Have you registered for SYNC?

5 ways to grow your model rep program
Have you ever been to SYNC?
 
Are you registered for this year’s conference?
 
Seriously, what are you waiting for?
 
If you’ve been in the last few years you know half the magic is the fantastic environment of the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort where the convention is held.
 
I loved it so much there, I took my wife last Spring and we ended up buying a condo in Baytowne. In fact, we just got back from a post-Christmas vacation!
 
It was strange being on the resort without photographers roaming the streets of Baytowne, but the spirit of SYNC was still there and I couldn’t help sharing so many memories with my wife.
 
There’s the exact spot David Beckham showed me how he lights his seniors outside. This is where I got to see Marci & Christy work a seemingly impromptu and totally fun photo shoot.
 
There’s the pool my roommate Paul and I sat out at, met a group of photographers and talked business for an hour between classes. And this is the restaurant where I had lunch with 4 of my photography heroes and then spilled ketchup all over the front of my shirt.
 
My wife and I even walked up all those Conference Center steps leading up to the SYNC meeting space. I half expected to see photographers lounging on the furniture and checking their phones on the balcony… but of course it was empty and soooo quiet…
 
Even still I couldn’t help hearing the voice of Gary Box talking about some new gizmo he was trying out. Or being mesmerized all over again by Sue Bryce’s beautiful presentation and delightful accent.
 
Thinking about all those memories made me realize how important SYNC has become to my growth as a photographer!
 
Every year I come home with a notebook full of ideas – almost too full – but I know even if I implement just one, two or three big ideas I’m WAY ahead of the game.
 
Seriously, the money I spend on SYNC is the best investment in my business and mental attitude I make all year, every year!
 
So what are you waiting for? If you photograph seniors or want to photograph more seniors, you owe it to yourself and your business to check out this year’s SYNC!
 
You have until next Tuesday, January 15th to get registered and save $100 by using the code SAVE100 at www.SYNCrocks.com.
 
And to sweeten the pot just a tiny bit, if you register between right now and this Friday, January 11th and send me proof of your registration, I’ll buy you the drink of your choice at Rum Runners (please drink responsibly).
 
Got it? Just register between now and Friday, save $100, get a free drink and stay at one of the coolest resorts in Florida!
 
Come on – that’s what they call a NO BRAINER! GO FOR IT!!

50 Senior Photographers to Follow in 2019 – Contest

SeniorInspire 30 Senior Photographers to Watch in 2017

SeniorInspire is excited to announce our 50 TO FOLLOW image contest starting right now!

You all worked hard in 2018 and with the year coming to a close, we want to recognize 50 Senior Photographers to Follow in 2019!

This year we’ll be judging two categories: Girl Senior Photos and Guy Senior Photos! There will be 40 winning images chosen in the girls category and 10 in the guys. If someone has a winning image in both categories, they’ll be elevated to ROCKSTAR STATUS which will open up spots for two more images! More spots, more winners!

We’ll be accepting contest entries through February 4th and announcing the winners in an Instagram slow reveal all day on February 23rd and 24th (roughly one per hour)! We’ll also be featuring the winning images on our website with links back to your own website. And any photographers who win in both categories will achieve ROCKSTAR STATUS and be featured on a special page of our website.

Please carefully read through the rules below before submitting.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The contest will run thru Midnight, CST on February 4th. Winners will be featured around the clock on the SeniorInspire Instagram page on February 23rd and 24th.

Fee to Submit:

$5 – 1 image

$10 – 3 images

$15 – 5 images

You may submit as many images as you’d like. If you want to submit more than 5, do it on a second form.

THE RULES

* All image files must be submitted using the form below.

* Images should be sized at 1200px on the long edge.

* There should be no branding on your images

* Images from paying clients only. No workshop images.

* Do not submit group photos. Individuals only please.

* Include your studio name in the filename of each file submitted.

* You must certify that you have a signed release on file for each image submitted.

* You may enter as many images as you’d like.

* All images must be of individual high school seniors who are either 2018 or 2019 graduates.

* There’s no need to designate your entry as a girl or guy submission, unless it ‘s not obvious.

* All images that do not meet the submission criteria are subject to disqualification.

* No refunds will be given for disqualified images.

* All contest decisions made by SeniorInspire will be final.

* As you’d expect we are looking for your best work! We want gorgeous images with impact and beautiful light that show creativity, excellent composition and great posing. Send your very best!

If you have any questions feel free to click here to email.

Good luck!

5 Ways to Grow Your Model Rep Program

5 ways to grow your model rep program
I wanted to talk a little bit today about how to grow your rep program…
 
It’s that time of year again where a lot of us are getting next year’s program off the ground. And if you’re like me, you have a little bit of that impostor syndrome going where you’re wondering, is this the year they finally lose interest?
 
But I’m happy to report so far, so good for me! In the first week since I launched my 2020 model rep campaign I received over 50 applications, up from about 30 at the same time last year! I also already have 20+ meetings scheduled for the middle of January which has me drinking lots of water to prepare for dry mouth!
 
But I’ve still got a ways to go. I’ve averaged 40-50 reps per year for the last 7 or 8 years and I need at least 35 to have a successful season. I’m on pace to get there and super pumped heading into the new year!
 
Here’s a few things I did this year to help ensure a nice response…
 
1. Year round advertising – Right now my focus is on the 2020 kids, but sometime around March I’ll start advertising for 2021 reps. All I’m doing at that point is trying to build interest and collect email or cell numbers (I ask them which they prefer).
 
My goal with this is to have a list of about 100 kids that I can immediately start marketing to by text or email when I release my info in December! To do this I create ads that lead to a funnel asking for their info.
 
You can see the lead page I use for this at www.nfocusphotos.com/2020rep
 
2. Convert to an Instagram business account – I’d been skeptical about doing this after the way Facebook treated business pages, but I have to tell you I wish I did it a lot earlier!
 
With business accounts you get more analytics which is all well and good, but the best thing in my mind is the ability to boost individual IG posts cheaply! I spent all of 2018 trying to think of ways to get my page in front of new people with very little luck. My account hovered at plus or minus 2000 followers ALL FRICKING YEAR! Now for just a buck or two I can easily get my page in front of new people and I’ve been able to pick up a bunch of new followers in the last couple weeks doing this!
 
3. Use a squeeze page for your model application – A squeeze page is a type of lead page where viewers only have two options – Fill out the form or leave! Your application should be a squeeze page!
 
Don’t include links to your website or social media pages on your application page!! No links of any kind except maybe an email link in case they want to ask a question. Once they get to the application you want them to fill it out! If they click on a link to your website or Instagram feed who knows if they’ll ever come back.
 
If you’d like to see my 2020 application you can find it at www.nfocusphotos.com/rep20
 
4. Referral incentives – The day I released my 2020 application I sent a text to each of my 2019 reps and offered them $20 for each 2020 kid they refer who ends up becoming a rep. I also give $100 to the 2019 rep who gets the most referrals. Most of them ignore me because… kids… but there’s always a few who go gangbusters talking the program up and posting links on Instagram. And we all know it only takes a few.
 
I also get current applicants to start thinking about referrals early. There’s a spot on my application for the name of any referrer so I tell all of my applicants to get their friends to sign up and list them as the referrer so they can start earning discounts. I tell them their parents will love them! Again, they don’t all take advantage of this but a few do and that really helps!
 
5. Legacy Reps – This year I found a few 2020 kids who had older sisters that were reps for me and invited them into the studio to take a few photos to create promotional images (like the one in this post). It was easy to do because their parents already knew and trusted me. They had a blast and of course shared photos on their IG pages which really helped get the word out! And having 2020 kids in the ads looking for other 2020 kids has been a real boost!

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Now if you’ve never run a Rep program and you’re looking to start one up, these things aren’t going to help you get 50 reps this year. But don’t be discouraged! Start planning for next season now! Go out and do whatever you can to get 4 or 5 kids this year and create great images and even more importantly, a great experience! Then start working towards next season and you’ll be amazed how fast you can get your program to grow!

Artist on Fire – David Beckham

Something new at SeniorInspire – The Artist on Fire Award!

The Artist on Fire will be awarded from time to time to a senior photographer who has been generating incredible work and posting great content on Instagram. Our first award winner is David Beckham of David Beckham Photography in Pickerington, Ohio.

Not only has David been producing some incredible work, but he’s also been giving back so much to photographers. If you’re not a member of his AskDavid Facebook Group, you really should be. He has been sharing some tremendous content including an in depth panel discussion with his Model Team that is not to be missed!

Here’s some of David’s recent work!

50 Senior Photographers to Follow in 2018 – Contest

SeniorInspire 30 Senior Photographers to Watch in 2017

SeniorInspire is excited to announce our 50 TO FOLLOW image contest starting right now!

You’ve all worked hard in 2017 and with the year coming to a close, we want to recognize 50 Senior Photographers to Follow in 2018!

This year we’ll be judging two categories: Girl Senior Photos and Guy Senior Photos! There will be 40 winning images chosen in the girls category and 10 in the guys. If someone has a winning image in both categories, they’ll be elevated to ROCKSTAR STATUS which will open up spots for two more images! More spots, more winners!

We’ll be accepting contest entries through January 14th and announcing the winners in an Instagram slow reveal all day on January 27th and 28th (roughly one per hour)! We’ll also be featuring the winning images on our website with links back to your own website. And any photographers who win in both categories will achieve ROCKSTAR STATUS and be featured on a special page of our website.

Please carefully read through the rules below before submitting.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The contest will run thru Midnight, CST on January 14th. Winners will be featured around the clock on the SeniorInspire Instagram page on January 27th and 28th.

Fee to Submit:

$5 – 1 image

$10 – 3 images

$15 – 5 images

You may submit as many images as you’d like. If you want to submit more than 5, do it on a second form.

THE RULES

* All image files must be submitted using the form below.

* Images should be sized at 1200px on the long edge.

* There should be no branding on your images

* Images from paying clients only. No workshop images.

* Do not submit group photos. Individuals only please.

* Include your studio name in the filename of each file submitted.

* You must certify that you have a signed release on file for each image submitted.

* You may enter as many images as you’d like.

* All images must be of individual high school seniors who are either 2017 or 2018 graduates.

* There’s no need to designate your entry as a girl or guy submission, unless it ‘s not obvious.

* All images that do not meet the submission criteria are subject to disqualification.

* No refunds will be given for disqualified images.

* All contest decisions made by SeniorInspire will be final.

* As you’d expect we are looking for your best work! We want gorgeous images with impact and beautiful light that show creativity, excellent composition and great posing. Send your very best!

If you have any questions feel free to click here to email.

Good luck!

30 Senior Photographers to Watch in 2017

Today we’re featuring the winners of our 30 Senior Photographers to Watch in 2017 contest! We had almost a thousand images entered and choosing just 30 photographers was incredibly difficult! There were at least another 15-20 photographers who could have easily made the list! So if you didn’t make it, don’t feel bad. Everyone’s work was incredible!

Be sure to flip through this e-zine filled with images of their work!

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30 Senior Photographers to Watch in 2017

Adrienne Pfaffenberger
Adrienne Nicole Photography
Avon, Indiana
www.adriennenicolephotography.com

Amy Clement
Amy Clement Photography
Maumee, Ohio
www.amyclement.com

Angie Blackburn
Angie Blackburn Photography
Anabella, Utah
www.angieblackburnphotography.com

Ashley Livingston
Cullman, Alabama
Wildflower Studios
www.thewildflowerway.com

Carissa Davis
Imagery By Carissa
Wichita Falls, Texas
www.imagerybycarissa.com

Carla Bucala
Carla Bucala Photography
Flat Rock, Michigan
www.carlabucalaphotography.com

David Beckham
David Beckham Photography
Pickerington, Ohio
www.davidbeckhamphotography.com

Elle Bacon
Beck Photo
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
www.beckphotographers.com

Glenn Riegel
Glenn Riegel Photography
Bethel, Pennsylvania
www.griegelphoto.com

Ivy Towler
Towler Photography
Coralville, Iowa
www.towlerphotography.com

Jessica Motley
Jessica Motley
Centerville, Ohio
www.jessicamotleyphotography.com

Jess Roberts
Barefoot Photography
Opelousas, Louisiana
www.barefootphotography.biz

Kelli Taylor
Purple Tree Photography
Northvile, Michigan
www.purpletreephotography.com

Kenda Davies
Kenda Davies Photography
Lubbock, Texas
www.kendadaviesphotography.com

Kristi Pennington
Kristi Pennington Photography
Frisco, Texas
www.kristipennington.com

 

Linda Hamilton
Photonuvo
Ellensburg, Washington
www.photonuvo.com

Michelle Ivy
Michelle Ivy Photography
Driftwood, Texas
www.michelleivyphotography.com

Monica Dooley
Mon-el Fine Art & Images
Boaz, Alabama
www.mon-el.com

Nicki Hufford
Nicki Hufford Photography
Warren, Ohio
www.nickihuffordphotography.com

Niki Hunt
Niki Hunt Photography
Oregon, Illinois
www.nikihunt.com

Paige Day
Paige Day Photography
Morgan Hill, California
www.paigedayphotography.com

Regina Hairston
Regina Lynn Photography
Columbus, Ohio
www.reginalynnphotography.com

Ross Bothwell
Roka Studios
Denver, Colorado
www.rokastudios.com

Russell Walker
Russell Walker Photography
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
www.russellwalkerphotography.com

Sasha Arnett
Pretty Faces by Sasha
Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
www.prettyfacesbysasha.com

Sawyer Trombley
Sawyer Trombley Photography
Whitehouse, Texas
www.sawyertrombley.com

Selessa Holmberg
SELESSASTUDIO
Woverine Lake, Michigan
www.selessastudio.com

Shelley Jensen
Shelley Jensen Photography
Topeka, Kansas
www.shelleyjensen.com

Susan Gietka
Susan Grace Photography
Hammonton, New Jersey
www.susangracephotography.com

Whitney Keith
Mockingbird Designs
Seymour, Missouri
www.mockingbird2designs.com

 

Featured Photographer – David Quisenberry

Today we’re featuring the gorgeous work of McKinney, Texas photographer, David Quisenberry! You can find more of David’s senior work at davidquisenberryseniors.com and follow him on Instagram at @dquisenberry.

SeniorInspire David Quisenberry Featured Photographer

Here’s what David had to say about this session…

“Elizabeth, who goes by Liz, is a 2016 senior in a small farming community outside of Dallas, TX. She is a student athlete, playing soccer on both club and her high school teams. She hopes to attend college on a soccer scholarship next year.

Liz is one of those “girl next door types” who has no idea how beautiful she is. Her mom told me she has been approached by model agencies twice and in both instances had no interest because she couldn’t fit something like that in with her soccer.

SeniorInspire David Quisenberry Featured Photographer

“Like most student athletes, Liz wardrobe consists entirely of t-shirts, shorts and hair in a ponytail. Make-up consists of a swipe of lip gloss in the morning.

Most seniors use my stylist, but Liz chose to do her own. I have to admit I was a little concerned since she rarely gets glammed up, but I was very pleased when she showed up looking like she had spent the last hour with a professional stylist.

SeniorInspire David Quisenberry Featured Photographer

“Liz and her mom chose my combination senior session which provides an hour indoors and a second hour on location. I have both studio and natural lighting indoors so I work to get 3 distinctive looks for each combination session.

My camera gear consists of Canon 5d MK3, 70-200, 135 and on occasion a 35-70. Probably 99% of my photography is done with the 70-200. In studio, I use Photogenic lighting and various Larson and Cheetah modifiers.

Liz’s session was scheduled the day after a parachute I had purchased had arrived, so we decided to use it. The parachute is actually green, but I changed it to red to match her shirt in post-production. I submitted this image in PPA competition and it did very well this year.

SeniorInspire David Quisenberry Featured Photographer

“As you can see, Liz is very good at posing and needed very little direction once she understood basic posing techniques I shared with her.

The best part of Liz’s session was when her dad came to her sales session and saw a beautiful teen he didn’t recognize. No t-shirts, no shorts, no hair in a ponytail. He might have reached for the Kleenix box, but what happens in my sales room stays in my sales room.

SeniorInspire David Quisenberry Featured Photographer

If you have a session you’d like to have featured on the SeniorInspire blog, follow this link for more info and a submission form…

Featured Photographer – Ashley Wittmer

Today we’re featuring a strong guy session from Indiana photographer, Ashley Wittmer. Most senior guys appreciate fast and efficient and Ashley was able to get this session done in just 20 minutes, while still capturing great images any parent would love!

Be sure to check out Ashley Wittmer Photography on the web and follow her Instagram page @ashleywittmerphotography.

SeniorInspire Ashley Wittmer Featured Photographer

Here’s what Ashley had to say about this session…

“It’s no surprise that Jeremiah is considering a career as a worship pastor. He’s the son of a lead pastor at a prominent church here in Indianapolis. Jeremiah’s an incredibly talented pianist and vocalist and has always loved music. He also loves theater. Brimming with personality and presence, I couldn’t wait to for Jeremiah’s senior portrait session.

SeniorInspire Ashley Wittmer Featured Photographer

“We captured these images at a beautiful historic park in Indianapolis, nestled in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood. The leaves were peek in color and golden hour couldn’t have been more spectacular.

SeniorInspire Ashley Wittmer Featured Photographer

“I shot this session with a Nikon D750. My favorite portrait lens is the 85mm 1.8, but I also used a 24-70mm 2.8 for some variety. We shot the entire session in natural light, in under 20 minutes!

SeniorInspire Ashley Wittmer Featured Photographer

If you have a session you’d like to have featured on the SeniorInspire blog, follow this link for more info and a submission form…

30 Senior Photographers to Watch in 2017 – Contest

SeniorInspire 30 Senior Photographers to Watch in 2017

You’ve all done great work in 2016 and now, with the year coming to a close, we want to recognize the 30 senior photographers to watch in 2017!

SeniorInspire is excited to announce our first annual contest for Senior Photographers to Watch in the Coming Year!

We’ll be accepting contest entries through January 15th and announcing the winners in an Instagram slow reveal all day on January 22nd! We’ll also be featuring the winning images on our Facebook page as well as our website with links back to your own website.

Please carefully read through the rules below before submitting.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The contest will run thru Midnight, CST on January 15th. Winners will be featured all day on the SeniorInspire page on January 22nd.
Fee to Submit:
$5 – 1 image
$10 – 3 images
$15 – 5 images
You may submit as many images as you’d like. If you want to submit more than 5, do it on a second form.

THE RULES
* All image files must be submitted using the form below.
* Images should be sized at 1200px on the long edge.
* There should be no branding on your images
* Images from paying clients only. No workshop images.
* Include your studio name in the filename of each file submitted.
* You must certify that you have a signed release on file for each image submitted.
* You may enter as many images as you’d like.
* All images must be of high school seniors who are either 2016 or 2017 graduates.
* All images that do not meet the submission criteria will be disqualified.
* No refunds will be given for disqualified images.
* All contest decisions made by SeniorInspire will be final.
* As you’d expect we are looking for your best work! We want gorgeous images with impact and beautiful light that show creativity, excellent composition and great posing. Send your very best!

If you have any questions feel free to click here to email.

Good luck!

The deadline has passed. Thank you to everyone who entered! The winners will be announced in an Instagram slow reveal all day on Sunday, January 22nd. Good luck!

Featured Photographer – Aubry Ramsey

Today we’re featuring a senior session from Texas photographer, Aubry Ramsey! Her work has been featured several times on the Senior Inspire Instagram page as Pass the Sugar Photography, but she recently changed her studio name to Aubry Ramsey Photography. Check out her work – it’s pretty incredible!

Here’s what Aubry had to say about this session…

“Let’s go ahead and get it out of the way……….WOWZERS, what a handsome young man, right?  And those outfits are ON POINT!!!  Everything from the amazing hair to the outfits and the perfect locations were a huge team effort from myself, Cooper and his amazing Mom. Every Senior session is unique because every Senior is unique and my job is to tell the story of what make them so “them”!

“This all takes an immense amount of communication and getting to know your Senior. As I always do, the first 10 minutes I just hang out and talk to my Senior to reconnect.  The key is for them to be completely relaxed and comfortable, with this big clunky thing we call a camera, in their face for two hours.   I usually give them a quick run down of how the day will go and what I expect from them. I wanted to capture Cooper’s edgy, rocker side so Graffiti park was a perfect fit.  He literally “rocked” this look.  wink wink…  After showing Cooper a few of the pictures, he was like “WOW, that looks great” and instant trust was gained and he became totally relaxed.  Again, there is that whole communication thing…… 😉

“Next we took it to an old park with a ball field.  I chose this location for many reasons.  First, because it was simple and I wanted Cooper to really POP with this outfit since it had great color.  Also because baseball was a huge part of his high school career.  He didn’t want to do any baseball themed pictures but by having the chain link fence and bleachers in his pictures, it represented that part of his life.  He will be going to Texas A&M and pursuing a career in medicine so the very tailored, almost professional looking, outfit matched with the rugged ball field was a must combination for me!  Cooper’s images turned out perfectly and they truly tell the story of this monumental time in his life, with a hint of what the future holds for him.

“I chose this session for two reasons.  First, guy sessions are a blast and so easy going.  Secondly, because I feel like guys kind of get put on the back burner when it comes to Senior sessions.  I find it so refreshing to see Senior sessions of guys that show personality and thought.  In a lot of ways guys are easier, but in many ways they are more difficult and, as a photographer, you have to dig deep to get creative.   I LOVE that challenge.”

Thank you Aubry, for giving us a behind the scenes look at this fabulous session! Your work is killer!! Be sure to check out more of Aubry’s work and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

If you’d like to be a future Featured Artist on the SeniorInspire blog, follow this link for more info and to submit you best six images and a session writeup.

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