Photography Workshop at Sunset with Jessica Weinstock

I don't photograph many families anymore (I reserve a few open dates in the fall for minis or returning clients), but I never turn away the chance to learn from a great photographer and teacher!  For our summer Central Illinois Professional Photographers' group meeting, we wanted to host a hands-on workshop for our members and guests that would get everyone excited for the upcoming busy fall season.  Jessica Weinstock is a family & newborn photographer from the north suburbs of Chicago and she brought a TON of great tips and inspiration for us all.  I am excited to use some of my tricks and tactics at sessions this fall!

HUGE THANKS to my co-leaders Kristin Darling & Emily Donohoe for helping me plan this great meeting and workshop.

Speaking of... my fall mini sessions will be announced soon, once I decide which weekend works best for the bulk of them.  I'm currently taking names and email addresses for those who want to be in the first to know and have first crack at booking when I announce. Fill out my contact form on my site here if interested, or email me and I'll get you on the list!

Sydney+Steve E-Session | Arboretum Engagement Workshop

Sydney+Steve E-sessionOn Friday, the UIUC Photography Club at U of I hosted a workshop at the Arboretum on campus. I was invited to be the guest speaker and opted to do an engagement workshop since e-sessions are my favorite thing to shoot! There was a really good turnout (I'd say 30+ students?), most of whom brought along cameras and I invited them to shoot along beside/behind me. I started out with an introduction of my self and my business, followed by an introduction of our volunteer couple, Sydney and Steve. They were fantastic! I warned them ahead of time that there would be many cameras pointed at them, but they didn't flinch at all and were totally at ease with the whole process. Sydney+Steve E-session After the introductions, I talked a bit about my camera and the settings I use. Then we just started shooting and I explained my process (physical and mental) when working through an engagement session. Sydney+Steve E-session The student group was very attentive and asked a lot of really good questions. You guys made the experience so easy for me!

Doesn't Sydney just look gorgeous here? I love her eyes and the way the wind was blowing the hair off her face here. And we got a little engagement ring action! Sydney+Steve E-session And Steve's very handsome himself. He has the perfect serious look here! Sydney+Steve E-session Sydney+Steve E-session Sydney+Steve E-session I set up this shot and then let the students each take turns with it as well. It's one of those where you have to be in an exact spot to get the right shot: Sydney+Steve E-session They just look so happy! This is why I love photographing couples! Sydney+Steve E-session

Thanks to the UIUC Photography Club and to Sydney+Steve for the great session and workshop! My one regret is that I forgot to get a group picture of everyone as I was talking!

Need a couple volunteers!

***POSITION FILLED!*** Thanks for the inquiries!! I'm looking for a couple of volunteers to pose for a mock (or real!) engagement session for a workshop I'm doing for a photography club at U of I. I prefer former couples that have hired me in the past, but current or new clients would work as well. You'll get the session for free, along with my processing and editing, and you'll be able to see the proofs online... $150 value! You will then have the option to purchase the images as prints or on a CD.

Maybe this isn't the right gig for you or you don't need couple's photos? But maybe you can think of some friends who are looking to save some money prior to their wedding, or that just want to get in front of the camera for fun! Send them my way! To lock in your spot for this unique session, please email me at holly [at] hollybirchphotography [dot] com or call 217-737-0971. Thanks!!