It’s been killing me that it’s taken me so long to post this! Last week I had an unbelievable opportunity to travel to NYC and attend a Jessica Claire/Adorama workshop. Jessica has been called one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world, and I can tell you she is amazing at what she does! Now let me first say this – I’ve never won anything in my life. But when I saw information on Jessica’s workshop in NYC – a vintage wedding photo shoot nonetheless – how could I not put my name in the hat for a chance to attend?! I’m sure you can imagine my disbelief when I got an email saying I had won a spot in her workshop. Only 15 photographers were invited to the shoot and the waiting list was over 800 deep. I even wrote back to make sure the email was legit. Can you imagine flying all the way to New York and showing up somewhere you weren’t invited? Ha! I just wanted to make sure that wasn’t going to happen. Once I heard back that it was legit, of course I booked my flight and hotel room – how could I pass up an opportunity like this?!
I will also say I am a total wuss when it comes to travelling alone. I am the girl who in high school wouldn’t pick up the phone and call to order a pizza because I didn’t like to talk to strangers! But last week I put my big girl shoes on and made the trip. And it was SO worth it!
Jessica had 2 models, Pax and Mary, dressed up in vintage wedding attire. We basically walked around New York City looking for beautiful light and photographing the couple. It was awesome getting to watch Jessica instruct them so she could get the shots she was looking for. Along the way she shared her camera settings, techniques, and things she was looking for as we moved locations. It was amazing! Afterwords, she also shared some of her post processing techniques. I learned some great techniques and tips that I will definitely carry forward with me. It’s so much different seeing things live, in action, by someone who is extremely successful in their art rather than just reading about it in book.
I think we were out shooting for a little over an hour, and I have 580+ shots! But here are some of my favorites of the bunch. Pax and Mary are so cute and really did a great job. They are married in real life, too.
What an amazing opportunity. I will definitely be putting my name into a few more drawings from now on.