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You realize that what is priceless tomorrow is expensive today. You’re doing it old skool – five hours or more. And you want full coverage from beginning to end. You want amazing family portraits, and breathtaking in-the-moment photojournalism that will make you laugh and cry every time you see them for the rest of your life. You want photography that becomes more valuable with every passing day.

20 Reasons Why Jerry Ghionis’ Workshop May Be The Very Best In The World – A Review

July 31, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

 

This is my review of the week-long intensive wedding photography workshop conducted by Jerry and Melissa Ghionis.

My photography education has consisted entirely of mentoring and workshops with the people whose work I admire, and practicing those lessons learned. Since 2007 I have invested well over $20,000 in more than a dozen workshops, from some of the most well-known photographers in the world. While some have been “eh”, most have been quite good. I’ve listed many of the mentors I’ve studied with elsewhere on this blog.

But I just returned from a week-long intensive workshop with Jerry & Melissa Ghionis in Los Angeles. It was hands-down the very best workshop for wedding & portrait photography I have ever taken. I wanted to share some of the reasons why.

  1. Jerry Ghionis and his beautiful, talented, gracious wife Melissa Ghionis listen. They listen to each participant’s needs and challenges and tailor their workshop & advice to those individual needs.
  2. They are a well-oiled machine and run a very efficient, dense workshop.
  3. They work incredibly hard.
  4. They give tremendous value for your money.
  5. The marketing critique alone is worth $2,000. After seeing their existing marketing materials, Jerry makes specific, smart recommendations to everyone.
  6. Jerry teaches to all levels at once. Our group of 20 had some very experienced full-time wedding & portrait photographers, and some folks just getting started. Jerry somehow taught technique to all of us at the same time, leaving no-one behind, nor boring the more advanced.
  7. I will never again avoid shooting with my clients in direct sun – Jerry showed us how to get shockingly soft light in the hardest light imaginable.
  8. Jerry gave us a formula, a series of steps, guaranteed to improve each photograph you make, if you follow the steps: LLPEE.
  9. Known as the “MacGyver” of wedding photography, Jerry taught us how to create the most gorgeous photographs in the most unappealing locations, e.g., a trashy back-alley in broad daylight.
  10. Jerry taught us to slow down, be deliberate, don’t over-shoot, get the shot right, in-camera, then stop, move on.
  11. Jerry and Melissa are wonderfully human and approachable. While rock-stars in our industry, they are very real, vulnerable people.
  12. Jerry – whose albums have won more Album of The Year awards than any other photographer in the world (by a mile) – showed us one of his earliest albums from many years ago, that was so bad, and that incorporated so many mistakes of design and photography, that it humanized this Michael Jordan of Wedding Photography and gave each of us hope that we, too, can learn to become great and to create great albums.
  13. Jerry gave us excellent, specific advice on pricing and all manner of business best practices.
  14. In the personal one-on-one mentor session, Jerry gave each of us personalized advice on how we can immediately and significantly improve our income as photographers.
  15. While I pride myself on my ability to use off-camera lighting on-location, Jerry gave me a great new respect for the power and beauty and professionalism of using direct and reflected sunlight and other available light, if used the right way.
  16. Jerry introduced us to the art of posing – a task that most photographers find daunting and intimidating. We practiced and troubleshooted posing challenges over and over.
  17. Jerry gave us dozens of practical methods to elicit genuine beautiful emotions from our clients.
  18. Jerry was always honest in his critiques of our work, and always a gentleman, no matter how awful our work.
  19. Jerry taught each of us how to critique our own work after the fact, but more importantly, he taught us to critique our work in the viewfinder, so that we make the shot perfect the first time.
  20. Jerry & Melissa are incredibly generous in all ways – with their time, their attention, their financial resources, their invaluable experience.

This is the best workshop I have ever taken.

Re-Branding – Our New Business Cards

July 24, 2012 | By | 3 Comments

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Honored and Nervous to shoot a famous Australian Photographer, Yikes!

June 26, 2012 | By | No Comments

I was honored recently when Natalie Howe, one of the most successful, awarded and famous wedding & portrait photographers in Australia chose FogartyFOTO to do some portraits of her and her beautiful family here in Las Vegas.

Her husband and she had an uber-fun renewal  ceremony @ Graceland Wedding Chapel (why Graceland? ‘cuz Bon Jovi got married there! of course! 🙂 )

Natalie and Chris have been married 81/2 years (very important not to forget the 1/2, right Chris?)

My wife Chris & I met Natalie and her husband Chris and their son Tom and Natalie’s fellow photographer Kate Lindsay at Graceland, and off we went!

Natalie is so use to posing her own clients, she automatically posed herself and her family!  Nice job Natalie!  Even Kate got in on the action by assisting Steve with some gear.  She is so use to being Natalie’s assistant, it was pure instinct.   We had so much fun with these guys.  We did a lot in a short time.

The only thing we didn’t do was ” throw another shrimp on the barbie!”  Maybe next time.  Have a fun rest of your vacation traveling all over the US.

As they had some Vegas things to do – shows to catch, parties to make – we didn’t have that much time. But that didn’t stop us from making some awesome magazine-style portraits.

This shot was taken by Kate from inside the air conditioned car on this 108º Vegas day.

You wouldn’t know it from the photos but one of these folks is suffering from heat stroke or the like – not enough snickers bars & water to fend off the intense Vegas sun. They were all good sports about it and we shot through it.

This was truly one of the most rewarding and fun photo shoots we’ve ever done!

Locations: Graceland Wedding Chapel, Boulder Dry Lake Bed, Nelson / Eldorado Canyon, NV

© Copyright 2012 Photo by Kate Lindsay Photography

Linda & David – Fun, Fabulous, Feel-ful

June 25, 2012 | By | No Comments

Girls just wanna have fun.


Exceptional Wedding Cinematography by my friend Terrence Lighten, Master Jedi of Lighten Films.

Almost ready.The beautiful sistahs ready to roll.Bride with the two most important men in her life growing up – about to join the now most important man in her life.Intimate, Cozy, Verdant, Lovely gazebo at The Grove.So many friends came to witness and share well wishes.Big beautiful family portraits were important to Linda and Dee – so that’s what we delivered 🙂 How do “available light” photographers do it?Professional lightingHow do “available light” photographers do it as the sun sets? I honestly don’t know.New brothers-in-law – like twins!David happy with his very proud parents.Sun is gone, portraits keep on rockin’ – this was our Reservoir Dogs take.Boom! Let’s start the party and get some dancing on!Toasts from the beautiful bad girls.

First dance – like nobody else is in the room.Dancing with his baby girl.Sometimes couples invite friends who really know how to dance – like these guys!
And these guys.Where’s my bride? I caught the garter!
Va-voom baby.Vamping for the camera.Winding down. I love their hands.This party rocked.Thank you Dee for honoring FogartyFOTO with photographing your daughter’s wedding!

Wedding & Ceremony Venue: The Grove

Priest: Father Arthur Yabes, Saint Cyprian Church, Sunnyvale, CA

Wedding Cinematography: Lighten Films

Wedding Gown & Veil: by Maggie Sottero – “Karina”, purchased at Brides of California, Sunnyvale, CA

Tiara: Rin’s Bridal, San Carlos, CA

Shoes: Liz Rene “Melissa”

Bridal Party Dresses: David’s Bridal

Junior Bridesmaid Dress: Alexia Designs from Rosie’s Bridal, Independence, MO

Groom’s Party Tuxes: Calvin Klein Collection, Men’s Wearhouse

Rings: Custom Designed by David & Linda – Kay’s Jewelers

DJ: Good Vibrations DJ, Las Vegas 702-438-8091

Cakes: Cake Couture, Las  Vegas, Amy 702-782–9806

Uplighting: Woolard Productions

Original Music for Bridal Processional – Lucian Piane

Wedding Cinema vs Your Cousin Jimmy

June 19, 2012 | By | No Comments

I want all of my clients to understand the enormous difference between professional wedding cinematography and a home video made by a talented relative or friend.

Wedding videography has evolved dramatically in the last 10 years to the point where the better work now more resembles a high-quality Hollywood film – with tight editing and gorgeous lighting and moving storytelling – than the static, blurry, shaky, amateur work of old.

If you’re considering letting your Uncle Bob or good friend make the video for your wedding, I hope you’ll first take a look at the samples below.

The first video – labeled “Uncle Bob” – is borrowed from YouTube, and is representative of what you’ll get from a non-professional.

The film clips below Uncle Bob’s – labeled “Lighten Films” – represent the kind of excellence you can expect from a modern, full-time wedding cinematographer, like Terrence Lighten of Lighten Films here in Las Vegas.

Uncle Bob

Lighten Films



Valley of Fire Elopement – Monica + Asa

May 19, 2012 | By | No Comments

This is a super quick sneak peak of Monica & Asa’s gorgeous fun elopement & post-wedding trash the dress session. Full treatment in time. 🙂 Gotta get back to the  backlog! 🙂 Been a very busy spring 🙂 #Grateful