Zach Sutton Photography
422 Yale Blvd SE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
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Photography Blog of Zach Sutton

A blog highlighting the recent work of Zach Sutton Photography in Albuquerque, NM. Photography blog is intended to show the work that I do for various clients in Albuquerque, NM and all over the United States. I also use it as place to announce workshops and other events in Albuquerque and elsewhere.

3 Reasons Why Alternative Education in Photography is Great
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I wanted to bring a post into light about photography, and explain to those why I do teach workshops and offer services in photography education over on my Photography Workshop Page.

I wanted to bring a post into light about photography, and explain to those why I do teach workshops and offer services in photography education over on my Photography Workshop Page.

As many people might know, I’m self taught with my photography, however, I really hate that term because ultimately, I wasn’t solely self taught, but rather was taught by thousands of people through critiques, tutorials, workshops, DVD series and general discussion while showing off my work and building my photography business over the last 8 years.

So when I say Alternative Education, I mean anything that can be done or learned outside a classroom. This could be workshops, DVD series, YouTube videos or articles. And while these aren’t always as information as a class on photography, they still have all the key components to help further your education on the subject.

Insight Into Modern Photography

Perhaps the biggest advantage with alternative education in photography is the insight within the modern world of photography. It’s no secret that over the last 15 years, photography has completely flipped on his head. Before then, it was exceptionally expensive, involved film, and a lot of complicated practices that are no longer necessary (I haven’t developed film myself in over 10 years and would certainly destroy it if I tried at this point). It wasn’t something that people could begin to learn and enjoy at a relatively inexpensive price. In these last 15 years, we’ve been gifted Instagram, cameras on our phones, and a million new ways to share our work and ideas. And that is probably the biggest asset to alternative education in photography – the insight into the modern world.

I have met some brilliant professors in my day, with some amazing insight into how photography used to be. Many of the practices they teach no longer apply, and are flooded with a brand new market with brand new ideas and ways of things. Certainly, many professors of photography and art still use their cameras, and have some insight within the industry, but their careers have largely transformed into educators. By having a photographer as your educator, you can learn from someone who is at the forefront of the industry, and tell you exactly what they do to remain a household name within photography.

The Business Of Photography

While staying on the topic discussed in the last point, is the nature of formal education within photography. Many of the professors on a formal education system were previously art students, and are now teaching you how to create art. While this is great, but the best artist in the world needs to know how to promote their work and make a living wage from it. Informal education opens the doors for all aspects of photography, including the business and marketing side of things. The best artist in the world is useless if no one knows his/her work.

One thing I’ve learned from my workshops and my work as a writer for Fstoppers, is that many people are fantastic photographers and artists, but really have no idea how to market their business to potential clients. Informal education allows you to learn this practices, as well as the practices that are among the core of photography. And while my workshops aren’t strictly business related, business practices are always brought up, and build some in depth conversations during the Q&A portion of the workshop.

Hands On Education

I’m a huge advocate for one on one education, workshops and assisting others to get a better understanding of how they work. Like many of us, it’s so much easier to learn by being apart of the process, rather than reading an article on Fstoppers or Photofocus. And while those articles are a great alternative, being on location is one of the biggest advantages to any workshop or other alternative education method.

In my workshops, I specifically tailor it to my students. I have complete understanding that my students aren’t going to photograph things like me, and I try to take advantage of that. So my workshops have an outdoor session, where we take the principles learned, and apply it to each person’s style and workflow. The results are that everyone gets photos that they want, using techniques that they often never even considered before. (Shameless plug – A few seats still available for the workshop information above).

 

Hopefully these three components to nontraditional education has helped you consider workshops and other options to further your career or interest as a photographer. Of course, for those unaware, I do teach workshops as well as give 1 on 1 training in retouching, lighting and client interaction for those who are interest. Below is a quick breakdown of my upcoming photography workshops, and ofcourse be sure to check out my photography workshops website for more information.

Photography Workshops

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For more info, check out http://zsuttonphoto.com/workshops

About This Workshop Tour

This workshop tour is of my highly accredited Outdoor Lighting Workshop, sponsored in part by Phase One Cameras, LensRentals.com and AlienSkin. The workshop is to show people how to properly light portraits in an outdoor location, under some of the harshest conditions. Designed to take your work to the next level, The Outdoor Light Photography Workshop is among the highest rated workshops in the world.

This is just a small amount of the information available for this workshop tour. For more info on the workshops, feel free to check out my photography workshops website.

Locations

Zach Sutton will be teaching an Outdoor Lighting Workshop in Kalamazoo on September 28th, 2014. This class is 8 hours long and limited to 10 students. A Phase  One rep will be on location, to show you how to use their cameras if you’d like. A few months ago, this very same class sold out in 48 hours, so act fast. Click here to reserve your seat.
Zach Sutton will be teaching an Outdoor Lighting Workshop in Albuquerque on October 19th 2014. This class is 8 hours long and limited to 10 students. A Phase  One rep will be on location, to show you how to use their cameras if you’d like. I’ve taught this class twice in Albuquerque now, and have had an overwhelming out pour of additional people interested. Click here to reserve your seat.
In its Washington D.C. debut, the Outdoor Lighting Workshop will be taught in Washington D.C. on November 9th 2014. This class will be 8 hours long and limited to 10 students in total. As with all these workshops, Phase One will be on location with camera systems for students to try out and use if they’d like. Click here to reserve your seat.

 

 For more information or to sign up for these workshops, feel free to visit my workshops website by clicking here.


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Model Photography in Albuquerque with Male Model Sadel
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I got in touch with Sadel through his mother. Sadel is a musician, living in Los Angeles, and is looking to find some work in modeling while attending school for music.

I got in touch with Sadel through his mother. Sadel is a musician, living in Los Angeles, and is looking to find some work in modeling while attending school for music. I was happy to help him get some photos in model photography, and we set a date to plan.

Sadel’s reasoning is pretty simple, he’s a young good looking guy living in Los Angeles, which is the heart for Commercial Photography. Him and his mother found my portfolio online, and was quick to decide that I was the guy to help them get some really great photos to build a comp card.

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Sadel and his mom admittingly told me early on during the shoot that they knew very little about modeling and what someone would need in model photography to help get signed by an agency. Fortunately, I’ve worked with hundreds of models over the years, and have work with agencies within Los Angeles and southern California, so I was able to tell them about comp cards, the different styles of photography and models, and some tips to help him get ahead of the game over others pursuing the same thing.

Largely however, Sadel’s first love is music. It was great to talk to him about music, as he is a classically trained bassist, and is going to music school in Los Angeles under a scholarship. Recently, I started playing music again with a bunch of local musicians, so it was great to be able to talk shop with Sadel on music, and his approach to pursuing it further academically.

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Largely, the work we did for Sadel was headshots, as he’s still figuring out what style of photography and modeling he is pursuing. But he’s got a good head on his shoulders, so I have no doubt that Sadel will find some success in the Southern California modeling scene.

For more information about my model photography, and headshot photography in Albuquerque, be sure to look through my model photography portfolios.


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Headshot Photography Session with Albuquerque Author Tina Gibson
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More often than not, I'm working with Albuquerque actors and actresses when it comes to my headshot photography in Albuquerque. And while I love working with Albuquerque's actors, I really love the breath of fresh air I get when I get another working member of the Albuquerque community to come in to get some headshot photography work done.

More often than not, I’m working with Albuquerque actors and actresses when it comes to my headshot photography in Albuquerque. And while I love working with Albuquerque’s actors, I really love the breath of fresh air I get when I get another working member of the Albuquerque community to come in to get some headshot photography work done.

Which brings me to Tina, who is an author here in Albuquerque. Naturally, I really enjoyed talking to Tina about her headshot session, because of my love for writing. If you’ve been following my work over the last few years, you’ll know that I do a lot when it comes to writing about photography, and sharing opinion articles, tutorial articles, and various other topics all relating to photography.

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For those who don’t follow me as much, I am a working editor for the popular photography new website, Fstoppers. Fstoppers is one of the largest photography websites in the world, so it’s quite an honor to have them as a medium to share my experiences in photography. I’ve also contributed and wrote for Phototuts+, Retouching Academy, Photofocus, Digital SLR Photography Magazine and more. So with that being said, writing is a huge passion of mine as well.

Working with Tina on her headshot photography session was an absolute breeze. Tina recently left her job as a teacher in the Albuquerque Public School system, to pursue her dream to become a published author. Just a few months into her pursuing those dreams, she’s already gotten a few interests from publications, and will actually have one of her short stories published in a book soon.

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Which is why she came to me. For the book, she needed a headshot of herself to be featured on the back cover and other places throughout the book. She wanted something that was fresh and looking nice, and that is when she found me as her headshot photographer. Ofcourse, I was happy to help, and as a result, we got some really great photographs from the day.

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By the end of the photoshoot, I was able to get a sense of Tina’s interests as an author, and had her leave with one of my all time personal favorite books, Illusions. Hopefully she can read it and get a bit of a sense of my reading interests, while being interested in the book at the same time. Be sure to keep a look out for Tina Gibson in the Albuquerque community, as she pursues her dream on becoming an author.

For more info on my headshot photography, you’re able to go to my headshot information page. You’re also able to see more female headshot photography by clicking here.

 


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The Secret to Headshot Photography
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A question I get asked a lot by many photographers is if I like being a headshot photographer in Albuquerque. The majority of people, know me for my work with models, and the work I do outdoors....

A question I get asked a lot by many photographers is if I like being a headshot photographer in Albuquerque. The majority of people, know me for my work with models, and the work I do outdoors. They know this so well, that I even have a tutorial series that explains my process on creating my environmental portraiture outdoors. But to answer the question about headshot photography – do I love it? Absolutely.

Perhaps what I like most about headshot photography is the honesty involved. It doesn’t take much to figure out how I’m doing what I do in terms of lighting. In fact, to prove it’s not a secret, I’ll explain it right now for you. I use 2 4 ft fluorescent light banks, much like a Kino flo Tegra 4Bank. They are angled inward, and I shoot through the two bars of light onto my subject. The light is daylight balanced, and mounted on C Stands to insure they do not fall down. I then will often have a studio strobe flashing onto my background, to insure I get a pure white. This style has been done by countless photographers; from Peter Hurley to Martin Schoeller.

The camera gear isn’t much of a secret either. I use my Canon 5d Mark III, and use the Canon 85mm f/1.2L II and shoot at ISO 50, f/2.2 and 1/200th a second. These settings really don’t change from session to session, and so much that I have a custom setting on my camera that defaults to these settings.

So What is the Secret to Headshot Photography?

The secret is in the interaction – on every single level. My headshots aren’t selected because they have some intense 5 light setup that no one understands. My headshots aren’t selected because I’m using $100,000 cameras that have prestige that outweighs its uses. My headshots are selected by more casting directors in New Mexico than anyone elses because I know how to interact with my clients and capture a photo that represents them.

Too often there is the assumption that people aren’t photogenic. Too often are we under the assumption that some people feel more comfortable in front of a camera than others. Too often are we under the assumption that headshots are based more on locations or wardrobe.

All of These Assumptions Are Wrong.

I’ve had the privilege of working with some very talented models. Models who have gone on to star on TV shows, win modeling competitions, and work with some of the most talented photographers and biggest brands in the world. Each one of them, at the moment of lifting up your camera to take their photo, have a moment of insecurity. Having your photo taken isn’t entirely easy for anyone, and we must overcome that insecurity to capture the best photos.

And same goes for being photogenic. Sure, we all have our best angles, expressions and sides that represent the best us. It’s the job of the photographer to insure they’re capturing those angles, and highlighting you in the best way possible. If you don’t think you’re photogenic, then your photographer isn’t doing his job.

Now, the gear I mentioned above, does infact total over $10K in gear, but I use that gear to insure my clients get the best headshot photography in the world. An exceptional headshot can be done using a few hundred dollars of gear, if your headshot photographer knows how to address the human element.

And that is why I love headshot photography – it’s so much more different than my normal work. I love headshot photography, because I love people. The reality is that there are no secrets to headshot photography, you’re either good at it or not. It comes down to the interest you have in your clients, and your ability to communicate with them. I love being a headshot photographer because I love talking to people and finding out who they are.

For more info on my headshot photography, you’re able to go to my headshot information page. You’re also able to see more female headshot photography by clicking here. For male headshot photography, click here.


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Lighting and Photography Workshops Tour Announcement
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As many of you know, this past year has been focused heavily on education. With photography workshops taking place all over the United States, and an upcoming tutorial series with a comprehensive breakdown of my entire workflow. However, I'm not done yet, and am excited to announce my photography workshops tour.

As many of you know, this past year has been focused heavily on education. With photography workshops taking place all over the United States, and an upcoming tutorial series with a comprehensive breakdown of my entire workflow. However, I’m not done yet, and am excited to announce my photography workshops tour.

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In the next 3 months, I’ll be working with various brands and companies to give the best education all over the United States. This first piece of it is a trial run, traveling to Albuquerque, NM, Kalamazoo, MI and Washington, D.C. with Phase One at my side the whole way through.

What Are These Photography Workshops About?

These photography workshops are a comprehensive 8 hour day that will teach you how to drastically improve your photography and lighting on location. With the use of off camera lighting and ND Filters, I will personally teach you how to create beautiful light on both your subjects and your scenes. Cinematic environmental portraits that will help build your portfolio, and book you more jobs within the industry. Not only is this a photography lecture teaching all these techniques, but it’s a hands on class as well. The entire class will be broken into two parts, one in lecture format, allowing you to learn and discuss the techniques taught. The second portion is hands on. With lighting equipment provided by Zach Sutton, you’re able to learn how to properly light subjects (using a model hired for the session) in any environment, resulting in better photos, more jobs, and a better portfolio book. This lecture also has a Q&A section, allowing you to ask questions beyond lighting – from business practices to workflow processes. These photography workshops are incredibly extensive, and limited to 10 students for $250.

Who Are These Photography Workshops For?

Everyone. Tailored with both the beginner and seasoned pro in mind, these photography workshops are taught in a way to improve everyone’s work, and not just tailored to a single demographic or type of photographer. From senior photos, to weddings; this outdoor lighting workshop will improve your photography skills.

Where Are These Photography Workshops Taking Place?

These photography workshops are taking place in three different cities all over the United States. This is just a preliminary tour, so additional photography workshop dates may be added to this tour. At this time, the schedule can be seen below.

What Is Included In These Photography Workshops?

These photography workshops include tons of information for all photographers. Included with this class and on location training is a thumbdrive containing photoshoot breakdowns, retouching techniques, workflow actions and more. These photography workshop also gives you full access to the highest quality gear in the industry, provided by LensRentals.

 

Zach Sutton will be teaching an Outdoor Lighting Workshop in Kalamazoo on September 28th, 2014. This class is 8 hours long and limited to 10 students. A Phase  One rep will be on location, to show you how to use their cameras if you’d like. A few months ago, this very same class sold out in 48 hours, so act fast. Click here to reserve your seat.
Zach Sutton will be teaching an Outdoor Lighting Workshop in Albuquerque on October 19th 2014. This class is 8 hours long and limited to 10 students. A Phase  One rep will be on location, to show you how to use their cameras if you’d like. I’ve taught this class twice in Albuquerque now, and have had an overwhelming outpour of additional people interested. Click here to reserve your seat.
Zach Sutton is teaching an Outdoor Lighting Workshop in Washington D.C. in November. The exact date and location is TBA. A Phase One rep will also be at this one, giving you the options to use their camera systems on location.

Sponsorships

Perhaps the most exciting announcement is that these workshops are going to be sponsored by some of the biggest brands in the business, allowing you to not only learn about new techniques, but have the day playing around with some of the absolute best equipment in the industry.

Phase One

That’s right, I have PhaseOne on board for this workshop. Not only will a tech be there to show you all of the working parts of CaptureOne and the PhaseOne systems, but we’ll have PhaseOne cameras there as well, allowing you to test drive the Ferrari of camera gear for the day. The daily rental cost of a 645df+ w/ IQ250 is over $450. That alone pays for the workshop nearly two times over. This camera system will be for use of attendees of this workshop, allowing you to get the best possible image quality while on location following the lecture portion of the class. They’ll also be providing Capture One Express to the attendees, a $100 value.

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Along side PhaseOne, LensRentals will be supplying gear for these photography workshops, along with Profoto B1 studio strobes. Not only is Profoto among the highest quality lighting gear for photographers today, the B1 is the most advanced cordless studio strobe in history. They’ll also be supplying many lens loadouts and gear that students may need to get the best possible photographs for your portfolio.

Reviews From Previous Photography Workshop Attendees

Shankar Narayanan
I had the great opportunity to attend the “Outdoor Lighting” workshop on 7/13/14, hosted by Zach. The entire day was jam packed with information and knowledge transfer. The key to the success was Zach’s personality. Despite being a highly published artiste, Zach is down to earth & approachable and with no pretenses. That made it easy for us to ask questions and get straight answers. The photography workshop also featured industry experts from PHLEARN & Phase One and we got to use some cool equipment. Once we got started on the hands on part of the class where we mixed strobes with harsh afternoon sunlight, Zach showed us how it is done, and worked with us all individually till we “got it”. We then went on and worked with the talented models all afternoon. The techniques I learned in this class will help take my outdoor photography to the next level. I have already ordered a beauty dish & a power pack to go with my AB800. Can’t wait to try my skills. Don’t miss this opportunity if this class comes to your town!
Aaron Geller
I had the pleasure of meeting Zach last fall in NYC (despite living in the same small town for several years) and found him to be enthusiastic and making new paths for himself in the industry. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend his workshop here in West Michigan. So here are my thoughts: Zach puts a lot of effort into the photography workshops and it comes through. The workshop factors in your needs and wants, and he is open to input. The price was affordable and in no way was Zach price gouging anyone – I fear to say it, but I doubt any grand profit was made. And speaking of price, we all received our money’s worth from this workshop. It was my first workshop for photography and up until that point, I had never considered the importance of neutral density filters in my work. Certainly, the workshop was a great opportunity to build network connections and meet people passionate about photography. I also enjoyed trying out new equipment and seeing how it could be applied toward my own work. In short, if you have a chance to take a workshop with Zach – you will get more than your money’s worth.
David Crewe
I was a fan of Zach’s work before meeting him, and after getting to work with, attend one of his workshops to see just how the man works, i’m even more a fan! Zach is one of the most creative, driven, funny, and talented photographers AND educators on the market and I cannot recommend him enough!
Jeremiah Rosa
I enjoyed my 2nd photography workshop with Zach this past weekend. His teaching style makes new information exciting and understandable. I always learn more than I expect from Zach, and love to watch him work. On top of the great information, I met amazing industry professionals, worked with top notch models, and even went home with a killer swag bag! When Zach comes to town, he don’t mess around!
Brittney Simerson
If you’re looking for the most professional, easy going, and energetic photographer…Zach Sutton Photography is who you need to choose! I have worked with him twice for his photography workshop and each time I’m more amazed at how our experience turns out.
Berta Torrez
Very amazing class very easy to understand. The hand son that was amazing . It was not a boring class you kept it very interesting . You made me feel very comfortable, and you made it very easy to able to ask a question, And your answers were very honest.. I would take a class with you again in heart beat. Thanks Again!
Destinie Jaramillo
I am so glad I took Zach’s lighting workshop! I have always been a natural light photographer and didn’t really see the use for artificial lighting outdoors but OMG was I wrong! Learning how to properly use light and light modifiers coupled with natural light was a total game changer for me! Thanks Zach!
Beth Waldron Yuhas
The class portion of the workshop was full of information, examples, and extras like tutorials for later use. The outdoor hands-on part was really fun, and he let us use his own gear, which is awesome. I learned a lot and can’t wait to use it.
Amy Luna
Zach’s Outdoor Lighting Workshop is a serious game changer, the content and experience of the workshop is amazing and the hands on experience you gain from the work shop is amazing. Zach is so willing to help in anyway that he can and had equipment readily available for the entire class to experiment with! I loved the workshop and feel that my lighting knowledge is mounds and leaps better than when I initially walked into the class :-). If you’re considering taking in course from Zach, I highly recommend it!
Jasmine Peralta
I wasn’t able to make the first Outdoor Lighting Workshop and I was broken hearted, but I was I was ecstatic when I found out Zach was having another workshop in Albuquerque! I had zero knowledge of artificial lighting beforehand and I knew that if I wanted to take a step further into the photography business, I needed to learn from the best! Zach’s teaching style is awesome. He is so helpful and patient. The in-class workshop and being on location were both incredibly insightful. Taking this photography workshop opened my eyes to the amazing possibilities to capture the perfect photo using outdoor lighting. I can’t wait to use the information I gained from this photography workshop in my future work. Thank you so much, Zach!

Examples of My Photography Work, and Topics Taught

 For more information or to sign up for these photography workshops, feel free to visit my photography workshops website by clicking here.


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Headshot Photography for Albuquerque Realtor Debbie Dupes
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More often than not, you see a lot of my headshot photography done for local Albuquerque actors and actresses. This is because the film industry in Albuquerque is booming, and I'm always happy to help Albuquerque actors get the best possible headshot to help their career.

More often than not, you see a lot of my headshot photography done for local Albuquerque actors and actresses. This is because the film industry in Albuquerque is booming, and I’m always happy to help Albuquerque actors get the best possible headshot to help their career. But actors and actresses isn’t the only people I help provide headshots for.

Meet Debbie for example. Debbie is a commercial Realtor here in Albuquerque, NM. Often, her office provides a photographer for headshots to be used on their website and other promotional paperwork. However, this usually results in cookie cutter and basic photos, without much time to set up and really capture the best photograph for yourself. So this year, Debbie wanted to do something different.

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Instead of having her office bring in a photographer for headshots to be used on the website and elsewhere, Debbie decided to just find someone herself, and find someone that she can trust to capture the best possible images. With the help of Kata Baron of The Pretty Committee on Makeup, we set up a time to have her come into my headshot photography studio, and began shooting.

Overall, I had a really great time taking headshots for Debbie. Her husband is from Michigan, and her from the midwest. So we were able to talk about our transition to the desert and ramble about how much we really love Albuquerque and all it has to offer.

As well as asking me to take headshots for her website and promotion of her real estate business, Debbie also needed photos to be used for her renewed passport, a service I’m always happy to bundle in with my headshot sessions for both Albuquerque actors and businessmen and women.

For more info on my headshot photography, you’re able to go to my headshot information page. You’re also able to see more female headshot photography by clicking here.

 


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