I recently shared a group of ShutterFest favorites, selected from the artists themselves. However, there were a few more artists who hadn't seen the original request and submitted more images. So, it was easy enough to do another post.
ShutterFest is much more than just another convention. It's a community, both on and off the pages of Facebook. Even better than the images, Dorothy Swiegoda, who took the first image below, wrote me the following:
This was my first ShutterFest. I am regularly a landscape & travel photographer. This was my first Boudoir shoot the Sunday night of ShutterFest 2015. It turned into a mini boudoir learning adventure. It was originally set up with 2 photographers, the model & HMU - the magic of the ShutterFest Facebook group.
In the lobby before it was time for the shoot I met several ShutterFester's. When I said I had to go shoot 2 of them asked if I minded if they came and watched. In the spirit of ShutterFest I told them, " Grab your camera. This is about learning and shooting."
Caitlin Wood was our model and we had 3 female and 2 male photographers. We talked about having an assistant with you and the model having someone there with them. Safety for all in numbers. Things you can say. Things you can't say. Letting the model know if she is not comfortable doing something she should communicate that. Direction by words before adjusting with your hands. Everyone threw out ideas. Everyone got to take the shots they wanted. Caitlin got to pick out what she wanted to be photographed in. We had 4 different changes. We talked, we laughed, we learned and we all became friends in person not only on Facebook. This was my start to ShutterFest.
I left with a feeling of great energy, many new friends, inspiration, enthusiasm and excited to show and share what I did in St. Louis. The memory of that shoot will always be with me. I am extremely excited to be able to show what came out of it.
With the way time is flying by lately, ShutterFest 2016 is just around the corner. Find more about this amazing convention with a click of your mouse.
by Dorothy Swiegoda. Follow her on Facebook.
by Lou Wood. Follow him on Facebook.
by Larry Fry. Follow him on Facebook.
by Justin Bassett. Follow him on Facebook.
by Christy Woods. Follow her on Facebook.
by Rebecca Nash. Follow her on Facebook.
by Scott Stuart. Follow him on Facebook.
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