Los Muertos Photoshoot

Makeup Artist extraordinar Ms. Rose Fortuna and I had been talking about doing a halloween inspired photo shoot for a long time. She had the amazing inspiration to pull out all the stops and do a day of the day editorial.

We were so lucky to have such a willing crew for this shoot, I mean Cynthia (the stylist and I) lugged the dresser up from a musty basement and lit it on fire in the middle of the lawn. How fun is that?!

(This is one of my favorites from this shoot. I was later honored to know that it won "Shot of the week" on Melissa Rodwell's Fashion photography Blog. http://www.fashionphotographyblog.com/2010/11/jackie-puwalski/
She has and continues to been a tremendous inspiration to me, so it ment a great deal to be recognized by her.)

Photography: Jackie Puwalski
Post processing: Jackie Puwalski
Model: Christine Keenan @ Maggie Inc.
Wardrobe Stylist: Cynthia August
Makeup: Rose Fortuna
Hair: Justin Robey

The rest of this editorial can be viewed on NewBrahmin.com or Jackiepuwalski.com

Melissa Rodwell Workshop

So I recently went to a photography workshop with renouned photographer Melissa Rodwell in LA.  Melissa has been a great inspiration to me both personally and photographically for a long time so I was thrilled to finally get the chance to meet her in person.

Right from the start the atmosphere of the group was fantastic. Everyone spoke a little about their photographic experience and their reasons for coming to the workshop. I went to the workshop because I wanted to meet and talk with people who are as passionate about fashion photography as I am. Far too often other professionals aren't viewed as resources they are immediately categorized as competition.

Melissa really made the effort to talk to everyone during the first day. She spoke to me a number of times and I'm sure I was one of the quietest people there. At the end of the day she looked at my website portfolio, going through and giving me advice as we talked.

These are some images from day 1- shooting:

(Melissa Demonstrating the second lighting set up)

(Free for all shooting at the end!)

As great as it was to be able to shoot in an amazing studio like Smashbox I found the second day of the workshop the most rewarding. We talked about the business of fashion photography and photography in general. Melissa spoke so candidly about her experiences, mistakes and knowledge that it felt more like a conversation between old friends than the dialog of a lecturing instructor. 

I have learned a great deal from Melissa, her worksop was one of the most educational experience of my life.