Monday, October 02, 2006

Great Week in California

We just finished a great week in California. We had a terrific group of people attend in San Diego. We even had 5 people who flew in from Cabo, Mexico!! What a beautiful city - I wish we had more time there.

Tuesday took us to Irvine - almost 200 people attended. Another high energy crowd. Thanks to everyone for all the very kind remarks about the program.

Wednesday took us to Burbank. The program went great! In Burbank, we had a gentleman come in all the way from Winnipeg, Canada! He gets the "long distance" travel award. Again, we had nearly 200 attendees at the program. Thanks to all for being there. I have to say, one of the nicest things about this visit - other that the people attending - was the Burbank Hilton's hotel staff. Never, in all my years of giving programs, have I ever seen such a responsive , knowlegeable, helpful group of individuals. They helped with the entire set-up, including helping LaDawn with getting all the images up on the wall and then back down at the end of the evening. Two thumbs way up from LaDawn and I for the Burbank Hilton!

Off to the Oakland, San Francisco area on Thursday - WOW! Over 225 attendees here for the program. Another great group - the nice thing for me as I travel through California is seeing and visiting with old friends I have made over the years. My good friend Hanson Fong came by as well as several others during the week.

We were happy to wrap it Thursday, because it was off to "wine country" on Friday and Saturday. We visited Healsburg in the Russian River valley and had a wonderful time sampling some of the best wines in the world. Heck, this is what makes the traveling so much fun - it's the little "pause points" along the way.

I am writing this as we travel through Oregon today - yes, you guessed it - we plan to visit Oregon's wine country today. We plan to catch up with my friend Jerry Aucker and his wife Gloria and head to Willamette valley. Hey, Pinots, here we come.

We will give you the update at the next posting.

--David and LaDawn

Friday, September 22, 2006

The "BUZZ" is Back!

...The BEST seminar I ever attended! ...Wow! Just what I needed! ...This seminar comes at the perfect time in our profession!

Yes, The Digital WakeUp Call Tour is underway again - an the attendees are loving it! While we had thought the summer months would provide some time to relax and enjoy the time off the road, we found ourselves busier than ever!! You know you're too busy when you're anxious to hit the road again just to slow down your daily routine!!

The week before starting the Tour David spoke at the largest - over 3500 attendees - PhotoShop World in Vegas. He headed up the first ever wedding track by giving 5 programs on Friday and also held an on-location Pre-Con session on Wednesday. We took the red -eye flight early Saturday morning 1:00 am. so David could shoot an all day wedding on Saturday. It was GREAT just busy, busy, busy!!

We packed our rental van all day Sunday and for the first time on the Tour we hit rain in our travels. Unfortunately, the rainy conditions followed us from location to location the first 4 days. We started off Monday, September 11th in Columbus, then Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Thursday in Buffalo. We then drove to Sturbridge MA for the PPANE Convention and Trade Show. David spoke on Saturday while I ran the tradeshow booth and we both worked the booth on Sunday. At the close of the tradeshow hours, we quickly packed up and started the DRIVE to Nashville, TN. an 18 hour drive. Yes, many are questioning if we are NUTS!!

Our plan was to get as far as Allentown PA, just over 4 hour drive, check into a hotel and meet up with old friends for dinner. To our amazement, Allentown PA was holding an Agricultural Convention and the first 5 hotels we attempted to check into were fully booked. We finally had to settle on a Red Roof Inn. We drove approximately 9 hours on Tuesday and completed the drive Wednesday morning to reach Nashville for Wednesday evening program.

Our audience was terrific in each city. We kicked off each program with an ete opening lighting demo which David popped on the screen with Canon's wireless transmitter. It was a "kick for all.
ColorVision and ExpoImaging joined our sponsors list for the second half of the tour as well and added substantially to the door prize give always. We are giving away about $1700 per city for the second half of the tour. Kudos to all of our sponsors.


Monday, September 18, 2006

Digital WakeUp Call Fall Tour Underway

Wow! Where did the summer go. We were at Photoshop World in Las Vegas 2 weeks ago presenting their first ever wedding track of programs. What a great crowd - the largest Photoshop World ever - over 3500 enthusiastic participants! LaDawn and I hit the road again last week and had a great kick-off week for the second half of the Digital WakeUp Call Tour. We visit Nashville on Wednesday, and head for the West Coast next week.

I promised a review of Canon's new ProGraf5000 inkjet printer over the summer. It arrived 2 days before we left for Photoshop World 2 weeks ago. As soon as we land back home we will get it up and running and give you an update. We are at the PPANE Convention this weekend and Canon printed off a few images for me - they looked fantastic!!! I can't wait to get it fired up. Check out the review at Luminous-Landscape's site - - lot's of great info on the printer.

We will check in a bit more often now that we are back on tour.

All the best to everyone.

--David and LaDawn

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle Added to Fall Swing!

We had so many people calling, emailing, and writing that we were not coming to their cities. Well, we looked at the calendar and added Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle. Check for dates and locations. Hope to see everyone there.


Wrapped Up Spring Tour - Can't Wait Till Fall!


22 cities completed and almost 3400 photogs in attendance. It was great to visit with so many people along the way. It was great to get to know our sponsor friends and "hang" with them for a "cool one" at the end of the evening.

Part of the "joy" too was seeing he countryside and geography as we drove from state to state. By coincidence, we had not one "rainy Day" on the tour - Sunshine every city.

LaDawn and I are looking forward to a few weeks at home. It has been a GREAT adventure and we have had the opportunity to meet so many photographers along the way. The comments have been overwhelmingly very complimentary to raving approval of the presentation.

Thanks again, everyone!


Washington Notes

We had a wonderful weekend in Washington DC over the May 13th and 14th. We actually played like tourists and attended Mass on Sunday at the National Cathedral.

After attending the service I was photographing the interior of the Cathedral when I noticed another guy carrying a camera bag and shooting with a Canon 5D. I struck up a conversation with him to ask about the camera and what else he might have in his bag. I was excited to hear that he also had with him the 70-200 IS lens and the 580 flash and much more gear back at the hotel. So I asked if he was a professional photographer, assuming that he probably was. Imagine his surprise when he found that No he wasn't a professional photographer but a real estate agent from Seattle!!!!

Never to let an opportunity pass --- I invited him to the workshop Monday evening in Tyson's Corner. He showed up with his wife and loved the seminar.

Thanks to everyone for all the wonderful comments. We had great attendance for the whole week.

Washington DC 265
Richmond VA 125
Raleigh NC 190
Charlotte NC 155

We left Charlotte early Friday morning to make the 8 hour drive back home. We arrived home around 2:30pm. I quickly touched base with "the girls" changed into a suit and left by 4:00 to shoot a wedding Friday night. Then woke early to shoot a 12 hour wedding on Saturday!! Sunday was indeed a day of rest.


Monday, May 15, 2006

WOW! What an East Coast Week!

We just finished the second week of the Digital WakeUp Tour through Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. The audiences were great! We had a chance to meet nearly 1000 photographers at the seminars.

There has been an overwhelming positive response form the attendees. Friends from New England were calling their buddies in NY and NJ telling them to attend. Nearly 15% of those attending heard about the Digital WakeUp Call tour via "word of mouth". I think that speaks to the high level of information presented during the program.

I truly believe that regardless of your expertise, there is something for everyone in the program. Most people follow along with the tour handbook making notes along the way. I think that adds to the educational experience as well.

We are in Washington, D. C. This evening with an anticipated crowd of about 265 enthusiastic photographers. Richmond, VA; Raleigh, NC; and Charlotte, NC. wraps us up for the week. We hope to see you down the road.


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

First Week of Digital WakeUp Call Tour a Great Success!

WOW! LaDawn and I have just returned from the first leg of the Digital WakeUp Call Tour. E-mails have been flowing in about how much everyone enjoyed the seminar. Here is a sampling:

"...I think for the price you can't afford to miss the show when it comes to your area. In summary he is the consummate gentleman professional photographer that I was very happy to see, giving to some in the room, a look at what the profession is REALLY supposed to look like. An evening well spent. " T.H.

"... I was at the seminar in Omaha last week and was very impressed with the entire program. ...I learned so much about lighting and composition that it made the $49 very worthwhile." M. K

"...The seminar was absolutely wonderful and so very, very inspiring." S. J.

You could see the excitement everywhere, during the mini-trade show segments, the energy during the program, and the door prize give-a-ways. Everyone was pretty much "locked to their seats" till the very end.

We head for the East coast in a few days. See you there.

Check out the Digital WakeUp Call Tour website for all the info. --David

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Digital Wake Up Call Tour starts Monday!

Well, we are off and running to Oklahoma City, Wichita, Kansas City, and Omaha this week. We are fired up and so are the attendees. I promise you this will be one of the best seminars you have ever attended.

I wanted it to offer a tremendous amout of content - and it does. And, I also wanted it to give each attendee a tremendous amout of value. Heck, with your registration you will receive over $200 worth of products. We have worked closely with many of our vendors and many have graciously offered a number of door prizes which we will give away in each city - right now door prizes are totaling about $1200 per city!!!

You can still register yourself and guests on-line at

Hope to see you there. --David