Design Aglow's Wedding Week 2015: Meet Geoff Duncan

Posted on January 26, 2015

Tell us a little about yourself, where you live and how you got started in photography.
I live in Austin, TX and first picked up a camera when I was in college on a trip to Ethiopia in the summer of 2008. There was something about capturing a moment in time that just wouldn't let me go. Up until that point I had been an aspiring musician, so I started shooting my friends and live music until eventually I began shooting weddings.



How do you describe your style?
It's hard to describe my style, but my goal has always been to produce creative and timeless images for my clients.



What or who really inspires you?
I watch a lot of movies in the theater, and my favorite director is Wes Anderson. I try to surround myself with other creatives outside of the wedding world in order to draw inspiration from other industries.



What are your top 3 tips for photographing weddings?
My top 3 tips for photographing weddings:
1) Connect with your clients on a personal level to help draw out their personalities in the photographs.
2) Anticipate moments before they happen.
3) Treat each wedding as if it's the only wedding you will shoot all year.

To see more of Geoff's work, visit him at www.geodun.com.

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Design Aglow's Wedding Week 2015: Meet Cynthia Chung

Posted on January 26, 2015

Wedding Week 2015 is here- We're celebrating the release of Design Aglow's curated (mostly new) irresistible wedding product line. Don't miss tips and tricks from the industry's most inspiring wedding photographers each day on the blog. Follow-up by posting your most creative images on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #WeddingWeek2015. The three photographers that inspire us the most will win one of three shopping sprees valued at $300, $200 and $100. To kick-off the celebration, we hope you glean inspiration from our first interview featuring the inspiring Cynthia Chung.



How did you come up with the idea for the animated imagery?
Most of my animated GIFs came to fruition organically. A lot of times when I was shooting, I would take a bunch of frames for the same shot to compensate for blinks, and small little kinks. So as I was scanning through the camera to look back at the shots, they would create these little stop motion stories and I fell in love with it. I knew they would work great as GIFs that I would create in post... so that's how it all really began.



Where do you find inspiration for your photography?
This may be really cheesy, but Instagram is definitely a huge powerhouse in finding inspiration. There are so many great photographers, creatives and inspiration riddled into that little social network. I also currently carry around my Fuji x100 camera around wherever I go and just keep shooting. It's a good way to keep me motivated and observing and inspired.



Do you make these GIFs for all of your clients?
Yes. I do try to get at least one per shoot..but sometimes I could get 10! It's just something that's so engraved in me now that I can really picture something on the spot that would make for a fun GIF that would encapsulate the personality of the couple. It also really depends on the couple. Sometimes I'll have some couples that are really adventurous, and then some that are more toned down.



How do you anticipate which moments that are most appropriate for GIFs?
I just go about shooting portraits and creating shots that would look great as stills. If I see something in motion, maybe the wind or just the busyness and herds of people in New York City, then I would then ask the couple if they could just stay still for a little bit and shoot a bunch of frames.



How do GIFs translate to greater sales or marketability?
Well it definitely sets me apart from all the other wedding photographers that are currently on the market. It's just a different way of capturing the essence of a couple and it's different, fun and creative.



What is your favorite GIF of all time?
I once did a 3 set GIF. I had the bride walking in from one frame and then the groom walking in from the other side and they would walk in together into the middle frame and kiss. It is really cute and cartoon like!



Can you think of a time that an intended GIF went wrong?
Well.. I don't think the gifs ever go "wrong"-- since they're never very pre-planned. I did have some time where I was trying to do a gif and I got photobombed! That seems to happen a lot in NYC- haha.



Do you shoot knowing the images will be incorporated as a GIF, or is it completely organic?
All organic. It definitely takes a lot of creativity and thinking on the spot to generate some fun GIFs, but that's why I love my job! :)

To see more of Cynthia's inspiring work, visit www.cynthiachungweddings.com.

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Wedding Week 2015 Image Contest

Posted on January 26, 2015

Win one of three gift certificates to Design Aglow...valued at $300, $200 and $100!

1. Scour your archives to find your three best wedding images
2. Tag them with #weddingweek2015 on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter
- OR -
3. If your profile is private, you can simply upload here (Images must be entered one at a time, with a limit of 3 total.)

Winners will be announced Tuesday, February 3rd.

*Please note: Entering more than 3 images will disqualify you. Design Aglow will be choosing the final winners based on originality, composition and technique, while taking number of votes into account. All submissions go through a very basic preliminary round of approval before they are moved onto the voting page.

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Design Aglow is giving away 5 Full Passes to WPPI!

Posted on January 16, 2015

It’s the industry’s biggest thing. The classes, the trade show, the Design Aglow booth….and well, it’s VEGAS!
You know you want to go.

We want to take you along too. This year, Design Aglow is giving away 5 full platform passes to WPPI!
($399 value)

Feeling lucky?

Enter to win below!

Bonus: Tag a photographer friend to spread the word about our giveaway for a chance for BOTH of you to win a $150 shopping spree in the Design Aglow Shop. Good luck!

*Update: winners have been announced below, and we will be in touch by the end of the week to let you know how to redeem your passes!

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Inside Real Studios: Lydia Krumpholz Foto & Design

Posted on January 16, 2015

*Wall gallery collections like this one are available in our Inspire Guide here.

*Heart collage canvas shown (70 Reasons To Love Me) is available here.

We love to see how other photographers operate their business and show off their products. Today we take a peek inside the studio of Lydia Krumpholz Foto & Design:

In what kind of space is your studio located?
Commercial

Square footage:
1615

How long have you been there?
5 years

What makes your studio special?
My studio is located in the middle of a small village in Bavaria, Germany. When my clients enter the big welcome area they are greeted with my favorite wedding and newborn pictures and a warm, home-like flair. A big comfy seating group, the best coffee in town, fresh cookies and lots of albums to browse set the mood for a great experience.

The connected studio-light shooting space is mainly used for pregnancy pictures, while family sessions mostly take place at the wonderful lake Chiemsee. What makes my studio special is the light-flooded newborn studio. The warm and cozy room is designed with new mamas and babies in mind, complete with comfortable chairs, light colors and enough space for wonderful newborn imagery.

My assistant and I take care of the newborns and their proud parents with lots of love, fresh brewed organic tea and snacks. Mum and daddy can watch us, chat or read while we photograph their bundle of joy.

How has it helped your business?
I couldn't imagine how my business would have developed without my studio. I rented the space while I still studied design in Munich, 100km away, and at first it was a real struggle. I had to keep it going, develop my skills quickly, learn how to market my business and I'm sure without the pressure that having a studio space produced I wouldn't have made it so fast.

In the last 5 years I've changed my business from "you want it, I shoot it" to very boutique and service oriented. My approach with a planning session before and an in person presentation after the shooting is a totally new experience for my clients and they love it. Without my studio I couldn't provide this level of service.

Do you have any tips for opening a studio?
Calculate. Calculate good. A studio space produces a lot of fixed costs and without reasonable pricing, a good business plan and a long breath it will be really difficult to keep the business going. But for me it was the best decision I could've ever made.

What products do you sell the most?
Albums and canvas collections.

Do you use Design Aglow products in your studio? If so, which product(s), and how have they helped your sales?
I use a lot of DA products! My clients are greeted with a welcome packet and most of my products include at least finishing touches from my DA collection, such as backgrounds and other layouts.

Do you have a great space you would like to share with our community? We would love to hear from you and possibly peek into your world. Simply visit this link and we will guide you through the quick submission process.

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