Model Shoot-Out: Part 1

So this is Laurel.  She made many photographer friends this past weekend at the PhotoPro Expo.

After spending 44+ hours with so many photo-friendly colleagues, mentors, teachers, and professionals, I have plenty of goodies to talk about.  Trust me, there will be several future posts resulting from my time spent (time very well spent) at this huge gathering over Super Bowl weekend.

The Expo started Thursday, February 2nd and ran thru Monday, February 6th.  It was held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, in Covington, KY.  Side note… I spent many days driving to and from Covington, KY and I still have yet to master the art of not getting lost on the way out of Covington.  For me, it’s kinda like a mini-Bermuda Triangle.  So anyway, on Saturday and Sunday they not only held seminars, but also hosted a rather large trade show (if you are into photography, gear and props, do NOT go in there with an empty credit card, unless you want a new monthly bill.)  Not only do they sell everything on my “want” lists, but they also hold a model shoot-out.

At the Westcott Model Shoot-Out, we are given the opportunity to hone our photography skills, using Westcott studio lights, backdrops, and models.  Which brings me back to Laurel.  She would be the model, that on Day 2 of the shoot-out, wore some crazy patent-leather/vinyl, platform boots to go along with her Harlequin checkered Jester costume.  The three remaining models will be posted in a future post, but I opted for Laurel first, as I am a sucker for clowns, jesters and anything with a Harlequin, diamond pattern on it.

The way that the shoot-out worked was very simple, and very chaotic.  Anyone with their camera could come up to any model at anytime, pose them and shoot them.  I kinda felt like the paparazzi a few times.  The sets were prearranged in four separate booths with backdrops, lighting and some props.  It was my job, as the photographer to settle the technical aspects of the manual settings withing my camera and make sure to capture the models in creative and interesting ways. Hmmm… reminds me of what I do on a pretty regular basis.  Can I say it?  I LOVE my job!

To the models that stood, posed, sat, and posed some more while being photographed for 4+ hours, I say “Thank You!”

As I’d mentioned before, I will be posting more from the PhotoPro Expo in the very near future.  It was an amazing experience and well worth the time spent.  I saw some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G photography, and I would just be a greedy person if I kept it all to myself.

Please stay tuned!

By the way, Laurel has a Facebook page!

Lighting and sets provided by Westcott