You've probably already heard (we've been shouting it from the rooftops), but our new book The Design Aglow Posing Guide To Family Portrait Photography drops on August 27th. We want to introduce you to a few of our contributors--who you probably already know, because they're kind of a big deal--and give you an hour-long opportunity to ask them anything about posing, business, or even the technical side of photography. Joining the chats couldn't be simpler: just log on to the Design Aglow Facebook page at the allotted time, where we'll set up a dedicated post for your questions and our experts' answers. All the fun will be moderated by us, to keep things on topic.
So if you've ever wanted to connect with these 5 renowned portrait photographers and hear what makes them--and their businesses--tick, brainstorm your questions and save these dates. We'll see you next week! Want to know more about our featured photogs? Check out their bios and click through to their portfolios here:
Lena Hyde, of Lena Hyde Photography and Design Aglow: For the last 15 years, Lena Hyde has been transforming the way her clients view photography through her stunning philosophy of life as art, and by fine art photography for her discerning Palm Beach clientele. With advanced degrees in photography and art history, Lena is highly capable in both the technical and aesthetic possibilities of her craft. Also frequently published and internationally exhibited, Lena speaks as a respected expert in the field of contemporary childhood photography. Her studio and offices are headquartered in West Palm Beach, at Muses & Visionaries, an innovative co-working space for women she cofounded in 2010. Lena is the creator of both Design Aglow, the leading design and business success resource for portrait and wedding photography studios since 2006, and of Project Life 365, an inspiring online global community of artists. Lena has authored two photography books, for portrait and wedding photographers, to be released to an international audience of professional photographers by Random House in 2013. Lena's photography and businesses have been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Click! Magazine, Maeve Magazine (Australia), Palm Beach Illustrated, the Palm Beach Post, the Sun Sentinel, the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Country Life Magazine (UK), The San Francisco Chronicle, Palm Beach Young Society Magazine, City & Shore Magazine, and Whole Living Magazine. In her free time, Lena enjoys traveling with her husband and two young boys.
Sandi Bradshaw, of Sandi Bradshaw Photography: Sandi Bradshaw has been a portrait and commercial photographer since 2007. Her work has been published in several magazines including InStyle and has also been published by a nationally recognized greeting card company. She has built a large clientele among professional athlete families as well as worked with the children and families of several celebrities and actors. Sandi also provides one-on-one training and group workshops for other professional photographers, and aspiring photographers, through her Focus Photography Workshops.
Sandi lives in Arizona with her husband Paul Sutton and her four boys Lane, Jaxon, Kellan, and Rylan”¦and her daughter, Suri.
Sara Brennan-Harrell, of Whitebox Photo: Sara Brennan-Harrell is the owner + photographer of Whitebox Photo. She specializes in lifestyle photography of families, kids and grads. Sara feels lucky to do what she loves everyday”¦.photographing happy people in fun locations around the world. In between editing and shooting she can be found on her farm in North Carolina working in the garden or feeding her flock of chickens. When not on the farm, she and her family are working their way through the states in their Winnebago, Bessie.
Sheryll Lynne, of Sheryll Lynne Photographers: Sheryll Lynne is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah and Louisville, Kentucky. While her style is continually evolving, she strives to create fun and fresh images for her clients. Sheryll Lynne loves coffee (always with an extra shot of espresso), traveling, and meeting new people (everyone has an interesting story to tell). And when a camera is not in her hand? She's either spending time with her family and friends, or playing Call of Duty on the Xbox.
Michelle Huesgen, of Untamed Heart Photography: Michelle was raised in a small town and was surrounded by rugged nature and life lived simply. As a child she spent many afternoons driving along the countryside admiring the colors and landscapes of the great outdoors and traipsing through the creeks in the backwoods of Missouri. Her imagination was limitless. Today she strives to bring those colors, landscapes, and imagination into her work. Michelle has been published in Get Married Magazine, The Knot Magazine, St. Louis Bride Magazine, Flourish Magazine and has done catalog work for Matilda Jane Clothing and The Good Ones clothing line.
From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.