Jan 28, 2017
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Thanks for your interest in the Photo Editor/ Retoucher position.  Welcome to step two!

The goal of step two is to see how you would apply your skills to the type of files you would be working on here at The Capture It Collection.  I have a Light Room Catalog of four RAW files in a dropbox folder.
Please complete the following:
1. Import the catalog and process the files.  (Color correct, straighten if needed, local adjustments if needed, etc.)
2. Export both the smart catalog AND psd files.  You will be uploading the smart catalog so that I can see your LR method, and the layered files so I can see your retouching method.
3. Select at least 2 of the 4 images to retouch in Photoshop and set a timer for each image.  Must select at least one portrait and at least one gymnastics:
– Portraits: Fly aways, blemishes, brighten eyes, skin smoothing, contrast, saturation, etc.
– Gymnastics: Straighten horizon line, completely block out/ whiten the background, keep fly aways natural, skin blemishes, skin smoothing, holes and scratches on the floor and equipment, etc.
* Please add anything to this list that you think would make the images more ‘print’ ready, while keeping in line with my style and brand.
5. Save two copies of each file:
– layered psd file
– flattened 150dpi 8×12 png

Rather than send an exact example of what these images should look like, I would prefer you to research the images on my website to get an idea of my style and brand so that we can see how naturally you can replicate that.
I do not expect the images to come back looking perfectly like my work.. rather I’d like to see where your natural inclination and skill meet my need – from there, I can tell how much training will be involved.  If you are having a hard time blocking out the white backgrounds while keeping the gymnasts body lines looking smooth and natural, let me know and I will email you a video link to my methods. I, personally, do not use paths/ the pen tool. But I welcome other methods.  I am really looking for someone with more experience than I, who can elevate the post production areas of my business.

Once all four images are process and retouched, please do the following:
1. Using the same drop box link, create a new folder.  Label it with your FirstName_LastName
2. Upload the smart catalog AND layered psd files AND PNG files
3. Email me to let me know this has been complete.
– Attach the PNG files to the email
– Indicate how long each image took you to retouch
– On a scale of 1-10, how likely do you see yourself working on files like this for 8hrs a day.  1 being not so likely/ I’d hate my job -and- 10 behind extremely likely/ I could do this all day 🙂


If you are still interested in the position, please have the files uploaded by Tuesday, Jan 31st.  On Wednesday and Thursday I will start scheduling in person interviews.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks!

Los Angeles based family and sport photography studio seeks onsite sales assistant.

The Capture It Collection specializes in gymnastics & dance photography, and children & family portraits.  All photo shoots take place on location, throughout Southern California.  Some travel up north and back east may arise.

We are looking for a reliable, energetic, and outgoing person to join the team.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Client communication and Scheduling
  • Greeting clients onsite, and organizing their paper work
  • Downloading/Uploading files
  • Direct sales : culling, selecting favorites with each client, explaining products, finalizing orders
  • Office Administration
  • Photographer Assistant Duties
  • Equipment Set Up and Tear Down
  • Sales Display Set up and Tear Down

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, experience in sales, and enjoy working around kids.  Proficiency on a Mac platform is a must, as is the ability to work independently in a loud, fast paced environment.

No photography experience is necessary.  We will train on all programs used.

Strong preference will be given to applicants who have prior sales experience and strong computer skills.

Must have reliable transportation, a valid CA drivers license, and be available Friday – Monday on select weekends.  A typical schedule is: Friday & Monday in Valencia (4 hours, flexible), and Saturday & Sunday at various locations (@7am-6pm)

Compensation starts at $15/hr with performance based raises and bonus opportunities.  Per Diem paid when traveling over night.

Position to begin February 6, 2017

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to jobs@thecaptureitcollection.com with “Sales Assistant” in the subject line.

Valencia based photography studio seeks in house, experienced Photo Editor/ Retoucher who will be responsible for post production of print and digital files.  Remote work is not an option.

The Capture It Collection specializes in gymnastics & dance photography, and children & family portraits.

We are looking for a detail oriented, Mac savvy photo editor to join our team.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Processing of RAW files (Color correcting, straightening, dodging/burning, etc) in Light Room
  • Detailed retouching in Photoshop: Blemish Removal, head swaps, white background removal while keeping highlight and fly-aways natural, background object removal
  • Creating masks for color adjustments as needed
  • Keeping studio monitor calibrated and ensuring consistent color across all images/ jobs
  • Consistently enforcing brand and style across all jobs
  • Prepping files for print and web delivery
  • Gallery creation

Required Qualifications:

  • This position requires part time hours in our Valencia office.  Remote work is not an option.
  • Schedule is Tuesday and Wednesday 9-5 with possible Thursdays if needed
  • Must send pdf of work samples (before and after) and/or link to online portfolio when applying
  • Portrait image editing experience required
  • Extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (CS5, CS6, or CC), proficient in Photoshop
  • Technical knowledge of color profiles, color conversions and screen calibration software
  • Ability to work in a fast paced work environment and under tight deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Able to take direction and execute accordingly

Preference will be given to those with a degree in photography/graphic design/equivalent major

Must have reliable transportation, a valid CA drivers license, and be available Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with possible Thursdays if needed.

Compensation ranges between $15-$23/hr depending on speed and quality of work.

Position to begin February 7, 2017

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to jobs@thecaptureitcollection.com with “Photo Editor” in the subject line, and send pdf of work samples (before and after) and/or link to online portfolio

Feb 02, 2016
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My friend Michele [of the fabulous NYC based Michele Kats Photography!] is heading this way in just TWO WEEKS!  eeeeek!!

Together we’re hosting a first ever West Coast/East Coast : LA Teen Fusion Event.  Say waaat?  This event is geared towards the teen [& tween!] looking to capture a little style and a whole lotta personality.  We’re looking for athletes, musicians, book worms, trend setters, givers & thinkers of others, those who are outspoken, and those who are shy and rooted.  Whatever your thing is, we want you to own it, and we want to capture it.

Together, let’s give voice & visual to who you are and what you stand for. #ownyourownbeautiful

Interested?  Apply now.  We’re looking for 8 models : guys & gals. Age 10+

Step 1.   Answer the questions below:

Name:

Age:

City:

Cell Phone:

When are you available: Wednesday, Feb 17th / Thursday, Feb 18th / Friday, Feb 19th

School:

Graduating Year:

Aside from school, what activities do you spend most of your time doing?

What is your favorite self quality?

Step 2. Snap a selfie

Step 3. Send all to: erica@thecaptureitcollection.com  [subject line: Teen Fusion – Model Call]

*All selected will receive a phone consultation to discuss the direction of your photo session + a 30 min photo shoot + 3 of your favorite digital files

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Happy fall!  The holidays are near and it’s a great time to update your family portraits 🙂

I have an awesome opportunity for all of our lovely clients… I’m trying out a few new locations for portrait mini sessions, and we’re in need of test models. Let me know if you’re interested!  I’d love to photograph the entire family or just the kids.  Sessions are complimentary, and can be secured with a product commitment.  I promise you ah-mazing images!!

Dates & Location?
  • Saturday, Oct 3rd: Griffith Park : think grass fields, rustic fences, trains, pony rides, & play structures
  • Sunday, Oct 4th: Playa Vista’s Central Park : think modern, garden landscapes & architecture
  • Saturday, Nov 14th: Sepulveda Wildlife Reserve : think grass fields, tall tress, rustic fences, bridges & ponds
  • Sunday, Nov 15th: Old Town Pasadena : think city hall, arches & beautiful brick architecture

Details?…

  • 30-45 min session
  • $150 product commitment reserves your time and enables you to book (the session is free)
  • only 7 available sessions each day from (9am / 10am / 11am / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm / 5pm)
 
Sign UP…

ALL Sessions include a style consultation via phone with me to discuss the inspiration for your session, wardrobe & prop accessories.  We’ll talk about what details are most important to you.  My goal with every session is to create an environment that allows you to relax and be yourself, so you  can enjoy time with your family – while I capture it!

To view our Family Portrait product collection, click HERE

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I’m headed back to Gymnastics Unlimited for Team Pictures!!.. and a few individuals 🙂  I booked my flight a few days early so I can offer Holiday Family Portrait Mini Sessions.  I’ve been wanting to photograph on the gyms property since I was there in May… I’d love for you to sign up!

Details?…

  • 30-45 min session
  • Sunday, Oct 4th
  • Includes a set of (25) 5×7 Holiday Cards -or- 8×10 Signature Print
  • $150
  • Sign up HERE

We are offering an Ah-Mazing Holiday Sale for those who are interested in more prints & digital files.  For product details, click HERE

Sessions will be held on the GU property and surrounding area – rolling grass, tall trees, rustic fences & the train tracks across the street are all great for pictures!

These mini sessions are great for the entire family, just the kids, or your high school senior.

ALL Sessions include a style consultation via phone with Erica to discuss the inspiration for your session, wardrobe & prop accessories.  We’ll talk about what details are most important to you.  My goal with every session is to create an environment that allows you to relax and be yourself, so you  can enjoy time with your family – while I capture it! That’s what personality driven, lifestyle photography is all about 🙂

We only have 9 available sessions on Sunday, Oct 4th from 9am – 5pm.  To sign up, please click HERE

See you soon!

~ Erica Hartman

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I love to travel.  Let me repeat that; I LOVE TO TRAVEL!!!  At home, I’m a total creature of comfort.  Get me out of state and/or overseas and they skies the limit to what I’ll explore! Luckily for me, May came an opportunity.  My boyfriend was gearing up to spend most of May working in DC… and well, to be frank, I couldn’t bare the thought of spending that much time away from him.  BUT, nevertheless, I run a business… a California based business.  And so what’s a business woman to do when she wants to travel with her man? Build work into her travel plans, of course 🙂

And so it began.  How thankful am I that I have friends all over this beautiful country?  VERY!  I called Kathy and we started planning my trip to photograph her gymnasts at Gymnastics Unlimited in New Jersey… only a 3.5 hour drive from DC!  Though a bit nerve racking to market a gymnastics shoot from 3,000 miles away, Kathy and her staff at GU welcomed the opportunity with open arms.  I packed up a small display and shipped it over.  Sign ups filled immediately and over 30 families were excited for my arrival to photograph their talented gymnasts.

One month later I was on the east coast.

Though I love all of the gyms I photograph here in California, I have to say that Gymnastics Unlimited is on my most favorite property to date!  C’mon, I got to shoot in a barn!! 🙂 This city girl had NO idea that New Jersey boasted such a beautiful countryside.  I was on 26 acres of lush, rustic beauty.  Not only was I in heaven with the location, but I was in the company of wonderful people.
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Kathy, her staff, and the families that attend Gymnastics Unlimited have worked hard to develop a warm & supportive culture that any gymnast could thrive in.  It was such a pleasure to meet and photograph everyone.  I can’t wait to go back!!!  

Here’s a sneak peak of what we captured over the weekend.  Enjoy 🙂

 

We had the great pleasure of setting up a mini studio at the Jewel City Invitational in Pasadena, CA in May and to shoot with some of the talented gymnasts competing! A big thank you to Golden State Gymnastics for hosting this USAIGC competition.

Jolie from Gymnastics Olympica did a skill series for her grandmother for Mother’s Day. Her and her grandmother share the same name – what a special bond & amazing gift!

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We shot with international gymnast Fridy from Gim Sirius, who traveled up from Mexico City to compete in Pasadena with her team.

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Lauren, Ashlee, and Mikaela from Gymnastics Unlimited set up sessions and nailed their moves!

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Julianne from Gymnastique struck a pose with us, as did Sasha from Club Champion.

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We hope all you girls love your photos, and congrats to all the competitors at Jewel City!

Jan 09, 2015
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While designing our first major post of the new year [2015!] I wanted to take a few minutes and reflect on things that make me happy… that was easy 🙂

Warm, unconditional love.
Listening to the likes of Van Morrison & Paul Simon.
& Emails [like this] from happy clients…

“…By the way, the pictures were A HIT!!! spectacular product!! My parents and mother-in-law loved them!!! Thanks again!!”

Being blessed with all of the above [and so much more] this year, I am looking forward to a bright 2015! I wish you ALL the same!!

Happy New Years from The Capture It Collection, a family and sport inspired portrait photography business.

 

Check back soon – we’ll be posting plenty on our personal lives, photo shoots & promotions, inspiring events and all other things photography!

Jan 02, 2015
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