Four weeks ago I attended Sal Cincotta’s Shutterfest photography convention in St. Louis IL. I was there to teach three different workshops to students from all around the world. This was only the second year Shutterfest has been held and they had 2000 photographers show up for it. It was truly an awesome experience with a high-energy vibe that would not quit. Photographers and models were shooting non-stop around the Union Station Hotel – where the event was held. There were fashion shoots in the hallways, studio lights set up in the lobby and teams of shooters outside photographing beautiful bride and groom models.
My presentations were co-sponsored by Panasonic Lumix Cameras and my Photography Lab – H&H Color Labs. H&H helped provide free prints for all attendees – which totally rocked! They also provided some great giveaways and prizes. My three talks were – Hybrid Engagement Shooting, Photography Workflow and a St. Louis Travel shoot. I was extremely excited about the travel shoot having scouted locations the day before. The class was sold out and we planned to do something a little different from weddings and fashion. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. The skies were extremely ominous with the Weather Channel predicting a 50% chance of tornados. The odds were to close for comfort – so I decided to move the class indoors and present a travel photography lecture instead. We had this cool contest planned with H&H Color including some really cool prizes – so we tweaked the rules and allowed those attending the class a chance to submit photos that were travel related and taken during the conference. Here are the three winners. The images were judged by myself and a panel at H&H Color.
1st Prize – Train by Debbie Holton
I had actually scouted this train for both my travel program and my engagement program and unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. The light beams shining on the train make this an amazingly dramatic image – well done Debbie!
2nd Prize – Blue Lightning by Julie Guintard
The St. Louis Arch is iconic but the lightning bolt told the story. And travel photography is all about the story. During my visit to St. Louis, I experienced a powerful lightning and thunder display by Mother Nature. This image takes me right back to that evening.
3rd Prize – Arch with Dark Night by Rachel Klein
As I mentioned above when you think of St. Louis – you immediately think of the Arch. Whenever you travel it is important to capture images of the iconic landmarks.
A great big thanks you to H&H Color Lab for running this contest. If I get invited back to Shutterfest 2016 – I hope to get outside and photograph with all my travel friends.