A number of months ago a friend told me about Shutterfest. I had been looking for a photo excursion or workshop to go to this year. Originally I had planned on trying to go to a Joe McNally workshop in San Francisco held by National Geographic, but it was already sold out just days after it posted. So, Shutterfest it is! I had gone to a Sal Cincotta speaking event when I lived in Vegas a number of years ago. It was a great talk about the business of wedding photography. So when I heard of Shutterfest, it seemed like a great thing. Shutterfest was to be held in St. Louis, MO. I had some Southwest points so my flight was basically free. I book my flight and my Shutterfest access pass and shortly after my room at the Union Station. I lucked out and got a room at the Union Station that was supposedly booked already being that is where the event was to be held. Shutterfest was essentially a wedding based convention/workshop, but there was also baby, boudoir, senior and fashion photography parts also. there are both classes and hands-on workshops. This is what made it most appealing to everyone. Sal had brought in some of the industries top photographers to speak on workflow, business practices, and other practical ideas. On top of this, there was a convention with camera makers, online photography resource companies, etc. But what I think was the biggest draw was the not so clear Rent A Human program. Initially I thought, ok if I wanted a model I would have to go sign up and pay. But no, this was not the case. It was a borrow a human. So you go request a type of model and even hand pick your model, then go shoot. How cool is that?! Needless to say, my time was well spent. I attended classes took some photos and “rented a human”. There were also events set up by others for shoots at the Arch, City Museum and tons of others. The Facebook board was chaos with this stuff! I am glad I didn’t sign up for too much but also wish I signed up for more. I had got a cold while I was there so that was a huge hinderance for me. I still was able to shoot quite a bit, but obviously not as much as some others I saw posting. I met a lot of really nice people there. Everyone was willing to help each other and let others get in on shooting, for the most part. There were a few model hogs here and there, but I’ll chalk most of that up to excited shooters and the one or two well, assholes haha. I did take a few film cameras with me. My Nikon FE2, Polaroid SX70 with some impossible film, and my Holga. I look forward to developing everything!
I’d love to go again, but maybe not next year. My goal is to see new things as much as I can, and with my limited vacation, I think I will opt for a new trip in 2016. Maybe 2017 will be my next visit.
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