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Archive for May, 2012

Portraits with Panache: Old Orchard Beach: The Re-Cap

May 24th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

ShootStyle hosted a fabulous workshop recently in Old Orchard Beach Maine.

Michelle Turner and Jamie Wexler dropped some posing knowledge on the participants, as we munched on some yummy lunch provided by the Brunswick Restaurant.

Everyone had a great time listening to Jamie and Michelle talk about their posing techniques and give a little show & tell presentation of their fine imagery.

Then everyone headed out (to the beach!) to practice what they learned on our wonderful models.

It was a fantastic day, fully of sexy learning!

Here are some images of the team and participants in action, as well as some images shared by the participants.

Thank you all!


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Panache Assignment Series winner!

May 21st, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

This past assignment was fabulous, it drew entries more varied and sensational that any previous assignment we have run. Great job everyone, and a big Thank You for playing!!

For the first time ever we have had a hands down SWEEP of first second and third place by a single person. This gal knows panache!

The sensational Liz Edlund playing from Sunny California wowed us with the run-away favorite of the judges. This fabulous woman has panache! We loved her look, like she’s saying come closer if you dare. and that hat, oh the hat! love it!

Then she delighted us with her crazy tiger rug, jumping karate kicking man with dope friend photo. It’s just plain outrageous and full of so much sauce and life.

And last she gave a swift kick on her way out the door with this image of a man wearing a scarf. This guy has class. All of these images exemplify style + energy = panache.

Thank you all for participating in our assignment series, and we hope to see you all again next time!


Loosen Up!

May 9th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

In honor of the Posing and Composition workshop that I’m leading with Jamie Wexler next week, I wanted to talk a bit about some of the techniques that I use to get nervous couples to loosen up.  How many times have you been told by a perfectly lovely bride and groom, “Oh, we’re not photogenic at all”?  Or, “we always look silly in photographs– and not in a good way”?  Or, “the groom (or the bride) always looks stiff or unhappy in photographs”?  How do you take these couples and get them to loosen up in front of the camera so that you can get natural, relaxed (and dare I say happy) expressions from them?  Every couple is different (as is every photographer), so you need to find something that works for both you AND the couple, but I wanted to share a few of my tips for getting couples to loosen up in front of the camera.  Now, some of these tips I tend to use during post sessions or engagement sessions, and some of these lend themselves more to weddings.  But they are all things that I keep in my bag of tricks, ready to go.

1) Talk to them.  About anything, really, especially if you have a lot of time (on a post shoot or at an engagement shoot, for example).  If they are really fired up about the wedding details, then you can talk to them about that, but MOST of the time I find that will leave one of them (usually the groom, but occasionally the bride)– the one who has been less interested in wedding planning– high and dry.  So try to find some common ground.  I may ask them to tell me how they met or got engaged.  If one person is talking more than the other, I’ll find specific questions to ask the less-talkative one (even if we spiral off into work topics or their house on the Vineyard or their favorite vacation overseas).  If they seem quiet, then sometimes I’ll do most of the talking in the beginning (until they start to relax).

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Introducing the Next Assignment Series: Panache

May 5th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

As a lead up to our Portraits with Panache workshop happening on May 17, we are themeing our next assignment series “Panache”. (More details on the workshop are here: http://shootstyle.com/mingle/announcing-the-portraits-with-panache-workshop-in-old-orchard-beach-me.html)

Your assignment is to show us images that have Panache, whatever that means to you! This might be a photojournalistic exercise or an artistic construction. We leave it up to you to define the phrase and how you will interpret it.

You are more than welcome to comb through your files for a photo that illustrates the term, but we would absolutely love it if you shot something for the assignment, special!!

Our assignment series is open to everyone. We’re hoping you’ll wanna play along! The most creative entry wins!

We will post all of the entries on our Facebook page, and post a few of our favorites on our blog, complete with a link back to your blog or website.

How to enter :

Images should be sized to 590 pixels on the long side. (If you need help figuring that out, ask your favorite Shootstyler.) And by all means, slap that logo on there if you have one! You can enter up to one photo a day for the duration of the assignment. Email your entry to:


We have an album on our Facebook fan page. When the entries start coming in, we’ll post them there first. Check in with us at Facebook if you are looking for some inspiration.


The deadline is May 17! Let’s have fun doing this together!!  Assignment series: “Panache”


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