Yesterday I attended a workshop in Richmond hosted and taught by the ever-so-talented Justin & Mary. If you aren't familiar with them, you MUST see their work. They are a wedding photography couple from Connecticut and they have taken the wedding industry by storm. Their style is timeless, their approach is genuine, and their passion is undeniable. And to top it all off, they are so giving of their time, talents, and knowledge to help others, like myself, learn so much. When they announced their lighting intensive workshop, I had to jump on board, because up until now, I only use natural light for my sessions, with the exception of an on-camera speedlight during receptions. I know what off-camera lighting is capable of, when done right, but I just didn't even know where to begin. This workshop was EXACTLY what I needed!
To say I learned a lot would be an understatement. In many ways, this workshop changed the way I think about so many things... and not just with lighting, but understanding my camera better in general. I am excited to see how these new skills will come into play during my weddings, with lots of practice beforehand, of course!!
A small room full of photographers practicing using their flash is quite an interesting experience!
Tori getting her photog on - it was crazy to see so many lighting setups in such a small area!
Highlight of the day - practicing my one-light setup on the ever-so-elegant and, well, sometimes strange Laura Gordon. She's hilarious! How many people do you know who can go from the image on the left to the image on the right in seconds?!
We had some really beautiful models come in - they were so sweet to let us all take our turns practicing on them!
This is all using equipment I OWN! Well, except for pocket wizards... but that is my next purchase. It makes me so excited that with such a simple setup I can achieve images like this!
I still have so much to learn and so much to practice, but I am very eager and excited to see what I can do with my new lighting skills. Justin and Mary, thank you SO much for coming to Virginia and giving so much of yourselves to help us all learn. I had such a fun time and I am already feeling really excited and encouraged about what is to come!