Time: noon with a LIGHT LUNCH INCLUDED, speaker’s presentation starts: 12:45 pm

Meeting Location: Best Western Grosvenor Plus Hotel, 380 S. Airport Blvd.,  South San Francisco

Guests: Pre-register online and save $5!

Come out and celebrate the summer with PPGBA, catch up with friends and colleagues, and be inspired by our speaker and her program. Children’s Portraits is still a market segment that offers good business opportunities for professional photographers. Bring your notepad and questions!

About the Program

Our August 8 speaker is San Carlos photographer Maggie Vittori. Her interactive program will revolve around her experience as 30-year owner and operator of Kids on Location Photography in San Carlos. Although she will concentrate on creating images of children, most of Maggie’s info can be used in any photography business,

Maggie will share with you how she sees her own vision going forward with her business, and encourage you to find yours. What are some of the challenges (and there are a few) she incurred growing her business, and how she planned solutions.

She will talk about the creative process of working with children to get exciting celebratory images. She will talk about her hits and misses as a Photographer/Owner and what growth she had by addressing those head on.

Her motto in her years as an Owner and a Photographer is, “Never be afraid to ask questions and find a mentor (or 50!)”

The afternoon presentation will also feature a short demo on posing (or lack thereof if you are a lifestyle photographer) and building rapport with kids in the fastest way possible. Plus, how to prepare for a shoot and be flexible to change in any situation that may arise. Children are very unpredictable beings so it is good to have a box full of tools to help!

Maggie will talk with a mom or dad as you follow her process of setting up a session to prepare yourself, the kids AND the parents for the most entertaining adventure possible. She will also show you how she educates her client through the whole process from pre-consult to the final delivery of prints.

Topics will include:

  • The art of photographing ALL children
  • Being creative through the whole process including: business, finding target clients, tackling finances, setting business goals
  • Making an environment that is fun for the child and allows you to draw out the most beautiful images
  • Finding your vision and where to draw ideas from
  • Effective working tactics for different children at different stages of life
  • Working with kids (and PARENTS) who are having challenges
  • Choosing the equipment that BEST SUITS YOU. Not the biggest, the most recent gadgets, or the most expensive.
  • Technical aspects you absolutely need to know

About the Speaker

Maggie has studied at Sonoma State, earning an AA and BA in Child Psychology and Sociology, SF State, and is an alumnus of Golden Gate School of Professional Photography. She has been a PPGBA member since 2003.

Unconsciously developing a photographer’s eye at age 12, Maggie started making images at 15 and just immediately “saw” light. Before starting her own business, she worked several years in various labs and then became Lead Photographer, Advertising Photographer and Photographer Trainer for Expressly Portraits. Some of her favorite image makers who influence her work include Chris Orwig, Matthew Jordan, Lori Nordstrom, Audrey Wollard, Sandy Puc.

Maggie loves creating images of children of all ages. Her mission is to celebrate the spirit of every child she photographs, with emotion and connection. She gives them the freedom to laugh, be themselves, and just play. She gives them the freedom to run, jump, fidget (yes fidget!), and even cry. She gives them freedom to get dirty, stick out their tongue and say funny jokes. She works creatively to show her child subjects as authentic and natural as they are and who they want to be, for memorable images that parents and other family members will treasure.

Besides running her business, Maggie’s special projects include: seeking grant funding to provide portraiture for schools so poor that pictures aren’t a priority, photographing rescued sex trafficked girls, and teaching digital photography to children at Charter School in San Carlos, and kids swim lessons.