one day . two ways . san francisco . thursday wrap up!
first up, the amazing johann and wendy!
Nate and Susan,
I’ve been making a living taking pictures of people since I was 16. I owned and operated three portrait studios for 6 YEARS without even knowing what an f stop was…(knowing how to make people look and feel good takes you a long way, even if you’re shooting them with a disposable camera). So for a long time I justified my lack of knowledge by the fact that I was able to be successful without it. The truth was that I didn’t see anything out there that inspired me, or that made me realize what was possible. I hated the PPA. I felt like it was dominated by a bunch of old men in pleated khakis who were constantly comparing each other’s lens size. I felt totally alienated because I was young and blonde. They accentuated it by treating me like a little girl who’d just gotten a camera from Santa Claus. And I was making more money than they were; so I told the photographic industry to f*ck off (in my head) a long time ago.
Underneath is all, I HATED it. The clients, the work. The everything.
Okay, now I’m going to sound like a Nate-Susan Infomercial. Because finding your sites changed my life! The first time I “found” :) you, I literally stayed up until 2 am looking at every single photograph in your blog. I had never seen anything like it, and it opened me up to a WHOLE NEW WORLD of photography. And photographers. I can’t find the pleated khakis anymore and it’s SO awesome! For the first time in my life, I LOVE what I’m doing and am stoked about the work.
Thank you for the best workshop yesterday EVER. Not only are you both amazingly talented, and knowledgeable, but you were warm and transparent and it was clear that you were putting everything you had into making it a great experience for everyone. My head is still spinning and I love it. I love that my job is fun now. And I totally owe it to you. It was worth every penny and more. You guys deserve each and every single “you rock!” from your ever-growing fan club. Because you are doing more than teaching technical stuff. You are helping to make the whole industry a new and WAY BETTER version of what it was
So thank you, again.
Thank you for saying that no question was stupid.
And thank you for not wearing khaki pants :)
cool alert ! tiny face design
we love this awesome illustration katy made for us :)
one day . two ways . san francisco . day one wrap up!
on a side note, if you attended the workshop, i heard lots of clicking while i made a fool of myself many times....please email me some photos so i can get a good chuckle :) 700 pixel wide jpgs would be fantastic.... CLICK HERE TO EMAIL ME!
if you couldn't make it to san francisco for all the fun and are interested in just what the heck a one day . two ways workshop is, you can check out the shootshop website for more info.
all of the images at the workshop were shot of the actual real life participants...no models, no fake people, just real people like we are all faced with in our day to day photography business. the workshop went from 9am through 10pm...it was a jam packed day! here are a few of my favorite images from the day so far....
...and yes, this is all canon 5D stuff :)
* if you are staying in downtown, plan on it taking about 10-15 minutes to get to blue sky studios by car or taxi.
* the studios are on the fourth floor, which is technically button 4R in the elevator. we will be learning it up in studio number five.
* parking sucks so grab whatever street parking you can anywhere in a couple block radius of the studios.
* if any of you could bring a sun with you that would really help our "shooting in bright sun" lessons :)
one day . two ways . san francisco week...and happy cows...and grace
tuesday and thursday of this week susan and i will be helping fifty lucky photographers get learned good at our one day . two ways workshops in san francisco! a few quick points for anyone who might be attending:
* san francisco is chilly! it is supposed to be party cloudy the majority of the week and in the high fifties during the day and the low fifties at night so be sure to pack accordingly! layers are your friend :)
* for those of you who might have misplaced your information sheet, lost it, forgot it, etc...you can download all the details here.
we can't wait to meet you all!
yesterday i had the pleasure of driving up to san francisco from san diego...seven hours, one sore butt, and a sunburned left arm later i pulled into my second favorite city! on the way up through central california is a really disgustingly amazing huge cow farm i have always wanted to shoot so i finally took the time to pull off and grab a shot. happy cows from california :)
first up, a fourth place finish for this awesome image of angel and rob!
the winning image was from a very touching moment during ceremony of the awesome george and hannah. we knew this was a special image the moment the shutter clicked but it's always nice to receive the recognition of such a distinguished and competitive organization as the wpja :)
in the worlds of the immortal goldmember...."i love gooooold!"
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