Workshop

OFF THE GRID - A Wedding Workshop In Iceland

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So, I was finally able to make it happen, a wedding photography workshop in Iceland with two good friends and talented photographers Jason Vinson and Bud Johnson! Click on the image above to get more details and see what we have planned. Basically, it’s 5 days in Iceland that will be the fun and adventurous workshop that I’ve had in mind for the past 3 years. The sad news is that we can only bring 8 photographers with us, so if this is something you’re interested in I wouldn’t hesitate to grab your spot. Food and transportation are covered, plus Leica will be providing free gear for anyone that wants to take a loaner with them to shoot with throughout their trip! Really looking forward to this one!

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WPPI 2018 - Leica Camera Workshop

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.

Leica Workshop

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. 

Demonstrating creative use of harsh light and dark shadows

Demonstrating creative use of harsh light and dark shadows

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. 

Photo by: Phil Cuenco

Photo by: Phil Cuenco

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Photo by: Phil Cuenco

Photo by: Phil Cuenco

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. 

Photo by: Bud Johnson

Photo by: Bud Johnson

Photo by: Bud Johnson

Photo by: Bud Johnson

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.

Photo by: Jason Vinson

Photo by: Jason Vinson

Photo by: Jason Vinson

Photo by: Jason Vinson

Photo by: Jason Vinson

Photo by: Jason Vinson

SHOTS I TOOK WHILE TEACHING...



 
 

Hustle + (work)Flow Workshop

REVIEW

This is the first year that have decided to do workshops, but not on my own, by teaming up with other talented photographers to offer something a little more unique, special, and an overall more valuable experience. I teamed up with Chad DiBlasio, the owner of DiBlasio Photo and Design, and Tim Hussey, the owner and creator of the BEST studio managing software on the market... Pixifi. We held the workshop in Chad's hometown of Granville, Ohio.

Our main goal with this workshop was simply to offer something different then the current workshop trend of branding, style, editing, and business strategy. We wanted to offer an intimate and small workshop where we focused on "The Why" of what drives us, pushes us, and how we use that to "Hustle" in this over-saturated photography industry. We also wanted to focus on relationships, and the importance of building them, not only with other photographers and industry folks, but our clients. 

Now that I'm home, and settled back in and able to reflect on the 2 day workshop, I couldn't be happier with how everything went. We laughed, we cried (well, everyone except Tim), we opened up with each other, listened, spoke about things we are passionate about, and had one of the best workshop experiences we have all ever had. Everyone had such an awesome time and learned such valuable lessons to take home with them to put into practice, that we are doing it again this September!

To give you a little glimpse into what the workshop was about, and will be about again in September, we each explained a little about what we spoke on, and a few of our attendees gave us a short excerpt of what they got out of it! 

Teaser for the September workshop will come out soon, leave a comment at the bottom with your email address if interested in being kept in the loop on details :) We are only taking 10 total attendees to keep it small and intimate again :)


The Why 

The Presenters

I spoke about why I do this, how I got started, and what drives me. I shared the most personal story I have ever shared with a group of people, got a little emotional, and explained its impact on my life and photography business. I explained why I wear two wedding bands. What my tattoo means. I discussed why building relationships in this industry with other photographers, industry leaders, and your clients should be your number one focus. 


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Chad - DiBlasio Photo+Design

My story comes from my family. My grandparents especially: who they were and what kind of lives they lived have deeply impacted me and colored the story I know am telling with my life. I talked a lot about this in the "hustle" section of the shop b/c this now gives me the drive to live that life with my own family. I discussed how that love of life and family allows me to very cohesively build a brand focused on legacy and memories and tangible goods that MEAN something, not just are fashionable or make a solid profit. I also talked a lot about the business side of our work, retirement, pricing to profit and the ideology behind our sales approach with clients and family/love being our focus.


Tim - Pixifi  (ALSO A SPONSOR)

I started Pixifi right after I started shooting weddings, as I saw that I really needed to stay organized and use it to provide amazing service to my wedding clients! Pixifi was born out of necessity! What really makes me happy and why I do what I do is to help other people just like me, automate their businesses with my software! It's really amazing to see that something that I started for myself has helped and is helping so many people! What better feeling is there?


Quotes:


"This workshop gave me the confidence to explain my prices to clients and have confidence in the product or piece of art that I create and even increase my sales in the area of prints, canvases and albums. The biggest part of the workshop that really hit home was something I had known all along and had been told my entire life, "Relationships are everything" but for some reason that weekend that stuck with me and it's made a huge impact in how I connect with my clients which creates more successful, unique and authentic photography."


"The Hustle and (work)Flow-shop was more than it thought I needed. Who doesn't need a little help in their workflow? Tim from Pixifi, (who is an all around genuinely good guy), explained his system the way a friend would and not like a programer (let alone the creator of the company). I didn't feel pressured into using the software; it was more of a suggestion of “Hey, this thing helps. You may find it useful”. What Chad and Jay taught is that workflow doesn't stop at the computer, it continues on to the finished product and to the clients. It is not all about editing photos or what pre-sets do you use, it is making sure the client understands what they receive when they book with you and that their expectations are met. I thought I knew what motivated me to be a photographer, but I was wrong."

"Jay and Chad have a passion that drives them to do what they do. I was something that I thought I had lost. They helped me find it again. I spent the weekend sharing laughs and stories with people that seemed like old friends, all while learning how to be a better photographer along the way. Having what I learned sink in for the last few days, it was more than I expected to gain. I had every excuse not to go, but I am glad I did."


"When I signed up for the Hustle and {work} flow workshop I knew that is was going to be focused on our business and didn't really know what I should expect. Jay and Chad had a very personal approach and were truly genuine in their desire to help not only understand my business but me as a person. This workshop was amazing on so many different levels. There was so much laughter, sincere moments and even some tears. All creating amazing moments, that will leave a lasting impression on me. Was this workshop conventional? No, but that is what made it one of the best workshops I have attended in a long time. We didn't always follow schedule but what we did talk about was meaningful and important into understand what each one of us really needed. It was an experience I am grateful to have had. I couldn't think of a better more positive way to have spent my weekend. I made friends and connections that extend deep within me and I am grateful for each and every moment I had at this workshop."


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