Picturing Success Blog

rick sammon & larry becker talk with the best photographers in the world

126 Bob & Dawn Davis

International Wedding Husband and Wife team talk with Rick

Bob & Dawn Davis, are an international wedding photography and design, husband and wife team based in the Chicagoland area. They have had the privilege of covering celebrity weddings and speak at photography conferences/workshops around the world, but that’s not what defines them.

They are passionate about faith, their marriage, family and living their lives to the fullest. Bob & Dawn are blessed to have been given these talents and want to share them with the world.

Married in 1992, and working together since 2005. They have two kiddos, two cats, and a puppy. They find peace
in spending every waking moment with each other and never get on each others nerves… Ha! They are still working on finding the right balance to mange their busy lives, “it’s a work in progress.” They love what they do and love their clients! They have become the network of our brand.

They were married 10 years when their children came into their lives. Bobby was born in 1997 and Alli was born in 1998, both born in Chisinau, Moldova. They are biological siblings. The loves of their life. They adopted them in March of 2002. It was a looooooooong journey for them to become parents, but it was worth every tear and every moment.

As a family, they are silly and love to have fun. Since they run their business from home, they spend quite a bit of time together. Home is where they draw their strength and salvation. They attend Parkview Church and enjoy worshiping what’s most important in their life, they give it all to God.

Their kiddos have joined them on shoots and traveled the world as they document life. As a family they are involved
in donating their time to charities and to giving back to the world. Bob & Dawn have been on many mission trips, each one has changed their lives forever. They encourage everyone to challenge themselves to give back through your talents. “It will change you forever!”

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. ­1 Peter 4:10.”

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125 Five Quick Tips for Finding the Perfect Tripod

Solid tripod advice from Rick and Larry

Gear advice and quick, helpful insights are what the shorter Five Quick Tips episodes are all about. This time we talk tripods.

124 Lauren Naylor talks nude photography from a female perspective and the importance of balancing creative vs paid projects

Lauren is a photographer & creative director that uses unique set design and cinematic motifs to create expressive visual stories

Rick met Lauren when she was working an office job in NYC in the marketing department of a reputable photography company. 5 years later, she’s living in Los Angeles working as a freelance photographer with no intentions on going back to the 9­5 life.

Lauren and Rick discuss the creativity involved in Lauren’s work, and the delicate, sometimes headache-­inducing balance between creative and (mundane) paid work that’s vital if you’re a freelance photographer. They talk about capturing emotion vs getting the perfect technical shot, and
the difference between tasteful nude photography and…not­-so-­tasteful. They also chat about Lauren’s side projects— including music, her production studio along side art director Claire Quest called Nightdove Studio, and Supervirgo— LA’s community for female creatives.

I Can’t Go for That (cover)

Website: www.lnaylor.com
Instagram: @lnaynay

Nightdove Studio: www.nightdove.com
Supervirgo: www.supervirgo.com

123 Bonus Episode to Announce June 18 event

Adorama’s Inspire Event in New York is on the way

There’s a special event for photographers happening mid June and it’s designed to Inspire photographers of every stripe.

This BONUS episode gives you some insights to the event from some of the presenters themselves.



122 Five Quick Tips for Buying the Right Camera Bag

Straight to the point, Rick and Larry talk insider tips for getting the right bag

The 5 Quick Tips episodes are designed to be shorter and right to the point. We cover things photographers want to know about and this time it’s all about getting the right camera bag and there are bound to be some things you just haven’t thought about. 


121 Marina Barayeva of the Marketing for Creatives Show Talks with Larry

Known worldwide for her Marketing for Creatives podcast, this Russian born China resident talks photography, modeling, and marketing

Photographers have all kinds of backgrounds. Marina Barayeva is an international portrait photographer, speaker and a host of the Marketing for Creatives show. Marina is known authority in helping entrepreneurs become influencers in their niche. And the podcast (Larry is a regular listener) is where he first learned about Marina’s background and asked her to be on the show.

Marina’s website

120 Five Quick Tips for Shooting An Event That’s On Stage

Shooting stage events from the audience can be challenging so here are Rick and Larry’s 5 Quick Tips

There are times when you go to a staged event, like a school play or a graduation ceremony, and you want to get all the best shots you can.

We’re not talking about event photographers or stage shooters. This is for family members in the audience.

So enjoy this Quick Tips episode that gets right to the point.


119 Steven Inglima and The Deliberate Photograph

Long Time Friends Rick and Steve discuss Steve’s upcoming workshop and a lot of other things

Steven Inglima has been a photographic teacher in one form or another since his half ownership of a darkroom rental business and working for EPOI (Nikon’s importer back in the ‘70s). He’s been teaching the gamut from lens design, understanding all form of cameras, large format technique, darkroom skills, digital capture, and post processing controls, etc. etc.

Rick and Steve have a lively discussion peeling back the layers of what makes a photograph have value; how to identify what’s worth capturing, and the process of consistently crafting an image which communicates that worth. If you’ve marveled at your favorite images and wished that you were that capable, imagine being able to make visual statements about what you personally care about which rival these icons!

It’s a reveal about Steve’s class at the Maine Media Workshops this September, about distilling the essence of what makes a great photograph, and how to enable photographic enthusiasts to accomplish this at will.

Workshop web page:

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118 Five Quick Tips for Keeping Lenses and Filters Clean

This 5 Quick Tips episode is thanks to John Balboni

Keeping lenses and filters clean is different than cleaning other kinds of glass, and there are things you might have never considered. Like the electronic contacts. When to clean the lenses. What to use. And some times you might want to try to make your lens dirty.

Rick and Larry break all that down in this Quick episode.