February 6, 2010

Portfolio Plus Workshop with Ray Santana and Kenny Kim

Posted in: Weddings

Whether you’ve been shooting for 20 years or 2 years, I can never image knowing everything there is to know about photography, and the different approaches and methods to compose and capture an amazing photograph. There is nothing more inspiring than being surrounded by a group of amazing photographers who love what they do. And together, we all strive to work together and become the best we can be; bettering ourselves and bettering the community we are a part of! Raising the bar and building community….Love it! And talk about the perfect place to do it!

After making an extra effort to build up some brownie points with Erin, she was amazing and let me spend half the week in Miami, FL for the Portfolio Plus Workshop taught by my good friends Kenny Kim and Ray Santana. These two are not only amazing at what they do, but they are givers to their industry! Combined, these qualities have risen them to the top and it was incredible to spend a few days learning and being challenged by two men who I respect and admire greatly!

Also joining us were Jim Garner and Dave Cross. Dave Cross brought his guru photoshop skills and Jim shared with us a style of photography that is single-handedly changing the way we view weddings here in our studio! Voted one of the top 10 photographers in the world, it was such a pleasure soaking in as much as I possibly could!

After a jam-packed afternoon of learning from these guys, we took our new inspiration and had an amazing shoot at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Huge thanks to Ines Di Santo for loaning three divine wedding gowns for us to photograph!

Here are a few images from the day! Huge shout out to all my new photog friends! It was so great meeting you all…can’t wait to see you soon!

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One of the conditions for Erin letting me go hang with the guys was that I come back with a image we could put in our studio! The above image of Lucy is now hung as a gorgeous 40×30″ canvas wrap. Huge thanks to Pixel2Canvas here in Orange County for an amazing piece of art!

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Here is a shot of the whole group! You are all ROCKSTARS! So much fun :)
  1. Really, really great work here!

  2. Kenny Kim says:

    Dude these images are ridunkulous! Awesome job. Just one canvas? I think you can put all of them up on your wall. Great having you here bro. Thx 4 all ur help!

    Good times!

  3. Oz says:

    Sick images dude, great work. Can’t wait for our trip this month.

  4. TSwain says:

    Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! :)

  5. Awesome pics Gavin! I am in love with the last set by the tree :) So glad I got to meet you, hopefully we’ll cross paths again, good times!

  6. sweetness. nice shots my friend. you are the rockstar. keep on rockin’ it!

  7. Jason Thon says:

    Gavin, it was great seeing you again in Miami. I love the fourth shot. Great tones and composition! I look forward to seeing you again in Vegas.

  8. Katie Ardner says:

    Gavin – It was so great to meet you – I LOVE all of your images – but the canvas of Lucy is stunning! :)

  9. Gavin Wade says:

    Thanks Katie! It was so great meeting you too!! And yea, I got lucky with that one with Lucy! As Becker would say even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then ;)
    See you soon!

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