Alice: This is impossible.
The Mad Hatter: Only if you believe it is.
Last week I got to spend an incredible 3 days in Shreveport, Louisiana attending a workshop with Hunter from Three Nails Photography. I’ve been a fan of Hunter’s work for several years and have always wanted to attend one of his workshops, so when he announced his Alice in Wonderland themed wedding workshop for this summer I jumped at the chance to go. I mean that, I literally jumped in the air with excitement when my husband said to go ahead and book it, we’d find someone to watch Brody while I was away for 4 or 5 days. Now I’m not going to lie, I started to have second thoughts about attending the workshop about a month after my mom passed. Since her passing I’ve felt completely underwhelmed and uninspired. It’s been hard to pick myself up by my bootstraps and keep on trucking. I don’t look at everything the same as I once did and I’m not quite sure that I ever will.
When I say that I am so glad that I decided to follow through with Hunter’s workshop I mean that with every fiber in my being. I remember how excited my mom was when I told her that I had signed up for it. She had remembered my previous shares on Facebook for a chance at winning a spot in one of his other workshops and she’s always been supportive of my work. She was the person who encouraged me to take photography back in high school. (Has it seriously been 15 years since I graduated?) She was the one who asked my Uncle Mikey if I could borrow his SLR camera to use for my class. She was the one who always wanted to see what I created in the darkroom all those years ago and what I have continued to create since. She was so glad that I was finally getting to meet someone that I admire so much and that something like this was attainable for me. I was so nervous when I got there Monday morning, but by the time a few hours passed I felt like the wind was coming back into my sails and I remember why I love doing this. I learned so much from Hunter last week and left so inspired. It was so amazing to watch how meticulous he was when it came to preparing his sets, how he posed his models, and see and hear about just how he works in general. I realized that in order to create the looks and art that I want to I don’t need a $5,0o0 budget or to hire a slew of professional models. I learned so many new editing techniques and and realized that sometimes editing a single image takes a lot longer than you think it will. One of my favorite images by him, his original Alice in Wonderland shoot, took him 8 hours. 8 hours for one image!!
The very first day of the workshop we got to see how Hunter does the makeup for his models on his styled shoots. It was a very interesting two hour tutorial! After that we headed out to shoot our first set- Alice falling down the rabbit hole. He and his team built this incredible backdrop out of spray foam and painted it and texturized it just the way he wanted. It actually looked like legit dirt. I was amazed! The next day we met up at his studio and he walked us through how he edits his images. I was so excited to try something completely different than what I have been doing. I am beyond thrilled with the results of my images. It’s a lot more time consuming than I am used to but the end result is well worth it. We wrapped our final day shooting the wedding party, the ceremony between Alice and The Mad Hatter, and an incredible shot of Alice in a somewhat floating room. His team recreated the scene where Alice is a giant in a tiny room that fills up with water. I was so amazed at the way everything turned out and at their imaginations. He and his team are clearly outside the box thinkers. I came home completely inspired and with the confidence that I need to make the business changes that I want to. The only things that I wish I could have done in regards to this trip was spend more time learning from Hunter and call my mom to tell her all about it. Something tells me she already knows how much fun I had and much my soul healed during this trip. I made some amazing friends down there, I experienced a career and life changing workshop, and I came home with my confidence back. So thank you Hunter for an amazing experience, for being an inspiration to so many of us, to marching to the beat of your own drum, and for being just as totally kick ass in person as I hoped you’d be. I am so glad that I followed through with the workshop. It was a game changer.
So, what does this mean for Andrea King Photography? This means that you’re going to start to see my shooting style and editing style change and evolve into something different. It also means that it’s time to start to shoot what drives me, inspires me, and makes me the most creative. You’ll be gradually seeing my portfolio change as I update it with work more consistent of what I will be doing. So I’ll be weeding out family photography and sticking to weddings, engagements, couples, and some seniors. I’m not going to be doing the incredibly posed- please stand in this position, look at me, and smile- style of photography any longer. I will no longer be taking requests for a carbon copy of a Pinterest photo. This also means that my prices are going to be increasing. In order to truly invest in my career I must invest in things like these workshops, update some gear, and spend more time editing and more time with my clients during our sessions. I hope that if you’re a past/current client or someone who has been following me that you’ll stick with me! Together we can create some amazing art. This also means that there will me some minor changes in the way that I work weddings. This will help with the flow of the day and ensure that your wedding day images are fantastic. If you’re currently under contract with me for an upcoming wedding please keep an eye on your inbox for exciting details! Check out some of the images from the workshop below, I hope you love them as much as I do!
“It’s no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
-Alice in Wonderland