This past weekend Monochrome Photo Studios traveled to fabulous Las Vegas, not to gamble or for a bachelor party but to attend the annual Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Conference (WPPI). This is an annual photography event that is held once a year and offers classes, workshops and shootouts for various types of photography such as senior portraits, bridal portraits, maternity, fashion and any other type of session you can imagine. Ever since I picked up a camera I’ve wanted to take amazing photos. I would spend hours studying lighting setups and posing in books and online. Over time I’ve learned that there were others just like me that loved photography and strived to be better. I attended my first conference three years ago. It was three days of non-stop learning and covered everything from business, lighting, posing and networking. I had such a fun time and learned so much that I couldn’t wait to go to another conference and see how far I could push myself.
Fellow professional photographer, Chad DiBlasio, put on a shootout in the desert. Based out of Ohio, Chad put together the outfits from White of Dublin and www.instagram.com/stacychilders, the models and set the location 45 minutes south of Las Vegas. There were a group of 10 photographers and 2 models involved and each of us set-up our own lighting, posing and got our creative flow going throughout the shoot. Each of the models wore a variety of outfits and we had opportunities to get shots with reflections, backlighting through the mountains and even some edgy shots on the Harley Davidson motorcycle. Here are a few of my shots of Ali that really helped me step out of the box and get creative. I love the reflections of her in the water, with gusting winds paired with the bridal gown, I love how it flowed freely through the air. She finished out strong with a low cut emerald green flowing gown that complimented her rich skin tones.
Tahlia was the other model and was dressed in a gorgeous bridal gown from White of Dublin (www.instagram.com/whiteofdublin). I wanted to pull the rich blues out the sky but it was so bright I needed to use my flash in order to expose the image properly. The wind was gusty preventing me from being able to use the exact modifier that I had planned but I think it worked out well. I absolutely love this dramatic photo of her. The wind caught her dress just right and made it flow beautifully. In the next image I wanted to incorporate the stunning mountains in the background and give a feeling of the wind and coldness of the desert. Tahlia put on her white shawl, wrapped it around herself and the wind grabbed her hair, blowing it gently. I had her look down, so the focus isn’t on her eyes, but on her and her place within the desert. We finished out the session with Tahlia on posing on the Harley Davidson motorcycle. When we started shooting, the atmosphere lacked a little excitement, so one of the photographers offered to drive around with his car and kick up dust. It worked perfectly and made the image that much more exciting.
Conference season is always something I look forward to every year. I had so much fun this year, accomplished all of my goals, met new friends and recharged my creative energy. In the year ahead I will work to implement everything that I’ve learned and set new goals. I can’t wait to create new images and share them with you.