Welcome to my new blog!  I have to confess, I have been an off again, on again type of blogger.  I aways have good intentions …but THIS time, I really mean it.   I plan to blog on a regular basis – about my new photography business, about Pa/NJ Photo Tour Enthusiasts, and a little about my life.  I can usually talk a person’s ear off so let’s see if I can meet my goals this time.

My photography business had a little push.  A very special wedding for a friend’s daughter is coming up on June 16 and I will be the photographer.  Wedding photography wasn’t really a part of my plans at first but when I accepted the job (and the challenge), I decided to give it my all and spend the last six months getting ready to be a wedding photographer.  I have been talking to people, reading and reading some more, attending webinars ad seminars, attending workshops, and reading a little more.  The last workshop I attended was held in a beautiful photography studio in Manhattan last week.  The photographer and workshop leader, Neil van Niekerk, has written two books on flash photography and held countless individual and small group workshops.  You can find out more about his seminars here.  This workshop was really what I needed and I feel much more confident with lighting – something I realized I had to learn to be a wedding photographer.

This is Neil as he starts class – with one of the models.

A New York cabbie stopped by to see who the celebrity was that we were all shooting. We looked like the paparazzi! When he learned we were a photography class, he brought out two cameras that he happened to have in his cab that he wanted to show us.

Then, he had to have a photo of Neil – just in case he really was a celebrity.

We were shooting in the meat packing district of NYC. Most of the buildings now house beautiful restaurants and night clubs. It was an excellent site for the urban backdrop we were looking for. Here is just one reminder of where we were.

Outside, we were practicing off-camera flash with a soft box.

This model must have jumped 50 times so that we could freeze actions using our flash and get this shot!

Beautiful lighting with an urban backdrop –

This is a pull back shot – that’s Eric, Neil’s assistant, holding a large soft box (not actually in the shot but just pretend).

This was a light moment – (get it?) – one of my classmates was demonstrating a pose to one of the models.

pretty street in the meat packing district.

The models were amazing and real troopers. This isn’t easy work! Not only did they stay beautiful all day, they seemed genuinely interested in what we were accomplishing and so willing to help.

Pull back shot of the class back in the studio.

we tried LED lighting and tungsten lighting – in studio and int he street. It was definitely dramatic and edgy. I am going to have to try it!

I love this kind of drama!!

I am exhausted and excited after this 12 hour day. I can’t wait to put into practice what I have learned.

All in all, a great day.  If you are looking for a great lighting workshop, be sure to check out Neil’s website.

Chat soon!