[b]ecker's blog http://blog.thebecker.com/ the becker photography blog en-us PhotogRefers.com http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1101/PhotogReferscom http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1101/PhotogReferscom Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:52:00 GMT
Over 900 posts and a million visits later, I still love shooting and sharing my work right here on my blog. I am so thankful to my clients who invite me to be a part of their wedding day and I am blessed to be able to do something I love for a living.

Today, I am pleased to announce the new referral network I started called PhotogRefers.com.

My team and I actually started working on it over 2 years ago when we were trying to figure out a better way to facilitate referrals within the industry. We set out with a few simple goals:

#1- We wanted to make it easy for photographers to connect with their peers and share overflow weddings within their referral group. We had a system like that built into [ b ] School, but we realized not everyone wanted to pay $20 a month to belong, so we decided to make that part of it FREE for all photographers.

#2- We also wanted to help photographers find second shooters and/or to find second shooting opportunities. I'm always looking for second shooters to assist my on my assignments and I also believe the best way to learn is to get out there and practice! So of course I feel second shooting & assisting others is way more beneficial than anything you can learn at a workshop on via some online videos. We build a system where ALL photographers can participate in our Second Shooters Connection... also for FREE.

#3- Finally... we thought there had to be a better way to host a bridal directory. There are a million of them out there and they all seem to be the same. Pay a bunch of money every month to be listed, and pay a bunch more to get listed towards the top. I don't know about you... but whenever I signed up for one of those sites, I uploaded a few images, wrote my bio, then hoped and prayed a client would find me. They usually didn't. Most of my weddings come from referrals.

PhotogRefers.com is designed to be continually updated with your latest and greatest work and we reward those who use the site often. Everyone pays the same rate, and if you upload your best work, then share it on your other social sites, you're work and profile will float towards the top and make it easier for you to be found when a prospective client is searching for their perfect photographer.

Also, from a client's standpoint, we wanted to make our site easily useful right from the home page. They don't have to log in to use PhotogRefers and the work is prominently displayed first and foremost. And it's not just for weddings. We've got a ton or portraits and boudoir photographers, as well as a few commercial/fashion photographers sharing some pretty amazing images.

If you are looking to hire a photographer, please check out PhotogRefers.com and just take a look around. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, be sure to check out my personal profile!

If you are a photographer, there's absolutely no reason to to at least claim your free listing. I think you'll want to upgrade to a premium membership to take advantage of all that PhotogRefers has to offer, but just take a peek and decide for yourself. You can take a tour on our FB page or check out these tips on how to get the most out of your PhotogRefers.com membership.

Corona del mar engagement session http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1100/Corona-del-mar-engagement-session http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1100/Corona-del-mar-engagement-session Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:10:00 GMT

Coronado Engagement Session http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1099/Coronado-Engagement-Session http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1099/Coronado-Engagement-Session Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:52:00 GMT
Could these two be any cuter together?

Wedding at The London Hotel http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1098/Wedding-at-The-London-Hotel http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1098/Wedding-at-The-London-Hotel Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:21:00 GMT The London Hotel WeHo on a rare, rainy Southern California day. Fortunately a little moisture in the air didn't get in the way of these two becoming man and wife. The wedding was coordinated by Bella Destinee and aside from a little rain, everything went very smoothly.

Here are a few of my favorite relaxed portraits, amazing details and real moments:

Pasadena engagement shoot http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1097/Pasadena-engagement-shoot http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1097/Pasadena-engagement-shoot Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:53:00 GMT

St. Regis wedding http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1096/St-Regis-wedding http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1096/St-Regis-wedding Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:43:00 GMT St. Regis Monarch Beach. It was an absolutely gorgeous day... it was hard to believe it was mid-January. They had a traditional Persian ceremony and rocking' band... no one seemed to leave the dance floor all night.

The wedding was coordinated by Laurie Davis of Five Star Weddings. White Lilac took care of the florals & decor and Curtis from Living Cinema shot the video. Thanks to Design Visage for the flawless hair & make up!

Here are a few of my favorite relaxed portraits, amazing details and real moments:

No to be outdone... the groom had some pretty sweet shoes himself:

I absolutely adore her crooked smile in this one:

No joke... the groom reminded me of Justin Timberlake... he's handsome, quite talented, stylish and a super likable guy:

The Sofreh:

The Monarch Ballroom looked amazing. There were so many candles!:

Review Preview http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1095/Review-Preview http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1095/Review-Preview Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:17:00 GMT
My 2013 Year in Review

I've shared via Instagram every single day for the last 2 years, and while I don't think I'll keep that up in 2014... it sure it nice to look back at my life as seen through my iPhone.

The [ b ] logo turned 15 in 2013 and this painting by the creator of the logo turned 5. While that may not seem like a big deal, I am very proud of the reputation I have built within the wedding industry and I am so thankful for the plethora of couples who have trusted me to document their weddings with my unique brand of capturing relaxed portraits and real moments.

For the first 39.4 years of my life, I was an OC resident until I moved to El Segundo in February. What a cute little town. I kinda miss it although I love our new house and new neighborhood.

Also in February, Keats took me to Bacon Fest. It was just as amazing as it sounds.

I attended WPPi for like the 17th time in a row. 12 people in the shower at our suite at the Mandarin Oriental = good times!

I went to a Tony Robbins seminar and walked over hot coals:

Keats and I took a trip up to Seattle for a couple of days:

My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary:

Living along the coast in El Segundo and Long Beach provided tons of killer sunsets:

I started doing cross fit and went from being able to do zero pull ups to being able to do 7. (Although I've slacked off lately... more on that later)

I shared some of my personal work at our friends gallery during the Fullerton Art Walk:

I went to Yosemite for the first time ever.

I just missed our on winning a seat to the WSOP:

We moved to the LBC this summer:

My annual trek to Burning Man was pretty much my best trip to date:

Our new hood is so great!:

I was thankful to be able to shoot some pretty spectacular weddings for some pretty cool couples. I was really quite pleased with the work I produced this year and I am still excited about being a wedding photographer:

I turned 40, but if anyone asks... I'm 36! ;-)

Our family at Thanksgiving:

Christmas with my love:

I spend more time working on PhotogRefers this past year than anything else. We've been beta testing it for the last couple of weeks and it's going to finally debut in the next few weeks. I am so proud of the job my team did building this site and I can wait to share it with the photo community. Y'all are going to love it!

2014 Preview.

I'm not really big on resolutions... they seem to be made just so they can be broken. I am more about setting goals and making decisions. If 2014 is going to have a theme for me... it's going to be about getting physically and fiscally fit!

First the physical:

Y'all know I adopted a healthier lifestyle 3 years ago with the 4 Hour Body plan and at my peak, I had lost 70 pounds. Unfortunately I found a few of them this year and I am recommitting myself to a healthy and active lifestyle in the coming year.

I am not going to set a target weight or anything like that, but I am setting up my daily schedule to include time for exercise. Too often I use, "I'm too busy with work" as my excuse not to exercise. Sure... we're all busy... but we make time for what is important and I am deciding that taking care of my health is priority number 1 in 2014.

I have no problems eating clean (when I am home) and I am committed to learning to be a better paleo chef. My diet has been pretty boring these last couple of years... there are only so many combos of meat & veggies you can come up with, but I actually enjoy cooking and I am looking forward to trying new things. I bought a bunch of paleo cookbooks and 2014 will be a year of experimentation in the kitchen. I also want to try to be more disciplined when I travel. It just takes some better planning and I need to just do it!

Oh... and I continue to struggle with the Diet Dr. Pepper thing. Part of me keeps saying... it's not that bad... and since I don't drink, or smoke or do drugs... what's one little vice? But for reals... I can't seem to enjoy it in moderation, so in staying with my commitment to lead a healthier lifestyle... I've decided that diet sodas will no longer be a part of my life (after I down a 12 pack today of course!!!)

As far as getting fiscally fit goes... I really want to get back to being a good saver. I moved 3 times in the last 2 years... moving is expensive! It also disrupts routines and makes it hard to get things done. We absolutely love our new pad in the LBC and we aren't going anywhere anytime soon, so I am planning on being extra productive this year and I am going to do my very best to eliminate distractions. I am also going to get back to the "Pay yourself first" principle as outlined in "The Richest Man in Babylon" by George Clausen.

I have some really nice weddings lined up for this year, but I love to shoot. If you know anyone who is getting married, or you are a fellow wedding photographer with overflow bookings, I always appreciate referrals!

Speaking of referrals... our brand new referral network PhotogRefers is going to debut very soon!!! We're beta testing it now. In January, we'll be inviting more and more people to join then hopefully launching to the world in February. I don't want to say too much more about it here, but trust me... it's going to be pretty awesome!

I also want to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year. I hope your 2014 is a year of peace and abundance! Cheers!

Black Friday Deals for Photographers http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1094/Black-Friday-Deals-for-Photographers http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1094/Black-Friday-Deals-for-Photographers Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:31:00 GMT
But shopping online on the other hand... that's the way to go.

Just chill in the privacy of your own home, wearing those cozy sweatpants because you probably ate too much yesterday. No one will mind if you have a gravy stain on your shirt and you don't have to wait in long lines, or sit in traffic. Just point and click your way to some easy savings.

Here are some of my favorite companies that are offerings sweet deals this weekend:

Irresistible Words. If you HATE writing like I did... you gotta download this easy to follow course. Read my review here and get on it!

Smart Albums is super awesome album design software that I have been beta testing for the last couple of weeks. They are offering $100 off the program if you pre order it. It's scheduled to be released some time next month. If you design wedding albums, you're going to want to pick this up.

Wedding Mind Tricks is only $12 this weekend. It's normally $70. Get on it NOW then redo your website!

Design Aglow started their sale Wednesday, so today (Black Friday) is the last day to save 15% on everything in the store.

Sticky Albums was one of my favorite marketing tools of the last year. They are offering $65 off of a yearly subscription if you use the code: bestdealoftheyear at checkout. Also, you can enter to win a $2k lens giveaway.

The Modern Tog is giving away an iMac, and she's got tons of awesome resources for photographers.

Pixifi is offering 25% off of their service. Even if you are already using Pixifi, you can prepay for the next few months and take advantage of the savings.

Pexagon, makers of customized flash drives always have great deals going on so I'm certain they'll have something on sale this weekend.

Pass. Buy in bundles and save a bundle. Buy 1, get 1 free. Buy 3 and get 5 Free. That's a pretty sweet deal.

Preveal, an iPad app that helps you with in person sales, is only $25 this weekend. Normally $75. No code required.

Boudie Camp has a free eBook if you'd like to grow your boudoir business.

I've been using Get Response to send out email newsletters to my clients and I love it. Easy to use and track, and you can send automated emails based on certain actions that your clients take.

Salesographer is half off this weekend and if you suck at sales, this is a great investment that could certainly pay you back very fast.

The Law Tog is offering 30% off contracts by using the code: BlackFri30

And last but not least Shootsac is having their friends and family sale;-) No code necessary, just go check out their new limited edition covers and support my beautiful girlfriend!:

FTC disclosure.

Fall engagement photos http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1093/Fall-engagement-photos http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1093/Fall-engagement-photos Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:55:00 GMT my past brides and I just love keeping it in the family! We shot at a wilderness park in Redondo Beach. Here are a few of my favorites:

Wedding at the Callaway Winery http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1091/Wedding-at-the-Callaway-Winery http://blog.thebecker.com/index.cfm/postID/1091/Wedding-at-the-Callaway-Winery Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:59:00 GMT Callaway Vineyard & Winery in Temecula, California. It was a beautiful day and a I had a great time. The bride was stunning and a total sweetheart. The venue was gorgeous and everyone had a great time.

The florals were provided by AC Floral:

Don't make her cry!

The ceremony took place in the barrel room:

She found her Superman:

That's a wrap folks! Thanks to all of my 2013 clients... it was a great year and I am proud of the work I produced. I am very much looking forward to 2014 and if you are planning a wedding for next year, or know anyone who is, please send them over to my site. Thanks!