August 20, 2010

Last night I had the distinct honor of co-hosting the first ever SmugMug group here in Atlanta. SmugMug for those of you who may not know, is an awesome awesome site that allows photographers a convenient and professional place to showcase their clients images. Clients can log on, check out their photos, share them with friends and family and if they so desire, order their prints right there from the site. I’ve been using SmugMug for almost 2 years now and if I, a girl with the technical ability of a nat (whatever a nat is) can tell you its amazing and so stankin easy to use, then believe me, its amazing and so stankin easy to use. Photographers out there, if you haven’t checked these guys out yet, do it, you’ll love em.

Anyway, on top of all that, SmugMug is all about trying to bring photographers together to talk, share and basically chew the fat on everything connected to the business of photography. Many successful Smug groups have already been set up in various cities around the US and now finally Smug has targeted Atlanta. My good friend Rupa Kapoor was selected to be the leader for our city and me the co-leader, wha-what, and last night we had out big launch and it was amazing. Photographers from all corners, sports to wildlife, architecture to wedding, came out to mingle and learn. Our guest speaker for the evening was Liana Lehman, an amazing amazing destination wedding photographer based out of Atlanta that I envy and adore and for her presentations Liana decided to challenge us all to think about who we are, why we do what we do and what makes us stand out from our competitors. It was a little bit of a reality check for some of us, but truth be told, a necessary one. Otherwise how else are you suppose to learn and grow, right? So a big THANK YOU to Liana for braving the Atlanta traffic on her brand new scooter to bring us a presentation full of cold harsh realities.

And thank you too to everyone who came out. You really were an enthusiastic, energetic bunch. It was a pleasure to meet you all and I can’t wait for next months meeting. Its gonna be even better. Rupa and I are working hard to ensure it. Lastly we have to give a shout out to PPR Atlanta for letting us use their studio space to host our meeting. Really, truly appreciate it. Finally, I’m done gushing, so here are a few photo from the first ever Atlanta Smug meeting.

Rupa gives her welcome speech while I appear somewhat spaced out in the background, wondering what super-power I would choose if given the choice.

My turn to speak and I believe I’m telling the crowd that invisible would be my super-power, or wait, in light of recent events, maybe I should choose the ability to fly.

The straight shooting Liana.

Some of our Smuggers

Liana wanted to shake things up a little, so she decided to sing the second part of her presentation. No, not really.

Rupa models some of our high-fashion Smugwear.

One Response to “SmugMug”

  1. Rupa says:

    YAY!!! We did it and it was great – so excited about the future meetings!!! I will post on my Blog later today or tomorrow as well! Thanks for leading with me — couldn’t do it without!! : )

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