Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

East Greenwich Animal Protection League Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

I had the privilege of being part of a great event over the last two months for the East Greenwich Animal Protection League, a local non-profit, no-kill shelter for homeless animals. Myself, along with my friend and fellow photographer, Stacey Doyle, photographed close to 40 RI “celebrities” with shelter animals to raise money for the Animal Protection League .

The event coordinator, Kimberly Kalunian, picked well known Rhode Island locations for all the photo shoots, and I had a blast exploring some new areas of the state. It was such a fun project to photograph because each shoot was so different than the one before it. There were no real rules that I needed to follow, which made it interesting for me each time I went out.

I photographed some great local people, including American Idol finalist Erika Van Pelt, Kelsey Fournier (Miss RI), WPRI News reporter Ted Nesi, WJAR Traffic & Technology reporter Molly O’Brien, Radio show host Tara Granahan, actress Amanda Ruggiero, Kevin Willette & Adam Palazio, Talia Triangolo, Providence’s most eligible bachelorette Jay Davani, 2 Children’s Wishes children, Rachel Ladd, Alyssa Gorgone, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and Rhode Show host Michaela Johnson.

The event and silent auction was this past Friday in East Greenwich, and though I haven’t heard what the Animal Protection League raised, from the looks of the event, they raised some good money for the care of these animals. If you weren’t there, you missed a great event!

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Lighting Workshop – A Success!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I co-hosted a lighting workshop last weekend in Wakefield, RI for photographers looking to take their lighting game to the next level. It was hosted by fellow wedding photographer, Seth Jacobson (pictured above) and myself. It was more on studio lighting this time, where the last few times hadn’t really even touched on studio lighting. We had a group of really wonderful photographers who produced some incredible images from our day together! I didn’t shoot many images myself, but I did take a few of each setup that I really ended up liking.

Thanks so much to our models, the hair and makeup artists Lynda Williams and Jenn Hodge! Thanks also to Trevor Holden and Matt Jacobsen for some behind the scenes photography and assistance in setting up and breaking down the piles of gear we brought with us, as well as taking some participants under their wing as needed. Most of all, thank you to all of you who came out to learn and play with some new lighting techniques on Saturday!

This may not give you much of an idea of what the workshop was like, but this time lapse video is a good way to show you everything that went on during it.

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What’s Up With Facebook?

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Facebook is a hugely popular website right now, and chances are good, you spend some time on the site just about every day. From my perspective it’s getting tough, as a photographer and someone who relies on networks like facebook to reach people who want to stay in the loop with what’s going on with my business. The website is starting to purposefully throttle back the amount of people that are shown my posts from my business page, as they roll out a new “pay to play” style of social networking. I’ve gone from almost 100% (everyone sees an update, unless of course, you’re logged off of Facebook for a few days) down to 10-15% of my “fans”. It no longer works in the way that it used to. It used to be that if you clicked “like” on my business page (or any other page you may follow), you would be alerted to new posts in your news feed, the same way that you might if say, your cousin posts a new picture of her puppy. That’s all changing, and even though you may have “liked” a business page in the past, and still currently want to receive updates from that business, Facebook is showing you less and less of what they (and I) want to share with you. Facebook is hoping that I will pay for each and every post that I do, based on the amount of people that I want to receive my updates. Paying for one or two posts wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but over the course of the year, it’s outrageous how much they want small businesses to fork over for “social” style sharing.

In the meantime, you may have noticed that they’re also showing you things in your newsfeed that you may not have ever “liked”, because some Facebook algorithm thinks that you might like it. The other day, in my feed, I was shown a tequila company, and they suggested I like it. I hate tequila! But I like hearing about local businesses, like Sweet Indulgence in Warwick who makes delicious chocolates and cakes, yet after a quick look on their page, I’m noticing I haven’t seen any of their recent updates in weeks. If I didn’t consciously think to visit their Facebook page, I wouldn’t ever have seen any updates from them.

What does that mean for you?

This means that you may be seeing less of my posts on Facebook. If logging into Facebook is the way you stay on top of what’s happening in my business, then you may just be falling out of touch with me and not even realize it. It spells bad news for me, because I do rely heavily on word-of-mouth marketing, and referrals from past clients. If you follow my work, I can only assume that you like my work, even just a little. (Thank you!) It would make sense, then, if you like my work (even just a little) you’d want to tell others that may need a photographer for a wedding, event, or portrait about me. (Thanks, again!) Unfortunately, as time goes by, and you see less and less my new work and updates, you may have a hard time remembering the name of that photographer you once knew.

Aside from waiting along with me for the next great social media network to come along, there are a few things you can do to see more of my (and other businesses’) work.

First, because Facebook is making it harder for you to see what businesses are up to, let’s connect elsewhere! Find me on Twitter at @smithbrad, or go direct to my blog (you’re on it!) and click the RSS logo to add my blog posts to your RSS reader. Not everyone reads blogs this way, but more and more people are jumping on board this quick way to stay on top of multiple blog feeds. Bookmark my page and/or blog. It’s an old-school way to stay in the loop. Let’s be friends on Facebook. As far as I know, Facebook isn’t throttling back personal posts… yet. Let’s connect there, I promise I won’t bombard you with a thousand pictures of my kids!

And finally, see the tips in the article below for configuring Facebook to show you more of what you really want to see.

I rely on social media and word of mouth referrals heavily to develop relationships with new wedding couples as well as corporate clients, and others who are looking to hire a photographer. I appreciate it every time you mention my name to someone else. It’s what keeps my business going! I’d hate to think I was passed over because of something like Facebook neglecting to show you any of my new work. So please find me in one of the other spots I mentioned above, or take the steps to modify the way you see pages on Facebook that you care about. I appreciate it immensely!

How to see more of the stuff you like on Facebook

1. Find a page you’ve “liked.” How about trying my facebook page?
2. Hover you mouse over the “Liked” button, or click the “Liked” button.
3. After clicking “Liked,” try hovering over it again.
4. Once you (finally) get a drop down menu, confirm “Show in News Feed” is selected.
5. Click “Get Notifications.”

In theory, this should put all more posts from the page back in your newsfeed.

Or not.

Hard to know, since the only way to test it is to keep visiting every page you’ve “liked” to compare their posts to your newsfeed. (Which no one has time to do. I understand.)

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Sara & Shawn: Published, Newport Life Magazine

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Check out this month’s Newport Life Magazine - Sara & Shawn’s Newport wedding is featured! They were married last fall at 41 North in Newport. It was a wonderful evening, even if it was a little blustery outside! See the full size article HERE if it’s difficult to read on the blog.

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Holly & Mike: Married, North Beach Clubhouse, Narragansett

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

I won’t be forgetting Holly and Mike’s wedding anniversary anytime soon. Their wedding date, 7/7/12, also happens to be the date my second son was born. I called Holly the day before her wedding to let her know that I was making arrangements to have another photographer stand in for me should I be tied up, as my wife was going into labor. Holly was great – her understanding of the situation was comforting – she said to do what I needed to do. I phoned my good friend, Dave Field, asking if he’d mind standing in for me should I not be able to be there – thankfully he was on board. My son Samuel was born at 5:30am that day. I did end up making it down to Holly and Mike’s wedding, even if my stay was a bit short due to lack of sleeping the night before and the need to get back to the hospital to be there for my wife and baby. I had Dave make the trip down to Narragansett to be certain I could still give Holly and Mike the images they wanted. Dave and Trevor finished the night out on my behalf; they did a wonderful job at capturing the fun that continued after my departure.

Holly and Mike are a great couple, completely giddy for each other! I had a ton of fun photographing their engagement session, so I knew their big day was going to be great! It was held at the North Beach Clubhouse, just north of Narragansett Beach. The day called for thunderstorms in the afternoon, but the clouds stayed wispy and the storms held off. The ceremony was right on the beach, overlooking crashing waves and a handful of surfers. We took advantage of the beautiful evening light for pictures, then Holly and Mike returned to mingle with their guests, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and dance the night away! They capped off the evening with fireworks and sparklers on the beach!

Thanks Holly and Mike, for having me there to help celebrate your big day, and also a big thanks to Dave and Trevor for helping me out!

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Happy Independence Day!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

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Kate in PVD

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

I spent some time last week in Providence’s West End photographing Kate. She spent the morning filming a segment for the Rhode Show. She had her hair and makeup done by two outstanding professionals, Kirsten Brusse of Joli Visage Makeup Artistry and Michelle at Vis a Vis Hair Design. We met at Vis a Vis in the West End and explored the area a little bit. It’s the first time I’ve walked the streets of that part of town looking for good light and interesting shots. It made it even better that Kate was great – a real professional, showing off Kirsten and Michelle’s hard work. These are a few of my favorites from the time we spent walking around. Thanks for looking!

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Boston People

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

I spent some time walking around Boston yesterday just photographing people just for the sake of doing something that I don’t normally do. I thought I would share some with you today.

That’s all. Thanks for looking.

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Lighting Workshop: Success!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

I co-hosted a lighting workshop in Providence last weekend, and I’m happy to say that was a big success!

We worked with 12 fantastic people who were all eager to learn and share. They traveled from as far away as New Hampshire for this workshop. We photographed 4 great models who sat through countless setups and lighting changes throughout the day. Lynda Williams and Jenn Hodge were behind the scenes doing a stellar job, as always, on hair and makeup.

The day started with a quick overview of the fundamentals, then we talked a bit about quality of light. I set up a shot live and in real time to illustrate how I go about lighting a scene. We broke off into groups after that;  everyone was able to try out new lighting setups, ask questions, and learn from each other at the same time. We took some time to look at a few images on the big screen, and we broke down each setup to try and determine how each image was lit. I’m truly blown away at some of the images these guys captured at the workshop!

It was a fun day – I think I was as tired as I am after weddings! Thanks to all the great people that helped made this happen: Seth, Jess Powers @ Fete, the models, Jenn, Lynda, and all the attendees that made their way to Fete for this workshop.

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‘Light The Way’ Lighting Workshop

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Photographers: Want to learn more about lighting techniques and posing in a dynamic, hands-on workshop?
Want to experiment with new equipment (or better understand the equipment you already own) in a fun, supportive environment?

Bring your camera and your lighting questions to Light The Way at Club Fête in Providence on March 24 from 10am – 3pm. Hosted by Brad Smith Photography & Seth Jacobson Photography, the program will include strategies for creating dynamic & dramatic lighting scenarios. There will also be an opportunity for peer feedback and review of your work. We believe in learning by doing, so this is not a lecture. This is an interactive program with a strong emphasis on play. We will have models and lighting gear on hand and participants will have the opportunity to immediately test and apply what they learn in a creative, supportive setting.

JOIN US!
The cost is $100 for the 4 hour workshop, and the registration deadline is March 10th. We will have a break for lunch (Wes’ Rib House is right next door!), but participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch and continue through lunch.

Please email workshop@smithbrad.com to secure your spot.

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