New and Improved

With the proliferation of mobile devices and Apple’s reluctance to enable Flash for their iPad’s and iPhones we decided to create an HTML parallel site so you’ll be visible to those on the go.  The added benefit is the SEO will be greatly improved. We think you’ll like us so much we’re offering a 30 day money back guarantee.  We still have the phone support you’ve heard about so give us a try!  After all, you have nothing to lose.

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Interview

I was interviewed by David Warner of www.lensflare35.com where several of my images were profiled.  This is a great site for photographers at any stage of their career.

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4th Quarter Contest Winner

Congratulations are in order for Bob Coates (www.fotografia-romantica.com) since he is the winner of the 4th quarter Tafota website contest.  Bob is based in Sedona, Arizona and is a very versatile photographer, being adept at portraits, weddings and commercial work.  He is also nationally known as a great instructor too.  Last, but not least, he is also a volunteer photographer with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.  Bob used the Pikes Peak template and made a very simplistic, yet stylish site from it using his gorgeous images.  He uses this site for his boutique offerings.  He gets the Beckstead in the Bahamas instructional; DVD by David Beckstead, a $50 gift certificate from Renaissance Albums and a check for $50 from Tafota.  Keep up the good work Bob, the industry needs more photographers like you to continue to inspire us.

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Pictage Podcast

Last week Grant Oakes of Tafota had the opportunity to chat with Sara France for one of the weekly Pictage Podcasts.  She asked a slew of questions starting with how I got into photography and ending with a synopses of the PartnerCon program “Perception is Realty” that I did in New Orleans in November.  You can hear the Podcast by going to http://blog.pictage.com/?p=2752

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2009 Partner Conference

Well, to say that it’s been a fantastic week would be an understatement.  Pictage PartnerCon was a great experience with all the programs, the food and the people.  I wanted to take a moment to recognize a few people that really contributed to the huge success of the conference.  First off there’s a good friend of mine that works at Pictage, Scott Anderson and he had a couple of partners in crime with Emily Engle and Lisa Allen.  The new CEO of Pictage, Jim Collins who is rapidly becoming a huge cheerleader for our industry.  His passion is seriously infectious!  There was also the efforts of Scott Muira, Heather Rollins, Paul Manke, Jason O’Hare, Michael Caro, Simon Anderson, Monty Jessip, Danny Faccini and a host of other employees who worked extremely hard to bring this conference to fruition.  I dare not leave out those that organized the Hurricane Katrina victims photo shoot, Chris Williams and Will Jacks.  Others like Joe Bussink, David Beckstead and Denis Reggie also assisted and lent their talents to this noble cause.  There were probably upwards of 100 others that assisted as well.  All I can say is that it was a job well done and you all deserve the recognition.  I can’t wait for the conference next year!  I have assembled a short slide show in their honor that you can view by clicking here.

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Pictage Partner Conference

It’s been a really great week in New Orleans at the Pictage Partner Conference.  I had the privilege of giving my presentation today and tomorrow morning will be leading a group of 25 photographers to do a creative composition shooting session with 2 models and later in the day photographing families that lost their images during Katrina.  I had the opportunity to see old friends and create a few new ones.  I also got the chance to meet and visit with the new CEO of Pictage, Jim Collins and it’s fun to see someone that’s so passionate about our industry.  Wonderful things are on the horizon for Pictage!

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3rd Quarter Site Winner

Lori Nordstrom

Lori Nordstrom

Please give a round of applause to Lori Nordstrom for winning the 3rd quarter Tafota website contest.  She’ll get a $50 gift certificate from Renaissance Albums, an instructional DVD from David Beckstead and a $50 check from Tafota. Most of you are aware that Lori is an extraordinary portrait photographer that calls Winterset Iowa her home.  Iowa is a cold place to be this time of the year but her images surely warm the heart.  Lori’s site, http://nordstrompros.com is dedicated to her educational efforts in the industry.  Well done Lori.

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Roll out of new site

We relaunched Tafota today, complete with a new logo, pricing and offerings.  Other than that, we’re the same company that brings you great service and tries to help you with marketing your business.  Look for us at Pictage Partner Con November 3-5, 2009 in New Orleans, Imaging USA in Nashville, January 10-12 2010 and WPPI March 8-10 in Las Vegas.

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Pictage Partner Conference

Less than 3 weeks to go (November 3-5) before Pictage Partner Con in New Orleans.  This is going to be a really fantastic show with a great line up of speakers.  Tafota will have a booth and will be rolling out new aspects of their website offerings.  The founder and President, Grant Oakes, will also be speaking on Wednesday at 8:00 am on the topic “Perception is Reality”.  For full details go to http://pro.pictage.com/community/ppc/neworleans/index.shtml  If you miss this convention, you’ll miss a LOT!

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Pictage Partner Con

Well, it’s offical, Grant Oakes, president of Tafota, will be a speaker at the Pictage Partner Conference, held November 3-5, 2009 in New Orleans.  The program is entitled “Perception is Reality” and will focus on how to attract and book the high end bride.  All the details of this amazing 3 day seminar/workshop can be viewed by clicking here.

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