Ty Pentecost on YouTube

Hi friends! So excited to be launching my photography YouTube channel. This channel is geared towards newer photographers who would like to learn some basics around such things as Lightroom and Photoshop editing, camera basics, client posing and much more.

Since this channel already existed you will get a nice little kick out of my old hair vlogs. I always want to hear what topics you guys want to learn! For now enjoy this quick little tip on culling through like a gazillion images, and make sure to click the link below and subscribe to my channel!

Ty Pentecost Photography Channel


Swoon Wedding Workshops

On January 17th I entered into a completely new phase in my business, workshops. Myself and two other fellow photographers decided to take something small and make it something huge. We initially came together to do a very small stylized shoot, one couple, one bouquet, and some decor. The more I thought about it the more I wanted to offer an opportunity for other photographers, new, needing a break into the industry. Anyone who knows me knows I have a passion around learning and educating others.  So I went to the other photographers and pitched the idea of a workshop that would give interested photographers opportunities to photograph beautiful brides and grooms, wedding details and learn more about jump starting their businesses.

The first Swoon Wedding Workshop was born and what we ended up with was beyond what I could have ever imagined. The day started off with a all you can eat brunch where participants were given tips around workflow, editing, and how to market themselves. Brooke Beasley with Brooke Beasley Photography was our guest speaker and gave the group some great advice around how to get started in the business and getting focused. The group then headed over to the stylized shoot where there were five stations with different bride and groom couples, and two gorgeous wedding tables fully decorated to emulate an actual  wedding day bridal table. Beautiful bouquets and gorgeous dresses made the day even more exciting.

Just like a first of anything there are always things to be improved. The outcome for me turned from wanting to get awesome pictures for my websites to wanting to impact other people in a way that mattered. Getting text and messages from participants with feedback with areas for future improvement as well as how this has impacted their business has been music to my ears. I recently received a IM for a participant letting me know that the workshop motivated a rebrand and for their business and they are more on fire than ever. Overall I would say the day was a success with of course some hiccups but for our first ever workshop I would say it went swell and I am still swooning over the images. There will be a lot more Swoon as our partnerships have deepened and our ideas have grown and we hope to see you at the next one. Here are a few pics from the event and the candids were shot by my one and only son Todd.

Erica King 925-998-2540
Nita Speer 209-640-0980

Make Up Artist:
Ashley Pattillo 925-577-5880 https://www.facebook.com/TOGgirls/

Bunches www.buncheslosgatos.com 408-395-5451
Designer: Kari Trevino

Cake Designer:
Cakes By Erica
916-412-5948 www.facebook.com/cakesbyericabrowning

Table Décor and Design:
Elegant Curve Events & Design www.elegantcurve.com
Designer: Sharonda Ransom

Dress Designers:
Simply Bridal www.simplybridal.com 800-701-4026

Recapture Vintage Bridal Couture http://www.Recapturedesigns.com/
Designer: Robin

Wedding Invitations:
The Busy Brides Helpers
Shannon Clapp

Location: West 12 Ranch Studio


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Take a Trip With Me

As my client I sometimes challenge you. I ask you to go into territory you are not familiar with. Sometimes it can be a trek into the snow, a hike onto uneven ground, or even more, a trip into yourself. I may pose you and have you interact in a way that makes you giggle or blush all to draw something beautiful out of you from the inside, more then just your gorgeous smile and amazing eyes. I will ask you to close your eyes, take a deep breath and then blow it out and let your shoulders sink as you do, now open those eyes right to me. I may tell you to think of something or ask your love to tell you something in your ear that will make you blush and to get that giggle he or she can draw from you. I may tell you to suck in your core and tooch your booty out to give you a sexy curve, or put all your weight into one leg or the other. I may even say something a little inappropriate to make you draw up your eye brows and give me a look of “did she just say that?” and then we will laugh, and snap there is your image. You can sometimes hear me saying, even just to myself,”you look so hot!, you are so gorgeous, you look handsome, that shirt makes your eyes pop, oh my goodness you guys are setting my camera on fire.” All things I say in the moment from an honest place of what I see.  But I realize that this type of vulnerability comes from a place of trust between you and I and only once you have opted in for the journey.

I have had numerous amounts of you tell me, “I am not photogenic”, really? Neither am I! So we are in this together. My job is to earn your trust so that you will take a journey with me into a place where you will show me the real you, because that my friend is true beauty. I am not just a photographer taking pretty pictures, but an artist passionate about my craft.

Muir Woods

2015 Year in Review

Hi friends! How can I even begin, every time I try I get all misty and chocked up, so I thought I would share with you what I have seen…the growth! Images are not in date order but it is so fun to see all the wonderful clients who trusted me to photograph their moments. Some of you knowingly hiring even though I was brand new and didn’t know up from down. Many of you based it off of friendship and just wanted to help a sista out! Others just saw the hard work and knew I would work really really hard to capture your day and make your important memories a priority. Whatever it was that sent you to me, I want to thank you for the wonderful lovely opportunity you gave me to allow my creative side to shine.

I could write a million thank you’s to all the fellow photogs, family and friends who supported me but I will save you from the 500 worded blog, lol. I know my business is powered by Christ, and my hubs who has taken on a role in our house that allows me to be able to do my thing on the weekends. My lovely son who is always pushing me to be better and telling me truth when he see’s something not right, my sister who seriously reads all my blogs, my mama who came up with the word Embrace which is now a permanent part of my branding, and my God, who keeps my grounded spiritually and mentally.

Now let’s check out the year in review for Ty Pentecost Photography

Go Get It!

As photographers there is a LOT of competition. Like crazy amounts. There are those out there that have been in the market for years and have a thriving business and thats a beautiful balance of hard work that has paid off, but this blog is for those of us who are new. As I come upon the new year I have started to reflect on my business and what things I need to start, stop and continue doing. I approached this year with a fierce internal fire and drive to improve upon my art. I stopped looking at clients as clients but as a masterpiece that I wanted to capture for that moment in time. Every photoshoot I asked God to show me what he see’s in them and let me capture that in an image. Every single shoot I pray that prayer, I also ask him to allow my light to shine no matter how tired I am. I let this lead me, not what I allow my alter ego to tell me.

As a new photographer there is a lot of discouragement from every direction. Reading blogs I have read things that made me wonder why the heck I was doing what I was doing. My camera was remedial, why did I pose them like that? You put the soft box on the wrong side, your composition is all off….and the list goes on and on. Feedback stung like a mug, especially when I thought I was amazing!! Back to reality!! I cried a LOT and felt like a failure, cause trust me I am a sensitive creature under all this hair! My God and my girls Mary Mary reminded me of something that I want to pass along to all of you new and maybe even older photogs that might be finding yourself in a artistic rut, not feeling good enough, or just need a little extra love today here is a few words from one of my fav songs when I find myself needing to PUSH through:

“It’s like you’re looking through a telescope you see where you going to be! Growing getting better your not the person they see. Can’t be mad at the things you’ve been through cause they built your muscle, now your stronger then you’ve ever been they can’t stop your hustle.

Your faith ain’t never small, thats what brought you this far. See you got your dreams and you got your prayers and you got your God he going to take you there. See everybody has a season and I believe this one’s yours. Cause you’ve been working, waiting, this what you’ve been praying for.

Go Get, Go Get Your Blessing! It’s Your Time

You were made to live a good life and thats what I believe, so hit the floor say a prayer start working, you got to do something, It’s alright to crawl before you walk, its alright to walk before you run, but if you want to get what you never got, got to do something that you’ve never done!”

Check out the video below

Go Get It – Mary Mary


Animoto 1st Impressions

Hi Friends,

So I have recently starting thinking through software I wanted to use to produce my client slide shows. I asked around my photography community and they all hands down said Animoto. I had to check this “Animoto” out for myself…did it really live up to the hype?

I quickly was able to set up a new account, I even had an option to use my Facebook as a sign in. Wow this seemed like a wiz. I went right into the editing tool and started to add some images and text to a template I liked. Lastly, I wanted to add a video, a 8min video as a matter a fact and it took forever long to upload, but after some time I was excited to see what I would end up with…mmm a 10sec clip of the 8min video was all it would play, and it would not let me change what 10 seconds it would play…bummer.

Well by no means is that a deterrent for me to continue using the site, but bummer, lol. I just know next time if I want to use this tool I will need to make 10 second clips. Once I had my video all set with the templates and song choices I wanted I was able to download the video in several size formats, awesome, depending on the my target audience and what devices my audience will be using. Will they watch from their phones? Ipads?  I loved this feature!

Lastly, let’s talk cost. With three cost options available, I chose the professional option to make sure I didn’t have the Animoto logo all over my videos. Overall I am super happy with the choice and I love the different template options.

Here is a sample of a video I made for the relaunch of my Youtube channel. I literally made this in 5mins, I couldn’t be happier with the time spent and the quality.