I am just recovering from my week at Click 4, the 4th annual California Photo Festival, in the central coast area. I now find myself rapidly preparing for the big east coast photography convention, Photo Plus Expo and I thought I’d squeeze out a blog post before I leave.
The festival takes place in October, generally over the Columbus Day weekend—this year it happened during the week, from Oct. 7th thru Oct. 11th—5 days of fun packed workshops, seminars and photo safaris. I taught 12 workshops & seminars, exhausting but very fun. The festival is very well managed by the amazing (and this year, very pregnant) Victoria Schmitt, and there were few glitches save for the inevitable weather cancelations. I always have a lot of fun at the festival and I get to hang out with some amazing photographers and instructors!
Every year, one of the first workshops, or photo safaris is the “Horses on the Beach” group shoot. This is so popular that it has become almost a cliche and most attendees manage to get a great shot of horses and riders running along the waters edge at sunset. I am usually tasked with finding some alternative subject to shoot and this year we had a group of belly dancers that modeled for us…
As it turned out, this year it was overcast the evening of the shoot, so there was no sunset. However, this did not pose a problem for my group and we got a lot of cool movement shots of these colorful dancers.