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SIERRA VISTA | MVP WORKSHOP | BEDFORD, VA

It was finally time for the workshop at Sierra Vista!  As I pulled in, I made sure that I didn’t embarrass myself with my parking job (If you know me, you know I CANNOT possibly do ONE good parking job). I saw a smiling face, and said Hello! Gay responded and asked what camera I was using which lead to a small chat. As we walked inside the cabin, Megan came towards me and greeted me with a hug.

I have to admit, I was a little bit nervous at first. After all, this was the first workshop I ever attended. I have watched numerous online photography workshops before, right from the comfort of my home, but let me tell you, you can’t beat an in-person experience. I was excited to gain more knowledge that will help me better serve my own clients. The photography business is always changing and constantly growing. There are always new things to discover and get better at. If you want to succeed in this industry, you have to keep up with the latest technology. I was really excited to play with all the lighting equipment provided by Rob from Lynchburg Photoworks (from flashes, to strobes, to umbrellas and reflectors, etc.) and learn new techniques when it comes to OFC (off camera flash).

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After we briefly introduced ourselves, we split into 2 groups and went outside, where Julie from Vintage, VA had set up two amazing scenes for us to work with. The first group joined Megan for a full hour of posing instructions and shooting, while the second group went with Rob who graciously let them use his lightning equipment. We had the opportunity to personally direct the models (which were ahhh-mazing) and photograph them. Did I tell you we even had horses join us for the shoot? I gained a lot of knowledge on how to approach clients when I meet them for the first time, knowing they may have never been photographed professionally before, or are just camera shy. Thank you, Megan for sharing your knowledge with us!

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An hour later the groups switched. I had previously met Megan, while Rob was a totally new face to me. He was so patient and let us experiment using his lighting equipment. I am not a huge fan of artificial light, and try to take advantage of the available natural light as much as I can in my shoots, but I have to tell you, stepping out of my comfort zone was very beneficial as natural light is not always going to be there. It was great learning about OCF because I now have knowledge on how to capture precious moments, even when the sun goes down!lighting equipment artificial light

Overall, I had a blast at the workshop organized by Megan and Rob. I connected with so many new fellow photographers. This has to be one of my favorite parts!

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Sierra Vista opened its grounds to host this workshop, and to be honest, I don’t think there would have been a most suitable venue for this styled photoshoot. This was such a great experience!

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Ashley Ancheta did an amazing job enhancing the natural beauty of our stunning models with her makeup. If you want to find out more about Ashley, you can read the interview we did with this wonderful Virginia makeup artist.

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love in the air bouquet flowers

This gorgeous bouquet was created by the talented Linda and Mary from Love is in the Air. They have been featured on our blog as well, so if you are just starting to plan your wedding, give them a shot as they can provide décor, cakes and catering for your big day.

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Many thanks to the amazing team that made this workshop possible:

Photography: Alina Thomas Photography

Host: Megan Vaughan Photography

Host: Lynchburg Photoworks

Venue: Sierra Vista VA

Styling: Vintage VA

Makeup: Makeup by Ashley

Hair: Emily Garbee – Body Works Day Spa & Salon

Florals: Love is in the Air

Lauren’s Dress: ModCloth

Nicole’s Dress: Celebration Bridal

Photographers – What has been your experience with workshops?

Couples – Are you more comfortable being posed or doing your own thing?

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