or the past three days I've been talking. And talking. Non-stop. I could probably go on and on, but right now I'm at a loss for words because of the generous outpouring of support, encouragement, and grace...from you. Yes, Internet, I'm writing from my Seattle hotel room completely overwhelmed and, yes, exhausted, but it pales to the new friends I've made and the moments we created.
Teaching at creativeLIVE was an honor and I appreciate the ability to do what I love. Thanks for coming along for the ride and I look forward to dedicating a complete blog post soon to the editorial photo shoot, but for now here's a sneak peek.
Lastly, for those who reached out on Twitter and Facebook to send encouragement...thank you. There were moments when I begged the sweet Lord Almighty to have the ground open and swallow me whole, but when it didn't happen, your support carried me through.
I owe you one.
CreativeLIVE : 2012 Starts TODAY!!
appy Friday!! Besides it being the end of the week (HOLLLLLA!) it's also the start of the FREE creativeLIVE online photography course I'm teaching starting TODAY and going through the weekend. That's right! I'm in Seattle teaching today, tomorrow and Sunday starting at 9am PST, so if you'd like to learn more about how to shoot weddings with an editorial flair, feel free to tune into www.CreativeLive.com/LIVE.
This is, of course, a photo of the Space Needle...which is the only need I can handle.
I always get a little nervous teaching online because I'm afraid no one will tune in, but my mom promised to log in, so if you're there too, give her a holler. She may just send you a Christmas card for becoming her online pen pal.
he thing I remember most about her email was her assuredness. Sharon was polite, yet entirely straight-forward. She warmly introduced herself, wrote about her love for her fiance, Ivan, and the upcoming plans for their Houston wedding at The Parador. Oh, and if I was available she was interested in having me photograph their nuptials. Just like that.
Right then and there, I knew I liked her.
I had the absolute honor and pleasure of documenting the sweetest wedding for two of the nicest people I've encountered. Like, ever. Sharon and Ivan aren't just in love, they have the ability to inject their happiness in those around them. Their joy is infectious, so I was absolutely delighted to see their Texas wedding in the national issue of The Knot Magazine so even more people could see their love!
Shooting Star : Engagement Shoot Tips
here was a point not too long ago when I came to the realization that I'd lost control of what I wanted. Heck, who am I kidding? I wasn't even control to begin with. It got to a point where I almost dreaded shooting an engagement session because I didn't know what to expect. Once, during my first year of business, a client showed up an hour and a half late to an engagement session. Hold on...lemme pause for dramatic effect...AN HOUR AND A HALF!!!
But I soon realized it wasn't my clients' fault...it was mine. How could I expect clients to know just how important arriving on time was if I didn't explain to them in advance? How were they supposed to know the intricacies of shooting with natural light? How could they know what I needed if I didn't tell them in advance?
Through the years, I've grown to lovelovelove engagement sessions and part of why I enjoy them is because I work with the clients in advance to ensure we're on the same page. This installment of Shooting Star, I'll be discussing Engagement Shoot Tips given to clients before their session for an optimal experience. They're as follows, but I go into depth in the video...
1. Send Links to Past Engagement Sessions to Ensure Clients Know What to Expect
2. Explanation of Natural Light and the Importance of Arriving on Time
3. What to Wear on an Engagement Shoot
4. How to Choose and Personalize the Engagement Session Location
5. Explain the Goals for the Engagement Shoot
creativeLIVE : 2012 Course Outline
ooooh, yeah. It's right.around.the.corner and I've been hunkered in my office trying to hammer out the details for this weekend's creativeLIVE online photography course. We're revving up for a smashing good time and I'd love to see you there! I'll be covering topics ranging from photographing my first wedding, the mistakes I made, transitioning to the high-end wedding photography, how to organize styled shoots, the submission and publication process (both print and online), and photographing a live shoot editorially!!
But wait...there's more!
Just kidding. There isn't. I just always wanted to say that. I love infomercials.
If you plan on tuning in, here's an outline of what to expect, so be sure to REGISTER for this FREE photography class...I can't wait to see how we change the wedding industry. Together.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012 9:00am Introduction
9:15am What Did My First Wedding Look Like?
9:35am How Could I Change What I Was Shooting to What I Wanted To Shoot? 10:00am First Year Marketing
10:40am How To Attract Detail Driven Brides
11:10am My First Styled Wedding Shoot and How It Happened
1:30pm Interview With an Online Wedding Editor - Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings What makes good photography?
What are the common mistakes photographers make when photographing a wedding?
What Are the Do's and Don'ts of Image Selection?
...and many more!
2:30pm In-Class Image Critique
3:20pm Three Styled Shoots, Three Ways : The Goal, The Theme + The Story
4:00pm Wrap Up...and Spill the Details for Saturday's Editorial Shoot
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012 9:00am Review Friday and Tie Up Loose Ends
9:15am How to Process a Complete and Competitive Submission to an Online Wedding Blog
10:40am Review of Laura+Billy's creativeLIVE Wedding : Walk-Thru, Break Down, and Publication
11:00am The Gear and Lenses I Use for Editorial Wedding Submissions
11:15am Outline of the Creative Process and How the cL Editorial Shoot Came to Life
11:30am The Shot List : How to Capture Photos for the Entire Creative Team
1:00pm Regroup and Outline How to Shoot on Set
1:20pm Styled Shoot Begins
Fun + Fresh Lifestyle Imagery
How to Photography Wedding Details
3:20pm Styled Shoot Ends
4:00pm Wrap Up
SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012 9:00am Review Saturday and Tie Up Loose Ends
10:15am Workflow + Post-Processing After a Styled Shoot
11:15am Styled Wedding Shoots...and the Mistakes I Made
11:30am How to Process and Complete and Competitive Submission to a Wedding Magazine
1:30pm Interview with a Wedding Magazine Editor - Marilyn Oliviera of Inside Weddings Magazine What makes an ideal magazine submission?
What are the benefits to print features versus online features?
What advice would you give a photographer who wants to improve his/her skills in relation to publication?
2:45pm How to Approach Online Submissions : Advice from Wedding Bloggers
Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty Jen Campbell of Green Wedding Shoes Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings 3:00pm Round Up + Review (this is just in case you fell asleep during class)
3:45pm Wrap Up
4:00pm POP SOME BUBBLY
The course starts at 9am Pacific Standard Time as we'll be filming in Seattle, so feel free to cozy up on your couch (or in your cubicle at work...aww, com'on...you know it happens!) and I'll see you soon!