Stormy Family Session at the Palm Springs Wind Farm

Stormy Family Session at the Palm Springs Wind Farm

With Jayme Ford

Come rain or shine, Jayme Ford of The Paper Deer Photography knows how to make photo magic. A normally sunshiny location - Palm Springs has 296 days of glorious blue skies each year - decided to turn stormy and Mother Nature brought the drama with a stunning cloudy sky backdrop during this family session at the Palm Spring Wind Farm - an iconic location featuring massive windmills juxtaposed against an impressive mountain range.

But the gloom of the skies is easily outshined by the genuine love and connection this sweet family brought. Rocking a one-of-a-kind Boho vintage lace dress by Reclamation Design, momma Erin Neary radiates maternal joy while surrounded by her husband and two darling children. And that image of their daughter hiding her head under Dad’s shirt? To die for!

During this Native Shoot, an add-on to the 2019 Photo Native conference, attendees were able to observe and learn from Jayme Ford as she masterfully demonstrated how she captures genuine connections in a creative and artistic way during the chaos and unpredictability of a family session. All the way from Canada, Jayme demonstrated her best tips and tricks for consistently making images that evoke feelings of love and connection including various, specific prompts she uses in her sessions


Want to join us for the next Photo Native event? Mark your calendar for July 1 when Photo Native 2020 tickets go on sale! We’ll be gathered February 17-19 for Photo Native 2020 in Santa Barbara, California, where you will be surrounded by fellow creatives who have your same desire to soak in all the creative learning they possibly can.

Armed with an actionable plan and a network of individuals to cheer you on and help you out, you’ll be able to overcome the hurdles holding you back from your full potential.

You Belong.





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Tumbleweed Sanctuary White Tux Wedding - With Savan Photography

Savan Photography

Tumbleweed Sanctuary White Tux Wedding

Surrounded by quintessential Palm Springs desert scenery, this styled wedding shoot features a stunning couple and some of the most gorgeous pink and peach florals by Oak & Amble Floral Design. Photographed by Belle Lumiere’s “Film Photographer of the Year” and one of Photo Native’s favorite people Savan Phann, this shoot, sponsored by Richard Photo Lab, is the perfect example of shooting film gorgeously in direct sunlight.


We can’t imagine a more perfect backdrop for these stylish lovebirds (hello white suit!) than The Tumbleweed Sanctuary, featuring the simplicity of the desert sprinkled with Joshua Tree’s. Planned to perfection by The Walk Down the Aisle, the details are absolutely swoon-worthy and highlight using the Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral.


This gorgeous styled shoot was part of Photo Native 2019, a photography conference for experienced photographers coming together to lift each other up and learn new skills to improve their lives and business. Attendees of this shoot enjoyed learning techniques on shooting film and handling different lighting situations from Savan, and were able to use what they learned to create their own gorgeous images.


“This was an incredible shoot! Styling was pure perfection. I shot film for the first time which truly ignited a spark in me! The models were incredible and Savan kept everything fun, interesting, informative and she is incredibly approachable and relatable.” - PN2019 Attendee KC England



Ready to take your photography game and business to the next level, but not sure how to get there?

Join us!

Next February 17-19 for Photo Native 2020 in Santa Barbara, California, you will learn from industry leaders and creative powerhouses. You will walk away with the tools to transform your business to a profitable business that honors the creative you are while making an impact in your communities.

Tickets go on sale July 1.


Sponsored by: Richard Photo Lab

Photographed  by: Savan Phann Photography

Location: Tumbleweed Sanctuary

Planner: The Walk Down The Aisle

HMUA: Beauty by Stacy

Florals: Oak & Amble Floral Design

Dress: Mon Amie Bridal Salon

Suit: Stitch and Tie

Paper Suite: Foil & Ink


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Ready to take your photography game and business to the next level, but not sure how to get there?

Join us!

Next February 17-19 for Photo Native 2020 in Santa Barbara, California, you will learn from industry leaders and creative powerhouses. You will walk away with the tools to transform your business to a profitable business that honors the creative you are while making an impact in your communities.

Tickets go on sale July 1.

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How to create Double Exposure and Light Leaks in Film Photography - Wendy Laurel at Photo Native

Double exposures. Light leaks. Deeply Colorful images. Film Photography

Wendy Laurel - Unique Film Photography Master

This shoot with Wendy Laurel embodies all the whimsical excitement of Palm Springs, where Photo Native was held this past February 2019.

As part of the learning experience, Wendy Laurel - who joined us all the way from Hawaii - taught an amazing group of attendees during a quirky and fun shoot-and-learn opportunity at the colorful Saguaro Hotel, the perfect backdrop for all things Wendy!

Wendy Laurel is the MASTER of colorful, emotive imagery using film as her medium.

Iconic Wendy says :

I am more interested in the feeling you get when you look at an image than making sure it’s technically perfect
— Wendy Laurel

Her class attendees learned directly from her, the exact steps she takes when working with clients to create the kind of vibrant, emotion-filled, and unforgettable images she is so well known and sought out for.

During the shoot, Kodak Professional, one of our cherished sponsors, was on-hand giving out film freely to all those who were with Wendy! Class attendees worked on using the model’s natural movements to pose organically and effectively as well as playing with color to tell a compelling story, of course with Wendy guiding them. They also explored the use of sun flare, double exposures, light leaks, and other experimental techniques. This rare opportunity to be taught in-person by Wendy produced beautiful results that pushed and stretched attendees outside their comfort zones and created images that changed the way they approached film photography in their own work!

Keep Scrolling to see her and all the magic she and her attendees saw and worked with! If you are interested in being a part of something like this, YOU BELONG HERE!

A Photo Native shoot is an intimate learning experience where photographers not only create stunning portfolio images, but an opportunity to learn the method behind how some of the industry leading photographers work their magic.


Interested in taking your photography game and business to the next level, but not sure how to get there??

Join us next February 17-19 for Photo Native 2020 in Santa Barbara, California, where you will learn from industry leaders and creative powerhouses. They’ll be teaching you actionable steps to get you from where you are, to where you want to be in a fun learning environment. Early Bird tickets go on sale July 1.

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Join us next February 17-19 for Photo Native 2020 in Santa Barbara, California!

You will learn from industry leaders and creative powerhouses. They’ll be teaching you actionable steps to get you from where you are, to where you want to be in a fun learning environment.

Early Bird tickets go on sale July 1.