Warning, this post contains photographer’s behaving silly!
If you’re wondering why I’m not answering e-mail, slow on voicemails read on – if you’re not ok with my sillyness – don’t read on!!
This is my photographic family – from these minds my career has been molded – and to whom I give my highest gratitude:
Did you catch my multiple cameos?
Each year in North Dallas TX we gather for the most intense, most personal, and most life changing photography workshop on the planet – Foundation Workshop. It was out of this workshop that my wedding photography career was born – and I have been returning for the last three years as a Mentor to the students of the workshop. The team leaders are Huy Nguyen, Brooks Whittington, Amy Deputy, Greg Gibson (my team leader in 08) and Tyler Wirken (my team leader this year – blonde spiky hair in the hotel room edit scenes).
Recognize that shadow? my opening presentation
There are two unique things about the Foundation Workshop – first, the students shoot assignments like newspaper photographers. Second, the student to staff ratio is 1:1 to ensure a crazy, intense, and personal level of instruction and connection. I was privileged to lead off the workshop with a talk on creativity kicking off day one’s four lectures and team building exercises. Day’s two and three are full shooting days for the participants to shoot assignments. While day 4 had a dinner deadline to edit all the photos into a short slideshow for a presentation after a celebratory dinner.
This year Team Wirken started the week off with a very silly hotel room bonding experience. After which our team member’s took on assignments like the South Fork Ranch – where Dallas the TV show was fashioned shot by Stacy Doyle. A chocolatier who just opened shop – shot by Duncan Kerridge. A local Veterinary hospital in Plano shot by Dan Shuman. An organic tree farm shot by Jerry Yoon. Finally a family caring for their father stricken by Lou Gherig’s disease shot by Joseph Allen. It was a real privilege to be able to speak into these people’s lives and I hope I’ve made a positive impact on their shooting, thinking and feeling pictures. My role as a mentor is to visit the team members in the field and help them gain new perspectives, think new approaches and generally push them out of their comfortable ways of shooting and thinking. Then we take it back to the editing suite…..and talk about all their mistakes all night!
Stacy Doyle shooting at the Dallas TV show museum
Duncan at the Chocolate shop above and Dan at the Vet below
Really – it’s just plain brutal honesty about almost every picture. Tyler Wirken our team leader has a graphically driven taste for images and he can see every compositional flaw within seconds. He also has the mental energy to talk about it for 6 hours straight!! A totally revealing experience for the participants and the staff alike as we warm up our creative brains by realizing all the things we should do better! So as you see in the video a lot of sitting around and talking – that’s us critiquing our work.
If you’d like to see a still image slideshow by David Pullum and Anna Kuperberg our official staff photographers there’s the link!