Candace and I are having a terrific time together and learning so much! We were invited to attend a workshop with eight of the worlds greatest event photographers. There are only 50 attendees. Each of us has the opportunity to shoot the models and pose/play with them on our own. We missed the 1st of only two days of shooting because we had three Weddings on Oct 1st. Being jet lagged and cameraless thanks to Aegean Airlines we literally had to borrow equipment from Kim Ponsky and Bambi Cantrell! They were very generous to allow us to shoot with their cameras! The critique was very difficult for me! I never had the experience of having 7 judges looking at my work. Candy could tell that I was extremely nervous. Each of us were allowed to submit only two images. The image I felt had the best chance of winning was the image with the very "excited" dog! Candy playing with the dog was my automatic inspiration for the shot! The Model seemed annoyed pretending to sip tea on a still in the middle of the street (not my idea) and after 5 minutes of huffing I respectfully asked for my turn! Without Heather to work on my image it scored the 2nd highest and the judges said it would have scored much higher even had it been worked better in photoshop! With the help of an amazing Photographer from Russia Sasha I now have a Winning image for this years upcoming WPPI! Anyway it is all great fun. Here are a few images from our 1st day shooting including the before/after shot with Sasha's help. I really wish he spoke english! Thank you Heather and studio team for holding things together! Thank you Grammy, sister in laws and our monkeys for letting us have this experience! Candy and I just got our camera case now that we are ready to go home!