Back in early February of this year, I attended a photography workshop in San Fransisco. I have done a few other local workshops/retreats, so I was going into this one with no expectations. Being present and going in open-minded, absorbing all I could and seeing which direction I am suppose to go next. I attended this workshop with another fellow photographer, Samantha Josette, from the San Luis Obispo area. Over the course of these five days, I gained much insight and knowledge that will carry me over this next chapter in life.
On the first day of this workshop was filled with styled shoots all over the city. We started at 8 am and ended at 9 pm. It was a long and beautiful day of creating! The first shoot was an elopement at the stunning San Fransisco City Hall hosted by Eden Strader. After seeing countless stunning images of City Hall, I knew it had to be on my bucket list. The architecture, the light, the details are truly picturesque! Since we got there right when the doors opened, we had the lobby to ourselves for almost two hours.
I learned a few things from Eden.
Then we headed to Crissy Field for a mid-day playful engagement session. The goal of this session was two-fold. One, how to work with harsh light in the middle of the day where shadows are hard to find. And two, how to give clients and playful and natural experience. We played with various prompts, creating foreground with what we have around us, and just trying new things.
Lastly, I ended the day in an industrial studio for an elegant editorial styled shoot. The details are seriously jaw-dropping! Light, delicate, and elegant! D’arcy Benicosa is a phenomenal photographer, business coach, marketer, and inspirational speaker! She tells it to you straight and helps you push yourself beyond your comfort zone. She walked us through her approach to posing couples, using light, how to shoot a tablescape to elevate the overall feel, and much more. I’m really excited about these images and meeting this lady who is making waves!
The creatives behind the styled session:
STYLED SHOOT HOST: D’Arcy Benincosa @darcybenincosa
STYLIST: Natalie Holland with Jade Magnolia
MUAH: Emily Artistry
FLORALS: Ava Flora
GOWN: Claire La Faye
TUX: Black Tie Fresno
LINENS: La Tavola Linen
RENTALS: Bright Event Rentals
RING: Trumpet & Horn
PAPER: Art & Alexander
MALE MODEL: Chase for JE Model
FEMALE MODEL: Eve Do
EVENT HOST: Evolve Workshops
Now I want to dive into the meat of the workshop. We had two and a half days of educational content from many of the best speakers in the industry. This was one of the reasons why I wanted to attend Evolve. Natalie Franke & James and Jess are two people that I’ve been following online, so I was excited to hear them in person! I will drop some of my biggest takeaways below.
If you are looking for some solid education and fabulous shoots, dive into Evolve Workshops. Every workshop is hosted at a different location including Santa Barbara next year!
If you liked this post, be sure to check out these great workshops I attended last year.
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