My official promo video for my CreativeLIVE Pet Photography Workshop has been released! Check it out by clicking on the image below! Don’t know what CreativeLIVE is? Check out my March post with all the info on how I got involved with CreativeLIVE and what they’re all about. I’m heading to Seattle at the end of March and can’t wait to teach this workshop!
The Animal Foundation contacted Pet’ographique a few months ago after a Uhaul style truck was donated to the non-profit animal shelter. This was just the type of vehicle The Animal Foundation was in need of to transport animals to and from adoption events. The request was to have Pet’ographique photograph shelter alums and use their portraits on the truck wrap being designed for the new adoption vehicle. There was a facebook contest to select a catchy name for the truck and ‘Fast & Furriest adoption mobile’ was the winner. We are so honored to be a part of this awesome project and it’s so cool to see our larger than life portraits when driving around town!
If I had to sum up my latest speaking experience in 1 sentence it would be this: “I just participated in a speaking event that was like American Idol but instead of finding the next big singing super star, the goal was to find the next big photography speaker/teacher”. When I say it was like American Idol, I’m not kidding. The event was being broadcast live on the internet, there was a panel of 4 judges giving us immediate feedback on our presentations, and at the end of the 7 hour event the host said “May I have the envelope please….. Our next creativeLIVE star is……”.
creativeLIVE is the world’s leading live broadcast educational platform created specifically for photographers. creativeLIVE connects ambitious learners to the most talented experts in the photography industry through interactive workshops which are broadcast live over the internet. On average 20,000 to 60,000 people tune in to watch each workshop.
In April 2013 I received an email from a friend who said “you should audition for this”. creativeLIVE was accepting video submissions and applications so they could select 6 photographers to take part in their first ever creativeLIVE Spotlight which was being held in Las Vegas the following month. I got an email about a week after submitting my audition video which informed me that I was 1 of 6 photographers selected to give a 30 minute presentation at creativeLIVE Spotlight event! Of course I was speaking on Pet Photography, but more specifically my presentation was titled ‘The Psychology of Pet Photography’. A lot of pet photographers are speaking about how to attract more pet clients, but I want people to walk away from my presentations and workshops with a better understanding of how to make their portraits sessions with pets more controlled and less chaotic. Here’s a few things I talked about:
* Human Psychology VS Animal Psychology
* Giving attention to a nervous animal will only make them more nervous!
* How to greet pets and when to ignore them
* My top 10 attention getting tricks to get animals perky for portraits
The beautiful and fabulous, Jasmine Star, was the host of the event.
Even though my presentation was only 30 minutes, I thought it was important to live shoot to give people a better understanding of what I was teaching. George Varanakis (previously the Executive VP/Group Publisher at Rangefinder Publishing, the leading magazine for professional photographers and WPPI, the largest trade show and convention in the photo industry) was the first judge to critique my presentation and he said “I thought that was an extremely gutsy move to live shoot with a dog in a 30 minute presentation that’s being broadcast live all over the world, but you nailed it!”. The image below of the judges and small studio audience shows the view I had while speaking:
The event ran from 9am – 4pm. After all of the speakers presented and received feedback from the judges, all 6 speakers were called back to the stage for the announcement of the creativeLIVE Spotlight winner. The winner of the event would have the opportunity to teach their own full creativeLIVE workshop later in the year. So seriously just like American Idol, the host said “May I have the envelope please”………. “and the winner of creativeLIVE Spotlight and creativeLIVE’s next big star is……… Arica Dorff!”. Cool stuff right!? We were all so excited when they surprised us with a second winner that the internet audience couldn’t live without, Rachel Brenke! Congrats Rachel! Thank you to the entire creativeLIVE team and a huge thank you to my live shooting models, Patty & Chloe! You guys rocked! If you’d like to watch my 30 minute creativeLIVE Spotlight presentation, here’s the link (scroll down to my 1:30pm time slot): http://www.creativelive.com/courses/cl-spotlight. My full creativeLIVE workshop is scheduled for May 23 & 24th! – Arica
Update April 30, 2013: My promo video for my May 2013 CreativeLIVE Pet Photography has been released! Check it out: http://www.creativelive.com/courses/pet-photography-arica-dorff
P.S. For those of you who want to learn hands-on in person, we just announced our upcoming Photography Workshops taking place at Pet’ographique on June 29th & 30th!
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