If you’ve read the blog in the past few weeks then you know that Sean and I were asked to do a shooting workshop in New Orleans for Pictage’s annual conference.  We were honored to be asked and even more honored to have it fill up in less than a minute when registration opened!  To those who attended, thank you so much!  We really appreciate you giving us the opportunity to share with you and we hope you were able to walk away with something of value.  We can’t wait to see your resulting images!  For anyone who might be curious as to what our results from the shoot were, here a few from our pile…

Sean started a bit early, taking photos of our prep.  This is when we realized that our hotel room was every bit as messy as what we usually walk into on a wedding day!  I am also now fairly certain that Phil is going to be more careful from here on out when Sean has a camera around.  Sorry Phil – couldn’t resist! 



We hit the streets with a massive group which had me a little concerned that it would be hard to keep everyone happy crowded around the same models but everyone was great!


Our incredible friends and fellow Nashville wedding photographers, Peter and Whitney of Dove Wedding Photography and Phil and Mindy of Phindy Studios, graciously agreed to brave the crowd and be our models.  They are all extremely talented behind the camera, and none of them would call being in front of the camera their favorite thing, so we really appreciate them doing this for us! :0)  They all did a fabulous job!  Don’t you think?



The boys…



The ladies…




If you thought one or two photographers was intimidating, imagine this kind of attention! :0)





Sean demonstrating how to use flash in harsh sun for dramatic affect…


…and the result.








I can’t wait to share more from our trip with you next week!  Workshop attendees, don’t forget to send in your images for next week’s post featuring you!


  1. Jessica Rayborn on November 12, 2009 at 7:20 am

    You guys all look like you are having so much fun. Glad you all had a great time and a safe trip back.

  2. Sara D Harper on November 12, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Whitney – you look fantastic!!! LOVE the headpiece! Can’t wait to see more!

  3. Emily Beaty on November 12, 2009 at 9:39 am

    How fun!!! Love the images. Wish Jon and I could have been there! Maybe next year. :)

  4. Phil Thornton on November 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

    HA! That’s just great. Now I will have to dig up those Guitar Hero videos I have of you guys and publish them for the whole world to see! But seriously, great images per usual guys.

  5. Mindy on November 12, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Hysterical. Phil is going to kill you, but it was worth it! I’m just excited that we finally have had images made by the McLellans!

  6. shawnreeder on November 12, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Amazing images Mel and Sean!! It was really great meeting you two.

  7. Jonathon Campbell on November 12, 2009 at 11:06 am

    These look awesome. I wish that I could’ve been there. I especially love the photo of Phil and Peter (where Phil’s hand is on Peter’s shoulder). That seriously should be a T-shirt. I’d buy it. Whitney and Mindy look gorgeous, I love the way you captured them. Very inspiring!

  8. Josh Ulmer on November 12, 2009 at 11:07 am

    fun stuff and lovely models at that! Love the attire!

  9. Jim Collins on November 12, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I love these. What fun memories. My favorite is the water/reflection/gutter but my favorite part is that you guys are in them …

  10. amy on November 12, 2009 at 11:33 am

    awww i just love all you kids to death! everybody looks gorgeous. :)

  11. chris. on November 12, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Alright Phil, time to photoshop us into a couple of these, too, so that we can feel like we were there! =)

    Great job, as usual, guys! Wish we could have been there!

  12. Joel Hartz on November 12, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Wow! Michele and I so sad that we couldn’t make it down there! OMG! Whitney and Mindy look so fabulous! Very beautiful! Peter and Phil clean up well too. I love all the shots, esp the one of Peter with his reflection, I’m a sucker for reflections, esp my own. Can’t wait to see more!!!

  13. Abbie Rufener on November 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    How fun! It looks like you all had a great time. I got to shoot with the Youngrens and had a little Nashville flavor with Jody and Zach.

  14. ohana photographers on November 12, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    aw looked like a lot of fun!!!

  15. Whitney Carlson on November 12, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Yay! I love them. Especially the one of Peter and Phil! And Mindy looks gorgeous! This was so much fun, I was nervous but once we got started I had so much fun. Plus we got to be photographed by the McLellan’s twice in one week!

  16. Peter Carlson on November 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Finally McLellan photos of me that I have a shirt on! They can make even a doof like me look cool.

    I think Johnathan Campbell is my biggest fan. He always wants your photos of me on a T-Shirt or calendar (see his comment below). Not sure if that should make me proud or nervous.

    Thanks guys! We had a great time!

  17. Mel Watson on November 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Great job you guys. Looks like everyone was having so much fun. I can’t really blame them. :) I love the small wedding party themed shoot. Very cool! Well done sweet friends!

  18. Andrea Hallgren on November 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Totally Kick Ass! I love them, but I think I love them even more because I know all of you!! Beautiful job photographing some of Nashville’s most beautiful people!! Wish I could have been part of this fun shoot.

  19. Steve Stanton on November 12, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    McLellan Style continues to melt my mind. What a dynamic duo you both make!

  20. adrienne scott on November 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Love them! What great models. =)

  21. adrian hitt on November 13, 2009 at 11:19 am

    oh, i love them! what awesome and gorgeous models! :)

  22. Renata Walczuk on November 15, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    You guys got premiere moments!

  23. Mel on November 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you all so much! We had a great time and our models were awesome! ;0)

  24. Mandi on November 16, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    These are awesome and thanks for working with all of us and sharing you wisdom. Hope to see you next year.

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