Where do I start? Like Henry Chen said before the start of the workshop, “I’m giving you 4 years of experience in 2 days.” You might think “4 years, that’s it?’ But this is Henry Chen years, so that equates to something like 3 human years; do the math. I don’t know anyone who has drive and passion like Henry. I met him we he was just starting out and to see what he’s accomplished in 4 years is astounding; I had no doubt that I was about to be inspired to no end. Now that the workshop is over, the dust is settling and I’m ready to tread new ground. I went in unsure if this workshop was going to benefit me as badly as I needed it to, and wondering if I really have what it takes to call myself a professional photographer along side Henry.
8 hours after the workshop, calls were being made, emails sent, accounts opened, and I’ve got my eye on the ball.
On the first day of the workshop we had a shoot that took us through the most important parts of a wedding day that we have control over. Getting ready, first look, and portraits. Then for the evening, a outdoor night shoot with off-camera lighting. I have to disclose right up front that I had way more pictures that I would USUALLY post. But after seeing Henry’s post-processing workflow, let’s just say that I wouldn’t be practicing what he taught. These are only some of the pictures that I believe are up to par with my new standards.
The bar has been raised ladies and gentlemen!
So we had a couple model for us right, and not just any couple, Gavin and Erin Wade! Quite possibly the most chill and in-love couples I’ve ever met. They made this shoot suuuper easy. Ehh, they may have a bit of an edge because they are wedding photographers themselves. But just a lil..
Henry pointed out so many subtle things that make his pictures spectacular throughout the day. Subtle, yet substantial.
After an exhausting and cold shoot we had dinner, and hit the cold streets again for an awesome off-camera lighting shoot. Jared and Bindi gave us good looks to shoot and cute affectionate laughs to keep us warm. Henry knows how to pick his subjects!
Henry showing us the light.
Henry busted out a 60 inch shoot-thru umbrella. All you need to know is 60 inch = luscious, soft light!
I really don’t know what happened to me at this point. It’s kinda like I shut down, information overload, exhaustion, Red Bull withdrawals, I don’t know what to call it. I wish I wasn’t so wiped out by this time, I really wanted to keep shooting with them Jared and Bindi. My mind was telling me yes, but my body, my body is telling noOOooo. Sorry, I don’t know what came over me…
This post really can not convey the profound changes I am expeirencing throughout my days now. I see things differently and I feel like the fog has been lifted. I was also afforded the opportunity to meet some great people (who happened to be photogs). I look forward to making good on my investment and continuing my new friendships, I only wish the best to my new friends and collegues as we all have to take on new the challenges that lie before us. I hope I didn’t annoy everyone by talking too much and trying to be funny (emphasis on trying), I learned plenty from my fellow classmates as well. I really feel like this is a new starting point; no more excuses and no more being afraid of taking chances to do something great. I owe my new outlook on life and business to Henry and all of my new friends. Thank you all, and I’m always near and here to lend a helping hand. 🙂
Teacher: Henry Chen
Venue: AVIA Hotel in Long Beach, CA
Make-up artist and hair stylist: Katrina Kassandra (for Erin and Gavin) and Mililani Brigoli (for Bindi and Jared)