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Reset Maternity Shoot Out… FUN!

This past weekend, Jess and I had the privilege and honor to be break out speakers during the RESET CONFERENCE.

Part of our fun, was hosting a maternity badocams.com shoot out for attendees. With 10 “new friends”, we headed out to the field behind the conference center, and had a BLAST!

Many people ask “WHAT IS A SHOOT OUT”.  For Jess and I, it isn't one thing.  It's a handful of wonderful events that make it all come together.  Of course, the shooting and portfolio building that goes with it… but there is the CONNECTION that we find the most fabulous.

You get to see how your peers work… angles, their viewpoints.
You get to work together, in a non-competitive fashion, helping & guiding each other with tips & techniques.
You get to see how your peers edit, and their creative outtake on the same model… scene… lighting. It's AMAZING!
You get to walk away feeling inspired, refreshed, and energized… with new friends AND fun fabulous images in your camera.

If you haven't experience a shoot out event before, I highly suggest it… they are remarkable.

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Shoot… like a Happy Tog

Have you ever thought… “how much fun would it be to work with my fellow photographers, doing something amazing… magical… and being inspired from each other?”

If you haven't… you should!  It feels simply amazing.



In the past few years, I’ve seen an increase in negativity in our beautiful and colorful photographic industry.  From being over competitive, unfriendly, backstabbing and even a new word being birthed… the BULLY TOG.  This made my heart ache, and my “people loving” soul feel confused.  WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS?! 

So the happy togs planned an event unlike any other…. instead of shooting to compete, why not shoot to MEET! So was born… our shoot outs! We just had our very first, in Chicago… and along side 25 other professional photographers in my area… we SHOT TOGETHER!  Side by side… with beautiful models and stylized scenes from a magazine… we worked together as photographic ARTISTS, not as competition.  

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Think 1/4 photography workshop.  Now, you don't learn techniques, or editing skills, like you would in a full workshop…. but what you do learn & gain is observing the mentor (other artists you work with), PLUS build up a beautiful portfolio, & most of all… RE-INSPIRE yourself.  Really… they ahhh-mazing.

It was beautiful, in so many ways.  New friends were made, inspiration was shared, and at the end of the day… we all shared a glass of wine (or a moscow mule, ha!). 


I mean, what is not more glorious than having friends who share your passion… your creative inspirations… and who totally love to geek talk about camera gear. LOVE IT! 

There is enough UGLY in the world we live in, so why not spread some happy throughout it. 

BE HAPPY… it feels so much better for the soul.  Here are a few images from our event… what a fun day! 

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