I have always done photography as a hobby. I use to use a lot of magazines as the basis for my art compositions, but once I got a nicer camera decided it was time to step away from the murky waters of copy right infringement and work from my own photographs. While I still occasionally use magazines for personal pieces or for practice sketches, more often for commissioned work I use photos of my friends and family. Since more and more of my artwork was starting at the photography level I was interested in developing this hobby a little more.
I went to the Three Nails Workshop not knowing what to expect. I was a little nervous since I had never been to a workshop before and I knew that this one would be filled with other photographers with much more experience than me, but that was shaded by my excitement. I have seen Hunter's work nearly from the beginning and watching his progression and seeing the beautiful shoots he was creating let me know that the sets he would have us shooting were going to be spectacular. I was also curious to just hear the stories of his crazy journey and learn some "how to's" of this trade.
It was everything I hoped. Walking into the workshop was like stepping into one of his photographs. Somehow he made this large open space seem cozy and inviting with a cute backdrop of ladders, canvas and string lights. ...
The photoshoots were magical and I want to share more about those later. I just want to end this by saying that the most valuable thing I took away with me from this workshop was this: it is important to have a clear vision and to have confidence in yourself as an artist. As a person and an artist I am interested in so many things! So many things that instead of taking the time to do one thing well I scatter my energy into a bunch of things. So right now I am working on finding out what I really love and going for it with all that I've got, realizing that focusing on one thing isn't necessarily shutting the door on everything else. I think that is what I have been afraid of.
That being said, this workshop was an insightful, freeing, beautiful experience. I was spurred to ask myself some meaningful questions. I got to witness what confidence in your craft can look like and I met a lot of nice, talented, encouraging people. If you have a chance to take one of his workshops, I highly recommend it. It was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed it so, so much!
This handsome goat was on the location of the engagement shoot.
More photos to come.