$100,000 wedding photography workshop for free

by Lan Bui on July 8, 2009

Rick wrote us an email, I thought I’d post his questions here and my response so everyone can chime in.

Rick’s questions:
Are you aware of any workshops, or DVD’s that teach how to go about shooting weddings?
I feel overwhelmed and need direction…any thoughts?

My response:

Hi Rick!

First, I took a look at your work, I really like the wedding love story. It tells their story well. Also, congratulations on getting a 40D!!! They are great cameras, I’m sure it will take you very far in your photography.

Second, thanks so much for the great compliments!!!

Lastly, I cannot recommend any workshops to you… There are so many great teachers and so many horrible teachers doing workshops; I would instead recommend you call up some photographers who you admire and ask them out to lunch to pick their brains. Most photographers will love the opportunity to get a free lunch… I mean… share their knowledge over lunch… HAHA. If you click with them, don’t hesitate to ask if you could shoot with them at a wedding. That is the best workshop in the world, live life experience.

Ok, so… I’m not that cold… I’ll recommend a few things to get you started. The hands down best resource for a photographer that is kind of stuck, maybe feeling overwhelmed, needing direction or just want inspiration is The [ b ] School blog archives (or watch them in iTunes). I guarantee if you watch them all you will be inspired and have direction.

Don’t let the fact that the videos are FREE make you feel they are less valuable than DVDs or workshops you can pay for. [ b ] School paid A LOT of money to produce those videos… A LOT… more money than many people make in a whole year… LOTS. They are the most valuable videos available to wedding photographers out there. We, The Bui Brothers, produced the first 75 of the videos and Becker produced the other 75 or so (yep, he is a great photographer and a video blogger).

After you are all done watching the [ b ] school blog videos, sign up for twitter and start to talk to other photographers, get to know them and hang out with them. It will inspire you.

I’m sure there is much more I can say, but I’ll keep it short. I’ve decided to post this reply to our blog so others can discuss it too.

Let’s chat in the comments.

-Lan

  • http://www.davidjosue.com/ David Josue

    Absolutely right! I love this post, cut to the point and free. awesome!

    do you want to eat some day :D

    • http://www.LanBui.com Lan Bui

      Yes, food is good.

  • http://www.davidjosue.com David Josue

    Absolutely right! I love this post, cut to the point and free. awesome!

    do you want to eat some day :D

    • http://www.LanBui.com Lan Bui

      Yes, food is good.

  • http://www.rcqcreative.com/ Rick Q,

    Lan:

    Wow! Your response was loaded and very much appreciated. I am amazed at the new school of through which says…share it all cause I have nothing to hide.

    I spent about 3 hours last night getting to know the “[b]” through his videos. Good stuff to say the least and the best part is, …You saved me $100,000!!

    Let’s grab a pizza soon I want to know how you do your on location shoots. :)

    Best Regards!

    Rick

  • http://www.rcqcreative.com Rick Q,

    Lan:

    Wow! Your response was loaded and very much appreciated. I am amazed at the new school of through which says…share it all cause I have nothing to hide.

    I spent about 3 hours last night getting to know the “[b]” through his videos. Good stuff to say the least and the best part is, …You saved me $100,000!!

    Let’s grab a pizza soon I want to know how you do your on location shoots. :)

    Best Regards!

    Rick

  • http://www.LanBui.com Lan Bui

    Yes you tube is great too!

    The one thing I have trouble with on youtube is finding quality content… many of the videos are junk and are just a pure waste of time. It takes so long sometimes to find a good tutorial on youtube. If you do find someone yo like on youtube then great! Please share the link with me.

  • http://www.stevebootle.co.uk/ steve bootle

    You can even watch video tutorials on youtube, well there are plenty of videos out there that you can watch to get new techniques from professionals.

  • MMII

    I just discovered your site…you guys kick much ass, mang!
    There’s a guy on YouTube who seems REALLY passionate about photography. I believe his name is Robert Vasquez…you can find him under FontanaKnowledge.
    And, he’s a Metalhead…YEEEAAAAAAAAH!!!

    • http://www.LanBui.com Lan Bui

      Thanks!

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    I am much thankful to you for sharing a very good and a nice information. I hats off to your creativity and also it is much nice and useful.

    • http://www.LanBui.com Lan Bui

      Thanks for the wonderful compliment.

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    Nice post. Hope to read more comment from you guys.

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    Awesome!This is a great opportunity, because I love photography. 

  • http://dreamstudiophotography.com New York Wedding Photographer

    Thanks for posting this workshop would be a big help.

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