Monday, August 15, 2011

Panel Discussion at T.A.P.P.A.

At last month's meeting of T.A.P.P.A., we dispensed with the usual format of having a speaker and instead conducted a panel discussion.  A panel discussion is when several people take the stage and answer questions from the audience.

Imagine my surprise when I was asked to be on the panel.

First of all, I haven't been a member of TAPPA for that long, less than a year I think.  Several members of the panel were past presidents and one member pretty much founded the whole guild.  The second reason I was surprised to be asked is that I have never asked to be a part of anything like that in the past.  They asked me to participate and field any questions about social media that came along but I ended up talking about everything under the sun because I'm the type of person who wants to say something about everything!

There were a lot of different questions from the new photographers in attendance.  The biggest one was probably the, "Do you sell digital files" question.  Always a hot topic, it was interesting to hear how the rest of the panel handled this subject with their clients (all sell digital files).

I used the opportunity to ask a question myself and got a surprising answer.  My question was, "What do you consider to be the minimum number of lights necessary for a studio portrait session?"  The answers ranged from 1-5.  Further proof that there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to photography.

As it happenned, one of the other photographers on the panel wore the exact same shirt as me that night.  We had to sit at opposite ends of the panel.  We looked like bookends.

On another note, I managed to place a two prints in the print competition.  1st place in Events and 2nd place in Portraits.  I wrote about that here.

I really enjoy talking to fellow photographers.  It's a little one-sided sometimes as I am a very outgoing personality and many photographers are more introverted.  Also, everyone has an opinion and we don't always agree (as it is with all art forms) but I always look to learn something from everyone.  I've found that if you approach each person as a learning opportunity you will almost always discover something, even a small thing, that you can use to improve your work.  Sometimes it's just the satisfaction of discovering that someone else does things the same way that you do.

Booray Perry is a Tampa Bay Portrait Photographer.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Living with the hams...

Last night I was training a new intern on how to set-up the Vogue Booth ( ).  Naturally, it works better if you have someone to photograph so I grabbed my girls (like I always do) and made them stand for us. 

They proceeded to put on hats and glasses, etc, and have a good time when Mackie suddenly ran to her room.

When she returned, she grabbed two props from the table and jumped in front of the camera for a quick shot:

I crack up everytime I see this picture.  I understand going and getting the doll from her room but actually going to the trouble of getting a moustache for the doll?  Pure comic genius!

Sam (who's older) is an old master at posing for the booth and has no problem hamming-it-up for the camera:

I love my girls!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Feedback Needed Please!

I'm an idea man.  I got ideas coming at me all day... I couldn't even fight 'em off if I wanted.  (that's a quote from one of my favorite movies of all time...)

I was thinking the other day that I would like to do an event where I could meet people and possibly have some beer and pizza at the same time.  Who doesn't like beer, pizza and meeting people?

So, I'm going to run this idea by my ever faithful Facebook fans and see what they think because if there's one thing I've learned it's that my fans will speak up when asked.

What if I hosted a "Facebook Foto Night?"

I put the word out on Facebook that I will be taking great, professional headshots for your profile picture at a local watering hole (lights, backdrop, the whole deal).  No charge.  Just show up, get your picture taken and maybe have a beer and socialize a bit.  A few days later I post the images on Facebook and everyone can grab them for their profile picture. 

Do you think that my fans would show up for a free picture?  Would they bring a friend?  Are people willing to get off the couch for a great headshot and some beer?

That's my question to the faithful.  If I get enough people saying, "Yea, I'd show up!"  Then I'll set the whole thing up.  If everyone thinks it's a stupid idea then I'll pretend it was someone else's.  I have ideas like this all the time but never know if they're any good.

What do you think?  Feel free to post a comment on Facebook or here on the blog....


Headshots by Booray Perry Photography

Monday, August 8, 2011

Siesta Key Wedding Beach Photography

Last week we did something very rare here at Booray Perry Photography:  We went on vacation.  Our business is the sort that doesn't allow for much vacation time.  People get married all the time and so we usually only manage a day or two off every now and then.

Last week we took a whole week off and went to the beach with the girls.  It wasn't a complete vacation because I did manage to sneak one small wedding in on Thursday in Siesta Key.

Siesta Key is known for some of the best beaches in the world.  I didn't get a chance to see too many of them as I was only there for a couple of hours but what I did see was great.  Where we were there was a sea wall which I fell in love with.  We were also blessed with the best sunset of the entire week!

Angie and Lee came down for a few days to get married and have a small honeymoon before the school year begins (Angie is a teacher).  The wedding was short and simple with just the two of them, the officiante and me.  After, I had them for over an hour, all to myself and we got fantastic beach wedding pictures.

Siesta Key is beautiful and I would love to go back soon to work or play!

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