Monday, March 30, 2015

"The Power of the Personal Project" with LaRae Lobdell

Mark Your Calendars Saturday, April 25!

"The Power of the Personal Project" 

Chasing the Light 2015 with LaRae Lobdell
Presented by Photo Workshops Miami 
Hosted at the Coral Gables Museum
Have you ever asked the question: "Where do I start?",  "What next?", or "Why am I still a photographer?" At some point or another, we can get caught up in the "industry" of photography and lose ourselves and our (he)art in the demands and expectations of clients, colleagues, and social media.
Taking on a personal project is one way of re-centering ourselves and remembering why we became a photographer in the first place. It's a time of introspective work, a time to rejuvenate, a time to refine our techniques and sharpen our eyes and hearts as a photographer, and a time to re-define our purpose.

In The Power of the Personal ProjectLaRae Lobdell will share how after photographing weddings for over a decade, she re-discovered herself as a photographer and her true purpose in life through a personal project. You will hear how her photography technical skills grew from photographing friends in their homes to directing celebrities and a 20-person crew on location, how she went from small art shows in coffee shops to large-scale solo exhibits in historical buildings, and the steps she took to overcome her extreme introverted shy nature so that she could speak on camera and in public. Most importantly, she will talk about the emotions and power of sharing your gift through a personal project.

One small idea, one small personal project can have an immense positive impact for ourselves, friends, family, neighbors, city, community and even the world.

Whether you have been photographing for thirty years or just picked up your first camera, you will be inspired by this seminar.
At Work With LaRae Lobdell
Photography by LaRae Lobdell © 2012, 2013
Video by Ian Spiers © 2012, 2013
Aruba (Instrumental) Performed by Liquid Factor, provide by Triple Scoop Music
LaRae Lobdell is an environmental portrait photographer, artist consultant, and online personality with nearly 20 years of experience photographing, producing exhibits, and speaking in the photography industry. Her images have been published in the Huffington Post, Broadway World, Yale University Magazine, and even aired on the Colbert Report. This multifaceted artist’s repertoire includes 21 photography exhibits of her own work, the curation of 15 exhibits for other artists’ and museums, and the production of 13 private and community events. 

While working at BlackRapid, LaRae helped create the world’s first camera strap designed just for women. Lobdell soon became the company's lead of social media marketing and professional representative. She also contracted as a lead host on creativeLIVE. Her position with the online educational giant gave her the opportunity to connect a live global audience to top renowned professionals in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, software design, productivity, and lifestyle. 

Currently, LaRae creates environmental and editorial portraits for artists, celebrities, models, and companies with a need of lifestyle and conceptual imagery for promotional use and branding. Dedicated to help others, she offers her knowledge and resources to other artists around the world through her consulting services.
But wait, there's more, plenty more! We have awesome giveaways from all our product sponsors: 3 Legged Thing | BlackRapid | Books & Books | Canon | Dale Labs | Electric Avenue | Enlight Photo | ExpoImaging | Focus Pyramid | Leica Store Miami | Peak Design | Polaroid Fotobar | Think Tank Photo | Westcott | + more
So join us as Photo Workshops Miami presents, CHASING THE LIGHT 2015, hosted by the Coral Gables Museum on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Events starting at 8:30AM until 8:30PM 285 Aragon Avenue Coral Gables, FL 33134

For one full day you’ll share the fun and creativity of photography with some of the best in the business. Intended for the professional, amateur or photo enthusiast, who dreams of improving their photography skills, we’ve planned Photo Workshops Miami with you in mind.Take your craft to the next level; join us and START LIVING THE DREAM!
Limited seating available - tickets on sale now.
Camera Superstore 
259 East Flagler, Miami, FL 33131

Friday, March 27, 2015

PHOTO: Brian Smith talks Portrait Psychology to ASMP Miami 04.09.15

Hey South Florida photographers! Stop by the Miami Ad School on Thursday, April 9, where I’ll be speaking to ASMP South Florida about ‘The Psychology of Portrait Photography’.

ASMP-SFL Presents: Brian Smith – Portrait Psychology

Portrait photography is 10% technique and 90% psychology – the most important buttons you push are not on your camera. Learn how to engage your subject and capture the essence of their personality in a single portrait. Miami celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith will share the keys to creating thought-provoking conceptual portraits to lift you portraits to the next level. Find out how to sell your ideas to your subjects and clients and how to improvise and let go of the reigns when it leads to the best shot.
Miami celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith is the luckiest guy on the planet. He won a Pulitzer Prize at 25, he’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with the President and 3,000 of their closest friends, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, gotten drunk with George Clooney and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on…
Thursday, April 9, 2015
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Social time starts at 6:30 PM)
Miami Ad School – 578 NW 28th Street, Miami, FL
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$0.00 — ASMP member
$0.00 — Miami Ad School students & faculty
$6.50 — non-member
$3.00 — Other student – non member
Register Here
Other Registration Options: Besides registering via our website, you can register by calling ASMP at 215.451.2767 from 9-5 EDT. Attendance may be limited, so please register early.
Sponsored by: Capture Integration

Pitman Photo Darkroom Solo Exhibition with Jonathan Brooks

Pitman Photo Darkroom Solo Exhibition with Jonathan Brooks

April 1-30, 2015 (Opening Day 12pm-7pm) 10am-7pm Daily, Sundays 12pm-5pm

Pitman Photo Supply 13911 South Dixie Highway Miami, FL 33176
A photography exhibition by Miami's 
award-winning photographer/visual artist Jonathan Brooks
Contact: (305) 256-9558
Jonathan Brooks

Miami Artist's Skull Photos Featured on the 
CW Network's The Vampire Diaries

South Florida-based Photographer/Visual Artist Jonathan Brooks' Skulls Featured on the CW's The Vampire Diaries Television Series.

Miami, FL, March 25, 2015 --( Skull images by award-winning Miami Photographer/Visual Artist Jonathan Brooks will be featured on The CW's hugely popular and award-winning television series The Vampire Diaries.

The season 6 episode, number 618, is titled I Could Never Love Like That, and airs April 16, 2015 at 8 pm.

"I've loved vampires since I was a kid," says Brooks. "From the books of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice, to films like the classic Dracula starring Bela Lugosi to the modern 30 Days Of Night."

He recalled the phone call he received in mid February. "Hey, we want to use some of your images on our little show The Vampire Diaries," said Season Six Art Director Rosa Palomo of Bonanza Productions. "Lucky us!"

The show will be using quite a few of his photographs and excitement is spreading. The photographer is having a viewing party for the episode at Deli Lane's Sunset Tavern in South Miami and has an exhibit called Darkroom scheduled at Pitman Photo in Pinecrest for the month of April.

Brooks' image Love Floats was just featured on the German TV primetime show "Nur die Liebe zählt" (Only Love Counts) on German SAT.1 Television, West Elm will soon be carrying Dreams from his Cloud series, and his image Over The Rainbow won Best In Show 2014 Photo Of The Year at the inaugural Miami Photo Salon during Miami's prestigious art week.

His new self-published book "The True Cuba" is available on Amazon and many of Miami's fine book stores.

Follow him at

About Jonathan Brooks:
Jonathan Brooks is an award winning photographer and visual artist, whose work has been exhibited in Art Basel Miami, New York City, Amsterdam, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Brooks graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree from the University of Miami with a Communications Double Major (Advertising and Fine Arts: Photography) and a minor in Marketing.

In 2013, he finished his first short film 5 SKULLS as a Top Ten Finalist for Digital Photo Pro and HD Video Pro Magazines' 7th Annual Emerging Pro Still and Motion Competition. The competition was sponsored by RED cameras, Zeiss lenses, and Adobe. 5 SKULLS can be found on his website and youtube.

About The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J.Smith. The series premiered on The CW on September 10, 2009.

The pilot episode attracted the largest audience for The CW of any series premiere since the network began in 2006. The first season averaged 3.60 million viewers and the show has received numerous award nominations, winning People's Choice and Teen Choice Awards.

On January 11, 2015, the CW renewed the series for a seventh season.

About West Elm
West Elm (stylized as west elm) is an upscale retail store that features contemporary furniture designs and housewares. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. There are currently 59 stores across 25 states in the United States, the Canadian provinces of Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, as well as Puerto Rico, London, and Sydney, Australia. Customers are able to shop in-store, online, or through catalog by calling a toll free number.

West Elm was founded in 2002 and the catalog was released in 2003.

About Miami Photo Salon
Miami Photo Salon is an art fair where juried images were exhibited during the world-renowned Art Basel Week in Downtown Miami. Foot traffic between visiting art fairs bring in thousands of visitors, both from the local community and international tourists.

Miami Photo Salon is a Festival created by the nonprofit Cuban American Phototheque Foundation.

About The True Cuba Book
The True Cuba is a book by author Jonathan Brooks and was funded on the crowd funding site Kickstarter. It was inspired by the controversial book Vamos a Cuba (Let's Go to Cuba) that was pulled from the public school's library system by the Miami-Dade School Board in 2006 and whose legal battle ended on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009.

Friday, March 20, 2015

LEICA LOUNGE with Al Diaz Thursday, April 2, 2015

Free Event

Join us in the Leica Lounge on Thursday, April 2, 2015 with Miami Herald photojournalist Al Diaz. 
Leica Lounge is a lecture series hosted by Leica Store Miami which features presentations by local members of the photography community. Held monthly, these free events are designed to create and inspire the local photography community through sharing images and exchanging ideas.
The Leica Lounge is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Participants will be able to sample some of their amazing craft beers during the event. Brooklyn Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, producing a portfolio of traditional and experimental beers sure to impress any beer drinker.
About Al:

In 2014, Miami Herald photojournalist Al Diaz was presented the Humanitarian Award by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) for his efforts in the CPR rescue of baby Sebastian de la Cruz on a busy State Road 836 expressway in Miami. Diaz flagged down police after the infant stopped breathing, then captured one of the rescue’s most dramatic moments. The photograph was awarded “Photograph of the Year” by the Associated Press Media Editors (APME). Diaz believes, “A still photograph can change the course of history, affect policy, raise awareness and cause leaders to act, as in the image capturing the breath of life. Once viewed, it has inspired others to become trained in CPR techniques so they too can save a life.”
Diaz doesn’t wait to be handed an assignment—he never stops shooting. He wakes up each morning raring to tackle the waiting-to-be-photographed world. From the US invasion of Panama, balseros in Cuba, the coup attempt of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to the devastation of Hurricane Andrew and the deadly earthquake in Haiti, he has had his boots on the ground. 
His photo of the Miami Heat’s glitzy launch of their “Dream Team” players—Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh—spoke to the essence of that NBA-on-steroids moment. He has photographed Super Bowls, the World Series, NCAA championships the NBA Finals, and the Olympic Games. His sense of timing and eye for the revealing shot have also personified the likes of Madonna, Paul McCartney, OJ Simpson, Britney Spears, Penelope Cruz, Shaquille O’Neal, Tiger Woods and five U.S. Presidents.
Although perfectly at ease photographing boldface names and superstar athletes, Diaz’s visual journalism is at its most poignant when he’s capturing the “common” man and woman. His tender portraits of the homeless, the hungry, and the disenfranchised in Florida won him a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. 
Diaz is a member of the Miami Herald news team that won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for the newspaper's coverage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and the McClatchy President's Award for Journalism Excellence for coverage of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. 
Diaz, a Miami native, joined the photography staff at the Miami Herald in 1983 upon graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. Diaz takes pride in always being ready before the moment.
To view more of Al's work, visit his website.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pitman Photo: "The American West" Photo Exhibit by Robert Karafel

"The American West" 
A collection of 50 silver gelatin black & white prints made from 35mm and medium format (120) film in a conventional darkroom 15 years ago. The images are from Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and California.  Many of the images are from National Parks in those states, including Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Mesa Verde and Glacier. Exhibit on display at Pitman Photo until Sunday March 29th.  

Pitman Photo:located at 13911 S. Dixie Highway, Palmetto Bay, Open from 10 AM to 7 PM Monday to Saturday and Noon to 5 PM on Sundays. 

Reception with photographer, Robert Karafel
Saturday March 14th from 4 to 7 PM. 

The Arnold and Augusta Newman Lecture Series in Photography with Chris Rainier, Cultures on the Edge

The Arnold and Augusta Newman
Lecture Series in Photography
The Lowe Art Museum is proud to host The Arnold and Augusta Newman Lecture Series in Photography, which invites distinguished photographers to the University of Miami to discuss their work.

Chris Rainier

Cultures on the Edge: Photographing a changing world

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7 – 10pm

: 7 p.m., UM Fieldhouse
1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables, Florida, 33146
(Adjacent to the BankUnited Center) 
Admission: Lowe Members & UM Students: Complimentary; Non-Members: $10 
Complimentary Parking at Pavia Garage
RSVP: . Admissions at the door will be cash only. 
Parking: Complimentary parking available onsite 
Considered one of the leading documentary photographers working today, Chris Rainier is committed to immortalizing endangered indigenous cultures around the globe through his images. Rainier is a National Geographic Society Fellow who has co-founded multiple programs and contributed numerous articles, books, and TV productions at National Geographic, including the Last Mile Technology Program which aims to empower endangered traditional cultures. He has photographed for a number of publications, including Time magazine and The New York Times, and is contributing editor for the National Geographic Traveler Magazine. Rainier is also a photography correspondent for NPR’s Day to Day. His photography, including work on global culture and conflict, famine, and war, has been exhibited and collected by museums around the world, including the Australian Museum in Sydney, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, the International Center of Photography in New York, and the United Nations.

Lowe Art Museum exhibitions and programs are sponsored by Beaux Arts and the general membership. Additional support is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
Previous lecturers include:
Deborah Willis: Re-Imagining Beauty 
October 23, 2014
Elliott Erwitt
February 13, 2014
Jerry Uelsmann: Process and Perception
October 23, 2013
Mary Ellen Mark
February 28, 2013
Sally Mann
February 16, 2012
Duane Michals: Photography and Reality
March 3, 2011
William Wegman - Three Mistakes
October 21, 2010