December PUG: Holiday Party

December 9, 2009

Date: December 14

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Hein Photo Studio – 120 N Green St., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL (It’s in the buzzer as Hein Photography)

Contact: Nancy and Dave Wittig  312.813.3201

We will be celebrating the holiday season with yummy treats and drinks!  We look forward to seeing everyone there 🙂


November PUG with Gary Fong

November 10, 2009

Special guest Gary Fong will be at our PUG!

Date: Monday, November 16 2009


We’ll be meeting at 7pm at Hein Photography Studio – RSVP for more details.


He will be talking about – 

State of the Industry
For 20 years, Gary Fong operated one of the most financially successful photography studios ever. Starting by charging $150 to shoot a wedding (with no time limit!) he began selling large wedding albums with a simple premise, pre-designing the album and emphasizing album design over anything else. In an era of shoot-to-burn price competition, Gary will carefully explain how to achieve ravingly happy clients and how to grow your business exponentially with no advertising.
Gary will explain the system he relied on to allow him to enjoy remarkable financial success even through two deep recessions, and will explain why consumers distrust advertising in difficult times, and how to price reasonably and effectively.
Gary retired from photography at 42, just after co-founding the lab at Pictage. He then went on to design the Lightsphere family of diffusers, and controls a multimillion dollar empire including real estate, plastics manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.
Gary’s Bio – 
As a professional photographer Gary ended his 20 year long career in 2002 to pursue other interests, including creating the solution to unflattering images lit with direct flash lighting called the “Lightsphere.” Since introducing the Lightsphere in late 2004, more than 400,000 Lightspheres have been sold worldwide.
After inventing the Lightsphere, Gary built a veritable cottage industry around variations on his popular dome-shaped Lightsphere light diffuser including variations called, “The Origami” and “The Puffer.”
Gary has expanded into extensive real estate holdings with properties in the U.S. and Canada, a shipping and distribution warehouse in Wisconsin Rapids, WI and a plastics manufacturing company in Columbus, Indiana specializing in environmentally-friendly plastics made from corn and other bio materials. His most recent book THE ACCIDENTAL MILLIONAIRE: How to Succeed in Life without Really Trying,” has been described as “a humorous, poignant memoir of the man said to have revolutionized wedding photography.”

October PUG Meeting

October 7, 2009

As we’re nearing the end of the year, many people are probably looking to update their sites, so this month we are going to do website critiques.  Come with your lap top if you can, and get ready to give and receive some helpful website critiques.  There will be some delicious fall treats involved 🙂

Date: Monday, October 12

Time: 7 pm

Location: AHP (Amanda Hein) Photography studio

120 N Green St., 3rd floor

Chicago, IL

(It’s in the buzzer as Hein Photography)

Contact: Nancy and Dave – 312.813.3201

September PUG meeting: Guest Speaker Joe Buissink!

August 2, 2009

Joe Buissink will come and give a discussion about the psychology involved behind shooting weddings. Who we are when we shoot an event and how it shows in the work!

September 14th

Time – 7-9PM

Location – Catalyst Ranch
656 W. Randolph St., Suite 3W
Chicago, IL 60661

About Joe:
Joe’s photography is about capturing the moments, and the essence of the person in those moments. His work redefines wedding photography, and has been described as Fine Art by his most notable celebrity clients. Joe has become a world-renowned teacher in the photographic field. His teachings have taken him on an international platform from Japan and Australia to England, Scotland and Ireland, as well as in the United States. Joe has been profiled by Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Lifetime Television’s Wedding of a Lifetime, and E!. His work is published regularly in InStyle Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, and People Magazine.

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Meeting agenda: Learn from renowned photographer Joe Buissink