Photography Workshop: Peek into a Fantastical World
I took a rare break from the hustle and bustle of senior and family portraits to attend a one-day workshop given by visiting, Seattle-based photographer Shannon Sewell. Shannon is known for stunning conceptual shoots using sets and props — many of which are her own creations. Child models play various characters in her photo-stories. This approach to child portraiture is very different from how I enjoy working, yet I find it fascinating. I wondered how Shannon executed her many different concepts. And I was curious about how she worked with models to get the moods she was after.Now, normally I wouldn’t choose to attend a workshop during my busy season, but talented photographers from across the country don’t come to Michigan every day. And let’s face it, fall is gorgeous here. But what really clinched the deal for me was when I learned that Shannon was planning a Halloween-themed concept for our workshop. I couldn’t resist such an enticing opportunity to learn and play. Shannon brought a stylist, Marjolaine Richards-Deviq, whose main role was to transform two young models into fantastical owls. In the weeks prior to the workshop, Marjolaine started designing and sewing the owl costumes you see featured in the images. And in little more than an hour, she did their hair and make-up. I learned later that Marjolaine is also a talented photographer, who, like Shannon, enjoys executing her own elaborately-styled and conceptual shoots.
Thanks to Shannon for including the Detroit area in her workshop tour, to Laurel Hogge for hosting, and to Jean Smith for making sure that I and so many others knew about the workshop. One unexpected bonus of the day was I got to connect and reconnect with other professional child photographers in the Metro Detroit area!