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Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photography Workshop

This week I had the pleasure of giving a wedding photography workshop in Puerto Vallarta. We had a great group of photographers and what was meant to be an 8 hour day turned into 11 hours of photo goodness. It was such an awesome feeling to have this creative group together, shooting, talking, and brainstorming. Thank you to Eder Acevedo for coming up with this idea and for coordinating everything, to Yanen Ali, my right hand woman, associate photographer, and editor of 4 years for taking some photos of us and imparting her Lightroom mastery on everyone, to Mariana and Luis for being patient with us and being great models, and to Bed and Pizza for letting us use their space and feeding us great pizza and beer.

Here is our crew:

We started the day off with a discussion about the business side of wedding photography and the best ways to grow your business in Puerto Vallarta. We followed that with a critique of each student’s work.

Before we hit the streets we took advantage of some great light inside.

We spent a lot of time roaming through the streets exploring different ideas. I’d spent some time talking about anticipating moments, finding good compositions and waiting for something to happen, and really sticking with something until you have it. I saw this little girl peak out her door at us and got into my head that I wanted the bride and groom to go on the other side of the door so that we could get them and the little girl in the shot. She went back inside but I still had them go get into position hoping that she would come out, and she did! Sometimes when you plan and wait for something to happen, it does, and it can be magical.

Some more great light and a wonderful connection between our bride and groom.

We stumbled upon a gritty little tunnel that didn’t smell very good but Mariana and Luis were troopers and we played around.

After our shoot we went through editing, processing, and photoshop techniques followed by some cold beer! It was a great day. Thanks to everyone who came and supported. I hope to do another one soon!

Categories: Personal, Uncategorized, Workshops

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7 Responses to “Puerto Vallarta Wedding Photography Workshop”

  1. Monica Says:

    I love that you generously share your talent with local, aspiring photographers. Looks like it was a fab workshop!

  2. Ryan Jones Says:

    Looks like it kicked some ass! I’d love to see you in action one day. And that shot with the little girl is awesome.

  3. Broshot Says:

    You’re such a boss!

  4. Eder Acevedo Says:

    the best birthday I’ve ever had, thank you so much Elizabeth for sharing your talent and knowledge with us, now is time to practice what I’d learn, my vision has definately changed thanks to you…!!

  5. Raul Says:

    I just have gratitude words to Elizabeth & Eder -who put all this together- . Once again, it is clear to me that most talented people are equally generous, such is the case of Beth, who took the time and patience not only to show to a handful of aspiring photographers how she does her marvelous craft, instead, she walked us through the nuts & bolts of the business side and looked at our work to make thoughtful suggestions to improve ourselves.
    I’m so glad to know such great artist and , moreover, to count on her as a new friend.

    Mil gracias, Beth!

  6. Sandora Says:

    Thanks Elizabeth for sharing all your most deepest secrets, You helped a lot giving us the big pictures of how this thing runs. I was really expecting to know that!
    As every one tool some pictures that I would like to share with all of you…. behind the camera!

  7. Andrea Fanni Says:

    I met Elizabeth 3 years or so ago, and since I saw her works I loved the style ,the composition, everything and thought “I want to take pictures like she does!”
    Finally she found some time in her agenda to set up an amazing all day workshop. I always thought a workshop must last 3 days at least to go back home with something interesting, but Elizabeth is such a comunicative person that I have got more information in those 11 hours then in the past year!! I m so happy that I could see how the magic of her pictures happen..she found a dirty common back street,looked around and took amazing pictures ,explaining us how her eyes work!Once she downloaded the photos on the computer I was totally surprised of the result, and now I am spending the days after the workshop trying to see places with the Beth Eye !! She gave me new inspiration and motivation, my passion for photography is burning again!!
    Thanks a lot Elizabeth…
    I told you that I don’t like Blogs..writing to much…well see what you did to me??? I can write of the workshop all day long!