Morning in San Joaquin Marsh

On a recent Saturday morning students from Santiago Canyon College/Community Services spent a couple of hours with me at the Irvine Ranch Water District’s San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. We learned about the natural cleaning of the water as it travels to the ocean, identified several species of birds and water fowl, and simply enjoyed the sunshine and sounds of nature.

Click here for more information about IRWD and San Joaquin Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Julie is leading a similar session at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve currently scheduled for Saturday, July 29, 2017. For more details visit Santiago Canyon College/Community Services.

Hope to see you in the wilds of Orange County, California!

JDP Wins Thumbtack Best of 2015

Thumbtack Best Pro of 2015 won by JDP Photography for

professional photography on Thumbtack

This is based on the number of positive reviews from Thumbtack clients. Other (outside Thumbtack) clients gave reviews, too. We are honored to be a recognized highly-rated pro.

This year we have worked on small product photography, actor and model headshot and portfolios, corporate assignments that included group and single environmental portraits, individual portraits on a white background for extraction, and in-studio social media images for business promotion. Not to mention creating images for stock and promotional purposes and virtual tours for the Google Street View Trusted program.

We want to earn your 5-star review, too!

Thumbtack Executives on white background give 5-star review

We are enjoying the epic year we predicted in our January video. I love it when a plan comes together!


Client Spotlight – The Beauchamp Family and The Champ Group

JDP client spotlight family-portrait-environmental-park

Beauchamp Family Portrait

Our client spotlight this month features The Beauchamp Family portrait and The Champ Group. Michelle Beauchamp leads the charge for sales training, serves on the Board of Directors of NAWBO-OC and is a leader in her community.

Client Spotlight – The Champ Group

provides business training in the Orange County and Los Angeles, California area that encompasses many sales development initiatives. This training, whether long-term or short-term, will overhaul your sales team’s attitude and behavior in a sales environment, with measurable results in increased revenue. With more than 25 years of experience, we are able to guide you through developing courage, control, and qualifying techniques.

We are proud and pleased to work with the Beauchamps. We also created an eHolidayCard, which you can view right here.

Tumbleweeds from the Santa Ana Winds

The corner of Jamboree Road and Chapman Avenue in Orange, California is hardly desolate. This single tumbleweed was driven by the Santa Ana winds, common at this time of year in Southern California.

Did you know that tumbleweeds actually propagate when they tumble. They also suck up water in an arid land, making it more arid. They can be very dangerous as they pile up and no longer tumble. They cause a hazard to vehicles because they are very flammable and easy to ignite.

See the Wikipedia about tumbleweeds excerpt below…

The tumbleweed’s association with the Western film has led to a highly symbolic meaning in visual media. It has come to represent locations that are desolate, dry, and often humorless, with few or no occupants. A common use is when characters encounter a long abandoned or dismal-looking place: a tumbleweed will be seen rolling past, often accompanied by the sound of a dry, hollow wind. This is sometimes used, for comic effect, in locations where tumbleweeds are not expected. (One example is in the opening scene of the film The Big Lebowski.) Tumbleweeds can also be shown to punctuate a bad joke or a character otherwise making an absurd declaration, with the plant rolling past in the background and the wind effect emphasizing the awkward silence, similar to the sound of crickets.

Source:  Wikipedia

Use of Royalty-Free Photos, Video and Audio

Royalty-free photo, audio, video discussion

Royalty-free music, audio, video and photo files are an integral part of hybrid photography.

Hybrid photography is a combination of still photos, video, and audio (music, sound effects, or the spoken word). It is critical when using any sound and photos/video, that one has the rights to use them. Thus, today’s topic of Roalty-Free.

Photographers today earn their living by selling the rights to their images. Whether it is a portrait print (not to be scanned and distributed) or a digital file, a user must have permission and rights to use the image before it can be used. Stock agencies have excellent systems set up to make royalty-free purchases online. You can buy rights to photos, videos, illustrations, etc. I am listed with several stock agencies – iStock, Dreamstime, Alamy, and several others. Royalty-free music and sound effects are also offered by online agencies. My favorite is Premium Beat.

Be sure to download and read the royalty-free rights you are purchasing. Keep the documents in a handy place because you may need it to prove your rights to use the digital files. For example, on several occasions with YouTube recently, my rights to use music have been challenged. When I can easily go back to the royalty-free release, copy and paste the important information to defend the dispute on YouTube, that makes life easier.

This week I was challenged again on some Chinese music that I purchased in 2009. There were three copyright holders on the music. Two have released the music for me to use, one did not. Rather than spend significant research time and effort locating the purchase document, I chose to take the hybrid photography project off YouTube, made it a simple video with no sound, and re-uploaded it to YouTube. I don’t know if this little project is worth any more effort, so I may just let it go now, and be more diligent on future projects.

Here’s a link to The Tao of Tea SILENT.

13 Things About Business Video…

13 things about business video that you might not have known…

1. According to Cisco, 90% of all traffic on the Internet in the next few years will be from video. So, if you are not using video to promote your business, you are losing out.
2. By 2013 nearly 20% of all ad spending was directed toward video content.
3. Keep your videos short. According to marketing professionals the typical length of a watched Internet video is just under 3 minutes.
4. Create a video with high-quality production values. Not many people want to spend time watching a video that is fuzzy and blurry.
5. To have a professional look, you really should use supplemental light.
6. Choose only video websites that will allow you to share your video with social media –
YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn.
7. Choose a title that accurately reflects what your video is about.
8. Include a two- or three-paragraph description the clearly outlines what’s in your video and don’t forget to include relevant tags.
9. According to Forrester Research, videos are 53 times more likely than text to appear on page one of Google search results.
10. You can use YouTube’s keyword tool to help you pick the right keywords that are the most popular based on monthly search statistics.
11. When you post your video to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, be sure to either tweet or tag influential companies or people in your posts.
12. You can use Facebook ads to promote video reviews and other content.
13. Did you know that sellers, who present their service on video, sell 220% more?

Julie Diebolt Price, President of JDP Photography

Julie Diebolt Price


Here is the link to my eBusinessCard video.