I’m an Albuquerque photographer, but what many people don’t know at this point is that I’m originally from Michigan. All of my family lives in Michigan still, so every year around Christmas, I need to venture my way back up to the snowy area to see friends and family for the holidays.
Because I built my career as a photographer in Michigan, I still have many contacts within the state that follow my work. So naturally, the last couple years, upon coming home, I try to do something involving the community.
Last year, I had a lecture in Ann Arbor on Capturing Personality Through Photography. Not only was it a huge success and a lot of fun, but I really found my love for public speaking and teaching. Having a love for music, I have been on plenty of stages and feel comfortable with people watching me as a speak, so lectures and workshops never seem to be a problem for me.
This year, I wanted to focus on the teaching aspects of photography. I decided pretty early on that I really wanted to put together a workshop that focuses on lighting properly. Too often, photography workshops have little training and focus on the models there, and just let photographers work with various people. I wanted to do it different, and wanted to present some knowledge on my workshop, and stressed that during the setting up and booking for it.
The photography workshop took place in Kalamazoo, MI. I was able to use my friend Bill’s studio space, and able to sell the entire workshop out. With the help of my model, Britney Simerson, I went through the different lighting and retouching techniques for various photographers in West Michigan. The entire day was a huge success, and my friend Jeff Nguyen of JeFresh Media also was able to make a great little Behind The Scenes video of the day. It’s only 30 seconds long, but I think it really captures the attitude and experience for those who were able to attend.
This coming year, I hope to teach more and in different areas of the United States. I’m also hoping to put out more tutorial videos, and possibly a DVD on lighting. So stay tuned!