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I get an email at least once a week from a photographer asking if they can sit in on a shoot I do or asking for posing help. Although I don’t invite others to sit in on my shoots, I finally figured out how to bring the shoot to you!!

In this Posing DVD I will give you an inside look on how I work with women to pose them, relax them and give them a great experience. Click play for a little sneak peek.

Want to pre-order?

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XOXO,
Jen

  • Bori Takacs - Would love to learn even more from you, Jen!!! I watched creativelive and watch it again and again before every shoots I have scheduled.ReplyCancel

  • Betsy Snyder - Awesome! Tx Jen!ReplyCancel

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  • Sandy Noblitt - Saw you on CreativeLive and love everything. At the time I could not buy the workshop. But Definitely here soon, will be getting this. Thanks for looking out. XxxReplyCancel

Photographers, can you feel that excitement in the air? Do you see all the posts about it on social media? Are you working on your alcohol tolerance?

That’s right… WPPI is around the corner!!!

So what IS WPPI you ask? Here’s how it is described on their website:

About the Show


WPPI Conference+Expo is the premier industry event for photographers and filmmakers specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding and portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, nearly 13,000 professional and aspiring photographers and filmmakers attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to grow their business, experience new products and solutions from major manufacturers to improve their productivity, and enjoy the many attractions in Las Vegas. WPPI is a week-long event combining educational seminars with a major industry trade show and networking events, all designed around learning the latest techniques, building new relationships and growing a business in a friendly, fun environment – all at one time, in one place.

• Learn superior technical skills and new shooting styles
• Build new relationships to grow your business
• Experience new products and solutions from major manufacturers
• Discover competitive and affordable ways to grow your business
• Meet some of the world’s finest photographic instructors
• Make an investment in yourself and your future

The WPPI 2014 Conference + Expo, will take place on February 27- March 6, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

All of that is true! WPPI is the perfect example of an experience in which you get out of it what you put into it. This will be my third time at WPPI, so I figured I could shed a little light on HOW to make the most of this incredible event.

My first suggestion is decide what you want to walk away from the show with. Is it business education, lighting, shooting, networking, hands on classes? It’s very easy to get off track with all the amazing events happening there. I always like to go in with a plan.

Some classes at WPPI you must preregister for. Some examples of those are WPPIU, Master Classes and Plus Classes. Some, you can preregister for but can also attend the class as you would like (if there is room), such as a platform class. If you want to see what the difference between all the classes and what they have to offer you can find the descriptions here: CLASS DESCRIPTION

I personally love the intimate nature of the Master Classes. Hands on classes are also invaluable. I will be teaching a WPPIU class on Boudoir as a matter of fact. I love working with photographers in a hands on setting. There is no better way to really see how a photographer works and get feedback on what you are doing right as well as what you can improve on.

In addition to the classes there is a 3-day Expo in which you can meet with different vendors, see their products and meet face to face with all those wonderful people you email with all year.

It’s so important to make use of your time at the Expo. I often see people wandering around aimlessly looking for something to strike them. Although that may be understandable on day 3, after you think you have seen it all already, I do suggest to really use your time at the Expo wisely.

This year, there are a few booths I don’t want to miss. My plan is to start at WHCC to see the new album that uses Premium Lustre paper I have heard so much about. I can’t wait to see the beautiful colors in the prints.

After that I will head to Sigma (booth #521). They have some amazing new lenses including the 24-105mm. I also hope to catch a peek of the new Sigma 50mm and see how it feels on my camera.

At Westcott, I will play with some of the new Ice Light toys (and I am told there will hopefully be some fun new surprises at the booth this year. It’s so top secret they won’t even tell me!)

If you stop by the Animoto booth, you will catch a new style they are releasing at WPPI designed with help from yours truly! (Plus music to go with it from my play list with Triple Scoop Music.)

If you think you are too busy editing to go to WPPI, I can solve that problem for you. Just see my friends at Shoot dot Edit, give them the work and you come to Vegas and have fun!

When I visit the different booths, I take pictures and make notes so I can remember what I saw. I meet the customer service people that I drive crazy all the time and I thank them. Also there are plenty of specials to check out there as well. The expo is not a place to be shy. It’s fantastic for networking and connecting with other photographers and vendors alike.

I will also be checking out the judging of the Image Competition. It’s an incredible chance to learn what makes a really successful image in the eyes of many well respected professionals.

Ok so let’s get into some other really helpful tips that are going to help you get through your time at Vegas.

First, find a roomie! There are so many amazing photographers headed to Vegas. It’s very easy to find someone fun and trustworthy to share you hotel room with. Trust me, you won’t be in your room that often so the money will be better spent elsewhere.

Things to bring with you: Lip Balm, gum, refillable water bottles (drinks there – even without alcohol – can get pricey) and Snacks.

In fact you don’t have to bring snacks with you. I have heard of people getting a room at the MGM Signature with a mini kitchen. Then they order food to be delivered from Vons. What a great idea to save money and try to stay healthy.

Let’s talk about clothing. One word: Layers. The expo hall can be warm while the classrooms cold. The hallway in between could go either way. Days are warm and nights are cool. The more options you have the better. A cardigan and a light scarf can go a long way.

Be nice to your feet. Get comfy shoes. I am always sure I can strut around in my heels for days with no problems, but I fail every time. I usually end up in my flip-flops by day 2. Hurting feet lead to less fun.

Bring lots of business cards and carry them on you. Also bring a card case in which you can put the cards in that you collect from others, this way you don’t misplace them. Large bags can get really heavy when carrying them around for long periods of time, so keep that in mind as well.

There are a lot of great FB groups dedicated to WPPI with more tips and tricks. Check those out ahead of time. It’s great to connect with fellow photographers before you go as well.

There are so many speakers and teachers at WPPI that deserve your attention. If you are interested in checking out my classes in addition to WPPIU, you can check me out here:

CLASS ONE

and here

CLASS TWO

I dare you to join me in Vegas!

xo,
Jen

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  • Elizabeth Fox - Thank you for the great tips Jen ! I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

A few months ago I received a Facebook message from a photografriend of mine. She told me that one of her previous bridal clients had a boudoir shoot booked with a pin-up photographer. This client asked my friend if she had any tips to calm her nerves and help her prepare. So my friend asked me if I had a blog post she could point her client to. One that spoke about confidence and shaking those pesky nerves.

She was surprised when I said I didn’t. “Why not?”, she asked!!

I explained to her that it is very simple. When my clients come and see me, I don’t mind that they have nerves. In fact, they SHOULD have butterflies. They are doing something daring and out of their comfort zone. I love that. Taking chances is how we learn and grow. It’s an opportunity for change. It’s exciting!! I can’t think of any time in my life I have done something exciting and not felt nerves.

On the flip side, when a client comes to see me, I am not nervous. I am the fearless one in the relationship with my client. I allow them the opportunity to be nervous because I am not. It doesn’t make a difference if they have a few pounds to lose, stretch marks, blemishes, scars, thinning hair, muffin tops or anything else you can think of.

I am not scared of any of it. Nothing a client can bring me will be a hurdle for me to show them their true beauty and worth. It will not stop me from allowing them to escape these plagues that they carry around like a load of bricks every day.

It is my hope that after I am fearless and take a stand for my client that she will no longer be plagued by her imperfections, but accepting of them as her own. She will recognize that she is absolutely feminine and powerful not just in spite of the imperfections, but also because of them.

I ask my clients to walk in and be daring, and in turn my promise is to be fearless. When my clients leave, they often feel more fearless, and in turn it makes me more daring.

What a beautiful relationship.

xo,

Jen

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To know me is to know that I am a HUGE believer in the universe. I always say – the universe is always listening, be careful what you tell it. Knowing that I believe so strongly in this power, you would think that I wouldn’t be so floored every time it works. However, I still am. Every. Single. Time.

The universe worked it’s wonders again a few weekends ago. On a fateful Sunday, I met  (via phone) Will Pollock. Will is writer for Professional Photographer  Magazine (among many other things). He was assigned to write about me for an upcoming issue for the magazine.  We set aside an hour to chat about boudoir, me, my business, etc… Little did we both know that an hour would change both of our views (and I do believe also kindle a future friendship).

I won’t give away any details of what we spoke about for the article, that is Will’s job after all. I will however tell you what he said when we were done.

He told me he is the male version of me. Of course I wanted to know how so, and so he explained.

See, I view part of my life work as breaking down the walls of what we perceive femininity to be. For example, I believe  women can and should be able to be strong and powerful and not have to label that as “masculine”. I believe a woman in a power spot doesn’t have to tone down the “female” side of her and amp up the “masculine” side to be taken seriously. At least it shouldn’t HAVE to be this way. Somehow society screwed that up. So now it’s our job to fight societal rules and  put the feminine back into feminist.  Let’s embrace femininity and still be successful  – what a concept that is!

Will explained to me that part of his life work is for men to feel comfortable embracing their “feminine side”, and yet still be viewed as a strong man. In his eyes, it should be applauded that a man embrace his gut instinct and emotions like women do.  In fact, it would make men MORE successful in life if they did so.

I couldn’t agree more.

As I was listening to Will speak, it really struck me, that these labels we are putting on what masculine and feminine is… well, it’s awfully confusing isn’t it? I mean, we give labels to things so we know how to categorize things in our life, right?  Is it possible that the labels and the way we assign gender roles is really just clouding our perceptions? I am starting to think that is the case. It became clear to me that Will and I are both trying to meet somewhere in the middle.

He wants to be a sports watching, pizza eating, self made man who is also seen as smart, strong, successful, caring, vulnerable and  makes decisions by using his gut as his compass.

I want to be a sports watching, pizza eating, self made woman who is also seen as smart, strong, successful, caring, vulnerable and  makes decisions by using her gut as her compass.

Coincidence? I think not.

Maybe these labels and roles we try to fill by societal standards are stale. It’s time to reevaluate them. Yes, we are still physically a man or a woman, but maybe emotionally the sexes are starting to become more and more similar. It’s surely time to evaluate each person we meet as an individual and learn from them how they each operate. If you are open to it, imagine the possibilities. The amazing people you will connect with. The acceptance we would all feel. The relief of the pressure we all have felt to be as our label calls us. What a wonderful world this would be if we could all just be the best me we could be.

Want to know more about Will? Check him out here:

Facebook: facebook.com/willpollock
Twitter: wildcatatl
blog: willpollock.com
EIQ: facebook.com/groups/eiqbook/
Pizza: pizzaforgood.net

xo,

Jen

 

 

  • Natalie Holstlaw - You’ve gone and done it again, Jen. Sometimes I feel like you’re in my head, which is weirder than it sounds, considering I’ve only met you virtually. I admire how real you are…all the time. Your more recent focus on Feminism and what that means has really made me think about how this plays out in my life.

    I was just at the gym this morning and they have boxing bags there (not a boxing gym). I used to box, a lot, and decided to hit the bags for my sweat sesh instead of running. I was getting all sorts of stares from the women that were around, and the men, but the looks of the women were more puzzling to me. They were more puzzling because they were critical looks, sizing me up kind of looks, and almost looks of WTF are you doing, lady. Just when I thought it was just me, and I was being paranoid, a woman actually came over to me when I was packing up my gear and asked me if I was ok because I seemed really angry when I was punching the bags.

    I informed her that I was fine and I was just training hard. As I grabbed my son from daycare and walked out to the car, I found myself entertained and a little bit pissed because this was classic “gender discrimination” that I was just on the receiving end of. I’d be willing to be my last dollar that that woman never would have approached a man who’d been working the bags over and asked him if he was ok.

    Apparently, I didn’t fit the preconceived notion of what a feminine role was for this woman. The experience just has me thinkin’…why is there such a disparity for some people between being strong or being feminine. To me, it doesn’t have to be one or the other and it gets really good when there’s both.ReplyCancel

  • Las Vegas Boudoir Photographer - Love the suspenders in that shot – hot!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi O - I love all the images from this session and I love your message. Thanks again and again!ReplyCancel

I am always so humbled and grateful when someone tells me I am inspiring. It’s such a blessing to be able to spread a strong message to women.  My goal is to change the life of every woman I work with. What about the women I don’t work with though? Is my message resonating with them? I am never quiet sure.

Until recently when I got this beautiful letter from a woman I went to high school with. At the risk of giving away my age, I graduated 20 years ago. We probably haven’t spoken in all those years.  You can imagine my shock when I learned that she was hearing me, and the tears that rolled down my face as I read. I asked her permission to share this on my blog. She graciously allowed me to share it in the hopes that she can touch other woman as well.

“Let me start by saying that I am an extremely private person, so I am surprised at myself that I am sharing my personal business like this, but its ok! So here goes…. I love a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. I’ve had a great job making more $ than my hubby at the time, I feel accomplished. I struggle now with judgement and criticism from others for actually embracing myself as a woman- for loving myself instead of cringing, for taking pics to remind myself that I am a mom, I am happy with myself and I can look back when I am 90 and say, ” Yeah, I rocked it! “.
 
I am a mom of two, a wife and a kind hearted, honest, loving person. Through my teenage yrs and twenties I always compared myself to others and wished I could change all of the things that I didn’t like staring back at me in the mirror. I was blessed with two babies and was lucky enough to be able to stay at home with them. During that time I felt kind of lost in those mommy/wife roles. I love girly things and being dressed up and “feminine” ( my idea of it..) The problem was that I didn’t love me. I had an epiphany. People told me I was nuts but I really didn’t care.
 
So, the gig is up- I never ever had a chest. I nursed my son. I felt more miserable after than I ever did before which definitely doesn’t help a marriage. I promised myself that I would continue to be the best at my other roles but I would also find time to love who I was and do what I could to make myself comfortable in my own skin. I had breast augmentation. Many think it was shallow. I disagree. I spent countless hours working out, eating healthy and getting myself to a place that at 37 I could for the first time look in the mirror and feel more like a women than I ever had. So as I put on cute or sexy little clothes for a night out, or just glance in the mirror after my shower, I can say that I reached femininity ( my idea of it of course…) and I am happy. I do not think I am perfect, but I am perfectly happy and that’s all I need. I feel fulfilled and I embrace my extra skin on my belly from the kiddos or whatever flaws I may have because for the very first time I am able to love me.
 
So… moral of my story is that every lady needs to find a way to get to a place to love themselves- because if you love you,  you can love everyone else better. I saw Jen’s boudoir photos and thought- damn, these women are beautiful, sexy and straight up HOT and they should embrace every bit of it. Jen, you are truly inspiring! You allow women to let their guard down, release inhibitions and feel totally unstoppable! You rock! Ladies-Be true to you! Being a woman and feminine is an amazing thing!! So yes, I do want equal rights for women but I don’t think there is anything wrong with embracing being “feminine”- whatever your defintion may be.”
 

What woman doesn’t dream of getting love letters. Thank you for letting me share this love letter. It inspires me. If I have a tough day, or I am feeling down about myself, I read this letter. It makes me smile. It keeps me on track and reminds me to keep pushing forward.

xo,

Jen

  • Justiss - Awe, this was great! I really enjoyed reading it! It touches my heart that all the women I meet have a version of this same story or want to be at a place where they can just love themselves because it’s so draining to not. Brilliant.ReplyCancel

  • Holli True - You are amazing, my friend. And you inspire me daily, Jen. Love you, girl!! XOXOReplyCancel

  • Will Pollock - Such a fun piece, Jen. thanks for the shout out! Whether it’s a dark day or a stellar one, the universe is always working. and you’re proof of that.ReplyCancel

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