Do you like to have fun? We do, especially with our photos. We wanted something a little different than the average blog out there, so along with our super talented Blog designer we came up with a Favorites section - or "Wiebner Faves" as we like to call it. What is it you ask? more »
Well, under each photo, you will see an "I Like This" box. If you really like that image, if it tickles your fancy, or makes you laugh, or just plain old makes you smile - go ahead - check it. We know you want to. Each time that box is clicked on a photo, it adds to the running tally for that image. The top 14 favorite images on the entire blog will be shown as thumbnails in this section. Just so you can see the most popular images of all time on the blog. A little something out of the ordinary - it never hurts to be different!
Also, blog posts can be favorites. Now that we have comments available, you will see a little bar meter at the bottom left of each post. Once the meter hits a certain number of comments, its automatically promoted to a "Wiebner Fave Post". :) Something else just for fun!
Are you ready to advance your business? Education in our industry is important to us. The more photographers that are aware in the industry the better it is for everyone. Won't you join us in making our goals a reality? We participate in various workshops, seminars and speaking engagements. Listed below are various engagements - some are our own workshops, others we will be hosting or speaking at. If you wish to participate, please drop us a line or click the link to find out more info!
I find it incredibly difficult to write about us when put on "The Spot". "I need a 500 word bio about you and Joel, now!" Who can do that? How do you make your own personality shine in a few words, let alone that of two people? Well, I am going to give it my best shot. If you really want to know about US - who we really are - read the blog below. We really try to keep it updated as often as possible, and hope that our fun, casual personalities shine through in the words you read and the images we capture for our clients. The blog below is our way of communicating our lives - both personal and professional - with clients, friends, family and colleagues. We believe strongly in using words and images together to communicate our passion.
I am going to keep this short and sweet - Joel and I were meant to be together - to live, love and be happy making photographs. We were both photographers before we met over 9 years ago - we met behind a camera, and continue to feed off of that energy. We are a rock solid husband and wife team and we wouldn't want it any other way - we work together 24/7 and never tire of each other. We have had our business since November 2000, and have thrived on photographing weddings as our main photography genre since 2002. We love what we do. We like to think we look at the world in our own way - not photojournalistically, not traditionally, not artistically. Just as a Wiebner. If you like what we see, then you will like us too. Oh and don't forget to comment in the blog on our two little darlings - Haydn and Zane - they are pretty darn cute little Wiebners. Enjoy! - Rita
So I feel like it's been too long. It has been a crazy, insane, off-the-wall last couple of months. Blogging has been unfortunately taking a backseat to producing albums and editing weddings. I feel completely out of touch with all of you loyal blog followers. Things will change soon - I have a ton of great weddings, portrait sessions and personal stuff to get up. The kids have been in soccer this fall, and I have some super cute images of them playing soccer. Can't wait to share them with you!
We just completed our 2nd Wieblab Workshop for photographers - to say it went phenomenally is an understatement. We kept this workshop small on purpose; we wanted to spend more individual time with each attendee. We only had 4 participants this time around, but we all felt like a closeknit family by the end of the 3 days. The sharing, laughter, fun and bonding will not be forgotten soon. Here are just a few quotes from our new friends we made at the workshop that have already come in:
"I just wanted to thank you both so much for the past 3 days. The whole thing totally blew my expectations way outta the water!!
I was telling my wife last night that even beyond the photography and business side of the whole experience, I can't remember that last time that I was in such a positive environment. Really! It was one of the most positive and uplifting experiences of my life!
I can't thank you guys enough. Please, please, please keep me updated as to when the next workshop is going on.
I may become a Wieblab addict!"
"I just wanted you to know how much fun I had over the past few days. Your input, advice, antics, creativity and thoughtfulness was really what I
needed to give me a creative kick in the pants (in a good way).
I felt my work getting stale in the past few months and I needed that reminder that I just need to get out of my head more often and just shoot
with intuition and good stuff will come of it - - it always does.
Having been immersed in your work for the past few days, I also wanted to tell you how absolutely impressed I am at your approach to your business,
your client relationships and your images. It's so thoughtful and I really respect that when I see "creatives" who care so much about the industry, not
just their images.
I hope this was just the beginning of more time spent together."
Joel and I absolutely love sharing what we know with others. We were planning on not doing any workshops for next year, but the constant stream of emails, as well as the overwhelming response to the just completed workshop, has us second guessing ourselves. We are contemplating doing Wieblab #3, possibly in January or February of 2009. We really enjoyed the smaller class size, so we would limit attendees to 6 maximum.
So I need your help. If you are a photographer out there, and would be interested in learning from Joel and I, what would you be interested in? We are starting to do more one-on-one consultations, but are also open to having another workshop here in Lancaster, or even traveling to other cities if the demand is great enough. So I ask you, oh photographer friends, how would you like your Wiebners?
Hi Everyone! Next week is our 2nd Wieblab Workshop of the year for photographers. We are still in need of one or two sets of models for our demonstration shoot. Joel and I will be shooting the models for demonstration of some of our shooting techniques - and then our workshop participants will also be photographing the models. Please send us an EMAIL if you are interested!
When - Tuesday, October 21st from about 1-6 PM
Where - Lancaster, PA at the Wiebners Studio
What do you need? We need at least one additional couple in wedding attire - so that means a bride willing to wear her dress and have us get funky with it. (No dresses will be "destroyed" during this shoot - so no worries!) and a groom in either a nice suit, or dress pants and nice shirt, etc.
We may also need a couple that would be in plain clothes, to act as an "engaged" couple.
Send us an email ASAP if you are interested! I will try to get back to everyone today, but we will be in and out a good bit - thanks!
Calling Photographers! WiebLab #2 Oct. 20th-22nd Tuesday, September 2, 2008
****SEE NEW JUICY, EXCITING IMAGES BELOW THIS POST!****
Hey photographers out there! WiebLab #2 is happen'! It is scheduled for October 20th-22nd of this year, and we still have several spots left for any that want to attend. Are you itchin' to see how we create all of our kick-ass images? From start to finish we will show you how we see what we see, process the images in our look, and have a whole heck of a lot of fun! Be prepared to learn a whole boatload of useful information to take your business to the next level. Most importantly we will be stressing how to keep it real - being true to yourself, your images and your clients. That is just a quick synopsis of all of the juicy details. There is so much to share! This will be the last WiebLab for 2008!
For full details on the workshop, go to the main WiebLab page on our site -
I have been getting several emails from photographers asking when our 2009 workshops will be scheduled. After a lot of discussion, Joel and I have decided that this workshop - Wieblab #2 - will be the last for 2008, and that we will NOT be having any in 2009. That's right - there will NOT be any WiebLabs in 2009. We have several other areas of our business we want to focus on, and will need to commit all of our time to that for the greater part of next year. And as always, we are completely dedicated to our clients. So for anyone contemplating whether to sign up or not, this may be your last chance to get in on several days-worth of Wiebner knowledge for a long time! (Not to sound pushy, but I am just giving you fair warning!)
You can still see us at the DWF Convention in January, and we will be doing several webinars for Simply Canvas over the next few months. We have just decided to hold off on our own personal workshops for a bit. Thanks for understanding!
The Very Alt F RV Tour - Lancaster Stop Tuesday, August 26, 2008
So a few weeks back, our very good friends John and Dalisa Cooper, from Alt F Photography were here to do a workshop for photographers. We were the hosting studio, so for about 64 hours - our lives were infused with Alt-F goodness. It wasn't nearly enough time, not even close. John sold out 2 separate days of workshops - so all day Monday and all day Tuesday he showed 30+ photographers how he does what he does. I never grow tired of listening to John - he has been such an inspiration to us since we first heard him speak back in the winter of 2006. We are very fortunate to have grown close to him and Dalisa. During the workshop we joked that him and Joel were separated at birth. They eerily have tons of similarities.
We miss these 2 terribly and wish they were back in Lancaster! Many thanks to you both for putting up with Wiebner craziness for 2.5 days!
If you want to follow all of the shenanigans these two have been up to on their road trip tour - check out John's blog
Monday morning started out with a shoot out in the parking lot of our building.
Some of my all time favorite men. :) Our good friend, Matthew Tennison, Joel and of course Kingston.
Tracey and Jack were the models for the mini "engagement session" that John did on Monday morning to start off the workshop. They had come up all of the way from New Jersey just to volunteer for the shoot! Tracey was so excited when I had posted on the blog about models! They were a super cool couple and we hope to work with them in the future! Thanks guys!
Joel says I am giving the stink eye here - uh, yeah...ok...
Ms. Dalisa doing her wife duty of videotaping John - some of their videos are absolutely hilarious!
John showing off some "stuff". :)
In the art gallery next to ours, John was demonstrating how to use multiple videolights to get some cool affects. Big thanks to one of our brides from last year - Kim for modeling!
In the afternoon on Monday, John showed how he does some of his conceptual pieces - he used our good friends Josh and Michele - our permanent Wiebner models for this shoot.
John showing Michele exactly what expression she should be making. :)
With the first day wrapped up - Joel went with John out the RV park where their RV was grounded at to watch John shoot one of his family portraits. In addition to their month long road trip around the country for these workshops (which they traveled in a 40 foot RV) - John was also stopping along the way to photograph photographers and their families. Joel enjoyed this shot of John with his trusty light. :)
One of John and Dalisa's dogs, Visa, jumped in our car and thought he was going along back to the studio. Silly pup! :)
Day TWO! Different day, same content, different participants - John worked it all over again, with a new group. Tuesday morning, we had some more friends volunteer to shoot - some of our other favorite subjects - Brock from Infinet Design and his wife Becca. We had some fun with them. :)
I snagged a few quick portraits of these two, I just can't help it, it's an addiction. :)
Joel and Kingston goofing off as always. I think Kingston is missing something from his camera.
Brock and Becca again - in front of the corn and corn fence. This is a few buildings down from ours, and we just love it.
Back inside, John was demonstrating more videolight techniques and had Brock and Becca squeeze uncomfortably close on our couch with 4 other people. It made for a SUPER funny shot - you need to check out his blog to see it!
Getting some serious work done - Kingston and Dalisa were mapping routes for the next leg of John and Dalisa's trip.
John talking about one of the images that made him famous. ;)
The afternoon again was invaded by Michele and Josh - after John completing the 2nd image in his concept series, we all went outside for a little bit more fun and shooting.
Josh' nickname for the workshop was "Sparkles" because Michele had bought him a bling set of sunglasses with rhinestones on the sides. Josh wasn't too fond of the name, but we just couldn't let it die. Here John wanted to try on the "sparkly" shades.
Wow, Josh looks, wow, with those glasses on. :) hehe And of course, John looks badass. ;)
We were TRYING to do a group shot of the four of us, but Joel somehow forgot Josh was supposed to be in the shot.
Yep, this is us, all of the time.
That's a little better.
Even better, we had to do some shots of the four of us - thanks to our buddy Jason Domingues for taking these next few shots for us. Joel and I put on our Very Alt F road trip shirts, and we couldn't have John and Dalisa come to Lancaster and not give them a bit of dutchiness. I took Dalisa down to Central Market and bought here and John, "I love Intercourse" t-shirts. :)
Ok, super gross, last time John was here he showed Joel this thing of sticking his goatee in his mouth - he said Dalisa hates it - well yeah, Joel started doing it all of the time (thanks John) and they both had to show off. Yeah, me and Dalisa, not liking it so much - its so gross!
A bunch of us went for dinner on Tuesday night after the workshop. Josh and John were playing with the kids wireless headphones in the backseat.
Kingston, Siobhann from Dollface Studio and John. We just liked this image. ;)
John, up close and personal, being lit with 2 iPhones. :)
Aw, there's Jason. He came up from Kansas City to hang out and then was driving with John and Dalisa in the RV up to Boston, the next stop on the tour and then flying home.
Yeah, Kingston and Josh have this thing...its complicated. ;) Just kidding - Josh and Michele are very much in love, but Josh and Kingston are close - too close maybe. :)
My very big Joel, eating very tiny grapes.
And one last shot of Josh, just cause we love him SOOOOO much! Thanks Sparkles!
And yes, we had the oppotunity to actually get photographed as a family, by another photographer. Something we have NEVER had done together. We had some fun with John out in Amish country. ;) Thanks John for taking such a perfect representation of the Wiebner family!