These two adorable fosters just happen to be the puppies on the cover along with their 2 litter mates!

Here are some articles in Bark Magazine about Jenny, her work, and her foster puppies…

Putting The ART in Heart

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Hits

Beau, Paisley, Portia, Bella: Cover Dogs

 

You can find more of Jenny’s work here…

Website: http://jennyfroh.com
Blog: http://jennyfroh.com/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jennyfroh

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tamsen - August 31, 2011 - 7:06 pm

yeah Jenny!

Heather R. - September 1, 2011 - 12:46 pm

Congratulations! That is an awesome and well deserving photo!

Member Spotlight: Beth Philcrantz

This week I had the pleasure of chatting with Beth of BMP Photography who provides newborn, child and family photography in the  Londonberry, New Hampshire region.

BethPhilcrantz Londonberry Newborn Photographer Member Spotlight:  Beth Philcrantz

Hi Beth!  Please tell us a little something about yourself.
I currently live in New Hampshire with my husband of 4.5 years (I married my high-school sweetheart!), my sweet little boy who just turned 3 years old, and a house full of pets.  I’ve got Brady, our crazy boxer, three cats, and a tank full of fish. Sometimes it’s a bit much, but usually I wouldn’t have it any other way. I was formerly a music teacher, am now a Kindergarten paraprofessional, and absolutely love being a photographer on the side.

How long have you been a photographer?
I have officially been in business for a year and a half. I’ve been taking pictures with various kinds of cameras for years, though.

BethPhilcrantz Londonberry Family Portraits Member Spotlight:  Beth Philcrantz

Are you self taught or have you taken classes?
Both. I have taken classes in person and online.  I’ve also attended plenty of seminars, but I have done a lot of reading and learning on my own as well.

Please describe your area of expertise.
At this point I am still figuring this out. I do enjoy photographing many different areas, but when it comes down to it I really want to specialize in newborns, children and families.

BethPhilcrantz Londonberry Children Photographer Member Spotlight:  Beth Philcrantz

How did you come to specialize in this area?
I truly, truly love working with kids.  I love capturing the innocence of a newborn, and I love seeing and capturing the dynamics of a family. I want to specialize in this area because I am most passionate about it!

What is the most interesting aspect of working with newborns, children and families?
I think with newborns the most interesting part is the challenge. Every baby is different, as are all new parents, so going into a newborn session with the knowledge that things may go quite differently than I anticipate keeps me on my toes. You really have to be ready for anything.

BethPhilcrantz Londonberry Baby Photographer Member Spotlight:  Beth Philcrantz

Please share with us your absolute favorite photograph you’ve ever taken and tell us the story behind it, why it speaks to you, etc.
This image is of my son. We were raking and playing in the backyard when he started doing little poses for me so I grabbed my camera and was able to capture this. It is not perfect, but I just love it so much. It is the first image that I ever had blown up big on canvas. His smiling face greets me every single day as I walk in my home. <3

BethPhilcrantz Londonberry Portrait Photographer Member Spotlight:  Beth Philcrantz
How would you describe your photography style?

Real, honest, in-the-moment.

How long did it take you to find your style – did it evolve over time or have you always presented your work this way?
My work has definitely evolved, but I think I have always been on a path to the style I currently present. I just love showing clients what it is that I see when I capture a moment – just as it is.

BethPhilcrantz Londonberry kids Photographer Member Spotlight:  Beth Philcrantz

What sets you and your work apart from other photographers in your area?
It is so hard to answer a question like this! I think the best answer comes from my clients. I’ve had several different people tell me that when they saw their images they loved how much I captured them. I take that as a huge compliment.

What gear is in your bag?
I shoot with a Canon 7D. My favorite lens is my 85mm and my second favorite is my 50mm. I’ve got a 35mm (yeah… I’m a prime girl!), my kit lens and a Sigma 50-200.

Are you considering any new gear purchases this year?
I hardly doubt I will be purchasing any new gear in the near future, but if I did I would get either a 100mm prime lens, or something ultra wide, like the 16-35mm.

How do you stay motivated? Sometimes this can be really hard for me. When I don’t have clients I’m preparing for, or if my son is being particularly uncooperative, I find myself in a rut. To stay motivated, I like to fill the quiet times with learning (reading, webinars, experimenting with my camera, re-editing old photos) in hopes I can always get better. My true motivation is that I want this to be my career, not just a job, so I always need to be learning, doing, and loving photography.

BethPhilcrantz Londonberry Toddler Photographer Member Spotlight:  Beth Philcrantz

Tell us about your image processing style and the software you use.
I am definitely a clean editor. I experimented with actions, went through a vignette phase, and eventually found this place I am now. A little enhancing can transform a photo so I have no problem with it, but I love presenting a photo that is as true-to-life as possible.  I have learned to love Lightroom 3. That is where I do most of my organizing and editing. If something major needs to be done I will bring a photo into PSE7, which I am still using instead of upgrading to CS5 because I do use LR3 more.  For the most part, Lightroom is my go-to program.

BethPhilcrantz Londonberry Family Photographer Member Spotlight:  Beth Philcrantz

Best advice for new photographers breaking into the business?
Follow your heart and do what you love. Just because someone does something differently doesn’t mean your way is wrong. It is hard not to worry about what everyone else is doing, but stay straight on the path you are on and you’ll find yourself right where you want to be.

If you could choose anyone to do a photo shoot of you and your family, who would your choose?
Again, this is so hard to answer! I’ve been thinking about it a lot and I would absolutely love to be photographed by Erin Elizabeth, of Erin Elizabeth Photography. Her work is just gorgeous.

BethPhilcrantz Londonberry teen Photographer Member Spotlight:  Beth Philcrantz

Please link us to everywhere we can find you:

Website –http://www.bmpphotography.com

Blog – http://www.bmpphotographyblog.com

FB fan page –http://www.facebook.com/bmpphotography

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/BMP_Photo

Beth, it was awesome getting to know you better, learning about your path in this field and how you strive to continue to learn more each day.  Thanks for spending some time with our readers. icon smile Member Spotlight:  Beth Philcrantz

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tamsen - August 31, 2011 - 7:36 am

great to read more about you Beth! :)

Christine Hsieh - August 31, 2011 - 7:57 am

Nice work, Beth!

Jenny - August 31, 2011 - 9:57 am

Gorgeous work and wonderful interview. Thanks Beth!!!

Member Spotlight: Amanda Hill

This week, I had the opportunity to chat with Amanda Hill of Amanda Joy Photography who is a talented newborn, child and family photographer in Columbia, South Carolina.

AmandaHill Columbia SC Child Photographer Member Spotlight:  Amanda Hill

So, Amanda, please tell us a little something about yourself.

I met my wonderful husband when we were in college. We married a few years later and have been blessed with 4 year old identical twins and a little boy on the way. We currently live in Columbia, SC which is where we went to college and where my husband is from. I love decorating my home and do it yourself projects and Pinterest keeps adding ideas to my list!

How long have you been a photographer?

I have always loved photography and went through rolls and rolls of 35 mm film as a child. I remember dropping off a roll for development each week and loving all of the images that came back from that film. I was documenting my world and I loved it! I shot for years just for friends and fun and then decided to open my business two years ago. This is the best job in the world.

Describe your area of expertise, please.

My area of expertise in newborns. I photograph everything from newborns, baby, children and families, but newborns are my love.

AmandaHill Columbia SC Newborn Photography Member Spotlight:  Amanda Hill

How did you come to specialize in this area?

It was so easy to fall in love with photographing newborns. I love everything about them. I find such an excitement in working with them for 10-20 minutes just to get that one perfect shot that I know mom will love. It also fills my heart with joy to send over a gallery to a mother of a newborn and know the love that is filling her soul as she looks at those images. That experience alone is worth all of the patience and hard work that comes with a newborn session. It is a priceless gift.

How would you describe your style?

My style is capturing the family as they are. I love when I am uploading images from a session and I can see the love that the family has for each other. I love to see children’s personalities shine through in their images. For newborns, I like to not only shoot posed shots with them but love taking pictures with their parents and just capturing the love that they are so overfilled with looking at their new baby.

AmandaHill Columbia SC Newborn Baby Photographer Member Spotlight:  Amanda Hill

What is your standby pose (the one that everyone tends to want from you)?

Since I do quite a few newborns there is typically a sibling involved. Parents dream of a beautiful sibling shot and for some ages that may seem like mission impossible. A lot of my clients will tell me that they looked through my galleries and fell in love with the sibling photos and hoped they could have the same.

AmandaHill Columbia SC Newborn Photographer Member Spotlight:  Amanda Hill

What gear is in your bag?

I have a Canon 50d {not so patiently waiting for Canon to upgrade their Mark II}, 50 1.4, 30 1.4, 85 1.8 and a 100mm macro lens. I am a prime lover through and through.

Are you considering any new gear purchases this year?

The minute that Canon releases the new Mark III, I will be clicking buy! If that happens this year, then yes…if not this year, then probably not. I am happy with my lens collection right now and don’t plan on any upgrades besides the body.

AmandaHill Columbia SC Newborn Baby Photography Member Spotlight:  Amanda Hill

How do you stay motivated?

Taking everyday life photos of my children. It is these images that continue to inspire me and my love for photography.

What makes your job easy?

My amazing clients make it very easy. I have been blessed with wonderful clients who have been so awesome to work with. It also doesn’t hurt to be doing what you love!

AmandaHill Columbia SC Maternity Photographer Member Spotlight:  Amanda Hill

Do you prefer to work in the studio, on-location, or both and why?

For newborns I prefer in the studio, but for everything else I love to be on location. I love using natural light and the varying backgrounds you can get outside. I would say my business is split half and half with studio vs. on-location work.


Tell us about your image processing style and the software you use.

I edit with PS Bridge and PS CS5. I do most of my tweaking in Bridge and just a few things here and there in Photoshop. For newborns I love creamy, hazy processing and for my outdoor work I love bold, rich colors with gorgeous light!

AmandaHill Columbia SC Photographer Member Spotlight:  Amanda Hill

Tell us about your long-term goals.

My long term goal would be to have a gorgeous studio in a loft type building with tons of natural light. Right now, with small children, I love the setup that I have…but a girl can dream right?!

Best advice for new photographers breaking into the business?

Take your time! Jumping into business the second you get a camera not only hurts yourself but all of the other photographers in your area. Practice, practice, practice and then keep on practicing. Learn every nook and cranny of your camera! Photography is definitely a skill you have to master before you can charge clients.

AmandaHill Columbia SC Baby Photographer Member Spotlight:  Amanda Hill

If you could choose anyone to do a photo shoot of you and your family, who would your choose?

Mindy Harris of Pastel Photography. Her work is just amazing and I love how she just captures your family as you are. I love looking at her work and really feeling the personalities of the family in her images.

What do you do for fun when you’re not doing photography?

I love to travel and I do it every chance I get. I love spending time with my family and making memories!

Please link us to everywhere we can find you:

Website – www.amandajoyphotography.com

Blog – www.amandajoyphoto.com

FB fan page – www.facebook.com/AmandaJoyPhotography

AmandaHill Columbia SC Family Photographer Member Spotlight:  Amanda Hill

Thanks so much, Amanda, for taking time out of your business day to chat with us.  We enjoyed getting to know you better!

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Emily Krbec - August 24, 2011 - 7:42 am

Your work is beautiful Amanda!

tamsen - August 24, 2011 - 8:17 am

awesome interview- we sound a lot the same Amanda! Love your work as well- that sibling shot is SO cute!

stacey - August 24, 2011 - 8:36 am

I LOVE Amanda’s work and wish I lived close enough that she could do a session with my family!

Jen - August 24, 2011 - 8:38 am

What talent!

Kim - August 24, 2011 - 8:48 am

Amanda’s work is a pleasure to see..I wished she lived closer and could capture my family too!! Very talented!!

Debi - August 24, 2011 - 8:50 am

I may move just to have her take our pics! She is a very talented lady!

dalia - August 24, 2011 - 8:59 am

loved reading about you Amanda! your work is stunning!!

Robyn - August 24, 2011 - 9:21 am

Fabulous! Love Amanda’s work!

Jenny - August 24, 2011 - 9:40 am

Love your work Amanda! Wonderful to get to know you better!

Lora Swinson - August 24, 2011 - 9:45 am

LOVE your work Amanda!!! :) All these shots are amazing!

christybee - August 24, 2011 - 9:54 am

Beautiful work Amanda!

Jodi - August 24, 2011 - 10:27 am

Beautiful work Amanda! It was great getting to know you :)

Shenaynay - August 24, 2011 - 11:09 am

Amazing! You are so talented Amanda!

Shelby - August 24, 2011 - 11:36 am

What an awesome interview! Great work Amanda!

kristen reed - August 24, 2011 - 1:29 pm

LOVE your work. And you :)

Faith - August 24, 2011 - 2:45 pm

AMANDA JOY, WE LOVE YOU! AND WE ARE SO PROUD OF THE PROFESSIONAL WOMAN/MOTHER/WIFE THAT WE HAVE WATCHED YOU GROW INTO. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU.

stephanie greenwell - August 25, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Great interview! Wonderful work and so glad to have met you in TN last year! :) Best wishes on the new addition!

Member Spotlight: Amy Lantz

This week, I had the opportunity to interview Amy Lantz, of Dragonfly Studios, who is located in the Chicago area.  She has beautiful and colorful child and family images to share with us.

AmyLantz Child Photographer 1 Member Spotlight:  Amy Lantz

Tell us a little something about yourself?

I married my husband, Andrew, right out of college and right into the Army.  In 8 years, we have moved 7 times, had 4 kids (first a girl and then 3 boys in 4 years…I see extreme grocery bills and smelly sporting equipment in my future!), made it through my husband’s 2 crazy long deployments…and now we are finally in the civilian world in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

How long have you been a photographer?

My business has been up and running for 3 years, but in college I worked for the local paper as a photojournalist and photographed sports for the Big Ten.  I have a hard time watching a college football game from the stands now  after being on the sidelines for a few years, but I love not having to dodge volleyballs or basketball players court-side any more!

AmyLantz Child Photographer 10 Member Spotlight:  Amy Lantz

Describe your area of expertise.

Every day life and big events that happen after the wedding…maternity, birth, newborns, kids and families.

How did you come to specialize in this area?

Like a lot of photographers I know, it was having my own family that brought me back to the camera.  I realized after having Abbie that I loved photography and maybe I could adapt my experience to capture children instead of linebackers in tight pants.

AmyLantz Toddler Photographer Member Spotlight:  Amy Lantz

Please share with us your absolute favorite photograph you’ve ever taken and tell us the story behind it, why it speaks to you, etc.

My absolute favorite is this silhouette of my husband and our (at the time) 3 kids on the beach at Marco Island.  We took a trip down there during his R&R from Afghanistan, and spent 4 days reconnecting as a family.  He had been gone for 7 months at the time.  Charlie, our youngest, was 3 months old at the beginning of the deployment.  The image shows my family exactly as it was that very moment on the beach (and is blown up quite large in my house as a metallic stand-out print!).

AmyLantz Family Photographer 2 Member Spotlight:  Amy Lantz

How would you describe your style?

I love to do things that showcase personality…I also love to laugh out loud when the images upload from the memory card!  Some images are processed with a vintage style, some more grungy, but the majority of my processing is clean and bright.  My main goal when having a session is to find the personality in the kids and find a way to incorporate the bigger than life expressions and adorable quirks into a portrait that fits the family as a whole.   The session should be fun and the polar opposite of what I remember during my childhood (stuffed into uncomfortable clothes, plopped on a posing stool — resulting in the clenched-teeth smiles!).  My tagline is “fun. fresh. you.”, so I guess that sums it up pretty well.

AmyLantz Baby Photographer Member Spotlight:  Amy Lantz

What gear is in your bag?

Canon 5DM2, Canon 40D, spare batteries, 85mm 1.8 and a 24-70L 2.8

Are you considering any new gear purchases this year?

I would love to get a wide angle prime and a fisheye…I love playing with the distortion!  Also drooling over the 100mm macro.

AmyLantz Newborn Photographer Member Spotlight:  Amy Lantz

What makes your job easy?

I love what I do.  I love every part of it (well, maybe not every part… kind of hate the accounting part!).  No two jobs are the same. I set my hours based on what works best for my family, and I get to snuggle newborns, run around with toddlers, tell silly jokes and play at each session   The images from the sessions are freezing the families exactly as they are at that moment in time, and preserving the memory for years to come.  What’s not to love?

AmyLantz Childrens Photographer 4 Member Spotlight:  Amy Lantz

Do you prefer to work in the studio, on-location, or both and why?

I prefer to be on location.  A location can say so much about the personality of the client and makes each session unique.

What sets you and your work apart from other photographers in your area?

I haven’t scoped out the photographers in my area since we just moved.  I have a connection with my clients, and it shows in my session galleries.  My sessions tend to be semi-traditional with a “lifestyle edge”, especially for  family sessions, so I can capture the interactions and expressions.  I shoot more for personality than the rule of thirds.

AmyLantz Family Photographer 3 Member Spotlight:  Amy Lantz

What is your image processing style and the software you use?

I use photoshop CS3 and LR2.  I process with the mood of the image in front of me.

Please tell us about your long-term goals.

Long term, I would love to support my family with what I love to do (and hire my hubby to work for me!).  Dreaming big, I would love a huge loft space with exposed brick, gorgeous floors, and floor to ceiling south facing windows so I can photograph indoors during what I anticipate to be crazy long winters here in Chicago.  In reality, I just want to keep doing what I love, help with the family finances where I can, and enjoy my kids while they’re little.

AmyLantz Baby Photographer 12 Member Spotlight:  Amy Lantz

Best advice for new photographers breaking into the business?

Never think you know all there is to know–photography is an organic, evolving art form.  There is always something else to learn.

If you were not a photographer, then…

I would be a child psychologist.  I have my bachelor’s degree in psych (associates degrees in photography, English, sociology and french) and would be using it in a clinical setting with kids.  I always intended to work with kids.

Thanks so much for taking the time to share with our viewers.  It was a pleasure getting to know more about you! icon smile Member Spotlight:  Amy Lantz

AmyLantz Child Photographer 11 Member Spotlight:  Amy Lantz
You can find more of Amy’s work at:

Dragonfly Studios Website:  http://www.dragonflystudiosphotography.com/
Blog:  http://www.funfreshyou.com/
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/DragonflyStudios

Thanks so much, Amy, for taking time to chat with me and share your work with our viewers.  It’s been a pleasure!

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Samantha Parks - August 17, 2011 - 8:10 am

I loved learning more about you, Amy. You are an incredible photog and I loved working with you. I wish you still lived close!!!

Jolie - August 17, 2011 - 8:13 pm

Thanks for sharing yourself Amy!

dalia - August 17, 2011 - 9:32 pm

great interview Amy!! Love your images!

Morning Glory Photography - August 18, 2011 - 4:53 am

Very amazing pictures! Love to see the pictures of happy children!

stephanie greenwell - August 25, 2011 - 12:13 pm

wonderful interview, Amy! Love your wok!

5 Reasons to Limit Destination Weddings

5 Reasons to Limit Destination Weddings

002 amalfi italy hotel luna destination wedding photography 5 Reasons to Limit Destination Weddings

Destination weddings are popular these days in the photography industry. What can be more fun than doing what you love in an exotic location? Getting paid to travel, having beautiful scenery to photograph, and getting to really know your clients during multiple days of interaction are all great aspects for any photographer. And of course, there’s the prestige of posting wedding images on your blog from Italy, Greece, Paris or other romantic, exotic or simply beautiful locations.
However, as enticing as these weddings are, there are a multitude of reasons to focus your time on booking local weddings. Here are 5 reasons to limit your destination weddings.
1) Gain More Client Referrals
Your business will experience more referral business if you focus on local weddings. First off, guest lists for destination weddings are typically smaller than guest lists for local weddings, as it’s harder for guests to afford and plan a trip to a foreign country. Fewer guests equals fewer instances of personal interaction and networking with potential wedding clients at the wedding.
Secondly, it’s obvious but worth noting that the guests and the couple at destination weddings are less likely to be from your local area than at local weddings. That means that if you’re shooting a wedding in Italy and your client is from New York but you live in Los Angeles, you’re serving a crowd that’s less likely to use your services beyond that wedding than a crowd from Los Angeles with a wedding in Los Angeles.
2) Make More Vendor Connections
Connecting with wedding professionals, from planners to caterers to florists, is a great way to gain referral business. The more you shoot locally, the more local connections you’ll make, leading to more referrals from these business partners.
3)Improve Venue and City Search Engine Optimization
Another obvious but note-worthy fact is that if you shoot at a venue and blog about it, your images and blog entries will potentially be displayed in search results for that venue. This takes using the right keywords and a whole host of methods and techniques that are beyond the scope of this article. However, the point is that your weekends are limited; and if you’re shooting a wedding in Cabo, you’re not shooting a wedding at one of your local venues. An indirect result may be that you’re not maximizing your search engine presence for searches of local venues.
4) Minimize Risk
Destination weddings can pose a risk to your business in a couple of ways. First off, we don’t have to tell you how expensive your photography equipment is; and travelling through airports, customs and foreign countries isn’t always safe for your equipment. Beyond that, where are you going to store your equipment when you go sight-seeing after the wedding? What about image storage and backup without your Drobos and redundant backups?
Secondly, during the actual day, it’s harder to anticipate everything that could go wrong. You probably know how traffic is in your local city, but what about Paris? You know where the Wallgreens is for last second batteries, but where is it in Puerto Vallarta?
5) Spend Less Time Per Wedding
Of course, a destination wedding involves travel time, taking you away from your daily business tasks and your time with your family without any additional compensation. During those two days of travel to and from your exotic location, you might have been able to line up two more portrait shoots, redesign your website or take your kid to the park. Sometimes the costs outweigh the benefits.
We hope that we’ve make a couple of noteworthy points; and of course, we appreciate your feedback in the comments below.

 

Author Info:
This article was written by Christopher Lin, photographer with Lin and Jirsa, Los Angeles Wedding Photography. Chris is also the marketing manager for UNDFIND, a Designer Camera Bags Company and one of the editors of SLR Lounge a source for free Photography Tutorials.

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tamsen - August 12, 2011 - 4:35 pm

wow- great article, and all thoughts that never crossed my mind before! This certainly makes me feel better about my humble wish to never really get into destination weddings :)

p.s. thanks for the SLR Louge blog- I love it!

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