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Portfolio Plus Workshop III – Wedding Photographers: Ray Santana + Kenny Kim

Last night I returned from the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, FL where I was helping out my friends Kenny Kim & Ray Santana with their Portfolio Plus Workshop III. It was a great time filled with learning, teaching, networking and making new friends. Click on the following blog posts to see the recap of the first Portfolio Plus Workshop as well as for PPWII.

Ray Santana started the morning off with a ton of information…gear suggestions, manual white balance (using Kelvin temp), client meetings, etc…

Album Crafters helped to sponsor the event…Ray loves their albums and is sharing some love with the attendees-

The talented men of Chris & Oliver Cinema helped to cover the event. I can’t wait to see their recap video!

Yanni Tzoumas from Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine, a phenomenal magazine if you haven’t seen it already, shared a little of his experiences and perspective on the wedding industry.

Here Yanni is holding the second issue of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine. They have come a long way from just a regional NW publication in such a short amount of time- Truly inspiring and almost magical.

After lunch, Kenny Kim shared some lessons from his story, as well as some tried and true tips on networking and wedding photography

It was great to see so many repeat attendees, I think it was a good indicator of the quality of this workshop, Andi D, Matt G, Lara R, & Laura P all came back for more…three of them brought their spouses! =)

Dave Cross, photoshop guru, CS5 jedi master, etc was on hand to share some helpful photoshop tips for working on wedding photos. There were more than a couple ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ during his presentation.

After Dave Cross finished up, we headed out to take some photos of our models! We had one couple in a wedding dress and suit, and another couple in casual clothes for a more lifestyle photoshoot, like an engagement session.

I also had an opportunity to help instruct a small group for about 20-30minutes. We went up to the presidential suite in the Four Seasons and captured these photos of the couple. I was a bit nervous teaching my first hands on photography lesson, but I think it went well and everyone came away with some good stuff!

I loved the reflection in this photo-

Here’s a photo of me with the group I was leading- some major strides were taken with manual exposure and manual white balance (Kelvin) for some!

But of course Ray was working the real magic once he came up to show everyone how it’s done.

Kenny Kim was outside sharing some of his poses and tips for shooting outdoors-

And the class of Portfolio Plus Workshop III!

I don’t know what happened here…somehow Kenny got the idea that he was a bird- who knew wedding photographers could fly?

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Mad props to Ray & Kenny for putting together another great workshop! And thank you for having me to help out! I always enjoy hanging out with you guys! It was also great to see so many familiar faces -Dave C, Brent C, Andi, Lara, Laura & Tom, Paty, Brandon & Jessica, Matt G, Chris, Oliver, Barbie!

with love,

Kenny Nakai

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