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Downtown, Detroit, MI

Sunday, July 1, 2007
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On my last day in Michigan, we all met in Detroit for an urban session with one of Kevin's recent brides, Jessica. The first couple of days, we had been working with models. Models can make a photographers job easier because they have their own ideas for poses and know how to move gracefully, but you definitely don't have to be a model to have gorgeous photos. Jessica did a great job in front of the camera (or 18 cameras in this case).

The location was honestly pretty scary. Many brides want really pretty, natural backdrops for their bridals, and this was about as far away from that as you can get. We had to leave someone on guard because there were a couple of guys casing our vehicles before we were even around the block. The first alley that we went into had dead sheep piled up and smelled really bad. Later, we made our way into a partially demolished building. It had some cool possibilities, but there is no way I would have ever gone into it without a large group. The interior rooms were huge (the actual floor separating upstairs/downstairs had been removed in some areas) and pitch black.

Even More Workshop Photos
Even More Workshop Photos
Even More Workshop Photos

The following photo shows the same "window" as the photos above. In those, Jessica was in a dark room with only a video light for illumination. In the photo below, we had switched places with her so that I was in the dark room. Again, the video light was used for a spotlight effect.

Even More Workshop Photos
Even More Workshop Photos

Even More Workshop Photos

7/1/2007 4:39:49 PM
Hi Nancy, just looking on your blog and noticed that you had posted the pics of Jessica from Downtown Detroit. The shots are fabulous! Your creative eye caught the beauty of Jessica...even though it was not your usual "elegant" bridal shoot location. Looking forward to working with you again!

Don Pham
Don Pham
7/4/2007 12:25:59 PM
All of your photos from the workshop turned out amazingly beautiful! Great job!!

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