Last week I shared some photos from my recent workshop in Annapolis, Maryland. I took the group out to do a mock engagement shoot on Monday afternoon through the gorgeous streets of downtown. I was able to demonstrate how I run a typical engagement shoot -- finding great light, interacting with the couple, posing and looking for compositional elements -- all things we talked about earlier in the day.
Our two models were Ryan & Meredith who have been married for ten years and have three kids. Although I never would have guessed that -- they are so young looking! These two were so cute together and total troopers in front of 16 cameras.
Sara took a few documentary photos of the shoot in progress:
Typically I start a shoot in shade and then move out into the sun once it's low in the sky. But with the tall buildings and trees, we had to catch the sun while we could. I wish I could have stopped the sun and shot in this location for the entire shoot. The light was so soft and it was perfect for demonstrating backlighting -- my favorite type of light:
I am in love with the colored row houses and character-filled streets of downtown Annapolis! What a fun place to shoot!
I found a dark and somewhat creepy alley between houses and took advantage of it to shoot this fun silhouette:
Throughout the shoot I turned to the attendees to explain what I was doing and answer any questions.
The day after the shoot, I off-loaded my images and showed the attendees my photos straight out of camera -- complete with out of focus images and all. It was a great learning experience and the attendees left feeling more confident in running their own shoots.
I'm thrilled that once again, the MJ2DAY was a huge success! I love that I know 13 more photographers from around the nation who are working hard to bring their photography and businesses to the next level. I can't wait to see where their individual journeys take them!