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If you've been following this blog for a while, you might have noticed that things have slowed down considerably over the last few months. That's because Crystal and I have been reorganizing some things. A couple of months ago, we launched Très Bébé Photography, a separate branch of our business dedicated specifically to baby, child, and family portrait photography. (That site includes a fresh, new gallery of our best portraits.) Most of our energy has gone into that portion of our business, so we haven't been posting here as often.

That leaves this site as it was at its inception: dedicated to my nature and fine art photography as well as my notes about my journey through the photography business. I expect that posts will continue to be slow here for a few more months, but once the dust settles from our new brand, I plan to spend a lot more time marketing my nature work. That will bring many more posts in the future. It will also bring a new brand for Divine Reflections as well as a fresh, new website. So, please stay tuned.

Posted by Greg on September 15, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Upgraded Gear (101 Things #72)

I'm excited to report that we've added a sweet new camera to our arsenal: the Nikon D300. This camera will allow us to make bigger prints that look crisper and better than ever! In addition, we bought a new macro lens and some reflectors to allow extra flexibility during shoots.

Posted by Greg on April 26, 2008 at 5:15PM.

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OSP West - Napa

Number 90 on my 101 Things list is to attend an OSP event with Crystal. We were blessed to be able to attend the OSP West conference in Napa a couple of weeks ago. We were also thrilled to be able to take Ariana along as she is interested in learning more about photography.

Before I jump into the photos we took over the weekend, I'd like to say thanks to Chris and Jen Stewart, Beth Daane, and Tana Huffman for all of the time and effort spent in organizing this conference. They worked hard to make the conference a success, and I appreciate it immensely!

OK. Now I'll get to the pictures.

Senior Shoot

Saturday morning, we went to the old train station in Rutherford to find a collection of senior girls waiting to be photographed. Nathan Holritz, Kevin Swan, and Shaun Austin talked a little bit about shooting in midday sun and then turned us loose with the models.

Bridal and Wedding Couple Shoot

Sunday afternoon, we met at the V. Sattui winery for a bridal shoot with another collection of models. The winery graciously let us go pretty much wherever we wanted to do. We explored the mustard-filled vineyards and the beautiful architecture of the winery.

Photographers Behind the Scenes

A favorite pastime at this sort of event is taking pictures of other photographers. Some are suitable for blackmail, and others are serious portraits. We took our share of behind the scenes photos on this trip.

Shaun Austin

Kevin Swan

Becky Waurio

Posted by Greg on March 6, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Better Blog Comments (101 Things #70)

I've just put a new, improved method for adding comments to these blog posts into place. Before, the comments were hosted on another server and had to be typed into a popup window. Now, if you click on the 'Permalink/Comments' link at the bottom of a post, you will be taken to that post's page which includes all comments and the form where you can add your own comment. Now, we just need you, our readers, to add some comments.

Posted by Greg on December 20, 2007 at 5:00PM.

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101 Things - Business Goals

Written goals are very important. Just the simple act of writing them down makes them more likely to be accomplished. In light of that, I've just posted a list of 101 things that I want to accomplish in the next 1001 days over on the Coates Place site.

Quite a few of those goals are goals for Divine Reflections Photography, so I'm going to post that part of the list here. I'll be updating the 101 things page as Crystal and I work on and complete these goals.


Completed goals will be displayed in maroon

Goals that are in progress will be displayed in gray

The List

062. Replace our logo with one that is professionally designed

063. Catch up on copyright registrations

064. Register a trademark for our business name

065. Purchase business insurance policy

066. Finish our business plan

067. Build our portrait business to the point that we are consistently shooting 1 portrait session per week

068. Read 1 book every 2 months that will help me make our business better [3/16 -- List of books read (on the Coates Place site)]

069. Write a book review for the business site on each of the above business books

070. Add comments hosted on our server to the blog [Dec 20, 2007]

071. Update the galleries on our website with our new, better work

072. Buy a high-end Nikon digital camera so that our low-light lifestyle portraits really sing [April 14, 2008]

073. Completely archive and catalog all film and digital business and all digital personal images

074. Take a trip to Chattanooga to see Amber and Nathan and observe how they run their business

075. Print and hang enough of our portrait images to make our living room and dining room into an adequate client meeting area

076. Design and purchase a sample Baby's First Year album to show clients [April 14, 2008]

077. Take 1 week-long trip each year that is specifically nature photography related

078. Print a portfolio of my nature images

079. Have my first solo gallery show

080. Create 50 book-quality images for my Bidwell Park project

081. Create 25 book-quality images of foster children for my foster child portrait project

082. Create 25 book-quality images for my Street Performer project

083. Take portraits of Nanny and Grandaddy

084. Photograph Mossbrae Falls

085. Complete a 26 things project

086. Purchase and learn to use a large format camera

087. Sell a rights-managed stock photo

088. Attend the WPPI trade show

089. Attend at least 2 photography workshops, or take 2 photography classes, or do 1 of each

090. Attend an OSP event together [Feb 16-17, 2008 - Attended OSP West in Napa, CA]

091. Give 6 framed nature prints to people who would enjoy them but wouldn't be able to afford to buy them

092. Do at least 6 pro bono photo sessions for needy families

Posted by Greg on December 8, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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