Photography Travel Notice April 15th 2014 – Los Angeles
Just a quick notice to let all my clients know that I'll have limited availability to talk starting tomorrow until Friday night. I will be in Los Angeles doing some photography work for various modeling and talent agencies, as well as visiting some friends.
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Just a quick notice to let all my clients know that I’ll have limited availability to talk starting tomorrow until Friday night. I will be in Los Angeles doing some photography work for various modeling and talent agencies, as well as visiting some friends.

Las Angeles Travel Notice Photography

Among those friends are Julia Kuzmenko and Joe Gunawan. If you want to see some incredibly inspiring fashion photography and beauty photography, be sure to check out some of the work they’re doing. It’s really exceptional.

Anyway, I just wanted to give a quick update on why I may be slow to answer your emails or deliver your headshot photography over these next few days.


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Albuquerque Photography Workshop Announcement – April 27th 2014
A couple weeks ago, I hosted a photography workshop in Albuquerque on the topic of Outdoor Lighting. Following the workshop, I got a lot of positive feedback and virtually all of my students took to Facebook to talk about how much they learned and how much fun that had.
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A couple weeks ago, I hosted a photography workshop in Albuquerque on the topic of Outdoor Lighting. Following the workshop, I got a lot of positive feedback and virtually all of my students took to Facebook to talk about how much they learned and how much fun that had.

So the next couple days afterwards, consisted of emails, phone calls and messages from those who were unable to attend and wish they had. After much thought on the topic, I figured, what the heck, and decided to re-host the workshop to those who were unable to attend.

Albuquerque Photography Workshop

The workshop is scheduled for April 27th (a Sunday) and covers and included all of the stuff from the previous workshop. So 8 hours of both classroom and outdoors teaching you everything about modifiers, lighting styles and techniques, ND filters, and hands on treatment of everything taught.

Photography Workshops

The class itself is limited to 10 people, and is first come first serve. If you’re an Albuquerque photographer and thinking about attending, feel free to contact me for more information and to reserve your seat.

Reviews From The Previous Workshop On The Same Topic
From the moment I learned Zach was offering a lighting workshop I immediately knew that the investment had to be made. I have followed not only his incredible work but his fantastic articles for Fstoppers. Both the in class workshop and on location shoot were incredibly insightful. Zach was patient, hands on, and willing to share his vast knowledge of outdoor lighting and beyond. Absolutely nothing was off limits. I sincerely feel that the course is a game changer & will push you & your photography business to that next level.

Alicia Padilla

Zach’s workshop was outstanding, both in content and hands-on experience. The material covered was valuable and readily translated into applicable skills during the field portion of the day. I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve their outdoor lighting techniques – and photography in general.
Webb Johnson

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.
Beth Waldron Yuhas

Zachs workshop was such an eye-opening experience for me. I had zero knowledge of artificial lighting and he was patient and willing to answer all the questions I had. I am so excited to practice all the tips and techniques he had to share.
Ashley Shaw

It was like a class for the everyman. There was discussion, opinions and laughter and out of that was this freedom for creativity.
Malik Daniels

If you’re looking for more information about my workshops and teaching techniques, feel free to check out my workshop page.


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A Review Of My Outdoor Lighting Workshop in Albuquerque, NM
Last weekend, I hosted a photography workshop in Albuquerque, and had a great time meeting with 9 other photographers in the area, all willing to learn new techniques and take their photography and lighting to the next level.
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Last weekend, I hosted a photography workshop in Albuquerque, and had a great time meeting with 9 other photographers in the area, all willing to learn new techniques and take their photography and lighting to the next level.

The workshop itself was 8 hours long, 2 hours longer than any other workshop I’ve taught in the past. The topic was Outdoor Lighting, and covered everything everyone needs to know about lighting modifiers, lighting techniques, ND filters, and properly using the tools on location to insure the best possible shoot.

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While this workshop was a success, I do want to address some challenges that came with it.

Training Your Competition?

A question that many people asked while setting up this workshop was the act of training your competition in the industry. Some skeptics spoke to me about this and said that if I divulge my secrets to other photographers in the industry, I’m potentially hurting my own business. I simply do not believe that.

I want a competition heavy environment.  By teaching my techniques to other photographers within my market, I’m doing three different things.

The first, is that I’m increasing their knowledge, and (hopefully) teaching them a new way to look at photography.  I’m not just building their skillset with photography, but in turn, I’m building the communities general knowledge and skills as well. Having a stronger community of photographers in Albuquerque, I’m increasing the value of photography among the general public here in Albuquerque. When potential clients see better photographs from all of us, we can demand higher prices, and get more work.

The second task and motive in this education center plan is to increase my competition – which is good. I got well versed in lighting because not only did I find an interest in it when I began taking photos, but it was also because I had to. I started my photography business in Michigan, and was surrounded with photographers who all knew more than me, were more stable in the market, and were flat out better than me. I learned lighting because I had to to keep up with my competition. By building a competition heavy market, you can bet that only the strongest will survive. I want competition, cause I want to have to constantly improve and adapt my photography talents. I want to be the cream that rises to the top.

The third thing I’m doing with this workshops, is building a community here in Albuquerque. By the end of the day, myself and everyone who attended the workshop were friends. We were able to bounce ideas off of eachother, offer up gear for those who ran into last minute problems, and help carry each other along the way. Photography is in my blood, so why wouldn’t I want to be friends with others who share that same passion?

Albuquerque Photography Workshops

The overall workshop went exceptionally, and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and learned a lot. Here are some of the reviews that my students were saying about the workshop.

Reviews
From the moment I learned Zach was offering a lighting workshop I immediately knew that the investment had to be made. I have followed not only his incredible work but his fantastic articles for Fstoppers. Both the in class workshop and on location shoot were incredibly insightful. Zach was patient, hands on, and willing to share his vast knowledge of outdoor lighting and beyond. Absolutely nothing was off limits. I sincerely feel that the course is a game changer & will push you & your photography business to that next level.

Alicia Padilla

Zach’s workshop was outstanding, both in content and hands-on experience. The material covered was valuable and readily translated into applicable skills during the field portion of the day. I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve their outdoor lighting techniques – and photography in general.
Webb Johnson

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.
Beth Waldron Yuhas

Zachs workshop was such an eye-opening experience for me. I had zero knowledge of artificial lighting and he was patient and willing to answer all the questions I had. I am so excited to practice all the tips and techniques he had to share.
Ashley Shaw

It was like a class for the everyman. There was discussion, opinions and laughter and out of that was this freedom for creativity.
Malik Daniels

In Summary

I’m excited to continue these workshops for the Albuquerque area and all over the United States. I’ve already had a few people call, comment and email me that they missed the Outdoor Lighting Workshop and would still like to attend it if there was an additional class. For that reason, I’m announcing that I’ll be teaching that again soon in a few weeks for those looking to attend. I’ll have more info in the coming weeks. Special thanks to Kata Baron of The Pretty Committee for always doing a great job with makeup, Brittany Dale for being our lovely muse for the day, and The Sandbox for providing a classroom for the workshop.

 

If you’re more interested in my workshops, please check out my workshop website.


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Headshot Photography Session with Albuquerque Actress Megan Black
Along side my recent headshot photography session with Charles Rath, I was also able to work with Megan Black. Megan is an Albuquerque Actress and needed some new actor headshots to jumpstart her career in acting.
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Along side my recent headshot photography session with Charles Rath, I was also able to work with Megan Black. Megan is an Albuquerque Actress and needed some new actor headshots to jumpstart her career in acting.

Albuquerque Headshot Photography

Like Charles, Megan was recommended to me by the Crossfit Gym in Albuquerque that she works for. As mentioned before, I’ve taken photos of a few members of the staff who are Albuquerque actors and stuntmen. Happy with the headshots I was able to produce for them, they began referring local actors and actresses to me for headshot photography.

Actress Headshots

Anyway, Megan decided recently to pursue her passion in acting, and was told that she needed some nice actor headshots to help jumpstart her career in the film and tv scene in Albuquerque. Her and I met for coffee, to which I explained my passion for building Albuquerque into a legitimate acting hub in the United States. From there, we checked our calendars and booked a session.

Albuquerque Headshot Photography

Here are just a few of the photos we were able to take when Megan arrived to my headshot photography studio. She was wonderful to work with and is very photogenic. Look for Megan in upcoming film productions in Albuquerque.

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Headshot Photography Session with Albuquerque’s Charles Rath
While I work as a headshot photographer for Albuquerque actors and actresses predominately, that doesn't mean I'm unable to take headshots for local business men and women who need updated headshots for their social media and branding efforts. Meet Charles Rath. Charles is a local business person here in Albuquerque and decided recently that he needed new headshots for his LinkedIn profile and for general speaking events he has coming up in the year 2014.
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While I work as a headshot photographer for Albuquerque actors and actresses predominately, that doesn’t mean I’m unable to take headshots for local business men and women who need updated headshots for their social media and branding efforts. Meet Charles Rath. Charles is a local business person here in Albuquerque and decided recently that he needed new headshots for his LinkedIn profile and for general speaking events he has coming up in the year 2014.

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He got my name from a local crossfit gym in Albuquerque that I’ve taken headshots for, as many of the employees are also actors in the industry, and even some SAG represented stuntmen and women.  So naturally, despite not being an actor in Albuquerque, I was happy to help Charles with his headshots.

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Don’t let Charles fool you, this guy was a complete natural in front of the camera. He made claims of being unphotogenic through emails, but once I got him in front of my camera, he kind of naturally fell into place. Not only did he pose himself well, but he had a lot of expressions and connections with the camera. We ended up getting him some great photos, and I think he was very happy with the diversity we were able to get out of his headshot session.

 


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The True Value of WPPI (And Other Photography Expos)
Last week, I was working on just a couple hours of sleep, spending my time in Vegas, eating luxuriously, losing my worth on the blackjack tables, and drinking far too much. But I was also working. I was doing press coverage for Fstoppers, building brand relationships for 8 hours a day on the showroom floor
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Last week, I was working on just a couple hours of sleep, spending my time in Vegas, eating luxuriously, losing my worth on the blackjack tables, and drinking far too much. But I was also working. I was doing press coverage for Fstoppers, building brand relationships for 8 hours a day on the showroom floor, trying to sell ad space and get equipment for review.

However my post here isn’t about what I did for Fstoppers, as you can go there to check that out. What I do want to talk about is the value of these expos. It’s not uncommon for me to hear people talk about not getting a value out of WPPI. The event is expensive, the classes are even more expensive, and Vegas will straight up wear you out. You’ll walk the showroom floor, and be pestered by people from various brands trying to get you to switch to them. You’ll be dealing with salesmen, trying to get you to push out a couple hundred dollars for that new Lowepro bag. And you’ll be on your feet all day and want to go to bed at 4pm, when the showroom floor and classes end.

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But what you don’t realize is that WPPI is now just starting. You see, WPPI isn’t all about the classes and the expo. Sure, they’re huge, and you can gather so much info from those things, but WPPI is also a retreat for photographers all over the world. After the show ends for the day, you may get invited to dinner by a few photographers. If you stay out long enough, they’ll all cycle to the bar, and guess what – they love talking about their passion….Photography.

When in WPPI this year, I had the opportunity to meet some of my biggest inspirations for my work. No, I didn’t meet them in the press room, or bumped into them as they were leaving the showroom floor, I went out and grabbed a beer with them. WPPI is a social event! Sure, if you want to know how to build a headshot business, you can sit through a lecture from a pro and take it all in, or you can have a drink with Peter Hurley – The most successful headshot photographer in the world.

You may not feel it, but we have a community. Photographers are all trying to make a living doing what they love, and that is what makes these events so special. Through togetherness, we’re able to grow, inspire, learn and teach. We’re able to build our business by helping others. That is what WPPI is all about.


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Featured on ShotKit
I'm honored to say that a week or so ago, I was featured on the popular website ShotKit - where professional photographers show the world what is in their gear bags. The website itself is pretty new, but I was quite honored to be asked to be included among the ranks of some of the worlds best photographers.
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I’m honored to say that a week or so ago, I was featured on the popular website ShotKit – where professional photographers show the world what is in their gear bags. The website itself is pretty new, but I was quite honored to be asked to be included among the ranks of some of the worlds best photographers.

ShotKit Feature Zach Sutton

So if you’ve ever wondered what gear I use, be sure to check the post out. I don’t often show off my camera gear much, only because I’m kind of embarrassed on how much gear I have. Never did I think that I’d have over $20K worth of gear to use at any given time.

Anyway, check out their website and let me know what you think of my gear back and others.


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Travel Notice – Visiting WPPI in Las Vegas, Nevada
Just wanted to take a quick moment to remind all my potential clients that I will be out of town from March 1st til the 6th, and will be unable to book any session, retouch any photos, or fill any print orders at that time. The reason is because I'll be at WPPI during this time.
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Just wanted to take a quick moment to remind all my potential clients that I will be out of town from March 1st till the 6th, and will be unable to book any session, retouch any photos, or fill any print orders at that time. The reason is because I’ll be at WPPI during this time.

What WPPI is is the largest Wedding and Portrait Photography convention and expo in the world, hosted annually in Las Vegas, NV. I was invited by my boss at Fstoppers to be the brand ambassador for Fstoppers and give our viewers all the coverage surrounding the event. Be sure to check out Fstoppers to get a clear view of all that happens at this convention. I still have opening in my schedule this week though, so if you’d like to book a last minute session, I’m available.

WPPI Travel Notice


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Headshot Photography Session With Fawn Hanson
I was recently able to work with the beautiful Fawn Hanson of Albuquerque, NM to update her acting headshots. Fawn is currently unsigned, but has been very active in the New Mexico acting scene.
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I was recently able to work with the beautiful Fawn Hanson of Albuquerque, NM to update her acting headshots. Fawn is currently unsigned, but has been very active in the New Mexico acting scene. She’s hoping that some fresh headshots will help her already budding acting career go to the next level.

Fawn got in touch with me after finding some of my work through Google. When looking through photos, she said that she kept selecting my photos as her favorites in her searches. Naturally, I was flattered, and happy to help her get some new photographs for her acting career.

My friend and make up artist Kata Baron of The Pretty Committee was able to stop in and do makeup and hair for the session. Fawn was an absolutely joy to work with, and we were able to get some really great photos from the session. Watch as Fawn continues to hone her craft in acting, and continuing her success.New Mexico Photography Albuquerque Headshot Photography New Mexico Headshot Photography Actress Headshot Photography


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Model Photography with Albuquerque Model Brittany Dale
Recently, I was able to work with Brittany Dale, a local model here in Albuquerque, NM. We had worked before, and the photos came out great - so I was excited to work with her again.
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Recently, I was able to work with Brittany Dale, a local model here in Albuquerque, NM. We had worked before, and the photos came out great – so I was excited to work with her again.

This photo session was a test shoot that I have put together with local talent here in Albuquerque. We were inspired by Benjamin Kanarek’s work for Vogue in Paris a few months prior. I was able to get in touch with Nichole of No. 13 Boutique to help style this session, and was able to get hair by Santi of Inspire Salon and Kata Baron of The Pretty Committee.

Overall, I’m super happy with how this photography session went, and I’m really excited to show you the results from it. So without further adieu – here are the photos we were able to capture of Brittany Dale in downtown Albuquerque.

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