Photographers Let Loose at the PPSC State Convention

Had a blast at the state photography convention – PPSC! Kristina and I (David) got to spend the past several days with some of our best friends and fellow photographers at the Professional Photographers of South Carolina annual Convention in Columbia, SC.  For those of us who are serious about raising the bar and delivering the best possible quality to our clients, education is essential to refining our craft as photographers and business owners. Of course, learning opportunities are always more memorable when there’s some fun involved.  After some intense and informative classes and demonstrations, we had an absolute BLAST during the after-hours programs. For the first time we had a Game Night…switched things up with a variety of games such as group trivia, Jeopardy, Pictionary, and Who Wants To Be A Dollaraire.  My friend and fellow Upstate photographer, Michael Lamb, won the grand Prize courtesy of Travis and Adelle Graham, TAG Photography. The hospitality suite became quite “lively” when a game of Pictionary broke out…somehow photographers make some of the worst sketch artists ever…quite hilarious! Award Winning Photographers: The Awards Banquet, like the rest of the Convention, was a Hollywood themed “Shoot For The Stars.” There were even paparizzi, Robert Coffey, and Patrick Mooney.  The entertainment was provided by Dave Gilbert, owner of Partytime DJs…without a doubt, the whole reason there was even a party! After drinks and dinner the awards were given to all first place winners of the photographic print competition. I was very humbled to be among the top five photographers in SC!  Here are some of the award recipients: Photographer of the Year (second...

Shooting film again! Family vacation to the beach.

Shooting on film brings even more enjoyment to family portraits! For the longest time, I would try my best to leave my cameras at home when I went with the family on vacation.  I mean…taking pictures is work right?…when you do it for a living anyway.  I’d leave work at work and try to “travel light” (yeah right!) by not taking my camera gear with me.  The problem: I ended up shooting all my family pictures on my iPhone!  Not always terrible…after all, the best camera is the one you have with you.  The iPhone is great, but what if you really want pro quality?  Pulling out my old 35mm camera was a nice light-weight, easy-to-carry solution to get the great shots I want without all the bulk.  It was so much fun to be shooting film again (although I admit to making a couple of attempts at peeking at the LCD on the back of the camera…duh!) I’ve also started shooting on the Mamiya 645 medium format camera. To switch things up a little more, I recently purchased a medium format camera from a former client (creates negatives on film that are much larger than 35mm negs).  These cameras have a beautiful quality to them that I fell in love with right away.  I hadn’t used one since college…it was my favorite one to check out of the Media Arts equipment library for school photography projects.  It’s bulky (much like my Canon 5D MarkIIs), but because it’s different from what I’ve been doing on a regular basis for work, it becomes fun.  Here are some of the shots...