A different sort of reunion

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For the second time, mixed in with the previous clients and models I’d shot with before, I had a high school classmate join us as a workshop subject — this time the fetching Cameron. I really can’t help it that so many people from my tiny burg in the tundra seemed to scatter out and spread fabulousness. It was great to see her after … well … just a few years, and as you can see she did a great job bringing the old Hollywood vibe to our night-time shooting.

Lens: 35mm f/1.4
Camera: Nikon D3s
Lighting: Composite with the Litepanel MicroPro pulling double-duty.

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

Why this weekend in LA will be my best workshop ever.


just some of the awesome people who are lined up to be subjects

I’m leaving for Los Angeles tomorrow to begin on-the-ground preparations for this weekend’s workshop (which still has some spaces available!) and I’m getting more excited by the minute. Every time I go into a wedding, I say “I want this to be the best one I’ve ever photographed,” and I’m saying the same thing about this workshop. I want it to be the best one I’ve done yet, and I think it will be.

Why? Well, first, the people I have lined up to photograph are guaranteed awesome. I love that I can have a workshop halfway across the country, and still have wonderful clients who live nearby. And once again, even across the country, the models will be people I’ve worked with and know well. No random Model Mayhem-ers with their sky-high flake-out rates.

Also, the place we’re at — the Brewery Art Colony — is absolutely phenomenal. I’m excited just to shoot there, workshop or not.

Most importantly, though, I learn more about how I can get across the things I do, and what other photographers want to learn from me, every time I do one of these. And I keep learning about the power of intimacy. I’ve made the cap on this workshop small enough that it should be the smallest workshop yet, even though we’ll have the biggest space to shoot in. I have some people flying literally around the world to come to this; and I want to be sure that the workshop is small enough so that each person who comes can feel that I really got to know them, could take the time to address their specific needs, and also get some time to shoot in this incredible space. You can learn a lot from paying a few dollars and going to a photography lecture, but I want this to be a lot more.

There are a few spots left for the last-minute indecisive folks. Friday night is starting at 7 p.m. with mingling and getting to know each other, not crucial learning — so there’s no need for people in the LA area to have to miss work on Friday. E-mail ryanbrenizerworkshops@gmail.com to reserve a spot!