Sean and I will be leading a shooting workshop for Pictage’s PartnerCon next week and we hope to see you there!  If you haven’t already signed up for PartnerCon, we would encourage you to take a look. The conference is open to both members and non-members and they’ve got a great line-up of amazing speakers ready and eager to share!  We are honored to be a part of what should be a phenomenal week!  Thank you to the Pictage staff who have been working tirelessly to put this thing together!  You guys are great and we appreciate you. :0)

We were in China when registration opened for the shooting workshops and we were blown away when we returned to the states to find that the workshop had sold out in 5 minutes!  THANKS YOU GUYS!!  Wow.  For those who are curious about what exactly we’re up to, we’re excited to be teaming up with our friends and fellow photographers, Whitney and Peter Carlson to do The Ultimate Night Shoot! – Two Studios, Two Ways

As I said, the workshop is currently sold out, but there is a wait list on our workshop page that you can add yourself to and if any openings become available, the Pictage staff will let you know.  There are also lots of other great shooting workshops so be sure ot check out the Shooting Workshops page for more details and to see which ones are still available.  Our workshop details are as follows:

About the workshop: As the days get shorter, you will probably find that more and more of your weddings have the couple portrait time scheduled after dark.  For some this will be an exhilarating change, while others will cringe at the thought.  Sean and Mel McLellan (McLellan Style) and Peter and Whitney Carlson (Dove Wedding Photography) have learned to find the light, in even the darkest environment, and when they can’t find it, they create it through various simple, portable, and efficient means.  Whitney and Peter find speed lights to be their greatest asset while Sean and Mel create using primarily video lights.  They’ve teamed up to show you the best of both worlds in the ultimate night shooting workshop in beautiful New Orleans!  Whether you love to shoot at night, or find the whole process terrifying, there will be something in it for you!

Topics covered will be:

How to use speed lights in a night shooting environment

Utilizing video lighting

Inexpensive lighting options

Finding the ambient light at night

Proper lighting techniques for portraiture

Working quickly with lighting on a wedding day

Creative, portable lighting setups for the photographer who doesn’t want to carry everything!

and more…

Supplying a pocket wizard is encouraged, but not required, for participation in the strobe portion of the shoot.

Following the shoot, get the full experience of Nashville’s awesome community by joining both studios for food and drink over mini mentoring sessions and discussions on community building, mentoring, and how to facilitate both in your community.

We hope to see you in New Orleans next week!  Please come say hi! :0)

Looking forward to seeing you soon…

– Mel and Sean


  1. Jessi on November 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Thats awesome! Photography isnt really my hobby, but I absolutely love your work. Too bad I couldnt fit in an engagement photo shoot while yall are in my hometown… but I think I might need the ring first before we do that anyway. Oh well, guess yall are going to have to make another trip to New Orleans when the time comes! Enjoy the city!

  2. Mel on November 15, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Thanks Jessi! We love New Orleans and will gladly come down to shoot your engagement session any time! :0)

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