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On Location, Knoxville, TN

Saturday, June 30, 2007
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I met Alison at the doctor's office when she was pregnant, and I told her to email me when the baby came. She did, and today (actually yesterday but I haven't gone to bed yet) I went to her house to photograph six-week-old Hunter. He didn't really appreciate being moved around so much, but he did a great job. I just couldn't resist sharing so I stayed up late to post a few photos.

Baby Hunter Photographs

Baby Hunter Photographs
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Lake St Claire, Detroit, MI

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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On our second day, we started out on an old ship. This was probably my least favorite location of the trip. As you can imagine, sitting on a big piece of metal on a summer afternoon can get pretty hot. Once again, the models were amazing professionals and gave us some great poses even with the bright sun being reflected in their eyes.

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More Workshop Photos

More Workshop Photos

More Workshop Photos


Later that day, we met up at the Gross Pointe War Memorial, a beautiful mansion on Lake St Claire.

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More Workshop Photos

More Workshop Photos

More Workshop Photos

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Lake Michigan sand dunes, Silver Lake, MI

Monday, June 25, 2007
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I was pretty annoyed with myself when I went off on the first day of the workshop and left my favorite lens back in the hotel. I ended up not having anything longer than 55mm which forced me to shoot a bit differently than I usually do with portraits. It's especially difficult to shoot wide when there are a dozen other photographers around with long lenses as you always have someone else in your shot. I did end up including more scenery than I usually do, but I don't think that's a bad thing when you have such beautiful locations.

Here are a few more photos from our first day shooting. It's pretty wild to go to Michigan and find beautiful sand dunes, but you can! These dunes are in west Michigan next to Silver Lake village. It's not easy to trek across sand dunes, but it was worth the trouble as this turned out to be my favorite location.

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More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs
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Light Sable Point Lighthouse, Silver Lake, MI

Monday, June 25, 2007
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I had a busy but wonderful time in Michigan and can't wait to share some of the images! First I need to give a shout out to Danielle, a friendly 11-year-old that I met traveling by herself on the plane from Charlotte to Detroit. I also want to thank Sandra Reed who was kind enough to share a ride with me in Michigan and Dustin Francis who gave me a ride back to the airport. They're both really great people so anyone planning a wedding in Ohio or Michigan should look them up.

Now for some photos! Of course I shot a LOT of images and choosing favorites is very, very difficult. I plan to edit a few from each location as I have time so check back for more posts later. These first shots were from an afternoon shoot on Lake Michigan. That day, we worked with a couple of amazingly talented models who mastered the art of looking sexy and beautiful even with full sun in their eyes. Caroline even climbed up to the top of the Little Sable Point Lighthouse and stood right by the railing in strong winds. I am SO glad it was her and not me up there.

Judging from my favorites, can you tell that I LOVE veils? This was actually a large piece of fabric, but it looked amazing against the blue sky.
Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

The following photos were taken at a second beach location (Golden Township Park) and include both Caroline and Tiffany.

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

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On Location, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, June 14, 2007
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Well... maybe they only love one shovel in particular.

As part of a large online community of wedding photographers, I have the opportunity to learn from some of the best. In 2005 and 2006 I traveled to Las Vegas for a convention and trade show with everyone. One of the convention activities is a shoot on location. Last year, we were all guests at a real wedding and could watch the couple's wedding photographers work. They were lucky enough to have some of the best wedding photographers in the world including Bambi Cantrell, Yervant, and John Michael Cooper. If you don't know the work of John Michael Cooper then you owe it to yourself to check out his site. He's not at all your mother's wedding photographer. He's known for his anti-bridals and his trash-the-dress sessions.

Unfortunately, I didn't make it to Vegas this year so I missed their desert shoot with JMC and David Beckstead (more on him later). For one of his anti-groom shots, JMC used a shovel and then sold it to Joel Wiebner, one of the photographers in the crowd. Now that shovel is traveling from one photographer to another and having its photo taken. There's even a traveling shovel website to document the travel. Shovels apparently don't travel very quickly, but it has already gone almost 7,000 miles and has a long list of photographers to visit. It should be fun to check in once in a while and check out the shovel's travel photos.
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