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March 19, 2013
We are SO excited to share what Jen’s been up to for the past few months…she has written and published her second book: Beyond Auto Mode If you are interested in photography, or learning how to use get...
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We are SO excited to share what Jen’s been up to for the past few months…she has written and published her second book: Beyond Auto Mode

If you are interested in photography, or learning how to use get control of your camera (and image making) check out the book on Amazon!

 

January 21, 2013
It’s Monday and I was trying to be witty. “Monday Moments” was all I could come up with. The truth is, it’s a rather appropriate title for a blog series, but let’s not get ahead of...
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It’s Monday and I was trying to be witty. “Monday Moments” was all I could come up with. The truth is, it’s a rather appropriate title for a blog series, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves quite yet. Let’s just stick with Moments for now and if we do this again next Monday, we might just have ourselves a series.

A wedding day is filled with moments. Some are spontaneous, others, like the kiss, are expected, while still others catch us off guard with their power.

All are important. Every single moment matters. Every time.

The one thing I know, going into a wedding, is something will happen that will surprise me and something will happen that will move me. It happens every wedding without fail.

In this image, made at Vania and Dino’s wedding (blog entry coming soon), Dino had just opened a card from Vania.

In this moment, made at Michelle and Winston’s wedding, they had just been pronounced husband and wife.

Sometimes the moment isn’t found in an “event” per se, but in the quiet in between…like this moment between Sara and Mika on their wedding day:

Moments matter…lets make Mondays the day we celebrate them!

January 21, 2013
Hey there…it’s been a while. I’ve thought of you a lot, but haven’t had the chance to fill you in on what we’ve been doing. Truth is, we’ve been busy. Really busy. But that’s...
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Hey there…it’s been a while. I’ve thought of you a lot, but haven’t had the chance to fill you in on what we’ve been doing. Truth is, we’ve been busy. Really busy. But that’s not an excuse – we should have made more time for you, and we want to make things right.

I could offer up a million excuses. After all, if we submit to a magazine, we can’t put anything on our blog until we hear yay, or nay. And when more than half your weddings each year want to submit, that makes for slim pickings on the blog.

We could chalk it up to respecting our clients’ privacy. We have several clients each year who prefer, for a variety of reasons, to keep their imagery completely offline. We get that. And we respect that. But that also leads to several weddings we cannot blog.

But those are excuses…the truth is I miss you guys. I miss sharing the work we are doing. I miss reading your words. I miss connecting with you in a different way.

Starting today (there are still a few hours left in today) we’re going to start blogging here again. Hold us accountable, ‘kay? If you don’t see something new in the next few hours, give me crap.

And if you can’t wait, Jen is blogging over here, on the What If Conference website. She also just finished a new book, which will be released in February, but is available for pre-sale now (that probably deserves a blog post of its own).

Maybe we just need to be here, sharing it all on this blog, rather than spreading ourselves around so much. We’re working on it…we’ve always kept Bebb Studios separate from everything else we do, so please be patient while we figure this all out again. It just goes to show – even when you have been doing something for a long time, you are always learning and growing.

We’ll write soon. Real soon. Promise.

In the meantime, here is a picture. This is a photo blog after all.

 

October 13, 2011

What If? It’s THE question that fosters ingenuity. It drives our advancements, large and small, and yet it’s the simplest of questions.
WHAT IF…

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How often do you ask that question? Really ask it?

And if you ask, WHAT IF how often do you follow through with your idea? I’m guessing there are a lot of great “what ifs” and a lot of them get lost in the minutiae of daily life. Heck, we have a whole series of notebooks devoted to this very thing. We call them our Idea Books, and after 12 years in this business, we have over 50 of those books.

Every so often we revisit them and comb through our ideas. Some ideas surface again and again, with more detail each time. Others are one line, one very vague line, that challenges us to even recall what excited us about it.

What is all this about, you wonder? Why this post? Why now? Well, it’s about the power of WHAT IF and about making your WHAT IFs a reality.

You see, something is missing in the creative world – a way to conference and collaborate with other creatives, that isn’t staid and, well, stale. Too many conferences employ a formula, one that worked for years, where a speaker stands on a stage and pontificates at the crowd. Some speakers are really engaging and inspiring, others not so much. The speakers themselves aren’t really to blame for this model – the attendees are. We keep going back year after year after year. And by feeding the beast, we are keeping it strong and alive. Why change when tens of thousands of you flock to it time and again?

Change is here. It’s time to put your foot down and say enough is enough. The days of someone speaking at you and telling you to be just like them are gone. Gone like the Dinosaurs are gone. It’s not about that anymore, not if we want to succeed and thrive in the coming years. The world changed and we refuse to be left behind.

So here it is, one of our biggest WHAT IFs to date:

A Conference for  Artist-preneurs using their vision to make a living, this ain’t your average conference. Not by a long shot!

You can find all the details (and there are plenty) at the WHAT IF website, but here is a quick and dirty run down of what’s up:

This is a Conference for Creatives, by Creatives. Each one of our Innovators is also a Collaborator, helping to develop WHAT IF into more than what you expect. There won’t be any pontification from the stage. There won’t be any short cuts to success. There won’t be any “buy this and you’ll be rich” going on.

What there will be is facilitation from our Innovators, collaboration from all our attendees, and a community environment created from the moment you arrive. With some of the most important learning you can get taking place outside the classroom, we have structured spontaneity after each session.  From the Idea Wall to the Daily Assignments to activities that lead to Inspiration outside Photography, and so much more, you will be immersed in a community and setting that will help you find your own success, on your terms.

Hosted at an all-inclusive resort, WHAT IF subscribes to the “no photographer left behind” philosophy. Whether you are an introvert or someone who likes to get in the middle of things, there is a place for you. For all of you.

As Steve would say, there is a lot of “flowery language” here and words that sound big and important. In the interests of keeping it simple, it’s time to get off your butt, and make your WHAT IF a reality. This conference will help you do that. Boom.

Questions? You know where to find us.

xoxo

April 29, 2011

Have you noticed that our blog has been quiet recently? Too quiet, don’t you think? It’s time to change all that!

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Our loyal blog followers have probably noticed a lack of posts recently, that is, if anyone is still following our blog after such a lengthy hiatus. We found ourselves caught in a bit of a dilemma last season with regards to the blog, and it has caused us to reconsider how, and when, we blog our assignments.

Our favorite wedding magazine, one we are often published in, has a strict “no blog” policy on submissions. And they’re not alone – several publications, in North America, have instituted the same policy. I understand why – they want their content to remain exclusive to them, otherwise why would someone purchase their magazine? But it has made it challenging for us as we consider all of our weddings worthy of submitting to a variety of magazines.

And so, we chose not to blog many (almost all) of our events last year, in anticipation of publication. This had made for a very empty, lonely blog recently, and we’re working hard to rectify that. We now know which 2010 weddings will be published this year, so we can finally start sharing last year’s work.

So, with that, we have a series of posts planned for the coming weeks. Some will share our weddings of 2010, some our favorite details. We will introduce you, officially, to our associate(s) and share some of his work with you. And we will, once again, share some of the new products and business ideas we have developed.

2011 is shaping up to be an interesting year full of travel, teaching, writing, dreaming, building and, of course, shooting. We are looking so forward to sharing with all of you and hope that our loyal readers will once again return to our blog.

And because this is a photography blog, some of what we are working on…

Wedding at Hycroft Manor

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