Thursday, July 29, 2010
On July 26th Suzi and I hosted a Professional Photography Workshop at our Studio. The class was sponsored by the Professional Photographers of Oregon, and all proceeds went to the association. ( I only mention this because recently I have been accused of being selfish with my talents) The class was open to all Photographers of all levels, Pros and aspiring Pros, members and non-members. We had 17 students and we spent the day photographing different models and different situations. I tried to share the things I have learned in my carreer, covering a variety of lighting techniques, posing, equipment selection, business ethics,and how to produce consistent professional quality images for our clients at all times of day and under all conditions. It is hard to teach all I have learned in the last 28years in one day but we crammed a lot of info into 5 and 1/2 hrs. I produced a lot of images for my models and the students produced some great images to inhance their skill level and confidence when they go back to their studios and work with their own clients. I love to share with people who are genuinely interested in learning and improving their skills. I have been asked by some of the students if I was planning anymore classes, if their is enough interest I would gladly do ths again. I hope you enjoy the photos posted, just a small sampling of the images we created that day.
Five Friends, Thirty-five changes of clothes, six hours. and three-hundred poses later!!! These five young ladies are really good friends and they came all the way from the other side of Portland, they all go to Westview High School, three play soccer, One is a dancer, and one id a Cheerleader. They spent the day at the studio and we created some great images together. I did not go back into the Studio at all from 10:00am until 3:45. It was so much fun! To be able to feed of the energy of these awesome young people, keeps a person going!!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
A great learning experience, was made available to photographers by the Professional Photographers of Oregon 2 weeks ago at the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville Or. This workshop was attended by a great many photographers with one goal in mind, to come together for a weekend of ongoing education and networking with other Photographers and suppliers from our industry, to return to our respective studios and provide for our clients fine portraiture that they can be proud to own. The format brought to us by our leadership was new and inovative. We had six great instructors and they broke attendees into six small groups, then each group spent an hour with each instructor getting hands on instuction in six different categories of portrait photography. I taught on Environmental Family Portraits, they other instructors held classes on: Bridal Portraiture, Engagement Couples, In Studio Families, Children Portraiture,\ and High School Senior Portraits. We also had an evening program from one of our members about his involvement with a group that is fighting to save young girls in Southeast Asia from Child Slavery and Child Prostitution, High lighting the photography he did while on assignment with CNN and this fine Organization. It was eye opening and heart wrenching to say the least. It is unbeleiveale that such horrible people exist in this world! Everyone who attended had great things to say about the weekend and went back to their Studios ready to do some great work. Along those lines PPof Oregon Posted info on their Website http://www.pporegon.com/events yesterday about a class I will teaching at our studio on Monday July 26th so check it out and sign up if you are interested. I am not receiving the payment for this the proceeds go to PPof Oregon so they can continue to sponsor events such as the State Convention and other educational events for those of us who really want to improve their skills and provide great work to our clients.