I love Sam Hurd’s work, and I jumped at the chance to take his one-day Epic workshop. A small and insanely talented group of photogs gathered in a downtown Nashville loft to spent the day learning from and challenging each other. Sam shared his workflow, his processing, his techniques, his client process. We worked with lovely and gracious models, with Sam walking us through how he directs his clients, uses light, and frames his shots. I’m so grateful for the chance to stretch myself creatively. It’s been a long time since I moved outside my own comfort zone of creativity, y’all; I needed this.
I spent most of the day taking notes as fast as my hands could write, but I did grab my camera for the live shoot portion of the day. Enjoy!
We were worn OUT after that day. Carly and I had planned to go out and enjoy the city that night, but we were exhausted. So instead we hit up Love Peace Pho for an incredible (and quiet!) dinner (and who should we meet but Pharrell’s doppelganger). Then straight to our air bnb to SLEEP – because we had plans for a sunrise session the next morning. We had an amazing model (can you say Penny Lane?!? The resemblance is uncanny) and an amazing sunrise and of course an amazing backdrop (I love you forever, Nashville). Enjoy.
So there we were, shooting away, when we were approached by this dude. I’m pretty wary of strange men in general, and strange panhandling men who ask me the monetary value of my gear in specific, but I was stopped in my tracks when our model spoke directly to him like a fellow human being, and invited him to be in a picture. …Guys, I really hate it when I realize I’ve been acting like everything I hate. It was a beautiful moment. He went away walking taller.
That’s all, folks.
Emily Lapish is a full-time photographer, wife, mom, and crazy person. She likes long walks through Target while cradling a latte. She is fueled by passion for restoration, grace, and also by obscene amounts of coffee.
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