Vegas twice in one week…

After attending WPPI at the first of the week I had to come back for a full day “Serious Technical Training” on Capture One Pro 8 software. Josh Booth of Capture Integration did a thorough job! It was intensive!!!! It is an amazing program to integrate into my workflowI loved it and learned a ton. During the breaks there were lots of fun medium format toys (Mamiya, Phase One) and Profoto lights to play with! A photographers play day!

Vegas baby! (WPPI)

I went to WPPI last week. It’s the biggest photography convention in the U.S.. It was great to get to reconnect with some of my photographer friends. Levi Sim did a headshot of me at the trade show…I have yet to see it, but I’m sure he did a great job. He’s doing a neat series in honor of Steve Jobs. Check out Levi’s cool photo series at www.levisim.com.

I find the trade show very valuable for research. I especially love the chance to get to try out all of the “new toys” on the market. It saves me a fortune to get to try them out and talk to the reps before I buy. I also like having the chance to speak to my sales guys and gals at my favorite vendors. It’s nice to put a face to a voice & name. I feel like it’s important to stay up to date on the latest techniques and softwares. There’s no better way to get your answers than from the developer!

The entries into the print competition were amazing! The level of the work presented somehow always surpasses the past year..it’s remarkable!  I was excited to see our local photographers, Nick & Signe Adams leading a photo walk at WPPI! It shows that little ol’ St. George, does have some nationally recognized portrait & wedding photographers. Woohoo go Nick & Signe!!!

I made sure I made it to see Peter Hurley, Scott Kelby & Joe McNalley speak at the trade-show. I usually purchase a full pass and go to classes for 3 days straight. As a commercial photographer I don’t feel like the platform classes offered much for me so I skipped that part this year.  ( This was my 7th year in a row of attending WPPI.)

Peter Hurley is an amazing headshot photographer. His demonstration was very engaging.

If you are an aspiring wedding or portrait photographer you will find WPPI a valuable addition to your education so  check it out WPPI  2016 starts on February 15th next year. Buy your pass ahead of time and you can save $150!!!!  Continuing education is critical for a professional photographer,  you won’t regret it! I encourage all photographers to join a professional organization such as WPPI, PPA or ASMP, they are fantastic resources for professionals or aspiring photographers.

 

What do I use to carry my gear? 

I have had a lot of people ask what I use to carry my photography equipment… It depends on what I am shooting. If I’m traveling (road trip) I always use a Pelican roller case. Then I don’t have to panic if I hear the ice chest tip or cringe when someone tosses something on my camera bag. It may be bulky but I love that it’s completely sealed and waterproof/ dust proof! My Pelican cases are where I store almost all of my equipment. I have pelican cases for my main camera gear, for my speed lights and for my big strobes.

If I’m hiking I use a Clik Elite Bottle Rocket Backpack, which I love. It’s very comfortable. ( I have a review of it on this blog.) It has two side pockets for lenses so I can change a lens on the go without stopping to remove the backpack.

If I’m flying I tend to use a Think Tank Urban Disguise carry on. It fits a ton of stuff in a small space. It also fits easily into the overhead storage or under the seat.

When I’m hanging out with my kids it’s a Shoot Sac Tote n Shoot. It fits my camera with a 70-200 2.8 lens plus there’s plenty of room for all of the stuff a mom needs to haul (wallet, keys, phone, water bottles, snacks, wipes, sunscreen, glasses, hat, etc.). It doesn’t look or feel like a camera bag so it’s perfect for casual occasions and for keeping my camera inconspicuous.

Back when I specialized in weddings I really loved my Shoot Sac Lens Bag. It is comfortable and fits nicely against my body. It has changeable covers to match my outfits. The lens bag offers fast access to a lens or two and a flash, memory cards & extra batteries . I still use it when shooting events. It’s funny because each time I take it out and use it I remember why I loved it so much…I don’t know why I don’t use it more often.

This last item isn’t a storage case and doesn’t protect my gear but I have to say I use my Spider Pro Holster almost all of the time! I was in an auto accident 1 1/2 years ago and have not been able to handle the weight of a camera hanging on my neck or shoulders since the accident. The Spider holster is great!!! It puts the weight on my hips. I may look funny (my kids call me “Yosemite Sam” because they think I look like I’m ready for a shoot out) but I can work for hours with it on while carrying two pro bodies with big lenses. You would be surprised how much my cameras weigh! I am a practical lady so comfort tends to win out over fashion. My poor teens will just have to put up with a mom that looks like a “dork”. 😉

Beauty Shoot this week

We actually had scheduled and outdoor-lifestyle shoot and weather didn’t cooperate. (What’s new?!?) Since we already had our model and MUA lined up we switched to plan B. We did an indoor beauty shoot instead.  Here’s a couple photos from the session.

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The model is my beautiful and talented daughter, Denise. The MUA is Janet Jeffs. Its the first time we’ve worked with Janet and she did a nice job for us. Email the studio if you are interested in having her model for you.

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Mules ears at Coral Pink Sand Dunes

The mules ears ( bright yellow, sunflower like flower) are in full bloom at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. If you want to see them get out there now! With temperatures in the 100’s they are fading fast!

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My son taking photos 6/28/14

New Location! St. George, Utah

As of May 15, 2014, we should have our new studio located at 348 N. Bluff St., #206, St. George, Utah; open for business. Please stop on in and check out our new location! We are looking forward to serving the Saint George community.
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Coming soon…pics!