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PartnerCon Shooting Workshop

As this year comes to a close, I’ve started to look back on my 2010 goals. One huge check off that pretty audacious list was teaching at Pictage‘s Partner Conference 2010. I was chosen to lead a shooting workshop in New Orleans. PartnerCon is a photography conference that I attribute as one of the biggest parts of my growth since the start of my business, so it was a huge honor to be on the other end this year. I was also blown away at  how quick my class sold out. Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who attended and allowed me to give a piece of myself back to the photography community. I hope you came away with some solid tips and inspirations to make your own photography and connections stronger.

We had such an awesome group! Big thanks goes to my good friend Rueben Poon of Celebration Packages for helping out on the shoot and capturing these behind-the-scenes images for me to share.

Sometimes you have to get a bit dirty to get ‘the shot.’Also, thanks must go to our fantastic newlywed couple, Tiffany & Patrick! The workshop was the first day we met in person, but we instantly became great friends. These two are such awesome people and their love totally shines through — even in the chaos of 18 photographers, which I’m sure must be a bit awkward! They totally rocked it!

Here’s a few of my images from the shoot:

Tiffany’s dress was successfully trashed:Last, I want to share the other blog posts of some of the awesome photographers who attended! Everyone got completely unique and fantastic images! Click below to take a look and be sure to leave them some blog-love:

Aubrey Greene

Danielle Fuller

Reuben Poon

Sarah Deshaw

Stacy Conner

And if anybody else has images blogged, please send them my way. I’d love to share your link!

March 19, 2011 - 9:12 am Dawn - I think the thing that impressed me most about our shoot with you in '07 was how you would do anything (hang upside down, lay in the dirt, freeze your tush off in the pool) to get the right shot. Other photographers I've worked with just don't have that sort of dedication. Your pictures definitely show the effort you put into it.

January 1, 2011 - 9:24 pm Jessica B - Congrats! How awesome!

December 29, 2010 - 1:39 pm Monty Jessop - Thanks for sharing Chelsea, It's fun to look back to our time in NOLA. Seems like it was just yesterday. WPPI is coming soon...Whoot Whoot!!

December 24, 2010 - 2:30 pm Stacy Conner - Chelsea those are fabulous, but then again I knew they would be. :) It was such a wonderful workshop that you led. Thank you again for sharing with us. Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2010 - 10:48 pm Andy Stetter - Very nice work - would love to attend any future workshops you have coming up. Please let me know.

December 23, 2010 - 10:06 pm Lindy Nguyen - Chelsea is just the best.

December 23, 2010 - 12:57 pm Kelsey Anderson - Congrats on completing a fab goal on your list!! The images are amazing and only meeting you once at PUG there is no doubt you would be an amazing teacher for this event. Oh and how cute is your BF for his comment :)

December 23, 2010 - 12:40 pm Michelle Zuniga - Congratulations Chelsea-That is awesome! Wish I could've been there. As usual beautiful work!

December 23, 2010 - 11:31 am jayse - I just gotta say: I think my girlfriend is amazing. :-)

December 23, 2010 - 11:29 am Nancy and Sean - That dress is TRASHED! I love the pic with all the photographers around you while you're on the ground getting the shot!

December 23, 2010 - 11:08 am Annette - Congrats Chelsea! You have such beautiful work I'm sure the workshop was great!

December 23, 2010 - 10:50 am E.N. - These are fabulous. I've been photographing for over 10 years - but I'd like to learn some of your magic too. ;-) Any plans for a Vegas workshop?

Shooting Workshop in NOLA!

This post is for all the photographers out there!

I’m super excited to announce that I’ve been chosen to lead a shooting workshop at this year’s Pictage PartnerCon 2010 in New Orleans happening November 9-11th. PartnerCon is what I consider to be the one ‘MUST GO TO’ event of the year if you’re interested in taking your photography to the next level. I am very honored to be teaching alongside some of the best photographers in the industry including Mike Colon, David Beckstead, Jared PlattThe Youngrens, Justin & Mary Marantz and so many more (click here to see the full line-up). The shooting workshops are your chance to get away from the office, away from the classroom and onto the streets of NOLA to see how other photographers rock their stuff.

To keep them structured and intimate they will be limited to 15 people so I highly recommend not waiting. Last year there were many people that didn’t get to go to the workshops due to not jumping in early. (And you don’t even have to be a Pictage member to attend! The conference is open to all.)

So what will I be covering?
Something I’m very passionate about: a different kind of shooting style that I like to call ‘Connective Photography’. It’s not photojournalism, it’s not fine-art, it’s not editorial or fashion – it’s connecting with couples.

Here’s a bit about my workshop titled “Connective Photography: Allowing Your Cleint’s Personalities to Fuel Your Creative Fire”

Strip away location, budgets, etc. and what you’re left with is two people who are very unique and have a story to tell. Rather than defining shoots by location (or even technique), attendees will be encouraged to focus more on connecting with their couples to create something more distinctive, more personal and more meaningful.

I’ll be going over the process of how I shoot and interact with my couples, focusing on:

- what to say before the shoot begins to prepare couples for what to expect
– warming up: tips to get shy couples to start to loving you and your camera
– tips to encourage couples to play and flirt in front of your camera
– how to best utilize natural lighting and video light in your images
– lens choices to complement the look you want to achieve, whether it’s sexy, playful, intimate or dramatic

Restration for PartnerCon is limited to 500 photographers and is bound to sell out SOON, so if you haven’t yet click here to sign up!

Hope to catch ya’ll in NOLA! :-)


October 15, 2010 - 1:09 am Elena Menz - This is an amazing opportunity - I stalk your blog continually and of all the photographers I love - your work just stands out the most to me. You definitely know how to bring out your couples love for each other and I always wondered how you do it. I've thought about asking to assist you - but this will be the next best thing! Thanks for doing this! So excited!

October 14, 2010 - 11:19 am Marlie - I'm very proud of you, Chels. I know you will do a great job...have fun with it!!

October 14, 2010 - 10:00 am Jessie Emeric - Chelsea, congrats!  that's such an honor to be teaching at PartnerCon! wish i was going! You're going to be great! xoxo

October 13, 2010 - 9:58 pm Autumn Cutaia - I'd give anything to be at one of your workshops Chelsea. You're definitely my biggest inspiration and that's what made me want to work with you! Unfortunately I won't be able to go as being a stay at home mom doesn't help in the travel department. I hope one day I'll be able to learn from you.. maybe you could do a workshop in Denver or something.

October 13, 2010 - 7:39 pm jayse! - Super sweet comment Dennise!  (Dennise is pictured with Harvey and the leaves above!) And I'm super excited about this too - it's been Chels' dream to teach and share what she's learned so far, and this is an amazing honor to do it in such a huge way! I'll be there too - watching - or maybe video taping... or maybe even doing something useful. Hope to see you all there!  

October 13, 2010 - 6:49 pm Dennise - What a WONDERFUL opportunity you have been given Chelsea!  [Then again, you are awesome ;-P ] It is a beautiful thing to have the ability to share your gift.  I wish you nothing but the best!  Have a blast at NOLA!  =o)