Get Real Workshop
The get real Workshop
September 19-20, 2017 in St. Petersburg FL
Weddings are hard
Or at least they can be. From the outside it probably looks like I shoot perfect weddings with perfect clients. The reality is that my clients are regular people who hate being photographed as much as everyone else. I deal with less than epic venues, and generally have the same difficulties as you probably have. The difference is how I handle those problems. What I want to teach you is that from start to finish my process is highly refined. Everything from fielding emails, shooting, post production, and marketing is calculated based on 10 years of actually doing it. In those 10 years I have had enormous success and also enormous failure. The theme for my seminar this September is GET REAL. On top of inspiration and technique I am going to lay down the reality about how to be a full time destination wedding photographer that shoots 40+ weddings a year. It isn't the sexiest part of the job and it often goes untaught at many workshops. That is what makes this workshop unique and especially inspiring. If you want to take your photography and your business to the next level then it's time to get real.
LEts talk details
The workshop will be September 19th and 20th in St. Petersburg FL at the beautiful Birchwood Hotel. This is a 2 day workshop. One day of shooting styled models and one day of everything else. Everything else includes:
Post Processing using Mastin Labs Film presets
Workflow - The two day turnaround - Yes really.
Backing up your images
Marketing- figuring out what works
Social Media Growth
Video games and what they have taught me (trust me)
Networking (like, talking to people)
Booking Destination Weddings
You'll be photographing the couple pictured directly below! They are a real couple who were married last year. So you'll have a gorgeous couple who happen to have real chemistry. I think this is important to understanding how to approach real clients. We'll have hair and makeup along with florals/details. I'm going to focus most on lighting and posing, but we'll also touch on details. Everyone will be able to shoot from primary angles and get one-on-one questioning with me. You'll be able to use these images in your portfolio and on social media.
Day one will be the "Everything else" portion. All of the non-shooting information. We will start at 9:30am and break for lunch. After lunch we will continue as long as we need to. I anticipate we'll finish around 4-5, but we may go longer. It depends on how much you all want to learn!
Day two will be the shooting day. We'll start in a hotel room and focus on posing couples in rooms and using less than ideal light. We'll also talk about first looks and finding interesting spots to shoot when they may not be obvious. After a lunch break we'll head outside to shoot some early afternoon portraits. This light can be frustrating for a lot of you, but we're going to learn how to make it work for us. And of course we'll keep shooting into the golden hour.
At the end of each day we'll head out to some local bars where we can continue to talk shop, or decompress from all the photo talk.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is intended for people who have experience shooting, or second shooting weddings and want to improve their craft and build their business. If you have never shot a wedding, or if you have only ever second shot one or two weddings this workshop may go over your head. That being said there will be a TON of information that will help you grow as a photographer. This is the workshop I wish existed when I was in my 4th year of shooting weddings.
Also, you do not HAVE to edit with Mastin Labs presets, but I will only be going over how I edit using Mastin Labs. Other editing processes are great, and I will give you as much knowledge as I can. But my expertise is in using Mastin Labs film presets.
The seminar is $700. You'll book transportation and lodging on your own if necessary. You'll also be fed lunch each day. To sign up just fill out the form below and let me know you want to come! I'm capping the sign ups to 15 people max. So please do not hesitate if you are interested.
Q: Can I bring my spouse? How much extra is that?
A: Yes! You can bring your spouse at no extra charge. You must be able to prove that you are married. There will be a federal background check and a blood test (just kidding lol)
Q: How do I pay for the workshop?
A: You can send the money via PayPal, Venmo, or Square.
Q: I'm not a full time wedding photographer. Is this workshop for me?
A: Maybe! This workshop is intended for people who have experience shooting, or second shooting weddings and want to improve their craft and build their business. If you have never shot a wedding, or if you have only ever second shot one or two weddings this workshop may go over your head. That being said there will be a TON of information that will help in lots of ways.
Q: I'm not a wedding photographer. Will this workshop help me?
A: Yes, but not nearly as much as someone who shoots primarily weddings. I find that business models vary widely within different specialties. You will learn a lot in this workshop regardless, but the focus is on weddings.
Q: What kind of gear do I need to bring?
A: A full frame DSLR and a 50mm lens are ideal. But you can bring any DSLR or mirrorless cameras and you can also use zoom lenses. I recommend having a lens that is at least F 2.8 or faster. If you are unsure about your gear just send me a note and I can go over everything with you.