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Ross Costanza Photography Workshop One | Natural Light Bridals

I had the opportunity during the last weekend in April to head back home to Hampton Roads, Virginia and participate in an educational workshop my long-time friend Ross {Ross Costanza Photography} and his wife, Jess, were teaching.  One thing I’ve found as a photographer is I should never be idle, and I must always strive to continue learning my craft.

I’ve known Ross since we were in grade school – we grew up next door to each other! – and I’ve had the privilege of watching him build his photography business from the ground up over the last 10-15 years, to the award-winning and successful enterprise he runs today.  His work is stunning and drool-worthy, and to be able to learn under him in a workshop setting is an opportunity that should not wasted by anyone.

(By the way, he totally has no idea I’m writing this post. Ha!).

His teaching style is calm, personable, and approachable.  He spent time covering basics for students who were beginners, and discussed natural lighting techniques, encouraging some of us who were slightly more experienced to “find the light”…indoors, no less.  I came with my speed lights and soft boxes, but challenge accepted!  I didn’t use them once.  Jess covered different posing techniques and discussed looking for small details to really make your images stand out.

I think the best thing that came out of the workshop were the friends I made over those two days.  Photographers are a strange bunch.  We’re creative and get excited about making artwork, but we tend to hole up in our own little worlds while we do it.  Networking for me is sometimes a challenge, and this weekend was a bit refreshing in that sense because it’s always easier when you know immediately what you have in common!

Ross and Jessica also brought in three models for us to work with but I’m breaking this into a two-part series, as I only worked with Noelia and Misa.

Noelia was our bride for the day and she was so great to work with!  Not only was she fun to photograph, but her personality just really shines through in every single image.  Look for more of her work on Instagram!

For Noelia’s images, we stayed under a veranda since the day was bright and hot; we didn’t want any eye squints or blown out highlights and whites, but the veranda let in enough light to make gorgeous images, which you will find below (if I do say so myself).

Look for Part Two: Natural Light Boudoir next!


If you are interested in furthering your knowledge, follow Ross and Jessica for more educational opportunities.

Sign up for Workshop Two HERE.



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