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Detroit Michigan People Photography by Mary DuPrie

Me practicing my twirling and zooming on my Canon G10 in a great little English Pub.   My cohorts in Brazil, Detroit People Photographer Blake Discher and Michael Grecco of LA.

So my Brazil saga continues.  There were three Americans at the expo, myself, fellow Detroiter Blake Discher and Michael Grecco from LA.  Blake was lecturing on SEO and Social Media, Michael Grecco lecturing on himself.

One slide of Blake’s that struck me was the meaning of Wiki and that Wikipedia was more accurate than the Encyclopedia Britannica (remember those?)… humm, makes sense

“Wiki-wiki” is Hawaiian for “Hurry.”

Thus a wiki is a web site that can be quickly edited by its visitors with simple formatting rules which means that the content can be edited by anyone who has access to it and the content is therefore the result of a collaborative, community effort.

Blake asked me if I was following tweets about me on twitter from the Expo.  Nope.  Mentioned there were quite a few so it piqued my interest.  OK, I’ll bite.  I have set up to follow my name on twitter which is pretty sweet, yep, lots of tweets.  Problem is they were all in Portuguese.  Oh well.  Blake suggested I put them into Babblefish and have it translate them.  Oh come on, that sounds like a lot of work dammit.  Babblefish seemed easy enough to use and the first translation popped right up.

What?  Mary DuPrie wasn’t exactly the hit she thought she was!?  A wannabee model?  Wasn’t what I was expecting… blah blah blah.  A bit of a blow.  Went upstairs, fell asleep on the couch kinda bummed out.  A long way to go to have negative tweets (if I would of written that sentence just two years ago it would of made no sense)

I’ve been secretly hoping Facebook and Twitter would go away… like Myspace!  Remember them?

You might be saying “Mary, why are you admitting this”  it’s in Portuguese and we would of never known!  Well I guess I’m just keepin it real.  We can’t be all things to all people.

The few negative reviews weren’t even after the show, they were during.  Ouch!  I’ve heard the statistics about unhappy customers telling on average ten people about their bad experience and happy customers tell on average one other person.

  • My talk is NOT based on lighting or anything technical which is quite out of the norm.  It’s about the art and science of model/body movement.  A radical departure in the world of photography lectures.

Another interesting slide Blake presented is that people put more weight on peer reviews  than advertising…  well that makes sense.  We’ve had to listen to advertisers crap for years.  Now we listen to our “friends” on the www.  You do know what they’re saying about you and how, don’t you?

Customers now have a platform and aren’t afraid to voice their opinions, good and bad.  I’m guilty of using my blog as a platform to complain myself.  It works both ways

I mentioned this to Blake today and he said Seth Godin had a blog post on the subject just last week.  A small excerpt from Seth;

If you have fans or followers or customers, no matter what you do, you’ll annoy or disappoint two percent of them. And you’ll probably hear a lot more from the unhappy 2% than from the delighted 98.

It seems as though there are only two ways to deal with this: Stop innovating, just stagnate. Or go ahead and delight the vast majority.

Seth’s full post here

I woke up from my mini self imposed couch funk to find one lonely but lovely email in my email box;

Dear Mary,
I was at the audience at Estudio Brasil. I don´t shoot much professional models but a lot of times I shoot people and at that moment they became for me “models with zero experience” ! I enjoyed the way you work. I also share with models what I intend to do, why, the limitations in that shot etc… It was a very different lecture, probably why people were so quiet. Usually we get light, meters, techniques and so on. With you we had delicacy, direction, little tips that makes the difference in expression and body language. Things that are difficult to find in books and make the presentation so special. Thanks, all the best, hope you visit Brazil again.
Marcelo Uchoa

Ahhhh… my favorite line;  With you we had delicacy

Thank you Marcelo

3 comments category: Photographing models,Workshop

1 Ederson Nunes November 13, 2010 at 10:31 am

Hi Mary, I think your show was the best at the Estudio Brasil for me. I was not lookink for light techniques, but something that could help me to improve my way of photographing people, and your show was really great because of this. Like Marcelo, I also shoot people that have never been photographed before (most just do for personal reasons, they never will be a model), and your words will be very useful. Thanks.


2 Ester November 13, 2010 at 7:53 am

Hello Marry.
I´m here to say that I really (really) enjoy your lecture/show at Estudio Brasil.
I always shoot people that have no experience an your tips were awesome, really helped me out.
Don´t worry about people sayng bad thins about you… no one can please every one, right?
Congratulations, your show was terrific, you inspired me.


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