Fun @ the Wedding Photographic Society (WPS) Convention | Part 1

I'm finally getting around to blogging about the WPS convention I attended with my second shooter, Sharon McMahon, and intern, Kara Johnson, earlier this week. The event took place at the lovely Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC. I had a blast networking with lots of friendly North Carolina photographers. I left motivated to put the work I love doing out there for all the world to see. I learned a lot about the business of wedding photography, was introduced to some cool new gadgets and learned several shooting tricks that should make my job easier and my work better. Here are a few photos from the live shoots that took place Sunday and Monday evening.

We had awesome models available, so everyone had the opportunity to take beautiful photos.  Here are two of the models from the live shoot with Tim Sayer. While Tim was doing his amazing epic lighting tricks with another model, I focused on the other two models who were taking a break from posing for the camera.

Two bridal models at WPS Convention

Here's a photo of Tim showing those in his live shoot group how to create epic lighting by underexposing the ambient light to supersaturate the background and popping in properly exposed gorgeous soft light from a beauty dish.

Tim Sayer showing students lighting technique

I don't have any photos showing what the epic lighting looked like, because I didn't have my radio transimitters or a beauty dish with me, so I can't show you how amazing Tim's photos looked, but I can show you what Tim looked like while shooting the photos.

Tim Sayer photographing a bridal model

After the workshop, I was inspired to wake up early and take some epic photos of Erin and Jenn, the owners of the Lazy Turtle Farm in Hillsborough, where we were staying. Here's what Erin and Jenn look like in epic lighting, without beauty dish or soft box or anything else to soften the light from my Quantum flash. I think the harsh light works here, giving the subjects, who had been working on the farm for three hours by 9 a.m., a gritty feel.

Jenn and Erin at the Lazy Turtle Farm

I kind of got carried away with the whole epic lighting thing. Details to come in WPS blogpost Part 2. Atlanta Wedding Photojournalist

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Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.