Jan 2012 13

We are brightening up our line-up of beautiful Leather-Lux covers. We’ve just added three new colors : soft pink, soft blue and blush. Soft pink or soft blue will be perfect for babies and newborns and we can see the hot pink working really well for your boudoir needs. With this addition, you can now select from nine different covers with your choice of gold or silver stamping.

Jan 2012 16

Our Member of the Week comes to us from the West Coast – it’s Sean Hoyt from Seattle, Washington. Sean is no stranger to Adoramapix, he has already purchased more than 80 of our photo books and continues to impress us with his work.

Sean has been professionally photographing since 2005 and just recently picked up THE KNOT award for the Best of Weddings 2011.   Before he turned professional shutterbug, he was a graduate research assistant in electrical engineering working on robotics and circuit design.  He entered the field because of the technical challenges mixed with the psychological and artistic components. He says it’s the best of all worlds.

I asked Sean what his favorite subject to photograph was and he replied, “I enjoy photographing people and love. This could be two people  “in love” or family bonds. I use photography to express those connections.”

So Sean, knowing what you know today, if you could go back in time and give yourself some advice, what would it be?  He answered, “I would join more groups to learn from other peoples’ mistakes and triumphs. Peers also challenge and inspire me to innovate and be more creative. I’ve never been secretive about how I do my business. I think the artistry, personality and mastery of equipment is what distinguishes good from the not-so-good photographers.”

I was curious to know where Sean receives his inspiration from, he said, “Facebook is becoming huge and I follow a ton of photographers’ daily postings. I also take inspiration directly from my clients as they each have a unique story to tell. They’ve also likely done a bunch of fieldwork and bring ideas to the table. One of my favorite photographs from my portfolio is of a brial party in blue store windows. We did a bunch of prep work and bounced ideas off each other before the wedding so we could go into it and have fun. It worked out really well.”

When Sean first started out, he was toting around a D70 with a 70-200mm 2.8 lens. I asked him what he’s toting around today , he replied, “Nikon D3s, D3, D200 bodies. Nikon 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.4 and Tamron 11-18 DX lens that I use on the FX D3s. …I use SB-800s with Pocket Wizards and a portable beauty dish for engagement and family sessions, but have 500Ws Bowens monolights with batteries for bigger groups. Also, I  have 128GB of CF memory and a cool Custom Brackets C rotating bracket. It all goes in my ThinkTank Urban Disguise 70V2.0 bag which can hold a pro body and a telephoto lens upright in the center column. Best. Bag.  Ever.”

So what’s in the future for Sean, besides the Nikon D4? He said, “I am  actively transitioning into a hybrid “fusion” market where I will deliver both photographs and highlight films to my clients. If you thought stills photography was a challenge, try doing film. It’s immensely more difficult and rewarding.”

 

 

Thank you Sean for sharing, your work is both breath-taking and inspirational.  So if you would like to see more of his work on facebook you can click HERE.  If is your thing, feel free to follow him HERE.

 



Jan 2012 17

EXPERIENCE TRUE PHOTO BOOKS: ADORAMAPIX OFFERS LAY FLAT PHOTO BOOKS FOR ONLY $11.95

New York, NY, Jan 15, 2011 – AdoramaPix Inc, sellers of premium quality lay flat photo books have announced an unprecedented sale on their photo books. During their “Seeing is Believing” Sale, 8×8 – 14pg photo books can be purchased for only $11.95* simply by entering the code:BELIEVE at the checkout.

“It is impossible for sample photos on a website to properly convey the difference in quality between an AdoramaPix photo book and those of our competitors,” said Herman Klein, Director of AdoramaPix. “Quality is at the very heart of what we do at Adoramapix. Nowhere is this better displayed than in our photo books. With each turn of the page, you’ll see the craftsmanship and attention to detail. This sale allows customers who haven’t seen one of our photo books before to see firsthand the difference that real photo paper pages and lay flat binding can make.”

Unlike press-printed products, photo books from AdoramaPix use true archival photo paper for their pages, have lay-flat page spreads with no gutter between the pages, and one of the largest selections of shapes and sizes in the business. Superior quality and lasting durability make AdoramaPix books the perfect choice for preserving photographic memories. AdoramaPix also has their own PixPublisher photo book editor. This editor is free to use and includes a massive library of art resources, and hundreds of professionally designed book layouts that make book creation a snap.

 * Prepaids are not a part of this sale. Sale ends midnight EST January, 31, 2012.

About AdoramaPix

AdoramaPix has been serving the needs of the photographic community for over a decade. Well known for the superior quality of their photo books and excellent customer service, they have become the lab of choice for professional photographers and savvy consumers all over the country.

Media Contact – Michelle Libby: AdoramaPix: libby [at] adoramapix [dot] com

Jan 2012 18

Seeing is Believing. This is the current sale we are running on our 8×8 photo books for $11.95. We believe once you see our photo books, you will believe in quality at great prices. You can’t judge a photo book’s quality unless you have it in your hands and you are able to turn the pages. So we actually we want you to judge a book by its cover (and its pages). That’s right, judge us – we are o.k. with this, because we know our quality photo books will not disappoint.

In this special feature, called Pix Corner, we feature a photo book review by member Patrick Smith of Patrick Smith Photos. Here is his review of his first Adoramapix photo book.

“When looking to get a new photo book, I knew exactly where to go.

In the past, when I wanted a photo book, whether for myself or for a gift, I went with another company time and time again. However, I was never fully satisfied with how the book looked or felt and always struggled with the color of my photos looking off.

This time around, I thought I’d give AdoramaPix a chance. I’ve always gotten my prints from AdoramaPix, so when I read about their lay flat books, I know I needed to give them a try.I wasn’t concerned to begin with, but the ease of using the layout program was a breeze. I literally dragged and dropped my files as they were onto the pages and when I was finished, hit pay and waited patiently by my door.

To my surprise, the book was turned around and on my doorstep not even two days later. All I can say is that it’s basically prints in a book. Unlike other books, my book felt like a project taken on with care. Much like the cover, the pages are thick and durable. Not to mention, the pages could be taken out of the book (if you really wanted) and hung on a wall; they are that high quality. The colors are true, the contrast is perfect and I’ll have no problem showing this to other professionals.

With that in mind, since getting my book I’ve shown my book to other photographers and those with no knowledge of photography. The response is always the same: “Stunning!”

While there are some limitations regarding pages, it forces you to edit tightly to make an everlasting memory book.

I know where I’ll be getting my books in the future.” – Patrick Smith of Patrick Smith Photos.

Thank you Patrick! Your artistry is amazing. If you would like to Judge a Book by its Cover – let us know! We would love to feature your honest feedback and critique. You can email me at libby@adoramapix.com.

 

Jan 2012 30

It’s SuperBowl Week … what a perfect time to get to know featured member John Kersten of John Kersten Photography and Kersten Sport Photography. I first noticed John’s amazing football and basketball photography on Twitter where I follow him @john_kersten.  However, once I started to ask him a few questions, I found out he has a much bigger project he’s working on and it is simply amazing. So grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and get to know John and his work.

I asked John how long he had been a shutterbug.  He replied, ” I have been photographing for 12 years.  I have gotten more serious about my photography the last 4 years after my daughter was born.  I purchased my first DSLR and a pro lens to keep up with her.  My interest and love for college athletics led me to some freelance photography for the University of South Florida.  After a few years of shooting some basketball games I was finally issued a credential to photograph their football games in 2010.  The past two years has given me much needed experience. ”

I’m curious to know what John has in his photo bag. He answered, ” My bag has a Nikon D300 and a 70-200 2.8 attached to it the majority of the time.  I also shoot with a 35mm 1.8 that works very well around the house and everyday life. ”

I also had to know what shutter speed he uses to get such sharp action on the field, he said a lot of these images on the blog were shot at 1/2000.

John also said, besides his daughter, he loves to photograph beach volleyball the most.  “Living near Siesta Key Beach, FL has given me the opportunity to photograph some very passionate and incredible athletes competing at a sport that does not pay much at all unless you win.  These athletes are traveling all over and competing because they love beach volleyball, ” said John.

So I asked John if he could go back in time, what would he tell his younger self.  He replied, “I would definitely have asked my dad more questions about photography.  He enjoyed shooting a lot, but I never paid attention till much later in life. I would have taken some courses when I actually had time to do so, instead of trying to learn on the fly as I am now. ”

Now the most amazing thing about John, besides his sports photography,  is his personal project of photographing his daughter. So what you say? So he photographs her.every.single.day. That’s right every day he captures the giggles, the crying,  the love and the changes.  John said, ” My inspiration comes from my daughter.  I am in the middle of a special project for her when she gets older.  I have been taking an image of her everyday since she was born a little over 4 four years ago.  I have no intention of stopping or breaking the streak anytime soon.  She is growing up to be a very beautiful little girl and loves the camera 99 percent of the time.”

What an amazing project. Thank you for sharing.

Before I let John go, I did have to ask him his SuperBowl pick — he’s going with the NY Giants.  We’ll see this Sunday if he’s right! Again, thanks John for everything and if you would like to see more of his work, you can check out his flickr stream HERE or follow him on Twitter HERE.


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