Pushing My Creative Limits {Columbus Photographer}

I’ve finally recuperated from my latest After Dark Education event. The day after I returned to Columbus, I felt like a Mac truck ran over me. At least the exhaustion did not set in till I was back at home. This event in Dallas was as great as the Charlotte event I attended a few months ago. If you aren’t familiar with After Dark, it is a great learning experience for photographers of all levels. Students spend 3-days, 12-plus hours per day, learning and creating with some of the best photography mentors in the country. You experience both workshop and conference type settings in the same event. Students get the chance to work right beside the mentors for each class, asking questions and photographing to develop their style and skills.

When I arrived, I didn’t have a plan of attack to determine which classes to take, but that worked out really well for me. The first day I sat in classes about creativity and workflow. After day one, my brain was ready to explode from information overload and thinking of how I would implement these ideas into my own business. Normally, I would focus on only classes for photographing high school seniors and kids. This time, I decided to try a few different classes in wedding and fashion photography. I’m so very glad I did! I typically do not photograph in the studio and it was a great change of pace working with lighting, backdrops and beautiful models.

Below are just a handful of the photographs I was able to create at After Dark. Since all images created were under the direction or during the mentor’s instruction, I’ve listed below each image who the instructor was for that class.

If you are a photographer and you’re looking for a unique learning experience to push your creativity, After Dark is a must! There are two more scheduled for this year in Charlotte and Kansas City. Hopefully I will be able to go to another one later this year to push myself even more.

bride with hand in hair laying on the ground

The Art of the Bridal Portrait: Mentor - Leslie Spurlock

model dressed as bride with grey sheet near lake

The Art of the Bridal Portrait: Mentor - Leslie Spurlock

portrait taken through weeds and branches on side of hill

The Art of the Bridal Portrait: Mentor - Leslie Spurlock

model posing in all black

Haute Couture – Fashion at it's most unique: Mentor - Brian DeMint

model in pink with large jewelry

Haute Couture – Fashion at it's most unique: Mentor - Brian DeMint

blue flowers in hair amazing makeup on model

Impromptu Shooting with mentor Brian DeMint

serious boy portrait

The Art of UnPosing: Mentor - Vicki Taufer

photograph of sisters outdoors

Creative Kids: Mentor - Mike Ridinger

girl in greenery with leaves

Creative Senior: Mentor - Amy Parrish

girl outdoors with hat and scarf

Urban Shooting & Styling: Mentor - Beth Jansen

urban tween photograph sitting with fun boots

Urban Shooting & Styling: Mentor - Beth Jansen

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  • Erin March 9, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    Gorgeous!! I am so so jealous you had such a fabulous opportunity to attend.

  • Melissa Pfannenstiel - Kansas City Photographer- March 11, 2012 - 9:02 am

    I so want to go to this! Amazing shots!

  • beth March 12, 2012 - 12:16 pm

    Awesomeness! Glad you had a good time at AD!!

  • Amy March 12, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    It looks like it was an amazing experience. I wish I’d been able to go!

  • Great images!

  • Beautiful images and it sounds like a great time full of fun and education!

  • alli peck March 19, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    stunning images, what a fabulous time you must have had!

  • Wow! what great images!!

  • Karen Thaemert April 2, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    These are all fabulous! I know you had a great time and came back with so many new ideas.

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