While in Vegas for WPPI a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to sign up for a styled shootout hosted by Julie Paisley Photography. While the shootout was an extra expense outside of the cost of the conference I didn’t want to go to a photography conference and not get the opportunity to shoot. While Julie wasn’t teaching at this shootout (she hosts workshops throughout the year), she was on hand to give tips, push us to work on our skills, and offer a supportive environment for us all to take images for our portfolio.
One of my favorite parts of the shootout was the chance to work with the models one on one, rather than having to elbow for shots with my fellow shooters. This allowed me really focus on shots that work for our brand and allowed me to work with the models to bring out those genuine emotions that define our work.
The 2nd best part? The entire group of photographers shot almost exclusively Nikon. This almost never happens! One awesome advantage to this is that we all got to share lenses, so I got to test out the new Sigma 35mm f/ 1.4 Art lens I’ve been eying, as well as borrow a macro for the ring shots. Every photographer there was warm, friendly, and open to sharing gear–it was an awesome environment!
And can I just mention how much I loved shooting in the desert?? We just have to find a way to market to the southwest because I’m dying to shoot a real wedding in this climate.
I’ll be sharing photos of our bridal model after May 16 when she actually gets married, but I’ll share the awesome desert details and our fantastic wedding couple, Amy and Jon now.
The following vendors made this amazing shoot happen: