Work the Flow Wednesday?



Jared Speaks


That is all I am left saying tonight after seeing Jared Platt's presentation dealing with workflow inside of Adobe Lightroom tonight.  The talk was sponsored by the Jacksonville Pictage Users Group (PUG), and Pictage at the Jacksonville Marriott.  The last time I went to a PUG meeting at the Marriott, I was wowed again, because the speaker at that time was now retired, world-famous wedding photographer, Gary Fong.

Before I continue, I also want to give a special thank you to Scarlett Lillian for doing all that she does for Jacksonville Photographers, and our PUG group.

It was great seeing a lot of other photographers there in the house to listen to Jared. The meetup started around 7, and I didn't leave til almost 10pm. I would have stayed longer to pick his brain. It is amazing and a breath of fresh air to see someone like Jared be so approachable.

Jared is a well-known wedding photographer from outside of Phoenix, AZ. He is a family man, and is as normal as someone can be. His lessons were not the "amen", 'Joel Osteen,' type of speech, but more so the Bob Villa, "let me tell you what's wrong, and this is how we fix it," type of approach.



Four Rules


Jared was kind enough to share his 4 rules to better selection when it came to chosing photos for image selection.  I learned a lot from that process. I thought that I had a good system before, now I look forward to it getting better.

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!