Photography Workshop with Trevor Dayley

Over the summer I found out that Trevor Dayley a wedding photographer from Arizona was coming to the East Coast to help photographers like myself to learn new lighting, marketing, and editing techniques to run a more successful photography business. If you haven’t heard of him you should check out his website.….and if I were a bride in Arizona looking for a wedding photographer I’d probably be booking him now.  There is something about the way he captures a bride’s dress like no other.  I’m kinda left without words to describe exactly how I feel when I see how he captures the layers and intrinsic details of the dress the way they are meant to be photographed for a bride to remember her beautiful gown.  All of this I wanted to learn!  When I first started my business I would spend countless hours editing photos and thinking how in the world can I be paid efficiently if I’m spending more time editing than I am shooting, marketing and just plain ‘ole managing?  For a quick recap, it  was a two day intensive workshop. The first day consisted of talking about the lenses and lighting that he uses on wedding days, proper white balance, exposure, and lighting techniques.  You will be tossing away any exposure “tools” you’ve ever spent money on and for me that was $135 worth of exposure tools in my stash.  I was amazed to find out that he mainly uses two lenses to shoot weddings.  I was always under the impression that wedding photographers should be armed with a boat load of lenses, when in reality, even I found it was difficult to be switching lenses during a wedding for fear of missing the shot.  He stressed the importance of really learning how to use the lenses you have to its maximum capability. That same evening we had some models come pose for us.  I was really surprised to learn that we could do an engagement type of shoot literally in a backyard.  I was always led to believe that shoots should take place in a fancy park, vineyard, or some other statuesque laden property.  Trevor gave really good tips on how to “talk” the couple into a pose in order to get the shot that he wanted.  He basically gave a live demonstration on how he gets his clients to go from one pose to the next and he transitioned them smoothly.  Then we took turns shooting as well.  Lastly, we got to see him use his studio lighting to light up the subjects in the dark for nighttime shooting. He also showed us how to do light painting in the dark….pretty darn cool!!

The next day he talked about how he shoots ring shots with the macro lens and using a flash or video light.  Then he showed us his editing workflow which basically changed my own post processing workflow for the better. I have saved hours of confusion on what to do first and what to do last when it comes to editing.  Trevor also talked about how he uses social media marketing to attract clients and how we could implement the same techniques for our own business.  This was my second workshop and I loved every bit of it!!

What a fun bunch of photographers!

What a fun bunch of photographers!