Summit Lighting Workshop: Day 3

Day 3 was the hardest one yet, mostly because I knew that this would be the last day I’d get to hang out with some of the most inspiring people. It ended on such a great note as well. 

For day 3 my group was with Joey Terrill, an amazing photographer out in LA who knows no limits when it comes to taking a great portrait. I was probably most nervous to work with Joey because I have known him since I first attended the Sports Photography Workshop with Summit. Joey has always been someone that I greatly look up to. His work ethic is incomparable, but he also knows the value of having a quality life. He has given me great advice about photography and the world around it. Because of all this, I was very nervous because I wanted to show my best self. 

While all of lighting is out of my element, taking bridal photos is truly on the edge for me. I love sports and action and letting moments unfold before me so making portraits happen was always a struggle. 

One great thing about working with Joey is that he’s honest with you. Tells you when you need to slow down, think about it or not think about it. He makes you plan for what you want to happen. I’m so glad he did because from that came some truly unique shots. Obviously, I’m not your typical bridal photographer so mine were much more creative than they probably should have been, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had. 

Thank you Joey for being such a great teacher. I look forward to learning more from you in the future. 

These are three of my favorites. More behind the scenes photos coming soon.


Summit Lighting Workshop: Day 2

As if I thought I wouldn’t be able to top day 1, along comes Dave Black. For anyone that knows of him… He is awesome. As such an established photographer I was surprised to find out how down to earth and personable he was. He taught us his “Triangle Formula” which is a great thing to learn, but more than that he was so enthusiastic about letting us experiment. Any tiny spark of an idea we had, he was all over it! He would encourage us to develope our thought process and show us what we needed to do in order to make our photos come to fruition. Any question one of us had was answered and then some. 

The best part of our day though, had to be the rain because that in itself was a bonding experience. It worked for a bit with Dave and the Summit intern, Steven, holding umbrellas above the Profoto lights while we shot. (Side note: what a beautiful dream it was to work with crazy expensive Profoto lights… I see what all the fuss is about now.) But when it really started to pour we all huddled under one of the side door entrances of the school we were shooting at. 

Of course, we were all on such a high from taking amazing photos of our soccer model, Travis, that the last thing we wanted to do was throw in the towel. Dave had the idea to go for an early dinner and then hopefully see if the sun would shine for us after that. Of course, because we had luck on our side.. It Was Sunny! It was perfect really and some of the photos we got were absolutely perfect with the sun in the background. 

Thank you Dave for being such a great teacher and for truly bringing the fun! Also, Thank you Travis for being such a great model. You didn’t complain about anything and were entirely too patient with us. You were wonderful to work with. 

Here are my favorite shots from today and also some behind the scenes.


Summit Lighting Workshop: Day 1

Good morning! Yesterday was the first day of the Lighting Workshop here in Denver, CO. It was a very cold and rainy day, but we never stopped moving so I barely noticed. Joey Terrill gave two great presentations, I got to meet some great people that I will be spending the rest of the weekend with, and I had the opportunity to go to a cross fit gym and learn from Kentucky based photographer, Matt Hernandez. I did think it was funny that I flew all the way to Denver to learn from a guy in Kentucky, but hey, life is funny like that. 

Of course, because this is a lighting workshop, we shot lighted photos, but as the photojournalist in the group I loved taking behind the scenes stills. 

Everyone that I got to work with, including our model, Jason Hilliard, was so patient and willing. Pretty much everything you could hope for from a model. 

Enjoy my behind the scenes photos from day 1 and keep a look out for the photos I got to create. 

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