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Have you ever wanted to learn or practice lifestyle photography?  This is in the moment, candid photos taken of subjects without much posing.  For our April PUG, we will be photographing a few children at the Layton Park on April 25th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Because summer is almost here, I have had a lot of people ask how to capture children in runnign and playing on a playground, outside, etc.  So here is your chance to come and experiment.

Please RSVP, so I know how many to count on.


Looking forward, in May we will be doing lighting 101!


Hello fellow PUG Members! Our March PUG meeting will be at The Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork on March 25th from noon to 4pm.

The address is:  311 W 8500 S

Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Here are directions to the temple:,+Spanish+Fork,+UT&hl=en&ll=40.07583,-111.660072&spn=0.005147,0.011362&sll=40.003362,-111.54683&sspn=0.659566,1.454315&t=h&z=17
Please arrive early as you will have to take a shuttle bus to the temple!
I need an RSVP to know who to plan on attending!
Now some tips on How to protect your camera, courtesy of Scott Jarvie.
People always ask me about keeping the camera safe??

The safest thing you can do is to not own a camera to worry about.

Personally, I really don’t worry about it… tons of people that bring their camera and if they’re not stupid they’re just fine.

I will NOT try to convince you to come… some people will remain paranoid no matter what. I will not try to talk sense into you. If logic can’t save you then just don’t come, or come and don’t shoot, or come and buy a underwater bag.

But below I will give you the perfect TIPS on how to be SMART

BTW it’s not smart to be in the middle of the crowd with no protection and a external zoom lens… but you can always NOT be in the middle of the crowd.

For those that are concerned

I would NOT recomend the following

  • Using external zoom lenses
  • Going into the middle of the crowd
  • Changing lenses
  • Changing memory cards
  • Using a neckstrap you don’t want stained
  • Not using gaffer tape on sensetive areas

As for me

  • I wear an open jacket to tuck the camera
  • I put filters on the lenses. (Even a cheap one just for the day)
  • I don’t use an external zoom lens (so no 24-70) and I’d be risky to use my 14-24 but the other 5-6 lenses are fair game.
  • I gaffer tape flash pop up, battery area, memory card area and external plug in sections.
  • I put syran wrap around where the lens connects and remove it when I want to change lenses
  • I change lenses in a safe environment
  • I air compressor or comressed air to blow off entire camera prior to changing lenses and when I’m done for the day.
  • I get a sensor cleaning

Thanks for the great information Jarvie!!!!

I hope to see you all there!!!


Let’s end our 2011 PUG year with a bang and get together for food, fun and a little bit of planning for 2012!

We will be meeting on December 28th at 6:30 p.m. at The Sonora Grill in Ogden!  The PUG will be providing chips, salsa, drinks and hors d’oevres!  Let’s review 2011 and talk about the upcoming 2012 year and what kind of topics, meetings and events you would like to have for our Salt Lake City PUG! This is your chance to have your voice heard!

The address to The Sonora Grill is: 2310 S. Kiesel Ave. Ogden, UT 84401

PLEASE RSVP so I know how many to count on! or 801-349-0718.

Happy Holidays and here’s to having a wonderful 2012!

Hello there!

It is Novemeber, and the days are getting shorter. Daylight savings time is now in effect as well and as photographers we all know the optimum time for shooting ends much earlier than we would like for outdoor portrait sessions! Because of this, I have decided to move our PUG Meeting to Saturday, November 26th at 11:00 a.m.

Because this meeting will be held at a private residence, PLEASE message me for directions and an address. It is in East Layton, Utah.

Topics we will be covering:

New Pictage Products and Services (There are a BUNCH! YAY!)
How to obtain a correct white balance in the snow
How to coreectly espose subjects properly with snow
and How to photograph moving subjects.

We have the FABULOUS opportunity to photograph two hourses, a model in a red cape with white fur trim and hopefully we will have oodles of snow as well!

If you are in town after Turkey Day and need some inspiration, please join us and bring a friend!


Wow!  I couldn’t be more excited!  For our September PUG we have the priveldge of meeting at Brody Dezember‘s NEW Studio in downtown Salt Lake City!  Brody will talk to us a little about his workflow as well as how he integrates Pictage products and services into that workflow for his studio.  We will also have refreshments!

Date: Wednesday September 28, 2011

Time: Gather at 6:30, program starts at 7:00 p.m.

Location: 423 West 800 South in Downtown Salt Lake City.

Please RSVP so Brody and I will know how many people to plan for.  You can email me at or text me at 801-349-0718.

As always, our PUG meetings are free and open to anyone!

Save the date for our August PUG Meeting which will be on August 31st at 6 p.m.

Wedding season will start winding down soon and so I thought it would great to take a break from the wedding craziness and provide a different type of shooting opportunity. The shoot will be geared towards encouraging each of us to make the shoot a bit more abstract than we normally shoot (framing, angles, lighting etc.) and/or try something different (shoot shallow, with off camera flash, etc.)

We will be meeting in the courtyard of the downtown Salt Lake City Library at 6 p.m. and from there we will move around downtown with our model and just get creative together! If you have ideas for props, location or clothing please let me know or bring them along! I always value your input. As always, PUGS are free to join and you don’t need to be a Pictage Member to attend! Remember to join us on our SLC PUG Facebook Page here.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me. My cell phone number is 801-349-0718 if you need to text/call me on the day of the shootl

Address to the library: 210 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Attached is a photo of the model we will be shooting.

Our July PUG Meeting will be a learning session from one of Utah’s top wedding vendors, Modest Couture by Elizabeth , and then afterwards we will have the privilege to shoot a model in one of Betsy’s custom made vintage dresses. Betsy will be giving us photographers advice from her viewpoint of a thriving dress designer on how she has found a niche in the business, what brides are looking for in vendors as well as what she looks for in photographers. The meeting time is July 27th, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. We will be meeting in the courtyard of the SLC Library where Betsy will chat with us and then we will start our photo shoot. Address to the library: 210 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111 My Cell Number is: 801-349-0718.

As always, PUGS are free to join!  Email me for more or visit

Who isn’t a fan of Scott Jarvie? If you haven’t heard of him, you are truly missing out. He is a fantastic photographer, teacher and truly has a personality that keeps everyone around him smiling. On to the good stuff, Scott will be talking about The language of photography through the concepts of Attraction and Distraction (Knowing how people view your work and what attracts them.)

Meeting time: 6:30 p.m. Salt Lake Library

Program: 7:00 p.m.

We will most likely be meeting on the 2nd floor in one of the class rooms. Please text me if you arrive late and can’t find us! 801-349-0718. We would love to see you there. It is free to attend and there is no need to be a Pictage Member.

As a photographer, or an artist of any type it is important to continually be creative, and if you are like me sometimes I feel less than creative.  How do we boost creativity?  I am excited to announce this month Jon Woodbury will be our speaker.  Jon is not only a fabulous photographer but a phenomenal comedian as well who will be presenting his ideas of how to boost creativity through the concepts of comedy improvisation.  Check out his work here

We will be meeting on March 30th at 6:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake City Library.  The program starts at promptly at 7:00 p.m.

210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City UT 84111

Please join us.  It is free for anyone to attend and any experience level is welcome! If you have questions you may email me at: or call/text me at 801-349-0718.


Andrea Hanks


I am having a difficult time nailing down an accountant or CPA who is willing to come and speak to our group. If  anyone knows of someone who is interested please let me know.  Last month we had to re-schedule the meeting at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts with the speaker.    For now, though this is what I have lined up for November.  Jared Van Orden from the Weber State Small Business Development Center will be coming to discuss things such as how to obtain a business license, business marketing and other such small business necessities.  He will not be speaking about taxes as he is not a position to do so.  I hope you will come and bring a friend!  Please send me an email so I know who will be attending!

The meeting will be held at The Sonora Grill in Ogden, Utah on Tuesday November 30th at 7 p.m. The address is:  2310 S. Kiesel Ave. Ogden, UT 84401 and the phone number is: 801.393.1999.

Pictage WILL be providing chips, salsa and soft drinks from The Sonora Grill.  Do NOT feel obligated to purchase food….but the menu ROCKS if you are a bit hungry!

Finally, as a reminder you do NOT need to be a Pictage Member to join in and the meetings are always free!