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MorePhotos Radio - Angie and Andy Wood for WPPI
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DAMIEN: Good afternoon and welcome to More Photos Radio. My name is Damien Allen and joining me on the telephone is Angie and Andy Wood of A&A Photography of Littleton, Colorado. Good afternoon, folks, welcome to the show.
 
ANGIE: Good afternoon. Thank you for having us.
 
ANDY: Yes, thank you.
 
DAMIEN: It’s a pleasure having you, and of course for you it’s morning, because you are a couple of hours behind us, but you’re going to be speaking at the upcoming conference at WPPI.  Could you please tell us a little bit about the topics you’re going to be cover?
 
ANGIE: Yes. We’re going to be doing a platform class at WPPI this year on Overall Web Presence for Photographers. First, basically these are things they can do regarding their website, their blog, anything with the web to get ahead of their competition to get more business. Basically we’re going to talk about some of the vendors they can use to accomplish these things and some of the Search Engine Optimization things they can do to make their business stand out more on the web and kind of dispel some of those myths regarding SEO that people have.
 
DAMIEN: What day and time will your class be held during the conference?
 
ANGIE: Our class is going to be on Tuesday the 9th at 6:30 and as far as the classroom, that information will be provided a little closer to the conference through RangeFinder Magazine and also when they check into Las Vegas they’ll give them that information there as well.
 
DAMIEN: What do you hope your participants are going to take away at the end of the day after the workshop?
 
ANGIE: We are hoping they will learn better ways and techniques to run their blog, to run their website, to run their shopping cart so they will have a better web presence and in turn get more business doing weddings or portraits or whatever kind of photography they may do.
 
DAMIEN: How long have you been photographers and how’d you get started with WPPI?
 
ANGIE: We have been photographers on a professional level with our business for about 5 years. We’ve been photographers both of us pretty much our whole lives. We both have always really loved photography and cameras, but as far as on a professional level about 5 years, and it was our second year of business that we had some photographer friends that said there is this really great organization you should come to the conference. It’s lots of fun it’s called WPPI. So we went and that was…the first time we went was our second year, and we have been going ever since, but we joined WPPI, we went to the conference the first year and we just left inspired and in awe and with a lot of new information and ideas, and we just felt like it was such an amazing organization with the quality of photographers that they have educating and inspiring people and so we thought, you know, we want to get more involved with that organization as well. So we have been a part of it ever since and now obviously we are speaking for them and encouraging other people to join and grow with them.
 
DAMIEN: Now you are an award winning husband and wife team. How did you get started like this? And can you offer some tips on working together as a family and as an artist.
 
ANGIE: Well we…that’s kind of a loaded question. It’s actually working together is a husband and wife, being married and working together is definitely a challenge. It’s something we actually speak on in some workshops of own to people, and we spoke to WPPI about it. To keep that on a more simple note, I would say that some of the tips would be that you want to play to each other’s strengths, and each of us has things we are better at than the other, and we try to utilize that the best that we can along with constantly teaching each other. Things I learn I can share with him and vice versa, you know, a few other really big tips are trying to keep a professional and not personal level separate which is probably the hardest part and there’s a whole 2 hour class I could go on about that as far as how you do that.
 
ANDY: Things like when you say I don’t really like that album spread maybe we should try to do this or that, I’m not saying you’re a bad wife. Separating it that way and making sure you are listening to what the person is telling you, because it’s probably business related and has nothing to do with personal.
 
ANGIE: And also having our specific roles. We even have them written down and put up; what I’m responsible for, what he’s responsible for so there is never that extra fight about well you were supposed to do that or we know what we are responsible for, we get our work done, and then we can go on to being husband and wife when the day is over.
 
DAMIEN: What’s going to be new for A&A Photography in 2010? Are you going to be doing any other workshops or conferences? Are there some new projects coming up for the studio?
 
ANGIE: We really found a calling for teaching, and we both really love it, and of course, teaching something about another passion you have, of course, photography is definitely something that we found we want to continue. We started teaching at our community college in town, and we moved on to WPPI. WPPI is the only actual big conference we are going to be teaching at in 2010 right now, but we have started our own line of workshops called The Wood Shop and with that we are going to be doing a couple of different kinds of classes, seminars, through week long retreat type style workshops all the way down to one day, one on one mentoring type things. So there will be a few extra classes in there as the year goes on and with that we have also adopted some new sponsors. We would like to thank Whitehouse Custom Color, Photography Merchant Systems, and FloSight which is helping us with blogs and websites so we can teach that at WPPI here in 2010.
 
ANDY: As a matter of fact, probably in the next two weeks or so, we should have a new blog launched.
 
ANGIE: Yeah, through FloSight so that we will be able to share that in our platform in Vegas. And then on a more business level, we’re going to start with a few new things this year. We actually started them in 2009, and we are going to really continue on with them in 2010 as far as we’ve done a lot of Colovian Wetplate work. Basically that’s that old style cameras they used to use back in the day, you know, civil war and really the beginning of photography and we wanted to really incorporate that in to modern day with our modern wedding photography and our bridal sessions. So that’s the biggest new thing we are going to be doing in 2010.
 
DAMIEN: Could I get you kindly share the website address and contact information with the listening audience.
 
ANGIE: Our website is www.a-a-photography.com and the blog is the same thing… www.a-a-photogrpahy.com/blog and we are located in Littleton, Colorado.
 
DAMIEN: We thank you very much for talking with us today, Angie and Andy Wood.
 
ANGIE: Thank you for having us. It was great talking with you.
 
ANDY: Thank you very much.
 
DAMIEN: We encourage our listeners to attend Angie and Andy Woods’ workshop and to attend the WPPI Conference in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, March 10th – 12th, 2010.   You’ve been listening to More Photos Radio. My name is Damien Allen. Everybody have a great afternoon.
 
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