Dark churches getting you down? Off-camera lighting throwing you off your game? Family formals killing you? Trust me, you are not alone. The reason wedding photography is one of the most dreaded (and highest paying) professions in the photography world is simply because it’s not easy! Mixed lighting, harsh shadows, blown-out backgrounds, fast moving subjects in low light, tall brides next to short grooms, five minutes to shoot fifteen different group shots while the sun goes down… the craziness has no end! And the scary part is, you can’t make excuses when it comes time to deliver images to your client.
I once heard a commercial photographer relate wedding photography to Russian Roulette. He said “You’re bound to get unlucky eventually and then it’s all over.. you’re finished.” He’s right… there are no re-shoots in wedding photography, and a scorned bride is not someone you want hanging around your Facebook fan page.
So here’s the good news: I’m not just writing all of this to give you more anxiety about shooting weddings. I am dedicating myself to a new workshop series called “The Uncomfortable Workshop“. I’ve teamed up with Andras Schram, a photographer in Calgary who I deeply respect as an artist in our industry. This workshop has been a long time coming and a long time planning. It’s not my regular “set up the students with insane portfolio material” workshop. If you want that go to my Vegas Shooting Workshop next month. This workshop addresses the difficult and uncomfortable aspects of shooting a wedding. It’s specifically designed to prepare you for the worst case scenarios. We intentionally booked one of the darkest churches in Calgary to do one of our live shooting demonstrations. We’ve also scheduled an outdoor night shoot for the group.
This workshop will not be easy, and will most likely stretch you far beyond your comfort zone. But nothing worth doing is easy, and discomfort forces us to find a better way. If you are ready to patch those holes in your game and become a more able and confident wedding photographer, come to The Uncomfortable Workshop.
I love photographing babies. Especially when the cooperate and stay asleep :) This is one of my favorite shots of Archer, Jessica Claire & Jeff Norwood’s newest addition to the family. I just love the symmetry, the smooth tones, and the mixture of the cold, hard chair with Archer’s warm, soft skin and blanket.
Ines DiSanto is quite possibly the sweetest person in the world. If I could adopt her as family, I would in a heartbeat. She makes everyone around her feel at home. Her creativity and design skills are second to none. Here’s a quick in-between shot I grabbed of the beautiful Ines during a photo shoot in NYC for Wedding Style Magazine.
Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2012 Runway collection is filled with lace, pastels, and great color blocking. Several weeks ago I was thrilled to shoot the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Runway Collection in Los Angeles. Enjoy the images as well as some fun behind the scenes shots of the event!
What can I say about this couple? I usually have my photo editor pull out the best shots and throw them up on the blog – saved in the drafts folder to await my approval. I then go through, delete a few shots, and publish the post with little to no comments just to keep fresh images coming. It’s different this time. I tried to hit the publish button, but I just couldn’t. I had to say something about this couple. Well, it’s more about Jackie because I really only met Mike on the shoot so I don’t know too much about him other than he’s married to Jackie (which says a lot) and that he’s great looking, successful, and a super nice guy. Mike, if you read this, please take this as a “I want to hang with you and get to know you more” ok? :) Ok, on to Jackie…
I met Jackie a couple years ago when she styled my NYC shooting workshop. I only met her briefly during the workshop, but knew I was lucky to have her because of the amazing styled shoot she put together for me. You can view some of those images here. I also knew that I was lucky to start this relationship with her because I could instantly sense that she was the kind of person that everyone loved. I knew from the minute I met her that if she wasn’t already killing it in her business that it was just a matter of time because when God gives someone talent, passion, and a genuinely gracious and sweet personality, you know that person is going places. Turns out she was already killing it and still is. She’s the greatest thing the NYC wedding market has seen in quite some time! Check out her labor of love “Merci New York” and see what I’m talking about.
Jackie and Mike gave me the honor of photographing them for my NYC workshop this spring and it just so happened it was on their 4th anniversary! Such a beautiful couple! I wish you guys many many years of happiness together! Can’t wait to see you both again! Read Jackie’s post about the shoot here.
Thanks so much to the wonderful vendors that made this shoot a success!!
Production and Stylist: Kat Harris
Hair Stylist: Maysoon Faraaj, FaceTime Beauty
Make-up Artist: Sharon Becker, FaceTime Beauty
Gown: Romona Keveza, Gabriella Bridal Salon
Tux: Model’s own
Look 2 and 3 dresses: Rent the Runway
Look 2 and 3 male: JCrew
Florals: Lori Meigel, AvaFlora