Saturday, September 29, 2007
Tons more furniture coming in next week but what's even better is my new helicopter. I haven't gotten a handle on how to control it yet but I'm learning.
Friday, September 28, 2007
My advice would be to spend 100% of your time developing that area of your life.
...another faster option would be to just steal someone elses. LOL.... This is too funny not to post.
to read more...and click on the picture to see the identical blog posts. Melissa Jill is such a sweet friend of mine and I've wanted to steal her personality but this is a big no no.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
So right now I'm sitting in this chair* waiting for the painters to come. As soon as they finish painting I'll be able to move the chair down to the Library. That's going to be my favorite room I think and I'll be doing tons of Freedom Club videos from in there. I've been dying to have a stable setup.
Also, Internet business is so fun and for some reason I get really excited when people order from other countries and before 8am we had orders from 5 different countries. Norway, Germany, Belgium, Canada, and Alaska which is kind of another country.
ok...painters are here...gotta go.
*Design within Reach is a cool store/showroom, but to get a lot of the exact same stuff at 1/4 the price and in 1/4 of the time go to PGmod.com. They don't have as good of descriptions though so go into a DWR showroom and check everything out but don't buy it there before checking online.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I shot this at f 1.2! I just double checked! Sweet! Never done a group at 1.2 before.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I will post some pictures tomorrow but here is a fun one of all the groomsmen. Max is the dude that started Superchick for those of you who follow Christian music and I met him randomly a year ago while I was giving a presentation here in Nashville.
Out of nowhere this crazy Asian dude with a gnarly mohawk started harassing me about music copyright but afterwards he came up and we talked and became friends and now we're working on a solution to bring music licensing to the wedding industry. It's a long road but it's been kind of fun to see the labels imploding along the way. Quit frankly they deserve it.
Here's another shot of Shara and Max Hsu, Jen Kroll, and me. Jen Kroll got some INCREDIBLE pictures from the day so be sure to check them out on her blog.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
*Don't pay any attention to the woman in the background being strangled
Nashville just built the most incredible new Symphony building and they have these Pop-Symphony concerts and last night my friends Jen Kroll and Tiffany McCullough invited me to go see LeAnn Rimes and it was amazing. Tiffany is an accomplished violinists so she scored us some great seats!
At one point in the show LeAnn Rimes even waved to me. The guy sitting next to me mistakenly thought she was waving to him because he helps produce her records but I know she was actually waving to me.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I think we can all agree that Jasmine Star is someone who's success and sweetness go hand in hand. Every time I present on the importance of "Selling our Personality" I think of her because her personality is worth millions.
She just wrote a wonderful article on ProPhotoResource about how her career exploded and in her first year she booked 36 weddings and was named the Photographer of the Year by Blu.
Everything about this girl is incredible and you can read a little piece of the article by clicking on it here and be sure to go to PPR and read the rest.
I'm headed back home just to get repacked because I head out at 6am for some fun in Nashville! I really like Nashville!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Here's a video of Sarah jumping off the balcony and I hope her dad doesn't see it. lol. Don't try this at home kids. We are trained professionals.
I'm so glad that today they finished the floors and I started buying up furniture like crazy. I've been dying for just one thing to sit on. I bought this place two months ago and I haven't been able to put any furniture in until today.
Crystal, who I'll introduce to all of you in another post has been such a huge help. When she first arrived she said, "Wow DJ - you finally figured out that you've been putting your bed spread on upside down." and I didn't know what she was talking about because I hadn't figured anything out but Sarah Barlow had been staying in the guest apt and she made the bed for Crystal so thanks EVERYONE for NOT telling me that for the past two years I've had my bedspread upside down!!!
In a few hours I'll be hopping on a flight to Sacramento to meet up with the PPA group up there. They are going to be the first group ever to see a demo of Showit Sites which is beyond cool and then I'm heading to Nashville for my friend (and business partner) Max Hsu's wedding.
That's all for now folks.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
In order to do this you must have defined what you're going to be about. What do you value and do the companies you partner with, the people you associate with, and the jobs you accept fit within your values?
Specifically one thing I've found is that photographers are tempted to adopt a "Nascar-like" approach. Taking any job they're offered or slapping any sponsorship they can onto their body and "partnering" with every company just to get a little publicity without thought or consideration of what they are about. I've certainly been tempted by this at times and have made mistakes even recently and that's ok. We all make mistakes but what's important is that we fix them asap.
Our reputation is the most valuable thing we have and the people we associate with and the ideas we spread certainly affect that.
Friday, September 14, 2007
I'm sleeping under the stars tonight. I have an abundance of friends
here so I'm sleeping outside. :) Sarah Barlow is in the guest apt and
Todd Watson and Bob Davis are on Aero beds. I love having people stay
here and this is my first time sleeping outside at the Freedom House
so I am curious what sort of creatures will come out.
Sent from my iPhone
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Last night we threw a rocking party! ...and I mean it was off the hook! Special thanks to everyone who has bought Showit Web for helping fund the bar tab and the guys at Kiss Wedding Books. I'm not sure anyone wants to see the pictures from inside the "KissingBooth" but no doubt they will end up all over the internet so stay tuned...and who's idea was it to have me speaking again at 9am this morning after a party like that!
You'll have to check the forums to see how fun it was but here's a shot of Kevin Swan throwing out some free ShootSacs.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I flew in from Boston and headed straight down to LA for PartnerCon. So Fun!
I love PartnerCon because so many of my friends are here and it's like a big reunion. Also, There's a big party tonight and if you don't know the details ask me because you don't want to miss out!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
I had such a great time at this PPA convention! I shot and posted this photo on my iPhone during the presentation and showed everyone how easy it was to put pictures on the blog.
Originially I thought I was doing an all day show like I did in Rhode Island earlier this year but I was actually only doing three hours. LOL....oops...It was awesome and jam packed with new info.The majority was about creating your personality on the web! I'll be giving it again in LA on Wednesday and Thursday at PartnerCon.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Nathan took this sweet panoramic shot from my balcony and you can click it to see it bigger. After Boston I fly to SB just to pick up some clothes and then I head straight to LA but when I get home from that the bamboo floors will be in and I can finally buy furniture! Yea! I'm so amped!
Today was pretty funny because this convention is pretty big and they have a full on trade-show and everything and I poked around a little bit and as I was walking I heard one lady ahead of me ask her friend. "Who's this David Jay guy?" and the friend said, "He's good at streamlining workflow and he is into all that Lovecat stuff we've been hearing about." I had to turn around and duck into another room because I was laughing so hard.
I get the impression that people sometimes think the knowledge sharing and likability stuff is a fad. Something like selective color that will go out of style in a few years. Whether it's popular or not I think it's the best way to live and I'm so excited for my presentation tomorrow. It's totally new and I think this is the first time in two years that I'm not giving my Get-FREE talk. Yea! I'm finally gonna put that whole thing on the Freedom Club so it's super important info but I need to move on from it. I think I gave that talk over 30 times.
He juggled knives and even squeezed his body through a tennis racket and a toilet seat! We ate at Cheers and then drove by the "real" Cheers location from the TV show.
I always unplug my phone at these conventions because hotel phones ring so loud and they scare me...and it's usually somebody asking questions about Showit Web or "What lens would you use in this situation..." or something and I tell them to checkout OSP. :) I love to meet with and talk to people but if I'm going to talk to somebody one on one I like it to be about things a little more meaningful than that. I do understand that there are few things in life more meaningful than Showit Web so maybe I shouldn't unplug my phone. I dunno.
Jeff and Julia Woods are coming tomorrow and I'm really excited about seeing them! They are incredible photographers and great people and they are speaking all day on Tuesday.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
I'm at LAX on my way to Boston for the PPANE convention but I just had to tell you about two cool things that just happened.
My mom used to always say that God blesses people who bless people and here's a cool story that just happened to me.
You know from my post below that I signed up for the Kiva organization two days ago and I committed to loan $500. Just a few hours later I received a random check in the mail for $5,000! I shot a wedding exactly a year ago and I shot it for free because the father of the bride has helped me so much over the years. A year later they said they still hadn't figured out how to thank me for the pictures so they were sending me this check as as gift! Wow! How amazing is that!
The next thing is that Showit-DVD has been cranking (19 orders yesterday) and we just had our first order from Japan! All our other products are instant download off the internet but it's kinda cool to think we are actually shipping something from the U.S. in this little box and it's gonna go all the way to Japan so a couple can enjoy and preserve their Showit slideshow.
We've found that the best way to sell Showit DVD's is to tell them that you can only keep the Showit Web show up for a few weeks and if they'd like to preserve the slideshow forever they can click on the order button at the bottom and order a show.
Friday, September 07, 2007
My friend Allison Trowbridge told me about this awesome organization! It's called Kiva and they allow you to give loans to small businesses in other countries! It's the coolest thing ever because you can see who you're giving a loan to and it tracks the repayment of it and then you can either take your money back or fund another business. Deyl has been working with another organization that works a little differently but I definitely like Kiva the best because it ads a story element to the transaction.
If you click on that link you can see my profile and read the stories of the people I'm loaning money to and sign up yourself!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
My buddy Josh is shooting a wedding in CO this weekend. The groom is a former Westmont soccer player so you KNOW the guy is a stud! :)
Anyway, if you wanna shoot with Josh hit him up here ASAP. I'm off to Boston on Saturday otherwise I would've come out and shoot it b/c it's gonna be a gorgeous wedding with a gorgeous couple.
I just put this video up on the Freedom Club but I wanted to put it up here as well because I think it's a good intro to get people excited about PartnerCon next week.
I'm doing a brand new presentation on selling yourself over the web and I'm going to film it and put it up for all the Freedom Clubers b/c I know a lot of you can't make it and the content is amazing and super important.
This video is clearing up some misconceptions about WHY I outsource and WHY I absolutely DO NOT outsource certain areas of my business. In a small, personality driven, service industry like wedding photography we must find ways to continually sell ourselves in ways that scale.
Monday, September 03, 2007
I've been in this industry for five years and I've seen a radical shift in mindset amongst wedding photographers who can now happily embrace each other as friends and collegues instead of competition.
Typically Studio Photography and Design does a pretty good job but this article really irks me. We've all worked incredibly hard to change the environment in our industry from one of scarcity to one of abundance and then to have some writer publish an article based on a *trivial 1250 responses pretty much calling new photographers "wannabes" and claiming that they "steal" business is something we must fight or we'll see the environment change rapidly back to where it was.
Here's my response to her and I'd encourage you to respond as well.
*Click here* and let them know how you feel.
Dear Ms. Propper,
I'm writing about your August article, "Is a Pro Photographer Wannabe Cutting Into Your Business?"
I've been in this industry for five years and have seen a radical change in the culture that exists from that of scarcity and competition to that of abundance and community.
Your article not only implies that we (photographers) are competitors, which I don't believe we are, but it also encourages negativity towards newcomers. Many of us have worked hard to rid the industry of these attitudes and beliefs and publishing things like this takes us a step backwards.
Please consider the strides we have all taken to make this industry a better place to work and live and write articles that keep us moving in a positive direction.
* FYI - I got 1979 responses to my workshop survey overnight so I think it's pathetic that they would write an article after only receiving 1250.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Below are links to my two booklists and by the end of the year I'll have another list to put up. I talk to so many people and so often their problems could be solved if they'd just invest some time in reading these books.
If you're looking for a great one to start with choose Love Is the Killer App. by Tim Sanders. I was given this book a couple of years ago by my friend Dane Sanders at a pivotal time in my career and embracing the ideas of giving and sharing knowledge is one of best things you can do for yourself and for others.
I'm living proof that even in "a saturated market" these principles work and if you want to be a leader you'll need to live in abundance.
Read Read Read,