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https://youtu.be/OUvq-RDnseU Platypod Extreme Kickstarter w/Scott Kelby, Dr. Larry Tiefenbrunn & Guests | The Grid Ep. 509 If you've been following Scott Kelby very long, you already know some of his favorite tools for photography are his Platypod and Platyball. Well, prepare to add another item in the Platy lineup that you'll want to add to your wish list immediately! Check…

It's #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here on ScottKelby.com as always. Today, I write from a cold, rain-soaked Scotland. Tomorrow on The Grid there's going to be something epic happening. If you've been keeping an eye on the Platypod social media feeds, you'll know there's a new product dropping, but what could it be? Platypod has a great history…

Greetings from Hartford, Connecticut (up here for my Lightroom seminar today). Well, it’s Monday - and it’s gonna be a good one, so let’s do this thing! :) 1) Dave’s cool Platypod Trick I hadn’t thought of this before, but now that Dave’s shared it, I’m going to be using it.  Here’s the link to Dave’s blog. He’s a clever…

For the next 20 days leading up to Christmas Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion of KelbyOne share with you the gear that every photographer would want to see on under their tree this year. This episode is dedicated to the Platypod Pro - a great flat mount for your DSLR or off camera Flashes. For more information on the Platypod…

There’s no better time than the presents (see what I did there?), so let’s go! It’s my “17th Annual Gonzo Holiday Photo Gear Guide” as featured in the December 2022 issue of Photoshop User magazine (if you'd like, you can download the entire issue for free, right here, as my holiday gift to you). No one is more surprised than…

Editor's Note: We're just a day away from December, so I wanted to bring back this fantastic 2019 post from Gilmar Smith about creating more exciting holiday cards. Enjoy!

Holiday Cards Don't Have To Be Boring...

For the last few years, I have made a goal of mine to create the most amazing memories with my kids, both in real life and photography-wise. Of course, it is a mission of mine to make our Holiday Card an epic one every year. Who wants to receive another boring Holiday card anyways?

Our Holiday Cards and my Bad Santa series were personal projects I started doing for fun, and they turned out to be the greatest marketing tool for my business during the Holiday Season. 

This year, I started booking Holiday Cards sessions even before Halloween. 

As the song says, Holiday is the most wonderful time of the year, and it is also the perfect time for you as a photographer to make money. 

Mostly everybody I know sends Holiday Cards to their family and friends. A big part of that group prefers to send family pictures instead of store-bought Holiday Cards. 

I am sure you usually receive pretty much the same version of a Holiday card from different families. Matching outfits, fake smiles, all of them in front of a Christmas Tree. But not all Holiday Cards have to be like that! 

What I look to capture on Holiday Card sessions is a little bit of everyone's personality in one image. For me to be able to do that, I make sure to collect as much information as possible from my client's family. Some of my clients have already a concept picked by the time they book the sessions, and some others need a little help choosing a theme. That's when the info I collect from them comes handy. I go ahead and customize inspiration boards for them and even draw a few sketches. 

Then my job is to escalate their concept to the epic level!

Having shot multiple clients' Holiday Cards through the years, I can also say it's a very competitive time between family and friends, but the fun kind. Once you send out your first fun Holiday Card, there's no going back. They will be expected every year.

This family recreates a rock album cover every year for their Holiday Card... Can you guess which one is this?

This family wanted a portrait of the chaos that goes behind doors... I can relate!

Kitchen portraits are always fun!

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