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Yesterday, you got to read all about Jean and Travis.  They answered questions about how they got started and even shared a few photography tips!

Now you have a chance to attend their He Said She Said Photography Workshop for FREE.  They will be covering everything from pre-production (location, style and creativity, etc), to production (posing and working with your subject, lighting with off camera flash, etc), and finally, to post production (workflow, post processing, and everything business).   They say “where one is weaker, the other is strong, and together, we offer a complete package with tons-o-knowledge.”

What does this mean?  What is included?  When is it?

  • The workshop will take place on September 17th, 2011, with an optional lighting day on September 16th, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.
  • The winner will receive a free seat at the workshop on both days ($1350 value)!
  • The winner will ALSO receive a one-on-one (well one-on-two) breakfast or lunch the following day with Travis and Jean to ask questions, get a portfolio review, etc!!!

 

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Who can win?

  • Any photographer who wants to learn from Jean and Travis!

What is not included?

  • You will need to cover transportation, such as airfare, and lodging, food, spending money, etc…  But it will be SO worth it!

What if I win but cannot attend? What if I am not sure about the dates or if I can get to Detroit, etc? Can I still enter?

  • If you win, you have four options: (1) attend, learn a lot and have a blast, (2) transfer workshop to a friend – this does not mean sell it and it cannot be given away on your blog, (3) let us know and we can draw another winner, (4) use it on a future He Said, She Said Workshop within one year (but keep in mind, no future dates are currently set and there are no guarantees these will work for you)

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To Enter the Giveaway:

  • Leave a comment. After reading the post from yesterday,come back and tell us the most interesting thing you learned and how attending this workshop could help you, your photography or your photography business (leave your answers in the comment section of the blog*). 
  • Please like us on Facebook. Make sure to “like” MCP Actions on Facebook.

For Extra Entries:

  • Spread the word through social networking. Post about this contest or about what you love about MCP Actions on any social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Stumble Upon, etc. For every place you post, come back and add a comment with a link sharing where you did this. You can get up to 5 extra entries for this – any additional may be deleted.
  • Add the MCP Actions banner (or a text link to our site) on your blog– please use the text “Photoshop actions for photographers” and link to our site. For the banner, grab the code from the sidebar. Once you add this, leave a comment* and let us know you did.

What if I don’t win?

  • Well, that would be a bummer.  But if you don’t win, and really want to come, Travis and Jean are offering anyone mentioning MCP Actions $150 off of the registration fee.

 

 

Contest Rules and Deadlines:

  • The contest starts on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 9am eastern time. The winner will be selected via random.org on the evening of Sunday, July 31st, 2011.
  • To increase chances of winning, participate in the “extra” entries.
  • * Comments must be posted on the MCP Blog, not in the notes section of Facebook. Follow the link to this post on MCP Actions Blog for your entries to qualify.
  • Winner is responsible for any travel related fees, including but not limited lodging, food, and travel to Detroit, Michigan.
  • This contest is void where prohibited by law.
  • This contest is sponsored by MCP Actions and He Said, She Said Workshops.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

 

If you want to learn more from Jean and Travis, make sure to “like” them on Facebook: Jean’s Facebook Page and Travis’ Facebook Page.

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  1. Colleen on July 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    don’t have a website, but have LOVED Jean and Travis and been their biggest fan. Have actually signed up for the class (waiting to hear) but would LOVE to win it as I’ve been saving for a year for it :-). I believe that the beautiful lighting techniques will help me as I have just started to learn lighting in the last year. I’m SOOOOO excited and even if I don’t win…LOVE you guys and hope to see you in September!

  2. Kevin Logan on July 27, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Posted to my facebook photography page:http://www.facebook.com/TheCapturedReflection.by.JKLogan

  3. Kevin Logan on July 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Just for good measure (and a second chance to win) I also posted it over on my personal facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/jklogan69

  4. animalcrackers on July 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I don’t know if I learned this, but it’s so nice to see someone move from 100% corporate life to a totally creative field. It’s a change I dream of making, I just don’t have the guts (or the savings!) to make it happen right now. I affectionately call what I do now a “not-business” since it’s mostly favors for friends and family, but I think this workshop could give me the push I need to get to the next level.

  5. Julie Freeman on July 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    OOOOO I love Jean and Travis’ work and I would so love to go see them. 🙂 I really need some off camera flash work and they are the bomb! Love you guys!

  6. Kevin Logan on July 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I attended Travis and Jean’s first-ever He Said/She Said workshop. I was very new to photography at the time, and feel like the amount of information that they passed out was just more than I could absorb. What I did manage to absorb has so radically improved my work that I would love to attend the next one. I love their work, their style, and could not ask for better people to learn from. I’m so excited for a chance to win a free spot!

  7. kelli taylor on July 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I knew right away what I found most helpful from yesterdays interview. I LOVED what they BOTH said their advice would be to a photographer starting out! SO TRUE!!! What Travis said hit home with me because I sometimes have a hard time saying no when I know I should!I’m really hoping to win the seat at the workshop for a couple of, ok a few, reasons. #1 Lighting scares me! ha! I’m a natural light photographer and although I love it, I know that I need to learn at least a little about lighting and I’m sure this would be a perfect way to get my feet wet! And you never know where learning something new might take you. #2. The only reason I haven’t already signed up for the workshop is because all my “extra” money is tied up in updating my branding and it won’t be as impactful if I don’t learn how to better promote myself. Something I would love to learn from Jean and Travis since they’ve done such a good job at it! #3. I’ve met Jean briefly at another workshop and she’s just the NICEST person! And I would love to meet Travis!Thanks MCP for this opportunity!

  8. Rebecca on July 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I would LOVE to win! I just love their work and would love to learn more about lighting techniques and get some new ideas from their creativity.

  9. Colleen T on July 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Oh My goodness…this would be AWESOME! I loved reading through everything yesterday and the “knock my socks off” was the tiny little link to changing your 50mm into a MACRO LENS…INCREDIBLE!!!

  10. kelli taylor on July 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Fingers crossed that I’ll win! Been posted to my facebook page!https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1378980405

  11. Kristine on July 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

    i loved the instant macro idea!

  12. Christa Donald on July 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I would LOVE to attend this workshop. I’m at the beginning of my journey as a photographer, and I am ready to soak up as much knowledge as I can possibly get my hands on. 🙂 I loved the tip on yesterday’s blog about turning your prime lens backwards to use it as a macro lens! (And of course I already like MCP Actions on FB!)

  13. kelli taylor on July 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

    For good measure I’ve also posted to my biz facebook page! :)https://www.facebook.com/pages/Purple-Tree-Photography/37912416205

  14. Rebecca on July 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I added it to my facebook page as well :)http://www.facebook.com/groups/259388637411125?view=doc&id=259833897366599#!/rweaverphotography

  15. Caron on July 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I have been a fan for a while! I would love to attend their workshop to learn to take my photography to the next level…oh and how to be totally fabulous. Jean- if I win I’ll bring my framed “e-mail art”…just sayin…hehe!

  16. Colleen T on July 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Second entry…posted to my facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/CT-Photo-Memories/159606144611

  17. Sarah K. on July 27, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I would love to win this! It would be great to see how they interact with their clients. And just basic things that they’ve learned from being in business to long!

  18. Erica Young on July 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I have been fans of Jean and Travis for what seems like forever now. I learned from their interview that even though they have 2 different techniques about things that they still have the same common goal and that is to get the perfect composition. I would love to win a seat to their workshop!

  19. Julie on July 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Jean Smith Photography and Boka Studios is my absolute favorite! They truly are an inspiration to me. I would love to attend their workshop. I love everything about them…their style, no-nonsense approach and their down to earth readings on their blog….they are just amazing!

  20. amber normandin on July 27, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I appreciate the macro and flash tips from the interview! And the tip about letting your husband quit his corporate job to purse his passion! I so wish my hubby was into photography like I am, we’d make a great team. I think that this workshop would be so beneficial to my business by teaching me to go to places i’m not comfortable with–Flash!I’ve liked you on FB for a long time!

  21. Ashley King on July 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I loved the interview with he said/she said. I love how they both come from completely different backgrounds and interests, and end up with the same passion. My favorite part was when Jean was talking about starting a business and how you know when you are ready. That was very inspirational to me, because it made me feel even more confident that I am ready. At the end of their article, I was wishing it was longer…so that’s why I would love to get a seat at that workshop. It would be amazing!

  22. Ashley King on July 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I shared this opportunity on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Photo-Journey/129695647085098

  23. Aaron Redman on July 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

    The most interesting thing I learned is that Travis has done what I have thought about many times; quit the corporate life to pursue his passion for photography. The realist in me says, “no way you’re crazy”, while the dreamer in me says, “why not?”. There is so much I have to learn before I could consider making photography a full-time career. This workshop would be an excellent opportunity to develop my skills and give me confidence to determine if I should keep photography as a hobby or take it to the next level.

  24. Martha Wells on July 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Loved reading the blog post interview with Jean and Travis Smith ~ He Said/She Said! The parts that struck me the most were Travis’ decision to follow his passion and Jean’s support to let him do it. I’m still afraid to let go and take such a chance. I also have 4 boys, who are now young men, and I am still looking for balance between work and family.I would happily travel from Massachusetts to Detroit for a weekend of learning about photography. It sounds like it is going to be full of wonderful information and will be balanced by having the perspectives of both Travis and Jean. This could be the push I need to try marketing some of my photographs!

  25. Ashley King on July 27, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Shared on twitter@myphotojourneyI would LOVE to win!!!

  26. Corinne on July 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

    AH – this is the workshop for me. I too left the corporate world just a few years ago (to care for our children & MI economy wasn’t on my side) and recently created my own photography business. I think their experience would benefit me greatly PLUS I really like that they will be focusing on one lighting tech. to help enhance images. I’ve been focusing on newborn/baby and senior portrait work so both Jean & Travis have a speciality that I can incorporate into my offerings. I can not afford to attend this workshop on my own so winning would be WONDERFUL. I will soon be sending additional entries via social media links. Oh – I’ve been a MCP FB fan for awhile. Thanks,Corinne MarieEpic Edge Photography

  27. Ashley King on July 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Posted on my personal Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673568160I loved their advice about how to make a 50mm a macro lens! Great suggestion. I am going to go try that right now!

  28. Kimberly Seyboldt on July 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Love the idea of making a macro lens!!!

  29. Martha Wells on July 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

    added to my FB page: http://www.facebook.com/martha.wells21and tweeted too: https://twitter.com/#!/mousew ~ where I link to a photo a day from my collection!

  30. Shari VV on July 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I loved that Travis quit his job to pursue his passion. I did that almost 11 years ago with no regrets (well, almost… I was laid off and started my own design biz). Now that I’ve got tons of great equipment and have been practicing like crazy, I want to add pro photography services to even more of my clients. This workshop would be wonderful!!

  31. Vivian on July 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Ok so when I first read the macro tip. I had no clue what they were talking about, but after reading more on it, I LOVE the idea!! So clever! I hope I win!

  32. Aaron Redman on July 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I posted to my personal Facebook page too.https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=1437900562

  33. Dayna Lyn on July 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Oh my goodness would I love to win this!! I’m uberly passionate about photography and would to win a chance to attend their workshop!! I loved reading Jean and Travis article yesterday, and have enjoyed searching their websites. The tip about using your 50mm as a macro lens, is amazing!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  34. Courtney on July 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

    my favorite tip would have to be the macro lens tip, brilliance! Fan on facebook.

  35. Courtney on July 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I don’t have a business because I want to be better before I start one. This workshop would be PERFECT for me. I want to explore my style, natural light, or artificial, or both. Oh man I want to win. PICK ME!

  36. Wendy on July 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

    What did I love? I loved the idea of creating your own sun with OFC. I need to learn this for seniors…… really, really need to learn this. I’d love to win a seat in your workshop! I also love that you have 4 boys….. wow! I have 3 boys + 1 spit-fire little girl and there are days…..let me tell you. 😉 Anyhow, I’d love to kick up my photography a notch or two, and I think your workshop would be the answer!

  37. Tricia Orr on July 27, 2011 at 10:42 am

    This would be an amazing workshop to attend. Jean did a session with a friend of mine and I’ve been following her work ever since in awe. The part that hit me is that it’s ok to say no and in fact, should say no more often. A huge benefit of the workshop for me would be to gain more confidence so I know I would be giving each client that amazing portfolio Jean was talking about. It’s about improving your skills and never thinking you’ve arrived but keeping the passion at the same time. This would be great!

  38. Bobbi Jo on July 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Besides the bit about letting your husband pursue his dreams (I’m trying, I’m really trying!) I loved this little tip: “A fun little trick is to turn your 50 mm lens into an instant and super sharp macro lens by taking it off the camera, turning it around, and manual focusing.” Gonna try that today!

  39. Dayna Lyn on July 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I added your banner to my blog….http://bugginoutinwi.blogspot.com/

  40. Courtney on July 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I entered on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ckohfeld

  41. Wendy on July 27, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I already like ya on FB!

  42. Alexis s on July 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Oh I would LOvE to win this spot in their workshop. I recently moved to MI so the location is ideal!! I obviously would love to soak up all their knowledge and talent but I’m mostly interested in lighting techniques and some business tips! Basically it woul be AMAZING to win this spot 🙂 thanks for the giveaway!!!

  43. Joseph Dosch on July 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I would really like to attend this workshop because these two take great pictures and they have a very similar background to myself. I’m right at the spot where, I’m getting good technically, but I really need a push to get out and shoot new things creatively and add to my portfolio to attract the clients that I want to shoot. Plus it would be great networking and getting to meet other photographers in the area is a great thing.

  44. Carrie Adams on July 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I loved the article yesterday and the macro trick, I can’t wait to use it! I have had a love of photography for 10years now and just recently started a business out of it. I have soooo much to learn still. I would LOVE to attend the workshop they are having to help me get on my way 🙂

  45. Alexis s on July 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Posted a link on my Facebook page!Check it out in pages…Alexis Shaeffer photography!

  46. Kristin on July 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I thought I was Jean and Travis’ biggest fans but it looks like there are many of us out there. Not surprising they are amazing. I want to go SO BAD!! I want to specifically learn from Jean how to get such natural lovely poses. I also love how spot on she is. I love how her pictures look more like your looking through the window then a photograph. I would love to learn some tips from her on how to get better exposure. I would also LOVE to learn from Travis about alternative light. Boka Studios and Travis Smith Photography inspire me so much. His senior work is what helped me realize that is the path I want to go.

  47. Amy on July 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Wow, thank you for this amazing opportunity. I’m just starting out and am eager to learn from people like Jean and Travis, who have jumped in with both feet (or should I say all four feet) and have really made a splash. And Jean’s tip with the 50mm lens is so clever.

  48. Svetlana on July 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I really loved how Travis said to shoot what you love! It made me thinking what I should be focusing on. I am not really sure yet what I love the most now. I hope their workshop will help me figure it out in a way… I like MCP on FB

  49. Natalie L. on July 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Would LOVE to learn lighting techniques!

  50. Angela Gerber on July 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I know that the knowledge and fun potential for this workshop is 2nd to none. After reading your interview with Travis and Jean, their tips left me wanting more! Using your 50mm as a macro = BRILLIANT! And the Off Camera Flash tip, so cool! It’s creativity and technicality like this that makes their work awesome. I would definitely be a sponge, soaking up everything they offer, and I know this could be an elevating experience for my business.

  51. Alesa on July 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I really want to figure out that reverse the lens thing. I don’t get it. This would be an amazing workshop to win. I love their style.

  52. Cynthia on July 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

    This is just what I need to compliment my journey to be a professional photographer. The one piece of advice to “consistently produce a full gallery of quality images…” speaks volumes in what it takes to do this professionally. Oh how I’d love to win this!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  53. Dayna Lyn on July 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Got my fingers and toes crossed that I win!! Posted it to my blog….http://bugginoutinwi.blogspot.com/2011/07/he-said-she-said-win-spot-at-there.html Thanks for the chance to win :)a

  54. Meg Sullivan on July 27, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I LOVE Jean and Travis!!! I am so excited that you interviewed them about their styles and their own photography businesses. I find it so interesting that both of their passions is photography and they can work together and separate and still raise four beautiful boys!!! I would LOVE to attend their workshop in September – it would be a dream come true! 🙂

  55. Meg Sullivan on July 27, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Just posted about the contest on my Facebook page!!! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=803449027

  56. Becky on July 27, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Would love to attend the workshop!!!

  57. Julie on July 27, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Wow to have a chance to learn from Jean & Travis would be awesome! I try to attend one workshop a year, this would be incredible to win!Each photographer has their own unique style, we would be learning from 2 plus I am sure they are a few more tricks to share!

  58. Cynthia on July 27, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Posted to my FBhttp://www.facebook.com/cwoodallfontenot

  59. Rayna Allin on July 27, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I would love to win this! I too am in the corporate world and want to jump ship to a full time photographer. This workshop is exactly what I need to improve my skills.

  60. Kara S. on July 27, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Wow! This looks like fun! I had no idea about turning my 50 mm backwards. You’ve just given me something new to do today. I would love to attend this workshop, I have attended a workshop before, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. It increased my confidence, and also gave me more ideas to get my business off and running. I’d love to do this for more experience. I am a complete sponge with photography. I cannot wait to soak up more info about it. Jean and Travis look like a lot of fun. I can’t wait to win this and attend! 🙂

  61. Jamie Solorio on July 27, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Wow! This would be AMAZING for me! I think that I would take so much from this class. Especially the business side of everything, which I am trying to nail down at the moment! In addition…I would love to watch Jean in action…his photography so speaks with me. Yes, I spent a good part of a busy afternoon looking through his images on his site…wishing I could be as creative and fresh as he is! I LOVE his editorial edge…yes, that is some serious jealousy! 🙂 Also, right now Southwest has deals for $59 one way flights all over the place…so IF I am chosen…you better believe I will be booking the flight Friday! Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway….your best yet!

  62. Kara S. on July 27, 2011 at 11:25 am
  63. Jamie Solorio on July 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I am a MCP Actions fan on facebook too! Pick me!!!!! Pretty please, yes…I am desperate! 🙂

  64. Kara S. on July 27, 2011 at 11:27 am

    liked on fb

  65. Kara S. on July 27, 2011 at 11:27 am

    added your link to my website

  66. Carrie Nadziejko on July 27, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Would love to be able to attend this!

  67. Melissa on July 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Ooh! What a fab giveaway! Love this duo! I think the one thing that struck me most from yesterday’s interview was when Travis said to shoot what you love and learn to say no…..I need to hear this right now… thanks so much!!

  68. Angela Gerber on July 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Posted about the contest and MCP actions on my FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/AngelaGerberPhotography

  69. Jennifer Reis on July 27, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Wow! This would be amazing! I am just starting out on my journey and loved hearing how it is possible to something like change careers! I am a beginner and would live to soak up any knowledge they can share! their work is amazing!

  70. Jamie Solorio on July 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Posted on my blog! Thank you again for such a great giveaway…it will be even better if you “give it away” to me! :)http://jamie-solorio.blogspot.com/2011/07/omg-i-have-to-win-this-seat-in-he-said.html

  71. Lorena on July 27, 2011 at 11:38 am

    This Workshop looks great! Since last year I want to attend a workshop and this couple have been doing extraordinary pictures! Light, location and other tecnical details will be very helpul for my job!! Thank you 🙂

  72. Kristin on July 27, 2011 at 11:39 am
  73. Jamie Solorio on July 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Okay, mentioned this on facebook too! Now, gosh…I need to get ready for a trip…and I am late! Yikes! But, I couldn’t not try to score this awesome giveaway! Thanks again!

  74. Kristin on July 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I added your banner to my blog!!

  75. Beth Bevelhymer on July 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I would so love to win a spot in this workshop! I am still fairly new to owning a DSLR, but have always taken tons of pictures! So far I have pretty much been self taught and I would be wonderful to find out if what I have been teaching myself is right 😉 I loved the macro tip and I am also very inspired that no matter when you started your photography journey, it can bloom into something amazing!Thanks so much!

  76. Jennifer Reis on July 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I also tweeted it out!

  77. Sandi Davidson on July 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’ve been into photography for a very long time, and as a single mom out of work for the last year, I’ve had more time to devote to my photography. I would so love this class to kick my sessions up several notches, and learn more about lighting! I’m a family photographer and do shoot mostly outdoors, but getting a handle on lighting-both studio and and fill-in for outdoors-would be an enormous boost for my start-up business. I am so eager to learn, I know I could come away from this workshop with much knowledge-great for me, great for my clients! Also, the business sense Jean and Travis share is so important to us novices!I loved the trick of turning the 50mm around for macro-I’ve been playing with it, and it does take a bit of practice. These are the kind of tips I would look forward to learning in the workshop.I would love to win a spot, but whoever does-congrats and have a blast!Also posted to my FB!

  78. Melissa Lynch on July 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I greatly respect and admire Jean and Travis and their work! I have been dreaming about attending one of their workshops before they even offered one. I have had the great pleasure of camping with the Smith fam (back when they “only” had 3 boys!) and I had no idea, until I read the MCP Actions interview, that she has only been in the business for about 5 years! I have been fascinated with photography since I was a kid and have always known I would end up pursuing photography; whether it be as a hobby or business. This may be more than you want to know – but I received a Canon Rebel for Christmas a few years back but (long story short) I dropped it in a large body of water and was never had the opportunity to learn much with it. A couple years after that, I bought my first SLR and the following Christmas, my hubby got me a lense and flash. I have followed the advice of many of my photographer friends and have played around with it quite a bit in order to get to know my camera. The following Christmas, I received Adobe Photoshop and have attempted editing…and have to admit, I am overwhelmed. I need to learn more in order to get better and would love, lOvE, LOVE to win a seat at their He said, She said Workshop!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  79. cblayloc on July 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

    the most interesting thing I learned was about using an external flash for sun flare… very cool. I would love to see this in action.

  80. elizabeth s. on July 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I loved the interview! Thanks for making me aware of the this dynamic duo!I love, love Senior Portraiture, so Travis would probably be speaking directly to me–I’d love to learn more from him.And, for that matter, I’ve been scared to take on wedding photography, so I’m thinking Jean would most likely inspire me to take the leap.Thanks to all three of you for the opportunity to attend the workshop!E.

  81. Sandi Davidson on July 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Left a comment about why I love MCP Actions on their FB!

  82. elizabeth s. on July 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Just tweeted about the contest! Mentioned @MCPActions!E.

  83. Khaled Mosli on July 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    What an awesome interview, truly enjoyed it! Meaningful questions and rich answers straight to the point. So much to learn and to relate especially that my wife and I are a photography team and I’m the corporate guy who’s waiting for the right moment to switch I would say the most interesting thing I learned is how support system, i.e. wife and family, is a gift that we should value and never take for granted! Another thing I find interesting is to be Authentic and never limit your inspiration and dreams!This workshop is so powerful that it can be a major turning point for my life and convince me to make the decision and switch to a full-time photog and do what my smart wife advised me long time ago Of course, with all the overwhelming tips and tricks it will make me a better photog especially the lighting tips! As far as our photography business, it is definitely a game changer to be there and learn from both Jean & Travis’s different experiences with two different types of clients! Also, I am interested to learn how Travis’s MBA helped and enhanced his business performance!Thanks MCP actions for sharing such a great interview and wondeful people!cheers,Khaled Mosli

  84. Rachel on July 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    The most interesting thing I learned was putting the 50mm on backwards to use as macro! Very neat! I would love to attend this workshop – I photograph families, children, babies, and seniors, so it sounds like a perfect learning experience!

  85. Rachel on July 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm
  86. Emily on July 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I think the fun thing with seeing these two photographers together is that there is no one set style that is “the best.” we each have our own…and that is encouraging.

  87. Rachel on July 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm
  88. Krysha Abbott on July 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I’m a natural light girl and I could learn a lot from Travis and his lighting skills. I also love childrens’ photography and would be so interested in anything Jean has to say.

  89. Shannon Lauer on July 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    1. The most interesting thing I learned is how her husband is now in the photography business. She did a family shoot for us about 3 years ago, and I love Jean’s work.2. I’m just starting out, and even though the workshop looks a bit intense, they said it would work for beginners as well! 🙂

  90. Amy N on July 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I thought their advice about only agreeing to do shoots that you are passionate about was great.

  91. Shannon Lauer on July 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    facebook posthttp://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/?sk=lf

  92. Karyn Lee on July 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I would love to go to this workshop! I would love the inputon my wedding portfolio. I thought it was really interesting to learn that both are fairly new additions to the professional photography world. Plus the tip for the 50mm was really cool!

  93. Shannon Lauer on July 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I saw that someone liked MCP actions…. I did that as well. :)http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/mcpfans

  94. Lynnette on July 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    What an exciting giveaway. I enjoyed the interview yesterday. I learned I need to figure out what a bare external flash is. (I’m a beginner!) Thanks! I do like MCP on Facebook and am hoping to take the Elements class in September.

  95. Dara on July 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    This workshop looks amazing! I loved what they had to say about not burning yourself out by taking on work that doesn’t really speak to you… if only everyone was told that in the beginning. I would love to be entered, pretty please!

  96. Doris Cobb on July 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I enjoyed reading the interview and the trick of turning the 50mm lens into a macro lens was really interesting. It was also fun to read their two responses to the same question. I have had my camera for 3 years now and would love to take my photography to the next level. It sounds like the workshop would be a really good opportunity to do that. Have already LIKED MCP Actions on facebook, and also posted this link on my facebook page. Thanks!

  97. Danielle S. on July 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I love the fact they say to find what you love and shoot that. I think that is my biggest problem in my business. I just want to please everyone. This workshop would help me out to find what I love, to not under-price myself, and also get more confident about my work. I’m getting burnt out and need a fresh vision and passion. I think this workshop could help!

  98. Lynnette on July 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm
  99. Christina Heyboer on July 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I learned that Jean’s favorite lens is an 85mm 1.8. Her pictures are gorgeous. Maybe I don’t need to saltivate over the 85mm 1.4 and will just stick with what I have (85mm 1.8). Would love to attend the workshop. Thank you so much for the contest!!!

  100. Lynnette on July 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I shared on FB. Hope this link works: https://www.facebook.com/mcpfans#!/llseymour

  101. Danielle S. on July 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Added MCP banner to my blog. http://marshallswife.blogspot.com

  102. Courtney Dunn on July 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Sounds like they have a ton of great experience and lessons to teach someone like me just starting out ~ I would love the opportunity to learn from them since I still have a ton to learn 🙂 The tip about turning the 50mm around sounds amazing ~ can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  103. Annette Pixley on July 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I “like” you on Facebook.

  104. Annette Pixley on July 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I think the most interesting thing is their different approaches to lighting. It’s an issue I’m constantly dealing with and would love to learn more about.

  105. Allette Wellauer on July 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    !!! I would LOVE to win this workshop! It is incredible to see a couple support each other both personally and professionally. It would be a Phenomenal opportunity to learn cutting edge techniques!Thank you Thank you!Allette

  106. Kathy J on July 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I keep stalling about starting a business and questioning my ability to produce quality every time. I really think an intensive workshop with one-on two feedback would be SO beneficial for me and my photography right now.

  107. Brianna Pride on July 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I would LOVE to attend this!!! I’m in a season where I’m at a plateau and want to take my photography to a seriously new level. I am moving with my husband in the near future – across the country – and having to completely start over and would love to have the portfolio to prove myself at our new home so I don’t have to work some silly job until I can get on my feet. I have a lot to learn yet and would LOVE to be a part of this!!!

  108. Patsy J Lander on July 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I loved Travis’s tip about putting the bare external flash behind the subject…awesome!

  109. whitney mccoy on July 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    OMG! I so want to win! I HEART Jean!! I had a chance to meet her, and she told me the story of her hubby quitting his job to pursue photography. I was in awe of the faith they both had in it (and obviously it worked out..heehee). They are both like, beyond-crazy-talented. I love how different their style is, and how it meshes together so seamlessly when they shoot a wedding or something with one another. I feel I have been stuck in rut with my business and I would kill for the chance to get some helpful insight from these two. 😉

  110. Patsy J Lander on July 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I have been a fan of MCP for awhile and would absolutely love this workshop! It is posted on my wall on my facebook page.

  111. Debbie Albrough on July 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Love Love the instant macro idea using a prime lense – would love love love to attend this workshop. Thank you

  112. whitney mccoy on July 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I “like” MCP on fb also!!

  113. whitney mccoy on July 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm
  114. whitney mccoy on July 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm
  115. Danielle S. on July 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I like MCP Actions on Facebook.

  116. Danielle S. on July 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Added to my personal Facebook page a link to this post. 🙂 Danielle Lee Smith

  117. Danielle S. on July 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Shared on my business Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/daniellesmithphotography) which is connected with my twitter (hsvphoto)

  118. Shari on July 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I loved that Travis quit his job to pursue his passion. I did that almost 11 years ago with no regrets (well, almost”_ I was laid off and started my own design biz). Now that I’ve got tons of great equipment and have been practicing like crazy, I want to add pro photography services to even more of my clients. This workshop would be wonderful! I just got a new flash and would like to brush up on those skills, too. My portfolio is getting there and this would help so much. Thanks!

  119. Guadalupe Dove on July 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I would LOVE to win this workshop! I have been a fan for a while! I would love to attend their workshop to learn more of their style and techniques.

  120. Amanda Brayton on July 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    What I found most helpful in the interview is, that no matter who you are, you have different types of views. People really shouldn’t copy other photographers, but learn from them and use it in their own way. 🙂 I would so love to win a seat in the workshop. I have never been to a workshop and have been searching for a good workshop to go to! I’ve been in business for 2 years and I would really love to attend. 🙂

  121. Guadalupe Dove on July 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I added your banner to my blog!!http://lupitasloves.blogspot.com/

  122. Marisa Nuffer on July 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    FB LINK – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1566352800GT FB LINK – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glow-Tampa-Photography/245622255449125Excellent opportunity to get out and do what I love with two of the most talented forces in photography. It would be incredible to document and highlight the experience in my business blog and on Facebook. Travis and Jean’s interview yesterday made me eager for more! I had not heard of the 50mm macro technique either, wonder what other tricks they have? Only one way to find out – at the He Said, She Said Workshop in September!

  123. Kelli VanDonkelaar on July 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    This is completely fantastic! I completely enjoyed the article from yesterday’s blog. I particularly enjoyed the little “secrets” that they shared…I’m going to have to experiment with those! As to how the workshop could help me…everything I have learned about photography has been self taught and taught via online tutorials. I would LOVE to be able to spend a day and have REAL training. Education is so important and something that I am severely lacking in photography. The insights and information gained would *hopefully* help to take me to the next level in my photography business. Added bonus? I live within driving distance!

  124. gale on July 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic learning experience!

  125. Guadalupe Dove on July 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I am a MCP Actions fan on facebook!

  126. Melissa Lynch on July 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    “Liked” MCP Actions on Facebook!

  127. Lisa on July 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I learned that cool trick about the 50mm (which I can’t wait to try)! but mostly, I am a huge, huge fan of Jean Smith and her photography! I would love the chance to attend the workshop…it would mean tons!!!! 🙂 (already “likeing” all of the fb pages 🙂 )

  128. Lisa on July 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm
  129. Bruce Murden on July 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    My favorite part of any Jean and Travis interview is the interplay between these two, and learninf any fun fact about them. They are absolutely wonderful people, and a fantastic couple. Photographically, I really liked, “Always price yourself for the market you are trying to attain. Otherwise, you will find yourself underpaid and burned out”. As many times as you hear that, it’s still hard to let it sink in. But anything to stay on the positive creative side of photography and not the burnt out side is for me!

  130. Jeanette on July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Lighting Lighting Lighting!! Love learning more and more about lighting and flashes!!

  131. Kathy on July 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Love that a married couple with children can work together so well! They must feed off each other – as they said, where one is weak the other is strong. Would love to attend their workshop – I could use the any help with the process, start to finish!

  132. Monica Day on July 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Definitely the most interesting thing I learned was that little macro trick with the 50. I cannot believe it. You can tell a true enthusiast when they come up with things like that! This workshop could definitely help me wrangle in all the information floating in my head about photography. I definitely know that a CONSISTENT product is mandatory and must say that I need to work on it. I know I can create consistency but I don’t always know how I did it. ;).

  133. Monica Day on July 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    The link/banner is on the footer of the blog. http://www.monicadayphotography.com/blog

  134. Sarah Baker on July 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I would love to win!!!!! I enjoyed learning that a husband and wife with kids can have a sucessful photography business together! I would love to have one with my husband.

  135. Bruce Murden on July 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm
  136. Ashley Henry on July 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Oh I have been eying this workshop forever and would be over the MOOONNN to win!!! I loved reading their article and loved hearing about how they use lighting differently. While I love natural light and still want to improve so much in that area, I am dying to get some more training with artificial light and feel more confident with it! I think this workshop would be an incredible experience and I hope so much I get chosen! 🙂

  137. Lyndsey G on July 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    They seem like an amazing couple, and also the tip about using your flash to create your own sun flare was something that never really occured to me to achieve backlighting also! I would love to attend their workshop!

  138. Kensie on July 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I really connected with the part where Jean talked about how it all got started for her. I too was always the one with the camera in hand. I actually started up a business this year and am trying to figure out my own style and get all the helpful hints, tips and tricks I can. I would love to make it a full time job, seeing as how it is my addiction. I would love to learn from the best. 🙂

  139. Ashley Henry on July 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I added this link to my facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/ashleyjhenry

  140. Lyndsey G on July 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  141. Sandrine Hudgens on July 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Jean is the very reason why I am doing photography today! I have watched her blog for YEARS and she has truly inspired me with her work! I have enjoyed reading this article very much and two things stuck with me, 1.how Travis went for his passion and was very persistent about it!! and 2.not to underprice myself because people will pay me for what I am worth. Words cannot describe how much I want this but more importantly how much I NEED this!!! Going to this workshop would be a dream come true, to meet the very person who inspired me to pursue this career but also it will be just what I need to take my business to the next level, learning from the best out there! So thank you Jean, Travis and Jodi for giving us this wonderful opportunity!!

  142. Kellie Sullivan on July 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I learned that neat trick about the macro lens, but the most valuable thing I learned is do what you love! Take that chances they might just pay off big and you’ll never work another day in your life. I would love to go to the workshop. I have never been to one so I think this would be an amazing one to go to.

  143. Ashley Henry on July 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    And now I’ve put the MCP Banner on the sidebar of my blog too! http://ashleyhenryphotography.blogspot.com/ I REALLY want to win!! 🙂

  144. Tara Kieninger on July 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Cool to learn that I can turn my 50mm into a macro. I need to win this because I am wanting to go pro (on a small scale) and have so many questions.

  145. Chris Coole on July 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I learned you should always price yourself for the market you are trying to attain. Can’t wait for the workshop! Hopefully I win 🙂

  146. Tara Kieninger on July 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Posted the contest link to my FB wall.

  147. Kellie Sullivan on July 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Just shared it on facebook!

  148. Tara Kieninger on July 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Contest link added to Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/FFlutterbyes

  149. Chris Coole on July 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Linked to contest on Twitter. http://twitter.com/chriscoole

  150. Michelle DeVries on July 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I loved the tip for using an off camera flash for backlighting!

  151. cheryl on July 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    this looks like a fantastic workshop and i would love to join in! i could drive on down to michigan from where i am! it would be great to learn from two photographers with different styles, and so much know-how and experience! fingers crossed.

  152. cheryl on July 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    shared on facebook!

  153. Misti on July 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I like MCP on facebook.My favorite part of the interview is seeing how two distinctly different views converge together and how both are “right.” I struggle with this myself (very Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde), and I think that’s what would benefit me the most from the workshop – seeing how both work together.

  154. Kris Gibbons on July 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I would love to win this contest because i love to shoot pictures, and have never taken a workshop before, and beleive that Jean would be a great person to learn from. 🙂

  155. Kris Gibbons on July 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I liked this on personal Facebook page as well.

  156. Sarah C on July 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Loved the macro trick and had my scope wider a bit with the external flash news, but think the comment that you shouldn’t charge until you can consistently deliver is spot on. Helps articulate why I’m hesitating. Thanks much!

  157. Sue Davis on July 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Have worked at a factory for the last 25 years, started venturing out on my own doing photography..would love to make it my full time job..have purchased several of your actions and templates..have took several classes but have NEVER been to a workshop..would love to have hands on experience with this amazing couple..and besides I have family in Michigan so this workshop would be feasible for me..thanks..

  158. SuEllen Yoder on July 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I’ve been doing some photography on the side for a few years and would love to bring a more streamlined workflow into the picture, I think this workshop is the way to go! 🙂

  159. SuEllen Yoder on July 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I “like” MCP on FB! 🙂

  160. Emily Redman on July 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Jean’s comment about “not underpricing yourself” and Travis’s comment about “shooting what you love” is what stuck out to me the most. These aren’t very profound statements or anything new. HOWEVER, I could see how these two things could make or break a budding photographer just starting their own photo business. So I appreciated them bringing those concepts to the forefront. I was also struck by the fact that both Jean and Travis created and continue to run successful businesses when they have only been doing it professionally for about 5 years or less. That was encouraging as well. I am interested in the business aspect of photography and would like to learn more in this regard.

  161. SuEllen Yoder on July 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm
  162. Emily Redman on July 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I also posted a link to my facebook page.http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1190901219

  163. Emily Redman on July 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I also posted on my blog. http://mommycrossings.com/

  164. Melissa Daniel on July 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I would love to win this! I am just starting out and could really use some extra knowledge on lighting and business perspectives. I learned that having a portfolio to show is a key asset and also loved hearing about the flash and 50mm tricks!

  165. Melissa Daniel on July 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Just liked you on FB!

  166. Rachael B on July 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Learned about the 50mm trick… fun! Would love to attend because the wealth of knowledge these two have is really impressive!

  167. Rachael B on July 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm
  168. Rachael B on July 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I’m an MCP actions fan on Facebook.

  169. Marissa on July 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I’ve “liked” you for a while!

  170. Kasey on July 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I learned that shooting wide angle shots can be really interesting and really artistic. I also have to try and turn around my 50mm lens and take a pic!

  171. Kasey on July 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I like ya on facebook!

  172. Marissa on July 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I would LOVE to attend this workshop! I am just starting out so to learn what they both have to offer would be a treat! I am constantly striving to absorb whatever I can from other professionals, so to learn from Jean and Travis would be an amazing opportunity. Love the 50mm macro trick as well as the flash back lighting trick. Pleeeaassssseee let me be the winner!! 🙂

  173. tracy dodson on July 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I loved where you both talked about pricing – that was so helpful. I tend to undercharge – have too much to do and get burned out!!! Would love to learn from you – have only attended one workshop – I am totally self taught. I know that I have many holes and would love to learn all I can about LIGHT!!!

  174. Cary on July 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    What a terrific opportunity! I really enjoyed learning that they pursued their photography passion as more of a second start career and would love to learn more about how they were able to make it work. As a passionate hobbyist I love learning about light and inspiration as it is helpful for me to develop my own skills.

  175. Elizabeth E. on July 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    While this isn’t the “coolest” thing (that backward 50mm trick is!), what spoke to me the most was Jean’s comment “I would suggest NOT starting a business until you know you can consistently produce a full gallery of quality images to a client.” I am struggling with the desire to turn my photography into a P/T business, but have doubts about whether clients will like my work enough – so this really spoke to me as I continue to try and shoot, shoot, shoot to feel comfortable with my mastery of my hardware. Would love to spend a couple of days getting professional feedback and soaking up new info like a sponge!

  176. Danielle Meyer on July 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    LOVE the tip about turning a prime lens around to create a macro lens. I feel like I am in the perfect spot within my photography to take away so much from this workshop! Thanks for the opportunity.Danielle

  177. Kassy Whetten on July 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I loved the tip that Jean gave about turning your lens around to make a macro lens!! WOW! I want to go start experimenting. I am also already a fan!

  178. Kassy Whetten on July 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I shared the contest on facebook!http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=520379806

  179. Stephanie Ryan on July 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    The most interesting thing I learned is what Jean had to say about starting a photography business. You can’t just jump right into it, you have to learn and grow and when you are ready have the self confidence to price your work for what it is worth. If I were to attend this workshop (I am DYING to go!!!) I think I would get that added confidence and boost in my ability to create art and therefore have a sucessful business. I know learning from these two would definitly help me reach my goals! Just want to say thanks for the opportunity!

  180. Trina on July 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Have always admired Jean’s beautiful work and would love to learn from her and Travis. It is wonderful to see a husband & wife doing what they love and supporting each other. And they have such a great sense of humor 🙂 This would be such a wonderful learning experience!

  181. Trina on July 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Also fanned your Facebook page!

  182. The Coach's Wife on July 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    i keep hearing “you should open a business”, but i know i’m nowhere near ready for that. i have too much to learn, about photography AND about the business.as a person who is generally risk-averse, travis’ bold move of quitting his corporate gig to become a full-time-tog makes my heart skip a beat. i wanna be like trav!

  183. Lisa Haasch on July 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I learned that you can use the 50mm in reverse as a macro, and tried it repeatedly yesterday. Also learned that my 85mm 1.8 should be capable of taking awesome pictures. Would love a break from my four kids,an opportunity to improve my photography, and eventually get my own business going. Pick me, pick me!

  184. Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman on July 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    When Travis said ‘Shoot what you love. Period.’ that completely resonated with me. Also, shooting HOW you love- like I never liked props, was never comfortable with them, so I never do anything with them. And my clients know it. Would love to attend.

  185. Tressie Davis on July 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I find their work incredibly inspiring, and would love to learn more about OCF. Also need assistance with the business side, and I loved the comments about not under pricing yourself. I was excited to see a story about someone that actually escaped the corporate rat race, and was able to become successful at something they love…very inspiring to me. 🙂

  186. Tressie Davis on July 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Also shared on my personal page https://www.facebook.com/#!/tressiedavis

  187. Caron on July 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    add a MCP actions link to my blog…I’m not just saying this to win a spot…I LOVE the fusion actions I bought!!! especially “Rustic”http://photographybycaron.blogspot.com/

  188. Jen on July 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Very cool tip to turn the lens around! I must say my jaw dropped when I saw the workshop was in Detroit! Normally, workshops are WAY to far away to even consider entering. This one is actually only a few hours away!! This would be an amazing opportunity. I am just getting started in my business, the idea of winning the class AND the one on one…WOW! Goosebumps! 🙂

  189. MarieSam Sanchez on July 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I would love to fine tune my workflow and post-processing and I think this workshop would be perfect in leading me on the right path! I love the interaction aspect with my clients but I struggle with the work behind the scenes and a good foundation of guidance would really help my business!!!

  190. Heidi D on July 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I would love to win this! I’m building up my portfolio now and when I read that Jean started 5 years ago, it really gave me encouragement to keep going. Also, turning your lens around to make your own macro is pretty sweet. The workshop would definitely benefit me in all areas – I would love to see another photographer at work!

  191. Jillyn Segroves on July 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Jean has been my inspiration for years! I love her photography, love her! This workshop would mean the world to me. It would force me out of my rut and bump me to the next level.

  192. rebecca scharf on July 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I wold love to come to learn more about lighting and everything- the idea of having specialists in both studio and natural light would help me immensely! I also posted this on my FB https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=feed&id=1029695659

  193. Jannice C on July 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Oh so much wisdom, so where do I begin?! How I wish I could have had Jean’s advice a year ago so I wouldn’t have disappointed a client with only 15 good images! And the part about underpricing yourself? Been there, did that, and felt cheap (I would’ve made more money flipping burgers!). I would so love the opportunity to know how to tackle putting together great shots without first scoping out a location or seeing the family, or how to trouble-shoot challenging lighting situations quickly, and how to maximize productivity in post-processing. Getting a chance to be in Jean & Travis’ workshop would be amazing. It might just be the key to transforming my photography into a real business without anymore fumbling and stumbling!

  194. Seth on July 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I learned that you can turn a simple lens into a macro lens by turning it around. Brilliant! I’d love to learn more about light at this workshop.

  195. Lisa H on July 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Love the 50mm trick, love the potential of my 85mm 1.8Would love professional feedback, a break from my 4 kids and ideas for my new business.

  196. Jannice C on July 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Liked MCP Actions on FB (personal and photography profiles).Shared MCP Actions with friends on my wall at:https://www.facebook.com/jannicechaoAlso shared MCP Actions with friends on Jannice Chao Photography wall:https://www.facebook.com/?sk=lf

  197. rebecca scharf on July 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I would love to work with jean and travis and speak to them about lighting- the mix of studio and natural light- would help me soo much. I love both JS& BS and I would love to attend!

  198. rebecca scharf on July 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I also posted on my facebook page- again I promise that i would be the PERFECT student– Really!!!https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1029695659

  199. Stacy D on July 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I am positively GIDDY at the prospect of winning a seat in this workshop! After trying to teach myself on a budget (i.e. online tutorials, lol) for the last two years, having someone stand in front of me and make sense of lighting and posing would be an answer to my prayers! I am not a professional, but I truly love photography and rarely can you find me without my camera. I would be honored to learn from two very “real” photographers who are willing to share their knowledge. And an added bonus? I live in DETROIT! WOO HOO! Thank you so much! (oh, and I “liked” MCP Actions on fb many many moons ago…you guys ROCK!)

  200. Michelle on July 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Wow! What an inspiring interview. It’s so nice to see and hear the different approaches they take in their businesses. It would be such a blessing to attend a workshop such as this as I continue to press on to learn as much as I possibly can.

  201. Bri Mason on July 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    “Shoot what you Love” It is what will keep you going in the business and help you remember your photography passion.I like MCP and Boka on FB!

  202. Stacy D on July 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm
  203. Ashley Larsen on July 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I loved the article- especially leaving the corporate world to take up photography. I would love to attend this workshop- I am interested in learning their posing techniques and other non-camera setting issues they will tackle.

  204. Christy Woods on July 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    This would be an awesome opportunity as someone who is in the start up phase of her business the insites that could be offered wiil be very beneficial.

  205. Jeannine Lode on July 28, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I was so inspired by the husband and wife team! My husband and I have a similar business in Canada–we both specialize in different types of photography-just like them! My husband has recently quit his job to pursue photography and I would like to know how to better run a husband and wife photography business. What tips can I take from the workshop to make it work with our business? From the interview, I thought turning the 50mm upside down for a macro lens is something that I want to try.I have also tweeted this:https://twitter.com/#!/customphoto/status/96440157137408000and posted on my fb profile:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=792610301and my business fan page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Custom-Concepts-Photography/278335398616

  206. Jen on July 28, 2011 at 2:24 am

    what an inspiring article!! i jsut loved how they followed their dreams and passions and made it work. what an inspiration. i would so love to have the chance to learn from them!!

  207. Sara Sue on July 28, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Oh my goodness, who wouldn’t love this!!! I’m dying to see the creative side of other photographers. I would love to see them work. They seem like such a fun couple in both their photo and interview. Send me please!!Already a fan on facebook.

  208. CatDaddy on July 28, 2011 at 6:46 am

    This would be so much fun! Would love to go…

  209. Margaret Schwartz on July 28, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Very interesting article1 Thanks for all the tips! Still haven’t figured out how to turn the 50mm lens around. Would love to go to the workshop!

  210. Corinne on July 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I posted on my personal page – just not sure how to paste in the correct link in this section. I also posted on a private Michigan Only Photog forum. :)http://www.facebook.com/epicedgephotography

  211. Danielle on July 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

    What a fun couple!!! I loved reading about them. This workshop would be so great to attend for so many reasons!

  212. Danielle on July 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Facebook fan!

  213. Nina on July 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I would love to learn more about starting a business. Jean mentioned that having a full gallery before starting a business is essential and to never under price yourself.

  214. Heather Armstrong on July 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Great interview!! & a Give-Away! So awesome! Best thing I’ve learned at a workshop…. Workshop: Brianna GrahamLocation: San Diego, CA 2008What: How to spot meter & that it’s okay to shoot in the most random of locations (urban)!

  215. Stephanie on July 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I love that they have different perspectives on everything. I love that the workshop is in Detroit as well!

  216. AngieinMO on July 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I would love to learn more about lighting. Plus being around creative people always help me re-energize my own creative juices.

  217. Brooke on July 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I always like hearing what lenses people like, especially other natural light photographers. And the advice for those of us who are just starting out. This workshop is a great opportunity – thank you for the chance!

  218. Brooke on July 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    And, of course, you’re liked on Facebook. Thanks again!

  219. Krista Boivie on July 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Effectively using flash and natural lighting is something I am desperately trying to improve.Would love this opportunity to learn two different approaches and perspectives.

  220. Cynthia on July 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I tweeted about this on “cynteeuh”. Thanks!

  221. Ruth on July 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Sometimes I wish I still lived in Michigan just so Jean could take my photos! I also wish that I could be her second shooter at weddings, heck, I’d even be her slave girl and move lights around for her just to learn what she does when she’s taking someone’s pictures. Aside from loving both of their work I really appreciate what Travis said about shooting what you love. It’s easy for people to ask you to shoot random things once they know you take photos and it’s easy for me to say yes, but, like I learned last week at a shoot, I’m not always going to be happy shooting a large group photo at a family reunion of 14 adults and 18 grandkids(all under the age of 13). Shoot what you love! Love it!I really feel like my work is getting better and better and I’m on the edge of being really great, so I think this workshop will help me to fine tune what I know, give me some new ideas as far as posing and the “un-pose”, teach me some new tricks with lighting, and help me with post processing workflow. I’m all about doing what I love and still being a very present mom to my new (3 month old) baby.

  222. Ruth on July 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Tweeted…although, I don’t think anyone knows that I exist on twitter since I never use it. :)https://twitter.com/#!/ruthiesphoto/status/96717468512419841

  223. Ruth on July 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm
  224. Ruth on July 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm
  225. Ruth on July 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I tried to share it vis Stumblehttp://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmcpactions.com%2Fblog%2F2011%2F07%2F27%2Fhe-said-she-said-win-a-spot-in-this-photography-workshop-1350-value%2Fcomment-page-3%2F

  226. Jessica Hilborn on July 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I would love to go to this workshop to learn more about using flash in natural light. It’s an area that I have not yet explored, but am dying to learn more about! I loved the different perspectives that they shared in the blog post! LOVE that they both have strengths in diffent types of photography! So much to be learned from this couple!!

  227. Jessica Hilborn on July 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Already a “liker” of MCP Actions!! Big fan!!!

  228. Lisa on July 29, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I am a follower on fb..would love to win. will be out of town next week without access to email consistently…do i have to respond before next sat if i win..if ..that would be so great!

  229. Lisa on July 29, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I love the sentiment about shooting what you love. It’s sometimes just hard to do the other things, but I see what he’s saying. I love photography and i want to keep loving it ..so i should shoot what i love!

  230. Ann Kantola on July 29, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Great interview, I loved the idea of using an external flash to create a sun flare. I would like to learn more about how Travis made the switch from the corporate world to pursue his passion. I already like (love) MCP actions

  231. Jamie Libstaff on July 29, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I like MCP on Facebook 🙂

  232. Dayna Lyn on July 29, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Pretty pretty please pick me!!! I posted it on facebook…..http://www.facebook.com/mcpfans#!/profile.php?id=100002456481157Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  233. Jamie Libstaff on July 29, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I like this idea that Travis shared: “Do you ever wish the sun was out or in a different spot so you could backlight your subject for that hazy, summery look? Put your bare external flash on a stand behind your subject (flash facing you) and create your own sun/flare.”It would be great to go to this workshop. I’ve been wanting to go … just can’t afford it. To win a spot would just make my year! I’m just starting in the photography business. After 33 years of searching I have finally found what I want to do “When I grow up”!!

  234. Kimberly Coombs on July 29, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I read the interview and love the fact that they use available light with studio lighting, I would love to learn more about how they use both lighting techniques. I have been in business for a while, but recently have moved and reinventing myself and studio and need to get energized and learn new things, this would be a great way for me to get excited again about what I love to do!I am already a fan of MCP actions!

  235. Sandrine Hudgens on July 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm
  236. Jessica Green on July 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I know someone that took this class last time. He raves about it. Since I am new to photography, I would love to take the class. It also helps that a friend likes it so much he wants to take the class again. Thanks for the opportunity.

  237. Shannon Lloyd on July 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    What I learned from the post is, to do what you love and to have fun with it. Photography is about capturing a moment of time and being able to hang on to it forever. What better job can anyone have then to give a family that moment in time.I love taking pics and I am looking at taking this hobby of mine to the next level. I would love the chance to learn as much as I can at the workshop.

  238. Cheryl Allen on July 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Loved the trick about making the 50mm into a macro. I would love to attend this workshop. I would love to learn more about lighting and post production.

  239. Cheryl Allen on July 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Set up a tweethttps://twitter.com/#!/latajava/status/97038995778830337

  240. Cheryl Allen on July 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Told about the contest on facebook:http://www.facebook.com/callen2571

  241. Eva on July 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I couldn’t believe it when I stumbled upon this amazing give away.I loved the interview and I am absolutely intrigued but the macro tip with the 50mm lens. I happen to have one and can’t wait to give it a try.It is also intriguing to me to see a couple with 4 kids pursue the “same” passion. I can imagine that this is inspiring, but also at times difficult and confusing. I would love to get to know both of them and learn, learn, learn…I never had a passion in my entire 39 years of live until I found photography only 1-2 years back. I am not a professional photographer, but very interested in receiving more inspiration , knowledge, confidence, connections, etc. I think I could get these things out of this course as well as some post processing ideas. I am currently working a lot with PSE 9.Thank you!Love from Eva

  242. Eva on July 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I just shared about this give away on my blog. I would love to win a spot on this course.Lovehttp://lovefromeva.blogspot.com/2011/07/mcp-actions-give-away.html

  243. Eva on July 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Here is the link to my facebook announcementI ever won anything. Tis would be fantastic.lovehttp://www.facebook.com/evalove72

  244. Eva on July 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Here is the link to my twitter post about your give away.https://twitter.com/#!/evaflow22Love from Eva

  245. Shavan on July 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Wow what an awesome opportunity to learn from these great photographers!

  246. Julie M. on July 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I was amazed to learn that they juggle 4 kids and a photography buisness!! I would love to attend this workshop because I really love photography and would love to progress to the point where I could have my own photography buisness.

  247. Elizabeth Garrett on July 30, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Interesting where they said don’t underprice yourself and also not to be afraid to say no when it isn’t something you are interested in. I work for a photographer now and am learning some things from her. You can certainly understand why she charges what she does.I will now go like u on FB

  248. Mandi Madsen on July 30, 2011 at 12:47 am

    would love to ask them questions about lighting and learning from them would be amazing i could really use it!

  249. Jeana on July 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

    A trick from the interview yesterday was the 50 mm trick. I had no idea that you could do that and I am going to try it today! I would love a chance to attend the workshop so I can take my business to the next level. I love Jean and Travis’ style and it would be an amazing opportunity to learn from them. Thanks for the chance.

  250. Jeana on July 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I posted it on facebook!

  251. Kim Lane on July 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Such a great interview – the refreshing comment for me was not to start a business until you can produce a full gallery of quality images. I see so many folks starting out not heeding this advice. I would love to learn more about posing and working with subjects. Thanks for the interview and the opportunity!

  252. Kim Lane on July 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I just tweeted @kgibsonlane and am following @mcpactions. Thanks Jodi!!

  253. Kim Lane on July 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm
  254. Walt L on July 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Great interview – I think this workshop would help my wife gain the confidence she needs to really grow her photography.

  255. Walt L on July 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Just tweeted about it @mwlane2 and following @mcpactions

  256. Nicole Beaulieu on July 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I have long since been a fan of Jean and Travis as well as MCP Actions… If I could like again I would 🙂 I originally found Jean through a friend and was set on having her photography my wedding and then happened upon a contest given by Travis. I ended up winning an engagement shoot with him and then decided to have Travis shoot our wedding…. Each shoot was unique and made me fall in love with photography all over again! I think Jean and Travis could both teach me so many things and would love to have a chance to work with them! Good luck to everyone!

    • Nicole Beaulieu on July 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      P.S….. I love the trick of turning around the 50mm as well as I hope to learn more about using outside lighting when natural light isn’t always perfect!

  257. Crissie Traugott on July 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I love the suggestion of using your flash behind your subject for artificial (but realistic-looking!) flare. It’s encouraging to hear Travis say to shoot what you love and not to make exceptions. I would love to be in attendance at this workshop to learn more about how Jean and Travis make each session unique and personal for their clients. The variety of session locations, expressions they capture, and poses in their images are really inspiring.

  258. Kristin on July 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm
  259. Sarah Watson on July 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I would absolutely love to attend this workshop. I’ve been “in business” for almost a year now and while I’ve learned a lot, I feel like I’m missing that special something. I struggle a little with lighting and posing and know that Jean and Travis would take me to the next level. I love their work and could learn so much from them!!I can’t wait to try out the 50mm trick! I also loved learning about how they started this in this field.

  260. Sarah Watson on July 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Shared on my blog: sarahwatsonphotography.net

  261. JoyceA on July 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Great interview, liked what Travis said about leaving his corporate career, great advice for my daughter!

  262. JoyceA on July 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Tweeted @jangelg11 and folowing @mcpactions, thanks!

  263. heather bird on July 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Would absolutely love a spot in the workshop. Jean’s work is amazing and I would love the opportunity to learn from both of them most specifically for a professional review of my work and to learn more about artificial and natural light together. Thanks for the opportunity.

  264. Carrie on July 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I like the tip about creating a macro lens. I am fairly new to photography, but i am in love and would like to learn more and get some real world/real life practice and advice. I would love to attend this workshop.

  265. Carrie on July 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Posted on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1288318030

  266. Carrie on July 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Posted a banner/link on my blog

  267. Kara Phung on July 31, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I would LOVE to go to their workshop. What I took from their interview… they are a wealth of information and I think that the duo will have so much to provide all workshop attendees 🙂 LOVE the different perspectives and that they work TOGETHER!

  268. Kara Phung on July 31, 2011 at 12:24 am
  269. Kara Phung on July 31, 2011 at 12:25 am

    http://phungphotography.blogspot.com/2011/07/hope-i-win.htmland the link on my blog :)… I REALLY would LOVE to win!!!

  270. Shane Thomas on July 31, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Been a friend of Jean for like almost forever! Love their work! Using the 50mm backwards as a macro is a slick idea indeed! I would love to attend and get a better idea on how they use natural light so incredibly well!!

  271. jill hogan on July 31, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I love the advice, “Shoot what you love.” This concept applies to so many areas of life. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!!

  272. Angela Gerber on July 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I tweeted about the workshop and MCP actions! http://twitter.com/#!/AGerberPhoto

  273. Angela Gerber on July 31, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I “like” (well love) all participating parties on Facebook!

  274. Angela Gerber on July 31, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I added your banner to my blog: http://www.angelagerberphotography.com/blog/I just bought some of your actions and I love them so far 🙂

  275. Lisa Sutton on July 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I learned (confirmed, maybe?) 2 things from Travis and Jean’s blog interview:1) There is no “answer” to my photography questions. I keep reading about lighting and editing, but the truth is that there isn’t just ONE way to light, or ONE way to edit. What I need is a nice long workshop and a lot of practice afterwards to fully understand how to produce a great shot from start to finish. I feel like, right now, i’m just getting lucky with the bit of skill that I have. I need hands-on learning. I’ve been wanting to register for a workshop, but with a full-time pharmacist career, a 4 year old and a 1 year old, and a home to maintain…I can’t justify the cost or the time commitment right now. BUT…if I WON a giveaway – definitely :)2) I GOTTA HAVE the MCP Actions. Now to decide which to purchase – my Sunday evening will be consumed with trying the freebies 🙂

  276. Lisa Sutton on July 31, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Posted a link to the MCP Actions website on FB:http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1192870242

  277. Lisa Sutton on July 31, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Posted a link about the contest on FB (via Jean Smith Photography’s post):http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1192870242#!/profile.php?id=1192870242

  278. Evan Sutton on July 31, 2011 at 10:55 am

    My wife has been talking about the He Said She Said workshops for months. She wants to go so badly, but won’t spend the money to register. I know she would have a great time, and come home feeling inspired and more confident in her passion for photography. She left this page open on her laptop, and I’m hoping that you can count this as an entry for the contest. If I happen to win, I would love to give her this gift.

  279. Angela Gerber on July 31, 2011 at 10:55 am
  280. Tara Bennett on July 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I get butterflies every time I think about going to this workshop! I am so excited that I stumbled upon this contest in the nick of time! I visit Jean Smith’s website and blog regularly, because her photos give me inspiration and get me excited for shoots.Great interview! I love how Jean talks about supporting Travis because of his passion and persistence. Photography snuck up on me as well. I always loved taking photos, but didn’t take it seriously as a career until my husband encouraged me to pursue it (I went to college to be an elementary school teacher). He has always been extremely supportive of me, and I love showing him how I continue to grow as a photographer. I am happiest when we are with our two children, and I have a camera in my hand!Every time I have a photo shoot, I come home with a new idea or realization. I am constantly learning and growing, and I think being able to attend this workshop would take me to a whole new level! As I said, I LOVE Jean’s style, and the look of her photos. I would graciously accept anything she and Travis would share with me!”liked” MCP ActionsPosted about the contest on my facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/tarabennettphotography

  281. Tara Bennett on July 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Posted about the contest on my personal facebook page as well!www.facebook.com/taraannbennett:)

  282. Marie Green on July 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I loved learning about the makeshift macro lens. Fun!! I would love how I can take my photography skills to the next level. I feel like I am stuck!

  283. Marie Green on July 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I “liked” you on Facebook!!

  284. Lyn on July 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Great advice. Don’t underprice yourself”_people will pay you what you are worth. Always price yourself for the market you are trying to attain. It would be awesome to learn more lighting techniques from Jean and Travis.

  285. Lisa Anderson on July 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I liked MCP Actions on FB

  286. Nicole Mathison on July 31, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Shoot what you love! Words to live by. I think as any new photographer starting out, I shoot what comes along, even though it may not be my favorite thing to shoot. I would love to focus on and expand the areas that I love! This would be a fantastic opportunity!

  287. Maggie W on July 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    The neatest thing I learned from the blog post is how to create your own fake sun flare using a bare flash on a stand. I don’t think I would have thought of that on my own.The reason I really want to win this contest is because I really enjoy learning from other photographers. These two seem to have a lot of personality, and it would be awesome to get to attend an in-person workshop…and I have never been to Detroit. 🙂

  288. jackie Harley on July 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I posted on my FBhttp://facebook.com/jackie.brielmaierharleyLoved the trick about the poor mans macro. Tried it and voila it worked. Soo cool

  289. Lisa Anderson on July 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I thought it was interesting that Jean said many photographers are eager to jump into business and she suggest waiting. I agree with her suggestion and I am patiently waiting to start a business until I feel totally comfortable in front of the camera and produce the best quality images possible. I think I could learn so much from this workshop and it could help me improve my photography skills so that I am one step closer to opening my own business. 🙂

  290. Angela White on July 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I have been wanting to pursue a photography business for a long time, but I used to work 60-75 hours at my day job nearly every week. After 10 years with my company, my position was eliminated (along with many others) back in April. Since then I’ve been trying to absorb all I can about photography and the business. This is an incredible opportunity, especially because I don’t have much money to spend (still out of work).I loved reading about Jean and Travis, especially their advice for those starting out. I would love the chance to learn a whole lot more from them. Thank you!

  291. kelly pearce on July 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I am way to new to even understand what a great opportunity this would be. I don’t even understand most of the terms or techniques . If I win I plan on giving it to a very very talented photographer in hopes that one day as I progress in my education they will share their knowledge with me.

  292. Tami Wilson on July 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Would love to win this! I’ll be turning my 50mm around and trying macro, interesting!

  293. lisa smith on July 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Loved the 50 mm trick. Would like to learn posing. Thanks for the opportunity.

  294. Pamela on July 31, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I would so love to have the opportunity to go to this workshop! I recently decided to start my own business as a photographer after 8 years of working for another studio as a retouch artist and some graphic design. I was very intrigued by the part of your interview where you turned the lense around to create a macro lense! Genius! I have and love the actions of yours that I have.

  295. Robin Nichols on July 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I like the reassurance that you don’t have to be the photographer that has loved photography from a child to be successful. I would love to attend the workshop and could improve every aspect of my photography as well as my business.

  296. Jen on July 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I love what Travis said about shooting what you love. I sometimes find myself pulled in all directions when it comes to photography and what he said really inspired me to “get back to the basics” of what I love to shoot.I’ve liked (loved) MCP actions for a long time on FB! I’d probably shout from the rooftops if I win.

  297. Angela White on July 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm
  298. Heidi C. on July 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I am in awe of this workshop! It would be an incredible blessing to win this experience and would add so much to me personally as a photographer and to my business. This workshop would mean so much to me as I still have so much to learn. I hope I win 🙂

  299. James D. on July 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I enjoyed the little reverse lens macro trick and I’m about to go try that out. I would love to give this workshop to my wife who is currently building her portfolio. Thanks!

  300. Crystal Barnes on July 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I really liked the idea of creating your own sun flare by using a bare flash. I think this workshop would be really great in helping to improve my skills as a photographer and help me to get started as a professional photographer. I have to be honest, I am a little intimidated thinking about the possibility of having my portfolio reviewed, but if I am serious about becoming a great professional photographer one day, I have to be willing to put myself out there so that I can learn about how I can improve.

  301. Pamela on July 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Shared on my FB wall!

  302. Lissa Chandler on July 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Their stories are so inspirational! I’d love to learn their lighting tricks and just see photography through their perspective!

  303. Crystal Barnes on July 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm
  304. Lissa Chandler on July 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I tweeted!Business wise, I think this would help my business because I’d be able to receive critiques from amazing photographers, implement what they say into my work, and evolve! I already see a consistent improvement in my work and would love to push things even further by sitting down and talking to two people who are so talented. Where I live, opportunities like this are few and far between!

  305. Lissa Chandler on July 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    And I facebooked, too 🙂

  306. Miranda on July 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I like the advice of pricing for the market you want. Pricing is an area I struggle with. I think I could learn a lot from this workshop and appreciate it having two different views.

  307. Lynda Glenn on July 31, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    LOVED the article! My favorite part was the leap of faith into the photography world! So brave-but so worth it 🙂 Hope to see you at the workshop!!

  308. sandy jandu on July 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    two things really resonated with me – ‘shoot what you love’ and ‘never under-price yourself’; one i feel like i adhere to, while the other is SO much harder! getting to win this contest, and attend this conference, would mean that i really am ready to change my lie, and truly follow my passion. that wealth of knowledge jean and travis are looking to share is inspirational, and would be complete and utterly welcome!!(ps – i already am an FB fan, of course. :))sandy

  309. Jaclyn on July 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Such an interesting article! I want to try the trick with the 50 mm lens. I would love to attend the workshop and have more personal interaction to improve my photography.

  310. Cary on July 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Mcp actions and Jean fan on fb already!! fingers n toes crossed!

  311. Kisha Pierre on July 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I love the lighting tips. The flash tip is something so genius!!!. I have been wanting to take the next step with my photography business for the past year. I believe Jean and Travis’s workshop will help me in taking that step by teaching me their techniques and workflow etc. It will totally help. I have likes the mcp facebook page and will be place in the banner on my blog. Thanks so much

  312. Jenn S. on July 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I am just getting started so I love reading about having the courage to say “no.” (Also the little trick about the 50mm lens was awesome!)

  313. Jenn S. on July 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm
  314. Jenn S. on July 31, 2011 at 7:36 pm
  315. Jenn S. on July 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I “like” MCP Actions on Facebook

  316. Mallory Urquhart on July 31, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    The 50mm trick was pretty neat! Their pictures are beautiful. I am new to photography and would love to win the workshop. Thanks

  317. Janice Cooper on July 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Loved the interview and could feel your passion. Turning the lens around and manually focusing was an awesome tip! Taking pictures has been my passion for years and now with my new SLR, I am able to soak up tips and ideas. I would love to be inspired in person. My favorite pics are of kids, flowers, homes and landscapes. – JCPS I love Michigan!!! Just got back from a week on the lake there.I liked you on Facebook.And shared a link to your site.

  318. Jill Purtan on July 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I really paid attention to when Jean said that to balance work and family, outsourcing is what saves her sanity. I always want to do everything myself, and when I read that, it made me feel so relieved to think that I could unburden myself by outsourcing certain parts of my business. Great advice!! Thanks.

  319. Holly on July 31, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Wow, I had no idea you could use a Nifty Fifty as a macro lens! The things you learn along the way. I also liked the helpful advice about starting out. I know I could learn so much from Jean and Travis – they are both fountains of knowledge. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  320. Holly on July 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway! (Oh and btw – I’ve liked MCP Actions for a LONG time now. 🙂 )http://www.twitter.com/delicatedewdrop

  321. Lea on July 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I LOVE this giveaway! Jean Smith is one of my top three favorite photographers! The thought of winning this prize brings a tear to my eyes! I love the advice on using your flash to create your own sun flare! And I already Like MCP Actions of Facebook!

  322. Jenny Singleton on July 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Oh my goodness-I love the ‘poor man’s macro’ idea! That is really cool. I wouldn’t have thought of that. 🙂 if they know tricks like that! I can only imagine how awesome the workshop must be!

  323. Gary Ferrero on July 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Love MCP

  324. Janice Cooper on July 31, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    *Liked *. Jeans FacebookLiked * Travis’ pageLiked *Boka Photography

  325. Amy Flaker on July 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    WOW! What a great giveaway and great interview. I recently discovered Jean and Travis a few weeks ago and saw that they offer the “He Said, She Said,” workshops and was thinking about saving up for one. So this giveaway is truly exciting! Like everyone else, I loved Jean’s tip on using the 50mm for a macro lens. I wonder if it will work with a 135? This workshop would really help my post-shooting and business aspects. I’ve recently relocated to Detroit from Washington State and have to re-start my business. It would be great to get some tips on how to market myself and keep my business going strong. I also LOVE their work and would love to get some tips on post-productions tips. And of course I have “liked” MCP Actions on Facebook. I have done this through my personal page as well as my professional page.

  326. Janice Cooper on July 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Shared a link and comment on your page Jean <3

  327. carrie on July 31, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I shoot now things that I love but unfortunately that is not paying the bills. I need this workshop to help lead me in the right direction. I also have family in Michigan that I haven’t seen in over a year so if I win I would have the best of both worlds. Thanks.

  328. Janice Cooper on July 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Shared Jean’s page <3

  329. Erin C on July 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Great Post “ñI love Jean’s post about not jumping in to starting a business but rather to hone your craft first! They appear to be an awesome couple and I love their work. I also love they are willing to share their passion and knowledge for photography!

  330. kim on July 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Workshops experiences and learning is so valuable. Being able to shot and talk and discuss amongest a small group of people is a valuable learning experience. There is so much to learn from others

  331. Janice Cooper on July 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Just tweeted this info @JaniceCooperNJ : )

  332. Lindsay on July 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    As a person in the corporate world myself, I am an amatuer photogroapher, who has a passion for taking pictures of people. I would love to take the tool sets I learn in their workshop and LEAVE THE CORPORATE WORLD BEHINDjust as Travis did!! Love the 50mm trick..I am going to try it right now!!

  333. Kayla Beiler on July 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I really want to win! It would be a fantastic opportunity!!!

  334. Lesa on August 1, 2011 at 2:05 am

    I would love to attend this workshop. Photography is my passion and I would like to feel comfortable with my new 7D Canon. I want to learn as much as possible….

  335. Lesa on August 1, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Tweeted

  336. monet on August 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I love what Jean says about learning your craft before starting a business, then once you do, price yourself what you are worth. So very key. What a fantastic workshop, by the way! I would be absolutely thrilled to learn from Jean and Travis.

  337. jenni on August 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I would absolutely LOVE to attend the workshop! I love photography and I have been trying to take the beautiful pics that I have seen through the MCP website mostly through trial and error. I would love to attend the workshop and sit down with them for one (or two 🙂 ) on one and learn all that I can. It would be an invaluable experience for me!

  338. William Sullivan on August 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Amazing opportunity!! Your blog and shots are an enjoyment

  339. Sandi on September 17, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I need to learn macro and posting

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