I am a firm believer that one of the best ways to learn any creative art is to work with other creatives in person. Youtube and online tutorials are great and have their place. But, at least for me, when I work together with another creative person I pick things up so much faster.
In the North state we're lucky enough to have a wonderful group of photographers, NorCal Photo Shootouts (NCPS) where we can work together and learn from each other. With 240+ members there's a large diversity of skill levels and styles.
If you're a photographer, or have ever been into a photography group online, you'll know that so many of these groups are filled with drama and negativity. A mixture that is anything but encouraging or educational. I honestly don't understand why these groups can be so toxic. We're all there for the same reason...because we love photography and we want to get better at our craft. But following our motto of "community over competition" NCPS is a breath of fresh air. It's a positive group of wonderful ladies who are there to help each other grow and learn.
Once a month we have a meeting in either Redding, Red Bluff or Chico. Each time is a little different and but always fun. Sometimes we have classes, of course shootouts (as the name implies), and other times it's just dinner, drinks and socializing. Recently the group hosted a shootout with four professional child models in Red Bluff.
The theme for this shootout was fancy and fairies. In just a couple of weeks we will be hosting an editing class as a follow up to this session. The class will cover general photo processing and editing as well as fantasy edits like the one above to help our students really expand their creative skills. The model pictured above is Katiana Upton. You may recognize her from the runways at recent fashion shows and in the work of many talented West coast photographers.
This blue eyed darling is Brynn. You may recognize her from her portraits on the cover of the April 2017 Pottery Barn Kids catalog. She was so sweet and a joy to work with.
The eldest model at our shoot was the tall and elegant Isabella. She is so talented and sweet! I found myself quite captivated by her beautiful eyes.
This sweet darling is Claudia. She is quite the little sweetheart and really loved posing with these purple wildflowers.
As you can see from these behind the scenes pictures below the shootout was well attended and quite the bustling, fun environment.
I hope you enjoyed these images as much as I enjoyed creating them. If you are interested in creating timeless, beautiful portraits of your children or family please contact me.