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Vegas Desert workshop near MGM hotel registered guests for photography

We just finished shooting our Vegas workshop yesterday, whoo-hoo!  I was blessed to have poured into these hungry souls who attended the photography workshop, and who wanted to learn how to upgrade their photography skills.  To see faces light up with the “I got it” expressions made my day more than anything else I did yesterday.  That was the highlight for me.  I realize that planning and hosting a workshop takes much time and it can easily drain you.  I told myself a few times to give up, but when photographers light up with enthusiasm in learning something that changes the way they see and photograph, it makes it worth it all. My voice was going out before the workshop, and after I returned to my hotel room, I couldn’t even get a dial tone, just whispers and forced windpipe air.

We met at 5:00a.m. at the MGM hotel yesterday while it was still dark (which means I was up at 4:00a.m.).  If you know me, I’m definitely not a morning person.  We drove thirty minutes to our desert location, a dry lake bed, which I had scoped the day before, thanks to Tawnee and Kim, who assisted me with their mini cooper. We arrived while it was still numbing cold outside and setup our location!  Kitty, Olivia’s mother (Olivia is our amazing and humble female model) served all of us tasty warm drink.  The sun came up and we hit it hard the rest of the day!

Here’s a group image of our attendees and myself!  I see many workshop group images that are casual and nice (and we have one of those of our whole group).  Since we had this wide open desert area, I wanted to try something different.  We had a total of 16 of us, including models and other participants.  Thanks to our MUA Judith for her brilliant makeup skills as well as everyone else involved. (In case you’re wondering, I’m in the back on the right with a beanie)!

I’m thinking about planning a few other workshops down the road!  I’ll keep everyone posted here on the blog and on Facebook!  You can add yourself to the mailing list to receive my blogs through email! Sign up in the top left corner!



Las Vegas Photography Workshop during WPPI 2012

Join us for our killer One Day Vegas Workshop in the desert (and the city)!



5a.m. – 2p.m.

Register today!  A limited number of 15 people may sign up!
Off Camera Flash lighting, posing/directing, fashion, weddings, and the wow factor.

Fashion and wedding photographer Charleton Churchill

Charleton is literally one of the most talented photographers I have ever met.
He is constantly striving to improve his work, and is always on the cutting edge
of photography. A true artist, he is one of the new photographers that gives me
hope that great photography will live on for another generation.
Fashion and Beauty Photographer
Kevin Focht – Fashion/Beauty Photographer


In an “american idol” world where many call themselves a photographer, one important element seems to be missing in much of it:  The Art.  Without question, the digital age of photography has produced lazy and watered-down work, which has diluted the market.   As more and more people purchase cameras, along with a website and some pictures of their kids and pets (and stats show there are no signs of stopping) the rise in qualitative art and explosive imagery by emerging artists will only cut through.  These artists will separate themselves from the rest. If you want to be an artist and stand out, it’s going to take much more than pointing and shooting.

In this workshop, I want to equip you with the tools I have learned to achieve the “wow factor” in my images.  I want to inspire and teach you personally, as a coach and cheerleader (but not the girly kind), a reason why our group is limited to 15-20 students.  We’ll go over lighting (natural light and I’ll bring my lighting gear, battery packs), vision, inspiration, posing/directing, and how I do it.  We will also have a live demonstration, and allow you to photograph a few talented models in fashion attire out in a few planned locations (THE DRY OPEN DESERT & the City).  If you’re serious about getting the wow factor in your images, this workshop is for you!  Plus, we are honored to have with us two very talented models whom we will be working with on our day!  Check them out below!  (Warning: I will not be discussing how your camera works.  Please get to know your camera before you come.  That is another workshop).  I look forward to seeing you there!


Meet Olivia Lakis, one of our models for the day from Envy Agency!

las vegas workshop with Charleton Churchill

Meet our male model, Christian Guidi, one of the other models for the day!

male model Christian Guidi


15-20 students Maximum

Saturday, February 18, 2012

5am- 2pm (with lunch break)

Camera gear:  1-2 DSLR cameras, 2-3 lenses, a flash, batteries, lots of memory cards.
Lunch/Drinks:  A Mighty Lunch, snacks, and drinks.  We’ll have an Ice-chest.
Clothing: Weather dependent, but I would bring some warm clothes, jacket, etc.
– We’ll be traveling to the desert for the morning with amazing models and then the city for the later afternoon.  If you have a vehicle, please let us know.

$225 if you register by Feb. 15th.

* This price and workshop is limited, so get in while you can!
* Payment is non-refundable.



Register by paying below “ADD TO CART”
Please send me a personal note to the email below letting me know you registered, and any areas where I can help you!

Meet at Lobby of MGM Hotel, Las Vegas, at 8a.m. near the registration desk.  Get ready for an amazing day (RAIN OR SHINE)!

E-MAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: (209) 603-1741

Click this button below!

Workshop Host: Charleton Churchill

*This hosted workshop is in no way affiliated, sponsored, nor promoted by WPPI, even though WPPI is happening the same week.

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