Do you want to photograph the exact same setup Elizabeth Messina does? We have a SURPRISE!
This year every Master Class attendee will get an opportunity to capture a few images of their own, beautifully styled by Joy Proctor. Each class will focus on different specialties. Every attendee will literally be able to stand side-by-side with Elizabeth while she supports and guides them.
Elizabeth has spent her career mastering an illuminating film style all her own and has joined The Hybrid Collective as a keynote speaker with the generous purpose of teaching others how to do the same.
Elizabeth will conduct four unique and intimate Master Classes. Each class is carefully crafted and thoughtfully executed with the intent to teach you everything she knows. You will witness and learn how Elizabeth directs, composes, uses light, gesture and communication to artfully create images. These secrets have been honed over the duration of her career and are a special opportunity for Hybrid Co attendees.
In addition to learning from her, this will also be a very special opportunity for you to have personal interaction with Elizabeth. You may ask her absolutely anything, she will be an open book. This is a rare chance my friends, you will not want to miss this opportunity to sign up for one or more of her classes.
These classes will be transformative for your craft.
"Gather Me” the Art of the Visual Narrative Inspired by Toni Morrison
In this wedding day editorial, we pay homage to Toni Morrison’s works drawing from her use of impactful imagery, lyrical writings and diverse character use. We are excited to partner with Shean Strong as our designer for this shoot!
Classic literature has long inspired my photography and love of the visual narrative as told on film. This shoot aims to provide attendees with an epic portfolio piece that is both relevant and dripping with depth. Set against the mountains of Park City, details will include real wedding day components including a lush ceremony set up, detailed tablescape and real couple. Attendees will also receive teaching materials equipping them with tips and feedback on capturing storylines more powerfully through their work.
Fall In The Garden
A design inspired by the autumn beauty of the Utah landscape focusing on the golden transition of summer to fall. Warm, earthly fall hues of gold, caramel, and rust will be paired with soft rose tones to create a romantic garden design. The changing foliage and creek of 4U Ranch will serve as the backdrop for our floral garden-inspired design by Rachael Ellen Events. Our story will include a ceremony with seated guests, a lush and seasonal reception tablescape in the modern barn space, as well as exquisite details and fashion - all paired amongst the organic nature of the Utah mountains. Hosted and led by Ashley Rae Photography, this experience will focus on unscripted posing through unique directing, storytelling, and forming an emotional connection through client experience.
Direct A Performance Instead Of Dictating A Pose
I will show you how I direct my clients through actions rather than static poses, to get genuine and authentic images of who they are as a couple. We will touch on how I incorporate music, blocking, movement, start and stop prompts, and most importantly how to keep the atmosphere light and relaxed. The shoot will be broken into three unique portfolio-worthy parts. The ceremony will be set against stunning Utah views; the bridesmaids will be nestled in a grove of aspen trees with stunning springtime floral arrangements and a series of wedding details to round out the story. We will incorporate a scene featuring botanical artists and fern sun prints for a unique editorial backdrop that you won’t want to miss. I will be collaborating with a true icon in our industry, Carrie Moe from Type A Society, to elevate the aesthetic and ensure every attendee walks away with a cohesive body of timeless images. Utilizing the raw and unparalleled beauty that Utah has to offer, my shoot will take place at Guardsman Pass Can’t wait to meet you all there!!
The Modern Traditionalist
Join us at the stunning River Bottoms Ranch as we explore a story of timeless femininity and elegance, envisioned for the modern day wedding. Inspired by the juxtaposition of traditionally bridal fashion elements like pearls and satin gowns with a minimalist, clean approach to styling, this luxury-level shoot will include a real couple, a "lived-in" tablescape, detail vignettes, and multiple fashion looks. A neutral color palette will ensure a seamless blend into your wedding portfolio, elevating your aesthetic with a fresh look.
Location: River Bottoms Ranch
East Meet West: A Luxury Destination Wedding
Join Stetten Wilson and international wedding planner Rachael Ellen Events for a styled shoot that will resemble a luxury destination wedding at one of Utah's newest luxury resorts. The shoot will take place at a brand new outdoor space on the Ranch at the Lodge at Blue Sky. The expansive, cascading mountain views will serve as a stunning backdrop to our East Meets West design. The design will focus on the juxtaposition of traditional eastern minimalism and elegance, paired with the organic and wild feel of the Old West. Timeless pattern play, elevated textures, destination inspired elements, and stunning couture fashion will create something artful, authentic, and fashion forward. Created to build your portfolio as a real wedding would, this shoot will include a ceremony space, reception table, flat lays, luscious florals, a dashing couple, incredible fashion, and a whole lot of fun! With two instructors, Skylar and Devin, you will be split into smaller groups, learn about their individual approach, get time to shoot, and have time for questions about film and digital.
Just A Feeling
We will have stations of details set up, but the objective of this shoot is to shoot intuitively. If you feel like there are things you want to do, but you can't because of what is expected of you at shoots, we are going to smash the glass. What would it be like if you wanted to shoot everything in black and white, or if you wanted to use only one camera? I am going to go through the process of how I shoot intuitively at shoots and the rules I set for myself to think creatively, but more importantly how I incorporate that same process to my paid work for clients.
Venue: Church of Dirt
Planner: Kris and Tyler Zeman of Konsider It Done
Magical Mountain Fête
With many couples now shifting their focus to the importance of creating authentic moments, we're styling a luxe party in the mountains, and you're invited! Join Elizabeth as she crafts a celebratory elopement ambiance through luxury styling, enabling you to capture real moments and magical movement, evocative of a live wedding day. This almost parallels the festivity of New Year's Eve, but shouldn't every wedding feel this electric? This editorial design will provide a feast of details, elevating your portfolio to the luxury destination level. Oh, and there will be fashion.
Wedding Styled Shoot: Modern Meadow Merriment
A study of the anti-bride through modern restrained details within an abundantly natural canvas created on property at the newly constructed Goldener Hirsch Inn. Light and movement will guide as we explore the sun ray light and its various refractions through prisms. Fashion forward styling will set a delicate balance with the overflowing grasses within this contemporary property.
Planning & Event Styling: The Gatherist
Florals: Tinge Floral
Fashion Styling: Kelsey Cowley
Location: Goldener Hirsch
Commercial Styled Shoot: Beauty Brands & The Not-So-Basic Basics
Beauty campaigns have shifted over the years from highlighting an unrealistic ideal to showing beauty products as a tool used to enhance the diversity of beauty that exists within us all. We will be creating a campaign for a beauty brand, shooting both product and editorial lifestyle. Taking you from initial brand mission, concept, styling and shooting in a way that moves the brand’s mission forward.
Technically, we will cover creating and working with a team onsite. Covering commercial shoot basics, such as working with a digital & lighting tech, tethering, client communication and delivery.
This shoot will be more than just a chance to take pretty pictures, but to learn the ins and outs of shooting a beauty brand campaign with purpose and the technical foundation to do so.
Art Direction: Veronica Rogers
Location: Private Studio
We are so excited to invite you into this elegant styled shoot. Join us as we photograph the gorgeous design and florals by world renowned Tyler Speier Events.
Inspired by the colors of Park City, from the deep greens in springtime, to the autumn colors of honey, taupe and deep toffee, perfectly paired with romantic soft white blooms.
We will lead you through how we effortlessly pose our couples to evoke a movement and candid & natural connection. We will have floral forward design, with elegant details. James & Jess will both be there to guide you through the shoot and assist as you have the opportunity to photograph flat lay details, tablescape, ceremony arch, and a real life couple.
This is a perfect way to elevate your portfolio with this romantic and elegant styled session.
Family Photography Styled Shoot
My favorite memories from growing up were from our family camping trips we went on every summer. I carry on this tradition with my children when we pack up the truck and head to the woods to explore, hike, and roast marshmallows by a fire for a week each summer. I thought what could be more fun than to styled shoot in a beautiful outdoor location where it brings back childhood like the wonder of a day spent exploring outdoors. The shoot will capture all the nostalgia from a childhood years ago with a family with three + children, beautiful retro color clothing, and a relaxed vibe. You will learn how I balance capturing staged candid moments and a documentary approach to photographing a family. I am a 100% film photographer, so along with showing how I photograph a family; I will be focusing on how I choose my film stocks, rating, metering, and working with a lab on the technical side. All levels of film knowledge are welcome, along with all digital photographers. If you have never tried film before, this is your chance to have fun with no pressure.
Romance in Vogue
It's a mountain romance vibe, but make it Vogue - with show-stopping fashion, unique posing, and elevated styling, this editorial will combine dreamy movement with an elegant bridal feel. We'll be drawing inspiration from the mountain landscape, local foliage, and the way soft fabric moves in the breeze to create stunning imagery that will evoke true feeling and emotion. This editorial will also include wedding day details and multiple vignettes, styled to elevate the luxury feel of the day. Join us for a true romantic's dream scene!
If Lauren is unable to attend this shoot due to maternity leave, Julie Paisley will step in to execute the shoot with the same mood board and stylist!
"Bouquet Bliss" with Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht
Embrace nature and learn how to create a fanciful Bridal Bouquet in this one-of-a-kind Floral Design Master Class with Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht of Wild Bloom (Seattle, WA). Best known as the loveable and sassy head Judge on the hit Netflix series, The Big Flower Fight. Kristen Griffith VanderYacht will share all of his techniques to build an artful and luscious bridal bouquet that will leave your clients stunned and bewitched. If you have ever wondered how to elevate your work so it feels more like art and less like retail, this is the perfect workshop for you. Boasting a big mood in hues of Bordeaux and Mocha this class gives each student the opportunity to create their own bouquet using the materials and guidance provided by Kristen. The magical day will end with your masterpieces professionally photographed with a model giving you everything you need to make your portfolio shine.
Join Kia and get ready to capture soft pastels and some truly stunning details because this styled shoot is dedicated to the photographers who love whimsical and dreamy aesthetics. Our session together will feature a stunning interracial couple and one solo Bride while utilizing the romantic Utah landscape and yummy sun. Get ready to update your portfolio and social media with tons of pretty and stand along side me as she capture images in both film and digital formats. Kia will show you her favorite poses, tips to utilize available light and the details she looks for to ensure images are produced that will get published in the popular online blogs and in print.
We Are Here || A Wedding Editorial Inspired by the Resilience of the Choctaw People
The art of photography can and should create good, incite change, and inspire generations that follow to do the same. This Wedding Editorial is inspired by my tribe, the Choctaw. This design will allow you as an artist to uniquely convey the soaring heart of indigenous humanity as it expresses love, values the strength and beauty of ohoyo (woman), and carries a legacy of wisdom from our ancestors who care for and protect the life-giving source that is our homeland, specifically her waterways.
By participating in this shoot you will be doing good in this world by amplifying the presence and voices of Indigenous people.This shoot will feature multiple Choctaw and other indigenous artisans who will create painted backdrops, beaded jewelry, authentic Choctaw regalia, and textiles that will harmonize with the design for this Wedding Editorial. This shoot will also feature my fellow tribal member, and professional model, Beckah Boykin. This will also support Choctaw artisans through the Chahta Foundation Scholarship fund for students majoring in liberal arts, to which $1000 from the ticket sales for this shoot will be donated.
Into The Light
Rachael Ellen Events created a magnificent mood board that integrates shades of Gold, Carmel, Lavender, Honey, Rose, and blush. The concept and inspiration for this shoot centered around the sheer splendor of luminous light. In this shoot we’ll focus on photographing romantic and beautiful details influenced by patterns of light, color, and texture at the River Bottoms Ranch.
There will be a tablescape, ceremony set up, and a bride and groom with beautiful details to capture--as well as fashion, because you know I love an amazing gown! Teaching will focus on crafting a story, posing, finding great light, and elevating your artistry.
Location Rivers Bottom Ranch
Tranquil Silence and Steadfast Significance
Paul Von Rieter and Stylish Details have dreamed up a visual love story whose couture composition will only be rivaled by its power to emote a sense of intimate yearning, inspired by an intentional narrative with a real couple. Set amongst Park City’s sky-scraping peaks and open fields our shoot will include an equestrian element meant to embody the wildness of the landscape and those who make it their home. You can expect to create images of substance that will communicate a clarity of voice and intention, allowing you to speak directly to a kindred spirit. Fujifilm Ambassador, Paul Von Rieter will show you how he creates a space for his couples to expose their connection with unbridled confidence. These prompts and tools will allow you to create tangible keepsakes of human relationships and bonds. Implementing images of visceral emotion as a cornerstone to your branding and portfolio will attract a select group of like-minded couples, ready to engage with you and let you tell their love story, through your eyes.
Light or Flight
Learn how to achieve a professional and natural-light look using practical and elegant artificial lighting strategies in those dreaded dark scenarios during a wedding day! If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to properly use flash and no longer look like a deer in headlights in any dark situation, this educational shoot is for you. You’ll learn how to solve various lighting challenges using on/off camera flash including constant lights. And here’s the kicker: you'll be learning how to do this all on film! While it would be helpful for you to bring your own speedlight, all of the lighting gear you’ll need will be provided for you. In fact, you don’t need any flash experience to attend this shoot. Due to the more technical nature of this styled shoot, we’ll be spending an extra hour longer than other styled shoots to make sure everyone has enough time to learn the lighting education and be able to shoot accordingly. (6-10pm)
KALEIDOSCOPE of KODAK
Reflections of Contemporary Women through texture, color, and variety.
- Emphasis on realistic details and women of all sizes, heights, & ethnicity.
- At the stunning River Bottoms Ranch venue with both mountain and white interior locations.
- Consistent, but stand-alone scenes/fashion for shooting education and portfolio content.
- Variety of bridal looks: Romantic, Modern, Boho, Modest, Pantsuit, etc
- Colorful Floral install + Individual Table Settings + Layflats
- Various Details to combine with a range of bridal looks for maximum options
Education on shooting and metering Kodak Portra films
In the crisp Utah Autumn Air
Savan has planned a wonderful adventure session that will take place in the surrounding mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah filled with the colors of the changing trees. She has taken inspiration from one of her favorite brands "Pendleton". She has incorporated Pendleton patterns, fall colors and styling that will echo the surrounding environment. Also side with the classic family images Savan will to bring the element of a more commercial and editorial vibe to this session.
Whether you are shooting film or digital Savan will teach each students the art of how to seamlessly shoot families with little to no stress and actually make it fun. She will share her secrets of natural posing, movement on film, sunflare and backlit on film, styling and how to shoot with film stock Porta 400 and 800. She will speak about how to communicate with film labs, how to get family sessions published and how to reach and attract your ideal family clients. Her class will be hands on and each student will have plenty of time and opportunities to get their shots and questions answered.
Join Sophie Kaye & Rachael Ellen Events for a regency inspired editorial paired with Parisian romanticism - a dream afternoon for the wanderlust grand-millennial heart. Shades of lavender, lilac, dusty blue, powder blue, and neutrals mix with opulent and feminine details. Romantic blooms, couture gowns, a regal tablescape, and a statement setting at The Commercial Club will transport attendees out of the Midwest and into a luminous European-style setting. We will focus on incorporating art direction and elevated details while playing with movement, editorial posing, and beautiful light.
Attendees will get the opportunity to watch and learn from Sophie as she directs our models, and then get the chance to work both in individual and group settings.
The Best of Both Worlds
Do you like a soft and muted color palette but also a bright and colorful one too? You won't have to choose because we are doing both!
Designer Erica from Stay Co will create two different scenes (with models and flatlays for both). One will be a soft and muted wedding shoot. The vibe will be natural yet elevated, with a focus on fashion.
And the other will be a vibrant scene where we play with color blocking, direct lighting, vignettes of props, plus a couple dressed in bold, monochromatic color.
We hope to see you there!