This past weekend I attended a wonderful food styling workshop taught by Suzy Eaton. It was set up though ASMP Mountain West and hosted by Pictureline. There was a wealth of information provided. Suzy showed us the tools of her trade. It’s amazing how much a stylist can bring to your team. It’s kind of ironic that most photographers I know complain about amateurs in the market….but at the same time they try to do their own graphic design, web site, wardrobe, set and food styling. I feel like we need to remember how important it is to hire other professionals!
When I have a team working on a project each member brings so much to the table as far as talent and creativity. I love having a stylist on my shoots. It frees me to do my job and truly focus on the creative aspects of my photography. I haven’t worked with Suzy yet but I hope to in the near future. I have been an admirer of her work for quite awhile.
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.