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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Genesis Workshop

My Mom and I flew over to North Carolina back in September so that I could attend a photography workshop. Melanie Mansfield coordinated the workshop and invited 3 awesome photographers to teach about lighting, posing and how to step outside of the norm to capture unique photos. Click on the Genesis link to see the full group photo.  I have been wanting for some time to post some of the images of the workshop as well as some of the photos I captured of the models that the Mansfield's brought to the workshop. All of the lighting set up was not my own and all of the posing was done by the instructors. These photos are not intended to take away from the instructors professionalism. I had a great time, met a lot of nice folks and was ever so pleased to meet Sam Hassas. Hassas is from the San Hosea area in California. He has an outstanding business and I have a great respect for his professionalism. It was quite interesting that his Pastor, Bro. Shoemake was a special speaker at our church the Sunday after we returned and I was honored to meet him and we exchanged information about the past workshop in which I met Sam. Needless to say he is quite proud of Hassas's accomplishments. Bro. Shoemake has some wonderful youth in his church that is very dedicated to the bus ministry (the blue bomber crew) and here are some of the photos that Sam Hassas took of this ministry. BTW does anyone recognize the young man in the yellow jacket?  Their wedding photos were off the chart.
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Sam Hassas setting the group up and teaching us how to pose group shots.
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Sam Hassas, Evan Baines and Tony Hoffer
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The location was Rigsbee Hall in N.Carolina
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The couple standing together are the models and the others look like they just dropped some mail off at the P.O. and are headed back to work. I love the way he had the buckets on his head!
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We were close to a very nice complex in which all the local kids could bring their skateboards and one of the photographers posed the couple lying down with this kid having fun on his skateboard. Neat idea, I thought.
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A very interesting pose. I photoshopped this one, my favorite.
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I very much like Tony Hoffer and his wife. Tony spoke to a group of us gathered at the Carolina Theatre and he made me see photography in a whole different light. I hope that I take his advice and use it in my photography for years to come. His opening photo on his website will blow you away. He said that he was out shooting a couple's engagement photos and they knew that rain was in the forecast, so the Bride to be brought along her umbrella. If I remember correctly, the rain never began until the session was over and they were in their cars driving away. So shortly, the Bride calls Tony and says is it too late to capture us in the rain and so they stopped in a parking lot, got out, the Bride and Groom posed and Tony quickly too his best shot and it is an all time winner! Check it out here.
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Tony Hoffer gave us assignments of different poses. My assignment was to shoot low and make it a romantic shot. We were to choose one of the models and go capture our best shot. I chose the couple and this is the photo that I captured
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Evan Baines was a studio light genius. He taught us some great tips on flash photography.
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The above photo is  Melanie Mansfield's office assistant. She was sweet as honey and quite beautiful. This may not be a "technically" correct photo, (sorry Evan) but I think it really portrayed her and her awesome personality.
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This is one of the models also.
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While we were in Durham my Mom and I spent some time touring Duke University. The University is
a very large complex, almost and quite possible a complete city in itself. We could see the Chapel looming in the distance and couldn't resist. Here are some shots. It is amazing, all the carved wood work, marble and mass amounts of concrete. There was one man sitting about halfway up, praying.
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The Scripture turned to Isaiah 53, Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed...
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1 comment:

Lizard said...

Yea, I recognize him! That's Clayton Wyatt! But I think that guy in the orange is more handsome.

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