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06.11.08         photography  

The Image is Found | Shootshop | Photography Workshop


So, I know you are all wondering what the heck I am doing out here in San Diego.

I have officially had my mind blown…that’s not an easy thing to do.

If a photographer can be likened unto a Jedi, this was my chance to meet and be trained by Yoda for a day….only Yoda is much taller and has a beautiful, equally talented wife plus two adorable kids.

I have never taken any photography classes or seminars, so this was my first…..and DANG IT WAS SO FREAKING AWESOME!!! Words just don’t do it justice….I’ve learned so many things I can do to improve, and after feeling as if I’ve peaked out, I now feel like I am starting all over. I haven’t had the “my brain is full” feeling since my college. Nate (aka Yoda) subtly suggested taking some notes, and I was thinking, "Well...Ill have a note card or two ready, just in case I think there is something significant to write down" lol....by the end of the day I had almost 20 full size pages.

I have searched several hundred photography websites/blogs to use for inspiration, and of those, I have 4 whom I seriously respect and admire, not just for their photography, but for the complete skill sets required to be a successful wedding photographer- branding / marketing, people skills, photography skills and variation. I found Nate and Jaclyn through another of my favorite wedding photographers, Becker, when they launched their new website about a year and a half or so ago. The first picture was of a child walking in a tube/tunnel and from that instant I thought...this dude is dang good.

I did a pretty good job of capturing the highlights of the day and wanted to make a slideshow, but I realized I wont be able to do it until I get home (so, it will probably be Thursday-ish before its ready). Hopefully this will give me some time to make it super awesome (but I wont be able to add music until I get back!!).

I have so many thoughts about today….I need some time to mentally digest it a little…Will share with you when Ive figured out exactly what I am thinking.

A big thank you to Nate & Jaclyn, plus Aleena, Will, Daniel, Aaron, Kurt, Craig, Mini-me, Cindy, Brandy, Lauren, Deena, Libby, Neal, Stacey, Angie, and Lisa who traveled from all over the country for this awesome unique opportunity. It was a real pleasure meeting all of you and I look forward to looking at all your websites. Please stay in touch with me and let me know how you are doing, or if there is anything I can do for you.

If any of you have any images you might want to include in the slide show (or with me in them ;) please send them to me and I would totally appreciate it!!
If you were to ask me who my favorite / the best wedding photographer is....I would tell you it is me, and while this arrogance has some benefit, it isnt exactly true. Per my ever humble opinion as a Maven, if you want to know who I think the very best wedding photographer in the world, and I say this in all seriousness.….this is him.

Take a look at his websites and see for yourself:

The Image is Found Wedding Photography
The Blog is Found

Thanks again Nate and Jaclyn for such an awesome day!

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