This past year has brought me some truly amazing opportunities with education, training, learning and sharing with photographers with wildly varied backgrounds, skill levels and businesses that range from part timers to multi-photographer studios. Something that I think is unique to the photography business is you can learn something from almost any professional, and sometimes even amateur, photographers and I take that opportunity any chance I can.
This year, I was in San Antonio, TX, where the Digital Wedding Forum was holding their annual convention. With international speakers discussing a wide range of topics, from Boudoir to photoshop, from fusion to sales, professional photographers from all over the world came in watch, listen, learn, network and share. I look forward to the convention every year and this year was no different. As you can probably guess, when a bunch of photographers get together, we inevitably come up with some crazy shooting ideas. Something that makes the DWF such a wonderful place is they have a dedicated staff member who creates DWFU videos (DWF University) and share them with the membership. I was quite honored when Trent, the photographer responsible for creating DWFU content, wanted to feature my shoot.
So, that’s how I came to be in a pool, in January, in a t-shirt & underwear, photographing another very talented wedding photographer, Lynn Michelle, in such a fashion that could never be done on the wedding day. You will notice alot of conversation about the “how” & “why” I am doing certain things. The idea was to create old style “cinematographic” lighting that you recognize when watching movies from the 1950′s. With a ton of help from Daniel Lane, my awesome model, Lynn, and Trent Ernst, we captured a fabulous video which shows both the behind the scenes of a trash the dress shoot and the final results we got.
So, without further ado, here is that video. Caution – seriously… I am in the pool, in January, in a t-shirt and underwear. You’ve been warned. And yes, I am that crazy.