Trunk Show – 2017

The Trunk Show sponsored by Quail Hollow Country Club spotlights unique and interesting items for sale by local businesses.

Event Details
Date: December 3, 2017
Location: Quail Hollow Country Club
11295 Quail Hollow Dr., Concord Two., OH,
Phone number: 440-639-3800
Hours: 10:00 A to 3:00 P.

tom-szabo.com will have a booth at the event to offer the following for sale:
Elegant Flights
Home Town Note Cards
Ocean Sands Jewelry
Portrait Photography

This will be a great opportunity to find a unique gift for that special someone on your Christmas gift list. You are welcomed to share the event details and bring your friends. Hope to see you there!

Halloween In The Alley – Painesville, Ohio

I think someone came up with a great idea and named it “Halloween In The Alley”. The festivities run from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Downtown Painesville Organization has the details on their Facebook Page. The event will be located in Mechanics Alley in Painesville. Betty’s Bombass Burgers will be flipping Food all night; local band Horse Feathers will be keeping you movin all night! They will be serving Witches Brew Cocktails as well as beer and wine from Debonne.

Check out the link for more information. Oh yeah, go ahead and tell David Polakowski you heard about it here at tom-szabo.com!

tom-szabo.com business card

Networking – Grow Your Business

Network.

Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce

Here in Lake County Ohio, we have a couple great resources to help grow your business. The first is Eastern Eastern Lake County Chamber Of Commerce. Especially important, if you think paying your membership dues will cause your sales to jump; You’re wrong. You will have to get out of your office and work the chamber through participation.

Meeting new business leaders and build relationships with them is especially relevant. Hence, events such as Business After Hours, Luncheons and Coffee Contacts are available cover a time period that suits your schedule.  Referrals and new business come as a result of people getting comfortable with YOU!

Your invitation is below. Print out the coupon and present it to attend an event for FREE. Not sure about being the newbie, call me I’ll join you.

Network - ELCCC referral coupon

Events: Business After Hours, Luncheons and Coffee Contacts.

 

 

 

Eastside Business Group

Lake County has another networking opportunity. I belong to Eastside Business Group. We meet every Tuesday at 8:00 A.M. tie 9:00 A.M. for coffee and/or breakfast at Favored Flavor Family Restaurant (1945 Mentor Ave, 44077). Members of this group have grown to be friends first, then business associates. Again, the best part of this group is the referrals.

  • Membership is limited to one business per industry.
  • No referral quotas are required
  • Coffee is part of your annual dues.
Network - EBG invitation

Friends first and business associates afterwards.

To learn more about EBG, contact me. You will be my welcomed guest for FREE coffee! OK, I’ve given you all you need to know about growing your network. In conclusion, the next step is up to you. So come learn more!

 

Archeology – Learn About It

Archeology? Think about the adventures of Indiana Jones. How many of you recognize the name Jaques Cousteau?? In case you don’t, Jaques was a diver and environmentalist that dove all over the world and brought us some of the worlds first underwater video. So imagine if Jaques and Indiana had a brother? Good chance he might be an underwater archeologist.

People often ask me are there many wrecks in Lake Erie? That’s a big you betcha! Followed by; Can you see anything down there? I’ll be honest, some days the visibility is better than others. So anyway onto the topic at hand. I belong to the Maritime Archeology Survey Team (MAST). MAST members conduct surveys of the wrecks of Lake Erie. This means taking measurements of wreck features, their location and inventorying the items on the wreck. Remember Jaques and Indy? That’s a MAST Member.

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MAST routinely holds classes to teach divers the basics of underwater archeology. Got any guesses as to what might be coming up? That’s right, the Nautical Archaeology Workshop. Here you can learn the basics of ship design and construction, the legal aspect of artifacts, measuring and documenting findings.

The training involves listening to speakers on all aspects of ship wreck archeology, land based measurements and an in-water practice session this summer. Students must be at least 16 years of age.

By this time your thinking more, more, more info. No problem. You can check  the LINK to the MAST web site for class information and registration materials. Want more first hand information about wreck diving and underwater marine archeology – invite me out for coffee. Just joking, sort of, send me an email with questions. Maybe I’ll see you at the class.

Your Rights – Public Photography

Your Rights

Often photographers will ask about their right to photograph people in public? Do I need a release? Let’s start by asking where are you? Legal rights vary from country to country. They may even vary from state to state or city to city. With technology being what it is today, you might start out on Google. Some countries may say OK, but some cultures there may say NO!

Generally here in the states, I will compare my situation that of a photo-journalist. What do they do relative to photographing in public? Often, they will record names and location to identify the subject in print. You don’t see the photographer asking someone in public to sign a release. The time spent getting their subject’s name allows time to discuss usage and any problems publishing the photograph. This may not necessarily address any legal issues, but it sure gives the subject the right to ask not to have their image published. You might also use this time to offer to send a print as a “thank you”.

Here in northeast Ohio, we have a big event coming to town, the Republican National Convention. There will be a lot of people here in town, offering lots of photo opportunities. You may even spot some celebrities. With that in mind, you might want to learn more about your rights and the subjects rights. A panel discussion is being put on by the National Press Photographer Association (NPPA) at Cleveland State University. You will need to register for this free event.

Musician playing banjo on stage.

Workin’ a bad banjo!

Working For FREE?

If you own a business, I’m sure at some point you’ve been asked to work for FREE. In this case the article is directed at photographers. But I’ll bet if you replace “photographer” with your profession, the scenario will sound familiar. Check out the article and give me your thoughts!

How Would You Respond as a Photographer if You Are Asked to Work for Free?

Photography Tips

The tips in this article should help you to open your mind when you look at the cell phone camera screen. Although I follow the author’s comments under the section “Avoid Using Flash”, I’d suggest using flash. The reasons cited are valid for the pro photographers, but the people I see using cell phone cameras might not even notice the problems mentioned. I’ve seen too many pictures ruined by not using flash vs the down side noted in the article. So read on!

http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/lff2EpQRe0r6hLsYFDCtZI/Tips-for-pictureperfect-photographs.html

Photographer Helps Lake County Marketing Professional Group

Small businesses are often looking for ways to stay in the mind of their customers.  In many cases, it’s almost a full time job.  Here in northeast Ohio we are fortunate to have some of the best marketing and communication experts to help.  Many of these professionals belong to a group called Lake Communicators.  For a recent Lake Communicators brochure we were aske for comments to describe Lake Communicators.  My comment was:  “Lake Communicators has more talent than you can shake a brochure at.”  I truly believe that statement.

Recently Lake Communicators sponsored is second annual “Marketing For Mar-Coms” workshop.  The event included representatives from three local businesses to talk about their marketing success stories.  Hear what a couple of attendees had to say.  You can hear their testimonials by checking the following links.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2PUdYQkwN8&feature=c4-overview&list=UURYVuzQMyYWnNibmgeokeYQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDwnhmFWdS4&feature=c4-overview&list=UURYVuzQMyYWnNibmgeokeYQ

 

For more information about Lake Communicators check out their web site: http://www.lakecommunicators.com/. 

New Portrait Photography Backdrop Becomes Name Badge

In an earlier post I talked about my new brick wall backdrop.  At a resent event, my good friend Donald Wayne McLeod pointed out my name badge was missing.  I actually forgot to bring it.  So Donald Wayne suggested putting a spare in my car just for such an occasion – He was right!  At the same time I was not excited about the name badge I had created and wanted something a bit more creative.

 Well my new brick wall backdrop get me thinking.  So I set up the camera on the tripod, got out the camera remote and got started.  Below you’ll find the original image I shot and the version of it that is my new name badge.  Yes I did make two badges and one goes into the car as a spare.  Thanks DWM!

 

Photographer self portrait

Self portrait of photographer Tom Szabo on brick wall backdrop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographer self portrait turns to ID badge

Photographer Tom Szabo’s new name badge.

 

Dancing Photographer Participates in “Dancing Under The Stars 2011” Fundraiser

It took 2 to 3 hours per practice, 2 to 3 practices a week, over 5 weeks.  In 4 minutes and 26 seconds it was done!

Photographer Tom Szabo was a celebrity dancer in the local fundraising event “Dancing Under The Stars – 2011”.  The event was held on August 20th, 2011 at La Vera Party Center.  Over 350
people attended the dancing event to help raise funds for both Family Planning Association of NE Ohio and Lifeline, Inc. Both organizations provide service to the local residents.  My goal was to raise $1500.00 total in donations for both organizations.  Thanks to my family and friends I raised over $1800.00.  Thanks to all for your financial support.

A special thank you goes out to my pro dance partner Ms.
Terri Salvatore.  Terri put together a terrific Rumba to the song “You Can Leave Your Hat On” by Tom Jones, from the movie “The Full Monty”.  She did a great job teaching me the rumba and all the extra moves to turn the dance into a nice piece of entertainment.

We didn’t win the dance competition, but we had a lot of fun.  You can see for yourself by watching the video on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi7nJR_SeeQ

Again thanks to everyone and especially Terri!!!

Birthday Party Celebration And Underwater Photography

Take a special event like a child birthday, a swimming pool,
a hot summer day and what do you have?  A
great opportunity to photograph kids underwater.  I recently photographed one such birthday
party.

 

I arrived in advance of the party.  This gave me time to assemble my scuba gear
and set up the digital camera in the Ikelite underwater camera housing with 2
underwater strobes.  After explaining to
all the party-goers the plan, I dropped down on the bottom of the pool and
started shooting away.  The gals were
just as hammy as they could be.  They
really had a good time.  On a hot summer
day, I enjoyed the time on the bottom of the pool also!

Swimming pool and underwater photography.

Ashley's birthday party!

Photographer To Dance Under The Stars

Photographer, Tom Szabo is participating in a fund raising effort for Family Planning and Lifeline.  Both organizations are non-profits in Lake County, Ohio.

The fundraiser is “Dancing Under The Stars”.  Local celebrity volunteers are teamed up with professional dancers and will perform on August 12, 2011.  To learn more about Dancing Under The Stars use the following link.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=157931524263924

To support Tom with a donation in his name, contact the studio at:

440-354-2535 or

Speakers And Presenters: Let The Photographer Be Your Friend

Guest speakers and meeting organizers usually present for civic or professional organizations. The organization may have a professional photographer or a member on hand to photograph the event.  After all, they may wish to publish photographs for marketing purposes on the organization’s web site, blog or newsletter.  

When the audience listens to you speak, they see facial expressions, hear your voice, and watch your mouth as you make your presentation.

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Figure 1

Everything the audience sees and hears combine and flow smoothly making the speaker sound normal.

However, the camera freezes a single instant in time.  The camera doesn’t listen or see as we do.  The camera catches the facial expression, the shape of your mouth and your lips just as you speak in a single instant (See figure 1).  Trust me these expressions can be hilarious.  

So do the organization, the photographer and yourself a favor.  Think about working with the photographer!  

He/she should be easy to spot – they’re the one with a camera getting paid to shoot the event… although there may be multiple photographers present.

As if there wasn’t enough pressure on you in front of a crowd, now you’re saying – “A photographer?”  

Don’t worry; here are a few tips to help create good images that make you look like the entertaining, confident and expert speaker that you are! 

Do’s and Don’ts of working with a photographer

DO look your best

Regarding hair and clothing; most speakers will make sure everything is fixed, tucked, zipped, the tie is straight and the hair is combed.  The camera will catch everything little thing.

DO pose a bit

As you move about the room or podium and see the photographer, go ahead and pose. We’re not talking about posing for a portrait, but a quick stop or pause, look at the photographer and smile (See figure 2).  

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Figure 2

In the beginning it may seem long and drawn out, but over time it will become second nature. A careful intentional pose will help the photographer and he/she will notice your cues. Soon the photographer will pick up on your timing and these “poses” will become almost invisible to the audience and have a natural flow.

DO stand up straight

All speakers or emcees should have good posture, so remember to stand up straight. If you’re the type to work the podium or use certain movements or body positions, don’t worry.  It’ll all look great when photographed.  The action will stand out.

DO consider your props and flip charts

Consider your props and “flip-charts”.  Colorful and bold lettering and graphics photograph well and help tell the story.  Besides they’re easier for your audience to read. Also consider your position relative to these items and the photographer.  Pause when holding the maker or pointer, rest it right on the chart, and then give a glancing look at the photographer.

And here are a few don’ts…

DON’T worry too much about movements or expressions

While it’s true that animated speakers or those that use gestures photograph well and are more likely to look calm and professional when photographed, you can easily mimic a few of these gestures when you intentionally pose for the photographer.  And if you’re not the most animated speaker, try becoming one.

DON’T hide the awards

If you’re handing out an award, turn yourself and the recipient in the direction of the photographer and smile for the camera.  Don’t forget about the award; hold it in front of you (right side up is helpful) so it’s visible to the camera. If the award is bright white or behind glass, tip it forward and downward to minimize glare.

DON’T neglect the handshake

Hold onto to the other person’s hand, stop the handshake so the photographer can catch that moment and again, look at the photographer. This makes for a great shot. You can even prompt the other person by pointing to the photographer or go so far as to quietly tell the other person to look at the camera.  Don’t worry; chances are the audience won’t hear you direct the other person.  And if they do – so what?

DON’T be quick to run off

A good photographer will want to take multiple exposures of the moment.  You’ll be given “nod” or quick wave when the photographer is finished. 

A guest speaker is special at an event or a meeting.  Take the time to work with the photographer.  It lets the audience know they’re attending something special.  Why shouldn’t you appear special to them?  Attendees will also feel the event or meeting was a wise use of their time when they see it being photographed. 

All you have to do is pause, look at the camera and smile.  You’re happy to be talking about your favorite topic – right?  Let it show and smile. The images will speak for themselves.  Keep these simple suggestions in mind and you’ll look like the pro that you are!