PG&E and Diana Miller Photography: Campaign for the Community

PG&E and Diana Miller Photography: Campaign for the Community

PG&E has always valued the power of neighbors helping neighbors and giving back to the community. Volunteer programs are a way that PG&E has enabled, not only their employees but also their community, to see how simple and rewarding volunteering can be. In efforts to make this volunteering a long lasting community custom, the local California PG&E conducts it’s annual Campaign for the Community. Last year PG&E employees volunteered more than 48,000 hours in a range of charitable efforts across Northern and Central California; efforts ranging from building play houses for Habit against Humanity to collecting school supplies for school children. The employees of PG&E not only volunteer their time, but they prepare a raffle and an auction event to also help raise more charitable contributions. Diana Miller Photography works with many of the non-profit companies and organizations in Sacramento who have such events; in fact we were honored to have PG&E ask us if we would like to donate to their cause. We took this chance to make a difference in our community and hope we can help PG&E make a real difference here in California. Pg&E’s employees are so helpful in every aspect of the events they put on. During the process of communicating that we did indeed want to donate, we had a death in the family. And as we all know, things usually come to a halt when this occurs. But with the generosity of Sacramento PG&E we were still able to be a part of this wonderful event. We donated $250 studio credit to the winner of the auction, however we wanted to also display what they’d...
{Sacramento Business Portraits} and their different uses

{Sacramento Business Portraits} and their different uses

Need to match a background with other employees at your branch in Maine? Not a problem. How about switch out a person in a movie poster? We can do that! We have many business clients who want a consistent feel among their company’s business portraits. Sometimes this is problematic when you have many employees and often even many offices located across the United States. This was the case with Jackson Labs out of Maine, who contracted DMP to produce professional business portraits. We were able to capture these business professionals right in our Citrus Heights studio followed by placing them in front of any background desired. Jackson Labs contacted us with this reference image below; and requested we match their California employee’s to their Maine employee’s business portraits. After our standard retouching by our professional retoucher, we created a clipping mask to remove the subject from the original background. We then layered the stone background and the newly retouched portrait together to create an image which is much like the other business portraits from their company on the East Coast. Another place this technique can be used is with movies, to create an eye appealing poster. A long time philanthropist friend of Diana’s, Moe Mohanna, was featured on the cover of a movie in which he was the main character. Mohanna’s Hollywood Art director got in touch with Diana to ask her to recreate Mohanna in the same lighting because he wasn’t pleased with the original portrait taken for the cover. There were a few things within the old movie cover image that the art director was not satisfied with. One...
2014 BIG Event: The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Business Today

2014 BIG Event: The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Business Today

In January, Diana photographed the The 2014 BIG Event. The Big Event celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and is  Sacramento’s largest motivational business event.  The Big event of 2014 was focused on bringing together motivation and business by sharing personal stories about struggle, success & their strategies for getting through both. There was a great lineup of speakers at the event including Brain Sharp (an award winning key-note speaker), Cj Alvarado, Lisa Montanaro, Patrick Schwerdtfeger, Jessica Bracy, Tami Fandrei and Damon Smith.  The Big Event also sponsors a charity every year so this year they had the founders of “It takes Guts” on stage to do a one-on-one interview with Brian. CJ is founder of Bamboo Creative and CEO of Snippet, Inc. , a reading app & publishing platform voted “Top 10 Most Promising Start-Ups in NorCal” Damon  is a former professional football player & Pro AMA motocross rider, author of Don’t Stop The Swagger, & founder of the Souletics health & wellness company.   Lisa is known as a speaker, author of The Ultimate Life Organizer & success coach that went from actress to attorney to successful business strategist. Patrick has accolades including International speaker, Bloomberg TV contributor & leading authority on global business trends and is the author of award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self -Employed. *The above headshot photos courtesy of The Big Event website    This year the Big Event sponsored  “It Takes Guts”. “Two Mamas On A Mission” started the non-profit “It Takes Guts” to help find a cure for the rare auto immune diseases that affect their children & many more. We believe that we are...

Sacramento Small Business Events: The BIG EVENT with Brian Sharp

Diana Miller Photography is proud to be a sponsor for this year’s BIG EVENT! WHAT IS THE BIG EVENT? Simply put, the BIG Event is different than anything you have attended before. Part inspiration, part ideas, and part…well, a party! By definition it is a motivational event focused on sales and small business professionals in the greater Sacramento region. It will showcase 4 primary speakers sharing their personal success stories as well as some great music, discussions and take-aways for the audience. THE PURPOSE. The BIG Event was designed to motivate our small business and sales community. It’s our way of giving back to the local business community who has been so supportive and amazing for us. Our goal is for every person who attends to walk away with inspiration and ideas that can propel them to the next level. It’s also a night of celebration, or success, and yes, a whole lot of fun.   WHO WILL BE THERE? The event is open to anyone, but the content and promotion are targeted towards entrepreneurs, small business owners, and sales professionals. But if you like motivation, great speakers and high energy, you’ll love this event. THE HISTORY OF OUR BIG EVENTS. Brian Sharp has produced nearly 50 local events over the past 5 years resulting in over 2,000 attendees. The BIG Event is our highlight event of the year. This year the event will be held in the beautiful 365 seat theater at the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center. We expect a SELL OUT like last year, making this the largest local motivational event for small business in Sacramento...

{Sacramento Event Photography} How to survive a networking mixer: SacBizConnect

You’re standing in the doorway, coat checked and a glass of wine in hand, facing a room full of unfamiliar faces. You feel a bit awkward and slightly panicked about whom to approach first and what to say. Your mind whirls: Am I dressed appropriately? Did I bring enough business cards? What if I say the wrong thing? Working a room can make even the sharpest businesswoman quake. Career consultant Simma Lieberman recalls the time just after she started her business and paid $35 to attend a networking dinner. She went by herself, dressed in her power suit, ready to mingle and make connections. When she walked into the hotel and saw the other attendees talking and having a good time, her courage evaporated. Intimidated, she turned on her heels and went back home. Mortified by her quick surrender, she soon made it a priority to excel at networking. ForbesWoman spoke with a handful of experts for advice on how to approach any networking situation. Here are their foolproof tips: Arrive Early “Be unfashionably early,” suggests Leil Lowndes, author of How To Instantly Connect With Anyone. The other early birds will be more available and easier to approach with fewer people in the room. Beginning a conversation among the first-to-arrive crowd means you’ll already know a few people once the rest of the attendees show up. Plus, you’ll automatically be in the middle of the party as others come in around you. If you arrive late, prepare yourself to face a wall of people already engaged in conversation. Offer a Simple Introduction The easiest way to break the ice at a...