A Photographer's Journal

Rita Spiegel is an Oceanside-based portrait and pet photographer. Photographs not only to document our lives, but also tell a story. They bring back memories at a glance. Click here to get back to the main website: www.RitaSpiegel.com or Rita@RitaSpiegel.com. I invite you to look through my portfolios and I hope you enjoy my images.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Through the Lens ... an Inspiring Book

Today, I spent selling my photographs at a Oceanside, CA farmer's market.  It was slow and I didn't sell a lot, so as normal I started taking photos of random things around my table.

As I was looking at objects and seeing what might make a good image, I thought about National Geographic. I'm always inspired by the images in this book and as always, by the photographers who work for National Geographic. Even though I've ready this book several times, I'm happy to look at these images. I recommend it if you're an experience photographer or just beginning.

Back to today's story ... Since I needed to stay at my table, my dog was the main object of random shots.  He enjoyed it and as always makes the perfect dog model.

Kharma sat in from of the cow, by JC Gallery, then went on to do "doga" (dog yoga) and fell fast asleep as soon as we got home.  Life as my dog is hard.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Marketing and Workshops

Today was good.  I had a meeting about marketing and my upcoming workshops.  Lots of good ideas. I'm developing workshops that will help children learn how to take "candid" images of their dogs.  The focus will be on families. I'm also going to market to adults too. This will be included in my business plans.  So much to do on the business side.  All new stuff and a lot work to do ... exciting and scary.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Business Plan ... A lot to update

Rain and rain ... Well, since it rained all day yesterday, I wasn't able to venture outside, so I worked a lot on updating my business plan. The older one was at least two years old. I helped my visually see what I need to work on and what items have been completed.

I didn't complete the updates yesterday, but I've been continuing the work today. When I complete the revisions, I'll be developing a marketing plan and finalizing the 2010 budget.

Wow .. there is a lot of paperwork involved in promoting a business.

Also ... I'm doing another eBlast for my the open house for the art show. That will be tonight too, as the event is Friday, Dec. 11. I used the boat image the last time, this time, I'll use the tulip.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Earning $$ as an Amazon Affialiate

Kharma and I are now Amazon Aff.  I can hoping to earn money through this outreach.  I am posting recommendations on twitter and if this link works ... I'll send out an eBlast too!

See side view for link!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

On the A-List

I am one of the few North County pet photographers to be listed on KGTV 10's A-List. This is exciting. I'm hoping this listing will help send clients my direction. To see the listing, click below:

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