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LESLIE KERRIGAN | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW

We are so excited to have a Business Critique by the Celebrity Photographer Leslie Kerrigan of Seniorologie!

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Leslie Kerrigan is a photographer and writer. She is the owner and creator of Seniorologie, an inspirational blog dedicated to the study of senior portrait photography. In addition to running the daily blog, Seniorologie, Leslie has been a contributing writer for blogs such as The Savvy Photographer and The Lens Loves. She is also the fashion editor at Chic Critique Forum. Her photography business, Leslie Kerrigan Photography, is located in Greenville, South Carolina and specializes in senior portraits and family portraits.

Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?

I think as photographers we are all growing in our craft! Hearing honest critiques and ways to improve are something every single one of us can benefit from no matter how long you’ve been in the business. There is always room for learning and improving! I also think hearing positive feedback helps you gain confidence and with confidence you produce better work.

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What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

Nikon D300 Favorite Lens 50mm 1.4

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What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?

I was told to shoot at a wider angle. I tend to take lots of photos vertical and close up. So by someone showing me that I can have more variety in my photo shoots by shooting wider angles and more horizontal photos, I was able to give my clients more photos to choose from.

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What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

fun, energetic and colorful

 Everywhere! I love magazines, catalogs, pinterest and other blogs! I am also inspired by collaboration! Working with other people in the industry, whether it be another photographer or a stylist or a set designer. Coming together and brainstorming and all working together is inspiring to me.
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
Before my boys were both in school, I had a hard time balancing my work and being a mom. Now they are both in elementary school from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. I take them to school, go to the gym, then spend the rest of the time they are at school, working. Once they get home, I shut off my work and concentrate on them…homework, making dinner and just being with my family. If there are other things to be done with work, I try to wait until the kids are in bed and I will do a little more work. But I love to sleep so I try not to stay up too late! :)
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Best biz/photo advice?
Figure out what is right for you and use that to your advantage! Every one of us has a different set of skills that is unique. Use those and build your own business based on you. If you only love photographing one genre, then you can have a business that is exclusively that. If you are good at styling in addition to photography, then base your business on that. Be unique and Be you!
What have you learned the hard way?
Gosh, lots of stuff! Ha! I mean it is all trial and error. I have learned to say no to things that just didn’t feel right. In the past, I have said yes to something where I didn’t feel comfortable or I didn’t feel valued and I said yes just to get a job or a client. But in the end, those are never worth the money. So I have learned to accept jobs that I feel passionately about and not ones where I just wanted to get paid.
How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
This goes back to my best business/photo advice. I think being you and building your business on your specific set of skills is the way to stand out. There are a lot of photographers in my area but I choose not to compete with them because it is not good for any of us. I would rather concentrate on what makes me unique and hope that I get clients based on that. I also think that being friends with other photographers is a great way to break through that competitive nature. I have tons of friends in my area that are photographers. And rather than compete with each other, we share, refer and help each other. I want to see them succeed as much as myself and that to me makes me stand out and be unique.
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Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?
Word of mouth is huge for my business! I have also gotten a lot of clients from other people in the industry such as planners, etc. Seniorologie has also brought seniors from different cities and states to me and I love connecting with them!
What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?
I love workshops! Love them! I literally would go to one every month if I could afford it! I think this plays into the collaboration that I mentioned earlier. I think birds of a feather flock together and being around other photographers just inspires me! I love walking away from a workshop with a whole new set of friends, email pals, etc. Out of all the workshops I have attended, I don’t know that I could pick just one! The very first workshop I attended was with Nichole Van and I would say it is the one that really helped me with the technical aspect of photography. I also attended Folio Love which was awesome for portfolio building. Then there is WPPI, which is just a wonderful place to network, learn and it really helps me recharge for my business each year!
What is your most popular product?
My clients love the mini accordion albums by millers.
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Nothing is Impossible // Sparkle Sunday

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Blog Love Week 18

Chic Critique Forum Blog Love

Do you post on your blog only to hear crickets? Do you sometimes feel like you are talking to yourself (and maybe your Mom) on your blog? Do you need some LOVE?

Chic Critique is here for you, girl. In 2013, we are doing a weekly feature on our blog every Saturday called “BLOG LOVE” where you can showcase your  blog posts on Chic Critique for lots of love.

SWEET BENEFITS:

  • Use this as motivation to blog at least once a week
  • Boost your SEO: your thumbnail will link back to your own blog for lots of publicity and SEO lovin’!
  • Get blog comments from our fans
  • Show off your work
  • Get published! One of your images might be featured in an upcoming issue of Chic Magazine

It’s so easy! HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

You must be a member of Chic Critique forum to participate 

  1. Post some pics on your own blog with a link back to Chic Critique
  2. Every weekend, submit your permalink (not your main blog address) from your own blog post to the frog icon (see sample below) to our weekly Saturday “Blog Love” blog post
  3. Your image will then show up as a thumbnail on OUR blog and allow our readers to click on your image to check out YOUR blog.

Need a reminder? We’ll help remind you in our weekly newsletter and on Facebook so be sure to become a fan and subscribe to our newsletter.

ENTER YOUR BLOG POST IMAGES FOR THIS WEEK BY CLICKING ON THE FROG BELOW:
Don’t forget to leave a comment on the other entries because that is half the fun! Also, submit your photo early since those seem to be the ones who receive the most comments.


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Freebie Friday: May What to Wear Guides

It’s Freebie Friday for all Chic members! You know you want stylin’ clients and the best way to get well-dressed clients is to educate them on what to wear. All Chic members get FREE What-to-Wear guides from I Adore Your Style {value of $48/yr} to teach your clients how to be more stylish. You can showcase them on your blog (who doesn’t need more blog content?), send them in a newsletter, or email them to individual clients whose sessions are coming up.

MAY STYLE GUIDE FOR BLOG
Each style file comes complete with UP-TO-DATE corresponding links of what’s retailing right now for every outfit!  That means your clients can go buy those clothes online today!
Monthly style files include one family ensemble plus an additional file for either couples, seniors, children, or babies.
What-to-Wear Guides are only available during the current month so be sure to download your May WTW Guides by May 31st!

Download yours HERE in the forum.

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JILL VZ PHOTOGRAPHY | EYE CANDY

Today’s Eye Candy is from Jill of Jill VZ Photography! Her images are always so gorgeous filled with vibrant color, amazing sun flares and beautiful high school seniors! Did I mention her sport pictures are to die for!

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CELEBRITY SECRETS LIVE & CELEBRITY MODERATORS

Ever wished that you could just hang out with some of your favorite Celebrities Photogs?  Tired of stalking their blogs because you just want to chill with them. Well now you can! Each month we’ll have different Celebrity Photographers floating around the forum answering your questions, giving critiques, talking about business and posting inspirational images. This month’s Celebrity Moderators are Lindsey Silsby of Pied Piper, and , Angela Richardson of AMR.

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COMING THIS MAY, FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY…

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For the last 15 years, Lena Hyde has been transforming the way her clients view photography through her stunning philosophy of life as art, and by creating memories of childhood that will be treasured for a lifetime. Lena operates a stunning boutique studio which features her images and tantalizing options for portrait display with a firm grasp of what current trends are. She and her team provides the highest level of service for her discerning clientele in her beautiful, 4000 square foot modern studio headquartered in West Palm Beach, at Muses & Visionaries, an innovative co-working space for women she cofounded in 2010.

Frequently published and internationally exhibited, Lena speaks as a respected expert in the field of contemporary childhood photography. She is most known for her expertise in business development and marketing.

Lena is the creator of both Design Aglow, the leading design and business success resource for portrait and wedding photography studios since 2006, and of Project Life 365, an inspiring online community of artists. Lena has recently authored two photography books, to be released to a global audience of professional photographers by Random House in 2013. She is working on her third photography book at present.

In her free time, Lena enjoys traveling with her husband and two young boys.

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Learn from the best…in your pajamas!

In this 90 minute live web event, you will learn about:

  • Lena’s simple, yet effective system for keeping her studio at the top of the Palm Beach market for the last 10 yrs.
  • Best practices for studio forms and emails with samples shown and discussed.
  • How to set boundaries and prevent client problems with a smart workflow system.
  • A complete guide from first client contact to final product delivery.

WHEN: Monday, May 13th 2013 @ 8 pm Central (6 Pacific, 7 Mountain, 9 Eastern)

Can’t make the LIVE event? No worries. A video recording will be sent to all those who paid 48 hrs afterward

INTRO PRICE: $49 for Chic Members, $69 for non-members

You wont want to miss this even, Sign Up HERE!

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