Archive for August, 2009


Become a fan. Win free stuff.

August 31, 2009

facebook-logoIt’s a contest, folks.  Join the Snapdragon Photography mailing list and become a fan on Facebook.  It’s easy!  It’s fun!  Friends (mailing list) and fans (on Facebook) get all kinds of special deals.  And five people who sign up TODAY win free sittings in the portrait studio or 15% off a gallery purchase.  Use it for yourself or give it as a gift!  Everyone who signs up by Friday will be entered in a drawing to receive any framed photograph of their choosing from the current Virginia Highlands series.

Go to the Snapdragon Photography website and/or go to the Snapdragon Photography Facebook page to sign up.  I hope you win something!


The Juror has spoken!

August 24, 2009

I was absolutely blown away by the strength of the submissions for Snapdragon Photography’s Fresh Perspectives 2009 group show.  The goal was to showcase the best of emerging photography, and I would say this is the best, and then some.  It was a difficult selection process, but we were so lucky to have such a pro, Amy Miller, executive director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, as the juror for this show.

So here are the photographers you can expect to see at the opening on Thursday, October 1 from 6-9pm:

Payton Adams
David Ashman
Anne BerryResting
Bob Burkhardt
Seth Coan
Paul Conlan
Maryanne Davidson
Ledra Davis
John Deas
Rodger Dickinson
Jill Ediger
Richard Ediger
Ayano Hisa
Vicki Hunt
Azzari Jarrett
Maria Joyner
Daniel Kariko
Kisa Kavass
Judy Kuniansky
Rob McDonald
Mary Anne Mitchell
Dorothy O’Connor
Kristin Phagan
Erin Tyner
Todd Vinson
Lori Vrba
Lee Whittle
Holly Jones Yost

Fall special was a blow out!

August 20, 2009

Glencross23This morning I sent out an email offering $99 sitting fees to the first 25 respondants.  The special sold out in three hours!  So many people just missed the cut-off that I sent out a second email offering $125 sitting fees to the next 25 respondants.  But that’s it!  If you miss out on this one, I’ll see you at the regular rate!


Painless Photoshoots

August 18, 2009

McMurtry13Photoshoots can be stressful.  You want to pad your children for a week prior to the appointment so they don’t get a black eye or an unsightly goose-egg on their forehead.  You want them to get a good night’s sleep.  You want them to wake up happy and smiley and you hope when they get there they will be pleasant and playful and full of personality.  In short, you are hoping for perfection.  I know this hope.  And having two kids of my own, I am all-too familiar with the expression “the best laid plans. . .”.

“Painless Photoshoots” will be a reoccuring blog post to give you tips on how to make things run as smoothly as possible.  And just remember, the pictures almost always come out great, no matter how crazy and chaotic the experience seemed at the time!


Fresh Perspectives 2009 . . . my life inside a spreadsheet

August 12, 2009
Submission overload

Submission overload

A little background first. . .

Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation of the photographic arts and the enrichment of the Atlanta art community.

ACP hosts an annual, citywide photography festival in October: the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. The festival includes a wide variety of exhibitions and multiple events around Atlanta and throughout the surrounding communities. The festival’s diverse offerings bring together professional and amateur photographers, general art enthusiasts, gallery owners, critics, and collectors.

This October, Snapdragon Photography is presenting “Fresh Perspectives 2009” – an exhibition of the best emerging photography in the region.  Amy Miller, executive director of ACP, is the juror for the show.  She will choose every piece that will hang, and from those finalists two winners will be selected and invited to show a collection of work in the gallery in 2010.

The deadline for submissions was Monday, and the entries came pouring in right to the last minute!  I have spent all of my waking hours this week cataloging the submissions and all of my nights dreaming of being trapped inside an excel spreadsheet.

Amy Miller will be doing a preliminary pass-through of the submissions this week – I think she is going to be impressed – there is a lot of amazing photography out there!


Snapshots Unleashed

August 10, 2009


Welcome to Snapdragon Photography’s new blog!  In case you have extra time on your hands and want to look back and re-read anything from the old blog, hear all about the fundraising we did to build a school in Cambodia, or just compare how much cooler this one is than the last, feel free to click it out –

Otherwise, prepare yourself for greatness.  Or at least more interesting and consistent posts.

Here’s what you can expect from the new blog, “Snapshots”:

  • A monthly interview with an up-and-coming fine art photographer, including images from his or her recent collection
  • Updates on upcoming events at Snapdragon’s fine art gallery, as well as recaps of the event with photos
  • Promotions and discounts available only to blog readers and Facebook fans
  • A monthly article on tips for having your child’s portrait taken
  • Links to reviews of local photography shows
  • A monthly post highlighting a recent photo shoot
  • Videos – yes, that’s right – videos on fun stuff happening at Snapdragon Photography

So sit back and enjoy – happy reading!