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A Day in the Life Assignment Series winner

June 7th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

Thanks to all who participated in our winter assignment series A Day in the Life! All of the entries really illustrated the theme, it was so fun seeing everyone’s days!

Our Grand prize goes to Kevin Couture for his submission featuring a man panning for gold. Such an interesting way to spend the day!

Kevin will receive a six-month trial membership to the wonderful RPG keys, a great bit of software/hardware that makes editing images a breeze. Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone for sending in your images and sharing your Day in the Life!


Reception Lighting Workshop in Lynnfield MA

October 19th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

The ShootStyle gang headed into Lynnfield MA this past Tuesday evening to meet up with a number of participants ready to get their flash-on!

Well, their ‘off-camera flash lighting’ on, that is.

Andree & Earl went over some of the basics and not so basics of reception lighting, from direct flash on camera to using multiple off-camera flashes.

And then the participants broke into groups and worked their way around the room, being schooled by Andree, Earl, Jamie and Michelle.

A great time was had by all, because learning is fun! And so is off-camera flash!

Thank you to all who joined us! Looking forward to the next workshop!!

A handful of behind-the-scenes during the workshop:

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Sexy Business Workshop review

July 11th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

by Andree Kehn

I have never dreaded going to a workshop more.

Numbers, money, identity. I would rather poke a stick in my eye than reveal my finances in front of six strangers. And then we were supposed to come up with “why” people should hire me? For real? I know who I want to work with, but absolutely no idea why they should hire me. I take good pictures, isn’t that enough?

Sexy Business Workshop: Business and Branding for Photographers, run by Todd and Jamie Reichman, was hosted at an adorable boutique hotel in Atlanta. I got in the night before and was smitten. But the next morning I woke to more dread. Could I, possibly, justify watching tv in my hotel room for three days?

But I put on my cute dress and crept down to the conference room.

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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”


Quick, Easy, (and cheap) High Key Fashion Lighting for Fun & Profit

April 27th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

This post is a little different from my normal wedding posts, but this is the time of year I’m not shooting very many weddings.  It’s the off season, those golden months of leisure, where I get to sit around and never touch a camera…right?  Well that works, for a couple of weeks, but then I get bored, and want to take some pictures.  So every year about this time, I challenge myself to try something new.  This year I wanted to try classic pinup photos.  But as a personal project, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  So in this post, I’m going to show you how I was able to create classic high key fashion lighting for less than $100.

Alright, so in order to spend less than $100, you have to make sure you have three small flashes, and a way to trigger them from your camera.  Plus light-stands and at least one umbrella bracket for your light stand.  I already had all of the above, so my $100 was spent on a 60″ parabolic shoot through umbrella (for my key light), and a 9 foot roll of white seamless paper.   For my flashes, I used Canon’s new 600ex-RT’s triggered by a Canon ST-E3-RT Wireless Transmitter, but could have used any three small flashes.

Setup is super easy, I set up two of the three flashes (Flash A & Flash B) approximately 3 feet from the backdrop, aimed at the backdrop to light the white paper.  My goal was to blow it completely out.  I placed the third flash (Flash C) on the umbrella bracket aimed into the umbrella.  My goal with this flash was to light the model.  The parabolic umbrella, gave a wonderful, soft, wrap around light.  I lowered the wide angle diffusers on all three flashes to maximize the spread of light.

And that’s it!  I adjusted my flash output to balance output and recycle time.  With my newer Canon bodies, I have no problem using ISO3200.  That meant I could keep my flash power very low and still achieve an aperture of f8, giving me plenty of depth of field.  And with the flash power that low, my recycle time was very good.  Shooting at moderate speed, I didn’t have to wait for the flashes to recycle.

Straight out of camera the images look great.  And with a little love in photoshop I can make them look even better.

So there you have it – using flashes you already own, a $30 umbrella, and a roll of white paper, it’s easy to create high key fashion lighting for fun and profit.

Here’s the umbrella: http://www.adorama.com/LTU60T.html


Make Money Fast!

March 28th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

The long awaited Nikon D4, D800 and Canon 5D Mark III have all started shipping this month and these new cameras hold the promise of helping us do our jobs better, faster, and easier. They also invoke the reality of helping to empty our bank accounts. So for this week’s ShootStyle blog post I’m writing about something that will help you make money to save for a new camera, or if you’re like me, to help you pay off your credit card for the cameras you just bought.  :-)

But I’m not going to give you advice on how to raise your prices, sell wall collages, or market to high end planners. No, I want to help you make money the old fashioned way… by selling your crap on eBay!


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Lightroom Export Trick

March 8th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

~by Andree Kehn

I am as scattered as they come. After a couple of years of being in business I realized that I needed to standardize my client folders so that I wouldn’t lose my mind.

I created a client folder template that lives on my hard drive, and eventually built automation into my Lightoom catalog. Every client has the same output, every time.

That way, when the client gets around to ordering their files, or vendors come around looking for sample photos, the images are ready to go. No need to fire up Lightroom again.

I use a new Lightroom catalog for every job. I do this in part because Lightroom has a reputation of bogging down after tons of images are added to the catalog, but mostly because I find it keeps me better organized.

I created a Lightroom catalog template, which lives in my client template folder. It has all of my preferences set up the way I like them. My special development settings I use on import, slideshows specifications, brushes and presets and are all ready to go each and every time I create a new catalog.

Every time I create a new job, I copy the folder template and rename it with the job name. Inside this template is the Lightroom catalog. I rename the catalog, open it and start importing.

But what really keeps me organized is the Export panel.

Here is where Earl Christie saves the day. He helped me create a folder structure on my hard drive for all of the different size images I use.

Then we created Export User Presets for all of those files sizes. I use Client High Res, Client Small Res, Blog and, Facebook. Each User Preset is created with all of the specifications I need to output those files.

When I export, I work my way down the list of export options and all of the images go into their respective folders in my hard drive “00Processing Output” Folder. I don’t need to navigate to the appropriate folder every time I export. I just click one after the other and all of my files are automatically exported. Then I go to bed.

When I come back to work, I simply copy the entire collection over to the client folder. Since I am copying the folders, the folder structure is identical for every client. If I need to pull images for a blog post or for a vendor, I can go right to any client folder and know exactly where to find them in the right dimensions.

Once I’ve copied the files over to the client folder, (and backed up my drives) I trash all of the files in the 00Processing folder, so it is ready to accept the next export from Lightroom.

It’s a super simple solution that is one more step to staying organized.

Let me hear what you do!


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