I feel like every blog post, Twitter
update, and Facebook
status needs prefaced with the phrase “I am so blessed.” The amount I have been able to experience and accomplish in the past 3 years is truly remarkable. This year alone has been the most incredible year of my life and it continues to get better with each passing day.
Last week we held a SHOOTERS Workshop
in St. Louis. We had a blast and made a lot of new friends. The feedback we got from the students was really awesome! Several of our students had been to all of the top lighting workshops and photography workshops and many of them said that ours was the best they have ever been too. We even saw that one student posted on Facebook
that it was “life changing.” Helping someone grow and get better at what they are passionate about is a really incredible feeling. I can’t wait to share the students images on the SHOOTERS blog (once I get it up and running) because they seriously rocked it! I was really impressed with all of their creativity and ability to take in what we were teaching and apply it right there in front of our eyes.
One of the coolest things about these workshops is the opportunity to connect with photographers from all around the world, forge friendships, and stay in touch. We had a really cool group and I was inspired by their passion (and several of them sent me emails saying the same thing about me!) Energy and enthusiasm are contageous things and those are our secret ingredients for SHOOTERS.
After that we are taking December to catch our breath before we start our conquest to take over the world. We just confirmed a workshop in Argentina for 2011 and I fully expect to hit Venice, Paris, and several North American cities next year.
I can’t wait for what the future has in store.
Here are some of my favorite photographs from SHOOTERS St. Louis that I took.
Thanks to our models Alisha and Kelsey. You guys rock
This was a little demonstration of how you can get 2 completely different shots just by changing your perspective. Nothing changed by my position.
At the end of the workshop we took some really funny pictures. The other SHOOTER, Hiram Trillo
, was showing a dramatic lighting setup to the students that you can set up anywhere. We had the students give their best GQ look, do a primal scream, and then we had them do some “jowling” which is explained in the picture below, haha. This shot of Ryan takes the cake though! (The following 2 photos were taken by Hiram Trillo
Ok so “jowling” is when you whip your head back and forth as fast as you can and just let your cheeks flip around like crazy. Then you freeze that moment and it looks ridiculous. Here is one of me!
Also, if you didn’t already know this about me, I’m a little bit crazy. I like to do extreme things and put my body at risk. Well during the workshop I was jumping off stuff, jumping up things, etc and I thought it would be pretty funny to get a shot of this (and yes it is real.)