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We Could Be Heroes (LA Workshop is done!)

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My traveling roadshow workshop at the Dream Factory in Los Angeles is done, and I couldn’t be happier. I am amazed and honored that, even though I gave little notice and only mentioned the workshop on this blog, with no outside advertising, we had attendees come from all over the world — Norway, Panama, Canada, all sides of the U.S., and even a guy who flew back and forth from Australia just for the weekend. That’s just crazy, and crazy-awesome.

Also, it was a pleasure to reconnect with some of my favorite subjects, including Karen and Kamil, pictured above in a demonstration of high-speed flash sync’s power to obliterate the sun. (And with constant LA haze, it’s pretty easy to make the skyline look post-apocalyptic). I shot their wedding in Malibu just over a year ago, and it was a blast to spend time with them again, as well as the others who will be featured here soon.

Thanks so much to everyone who came and to those who helped out, including my own brother Doug.

Also, if you’ve attended a previous workshop, I’ve made a private Facebook group to network and share extra content, such as the pieces that make up “Brenizer method” or flash composite images, behind-the-scenes stuff, etc. Contact me if you’re a previous attendee and if not … there are more to come!

Lens: 35mm f/1.4
Camera: Nikon D3s
Lighting: Three SB-900s through a Lumiquest Softbox LTP


The Moment of Shock

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It’s safe by now to reveal the couple in this photo. I love when I get hired to photograph the moment of a proposal. It’s fraught with such incredible emotion … and I get to use my best ninja skills. Here, the set-up was an incredibly romantic dinner date at the Metopolitain Museum of Art, with a classical quartet in on the act. As the groom-to-be set up, I pretended to be a tourist very interested in photographing nearby art pieces, until it was time to whip my lens toward the action. And they were so engrossed in the moment and their love for each other that even as I gave up pretense and shot from every angle, they didn’t so much as glance at me for almost 30 minutes.

Shock, and then joy — probably the best series of emotions one could hope for when they get down on one knee. And I don’t blame her … it was a heck of a ring.

Lens: Sigma 85mm f/1.4
Camera: Nikon D3s


Stefan and Sabine are married!

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I know, I missed the Photo of the Day yesterday, but that’s because awesomeness was happening. First, I can unveil the location of my 3/18-19 workshop in LA! Both days will be in a gigantic studio at the very hip Brewery Artist Collective. We’re going to have lots of room to play around and have fun, indoors and out.

But even better, I did a portrait shoot yesterday with Stefan and Sabine, who were fresh from getting married. Even better, no one knows it yet, and the way that their friends and family are finding out is … this blog entry! That is such a cool idea, and all I can say is congratulations to a couple I had a wonderful time with.

I literally shouted with joy when I took this shot, because there was a great deal of luck involved in getting it to come out this way. Stefan, who knows a lot of my history, assumed that I had broken another piece of equipment.

Because of their awesome idea to announce their wedding right here, here’s another photo as well. I love working with photographers — as soon as I pulled out my 50mm, Stefan said “Oh, it’s freelensing time!”

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Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: (Photo 1) Sigma 85mm f/1.4
(Photo 2) Nikon 50mm f/1.2 (freelensed)