I firmly believe that in order to learn something new, you have to be taught by someone who is a master of their craft. I rarely attend workshops because I prefer mentor sessions, one on one sessions, with the photographer of your choice. Most offer them, and if they don't yet, you can definitely ask to be their first! I have done a mentor session with Paul von Rieter in the past, and I swore that the day I got my hands on a Contax 645, I would schedule another session ASAP. That day came rather quickly, and in a matter of days, Paul orchestrated a styled shoot for my first day of shooting with the Contax. Our lovely model, Andrea, is a current bride of Paul's who wanted to start her modeling portfolio, and this came at just the right time! Before this session, I hadn't even opened my Contax because I wanted to make sure that I learned how to do everything correctly from the beginning. Paul sat with me for a bit and went over some basics, but pretty quickly it just became all about shooting. I learn best by seeing and doing, so this was a pretty phenomenal way to educate myself. We all headed out to Paul's secret spot, and raced the sun which was setting quickly. I got to experiment with a few different film types that I hadn't yet tried, and overall, had the time of my life. We used Paul's awesome BMW as a prop when it got dark and played with some dynamic lighting by using his headlights. I just love the rock and roll feel of those shots. I dropped my rolls off at ProPhoto Irvine, where John was already expecting me, and waited anxiously for my scans. I was not disappointed. Thank you to everyone involved, I am totally a film convert now, and cannot wait to keep shooting and experimenting!
Mentor: Paul von Rieter
Makeup: Brie Leach
Styling: Chic Celebrations
Clothing: Best Kept Secret
Film Lab: ProPhoto Irvine (new kid Nick did an awesome job with my scans!)
Film Used: Fuji 400H, Kodak Portra 800, Ilford Delta 3200 with Contax 645