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MorePhotos Radio - Don Chick for ImagingUSA


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DON: Thank you and welcome to you as well.
DAMIEN: Thank you, and I hope you are having a good day out there in New Hampshire. We know you’re going to be speaking at the upcoming conference at Imaging USA with a workshop called Speed Shooting with the Pros.  Could you please tell us a little bit about what you’re going to be speaking at the conference about?
DON: Speed Shooting with the Pros is a program where the participants are going to be spending about an hour with me, and I’m going to be having a little bit of lecture, but a lot of them watching me actually create an image. The idea is that the participants will be able to watch, observe, ask questions as a pro, myself, will create portrait in front of them. We’re going to actually create a live portrait right there as they watch.
DAMIEN: What day and time will your workshop be held during the conference? 
DON: My workshop is on Saturday, January 9th from 2 – 5 pm.
DAMIEN: How long have you been a photographer and how did you get started with Imaging USA?
DON: I’ve been a photographer practically all my life. As a child I would mow lawns in order to have money for film and processing; however, in 1997 I turned professional and started my own portrait studio, Chick Photography. I got started with PPA back in 2000 as a wedding photographer, I realized that the Indemnity Trust Program that PPA offers would be a huge benefit for me to have. The Indemnity Trust allows you to have PPA’s protection in the event you are being sued so I joined PPA back in 2000 primarily at that time to participate in the Indemnity Trust Program. Since that time, I have been able to participate in a lot of different things with PPA through the continuing education and Teaching Super Mondays, and I attended Imaging in Austin, Texas in 2006 which was the Imaging event where I received my Master and Craftsman Degree from PPA.
DAMIEN: What do you hope your participants of your class are going to take away at the end of the day?
DON: I hope they will take away tools they can use right in their portrait photography. This program is not about me. What I am hoping is that the participants will be able to take away tools they can immediately apply to their portraiture. I hope they will understand that light and seeing is a lifelong pursuit and that I am where I am because of a continuous love affair with light and a desire to improve my craft. I want them to also understand they can do it. I’ve had many people say I could never do the kind of photography that you do, and they can. If they have a passionate pursuit of light and continuously improve their craft, they can do it. Now they may not do exactly what I do, but what they’ll do is their style of photography. Everybody has their own personal style, and they shouldn’t necessarily try to copy mine, but to be true to themselves and true to their own style and just passionately pursue light.
DAMIEN: And we understand that you are the technical editor for PPA’s Professional Photographer Magazine. You have also written articles on studio portrait lighting for them and their online publication, PP Mag which you can find at Could you share one or two lighting tips with our listeners please?
DON: At the PP Mag website one of the first articles I actually did was on the accent light and the accent light is so key in my opinion to creating a beautiful icing on the cake. A lot of people don’t add the accent light or sometimes they will add it and it will be too dominant so if they can master the accent light, they will take their imagery to another level and it’s really not that difficult to add, but it does require a certain level of skill and practice.   So the more they practice with accent lighting the better, and that one area of light will take their photography to a new level. The other thing I would recommend, and I’ve got a couple of articles coming out in upcoming PPA Magazine is understanding portrait lighting patterns. There are 6 lighting patterns and it’s important to grow in their knowledge of those different lighting patterns and their application to portraiture. The more they know them, the better they will be able to apply those appropriately to their portrait situation. So those two things are key. Accent lighting and a through knowledge of the lighting patterns used in portraiture.
DAMIEN: Now we checked out your awesome website, and we see you do something called Legacy Portrait. Could you tell us a little bit about that and how did the concept come about?
DON: The concept came about, because I felt it important to tell the story of someone’s life. Now a portrait in and of itself is really important to have, but my concept with the Legacy Portrait is to incorporate something of importance from that individual’s life whether it is a hobby or whether it was a vocation, and to incorporate some of those elements into the photograph. One of my favorite portraits I have done was of an individual who had a dairy farm and sold milk and dairy products. So in that portrait we incorporated some glass milk bottles, and milk jobs, his sign that was used in his business, and so he even had his old farm coat on. So the idea was to incorporate all of these elements into a beautiful portrait to tell the story of this individual’s life. And that’s kind of how the legacy came about, because I think it’s important that we leave a portrait for future generations that tells who we really are as an individual.
DAMIEN: What’s going to be new for Chick Photography in 2010? Are you doing other workshops or conferences? Do you have any new projects coming up?
DON: What I will be doing in 2010 for my portrait business will be a lot of networking. I think that is key to my success in 2010 and in the future is to get out and network as much as I can with other businesses in my area to help grow my business. As a teacher, as a portrait instructor, in 2010 I have two week long classes scheduled. Prior to this point I’ve taught day long classes or shorter classes, and in 2010 I’ll be teaching a week long class in Wisconsin at Tree Haven and at Colorado Imaging Workshops, I’ll be there for another week. So I have two week long programs currently scheduled as well as participating in the After Dark Event in March down in Miami. After Dark is a really unique, educational experience and this is the second After Dark in Miami in March.
DAMIEN: Could you kindly share your website and contact information for the listening audience, Don.
DON: My portrait photography website for clients is and I have another website geared to photographers and that is and either of those two websites you can see examples of my portrait work and photographers can go to and get information pertinent to photographers specifically.
DAMIEN: We would like to thank you very much for joining us today, Don.
DON: thank you for having me. It’s been a privilege. 
DAMIEN: We’ve been speaking with Don Chick of Chick Photography in East Rochester, New Hampshire. We strongly encourage our listeners to attend Don’s workshop Speed Shooting with the Pros and to attend the Imaging USA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, January 10th – 12th, 2010.   Don’s workshop will be pre-convention on the 9th. Thank you for listening to More Photos Radio. My name is Damien Allen. We’ll catch you next time.
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