Kreativ Summit. The name even oozes creativity and the possibility of inspiration. And, for the photographers that descended onto downtown Orlando at the end of January, I hope it delivered the same inspirational experience to them that it did for myself! While teaching my photo walk, Robert + Michelle were kind enough to model for us for some mock Orlando engagement photos, and I think the results were pretty fun.
You see, I am honored to say I was one of Kreativ’s speakers and teachers. After a day full of amazing speakers, a small group of attendees met me in the lobby of the Aloft Hotel to learn one of my favorite things: how to “polish the turd.”
If you haven’t heard that phrase before, you’re probably not alone. However, it’s one of my favorite challenges. This is something I teach to every student of mine in my workshop, ROAR. Every space I walk into, I look for at least five photos I could create. I look for interesting light, or where I could place a couple and add interest. I look for places that will tell a story, or enhance the story of my couple. And, on our photo walk, I showed my students just how I would “polish” a place that didn’t necessarily scream photographic magic. Hopefully, they walked away with a little more curiosity and inspiration to spin a location in a new way!
No matter the situation, whether a real shoot or a styled one, you can create magic in any location. I hope these mock Orlando engagement photos inspire others to try to think outside the box. Find a new perspective on a tried and true location. Try a new lighting technique. Be curious. Photography is fun! We should always be searching for new ways to tell a story.