We are generally quite terrible at remembering to give due notice (or any mention) for any speaking engagement that we do so in the spirit of change, we would like to let you know in advance about our next talk.  Next Thursday (September 3rd), Sean and I will be speaking at our local Pictage User Group and we would love to see you there.  


For those who don’t know, the Pictage User Group, otherwise known as PUG, is a community of local portrait and wedding photographers who get together to share ideas, learn, and get to know each other.  Some of the biggest names in our industry come out on a regular basis to share their knowledge with the group as well and while we feel we are small fish in the speaker pond, we are excited to have been asked to share with our local community! =)


Please note:  if you are not a member of Pictage, you are still more than welcome to attend PUG!  In fact, we would love for you to join us!  We meet on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30pm in the St. Bernard’s building in Hillsboro Village.  The address is 2021 21st Ave South Nashville, TN.  For more information about PUG or Pictage in general, you can contact our local PUG leaders Peter and Whitney Carlson.  


If you’re interested in hearing more about what we’ll be covering next Thursday, please check out the description below: 



Shooting with Purpose, Shooting with Style:  Pushing the envelope and delivering amazing results, no matter what!


The location is awful, the light is bad, the wedding party runs late, things come up, and the couple doesn’t give you enough time after the ceremony.  How many times have these things happened on any given wedding day?  Sean and Mel McLellan have experienced any and all of the above on multiple occasions and they’ve developed a shooting style that has proven successful in beating all odds!  They’ll share examples of amazing images captured in the most unlikely conditions, show you how they are able to capture a wide variety of imagery in a short period of time, and even cover a bit of their post-processing methods. 




We look forward to seeing old faces and meeting new ones very soon! =)  


– Mel and Sean


  1. esm on August 27, 2009 at 10:56 am

    See you there :)

  2. kelly on August 29, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Hey! We had a GREAT time with you guys this week! Time just seemed to fly by!!! I don’t think I can wait for my photo session…..I’m dying here…. :)

    Thanks for everything!!

    Kelly and Creighton

  3. Jessica Rayborn on August 31, 2009 at 7:30 am

    I wish I were going to be in town to hear you speak & to see you both! I’m sure you will do awesome and great tips will be learned!

  4. Sean on August 31, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Kelly–had a great time with you guys too! Looking forward to seeing your business explode over the next year! And we can’t wait to see you again :)

  5. Shari Zellers on August 31, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Hey! This is Atlanta PUG leader, Shari Zellers. Can I get you guys to come to our October PUG? ;) Drop me a line or call me!

  6. Kristen Steele on September 1, 2009 at 10:00 am

    I’m excited to hear this talk, thanks and see y’all Thursday!

  7. Mel on September 1, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Jessica – wish you could make it too! We miss you! =) Shari – we would love to come speak to your PUG! We’ll be in touch soon! Kristen – so glad you’re going to make it! We’ll see you Thursday!

  8. Sarah B. on September 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Looking forward meeting y’all tonight!

  9. Holly Haak on September 4, 2009 at 2:02 am

    That was Great. Thank you both. It was very inspiring!
    Good luck with new addition.

  10. Duane on September 4, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Thany you so much for the wonderful, inspirational, motavating and just absolutely AWESOME presentation at PUG last night, it was simply one of the most enjoyable learning experiences I have every had, it is so kind of you to share your knowledge and experiences with us and I am honored to have been their, WOW!

  11. Mel on September 4, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Sarah it was great to meet you! Thanks so much for coming! Holly – thanks to you too! We appreciate you making it our and we’re so glad you enjoyed it! =) Duane – wow. We are humbled and we appreciate your kind words so much! We’re excited to hear that you were able to come away with something of value and thank you as well for coming out last night!

  12. Doug on September 5, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Enjoyed your presentation. Looking fdorward to seeing you again next month.

  13. becca on September 6, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    WOW! Thank you both so much for
    such an inspiring night! I learned a
    great deal and your presentation was thorough, to the point and
    relevant..thank you for sharing
    your delicious photos with all
    of us and for sharing your beautiful selves (is selves a word?) anyway…:-) Thank you!

  14. Andrea Hallgren on September 8, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Sean and Mel, you inspire me! Thank you so much for your excellent and fun presentation.

  15. Mel on September 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Doug, Becca, and Andrea – thank you all so much! We’re so glad you enjoyed it and we look forward to see you all again soon!

  16. Joel Hartz on September 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Thank you so much for your presentation! Michelle and I greatly appreciate your words of wisdom. I am still amazed at how many fantastic and unique shots you are able to achieve in so little time, all while infusing the personalities of your clients into each shot. We aspire to your goal of putting Nashville on the map in the world of photography! You are both very inspiring and generous.

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