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Photographers…do yourself a favor!

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to attend The One Light Workshop in Phoenix. It is one of the best investments I’ve put back in to my business. Fellow Atlantananan(did I just make up a word) Zack Arias is like the Jimmy Hendrix of lighting. AMAZING. Because of the awesomeness of his workshops they sell out quickly. Well now he has just released a 2 disc One Light Workshop DVD. Seriously, do yourself a favor and buy this bad boy asap. He has poured his heart, soul and wallet it to producing it. I’ll also add in he is one of *the* nicest most real dudes you will ever meet. Also in the box were some sweet bonus items – a tshirt, a cd by his very talented girfriend Meghan Coffee and some discounts for other things. Oh and it comes with a book filled with great info to accompany the DVDs.

I love how the DVD is shot in a MTV type style, very contemporary. My favorite is the second DVD (it almost reminds me of a cribs episode with the music and editing style). I really like seeing other photographers shoot and hearing them talk about their process and what is going on in their heads. Also it’s funny to see Zack’s face when he gets kicked out of a few places, the look he gives the security officer is priceless.

So if you want to kick your lighting skills up a few notches you *need* this DVD.

*** No I have not been paid, solicited or asked to rave about this. No discounts, nothing, I just had to share how great it is and it will change the way you shoot.***

Here’s Zack getting kicked out of a parking lot… (I so dig the music he uses)
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Debbie - August 16, 2008 - 12:19 pm

If you could see me now, you’d see me doing cart-wheels because I am SO THRILLED to read this post! I have wanted to go to his workshop more than any other workshop that’s out there, but I haven’t been able to. I’m buying this the minute it’s released. THANK YOU ANGELA!!!!

Susan Braswell - August 16, 2008 - 2:30 pm

I have heard nothing but good reviews on his workshops. Do you really believe you can do this without first hand -on hands experience?

Daveen - August 16, 2008 - 8:32 pm

So great to hear such a great review!

Brandy - August 16, 2008 - 8:54 pm

I missed out on the presale for the first batch of DVDs, and now am anxiously awaiting the second batch to be released!

Kylie Banks - August 16, 2008 - 11:47 pm

I just signed up to be on the mailing list for this.. I want this DVD!

Melissa M - August 18, 2008 - 7:58 pm

Thank you so much for posting this! Living out in the middle of nowhere, I never get the chance to go to stuff like that. I’m totally buying this disc set….just put my name on the mailing list.


ashley mcnamara - August 19, 2008 - 4:05 pm

I have not had a chance to go to the workshop but I will be buying the DVD for sure.

Pam - August 19, 2008 - 10:04 pm

I agree with you Angela! Zack has some great info on the DVD and his workshop is hands down one of the best I have ever been to.

jenniferL - October 1, 2008 - 4:48 pm

i was always too late to sign up for one of his workshops. i’ve ordered the DVD and can’t wait!

Get Down!!!

My clients are always asking me what they can do to improve their snapshots. I tell them that I refuse to give them my classified information and that if they knew they would stop hiring me and do it themselves. Then I yell nanny nanny boo boo and run. ;) But really, one of my favorite tips is to get down. Get down on the child’s level. Kids spend all of their time looking up at us trying to see what is going on, it’s time we all get down and see things from their point of view. It’s much more interesting in their little worlds instead of up here in the crazy adult one. Photos look so much better from a child’s point of view. I’ve put a few shots below taken down on the child’s level so you can see what I mean.

So the next time you are chasing around your little one don’t be afraid to get down on their level, I even dare you to get down on your tummy, I promise your results will be worth it. Just so you know, every time I get down on the ground I hear songs in my head. It’s either Earth Wind & Fire’s Let’s Groove (because they talk about “we can boogie on down”) or I hear Kool & The Gang’s Get Down On It. So how can you lose by hearing those two fab songs and getting great shots of your child. The videos are below the photos, so now you too can be inspired to go low! And if you don’t get a big smile on your face when watching those old school videos then we can no longer be blog friends. How can you not smile at guys singing a catchy tune while wearing space suits? I remember when I was in junior high and the big thing in Nashville was to go to the skating rink and they always played these songs. Do they still have roller skating rinks? I suddenly feel old, or maybe I’m vintage, that sounds hipper right?

For more wonderful tips for Moms & Dads take a visit over to my friend Pam’s blog.


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Danna - April 14, 2008 - 7:29 pm

Great advice Anglea…..and of course all the shots are awesome!!

Corey - April 15, 2008 - 2:51 am

Great advice, Angela, and I love all your examples!

Kimberly Hill - April 15, 2008 - 3:20 am

You’re not vintage, you’re a classic!

Lisa - April 15, 2008 - 4:14 am

Oh LOVELY, now I’m going to be doing the “Get Down on It” roller skating dance in my head all day. GAH!! Could you do Thriller on skates? Oh, good times, good times…

Tobi - April 15, 2008 - 5:53 am

Angela, How do you manage to get such gorgeous clients!!! Look at those big eyes!! I love the colour on these!

Marmalade - April 15, 2008 - 8:38 am

Get down! I was so singing it before I hit on the You Tube. LOL. Great advice. Love the new blog look. SMASHING!

Anna-Karin - April 15, 2008 - 9:16 am

Great advise and now I am sitting here at my desk bebopping along with the great songs. Thanks for bringing back the 70′s for me!

allie - April 15, 2008 - 10:05 am

Great article, thanks Angela!

Carrie - April 15, 2008 - 10:12 am

Great tips Angela! I love the images, but that second one is lit so wonderfully!

Rochelle Westgarde - April 16, 2008 - 8:51 am

Great post:)

Reb - April 16, 2008 - 11:35 am

You are hilarious! I love the YouTube – it really helps reinforce the idea of “get down”, lol … too funny!

Heather Gibb - April 16, 2008 - 1:25 pm

Gorgeous shots and great advice!!! Love the orange wall!!!

Mellissa - April 16, 2008 - 2:19 pm

Ask anybody, Angela knows how to get down! ;)

Ruthi David - April 16, 2008 - 4:12 pm

You crack me up. And yes, they still have roller rinks. My best friend called me from Atlanta last week to tell me she went to a retro roller party and it was like a timewarp back to 1984. With the carpeted benches and locker room smell and bad pizza and all!

As always, your work blows me away.

dawns - April 17, 2008 - 5:16 am

okay…now GET DOWN ON IT…is playing over and over in my head!!

Anna Mayer - April 17, 2008 - 8:03 am

Fabuloso Music!! LOL These images are wonderful and great examples of what you are teaching. Get down, baby!!

ritz rivera - April 17, 2008 - 1:07 pm

Always fun to check out your blog!!! Great advice and wonderful samples, of course.

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