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Over Yonder – A Stirring Hideaway

March 28, 2017 | nicole

photo by Philter Photography

Last week I had the great fortune of exploring Olympic National Park with a group of talented photographers during a five-day hideaway called Over Yonder. Founded by Kyle Wilson of Hinterland Stills and Cody Harris of Cody and Allison Photography, Over Yonder is an intimate workshop experience for like-minded creatives to learn and grow in their craft. Over the course of the week, 19 attendees received honest and thorough information and instruction from industry leaders including Twyla Jones, Grace Hurtienne of Grace and Jaden Photography, Kyle Wilson and Stephen Ramsden of Hinterland Stills, Cody Harris of Cody and Allison Photography, photographer and marketing guru Michael Kee, and me, Nicole Seligman, Executive Editor of Junebug Weddings.

Over Yonder recently announced a second workshop this year, September 4-8 in Joshua Tree, California. Knowing there is going to be another opportunity for photographers in all stages of their business to receive the unique workshop experience Over Yonder provides, I wanted to give a little of my own perspective on what makes this workshop so special.

film by Watertown Films

photo by Michael Kee

photo by Grace Hurtienne of Grace and Jaden Photography

photo by Donny Mays Photography

photo by Cassie Cook Photography

photo by Cassie Cook Photography

The Experience

Over Yonder is referred to as a stirring hideaway, and that description couldn’t be more apt. The workshop’s founders were thoughtful in choosing a location that lent itself to giving attendees a break from the every day in order to foster inspiration in an exciting and remote place. Photographers joined together from around the world, from Los Angeles to The Netherlands, to take both their business and their artistry to the next level.

From the aesthetically gorgeous A-frame lodges where attendees stayed, overlooking Lake Quinault and the foggy mountains beyond, to the otherworldly Quinault Rainforest and rugged Ruby Beach, each location contributed portfolio-worthy backdrops and an adventure exclusive to the PNW.

Throughout the week, attendees were reminded that the speakers were open books. The photographers, marketing guru, and myself all readily gave one-on-one portfolio and Instagram feedback and answered questions most would never have the space to ask. The last thing the Over Yonder founders wanted was attendees leaving feeling like they didn’t get to know the speakers or that there were secrets left untold. The entire week was about honesty and community in the truest senses of the words, and every single person left with mentors as well as friends.

photo by Summer Leigha Photo

photo by Summer Leigha Photo

photo by Meredith Washburn

photo by Grace Hurtienne of Grace and Jaden Photography

photo by Meredith Washburn

The Education

One thing that makes Over Yonder different is that the inspiration attendees take away is as thrilling as it is tangible. Each day included presentations from photographers with thriving businesses, where real business practices were shared in a transparent fashion. If you’ve wondered how photographers are growing their social following, staying on top of editing and client interaction, reaching dream clients across the world, or something else, no question went unanswered. Each presenter spoke in terms of their exact process, including missteps along the way and the little wins that added up to where they are today.

The first half of the week focused on the nitty-gritty of running a photography business, from branding to workflow to social media.  As you may expect, each photographer takes a different approach to business, and attendees were able to learn from a spectrum of what works — proof that there’s no one way to run a business or be successful! As the week progressed, classroom instruction on lighting, composition, posing, and direction turned into real life application with several styled shoots. It was exciting to see both seasoned photographers and those early in their career adapt to changing PNW weather and differing comfort levels of the models in front of the camera.

The latter half of the week focused on outsider knowledge. Michael Kee, career marketer who is growing his own wedding photography business, gave a thorough presentation about SEO specifics photographers should be using to reach the much sought-after first page on Google. From his breakdown of the most important pages on a website to choosing keywords, attendees received action items to implement as soon as they got home.

photo by Wianda Bongen Photography

photo by Wianda Bongen Photography

photo by Kadi Tobin Photography

photo by Christine Flower Photography

Junebug + Over Yonder

Being invited to speak at Over Yonder was honestly a dream come true! At Junebug, and consequently Photobug, we are deeply passionate about the wedding photography industry. In my dreams, all photographers would know what it takes to get published, because we really have the same goal: showcasing unique and inspiring content. We hope to inspire couples to have fabulously designed weddings as much as we hope to have them hire fantastic vendors to create and capture the day, and publication is how we make that happen.

When putting together my own presentation, I wasn’t entirely sure how much of the information would be known already. As it turns out, what we as wedding blog editors know isn’t exactly common knowledge. Rather than simply covering the basics, my talk included everything from why photographers should submit to blogs to what a range of different blogs are looking for (and the importance of knowing their unique styles!) to building a great submission. I loved seeing attendees and speakers alike put their new insight into action during styled shoots later in the week.

photo by Laetitia Donaghy Photography

photo by photo by Philter Photography

photo by Monsterfoto

photo by Mary-Margaret Magyar Photography

Does the Over Yonder experience sound like a great fit for you? Join us in Joshua Tree September 4-8! I’ll be there, and you should be too!

Lastly, I want to extend a huge thank you to last week’s sponsors:

JPEGmini

Alien Skin

Fundy Design

Indie Film Lab

Pixellu

Shotkit

LensRentals

Lex Gordon

As well as our gorgeous models:

Cedar and Swoon

Grayce Brunner and Tanner Remsey

The Forgetful Parents

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Top Pics of the Week – March 24

March 24, 2017 | gabby

photo by Punyan Photography

This week’s Top Pics are so magical and romantic, we can practically see the sparks flying! A huge thanks to Tim and NadineOscar Castro PhotoPunyan PhotographyHazel Eyes PhotographyThe Carrs PhotographyPhil Wenger PhotographyMadisen Hardisty Creative, and Cinzia Bruschini for sharing their photos with us this week.

photo by Phil Wenger Photography

photo by Oscar Castro Photo

photo by Madisen Hardisty Creative

photo by Hazel Eyes Photography

photo by Cinzia Bruschini

photo by Tim and Nadine

photo by The Carrs Photography

Want to have your work featured in a future Top Pics post? Be sure to tag your images with #photobugcommunity on Instagram, and come join the fun over in our Photobug Community Facebook page!

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Stunning Golden Ears Provincial Park Engagement Shoot from Dallas & Sabrina

March 20, 2017 | carrie

All Photos © Dallas & Sabrina

An engagement shoot has a recipe for success, which includes (but is not limited to): 1. A setting that your couple loves, 2. A couple in love, and 3. Photographers that understand how to capture that love. With all of the ingredients in place, Dallas & Sabrina captured some seriously stunning images of Beatrice and James wandering through the forest amid green moss and foggy backdrops. Enjoy!

From the Photographers

Beatrice and James are an amazing couple. They are both actors in Vancouver BC and have a great eye for style. Beatrice mentioned she loves the green moss that is so prevalent here on the west coast so Sabrina and I decided that we would take them out to one of the most beautiful parks we have here, Golden Ears Provincial park. We found a spot out there while we were scouting (with the help of our friend and fellow photographer Rachel Barkman) that was completely carpeted in green moss so we thought it would be perfect. We got ourselves pumped for the shoot by listening to the song Spaceboy by Smashing Pumpkins, and we kindof used that as our theme to keep in our head as we did the shoot as inspiration. On our way into the park we noticed that the converging lines of the trees along the road looked super cool, but we decided to save that for the last shot, and we were super rewarded for doing so because it was right at the end of the shoot that the light from the sunset started mixing with the mist in the air to create an incredible scene.

Equipment

Nikon D3S and D750 bodies. Nikkor 58mm f1.4G and 85mm f1.4G lenses, Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART and 24mm f1.4 ART lenses.

Weather Conditions

The weather in the park was quite nice, but it was VERY cold. The couple was super committed to getting the best shots possible so they took it like champs, but eventually, we did have to take a warm up break. The cold did make things a bit difficult for us as well, so we were glad to warm up too!

Favorite Image

Our favorite shot of the day for sure has to be the one of the couple just about to kiss on the roadway. It was really a team effort between Sabrina and I, because I had noticed the location and really wanted to get at least one shot there, but Sabrina was the one who directed them and encouraged them to get close and just enjoy being with each other, which is what resulted in the natural pose. The photograph was shot with a Nikon D3S camera and Nikkor 85mm f1.4G lens. Settings were ISO 800, f1.4, 1/1250sec shutter. It was edited in Lightroom.

Thanks so much to Dallas & Sabrina Kolotylo for sharing these images with us!

Wondering how you can pose your couples naturally? Check out our article on How to Get Your Couples Relaxed and Comfortable in Front of the Camera.

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