JLL Academy 2016 Conference Photography at Hyatt Regency hotel
We had the honor of capturing the JLL Academy 2016 Conference Photography at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando earlier this month. JLL is a financial and professional services firm that specializes in commercial real estate services and investment management.
We got to stay on site at the Hyatt Regency throughout the entire 3 day event, capturing the busy schedule which was packed with key note speakers, general sessions, games, leadership seminars, an amazing party to wrap up the conference and even a 5K run!
The client hired us because of our Natural lighting approach, colorful imagery capturing ambiance and our eye for candids. We had such a blast working with the entire team from Snap Event Productions who did an amazing job organizing the event.
Senior Photography session at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
I remember graduating high school like it was yesterday. Graduating highschool was such a milestone in my life, especially since I attended part of high school in England, and the rest in the US.
Bridging the gap between two educational systems was not easy. “I made it” echoed through my mind as it brought about a well deserved confidence boost.
Photographing seniors during such an exciting time of their lives is always a pleasure to us. When Andrea, from Texas, reached out to us to capture her senior photos at Magic Kingdom, we graciously accepted and the rest is history!
Two important pictures for her was one riding the famous horse carousel, and an image in front of the Castle in her cape and gown and in a regular outfit. We walked around the entire park, photographing at some of my favorite spots that I have found throughout the years while photographing there.
We had the honor of photographing this stunning Quincenera earlier this month styled by the super talented Raya with Soiree by Raya.
The Celebration took place at a private estate in the prestigious Windermere or Orlando with a gorgeously decorated outdoor reception. The tented area was draped with a variety of soft pink roses, fairytale moss and beautiful rustic details.
Check out the peachy outdoor seating area with custom pillows designed by Raya for their formal pictures. I’m also in awe with the framed table arrangement chart, topped with glistening butterflies and fairytale vines.
Finding your own artistic style as a photographer.
When I first started as a full time photographer, One of the most valuable advice I received was to find my own photographic Style. At the time, my style was very standard and classic, thus likable by everyone. Although beautiful, I played it safe by not over editing, and sticking to the basics in terms of posing. After some time, I found that the clients who booked us, drew our card from a pool of photographers with a similar “standard” style and price points. The booking seemed more based on pricing rather then on the style we had to offer.
How could I differentiate myself from the rest? I started focusing my time on developing my own unique style. I spent countless hours learning photoshop techniques, editing skills, and followed photographers who inspired me to search deeper for that inner vision I had held back for so long due to fears.
Implementing our own unique style narrowed down the client pool at first by removing those who liked a more plain look. However, those clients who wanted what we offered poured in their inquiries and made our business bloom within months.
The results being that we booked more weddings in one year then we did in 2 years combined. Our inquiries transformed from “What is your price?” to “I love your style, how can I book you?” and we quickly received a clear target audience within just a few months.
Our photographic vision is what will separate us from the rest as an artist and photographer. Keeping things safe might make us feel secure and protected, but jumping the fence and learning to sail our own boat of creativity will allow us to reach new places and heights we have never explored before.
If you are trying to create a more narrow and clear photography style, read on!
What inspires you as an artist?
Find the things that inspire you the most and create a focused implementation of your inspirations into your photographic style.
Some examples can be: Odd angles, rule of thirds, fashion/ editorial, clouds, sunsets, architecture, family, vivid colors, romantic poses, silliness, nature, urban, details etc.
My top 3 inspirations are:
1. Sky/ Sunsets.
I’m in love with the sky. I don’t know what it is, but whenever I feel down, I instantly look up at the clouds and re-connect with my life purpose. I’m often known to bring my camera in case a magical sunset appears. I will then use some of these shots in future post processing.
Everyone in the world wants one thing- happiness. I believe a smile is contagious and looking at someone laughing automatically puts a smile on your face. If you see my images, a majority of them are of candid, happy moments captured in time. Happiness is one of my biggest inspirations.
I Love colors. I’m in awe with Indian culture which cultural backbone is spirituality and vivid colors. I always try to see colors in my images, be it the sun, sun flare rainbows, the sky or flowers/ nature.
A big part of determining a photographers style is the white balance and exposure style preferred.
Some photographers prefer a cooler while balance while others like warmer, golden pictures. Some people like 100% color corrected pictures but might use a darker or lighter exposure. Whatever the case is, determine what you love and create a consistent editing streamline.
I’m going to use some amazing photographers as an example of these categorized styles: