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PartnerCon: Mike Colon Shooting Workshop // Part 1


I had a whirlwind adventure in the Big Easy! You can read about the adventure here.

So I was in the right place at the right time. I got the email and I happened to be sitting in front of the computer. Pictage had just sent out the go ahead to register for the hands-on shooting workshops. I knew that I should hesitate on registering. With just 25 spots open in about eight different workshops, there weren’t enough spots to go around for the 500 registered participants.

Another lucky point, I was already a member of So that meant I was already logged in and all I had to do was click “Join”. Super easy. When I looked at how many spots were taken, HALF of the workshop was filled already. In like the first 2 minutes! I’m sooo glad I didn’t overthink and just did it.

For those that don’t know who the heck Mike Colon is, he’s a highly acclaimed celebrity wedding photographer based in Newport Beach. He creates amazing images and hosts fabulous workshops, last December he hosted one in Maui with gourmet chefs! It was just so cool to watch him work and see what he does. Like I can’t even begin to describe it, it was just so fun to see such a successful photographer work it. And he’s super nice too!

Without further ado and gushing, here’s the first set of model shots from Mike Colon’s PartnerCon workshop.

Meet Jessica:


For the photographers out there, I used a Kelvin white balance which is what Mike shoots with.





We each got a chance to pose Jessica.


We were in this cool alley just a couple of streets down from the hotel.



New Orleans is such a cool city that has so many great backgrounds for photos.




Work it out Jess!


There are MORE photos! To follow in future blog posts.

Happy Wednesday!

Today’s blog post was brought to you by Karyn Kelbaugh Photography. Karyn was awesome to offer her internet while we’re still disconnected at the new house.


Fried Dough? Yes, Please!


Okay, so the beignets weren’t the main purpose of my trip to New Orleans last week. But the beignets (which are essentially little pieces of fried dough) were delicious. Thanks to everyone who insisted I go to Cafe du Monde! I was not disappointed.





I was in New Orleans for Pictage’s annual photographers conference, PartnerCon. This year it was hosted in the Big Easy, which provided a beautiful backdrop, a veritable photographer’s dream. Especially since it was my first trip. I arrived on Monday afternoon and with a couple of hours to burn while waiting for my roommate, the lovely Erin Fults of Mississippi, to arrive, I set out on the town.

The hotel was situated right off of Bourbon Street, of Mardi Gras fame. It’s seriously like a party everyday. That evening there was a football game, New Orleans Saints versus the Atlanta Falcons. Fans. were. everywhere. Check the black and gold representing.


I absolutely loved the architecture in New Orleans. It was so reminiscent of European, specially French, architecture. I could not get enough of the balconies, which I learned are called “galleries”. This shot is right across the street from Cafe du Monde.


So after many comments and buzz about Cafe du Monde, I set out to find these famous beignets. The last time I had a beignets was in high school when we cooked some up for the French club. A little taste of France in the US? Yes, please! Plus, they are open 24 hours a day.


I don’t think it’s possible to eat the beignets neatly. There’s just too much powdered sugar (see above). I even shook some off before I took my first bite, but the powdered sugar still went everywhere.

The New Orleans vibe ran throughout the conference. There was a band that added some great ambiance while we mingled and stuffed food between talks.


I learned a ton.

Here are my top five lessons:

I went to sessions by Jason Aten who talked about starting out right, Scarlett Lillian and finding the fabulous, Justin & Mary Marantz who had a an amazing presentation about “How to be a Rainmaker”, and Nashville’s Zach & Jody Gray’s “Executing the Dream”, and Kevin Swan’s talk on how to stand out.. I loved being able to meet other photographers from around the country and the opportunity to meet photographers I look up to and admire.

I also grabbed a spot in Mike Colon’s Hands-on Shooting Workshop. There will be a couple of posts dedicated just to that!

I had the awesome opportunity to volunteer for the Charity Photo Shoot for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Sadly, I don’t have any photos from that, but it was an amazing experience working with the residents. I met a little 5-month old boy with the CUTEST cheeks, EVER. His mom said that they did not have any photos together yet, so it was so cool to be able to give them that gift. You can read the media coverage of the event HERE.

A BIG thank you goes to my roomie for the conference, Erin Fults. If you are in Mississippi and looking for amazing portraiture work, check out Erin!


Next year, PartnerCon will be in the Big Easy again! November 16-18, 2010.


Heading to the Big Easy!


Today I’m heading out to New Orleans for a photography conference, Pictage‘s PartnerCon. New Orleans has been one of the cities topping my list of cities to visit. And now I have the opportunity to go! Since it’s my first time going to the Big Easy, I’m ready for suggestions on where to go, what to eat, and what to see. While I’ll be spending most of my time indoors, getting my photography education on, I know I’ll have a little bit of time to explore.

I can only imagine how awesome it would be to shoot a wedding in New Orleans. With the historic French Quarter, Garden District, and Arts District, the Big Easy is overflowing with photographic opportunities!

I’m also definitely going to scope out the beignet situation. I’ve heard that Cafe du Monde is the spot to indulge!

Fried dough? Yes, please!

Photo from JenDubin on Flickr

I’m super excited that I was able to get into Mike Colon‘s 2-hour hands-on shooting workshop. I’m sure it’s going to be awesome. Another cool opportunity I’m looking forward to is volunteering for the charity photo shoot, which will benefit Katrina survivors. Over 100 volunteers from the conference will the participating in mini family portrait sessions, giving these families a chance to walk away with new photographic memories.

Have suggestions for sights to see and goodies to eat? Leave them in the comments!

Can’t wait to report back from the Big Easy!


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