I had THE BEST, MOST WONDERFUL, KIND, TALENTED photographers come out and I feel so blessed to have seen a few dear old friends as well as meet some new ones.
A big thank you to the following vendors who made this workshop possible:
And I must say, the cake was the most delicious I have EVER tasted. It was a salted caramel chocolate cake, so of course we devoured it.
Let’s rewind back to 2011, which I like to call the year of stress and frustration.
I had been shooting weddings for many years and was to the point where I felt like my photos were great, at least when I had natural light to work with. I dreamt of those June backyard receptions where the wedding would be over before the sunset and I would have limitless natural light. But for some reason I did not book only June outdoor weddings. I would book weddings that were INSIDE (scared face emoji) or during the winter where it got dark at 5PM (crying emoji) and I would freak out. What if this indoor venue had RED WALLS, AH!!! How could I bounce my flash off of red walls and get nice skin tones? NO!! A ballroom with ceilings one hundred feet high, WHAT?! Even at full power my flash wouldn’t be strong enough and even if it was, my batteries would burn out very quickly from the high power of the flash (I WAS GOING THROUGH SO MANY DANG BATTERIES.) And what if it was under the stars and I couldn’t bounce? And what if it was supposed to look dark and moody but my ISO was so high it looked bright and orange instead? And what if….
It was killing me.
I was completely at the mercy of my surroundings.
Then one day, as I was shooting outdoors with my strobes, I had a lightbulb moment.
Now honestly, dark receptions are my FAVORITE to shoot. No joke. I’m giddy every time I enter a new dark space and I love shooting indoor winter weddings.
MY DREAM IS TO TAKE ANY STRESS YOU MIGHT HAVE ABOUT FLASH AND TRANSFORM THAT STRESS INTO JOY.