Jul-17-2009

The RAW Photography Workshop :: The Super-Long Post!

Sit back, relax and let the images load – there are lots of them!

Shooting weddings like crazy, and most of you know that during this time of year there is very little time to brush our teeth, never mind extra curricular activities. But… because we LOVE what we do, we wanted to test drive our first workshop. For this round we asked a few colleagues who are lucky enough to already know our quirks and crazy sense of humor (aren’t they lucky). But because it went SO well and we received such awesome feedback we will DEFINITELY be holding another one soon, completely open to anyone and everyone!

A huge thanks to Heather, Rebecca, and Dana from the Winvian in Morris, CT for being such gracious hosts. We are so excited to work with you again and your venue is amazing! Tony & Cat from Datura were the mad scientist floral sculptors for the day and they definitely did not disappoint. All of the flowers were absolutely incredible!! Beth from the White Dress by the Shore was so generous in contributing a beautiful Anne Barge gown for Amber to wear.

We started the day with a quick review of everything we were going to cover but then got right into shooting!

First up….
Model: the incredibly gorgeous Mrs. Amber Langlois
Make-up & Hair: Stacey Palancia of Blush Couture
Flowers: Datura
Dress: Anne Barge from White Dress by the Shore


The main goal of the workshop was about finding the light….to learn and understand everything we can about the light we are working with. Being wedding photographers we rarely get to choose the type of light that we work with so it is up to us to adapt for every type of situation. And it was definitely FULL sun out at 10 am in Morris. So, we experimented with different ways to rock full sun!

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Who has HOTTEST wife in the world?? I’ll give you a hint:
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Then it was off to work indoors with some available window light!
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Work it guys!!
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

After lunch it was time to rock out with Lisa & Dan!! They came all the way up from North Carolina to help us out and they could not have done a more AMAZING job…especially with about 10 cameras in their faces!!

Models: The unbelievably rad Lisa & Dan
Make-up & Hair: Lindsey Gallagher
Flowers: Datura

We worked on how to pose a couple in available full sun-
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Lisa looked absolutely incredible!
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Dan was not to be outdone – looking awesome buddy!
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

We then headed inside to one of many amazing cottages on the grounds of the Winvian and worked with available light and other indoor lighting methods-
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Yeah….there was just a few cameras in Lisa & Dan’s face!
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

I really wanted to teach everyone how to ‘make something out of nothing’ which of course was impossible at the Winvian because every square foot of the place was incredible! But…we tried anyway….here Lisa and Dan were actually in the shower!
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Then it was off to the next cottage-
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Then it was back outdoors for some ‘free shooting’ – we broke into teams and worked with Lisa, Dan, and Amber-
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

The coolest flowers ever by Datura!
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

When the workshop was over Amber and I stayed at the Winvian to play around with some ideas I have for the next workshop! I mean….when else will we be in an awesome location with Amber in a gorgeous dress??!!
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

I’ve been wanting to take a shot like this for a REALLY long time but just needed the right person to talk into taking a picture up their dress ;)
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Another idea I’ve been play with for a while….
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Now…for the hugest shout-out ever! Everything was put together by Amber…the vendors…the location….the attendees…thank you so much! You were sooo right and I can’t believe I waited this long!
Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

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  1. Katie Said,

    Awesome JOB!!!!! Beautiful “talent”, gorgeous location, and of course, insanely talented floral designers! Looks like it was tons of fun! :)

  2. Elizabeth Schenker Said,

    I LOVE this idea. let me know if you need nay help on the next one, Am. I will be there in a second. Eric, what can I say–you’re the best. keep on rockin.

  3. Athena Said,

    Huge thanks to you, Eric and Amber! Thanks for taking time out of your hectic schedules to teach us and guess what?!? My exposures have improved exponentially! Eric, your passion is contagious and can Amber be any cuter – especially when she was chugging straight from the bottle to relax?! I hope I’ll be available for the next one. Thanks for having me and awesome shots! :)

  4. Amber Said,

    THIS was SO FUN! Every single part! I can’t wait to see everyone’s pictures (be kind to my double chin ladies) :) — and Athena, that’s what it was all about. It makes me SO happy that you have seen an improvement. We do not claim to be experts by any means, but there are a few things that Eric is killer at, and he is a good, patient teacher! Eric – I may have been the coordinator, but without your ridiculous talent, this could never have happened. You are an inspiration to so many people, and this was proof. SO — we have some ideas in the works for our next one, but what do all of you think Eric should cover? Let us know, we are curious!

  5. Beyond The Lens Said,

    Awesome work guys! Thanks so much for rocking it out for us in true RAW fashion. It’s always a pleasure and you two never disappoint

  6. Erik Maziarz Said,

    Off the hook my friend. Too many favorites to list. The shots inside the buildings are especially WOW. I’m not even sure what they are, but those big mossy balls (yes I said big mossy balls) on the floor are cool as hell. Tony and Cat come up with the coolest stuff!

  7. Brianna Phelan Said,

    HOLY freaking amazing. Seriously, wow! I am blown away.

  8. Aurora Said,

    mad awesome =) lol great stuff checked out the website for your locale.. OMFG amazing!! really awesome stuff! Can’t wait to hear what you guys are up to next.

  9. Stacey Said,

    I am so excited!!!!!!! The pictures came out so amazing, I can’t wait to see the photos that everyone else got! Thank you for having me be a part of the day!

  10. Diane- www.sagephoto.com Said,

    I think your work is just amazing. I love your creative approach to shooting and would love to know when the next workshop is so I can take advantage of it. I love seeing and learning from other professionals in the industry. Is there a way to sign up for it? Thanks for sharing….. your work is truly inspirational!

  11. sally Said,

    Amber – your gorg and I feel in love with your beauty! Eric – What else, can I say but you rock! LOVE IT ALL and the keep going! Your both amazing and so incredibly inspiring!
    Can’t wait to see this magic continue!!!!!!!!!

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