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Hickenlooper | Photo Native Photoshoot

This shoot, taught by Scott and Shelby HIckenlooper, might be one of the most shared Photo Native shoots on social media due to its gorgeous on-point boho style and incredible details. Photographed in Studio 1918 in Salt Lake City, this hands-on learning and shooting experience with a beautiful formal bridal couple focused on how to look for and use lighting options, methods of capturing genuine emotions, and effective posing techniques. The idea was to discover how to photograph details for vendors while also getting creative and shooting for yourself.

Vendors: Cake: Flour and Flourish / HMUA: Alex Crabtree Hair and Makeup / Florals: The Potted Pansy / Styling: Renata Stone / Dress: @altamodabridal / Models: Jaycee Grover River Grover / Photographers: @hickenloopers

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Stacy Kamler | Photo Native Student Review

Q: How have you grown as an artist since attending Photo Native?

Photo Native didn’t only teach me about new photography techniques to use for my clients, but also taught me about my personal life.  Coming back home after Photo Native, I deleted the Facebook app off of my phone and only checked it twice a day.  I became more present in my life and with my friends and family.  Actually getting out to see the world (even if it was my own backyard) has helped me stay refreshed and creative.   I also learned that sometimes the things that you fear the most is the thing that could be holding you back from your greatness.  This year I have spent a lot of time working to build my business so I can take it full -time in 2018! 

Q: What business skills have you implemented since attending Photo Native?

I went to India Earl's class and she had talked about how to become friends with your clients.  I took so much out of this class and have implemented some of her techniques and questionnaires to take place before, during, and after shooting.  I have become friends with so many of the my clients this year and that has led to a more fulfilling job and happier clients! 

Q: You mentioned you LOVED the community and friends you made here, can you expand on that? 

I still keep in contact with a few of the girls that I had become friends with.   Having a community all over the USA is great.  It didn’t matter where you were at in your career whether a hobbyist or made it a full-time career, you could learn from everyone. Everyone was so supportive.  My favorite was being around that many creatives.  My wheels came home turning with ideas of what I wanted to shoot and what I wanted to implement in my business.  

Q: What is your #1 takeaway from Photo Native? 

My number one thing that I took away from Photo Native would be the drive to take my business full-time.  I have been working so hard this past year to set up 2018 as another successful year.  This conference pushed me to do more, be more, and see more in a different perspective.  

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Alyssia Baird | Photo Native Photoshoot

For the styled shoot I knew we'd be shooting inside so I wanted something soft and dreamy! Flowers create so much for photos and I loved the idea of having a design on the wall. I showed Braelynn from Bella Bodas Events the soft blue dress we'd be photographing and that I loved the Victorian style. She is a mastermind!! Instead of turning to Pinterest she researched the Victorian era and was inspired by the rugs of that time. She then helped Adrien from Love Blooms Floral Design see her vision to create that gorgeous backdrop! I loved meeting all the different attendees of my class with all different levels in their photography career. I talked about connecting with their clients in order to create images with real emotion and connection. Then I demonstrated how I would work with a couple and let them take turns being in charge directing the couple. It was so fun to see the images everyone posted from the shoot with their own creative spin! 

Vendors: HMUA: Katie Livingston / Wedding Planner: Bella Bodas and Events / Floral: Love Blooms Floral Design / Dress: Natalie Wynn Design / Venue: Wild Willow Studio / Rentals: The Shabby Chic Sisters / Cake: Flour & Flourish / Paper Suite: West End Girl studio / Photography: Alyssia B Photography

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