Your Marketing Goldmine is Just a SMUG Away

To continue SmugMug’s dedication to make you all photo stars, we’ve got an incredible opportunity you won’t want to miss.

We all know that Sandy Puc’ is an amazing woman. She’s a talented photographer, a driven businesswoman, a passionate heart, a generous soul, and patient instructor to boot. You’ve seen us post about her whirlwind tours, traveling around the country showing photographers just like you how to shoot babies, brides, bombshells and more. And how to market the heck out of your business and rock the industry.

Don’t chase the bus. This spring, Sandy is coming to you.

Tune In… and Win

In partnership with our SmugMug User Groups, Sandy is holding three 1-hour webinars about how to turn your passion for photography into a rewarding business. If you’re already part of a SMUG, talk to your leader to find out if you can tune in as a group to watch each class.

To make things even more exciting:

  • The busiest SMUG wins. We’ll keep track of the SMUG that grows the most over the next three months. The winning city will get a visit from Sandy herself and an exclusive night dedicated to growing your business to success.
  • The most passionate Pro wins. The SMUG member that brings the most guests to their local meetings will win a trip to Sandy’s studio in Denver, CO, for an all expenses paid, completely one-on-one marketing makeover from the lady herself. An opportunity that could change your life (and your business) forever.

Stay in touch for details

So keep your eyes peeled for an email from SmugMug with more info about this opportunity and what to expect. If you have’t yet joined a SMUG, see what you’ve been missing on their blog. You’ll find a bonus podcast from Sandy there, too, in the menu bar on the right!

Photography. Friends. Fun. What’s not to SMUG?

Find your SMUG right now.

Bombshells, Baby! Learn Sexy Pin-up Portraiture with Sandy Puc and Mike Long

There’s more to those classic, flirty poses than lipstick and heels. If you’re looking to add a retro edge to your style, check out the latest tour from photo business diva, Sandy Puc:

You know Sandy through her Power of Passion Tour with Jerry Ghionis and her most recent Creative Kids Tour. Through these teachings she pairs up with the industry’s most talented and inspiring photographers to help you become a better shooter, marketer and businessperson.

This time she’s teamed up with Portland pinup photographer Mike Long to teach you how to achieve that sassy, sexy look in your own studio. Join them on their upcoming US tour and learn everything from makeup to post-processing to how to market your business for this classic style.

The Lucky 13

Swab the decks! The 2011 Pin Up Alooza tour is scheduled to sail through these fine cities:

  • Sept 17 – Denver, CO
  • Sept 19 – Phoenix, AZ
  • Sept 20 – San Diego, CA
  • Sept 21 – Los Angeles, CA
  • Sept 23 – San Francisco, CA
  • Sept 24 – Sacramento, CA
  • Sept 26 – Seattle, WA
  • Sept 28 – Minneapolis, MN
  • Sept 29 -Chicago, IL
  • Sept 30 -Philadelphia, PA
  • Oct 2 -Atlanta, GA
  • Oct 4 – Houston, TX
  • Oct 5 – Dallas, TX

Click here to buy tickets and use the code SMPP11 to get $20 off.

See you at the show!

Calling Cute Kids! Be a Star on Sandy Puc’s Creative Edge Kids Tour

Newborns, toddlers wee and small,

Who’s the cutest of them all?

Every child is precious. With the right photo know-how, you can capture your child’s most adorable years with the artistic flair they deserve.

Don’t be boring. Learn how to step it up!

Boutique Babies and Couture Kids

Photo and business diva Sandy Puc’ is gearing up for her next whirlwind tour teaching parents and pros like you how to take a fresh, modern approach to childrens’ portraits.

As always, Sandy teaches a winning combination of technical photography advice, workflow instruction and marketing tips to empower you and your business. One evening with her and you could be changed forever.

Contest for Cute Models!

To kick off her Creative Edge Kids Tour, she’s throwing a fun contest for parents of kids aged 18 months to 4 years. Simply upload one photo of your little one with your best professional flair. Fans will vote to pick the cutest model. If you win, your child will be on stage for the night in your city. They get to be a star and you both go home with incredible memories, beautiful portraits and so much more.

You can enter any time now through August 26th. See the official contest rules for details, or browse the current entries in the tour galleries.

Tour Itinerary

Sandy will be giving live demos and inspiring parents and pros alike from June through September.

You can get more info about each stop and buy tickets here.

  • 6/29 Denver, CO
  • 7/7 Phoenix, AZ
  • 7/8 San Diego, CA
  • 7/11 Long Beach, CA
  • 7/12 San Francisco, CA
  • 7/13 Sacramento, CA
  • 7/15 Portland, OR
  • 7/16 Seattle, WA
  • 7/18 Salt Lake City, UT
  • 7/22 Oklahoma City, OK
  • 7/23 Dallas, TX
  • 7/25 Houston, TX
  • 7/26 Baton Rouge, LA
  • 7/28 Memphis, TN
  • 7/30 Atlanta, GA
  • 8/1 Tampa, FL
  • 8/2 Ft Lauderdale, FL
  • 8/4 Orlando, FL
  • 8/5 Jacksonville, FL
  • 8/6 Columbia, SC
  • 8/8 Raleigh, NC
  • 8/9 Richmond, VA
  • 8/11 Baltimore, MD
  • 8/12 Philadelphia, PA
  • 8/15 Newark, NJ
  • 8/16 Boston, MA
  • 8/17 Hartford, CT
  • 8/19 Columbus OH
  • 8/20 Louisville, KY
  • 8/22 Indianapolis, IN
  • 8/23 Detroit, MI
  • 8/25 Grand Rapids, MI
  • 8/26 Chicago, IL
  • 8/28 Minneapolis, MN
  • 8/29 Des Moines, IA
  • 8/30 St. Louis, MO
  • 9/1 Kansas City, KS
  • 9/2 Omaha, NE

They’re only young once, so be sure that you’re taking the best photos of those kids when you can. Don’t miss out!

Love Your Work Again on the Power of Passion Tour

One of our own Smuggers, Dustin Bess, is on the road with Sandy Puc and Gerry Ghionis on their Power of Passion Tour. Here’s what he’s got to say about this incredible experience.

As photographers we are constantly called on to draw on our creative process to create compelling images. Being in this position where so much creativity is needed, one can often experience burnout and fatigue and start to wonder,

“Do I really love what I am doing anymore?”

As part of my work for SmugMug I have been traveling the country with Sandy Puc and Jerry Ghionis as they take their Power of Passion Tour across America.  I joined up with them on March 13 in Phoenix, AZ, and caught my first glimpse of the show.

I was completely blown away by the power of this event.

The Business of Photography

I have been following Sandy since January of 2010 when I started shooting with the charity Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, which she cofounded. After meeting Sandy at WPPI last year and getting a chance to know her, I was even more impressed with all of her accomplishments and immense knowledge.  Sandy isn’t just a photographer, she is a true business woman and it shows in even the shortest of conversations with her. In Phoenix, as I listened to her talk about business and marketing, the things she was saying made so much sense, yet one is left with the thought “why didn’t I think of that?”.

Photographers often neglect the business side of their photography business.  I personally know amazing photographers who still struggle with bookings, not because they lack skills in the camera, but because they lack skills of getting people through their doors in the first place.

Sandy knows how to get people into her studio and this is what she is teaching at the event (among many other things).

Passion and Emotion in Photography

I had heard Jerry’s name before joining him on the tour, but must admit that I didn’t know much about him or his work.  I really didn’t know what I was missing.  As I sat through that first show and watched his images come up, I was in complete awe.  I watched him pull random strangers from the audience and evoke emotion out of them that I have never seen from even my closest clients. I knew I was sitting in the presence of a true master of the craft.  Jerry has this ability to connect with people through simple words and it is truly remarkable to watch. One minute you will be crying, and the next you are experiencing side-splitting laughter. Jerry is also a master at posing shots to create not just photographs, but true works of art.

What Photographers Had to Say

I asked my friend David Terry for his thoughts after seeing the Tour in SLC and this is what he had to say:

Two years ago I had the opportunity of attending one of Sandy Puc’s seminars in Salt Lake City.  It was so good and so worth the price I paid, that I felt bad last year when I was unable to attend due to prior commitments.  So this year, I signed up for the event as soon as it was announced.  At the time I did not know who Jerry Ghionis was, and so that did not affect my plans.  But I attended his class at WPPI a month ago and came away saying to myself that I would ‘pay anything to see him again’. And wow, what a ‘one-two punch’.  The two of them last night were awesome.  Sandy served up business and marketing tips while Jerry both taught and inspired us.  His techniques for getting the image AND the emotion are truly inspirational. I would gladly pay to see him again.

Another friend of mine, Jeremy Hall, wasn’t sure if it would be worth his time to attend because he doesn’t focus on weddings. With a little encouragement he decided to come and this is what he said to me afterwards:

After some friendly prompting from fellow photographers, I decided to attend the Sandy Puc & Jerry Ghionis workshop in Salt Lake City. Though my focus is not wedding photography, I was looking for some great inspiration I could apply to all my photography. Sandy and Jerry were excellent. I enjoyed their presentation style, the simple techniques and ideas they presented, but most of all getting the inspiration I was looking for. I now have new motivation to approach my work with more emotion, sincerity and purpose.

And here is what SmugMug’s President and Co-Founder, Chris MacAskill said:

From a purely selfish point of view, I know I’m not a specialist in any form of photography and have much to learn about each kind.  But I leave most talks feeling like I learned very little and where are the Annie Leibovitzs,  Anton Lorimers, Michael Soos, Trey Ratcliffs, and Scott Robert Lims in this world who give you something that makes a big difference?

Jerry’s evoking emotion spiel was one of those times for me when I felt like I just learned something you should have known long ago.  I was wishing I could shoot my weddings over again.  Where have I been? It’s so obvious once you hear it.

See the Tour in Your City

There are still 11 cities to go in the tour and you can save $20 by entering the code SMPP11 on the registration page.  After seeing the show that first night I have encouraged every photographer I know to get out and see it.

Because SmugMug is sponsoring the tour, I have the unique opportunity of being able to travel from city to city with these great people.  Can I just tell you: I think what truly makes this event wonderful is how much fun these two have all the time.  Whether it is getting stuck in a snowstorm and Jerry whips out his iPhone to produce Death at Pollard Flat or an impromptu Dance Party on Sandy’s bus. It is easy to tell that these two really love what they do.  They exude passion for photography and for teaching others also.  And if you thought Jerry was a good photographer, check out his basketball skills.

Simply put, if you only have time for one educational event this year, this is the one to see.

You can register for the event by going HERE.

– Dustin