by shari on October 21, 2013

sbux_003Leaving today for another trip to Bhutan with Redpoint Collective, and looking forward to returning to our favorite country to tour.

We’re always asked why we would return so many times to the same place. It’s for a number of reasons, but primary is the inherent contentment that is apparent in everyone we meet there. Certainly the country is changing and becoming more modern, but it’s a culture based on quality of life over consumerism. Their respect for the environment, the slower pace of life and their daily recognition through words and actions that respects and nurtures all people makes this the most amazing place in the world for us. We love to share this unique country with other people who are well-traveled and will recognize how special this place is.

We limit the groups we take to small numbers so we can move easily through small villages and monasteries. We specialize in preparing participants in the culture so they’ll know what to expect and appreciate what they see. We make sure everyone gets great photos there, if that means sharing our lenses with you, teaching some new skills before we go, and helping you while we’re there, we make certain you are in the right place to capture great images. We use one guide for every two people to be sure you have a great experience every step of the way.

Here’s a link to some of the highlights of our Bhutan itinerary as well as galleries of the photos Brud Jones and Shari Hartbauer have taken there.


Photo Ark – A project worth helping

by shari on October 2, 2013

20130929__MG_2919Digital Labrador teamed up with Redpoint Collective over the weekend to visit National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Joel has turned his passion for the environment and the animals who live here into a very ambitious project – Photo Ark. Bravo to Joel for finding a way to use his photography in a way that can help protect endangered species. Check it out and do what you can to help.

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For many of Earth’s creatures, time is running out. Half of the world’s plant and animal species will soon be threatened with extinction. The goal of the Photo Ark is to show what’s at stake and move people to save species while there’s still time. Learn more.


The Allure of National Geographic

by shari on October 2, 2013

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Any photographer who grew up with National Geographic arriving in their mailbox each month, knows there’s still nothing quite like the motivation and inspiration that comes from seeing the beautiful images in every issue. Who didn’t wish they could be a Nat Geo photographer when they grew up?

We still subscribe to the print magazine, but the National Geographic magazine for the iPad is one of our favorite apps of all. It enhances and adds on the printed magazine, including behind-the-scenes videos about the stories or photographers. Like this one – Photographers on Photography.


Street Studio in Kenya

by shari on October 2, 2013

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A long line of photographers have used simple backgrounds to make portraits, see Richard Avedon, Marc Hauser, Irving Penn and our buddy Clay Enos. Digital Labrador’s Brud Jones went on a safari recently and came back with his own brand of portraits featuring the guides and warriors who traveled with him. If you’re interested in learning more about how his trip, check out Royal Africa Safari. They’re doing it old-school with tents that are actually packed up and moved in the style of the old safaris.

By the way, Brud is using one of the new Photoshelter templates for his website – the one called Marquee.


New BEAM templates by Photoshelter are Awesome

October 2, 2013

Photoshelter has done it again. They’ve created four new website templates that we just love. They’re sophisticated, clean and show off your images better than anything we’ve seen. It’s still in Beta, but they all work really well. Check it out.

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Great ASMP Event Coming Soon

October 29, 2012

A lot of great photographers are participating in this event. Get registered early so you don’t miss it.  ASMP Kansas City/Mid-America is holding a two-part workshop and panel to help enhance the communication and standards between photographers and all levels of assistants. The program consists of an evening panel (the PHD) on November 8th, and […]

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Closed fo Rentals until November 9th

October 18, 2012

We are currently closed and are not delivering rentals until November 9th. However, we will still take reservations for rentals start on November 9th.  Please send and email or leave a message and someone will get back to you.

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Our favorite photo journalist

September 21, 2012

It’s always good to see a great photographer living the dream!

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Don’t Miss It!

September 18, 2012

Learn how to Get Your Business Off the Ground with Jenna Close Wed., Sept. 19th | 6:00pm | 4000 Washington, Kansas City, MO 64111 TOMORROW EVENING Wednesday 19th – ASMP National Board Member, Jenna Close is the keynote speaker in the ASMP Photographers Helping Photographers meeting. She just returned from China, Mongolia and South Korea. Hear about […]

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What is the most effective way to present your portfolio?

May 21, 2012

Find out at this week’s ASMP-KC event!  Wed., May 23rd | Vox Theatre, 1405 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66103 Hear what a number of experienced Kansas City media industry professionals like to see in a portfolio and how they like it to be presented. In addition get some feedback on your own work in […]

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