Pretty stoked to find out that an interview that I did with Rangefinder Magazine about 6 weeks ago is now a full page feature on page 9 of the March Issue. I didn't even realize that they were handing the magazine out at WPPI until someone came up and told me that they loved my article. I had no idea. Here is the article...
South Jersey wedding photographer Jay Cassario blog. Writer for SLR Lounge and Shotkit.com.
Last year during WPPI, I gave an hour-long lecture for Leica during a sit-down dinner that they treated everyone to. We had a great turn-out and everyone that attended really liked how it was done differently than all the other WPPI lectures or classes. This year, we decided to step things up a little and rather than just a lecture we would host a complimentary workshop out at the Springs Preserve. I loved that Leica was willing to switch things up this year and let me take a group of photographers out off the strip away from all the chaos and walk them through how I shoot an engagement session. We tried to do the shoot out at Red Rock Canyon where I had shot the day before but ultimately decided against it due to the permits and longer drive. Springs Preserve turned out to be the perfect spot for what I had in mind and was only a 15-minute drive from the Leica Store in Ceasars Palace.
A couple months before WPPI, just as I started planning for this workshop, I found out my good friend Mark Condon from Australia was coming over to the states to attend the expo along with his wife. Not only is he the creator of the popular website SHOTKIT, but he's also a pretty talented wedding photographer himself. After a little persuading, I was able to talk them into being the models for my workshop.
We had 15 attendees show up which turned out to be the perfect head count for a workshop like this. I couldn't have asked for a better group of photographers, all asking questions and taking in everything I showed them. I went through everything from building client relationships, to posing, to shooting techniques and using natural light in creative ways. I also did things a little differently than I normally do at workshops and I let the attendees shoot a good amount. I would go through a few things, work with Mark and Elissa, then back out and let someone else lead. Overall, it was an awesome workshop and afterward, Leica treated everyone to a dinner while I went over some of my shots and post production.
I had a great time teaching this workshop and I'm hoping to do something similar again next year. A big thanks to Leica Camera USA for hosting the event, to Mark and Elissa for modeling, my good friends Bud Johnson and Jason Vinson for helping out, and John Kreidler and Phil Cuenco from Leica for helping me put everything together.
Here are a handful of shots from the workshop. I only took a handful, so I'm glad that Bud and Jason took a few as well when I wasn't shooting. If you're interested in attending one of my workshops, I'll be teaching one in LA from April 20-22nd, here is the link to check it out - Leica Wedding Intensive.
SHOTS I TOOK WHILE TEACHING...
Click on the image to see more details! The workshop is already more than half-way filled up with only 8 spots remaining. If you're coming out to WPPI, this will be a great way to get out shooting, off the strip with complimentary Leica loans if you want to test out some of their latest gear.
For those of you who don't follow my wedding work over at Twisted Oaks Studio, I share blog posts here from time to time. At the end of each year, I put together a collection of some of my favorite wedding/engagement related photos, click on the image below to see the collection from 2017. There's never really any rhyme or reason as to what makes a photo a favorite, but I'm pretty proud of this year's collection. This was a year that I really focused on fine-tuning my style even more, focusing on capturing moments, sitting back and letting things play out in front of me while being less hands-on. Focusing on artistry and composition while anticipating moments proved to be challenging last year, but 2017 was much different as it became much easier the more I pushed myself. You'll also see editorial style photos, where I was completely hands-on and posed the couple exactly the way I wanted them, knowing in my head exactly what I wanted as the final image. My goal was to provide clients with a mix of both, while still having cohesion and consistency in my style that clients can appreciate and fall in love with.
Some of the photos in this year's favorites were chosen simply because they have a lot of meaning to them. There could have been something special about the moment when the photo was taken or the process that went into making it. That doesn't necessarily make them a great photo by any means, it's simply great to me. So, don't be surprised if there are photos that aren't all that impressive to you or leave you scratching your head. I think you'll appreciate the collection as a whole, and if you have followed my work for a little while, I think you'll be able to see the changes that this year brought to my style and approach to my wedding photography work. Don't hesitate to leave a comment letting me know your thoughts.