3 Things I Learned at Alpine Workshop

If you have ever considered a workshop, I highly recommend you jump on it! As a creative, we are always learning even though ‘class’ is not in session. We learn through experience and expertise.  There can be a risk involved when we step out into something new yet, it is totally worth it!

So far, I have done two workshops. I love learning from the best and baddest in the business. They each have their own preferences on approaching clients, editing, style, and gear. It is refreshing to see people thrive as themselves. This past week, I attend Alpine Northwest Workshop and I can honestly say I feel three years ahead in photography. I noticed this when I came back home. I had a photoshoot a few days later. Normally, I prepare well for my shoots. I have ideas, a charged camera, the location mapped out however, this shoot I just got finished a full day of working with kids. I had little prepared and I totally forgot I didn`t charge my camera since my time in Seattle. 

To my surprise, my mindset prepared me more than anything. All thanks to the workshop. With little time and a changed location, I walked away thrilled with my work. My point is not to stay unprepared. I am a planner so that`s death to me. I did not realize how much I grew and how much I learned until I was put to the test.

Here`s some of my take aways.

Maximize Cropping

I use to only crop when it was necessary but now I know better. The power of cropping actually gets me up close when I want a tight shot. How can something this simple seem so awkward? At first I was not a fan of cropping just to crop. Now I use cropping to my advantage and I cannot stop. As India once said, “I am a croppaholic.”  Once you start cropping, you won't want to stop. Crop, crop, crop it really is a game changer! 

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I really love the focal point of his embrace with her. She is smiling perfectly and he is so content with everything in the world. The crop showcases what I focused on with my camera. There is no more extra space so it draws your eye right into the center of their hug. 

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Befriend clients

I was skeptical about be friending clients mainly because I have had horrible client experiences in the past. Most photographers have been through the fire with certain clients. Sadly, it's not uncommon. However, hope is here! The concept of be friending clients means you actually spend time with them without a camera in your hand. This appears to be pointless but there is a huge difference in the intimacy level of the photos when you choose to invest in your clients. This can easily eliminate awkward tension in sessions, too. When you hit a certain demand for your work, you can choose to take the clients you want. This is new to me so I am watching my work evolve with this concept as well.

Here is an image, I would not normally get if I did not know this couple before hand. 

Here is an image, I would not normally get if I did not know this couple before hand. 

Moving not posing

Oh how I am the queen of writing down poses. I`ll pinterest ideas until my pinterest board is full. This is wonderful when it comes to inspiration but terrible when I show up to take photos. Posing is not unique to the couple. When it comes to taking pictures of a couple, it's best to capture their ‘normal.’ Their normal means natural photos for us photographers, PRAISE HANDS! India's perspective was easy, “Motion equals movement and movement equals emotion.” That is exactly I want emotion. So now the goal is to keep them moving by chasing each other, leaning on each other, spinning around, running with each other, and going in for a hug/kiss. This is the magic touch to get the photos I've always wanted.

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This is the typical posed shot I get at almost every couple session. Cute. Good but great. A great photo brings you back to that moment. A great shows emotion. It draws you in like your favorite novel or movie. 

When Movement turns into Emotion 

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There you have it, beautiful people! Learn all you can when you can! 

Check out: Alpine Northwest, India Earl, Melissa Marshall, Anni Graham