This past Friday I got the opportunity to attend a photo meet-up called Sip & Shoot. Ordinarily I hate meet-ups. They usually take place in area too small to facilitate the number of people. They rarely have enough models to shoot. And sometimes they don’t like you to bring in your own equipment. This meet-up was the complete opposite. Firstly, the location, House of Blended Ink or HOBI, was big enough to accommodate anyone that wanted to shoot. They had several areas available to shoot. Secondly they had a fair number of models, in addition to MUA’s and stylists. But what I like the most is I was allowed to bring my equipment in and use it. While they did have enough equipment for the photographers to use. I simply like using my own stuff. I bought it, I know what it does, and we work well together. They also had a good mix of photographers, from newbies to experts.
They even had a professor of photography. I only knew so because he told me about his five degrees. My personal opinion, the money you spend on a photograph degree is more useful when you use it to buy gear. Nonetheless it was great to get out and shoot again. I will definitely attend the next one. And just in case you are wondering, yes, I did sip a little and shot a little too.
It was definitely a great experience. I thought I might be a little rusty because I had not shot in a while, but just like riding a bike everything was still there. The lighting, composition and most importantly the communication with the model. I was able to get these marvels in such a small amount of time. I simply was in rhythm, in stride, and on the beat. Maybe it’s due to the so many years of practice or maybe it was the few sips of wine and the atmosphere. Either way it was a great night of shooting.