Julie Paisley Desert Shootout | WPPI 2018

So this is Part III of my WPPI 2018 series. You can read more about my adventures in Part I and Part II, where I talk about how to survive and the different kinds of classes and events that go on for any photogs that are new or anyone thinking they want to take the dive and go! 

Last year, I heard talk of events going on, outside of what WPPI offers, called "shootouts." These are basically styled shoots that are flawlessly designed and executed by a host, in this case Julie Paisley, who is an AMAZING film photographer and I want to be her when I grow up. So shootouts are styled events hosted by a photographer, FOR photographers to add gorgeous images to their websites and portfolios. There are typically around 25 photographers sharing time between various models, table designs, invitation suites, florals and other details. The idea here is to shoot quality, not quantity. You don't NEED 1,000 photos of the same thing. 

This was my first shootout and a brand new experience for me. It's a completely different world working with professional models, who require minimal direction. A lot of what I do during a shoot is geared toward helping my clients feel comfortable in front of my camera, so it was amazing how little time I needed to get STUNNING images!

All these images were taken at the Julie Paisley Shoot out, with creative direction, styling and florals by Janna Brown Design, and hair/makeup and assist by Natalia Issa.


Since this was my first shootout I made sure to introduce myself, and ask about how it all works. Basically, each photographer gets between 3-5 minutes to direct the model, and the rest are welcome to shoot from the side. We broke off into smaller groups, and had ample time to work with each model setup. I'm not going to lie, it's incredibly anxiety-inducing to be watched by a large number of other photographers all vying for the models attention, and there were a handful of people with dominant personalities that left me a bit irked. Overall, I'm pleased with the gorgeous images that I do have, and I met some truly lovely people in the process. I'm definitely looking forward to next year, and perhaps keeping my sights on smaller workshops in the future.



Taken at the @JuliePaisleyPhotography Shootout

Creative direction, styling & florals |     @jannabrowndesign

Hair + Makeup and assist |      @nataliaissa

Nemoria Editorial (Purple Gown) & Table Scape

Gown | Carol Hannah      @carolhannahbridal

Purple Paper Goods | Bohemian Ink      @bohoink

Silk Ribbon | Silk and Willow      @silkandwillow

Table Linens | La Tavola Linen      @latavolalinen

Chairs | RSVP Party Rentals      @rsvppartyrentals

Ring | Susie Saltzman      @susiesaltzman

Ring Box | The Mrs Box      @the_mrs_box

Suit | Zara      @zara

Modeling Agency | TNG Models      @tngmodels

Models | Purple Gown @mckennazhang  Male @manybta_


Domenica Editorial

Gown | Domenica Domenica      @domenica_domenica

Suit | The Black Tux      @theblacktux

Paper Goods (White & Black) | Bijou Creative      @bijoucreative

Silk Ribbon | Silk and Willow      @Silkandwillow

Ring | Susie Saltzman      @susiesaltzman

Modeling Agency | tng models      @tngmodels

Models | @michelle_senecal  @jword_

Shoes | Bella belle Shoes      @bellabelleshoes


Sundance Editorial

Gown | Elizabeth Dye      @elizabethdye

Paper goods (Cream color on cream silk) | Esther Clark co      @estherclarkco

Silk Ribbon | Silk and Willow      @silkandwillow

Ring | Susie Saltzman      @susiesaltzman

Model | @conwaterman