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Archive for September, 2012

New Workshop: Rock Your Reception Lighting III

September 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Mingle


Get Your Tickets Here: http://shootstyle-reception-lighting.eventbrite.com


One of the big challenges faced by wedding photographers in New England is that our wedding receptions often take place in dark, windowless halls. Worse, these halls are sometimes run by catering managers who feel that turning the lights down to almost nothing gives their hall a romantic ambiance.

Well that may be, but the dim atmosphere also means that Grandpa can’t read the menu and we wedding photographers can’t shoot using available light.
So the question facing us isn’t ‘should we light the reception’ but rather ‘how should we light the reception?’ Well there are a number of approaches as you can see in the examples below.

At this hands-on lighting workshop, ShootStyle will be demonstrating everything we know about lighting a reception. And since no one tackles lighting a reception in exactly the same way, you’re likely to see an approach that suits your style of photography.

We’ll be working with flash on camera, flash off-camera, sync cords, radio triggers, multiple speedlights, light-on-a-stick and even studio lights. We’ll start with the basics and move on to cover topics such as lighting the entire dance floor, balancing your lights with the ambient light, and creating dramatic lighting. And because time is always tight on a wedding day, we’ll also show you how to get different looks from a single lighting set up.

We’ll probably be introducing you to some new equipment was well as new techniques. We all know that buying new gear is fun, but great light starts with getting the most out of what you already own, and we’ll be there to help you do just that! Bring whatever equipment you currently have including a camera, strobe(s), stands, triggers, cords, fast lenses, etc.

There’ll be a lot to cover and we’ll be zipping right along, so to get the most out of this workshop, you’ll need to already have some understanding of basic camera function.

The Rock Your Reception Lighting workshop is happening on Tuesday, October 16th from 6pm to 10pm at the Elks Club in Wakefield, MA. It is limited to the first 20 people who sign up. Tickets cost $275 and are non-refundable (but if you find you can’t make it you can transfer your ticket to a another photographer).


Get Your Tickets Here: http://shootstyle-reception-lighting.eventbrite.com


We look forward to seeing you there!


Flash Me! Assignment Series Winners

September 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Mingle

This past assignment was fantastic! We had entries showing all sorts of variations on the Flash Me theme and the voting was super close. Great job everyone, and a big Thank You for playing!!

This electrifying engagement session photo entry from Jaime E. Connolly Parker of Fotique edged out the other entries to to take first place and our Grand Prize, a seat at our upcoming Rock Your Reception Lighting Workshop.


Sharona Jacobs of Sharona Jacobs Photography snagged second place with her steamy theatrical photo that we thought exemplified creative artistic fun.


And rounding out the winners was this portrait from Steven Fairfield of Steven Fairfield Photography. Outstanding use of silhouette and reflection, Steven!


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


Assignment Series – Flash Me!

September 5th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Mingle

Our newest assignment for you is “Flash Me!”!

Your assignment is to show us your best images interpreting Flash Me!, 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.

Winner receives their choice of a free seat at ShootStyles October 16th Reception Lighting workshop or one 45 minute phone/Skype portfolio review from their choice of ShootStyler.

Prize is non-transferable and has no cash value in any circumstance.

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 September 15! Let’s have fun doing this together!! Assignment series: “Flash Me!”


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