Wedding photography is hard for countless reasons. It’s hard because you work in circumstances completely out of your control. It’s hard because it’s the only sort of photography where even the 500th-best shot you took that day matters. It’s hard because you just wanted to take pictures and now you find yourself immersed in the complicated world of business. It’s hard because you can get burnt out when your schedule is at odds with most other people you know. And it’s hard because most things worth doing well should be hard.
When everything is fabulous, amazing, gorgeous, and awesome, you’re probably going to do OK. But when everything’s working against you, it helps to have shortcuts to lessons that I mostly learned the hard way. These lessons will help you on the best days by giving you new tools as a photographer, storyteller, and businessperson — but above all else we will give you tools to succeed in every kind of environment.
This is my first American workshop in two years. I’ve taught and photographed all over the world since, and I’ve polished my workshops to achieve the same goal I have when I shoot a wedding — doing everything I can to do the best job possible. Each problem is an opportunity, because it is the way we deal with challenges that helps each of us progress to the next level, and we’re going to show you the tricks we’ve learned to deal with these challenges.
With the help of my love, partner, and amazing photographer Tatiana Breslow, we are bringing workshops home to Brooklyn for an intensive experience on May 28 and 29. Both days will start at 11 a.m.. May 28 will be a day and night affair, continuing after dinner so we can take you from creating beautiful images in terrible mid-day light to doing the same in the dark of night. May 29 will take us through more shooting, processing and review, as well as a thorough review of creating a seamless, attractive experience for your clients, and tips and structure to keep you motivated, creative, and happy in the long run. As I near my 500th wedding, I love them even more than I did at the beginning, and the ways to get there are perhaps the biggest tips to long-term success.
I don’t believe in running a business based on secrets, so I have none. Over the course of two days I will be open to you, and with a small cap on attendees we’ll be able to discover and address many of the obstacles in your individual path. Plus, Brooklyn is kind of awesome.
- Two-full-days workshop, 11 to 10pm and 10 to 7 pm respectively.
- Day 1 will be shooting-heavy, covering not just tricks from the Brenizer method, flash composites, shooting in terrible light and no light at all, but also deepening understandings of composition and the grammar of photography. This day can be helpful for more general portrait photographers
- Day 2 will feature some shooting, portfolio review, marketing to clients and building trust, including a mock client meeting with difficult questions, and managing a business with long-term financial health and happiness.
- Based out of my studio, 20 feet from the subway and with surprisingly easy parking
- Lunch will be covered both days
- There will be opportunities to shoot, so bring enough gear that you’d be comfortable shooting portraits with, though you don’t have o bring everything. Definitely bring any CLS-compatible Nikon flashes, since that can make for some fun opportunities.
- Cost: $1,000.
- For those who can only do one of the days, Day 1 is $650 and Day 2 is $450.
- 10 percent discount for members of the same studio.
To sign up, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “MAY 2015 BROOKLYN WORKSHOP.” Deposit will be $250. Please e-mail and get confirmation before paying the deposit.