Posts by Larry

Chillin’ In Minnesota

I just got back from a great weekend, teaching in Minnesota.  I was in Monticello, just outside of the Twin Cities area,  doing two programs on Saturday – Home Studio in the morning and Print Competition in the afternoon.  I covered everything from elevating your image to tightening up your business and marketing plan.  We had a great time talking about photography and the 5:00 end time got stretched back to 8:00.  The time just kind of got away from us! It was a LONG day.  I feel bad for those people having to listen to me talk for 9 hours straight! Local Flavor Although I didn’t get to check one out from the inside, I got to see a few “fish houses” and got the scoop on ice fishing.  Next time I’m up that way, I’ll have to add that to the “To-Do” list. I also managed to dodge the cold January weather.  Sure, it was 22 degrees Sunday morning – which is pretty cold for a Texan- but I’m told it could be as cold as 20 below that time of year!  Not sure if I’m happy or disappointed about missing that! Minnesota Hospitality Big thanks to Chris
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Kicking Butt in 2012

A Fresh Start The first of January is always such a great time.  You have the whole year ahead of you- with big plans to improve on everything that went wrong the year before.  Its like moving into a new house – it looks so big and spacious before you have a chance to clutter it up! Of course, it is the time you make those New Years Resolutions and hope you can follow through on them.  I thought I’d share my resolutions for a Kick Butt 2012 with you for two reasons.  First off, I want to have them in writing somewhere – in case I get side-tracked and can’t remember what I’m supposed to be doing.  Secondly, I think I’ll be more inclined to follow through if I have you guys holding me accountable. I think it is important to have concrete, measurable goals -so I will try and provide a specific goal for each resolution.  The easier it is to track, the more likely you are to follow through! So without any further delay, here are my 2012 Goals.  Feel free to follow along at home! Blog Consistency This was one of my 2011 goals that kind
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Where My 2011 Went Wrong

For the most part, I’m a “look forward” guy- as opposed to a “look back” kind of guy.  I don’t tend to dwell on the past very much.  However, as you start to plan out your goals for the year, I think it is important to review where last year’s goals fell short.  I’ll be posting my 2012 goals this week, so I wanted to review 2011 first. I really had three big things I took on during 2011. Run A 5K Sometime this summer, Heather and I decided we would take on the Couch To 5K training program and run in a 5k.  It took a while to build up to that, but I finally made it.  In early December, I ran in my first 5k – the Frosty 5k. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Survive The Blog The next big challenge was competing in a blogging competition – Survive The Blog.  As many of you are painfully aware, it was a pretty big project.  Basically, I was placed on a team with four strangers and tasked to create a blog from scratch.  Our team had to promote the blog and outperform a group who was building a blog of their own. 
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Twitter Face-Off Championship

Wow- we had a couple of close battles this week.  The two winners were @cloudhq with 54% of the vote and @vMistyque with 52%.  Congrats to @WarriorotCross and @EmElEEE for making it such a close battle. Now we are down to two – the final matchup!  We will take votes through 11pm Friday (CST) – so we can wrap this thing up before Christmas Eve. THE FINAL CONTENDERS   CAST YOUR VOTE! Now it is YOUR turn.  Take a good, long look at both profile pictures.  Decide which one you like best and cast your vote.  Remember, the one with the most votes by Friday night will win the $25 iTunes gift card – so choose wisely! Also- if there is a tie, the tie-breaker will be the person with the most comments below.  Please take the time to let us know which one you chose and WHY.  Your comment could be the deciding factor in the Championship. Best of luck to both of the contestants! Don’t forget to leave a comment and help your favorite win! ************************************ *** UPDATE *** ************************************ Well, the votes are in and here they are:   Congratulations to @Cloudhq for winning the title!  Thank
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Improve Your Digital Photography in 2012

Are Your Best Photography Days Ahead Of You? It doesn’t matter if you specialize in wedding photography or portrait photography, your goal should always be the same- to get better!  So often we hope that buying a new camera will make our photography get better.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work that way.  If you want to be a better photographer, you will have to work at it.   Here are a few goals you can set for yourself for 2012. 1.  Do a Google search for “photography tips” or “black white photography” and you will be amazed at the results that come back.  There are tons of great photographers and teachers out there.  The trick is to find them!  Dedicate an hour each week to looking for a new technique or style that can add a fresh look to your workflow.  Nothing major – just a small tweak here or there. 2.  Do you remember black and white photography?  If you shoot film, go out and buy yourself a roll of black and white film and shoot something just for fun.  If digital photography is your thing, switch your camera to black and white mode and experiment a bit.  Scenes
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Twitter Profile Pictures – Semi-Finals

The Results Are In Well, the votes have been tallied and only four survive. Big congrats to the final four: @cloudhq @EmElEEE @WarriorotCross and @vMistyque ! Now its time to decide who faces off in the championship. Since @vMistyque had the most total votes last week, she got to choose this week’s opponent. She has decided to face off against @WarriorotCross. That leaves @cloudhq and @EmElEEE to battle it out for the other spot in the finals. Deadline to vote is Wednesday, Dec 21st at noon CST! Best of luck to everyone! View Survey **** REMEMBER: Just like last week, tie-breaker will be mentions in the comment section below, so after you vote – leave a comment and tell us who you chose… and why! ****
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Twitter Portrait Challenge – Round Two

The Results Are In The results are in and we have the 8 survivors of round one.  You can view the actual results by visiting the Tie-Breaker post. Step Up Your Game We are moving on to round two – so rally your friends to come out and vote.  The four winners will advance to next week’s semi-finals and be one step closer to the prestigious Lourcey Photography Blog Best Twitter Profile Image of 2011 Champion award.  (note: we are working on a better name, but that’s all we have right now) The Twist Like all good contests, we are introducing a twist this round.  Obviously, the person with the most votes in their matchup will win the round.  However, as an added bonus – the person with the most total votes this week will get a special bonus.  They will be able to CHOOSE their own opponent for next week.  That’s right – if you have the highest number of votes, you will get to choose which of the remaining three contestants you want to square off against in the semi-finals.  In the event of a tie – the person with the most mentions in the comment section below
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Tie-Breaker and Results

Too Close! The official results of Week One will be announced tomorrow – but right now we need to have a tie-breaker! Both entries in Matchup 2 got the exact number of votes- so we are opening it up for a few more hours.  Leave a comment below and let me know who you think should win.  (please only vote once!) The person with the most votes by NOON THURSDAY (CST) will move on to the next round.  You only have a few hours, so get going! Good luck! UPDATE Ok the results are in!  I will post Round Two on my next blog post, but for those who want to see the results: As you can see from the comments below – the tie-breaker was won by @Cloudhq. Congrats to the Round One winners!!!
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Game On!

Facing The Music We got some great responses to the Face The Music competition, with over 65 nominations.  The plan was to take the seven people with the most nominations, but with the exception of one person – everyone got only ONE nomination – so we had a 65-way tie for second place.  I decided to just draw names to round out the remaining 6 spots.  The person who RT’d the message the most number of times was @vMystyque, so she got a spot.  I then added 8 Twitter profiles that I found cool and that gave us the final 16. Thanks so much to EVERYONE who entered.  It was really tough narrowing down the field, but I just couldn’t handle more than 16 contestants! The Game Is On! Now is the part where YOU start doing the work!  I’ve paired up the contestants into 8 matches.  Choose your favorite and vote for them below.  The person with the most votes will win their match and move on to the next round.  Easy enough, huh?  Round One   Time To Vote! Cast your vote below for your favorite profile pic.  Please note- you will have to scroll down to see
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Never Quit

As we all struggle through life’s challenges, we are faced with the ever-present option to just quit.  We can just admit defeat and walk away.  If you ever need motivation to keep pushing along, you should look to Julie Moss. Julie Moss Moss was a college student working on an exercise physiology thesis.  As part of her research, she competed in the 1982 Ironman Triathalon in Hawaii.  The race consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, then a 26.2 mile marathon – raced in that order and without a break. As someone who struggles to run 3 miles, I cannot even comprehend a human being capable of doing all that.  The thought of a 26 mile car ride seems exhausting to me.  To do any one of those three tasks would be a huge accomplishment. According to Moss, she did very little to prepare for the race and no special training ahead of time.  However, she became a surprise hit by taking the lead of the race.  As amazing as that was, it paled in comparison to what happened a few hundred yards from the finish line. What resulted was probably the most impressive second place finish
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