I was fortunate to attend Imaging USA 2016 which was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this year. This is one of the perks of being part of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and it’s a huge event. Thousands of photographers, vendors, and teachers from all over the world attend this annual event, so it’s a great way to meet new faces while rubbing elbows with the greats (I met and got a picture with Jerry Ghionis – “widely regarded as one of the top five best wedding photographers in the world”). Classes are held throughout the day while the trade expo runs offering photographers the ability to expand their knowledge as well as their gear. I fell in love with Sue Bryce’s work in fine art female portraiture and learned a lot from her. When I came home, I immediately enlisted some friends to model for me at my new studio, and I have fallen in love with the art!
I learned a lot from Imaging USA, and I was thrilled to put it to use. I reached out to friends who were only too happy to have a girls night playing dress up with makeup and fun accessories. One friend brought her grandmother’s antique hats that were so gorgeous each in their own way. They had bird cage netting that rested over the hat, so I decided to flip them over and have the girls wear the bird cage over their face like a bird cage veil. Couple that with some bright, bold makeup and complimentary earrings, and it made for some gorgeous images. I look forward to continuing to develop my love for the studio portrait. Contact me today if you would be interested in setting up your own studio experience!
Here are a few phone photos from Imaging USA 2016 (that’s Jerry in the top left!):