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Iowa City Photographers Guild

Events • Portraits • Seniors • Graduation • Wedding

Month: March 2016

Great Opportunities to Offer Photography Training

Every month we get requests from people wanting photography training. They’ve filled out our photography training request form. I try to accommodate as many as I can – sometimes volunteering and sometimes getting paid.

I’d love it if others photographers in the area could join with me in this rewarding and enjoyable service.

I’m planning to setup a page featuring local photographers who offer training.

If you’d like to be on our list of our area photography trainers, please submit your photo and a short bio for our website.

If applicable, let me know if any specific interest or area you’d like to focus on.

Write to: photography@resourcesforlife.com



Greg Johnson, Facilitator
Tel: (319) 621-4911
Email: photography@resourcesforlife.com
Postal: P.O. Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717


Event: History of Medical Photography

The University of Iowa

History of Medicine Society

announces the

R. Palmer Howard Dinner for 2016

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

Stephen Greenberg
National Library of Medicine

Ink and Silver:
Medicine, Photography, and the
Printed Book, 1845-1890

Medical photography has long attracted the interest of historians and archivists. This talk will address the use of photography in 19th century printed medical books, from technological and aesthetic viewpoints, as researchers and photographers pushed the existing arts to their limits. Why were these pictures taken? Who saw them? Were they meant for private study or profes- sional publication? How did they reflect the techniques and aesthetics of the rest of con- temporary photography.

Event Details:

  • Reception at 6:00 PM
  • Cash Bar (wine & beer)
  • Hors d’oeuvres provided
  • Location: Dean Rooms C and D Sheraton Hotel, 210 S Dubuque, Iowa City
  • Dinner at 7:00 PM
  • Presentation at 8:00 PM
  • Parking adjacent to the hotel.
  • Make your reservations now but no later than April 15, 2016

Request reservation form:

  • Joyce Craig
  • Email: joyce-m-craig@uiowa.edu
  • Phone: 319-335-9534 | Fax: 319-335-8515

Online form (print & mail): 


Click here for the PDF form.

Payment required in advance for Reception, Buffet Dinner and Lecture:

  • Non Student Registration Fee: $40
  • Student Registration fee: $10

Additional tax deductible donation: to help with student subsidies.

Note: Lynda Payne’s talk on Lovesickness in Opera was canceled.


A printable copy of the event flyer is available as a PDF or below as an image file.


National Graduation Photo Company Seeks Local Photographers

[Note: The message below is from a company that has an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau (view rating). Proceed at your own risk. Please read our document on working with national photography companies.]

16 March 2016 @ 8:56 AM

Good Morning,

I work with Iconic Group and GradImages – a company that specializes in graduation photography across the United States and Canada. We are hosting a training / in person interview in the Quad City area (details to come) on Saturday April 2nd at 9am. After this training, photographers will have the opportunity to work at multiple graduations across the area (anywhere from 1-12 or even more depending on the photographer’s availability).

We would love to have some of your members attend the training and work with us! To apply for the position, photographers should visit www.epghire.com and apply for the “Graduation Photographer” position; the photographers can also give me a call or shoot me an e-mail if they would like.

I would greatly appreciate your willingness to pass along this information to your members. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail or call me.

All the best,

Recruitment Specialist 

3490 Martin Hurst Rd
Tallahassee, FL, 32312
Office:      850.906.3642
Online:     iconicgroup.com


Event Photography Group (EPG) has changed its name to Iconic Group, Inc. Please visit our new website at iconicgroup.com and
use this email address for future correspondence.



Working with National Photography Companies


National photography companies are always looking to hire local photographers for real estate photos, graduation photos, news stories, and corporate photography. These companies typically pay you less than you might otherwise earn in a direct relationship with clients. However, if they get you business you might not otherwise have, then you may come out ahead. Because of the lower pay, these types of jobs are better suited for photographers who are just getting started.


National firms have a lot of money for advertising, so they may reach markets you can’t afford to reach through advertising. These companies also may provide some value added services that you can’t offer your customers, such as broader exposure. For more information about what’s available, read “Earn Money Taking Local Photos for National Companies” by Stephanie M. Kelley.

Before continuing with a national company, read the rest of this page for some important considerations and warnings.

Keep it Local

Perhaps the biggest drawback to larger national companies is that they take a cut of all revenue. Think of it like a local sales tax, but instead of that money going back into our community, it gets syphoned away. So, ultimately, it’s not great for our local communities.

Build Relationships

We all win when direct relationships are built between customers and local businesses. Inserting a corporate franchise layer between customers and service providers ends up depersonalizing the experience for all parties involved. Successful businesses build direct relationships with customers and the community. As a result, they are able to better know and serve those they work for.

Beware of Companies With Bad Reputations

Teaming up with a national company that has a bad reputation can bring down your reputation as well. Your skills and the quality of your work may be top notch, but ultimately customers will develop a perception about you based on the company you work through. If their customer service isn’t great, or if they don’t treat their own employees well, that could be a problem.

Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to find out more about a company before signing up. You can learn more by visiting GlassDoor.com to learn about how employees feel about the company.

Here’s an example… The ICONIC Group, formally known as Event Photography Group or Grad Images, has established a very poor reputation according to ratings from the Better Business Bureau and on Glassdoor. This might be an example of a company to avoid.


Companies that develop a very poor reputation will sometimes change their business name rather than changing their business practices. This can go on for years under the same management. So, be sure to do some research into past business names of anyone you plan to work with.