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Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Allison and I are very very humbled and proud of this. Almost two years ago we were approached by PPA with the idea of doing a tour for them. This was such a shock to us. Who are we that PPA wants us to represent them? This is the very first tour that PPA is doing for themselves. My good friend Scott Kurkian (CFO of PPA) eventually convinced us that we are the right people for the job. They wanted a real studio that they know is running a successful business. Two trips to Atlanta PPA headquarters and MANY meetings later here we are.

Wednesday we will be in Atlanta to start off the first stop of the tour. We REALLY want this to be something that people will leave with real things to work on. It's not a "studio in a can" talk. Our commitment is to be totally transparent about our successes and failures, so hopefully you can avoid some of the mistakes we have made over the years. I want the attendees to feel apart of the talk. I will be using twitter to interact with the crowd while my better half will be doing most of the talking. She is quite good at the talky thing. I will chime in when I feel I can add something to the topic. There will also be a guest speaker at each stop who will talk about practical lighting /shooting techniques (see below).

We will be rolling out a new premium side to our lbobi (Little Blog of Big Ideas) next week so stay tuned for details. Don't worry, we're not taking away anything from lbobi, just adding on.

Here is the official PPA release about the tour. Lots of great links and info about it.
PPA Tour 2010

PPA Tour 2010

Nurture the Artist in You

(c) Amelia Lyon PhotographyPhotographers are artists. As such, a large part of your career success depends on feeding your inspiration and expanding your technical skills. After all, you have to first create the image before you can sell it!

The PPA Tour 2010 is the perfect place to get several new perspectives on photography (and technical tips). For example, featured speakers Jeff and Allison Rodgers now run one of the most profitable studios in the U.S...but before that, they were prominent published and awarding-winning art directors in the Memphis advertising world. Big believers in the importance of unique design, the Rodgers can help you learn more about:

  • Finding your style
  • Creating your niche
  • Dealing with custom requests
  • Shooting for spaces

And don't forget that every tour stop boasts a special guest speaker who will provide even more artistic instruction and inspiration. Look at the location that is nearest you to see what you could be learning...like the following:

  • How to see with creative vision
  • Favorite lighting and posing techniques
  • "Run-and-gun" capture techniques
  • Fresh approaches to photography

The PPA Tour 2010--artistic inspiration, techniques and ideas from some of the hottest photographers, plus sound business advice. Now that's a winning combination.

Join us for four hours, for only $29--it's a small investment that will light a fire under your business and spice up your creativity.  

Register now for only $29
(Please note that seating is limited and at this price, we expect venues to fill quickly, so register today!)


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Jeff & Allison

Comments: 8

kristen ~ k.holly (03-23-2010 at 8:00pm):

Yay! I'm so excited, I'll be attending the Chicago one on Monday! I'll be the tall girl with pink hair and a big smile :) Can't wait!

Lisa O. (03-29-2010 at 7:58am):

I think I will be going to the Detroit one!!

Lisa O. (03-29-2010 at 2:25pm):

Woo Hoo!! Just signed up for the one in Detroit!!

Martha - EP (03-31-2010 at 9:14am):

You guys were awesome. I saw you last night in Minneapolis. Allison, you spoke about things I've thought of but as a newbie, scared to go out of the box. Love your approach! You rock! Looking forward to following you guys from now on.

Lisa (03-31-2010 at 6:12pm):

Allison&Jeff - You ROCKED last night. I am more of a business person than a photographer and you SPEAK MY LANGUAGE. Plus your chemistry is a hoot.

alyssa flaten (04-01-2010 at 9:50am):

hey guys, where can we find the slides online from the PPA roadshow? I looked on the PPA site but didn't see a link. you guys were great in minneapolis! you are so real and humble and very inspirational to my husband and i. we have some serious goals now regarding our family and the business, our SCA, and where we are headed. yipee!

Dawn Spinella (04-22-2010 at 9:38pm):

Saw you last night in Sacramento! Awesome encouragement. Love your stuff!!

Kim Sancranti (05-22-2010 at 9:40pm):

You were both so great in Boston! You are an inspiration. You have a wonderful busines sense and creativity! Best of luck to both of you!
Be Well,

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Join Jeff & Allison for a live chat about their EMHE episode.

Click the image below to jump over to our lbobi blog for the live chat.

 Picture 11

Comments: 0

Friday, March 12, 2010

ARP shoots another Extreme Makeover : Home Edition episode!!!

This past December Allison and I had the honor of shooting images for our second Extreme Makeover : Home Edition! We were very honored to be asked back to shoot another episode with Ty and the gang. Our first shoot with EMHE was last year in Montgomery AL. So cool that we were able to do this twice in 2009. {Here are behind the scenes video and blog posts from that shoot.} Video Post1 Post 2 Big Reveal

Here's a sneak peek of some behind the scenes stuff. The episode airs, Sunday March 21st on ABC.
After the show airs we will be able to post the images they used in the home. Until then, you guys will just have make do with these pics of America's favorite handy man Ty Pennington:)

This video shows the HUGE crowd of volunteers walking down the street to send off the family. It was very humbling to be a part of this. For you photography geeks, the video was shot using the Canon 7D with a 45mm tilt shift.



Jeff & Allison

Comments: 2

Kim (03-13-2010 at 12:30pm):

Can't wait to see the photos in the home!

Michelle Guzman (05-08-2010 at 9:28am):

So cool to see these behind the scenes of the show. What an awesome opportunity to photograph this.