Welcome to Shirk Photography's Blog! I love making creative images and I work very hard to produce amazing artwork. I also recently have had a lot of opportunities to travel around the country teaching other photographers and feel blessed to have so many people love the work that I do. If you get a chance please let me know what you think.
We just returned from our trip to Vegas. We flew out for WPPI (Wedding and Professional Photographers International) It is the largest trade show and educational event for photographers. We went there to help out our website company - More Photos and to find the newest and greatest products to offer to our clients. We found a bunch of amazing album companies - from custom wedding albums with 14 carat gold cover and diamonds to really cool senior albums with any kind of cover you can dream of- aluminum, ostrich leather, python skin and so much more! We also found a great new frame company and are excited to offer the option of printing your portraits on very cool new materials too. We were so busy there that we barely had time to see Vegas. The very last night we did get a chance to get away. We went out to eat at the top of the Stratosphere. The restaurant slowly rotates high above Vegas to give you a view of the entire city. We also went to a Circ-de sole show and toured a few of the hotels.
A view of the strip
Trying to look cool with our friends Troy and Lisa
Every year we take a few weeks off to study with the very best photographers in the country. We travel all around the United States to learn new techniques and get new ideas. The very best opportunity that we have found is AfterDark. AfterDark has the very best of everything. It is a hands on learning experience where photographers have the opportunity to shoot along side of the countrys leading experts in almost every area from lighting and posing, to photoshop, fine art, and marketing. You don't simply just sit in a lecture hall and listen to them you actually are taking models out and working side by side or sitting on a couch with them as they show and discuss their post processing techniques and marketing ideas.
This fall we had the opportunity to help out at AfterDark in Austin Texas. Austin's city theme is "keep Austin wierd" and there was definitely some very cool opportunities. Each night at AfterDark was a different modeling theme. One night it was bikers and ballerinas, the next was bands and street performers, another night was photographing models with amazing tattoos.
Very soon we will be heading down to Miami to learn more and help out again. It is going to be another amazing opportunity and I can't wait to hang out with all our photog friends again.