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Inspire Photo Seminars | At It Again.

This year, I can say for sure. Cannot be topped. Really? Where do we go from here. Insanely inspirational people all cooped up in one remote hotel in Sturbridge Village (with lots of indoor Gazebos), and this is what you get. Imagine if you took this crew to somewhere far away and inspirational on it’s own?! It would be an inspiration meltdown. This event, INSPIRE goes to show that if you take the right group of people, you can plop them anywhere and make magic. Eric and I are insanely grateful to have the opportunity to partake and share in this great, one of a kind group.

We have pictures in the works. But please watch the video, share, comment and register for 2014! It will be unstoppable.

Inspire 2013 from MKD Photography on Vimeo.

NEWS FLASH: Raw Photo Design Merges with Carla Ten Eyck Photography

For the past month or so Amber and I have been working on one of the most significant and far-reaching decisions we’ve ever made since starting this business. Throughout the whole process I’ve been trying to find an easy way to describe our partnership with Carla Ten Eyck Photography. Is it like a company merger? Is her company “buying us out”? Hmm… At 1am on my way home from one of our weddings this past weekend, the perfect representation popped into my head (which is how most of my ideas seem to happen).

We’re forming like VOLTRON baby! Yep, you heard right….we’re joining our individual strengths and forces together to form a super robot to defend the galaxy from evil


This is EXACTLY how it all went down at the C10 Studios headquarters!!


Ok well, we still have a long way to go before we’re able to maintain peace throughout the universe but this is a huge step in the right direction for Raw Photo Design. If you haven’t heard through the grapevine or seen on Facebook, numerous wedding forums, or twitter lately but we kind of suck at managing our business. The number of times I’ve heard the following sentence from a past client makes my stomach turn upside down and keeps me up at night trying to find a way to make things better: “Raw Photo was so awesome on the day of my wedding/boudoir/portrait/editorial/etc and I’m absolutely in love with all of my pictures…. but, it takes too long to get an email reply or phone call from them and it took a long time to get my pictures/album/disc/etc.”

Similar to most wedding photographers I started a photography business because I loved PHOTOGRAPHY. I loved working with people during their photo shoot or wedding day and capturing beautiful photographs of them. My single most favorite aspect of this job is witnessing the progression a person (or couple) goes through during a shoot… everyone always starts very nervous and insecure and somewhere in the middle of the process, they get comfortable… let their guard down, and the real them comes out…and that’s when I get to capture who they really are… You can almost see the exact moment it happens at every single session when you look at a series of photo thumbnails on your monitor. I can honestly work on anything photography related all night long without even noticing it’s 3am or that I haven’t left my desk in 6 hours. There’s no doubt it’s my passion and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

BUT, that has NOTHING to do with running a business. I’ll be the first to admit I am absolutely clueless when it comes to managing clients, employees, subcontractors, or anything else related to my business. It’s not because I haven’t done the work to learn how to properly do these things…trust me. I’ve read countless business books…some of them at least 5 times, attended numerous business workshops and seminars, downloaded every “management application” you can think of, etc. Conceptually I “know” what to do but just have no clue how to follow through with the processes and/or manage the people that I had implementing those processes.

Fast forward 5 years later to the beginning of October, 2012 and I had decided to shut Raw Photo Design down for good. I had been turning down new business for months explaining that I will no longer take new clients for the 2013 wedding season and focus all my attention on the weddings I had already booked for next year. I was stressed out beyond belief, hopeless, and defeated. Amber and I had done the best we could do with what we had and that was it. We were working like machines, day and night, and not a single client was happy. Being a typical man with too much pride, I hadn’t told anyone about our situation or my decision to dissolve the business; and being a typical woman who is way smarter than her typical man-husband, Amber had reached out to a number of close friends explaining our situation and asking for help.

Carla had been a close friend of ours for years and had seen us progress from our first wedding to our 100th wedding and has always been a huge help and inspiration since day one. She manages a well-oiled production MACHINE in Hartford. Sometimes I pull up to her driveway and I can hear the mechanical wheels turning, phones ringing off the hook, and production lines in full swing. Their customer service is incredible and a force to be reckoned with. It is pretty impressive to see and trust me…Amber and I did everything we could to implement the same system…in fact, Carla and I had first started meeting once a week a while back so that she could walk me through setting up the same system for Raw Photo. After 3 meetings or so it was pretty clear we were far beyond the point of no return and Carla presented me with a solution that her and Amber had been thought of and been working on….without me knowing!


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It was an offer I could not refuse. Especially since the only other option was to throw in the towel. Starting today, the C10 Studio Management Team will be responsible for ALL of the client-related office tasks and back-end studio work for RAW Photo Design including all emails, phone calls, albums, production, and delivery of finished products. Now all RAW Photo Design clients will finally get what Amber and I had TRIED to provide and what they absolutely deserve more then anything: the same AMAZING customer service that C10 Studio Management Team of Dominique, Julie, Rebecca, Dave, Jazzy and Philitha have been providing for Carla and her associates for years!

Where does that leave Amber and myself? It leaves us focusing ALL of our attention, time, and resources on where they should be: the creative work. This is what we are good at, enjoy doing, and jump out of bed in the morning just thinking of it. It is why I started the business in the first place…THE PHOTOGRAPHY….NOT the business. I’m drooling just thinking about it, “You mean I get to do what I’ve always wanted to do and you will do the rest?” I swear it is Christmas a month early at the Langlois household and I just got the gift of photography for the first time in 4 years!

The finer details are being sent to existing clients as everyone is reading this but in a nutshell RAW Photo Design will still be OUR brand…same website, same look, same awesomeness. Zero portion of the photography, retouching, or awesome sauce that has defined the RAW Photo brand and style will change because Amber and myself will still be in charge of all of it. In fact, it will only improve and thrive now that we don’t have to spend so much time on what we suck at: business. We’ll finally get to spend all of our time and energy on the reason I started this business in the first place: photography.

FLASH exposed with Raw Photo Design | off camera lighting 2012 photography workshop dates announced

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This is what we love. This is what we do.

Come learn the nuts and bolts of manual off camera flash, we will simplify, demystify and ensure that you leave our workshop with the basic tools you need to understand how to execute off camera lighting on any of your shoots.

Space is very limited based on the small groups we accept for each date, so RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE.

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Our Lighting Workshop will….
-Cover in depth why off-camera lighting matters, how it has transformed our business, defined our style, and unintentionally given us an edge in our market
-Include an intense day packed with information, including a deep dive review of all the lighting gear that’s out there, what each tool is intended for, what we use, what we don’t use, when we use it, and why
-Encourage you to use the tools you already have in your bag…NOT to go out and buy new gear. We will show you how we get stunning results using $70 flashes
-Include tips to be more efficient and confident with off camera lighting, implementing the techniques WITHOUT losing the connection to your subject
-Involve more SHOOTING than you can handle! We’ll be shooting a model on-location to give you the opportunity to practice the techniques covered. Actually, let us rephrase that. YOU will be shooting on-location….your set-ups, your settings…
-Give you our FULL attention for the entire day
-Include some slammin’ lunch on us!

Our Lighting Workshop will NOT….
-Bore you to death with an 8 hour presentation of all our photos & tell you how awesome we are
-Tell you that you need to sell yourself or sell your brand or tell you how to market yourself in a changing economy
-Talk about key lights, main lights, or hair lights….if you can tell us what those even are you get bonus points!
-Show you lighting diagrams with little stick figures
-Talk you into investing millions of dollars into new gear
-Above all, we ARE NOT GOING HOME UNTIL ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED!

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wedding photographer workshop lighting pocket wizards flash alien bee with paul buff softbox

In the next 2 natural light exposed images you can clearly see the ambient light we were shooting in….

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And how sweet that sky is with a whole bunch of flash…

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MAD MEN | An inspired shoot at The Yale Study Hotel in New Haven, CT

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As inspired by…

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So, I bet you are wondering who is responsible for all this delicious madness?

Event Designer: Jubilee Events | Venue: The Study at Yale | Makeup: Jennie Fresa Makeup & Skincare | Hair: W Salon | Cakes: A Little Imagination Cakes | Fashion Stylist: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore | Flowers: Datura, A Modern Garden | Groom’s Attire: Valentino Tailors | Jewelry: Aquinnah by The White Dress by the Shore | Shoe Designer: Grace | Veil and Hair Accessories: The White Dress by the Shore | Prop and Furniture Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Gowns and Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Amsale, Coren Moore, Anne Barge | Cardigans: Ivy and Aster | Gloves: Carolina Amato | Fascinator: Bijou Van Ness | Cardigan Pin: Haute Bride | Necklace: Aquinnah for the White Dress by the Shore | Earrings: Haute Bride

Hugs and Kisses to Brenden Farinha, Janet Taub, and Renee Descoutures for assisting and shooting with me & E.

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Exceedingly Inspired | the 2012 Inspire Photography Conference…a success

First of all, I have to thank my husband. I am a total freak when there is a big deadline or presentation, I panic, I get emotional, sometimes that energy makes me knock whatever it is completely out of the park and then sometimes…I shut down. Completely blank, no ideas, and I can’t get all my thoughts organized…which just creates more stress. Eric is the best husband on the planet, he is always cool, calm, and collected. He knows exactly what to say to me so that I can bring it back. He reminds me that I know this material inside out, that this is something we volunteer our time to be a part of…because this is FUN.

Right.

Without him by my side to reassure my insecurities, I can get all worked up unnecessarily. And you know what? The last 4 days in Sturbridge, Mass. at The Inspire Photo Conference was exactly that…really freaking FUN.

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We met lots of RAD new people, and reinforced relationships with some friends that are already so special to us. And the best part, connecting with so many attending photographers, all various experience levels seeking the same thing, Inspiration. We take the responsibility of teaching very seriously, there is so much gratification and fulfillment in our job of taking pictures and it is amazing to me how comprable the feeling is of sharing and teaching photographers in our community. We are so grateful for the experience, owe a huge thanks to the Inspire Dream Team for this opportunity and cannot wait to follow up and strengthen the new friendships we have made.

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so true.

“IF YOU WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING. TEACH IT.”

I know that I could shoot boudoir in my sleep, I just know it. But really stepping outside the shooting mentality and constructing a presentation that hits all the big and little pieces of boudoir was a challenge that I learned a lot from preparing and presenting. Some candids shot by our assistant & editor, Brenden Farinha.

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lighting and boudoir photography by raw photo design inspire photo seminars 2012 sturbridge mass

lighting and boudoir photography by raw photo design inspire photo seminars 2012 sturbridge mass

I am always amazed by how much we can learn by being open, sharing real stories and the mistakes we’ve survived. As a speaker, I go into the experience of Inspire with an open mind but carry the weight of our responsibility as leaders, mentors, and educators. My favorite part of Inspire Photo Conference is connecting in those smaller groups, at lunch, at the bar, or unexpectedly. Those are the times that we are not speakers and conference attendees, we are all just photographers. Every person that opened up and shared with me, taught me something valuable that I plan to absorb and evaluate as we get into this new season.

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Leeann of Leeann Marie Photography taught us all of the ShootQ branding & customization possibilities that we can integrate | Jim, CEO of Pictage (not PICTIGE) rocked our world with his opening address and forced me to think about the following exercise, which I plan to modify and revisit often this year (it was really fun to do, and thank you Jim for giving me a reason to think about this).

Describe 10 characteristics of your favorite client:
1. Has an iPhone and an iPad, but uses a PC at work
2. Not crafty, DIY or wedding detail obsessed
3. Her wedding doesn’t have a theme that consists of more than color(s)
4. She has $1000 designer shoes for her wedding day, but dances barefoot at her reception
5. They make extra time for wedding day pictures and collaborate with us on the ideal timeline for their wedding day
6. She carries a handbag that costs close to as much we charge to photograph her wedding
7. Drives an Acura
8. She has long, healthy hair and great skin
9. They workout at the gym, but not obsessively
10.Watching the Jersey Shore is her guilty pleasure and she subscribes to at least 3 fashion magazines

(Jim is laughing during our talk below at bottom right, sitting with C10).

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Huge shout out to Joel Meisels of Adorama for the eye opening (money saving) discussion of features on the new Canon 5D Mark3 vs. the new Canon 1DX | Jared Bauman of ShootDotEdit shared some tips to verify that we get what we pay for from our ISP, especially in terms of upload speed | Carla Ten Eyck shared solid tips for motivating our team, happy hours and baked potatoes are definitely on the Raw Photo Design team calendar agenda

And…with all that inspiration going on, a little letting go and letting loose is required.

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lighting and boudoir photography by raw photo design inspire photo seminars 2012 sturbridge mass

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lighting and boudoir photography by raw photo design inspire photo seminars 2012 sturbridge mass

lighting and boudoir photography by raw photo design inspire photo seminars 2012 sturbridge mass

Now before I get into our amazing Inspire Lighting Shoot, I want to thank our talented peeps.

Thank you to Beth and Rachel of The White Dress by the Shore in Clinton, CT for styling and accessorizing our models so beautifully | To our stunning models, Ashley wearing Nicole Miller and Mary Rae wearing Anne Barge, we cannot thank you enough for looking so hot, being so patient and putting up with the cold | The finished looks for this shoot were executed by the talents of Stacey Palancia, professional makeup artist of Blush Couture and hairstylist Meagan Raccio | Tom Morlock of Vantage Point Films completely saved the day with his video footage of me shooting a Boudoir session for our Boudoir presentation

I just love working with the best.

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lighting and boudoir photography by raw photo design inspire photo seminars 2012 sturbridge mass

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You gotta watch the amazing video produced by our dear friends, The Boka’s of The Light Mill and Photographer RE. Truly Inspiring. xo!


The New Bardot: A fashion shoot inspired by the original babe of glamour

We made a pact early on to always integrate challenging, unique, shooting opportunities into our usual routine. I am a firm believer that it is critical to growth as an artist, prevent complacency, and keep the work fresh. This point in wedding season, it is more important than ever for us to mix it up, and I am so happy that we collaborated with our very talented, sweet friend, Candice of Jubilee Events to create “The New Bardot”.

Happy 30th Candice, you look stunning!

Her mark as an undeniable influence in beauty and fashion was made with tousled bedroom hair, a sultry come-hither stare, and pouty lips.

Brigitte Bardot is the ultimate sex kitten. The blond bombshell was once of the few European actresses to receive massive media attention in the United States. The film siren’s alluring presence was felt in the ’50s and ’60s. The seductive French import had a signature look that was emulated by numerous women across the world. The classic, unbelievably glamorous, iconic look we were creating had us all on enthusiasm overdrive – inspired to max capacity.


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litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

The credits.
The insane hair and makeup styled for this shoot by ddNickel makeup studio of New Haven, CT. Our crazy off the beaten path location was the scenic Truelove Farms in Morris, CT. And of course, our lovely model, birthday girl and wonderful friend Candice Dowling of Jubilee Events. Photographed by Eric, Amber and Janet of Raw Photo Design.

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litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

litchfield county ct fashion inspired photo shoot

FLASH EXPOSED photography lighting workshop | RAW off camera flash 2011

We have been really eager to share these images, already for 2011 we have had some exceptional models to shoot, worked with some of our favorite wedding professionals, and most importantly had great workshop attendees who inspire us in a major way to share what we love.

To learn more about Flash Exposed, the Raw Photo Design Off Camera Flash Photography Workshop or to secure your seat for an upcoming date, click here.

Allow me to introduce our gorgeous friends and models for this year, Desiree Delia, Carla Ten Eyck, and Suzanne Mancheski. Give these ladies some love and leave a comment below.

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So…March, April and June.
different weather, different locations, different models, different results. I am always amazed by the unique dynamic of each off camera flash photography workshop that we teach. We cover the same material, tweak our presentation slightly if needed, but still…no two are alike. The personalities of the attendees and models have a huge impact on the tone of the day – and so far this year we have been really fortunate to have such a great time teaching.

The March Workshop | location: the patriot garage located in downtown danbury, ct

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Our intentions are always to have the shooting portion of our lighting workshop outside, using off camera flash on location is really what differentiates our style and what most photographers come to learn. Especially as wedding photographers, we need to be problem solvers when we are faced with unpredictable variables (including weather). We started our shooting at Meeker’s Hardware, a favorite historic spot on White Street in Danbury. Unfortunately, as soon as we all unloaded our gear it started to rain, and we made the quick decision to shoot in a nearby parking garage which can be an awesome blank slate to shoot in…when you have LIGHT.

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photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

Below Lam demonstrates the leap he wants our model to take for his shot, showing your model what you want them to do is often easier than verbalizing it. It also makes you realize pretty quickly if you are being realistic, if I feel too awkward or silly doing it then I can’t ask someone else to do it. Check out a few of Lam’s shots here that he posted on Facebook.

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I love this next picture of Eileen Broderick, totally cute in her orange coat! Definitely check out Eileen’s work and blog post about her experience at our workshop…she shared some really sweet words and we were totally impressed with the images she captured of Desiree.

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photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

The April Workshop | location: the candlewood inn on candlewood lake in brookfield, ct | carla’s hair and makeup by stacey of blush couture | video shot by matt fink of digital media odyssey

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If you do not know this next lady, you need to, end of story. Carla’s Hartford photography studio, Carla Ten Eyck Photography is a force to be reckoned with in professional photography, we are lucky to consider her our very close friend, and couldn’t have been more pumped to photograph her at our April workshop. Huge thanks to the Candlewood Inn for allowing us to infiltrate their property for the day, my talented sister Stacey who made Carla even more gorg with great hair and makeup, and also thanks to Matt of Digital Media Odyssey for your time and video coverage of the workshop. Below, Carla and Matt (who just met) bonded immediately while cracking up at Eric’s sarcasm – I was happy that at least two other people (besides me) were laughing so hard at his jokes.

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photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

The June Workshop | location: brookfield public works in brookfield, ct | suzanne’s makeup by MAC at the danbury fair mall

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Suzanne was such a trooper, I am not exaggerating that it was probably 95 degrees on the day of this June workshop. I don’t know about you, but when I am sweating standing in one place it is pretty hard to turn it on for the camera – but she totally killed it and did not complain once. I cannot thank our peeps, Rob O’Brien, Joanne Vandal, and Janet Taub enough for their time, and for contributing so much to our studio on every level.

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photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

So, our shooting was a complete blast. We were all loving the sky, the crazy color of the buses, Suze was doing a great job…and then I realized something.

OMG, this whole time we were posing Suzanne in front of the SHORT BUS. Not that it was necessarily a bad thing (although it has been the punch line of more than one derogatory joke) I found it completely hysterical that in a lot of 50 school buses, we chose “The Short Bus” section to pose our model in front of….only us :)

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photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

One of our favorite things about off camera flash photography is freezing movement…this is so freaking cool. come on?!

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Check Rob out on the White Lighting…LIKE A BOSS!

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photography lighting tips digital photography workshops canon photographers professional photography

To see more images from past lighting workshops, go to the Workshop category on the Raw Photo Design blog. For specific info about Flash Exposed or to secure your seat, click here.

Spread the word, fan the Raw Photo Design Facebook Fan Page and tell us what you think in the comment form below. xo.

Lighting Workshop at Inspire Boston 2011 | we are inspired.

we are inspired.
thank you to enna and matt grazier of Grazier Photography for the opportunity to contribute to Inspire Boston 2011.

Eric and I spent the past 3 days in Boston at the Inspire Boston photography conference and we feel so inspired by the people we met, the people we already knew, and we are so fortunate that we were a part of the experience. We started the week off getting to model for the one and only, Carla Ten Eyck who is an amazing friend to us, and also a fantastic photographer. It was so fun, I love getting dressed up, and as a photographer it is a really good experience to be on the other side of the camera once in a while. I was very lucky to have a Modern Trousseau dress provided by the White Dress by the Shore, hair styled by the Ridgefield Salon, and makeup by Lindsey Gallagher of Like Flutter for Lashes. Cannot wait to see everyone’s images!

Eric and I also had a opportunity to teach some lighting – which you all know by now that we are completely obsessed. Our Inspire Boston lighting workshop was a very compressed version our monthly Flash Exposed lighting workshop that we teach in Danbury, CT at our studio. We were challenged to squeeze a day’s worth of information into 2 hours, while giving everyone the opportunity to shoot, luckily, it worked out great.

Our models, Stacey Palancia, Lisa Barker, Suzanna Lombardo, and Andrea Leahy were insanely hot, looked awesome, and were really fun to work with. I cannot wait to see all of our attendees images from the shoots. Shout out to Stacey of Blush Couture who not only modeled, but also did ridiculous hair and makeup!


inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

So, the last night…teaching was done. Inspiration was in full swing – we get to wrap up with a great party at the LensProToGo studio in Concord, MA. The guys there are super cool and Eric was a kid in a candy shop, playing with ring lights, octobanks, and geeking out with some other “gear guys” in the business. Very good times…there was even some “jowling” involved.


inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

inspire boston photography conference seminar retreat 2011

Thank you everyone for a great few days, we learned so much, and are truly inspire by all of you. xo

FLASH exposed. An advanced off-camera lighting workshop for photographers.

“Times have changed. And so has journalism. But that available light {crutch} argument works so well at keeping us from learning to light when we are young.

But light is a tool. You have to know how to use it and how to make it when you need to. So do not fall for the “putting-yourself-on-the-available-light-pedestal” excuse. You can always choose to use available light when you know how to use flash. Heck, it is always available.

So drop the excuse and learn your craft.” -Strobist

learn flash photography digital photographer workshop

learn flash photography digital photographer workshop

Lots of goodies to discuss.

We have some very exciting updates to share and of course…some yummy images. If you did not already know this, we are obsessed with off-camera FLASH – we love using it almost as much as we love teaching and talking about it. Our monthly FLASH exposed workshop is off to an awesome start for 2011, the most recent group was a dynamic one and our model, Renee Descoutures did a stunning job. Renee is our friend, a fellow CT photographer, completely beautiful and insanely sweet…to say the least, she was an absolute pleasure to photograph. She didn’t even make a fuss about the sequin hot shorts I picked for her to wear – I knew she could rock them like the hot mama that she is. Thank you to Stacey Palancia of Blush Couture design for providing the rockin’ hair styling and makeup for the shoot. Take my word and buy “Funny Face” the Nars lipstick that Stacey chose for Renee…it was amazing and I think the perfect color for Spring.

learn flash photography digital photographer workshop

learn flash photography digital photographer workshop

learn flash photography digital photographer workshop

If you are interested in signing up for an upcoming workshop, click here for additional information. We believe small, intimate groups are the BEST way to learn this stuff, so we limit the group to 5 people…space is very limited.


learn flash photography digital photographer workshop

learn flash photography digital photographer workshop

Also coming up for us this month is Inspire Boston. We are super excited and honored to be teaching 2 workshops at this very intimate photography conference along with our friends who are also some of the most talented, inspiring people in the photography business. Unfortunately, the 2011 conference is already sold out, but if you are registered to attend, we look forward to seeing you there.

learn flash photography inspire boston photography seminar conference

There have been a lot of lessons for us this past year, personally and professionally, most of which, we haven’t wrapped our heads around..yet. But, one thing I know for sure is that we were able to get through a recent personal tragedy because we belong to a network of diverse, outstanding photographers that believe in sharing and helping any way they can. More than ever before I clearly see the importance and value of belonging to our photography community, and I believe that we all have a responsibility to contribute, share, and show up to the monthly gatherings. Eric and I have made the commitment to do everything we can to attend the monthly meetings hosted by CT PUG and CLASS a priority, it is more than important it is critical. Thank you to those that volunteered their time, and went above and beyond to help us out, we are eternally grateful and cannot wait for our opportunity to return the favor to each of you. And to our friends, Rob and Kathleen Photographers that provided us with the opportunity to speak last night at the monthly CLASS meeting that they host. For us, there is nothing better than sharing our passion with other photographers.

If you are a local photographer and would like to know more about either group, click the links above for more information.

learn flash photography digital photographer workshop

learn flash photography digital photographer workshop

learn flash photography digital photographer workshop

Thank you again Renee for modeling and to our attendees, Jacob Bergemeier, Anthony Decarlo, Janet Taub, and Mary Beth Morrissey.

Click here if you would like to see the images from previous off-camera flash workshops that he have hosted.

feel free to post any comments below. xo, amber & eric

August Lighting Photography Workshop at Tarrywile Park in Danbury, CT

Another rockin workshop, more great photographers and SO MUCH FUN!
Want to know more about upcoming workshops? We still have a few seats in the Sept. 23rd session!
click here!

Here is the well deserved shout out to the amazing vendors that we collaborated with on this workshop:

Host Venue: Tarrywile Mansion and Park in Danbury, CT
Our Stunning Model: Alicia Candelora of No Eye Has Seen Photography – give her some props, she killed it!
Hair and Makeup: Stacey Palancia of Blush Couture in Watertown, CT
Styling: Jenny Yoo bridal dress, and glam accessories provided by The White Dress by the Shore in Clinton, CT
Floral Design: The one and only Datura (the floral images have been submitted for publication, therefore we can only post a few at this time)

Look OUT:

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Our favorite game…Natural Light:

advanced lighting photography training in CT

Artificial Light (BTW FLASH ALWAYS wins this game):

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

Go Girls, Rock It!

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

Love it, Love it, Love it. Miss Katie Slater…PUMPED!

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

These are PEPPERS, for real! And how hot do they look next to all of that bling? If you “Color Outside the Lines” – Datura is the ONLY florist for you. LOVE it!

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

Workshops rock on so many rewarding, fun-ness levels. Eric was super siked to have some guys to shake up the typically “mostly female” dynamic. We loved this kid, Chris Roque, he has a super cool gig shooting live shows, bands and concerts…check him out!

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

If you haven’t seen our Boudoir Video, then you don’t know what a good poser Eric is.

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

Natural light IS very pretty.

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

And sometimes, you just gotta pick that thing up.

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

Cutest Husband/Smile Combo EVER!!!

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

advanced lighting photography training in CT

Woot Woot! Thanks so much everyone, we LOVED having you, you were SUCH a FUN bunch! Can’t wait to see your images. xo

advanced lighting photography training in CT

The Raw Photo Design Lighting Workshop | 2 New Dates Announced!

We posted the images from our last lighting workshop on our facebook page a little while ago but have yet to post them here on our blog! We thought now would be the perfect time to do so since we have two new dates to announce: August 19 & September 23.

Just a few simple steps to sign up! For August 19 click here: http://www.rawphotodesign.com/august19 and for September 23 click here: http://www.rawphotodesign.com/september23
You’ll need to create an account first and then you’ll be able to place your order. Feel free to email Amber with any questions: rawphotodesign@gmail.com

Believe it or not we already have two people registered for August 19 and we’ll only be taking 3 more. Five spots are open for September 23rd and believe it or not but that’s how large the class gets…..only 5 people! We ensure limited class sizes so everyone gets hands-on experience throughout the entire day.

August 19 will focus heavily on off-camera flash in relation to weddings. So if you’re curious as to how we apply our lighting techniques to the craziness of a wedding day schedule than definitely do NOT miss this class. We’ll be featuring lots of behind the scene snapshots of actual weddings and discuss our reasoning behind each and every technique and set-up.

Here’s some images from our last workshop!


Definitely my fave of the whole day! (Yes, that’s Amber….our poor model got sick right in the beginning of the shooting and Amber jumped in to save the day!)
Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Here is a great example of what flash can do and the options that open up. Here is one pose in natural light without any flash used.
Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Here is practically the same pose, same exact time of day, and same ambient light. There is nothing wrong with the natural light photo, understanding how to use flash just gives you more options on how to take your images to the next level.
Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Love this shot I grabbed of Amber still teaching while modeling at the same time!!
Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Raw Photo Design Photography Workshop

Bring That SKY Back | Friday, June 18th | 2 Spots Still Open!

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You know the drill as photographers, we get a willing subject(s), cool location, and then there is that whole vision thing.
We dive in, get a rocking pose…WE SNAP… and we get this:


Connecticut Modern Wedding Photography

So, that’s a pretty HOT shot Eric grabbed. Even picked it as one of our favorites for the blog. He exposed for his subjects faces like we are “supposed to”, but in doing that, what happened to the sky?

Oh yeah, there it is in all it’s white-ness, completely blown out.

Hmm…But, if we exposed for the sky then our cutie pie couple would be in darkness beyond repair…Fail.

I am going to venture to guess that maybe some of you have experienced this while shooting at the beach. You know, when your client actually wants that pretty blue sky, those fluffy white clouds, AND the water in the shot.

I think we have a dilemma. Well you do, if you don’t know how to fix it with a little bit (sometimes a lot bit) of flash. Here is what happens when we bring in some flash:


Connecticut Modern Wedding Photography

WIN! We actually CAN be greedy photographers and have BOTH, our subjects and background properly exposed in the same frame. No magic tricks…just EPIC light.

Come learn how Amber & Eric Bring That SKY Back into our shots, in addition to other more dramatic, multi light set-ups with off camera flash.


Connecticut Modern Wedding Photography

Connecticut Modern Wedding Photography

Connecticut Modern Wedding Photography

Connecticut Modern Wedding Photography

Connecticut Modern Wedding Photography

Connecticut Modern Wedding Photography

To Register for June 18th, go to: www.rawphotodesign.com/makemagichappen, create an account and reserve your seat. For more info from our last workshop click here.

Important! You do not need to buy any new equipment to attend this workshop! We have managed in the past by sharing our extra Pocket Wizards (if you do not currently own them)…we bring the LIGHT! Questions? Bring it on! We can’t wait.

CT Photography Lighting Workshop | Friday, June 18, 2010

Register…quick! Go to www.rawphotodesign.com/makemagichappen, create an account and reserve your seat.


Connecticut Modern Wedding Photography

Important! You do not need to buy any new equipment to attend this workshop! We have managed in the past by sharing our extra Pocket Wizards (if you do not currently own them)…we bring the LIGHT! Questions? Bring it on! We can’t wait.

Raw Photo Design | Photography Lighting Workshop v3

So….our model, Anna, killed it. Blush Couture killed it. Our attendees killed it and the locations were as good as it gets. LOVE when we get a workshop crew as enthusiastic, pumped and memorable as this one…cannot wait to check out some of their work: Nicole Taylor, Danielle Fuller, Steve DePino, Joanne Vandal, and Angela Greenlaw. You guys rock!!!


This was just a light test with Anna but I couldn’t resist posting it….seriously, can you get any cuter??
CT Photography Lighting Class

We had such an amazing time shooting at the Danbury Rail Museum and can not thank them enough for being so open and patient with us! We started inside an old, refurbished, mail car. The colors were amazing!
CT Photography Lighting Class

CT Photography Lighting Class

This pose was all my home-girl Nicole’s idea, I just grabbed one from a different angle. You rock girl!!
CT Photography Lighting Class

CT Photography Lighting Class

After Anna was finally getting comfortable in the mail car we decided it was the perfect time to have her absolutely freezing :) Seriously, we can’t thank her enough for braving the cold weather!!!
CT Photography Lighting Class

CT Photography Lighting Class

I definitely can’t take the credit for this pose, this was all the work of the-always-amazing-Danielle Fuller of Beyond the Lens Photography. Awesome work!!!!
CT Photography Lighting Class

CT Photography Lighting Class

“My LCD is cooler than your LCD…”
CT Photography Lighting Class

This is probably my favorite from the whole day. Such a fierce pose!!! Like we said, Anna KILLED IT!!
CT Photography Lighting Class

CT Photography Lighting Class

CT Photography Lighting Class

I was obviously telling Danielle how amazing she is…
CT Photography Lighting Class

CT Photography Lighting Class

We had about 8 minutes to each grab a shot of Anna in front of the locomotive – success!!
CT Photography Lighting Class

Thanks again to everyone that came out to the workshop, we had an absolute blast!!

The Raw Photo Design Boudoir Workshop. 2010.

Before I get to our Boudoir workshop images, I want to credit a few vendors that contributed to making this workshop such a great success!

Lingerie provided by Beneath the Gown in Clinton, CT
Hair & Makeup by Susan from Naomi’s Studio in West Hartford, CT
Video by Tom Morlock of Vantage Point Films…Coming Soon!

Huge thanks to our models that rocked it, and participants that we had such an awesome day with: Patricia Doles, Athena Blude, Wright Photography, and Teresa Randolph, we can’t wait to see your images!


Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Work it Athena girl…

Boudoir Photography by Raw Photo Design

Photography Lighting Workshop III Announced | April 9th 2010

Register…quick! Go to www.rawphotodesign.com/makemagichappen, create and account and reserve your seat. To see the images and reviews from our recent lighting workshops, click here.

This workshop…
- IS going to cover why lighting matters, how lighting has transformed our business, defined our style, and unintentionally given us an edge in our market.

- IS an intense day packed with information, including a deep dive review of all the lighting gear that’s out there, what each tool is intended for, what we use, what we don’t use, when we use it, and why.

- IS going to encourage you to use the tools you already have in your bag…NOT to go out and buy new gear.

- WILL include tips to be more efficient and confident with off camera lighting, including implementing WITHOUT losing the connection to your subject.

- WILL involve shooting models on-location to give you the opportunity to practice the techniques covered.

- WILL wrap up with a review at the studio, including a critique and discussion.


Connecticut Modern Wedding Photography

Important! You do not need to buy any new equipment to attend this workshop! We have managed in the past by sharing our extra Pocket Wizards (if you do not currently own them)…we bring the LIGHT! Questions? Bring it on! We can’t wait.

Note: We will be announcing another “Nail it in Camera” basic photography workshop in the very near future, contact me if you are interested in more information.

Valentine’s Day + Boudoir Hotness = $150 in your pocket

You want to know how we create Boudoir alchemy? You’ll just have to sign up for our Epic Boudoir Workshop and find out! To recap, this workshop will be a little less techie (a.k.a. geeky), a little more artsy, and we will definitely dive into our techniques for post processing Boudoir images.

In honor of Valentine’s we are giving a $150 discount off our upcoming Boudoir Workshop for this week only. Book your seat by Sunday 2/21, and receive $150 off your workshop tuition…more details below!


Connecticut Boudoir Workshop

Connecticut Boudoir Workshop

Connecticut Boudoir Workshop

Connecticut Boudoir Workshop

Connecticut Boudoir Workshop

Connecticut Boudoir Workshop

Connecticut Boudoir Workshop

Connecticut Boudoir Workshop

I am siked to announce that our models for the Boudoir workshop will be wearing only the best lingerie from Beneath the Gown, a huge thank you to Josie at Beneath the Gown for hooking us up with the incredible “preview” pieces worn above for our Valentine’s Day promotion!

- Stunning models, check.
- Gorgeous styling, check.
- Insane wardrobe, check.
- Eric’s jokes, check.
What are you waiting for?

Sign up quick, we don’t have many spots left because we like to keep the groups small….space is very limited!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Lighting Workshop at Historical Society | featuring the Bragas of Studio 1923

As we said before, lighting in itself is not easy. Manual off-camera flash is even trickier, but we happen to have a photographer on our hands (that would be my husband, Eric, as Robert Norman likes to call him “Funk Master Flash”) who is really, really into it. Technically perfect lighting is a huge challenge in itself, but when we have limited time and equipment with unpredictable shooting situations (a.k.a weddings) it is understandable why many photographers stick with TTL or auto-flash.

Needless to say, the day was pretty intense and undeniable how passionate, technical, and geeky Eric is when it comes to off-camera lighting. We get a kick out of these lighting workshops because they are SO much quieter than usual photographer gatherings (we are usually quite a rowdy bunch), we just think it is because everyone is so deep in thought trying to wrap their brains around all the lighting information…Jerome and Jen may have slightly raised the intimidation factor, just a bit?

Huge thank you to Jen and Jerome Braga of Studio 1923 for being our awesome, patient, gorgeous, kick-ass models! A big thank you also to the Historical Society in Danbury, for giving us full rein to shoot in the various historic locations for our workshop! You will see in the images below that I shot available light all day and used very little post processing to hopefully demonstrate the dramatic impact that lighting has on the images below. Let us know what you think!


I mean, come on, how cute are Jerome and Jen??!!

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Everyone chimping away :)
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

This building was really cool, a tiny little school house….
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Loved when Jerome grabbed Amber’s camera and got a shot of what they had to endure all day!
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Another taken by Jerome – and he totally snuck a pocket wizard!
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

The next two were also taken by Jerome while Jen was doing all the hard work.
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

I believe I was trying to tell Jen how to work the wall….I think she looks way better :)
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Available light in here = BLAH!!!
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Work it girl!!!!
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Our next location was definitely Eric’s fave. Lots of great color and antique furniture.
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Definitely one of Eric’s faves from the whole day!
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Hells yes!!!
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

I mean, can Jen get any more gorgeous or what??!!!
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Another Jerome grabbed while Eric was working with Jen.
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

And the result:
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

One of Eric’s many geeky sayings: “Real men have 5 foot umbrellas…”
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

And this is why….gorgeous light!
Photography Workshop in Danbury, Connecticut

Thanks to everyone who attended and another huge thanks to Jerome and Jen Braga of Studio 1923 – you guys rock!!!

the raw boudoir workshop | two dates announced! | CT Boudoir Workshop

Ask and you shall receive…we have been using every spare second to try to pull this workshop together because it has been requested again and again. For one, we love Boudoir, and for two, we love to teach! The bonus is that we also get to learn with very talented photographers from all over, with all different skill levels and backgrounds…! Some photographers that we have met at workshops we can say for sure will be our friends for life! So, the details are spelled out below…this workshop will be a little different than our recent workshops, a little less techie (a.k.a. geeky), a little more artsy, and definitely some time will be spent on POST PROCESSING (a pretty critical part of Boudoir photography).

Stunning models, check.
Gorgeous styling, check.
Insane wardrobe, check.
Eric’s jokes, check.

So, like usual, we can only share what we know and what has worked for us, but we are siked to be announcing these dates, and can’t wait to see some familiar faces along with meeting some new ones!

To register for Fri., March 5th go to www.rawphotodesign.com/boudoir/friday and to register for Sat., March 6th go to www.rawphotodesign.com/boudoir/saturday Sign up quick, we like to keep it small, so space is very limited!

Connecticut Boudoir Workshop

Mastering Light 2010 at the Palace Theater in Danbury, CT | A Raw Photo Design Workshop

Lighting is not easy. Executing technically perfect lighting is a huge challenge in itself, but for wedding and portrait photographers that shoot “real people” (not models), have limited time and budget with unpredictable shooting situations it is understandable why many photographers are anxious about it. You asked for it, and we delivered the first workshop of 2010, Mastering Light.

We love teaching, we love meeting new people, and the best part was leaving yesterday feeling completely inspired and energized. We are so thankful that we get to do what we love and a huge bonus is that we got to spend the day with some super RAD photographers! We started the day off with me covering the importance of lighting and why it has been such a critical element to the growth and success of our business. Eric took everyone through an extremely deep dive into covering the gear, including what we use, why we use it, and when we use it, which we followed with shooting and a critique. The day was very intensive (we even worked through lunch), and I think it was very obvious to everyone how passionate, technical, and self admittedly a little geeky Eric is when it comes to off-camera lighting. I personally wish that we had video rolling to show you everyone’s faces when Eric started covering The Inverse Square Law, but I have to say, once shooting began it was so amazing to see all of the technical concepts just click for everyone.

Thank you to Jeff and Lindsey for being our awesome models! A big thank you also to the Palace Theater in Danbury, for giving us full rein to shoot in your venue for our workshop! You will see in the images below that I shot available light all day and used very little post processing to hopefully demonstrate the dramatic impact that lighting has on Eric’s images below. Let us know what you think!


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CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

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Jeff getting ready for his big jump…

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

CT wedding photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer | Raw Photo Design

Make Magic Happen | Mastering Light | Raw Photo Design 2010 Workshop

It’s THE workshop you guys have been asking about…that’s right….the lighting workshop. Ready to take your photography to the next level? Bored with available light?

We’ll show you how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary with off-camera flash and other lighting techniques.

The day will be broken into three parts:
1) Quick overview of what we use and why we use it
2) Shooting…and lots of it.
3) Image review

We’re keeping the number of attendees VERY limited…and only have 3 more spots open! Everyone will get our 100% undivided attention and no one will be left behind.

When: January 22, 2010
Where: the STUDIO, 7 Old Sherman Tpke, Danbury, CT
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: $425 (lunch and light snacks provided)

Ready to book your seat?
1) Go here: www.rawphotodesign.com/makemagichappen
2) Sign up for an account
3) Book your spot
4) Get excited


CT Photography Lighting Workshop

Nail it in Camera | Raw Workshop Rehash

Who doesn’t want to nail it camera? As photographers we are trying to be as efficient and consistent as possible, obviously fixing missed images in post production can really kill a workflow. Photoshop should be used to enhance an already great image, not create one.

The workshop that we wanted to give was intended to focus on the basics of photography, and we had a very productive day of learning and shooting! Needless to say, our expectations were far exceeded, and everyone involved brought their incredible talent to the table – we are so seriously fortunate to work with the best in the business.

Thanks to our following partners that made the day so incredibly rad –
A HUGE thanks goes to our totally awesome host Jonathan of Pavilion Catering, without his gracious offer to host the workshop at the Pavilion at Crystal Lake in Middletown, CT, we would have been out in the cold for way too long!
Hair and makeup: Stacey of Blush Couture and Susan Houde of Naomi’s Studio
Florals: Meredith Cleary and Kathy Russo of Pygmalion Design
Video coverage: Matt Fink of Digital Media Odyssey

Before we get into the full post, I have to introduce you to our insanely gorgeous brides! The plan was to use real people (not actual models) so that we could provide instruction on posing and connecting with the camera…but I don’t think it was a very effective lesson because these 3 ladies were so natural and comfortable with the camera, it took NO work on our part! And no, we are definitely not complaining (I don’t think anyone else is either).

Meet Jessica
Dress & Styling by The White Dress by the Shore. We were blown away by the stunning look that Beth at The White Dress put together for Jessica, all brides should go see her, put full trust in her, and plan to look completely killer on their wedding day.
Hair & Makeup by Blush Couture


CT modern wedding photo session

Meet Erin (my best friend for over 15 years)
Wearing her own Rivini gown
Hair & Makeup by Blush Couture


CT modern wedding photo session

Meet Laura
Wearing her own gown
Hair by Blush Couture and Makeup by Sue Houde


CT modern wedding photo session


Most of the teaching and shooting was with Jessica in the first half of the day.

CT modern wedding photo session

CT modern wedding photo session

CT modern wedding photo session

CT modern wedding photo session

CT modern wedding photo session

BIGGEST thanks ever to all of our models for braving the 20 degree weather in wedding dresses!

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So…this totally sums up exactly how Eric comes up with a lot of his crazy ideas… We’re all in the middle of rocking some reflector action while Jessica is totally working it and Eric blurts out…”Amber! Throw some snow at Jessica from behind!” Umm…okaaaay….anyways, everyone thought it was hilarious and he didn’t get exactly what he wanted but still looks pretty cool. Our girl Suzanna on the other hand got the perfect angle – can’t wait until she posts it!

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Not sure what the heck Eric is doing here but he looks pretty funny so I decided to post it :)

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Pygmalion representing!
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After everyone was comfortable with their posing, exposure, and lighting, we broke up into small groups and everyone got to work with Laura & Erin individually. Here are Eric’s shots while he worked with Erin and his group. Erin totally killed it!

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I got to work with Laura with my group, it was such a blast! Work it Laura!

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Unfortunately the end of the day came way too fast and although most of us (especially Eric) would have loved a lot more time with Erin & Laura, we had to wrap things up with a short image review session. We had such a blast and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves, we are so looking forward to our next workshop!

Those of you that don’t know Eric that well, he is an insanely awesome teacher. He is very patient, encouraging, and his obsession with photography is so contagious when he is talking about it! Funny story, when Erin was getting hair and makeup done we were instructing, and when she had a chance to pull me aside, she said that she has never heard Eric talk so much in the 10 years combined that she has known him! He is a pretty quiet guy usually, so I told her that she is obviously not talking to him about photography!

And when everything was over and we were finished cleaning up, Eric wanted to take a few quick shots with some different lighting to preview our next LIGHTING workshop! This one is going to be super-intimate with only 5 people total so definitely keep your eyes peeled on the blog for the announcement after the holidays!

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Our Second RAW Workshop – Time to Get Learned!!

Finally! We have a date for our 2nd RAW Workshop!! The feedback and demand after our last workshop was so insane we HAD to put together something before the end of the year so here it is people…….time to get learned. Huge thanks to the ultra-rad Jonathan Jennings from Pavilion Catering for hosting us at their beautiful Crystal Lake Venue!

Check out our blog action from the last workshop here…and the RAD video by Vantage Point Films


Raw|Photo|Design Workshop @ The Winvian from Vantage Point Films on Vimeo.

Here are the details…

  • In addition to covering the photography fundamentals listed below, the 9-hour workshop will be divided into 3 sections: (1) classroom instruction & lunch, (2) hands-on photography including group instruction & one on one time, (3) image review, discussion & peer critique
  • Definitely bring a notebook, any/all of your camera gear, and a laptop for Part 3 of the day (if you don’t have one, we have a few to share)
  • Open Forum. We ask (actually require) that you bring your photography questions, concerns, and challenges to this workshop so that we can discuss them openly as a group, using each other as a resource, allowing everyone to benefit from various skill levels and unique experiences that we all have to offer
  • Once you book your spot, we encourage you to provide us with your input, special requests, or any topics that you would like to see us cover…and we will do our absolute best to incorporate your requests into our curriculum – take control so you get the most out of the day!

We are on a mission to change the mindset that Photoshop and action sets are the solution for mediocre photography…instead let’s understand how to consistently Nail it in Camera!

Shoot Amber an email if you’re interested – amber@rawphotodesign.com


Photography Workshop and Seminar by Raw Photo Design

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!

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

Who has HOTTEST wife in the world?? I’ll give you a hint:
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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!
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Work it guys!!
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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-
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Lisa looked absolutely incredible!
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Dan was not to be outdone – looking awesome buddy!
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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!
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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-
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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-
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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!
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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??!!
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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 ;)
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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….
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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!
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The RAW Workshop – Take 1!!!

Super quick, sneak peek of the first ever Photography Workshop by Raw Photo Design. We had an incredible day and everything could not have happened if it was not for the amazing and generous support from the best vendors in the state. Extra long yummy post with full credits coming soon!


Amber’s beautiful Anne Barge gown donated by Beth at The White Dress by the Shore!
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Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop

Bouquet by the RIDICULOUSLY talented Datura!
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Photography Workshop and Class :: Raw Photo Design :: Modern Photographer Workshop