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Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography

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About six months ago, I called up the president of GayWeddings.com, Kathryn Hamm with an idea.  This idea, very quickly came to fruition in the form of a book.  Capturing Love is live today in limited release.  I am incredibly proud and humbled by this project.  Just like launching Greener Photography in 2008, this has been a huge learning experience.  Please do take a look at the book, it is pretty darn fantastic.  As always, I welcome your feedback here, in the forum or by email.

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Thea Dodds is the owner/photographer of Authentic Eye Photography a boutique wedding and portrait studio based in New Hampshire. Thea is also the co-founder of Greener Photography, a non-profit dedicated to reducing the photo industry's impact on the environment.

Visit www.capturingloveguide.com to order the book and find a list of our scheduled appearances. Also “like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/ capturinglove) for the most up to date information on our book release and appearance schedule.

Greener Photography Partners with Green America

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Greener Photography is proud to announce a collaborative partnership with Green America.  The goal of this partnership is to deliver maximum value to both Association’s members, to help them differentiate themselves in the market in a way that will attract and retain customers who want to support green companies.
 
Green America harnesses economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. The Green Business Network, a division of Green America, is the first, largest, and most diverse network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the country. We provide the tools, the information, and the consumer base to help you thrive in today's competitive green marketplace.
 
We encourage everyone to spend some time exploring all of the benefits of that Green Business Network will provide Greener Photography members.  
 
If your membership has lapsed there is still time to renew before the new program takes effect.  More information and an officially launch date will be released shortly.
 
Please contact Thea with any questions.
 
We appreciate your continued membership and support!

Greenzu Solar PPA (Power Purchase Agreement)

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I've heard of a company out there that will pay to install and maintain solar panels on your commercial building, then you buy back the electricity.  So no upfront cost and a price per Kw/H 10-20% less then your current provider.

Too good to be true?  You tell us.  Has anyone out there done this?  Please share!!

http://greenzu.com/

 

Vote for The Greener Photographer of the Year

 

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Using Your Member Badge

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I just printed my 2012 pricing menu (a 5x5 trifold from ProDPI) which includes the beautiful Greener Photography member badge.  It was the first time that I saw the member badge in print....and it looks stunning! 

I hope all of you are taking advantage of this beautiful icon and putting your commitment to the environment in front of your clients.  Remember, Your values, have value!  So say it loud and say it proud!

 

'Tis the Season to Renew!

Dear Members!

Many of you who have been with us since the beginning had special accounts that didn't expire.  Cool, huh!  That means many of you got a few extra months for free.  Fortunately for us, we have fixed that glitch.  So many of your accounts are coming up for renewal at the end of the year.  You should get a strangely phrased, computer generated email prompting you to renew.  We certainly hope to have you back!  To encourage you to renew we are running a 30% off special with the code RENEW11.

The benefits of renewing:

To Renew just click the link below for your appropriate certification level:

Basic Members Renewal

Premiere Members Renewal

Leadership Circle Renewal

If you are not sure of your level or want to apply for a higher level of certification, just contact me!

Finao's new artONE Fine Art Album

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Finao is utilizing Hahnemühle German Etching paper for its new "artONE" fine art album which is made from 100% cotton and pure alpha cellulose.

"Cellulose is considered the greenest of the green because it is an inherently recycled material. It is the most common organic compound on Earth.  Cellulose is the structural component of the primary cell wall of green plants, many forms of algae and the oomycetes" says Finao co-founder and self-confessed 'steam that drives [Finao's] decisions', Christine Perry-burke. 

So what about albums created on bamboo or sugar cane? Are these albums any greener than a cotton/cellulose base product? Sugar Cane and Bamboo are first reduced to cellulose before being made into paper making the artONE one of the greenest album alternatives in the marketplace.

"Our ink choice is considered the best there is. It has the highest Wilhelm rating for color fastness.  We choose these more expensive materials because we know they produce a better product without compromising our core company policies."

Finao will deliver a "Certificate of Authenticity" with every album to assure your clients that their album is an original piece of art.

 


 

Here are some ways Finao strives to deliver quality environmentally-friendly products and create greener solutions: 

• "pleathers" are all PVC free.

• Do not use hides that have been tanned in Asia.

• Product packaging is completely green: 
  
* Hand-made recycled pineapple leaf paper used for wrapping   
* Hand-made recycled Mulberry leaves used for the ribbons   
* Mulberry skeleton leaves used for decoration   
* Natural kraft tissue used in wrapping and packaging   
* Corn starch peanuts used as packing materials   
* Paper tape used to seal all boxes   
* Completely recyclable cardboard used for packing and shipping

• All packing is made from all natural organic materials that can be reused and recycled.

• Packaging peanuts received from Seldex are biodegradable and any unused peanuts are recycled to a pack and ship facility.

• Every possible scrap of paper, glass, metal and plastic is recycled.

• Finao albums are constructed from as many natural, post consumer, and completely recyclable materials as possible.

• Everything is made by hand.

• Finao products are made in the USA, as are all their component parts.

• All of our associates have excellent working conditions, a great heath care plan, and completely paid leave and holidays. 

The First Green Photo Lab for Consumer

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An industry first… green consumer snapshots, album prints, and professional proofs.
EcoVisualLab.com will also offer new consumer prints in two sizes, 4x6 and 8x12 . These more
automated prints are available in two surfaces starting at just $1.00 each, a cost that’s far less than
custom prints and affordable for any photographer.
 

EcoVisualLab.com offers custom photo printing that is:
• Completely sustainable
• Uses 100% cotton papers made from the post-industrial waste cotton from the
manufacture of cotton-seed oil and sourced locally, reducing the carbon emissions
associated with transport
• Totally chlorine free (TCF) and process chlorine free (PCF)
• Archival
• Museum quality
• Fully recyclable and made from recycled materials
• Non-toxic and safer for all indoor environments
VOC-free aqueous inks:
• Eliminate worker and customer health hazards
•Eliminate toxic out-gassing (off-gassing or fumes)
•Eliminate unhealthy or objectionable odors

 

Now That's Recycling!

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This news story made me smile. It seems so appropriate for summertime, as our kids are at loose ends and spend their days exploring, playing make-believe, and learning in their own intuitive ways.

"UK School Children Build a Greenhouse out of Recycled Plastic Bottles"

 

Sustainable Magazines

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Just like photographers, magazine publishers can make greener choices in their line of work. Wouldn't you love to see Professional Photographer and Rangefinder printed on eco-friendly paper? Check out Green America's magazine PAPER Project. "The PAPER Project works to preserve the health of forests, human health, and communities by encouraging magazine publishers to make environmental commitments. We educate publishers about their papers' impacts and help them adopt environmentally preferable alternatives."

This is a mission that we at Greener Photography can relate to for sure! Click here to read more. Then, email your favorite photography magazine and send them a link and ask them to consider greener alternatives.

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