As a driven artist and small business owner I am constantly looking for inspiring photographers who are offering workshops. I like attending seminars but I would much rather participate in workshops hosted by photographers I am eager to learn from. The atmosphere there is more intimate and we can really dig into details with a small group of photographers vs taking notes in an auditorium filled with hundreds of people.
I came across Jeff Rojas' work one day when I was browsing for inspiration on line. Needless to say his work was intimidatingly beautiful so I started to follow him on social media. When I found out that Jeff is hosting a men's fashion and portrait workshop it was a no brainer to me that I had to be there!
I flew into NYC the night before and the fun began the next morning. As a textbook introvert I was relieved to learn that Jeff was very easy to talk to and his studio was a place where we can talk about our strengths and weaknesses without judgement.
Instead of having a class room styled, all day long, note taking workshop, we rotated between group discussions and shooting professional models.
Honestly, I did not know what it meant to work with professional models before! I immediately grew respect and appreciation for the work models do! They are not contributors they are your partners in a shoot. What they bring to the table is imperative!!
Investing in Jeff Rojas' workshop was a milestone for my technical skills as a photographer. We had a wonderful group of photographers and we all brought interesting discussions to the table. Jeff is not only an incredible portrait and fashion photographer but he is also a genuinely kind and generous person who is devoted to give back to photographers who are willing to learn. Since my workshop with Jeff I have booked several portrait sessions, both for head shots with regular clients and with models for portfolio building purposes. I have made significant improvement in my lighting skills and I have communicated with clients so much more effectively.
My only regret is that Jeff and I don't have photo together when we both looking into the camera, but perhaps we can accomplish that some time soon.
All photo credit belongs to Amanda Powell Photography