I've been asked to participate in an exciting event coming up on Saturday, March 13 in Austin, Texas. Photoshelter, the premier company helping photographers with websites, sales and marketing tools, file delivery and secure image archiving is putting together an exciting photo workshop in conjunction with the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference.
Allen Murabayashi, the CEO of Photoshelter will be presenting a program on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for photography websites. Allen and his colleague Grover Sanschagrin have studied photo websites and SEO more than anyone on the planet. (They are also two of the smartest people I know). If you haven't checked out their FREE pdf reports on SEO, social media, and photography websites, then you're just plain nuts. This will be a great presentation.
I'll deliver a talk/slideshow showing a wide-ranging body of work, and talk about transitioning through different phases of a photography career. I started in newspapers, migrated to a magazine staff job, and then went out on my own as a commercial photographer. I'll talk about each phase, the challenges of a changing marketplace, and (of course) show lots of photographs.
After a quick lunch break, there will be a panel discussion with my two of my good friends: stellar photographer, and BBQ buddy Darren Carroll (probably the best golf photographer in the world, and a helluva portrait shooter, too), and Taylor Jones (a fellow photographer who has made a name for himself as a super high-end digital tech, who works all over the country for some of the biggest names in the advertising world). Local photogs (who I don't know personally – but am looking forward to meeting) Eric Hegwer, and Jack Hollingsworth will also be on hand to complete the panel. Together we'll discuss both the art and business of photography.
At the end of the day, we'll have a live photo shoot/lighting workshop. I'll answer some lighting questions, talk about portrait concepts, research and planning. I'll show you how to pull off a quick portrait shoot with a variety of looks in one location. Taylor will be on hand to demonstrate how a great digital tech operates. It should be a lot of fun, and I'm excited that they've asked me to participate.
The event will be from 11-4, at The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside, Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 13, 2010.
Looking forward to seeing lots of folks there!