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  • I WOULD LOVE TO SIT HERE IN THIS LITTLE BIO AND WRITE THINGS LIKE "PHOTOGRAPHY HAS BEEN MY PASSION SINCE I WAS 3 1/2 YEARS OLD" LIKE SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS CAN DO. I WOULD LOVE TO SAY THAT I ALWAYS KNEW THAT BEING A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER WAS THE CAREER FOR ME & THAT MY FIRST WORDS AS A CHILD WERE "SHUTTER SPEED". BUT NONE OF THAT WAS THE CASE FOR ME, WHEN I STARTED PHOTOGRAPHY 4 YEARS AGO I ACTUALLY HATED IT. I WAS ASKED BY A FRIEND TO DO A QUICK LITTLE SENIOR PHOTO SHOOT FOR THE YEARBOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR A 10 PIECE MCNUGGET MEAL SO, OBVIOUSLY, I TOOK HER OFFER. THE SHOOT WASNT FUN FOR ME, I COULDNT FIGURE OUT WHY THE SUN LOOKED REALLY PRETTY WHEN I WAS LOOKING WITH MY EYES BUT WHEN I TOOK THE PHOTO IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS 10 FEET BEHIND HER, OR WHY THE POLICE GOT SO MAD WHEN WE WERE INSIDE THAT ABANDONED BUILDING DOWNTOWN, OR WHY EVERY HOMELESS PERSON WITHIN A 10 MILE RADIUS WAS DRAWN TO ME ASKING FOR MONEY. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW I HAD ABOUT AS MUCH AS THEY DID, THUS MY EXCITEMENT FOR GETTING PAID FOR A PHOTO SHOOT WITH A $5.23 MEAL FROM MCDONALDS. I STARTED DOING SHOOTS BECAUSE I WAS A BROKE 18 YEAR OLD. I HAD JUST BEEN LET GO FROM MY PART TIME JOB FOR NO REASON AT ALL (THEY CAUGHT ME SLEEPING IN A CARDBOARD BOX WHILE ON THE CLOCK) SO I BASICALLY WAS WILLING TO DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY. I CHARGED A WHOPPING $30 FOR PHOTO SHOOTS (DONT FREAK, THEY WERE ALLOWED TO SET UP PAYMENT PLANS) AND I STARTED BUILDING MY PORTFOLIO. I SHOT THINGS LIKE FAMILIES OF 7 IN ALL MATCHING DENIM SHIRTS AND JEANS, I SHOT SENIORS ON TRAIN TRACKS, AND EVEN THE OCCASIONAL NEWBORN IN A BASKET WITH A BOW AROUND THEIR HEAD THE SIZE OF A FIAT. CLEARLY I SHOULD HAVE BEEN "SWOONING" OVER THESE SHOOTS LIKE ALL THE OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS DO ABOUT THEIR SHOOTS BUT I WAS HONESTLY OVER IT. I STARTED HATING PHOTOGRAPHY. THEN I READ MY FIRST VOGUE (FOR REAL, NEVER OPENED ONE BEFORE) AND SAW THAT WITH A CAMERA YOU COULD ACTUALLY PRODUCE ART, LIKE LEGIT ART.. SO I DECIDED THAT FROM THEN ON I WOULD SHOOT WHAT I LIKE, WHO I LIKE, AND WHERE I LIKE. NEEDLESS TO SAY, IM IN LOVE WITH THIS NOW.

    -HUNTER LEONE
    THREENAILSPHOTOGRAPHY

Three Nails Workshop’s Back

Well the last year has been quite a roller coaster in my life. I finally decided to be true to myself and let the world know that I am gay. I blogged about it last year and the response of support was overwhelming. The response from family, friends, clients both past and future was better than I ever expected or dreamed it would be.   I thought once I had it out there and everyone finally knew, it was going to be smooth sailing from there. I was wrong.

Even though I really suffered almost no negative backlash, I was truly unprepared for how my life would change. It was like one day I was this person and the next day I was a completely different person and the life I had known before was to no longer be.

I found myself searching for who I was again and how I was going to fit into this new world and it suddenly became a very frightening and lonely situation to be in. I found myself withdrawing from people who I loved and who loved me. I was sinking into a depression and I couldn’t find a way out.

I slowing began losing my passion for the creative side of my work. It was at this time in my life that I made the decision to forgo workshops. These had always been one of my favorite parts of my work because of how really creative and out there I could get with them.  I was constantly dreaming up my next grand scheme for the each of the upcoming workshops. I also loved being around all those other creative minds and watching them as I told them how it all fell in to place for me, and seeing that “ah ha” moment when something I said clicked for them.

I just lost the passion though, I just wanted to shoot beautiful weddings where someone else had all the creative control and I could just go home after and just not have to think at all.

So I made the big announcement that I was done with workshops and I honestly thought I was. I finished up the last ones I had and waited on the ones people signed up for when I announced the end and then it would be over and I was gonna be ok with that.

I was constantly inundated with emails asking me to please add seats to the last ones that were coming up which I could not do. The emails just never ceased. So a couple months ago, I did add a couple workshops for a year from now thinking that would still give me time to just take a break from really having to do much creatively for a while.

About a year or so has passed since my “Out” blog and I have slowing beginning to live in and embrace this new life, I am still trying to figure it out (I am sure we all  are in some sort of “figuring it out” state at one time or another) but I am much happier and ready for the adventures that life has to offer.

When I began working on my last workshop (Bonnie and Clyde) I found myself becoming very excited about it. Every day I woke up and thought “OH YEAH! I have to add this or that and change this or that. It was like old times. I was feeling those creative juices flowing like they had never before. I knew this was gonna be good. Then the first set of attendees showed up and it was awesome. When they left I had a whole new set of friends and the same thing happened with the 2 that followed. Then I began to edit and share the photos from the workshop as did many of the attendees. The response has been absolutely crazy to say the very least! My email has been blowing up with people asking to please announce more workshops. It has been so crazy in fact that yesterday my website crashed and my assistant who answers my emails threatened to quit. Lol

 

I sat there last night thinking can I really walk away from all of that? Well the answer was a resounding NO!

 

 

With all that said I am here to say I am back and I am ready for bigger and better than ever before! So here gos! WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT!

 

Where: Shreveport, Louisiana

When:    August 16-18, 2015

August 20-22, 2015

November 8-10, 2015

November 12-14, 2015

Investment: $1500 (Sign up within the first 24 hours of registration the investment is $800. After 24 hours (27th at 12pmC to 28th at 12omC) the discount ends and these workshops become full price)

Half of the payment is due to save your seat, the other half is due 30 days before your workshop.

When does registration open: Tomorrow (27th) at 12pmC.

How long will registration be open: Registration will be open until the seats fill, there are a very limited number of seats once they fill the workshop will be closed. The last workshop filled in 1 hour so think fast!

What do these workshops include:

3 fully styled photo shoots (an engagement shoot, a bridal shoot, and a full wedding complete with everything you would see at a wedding)

A “how to” get published segment

A one on one portfolio review with me

A full editing segment on exactly how I edit

Everything I do from inquiry to delivery with brides

A set of some of my custom foundation actions available only to workshop attendees

Small shooting groups so youre not fighting other photographers for your shot

A photo shoot makeup lesson

Learning the importance of social media for todays market

How to change your shooting style to book clients that YOU want

Dinner every night

I go into detail on why I pose the way I do and how to achieve a story line for your shoots

How I shoot in both natural and artificial light

 

And as always, Im giving away a FREE seat to all 4 of these workshops! All you have to do is share this post as many times as you want on social media and the winners will be post at registration tomorrow at 12pmC! Good Luck!!

 

Here are some reviews from past workshop attendees:

 

@benrileyphotography  “#iPhonePic from the past two days I’ve spent at the #threenailsworkshop! No doubt that this workshop was the best investment I could’ve made. I went to better my business but came home with so much more. Hunter reassured me that photography is where I need to be and I learned so much about myself throughout this workshop. Had the time of my life!! Models: @samstanford17 & @marisaasomerrr #BonnieAndClyde @threenailsphoto”

 

@shawnabeckphoto “Have you ever heard successful individuals state that you need to associate with people that inspire you, challenge you to rise higher, and that make you better. If there was anything to follow it would be this. Spend time with people that are doing with their career and lives what you want to accomplish in order to light the fire within you and guide you to where you want to be. The #threenailsworkshop did just that for me. Hunter provides a wealth of information and inspiration in just a few short days. It gives all of the attendees a chance to see success from another perspective, to see what can be accomplished, and the importance of networking and researching your field. If you ever want to have an experience You won’t soon forget, that helps your business exponentially this is the one.”

 

@kaitlin_scott “One of the things that separates Hunter from other talented photographers is the way he creates each pose to tell a story, and how that influences the wardrobe, lighting, and location. Many photographers work the other way around, putting together all the other aspects of a shoot and then deciding on the day which poses to do. Hunter begins with the stories, and it’s fascinating to watch him on set bringing each one to life.”

 

@jasminedee.photography “Today was the last day of the #threenailsworkshop and I left with a completely new outlook on photography. Learning from @threenailsphoto is not only a once in a lifetime opportunity, it’s LIFE CHANGING. I’ve never met someone so real and so inspiring. This workshop opens your eyes to so many opportunities that will take your photography business to a whole new and extraordinary level. THANK YOU, HUNTER. You and your team are incredible. It was an honor to meet you and @austinandre, to discover the beauty of Shreveport, and to hear your hilariously amazing and insightful stories. You are my hero and I know taking this workshop will be a pivotal moment in my career. For that, I am eternally thankful. I left to soon to be in the group selfie or take a photo with you all, but just know how thankful I am to have attended and meet you all!!!”

 

@lindsaykubicaphotography “This guy literally does everything!!! He’s so talented and creative and truly blessed by God with the amazing gift of capturing life with exquisite detail and beauty!!! I learned so much from him creatively and on the business side. Thank you Hunter for sharing your expertise and heart with us. I’m over the moon with the knowledge I am taking back home with me. If you ever get the opportunity, it’s definitely a must for your bucket list. #threenailsworkshop #bonnieandclyde”

 

@callie_lindsey “Forever grateful for the experience of the #threenailsworkshop. It’s been raw and real and intensely inspiring. It’s the kind of workshop that will push you out of your comfort zone and you’ll love every single minute of it.”

 

@alicialuciaphotos “Inspired is a SERIOUS understatement…. Life as a wedding photographer is completely changed thanks to this visionary right here. If you are wanting a 100% authentic + insanely creative workshop experience then @threenailsphoto is the way to go. Hunter is truly a visionary and hands down the best of our generation. His hustle and direction towards greatness while still protecting the integrity in his art will move you.. I’m forever changed, thank you Hunter Leone (& his amazing team aka @austinandre & co.) ☺️ #neverwantedittoend”

 

@charlawrie “Last week at this time I was spending the weekend learning from this remarkable guy. I can’t even begin to find the words to describe everything I took away from this workshop. All I can say is that I have a head full of new knowledge and I opened up a whole new creative window in my artistic mind. Hunter is down to earth, incredibly talented, genuine, hilarious, smart, professional…I could go on, but those are just a few of my favorite things about him as a teacher and a human. I will definitely be back in 2016! #tnpw5910 #threenailsworkshop”

 

@karmapants “Sometimes, you just need to take a leap of faith and trust your gut. After following @threenailsphoto for two years on Instagram I finally decided I needed to attend one of his workshops. I didn’t have a clue what I was in for and hopped on a plane from Newark to New Orleans, then drove a car 4.5 hours to see what all the hype was about. I’m happy to say this trip did not disappoint. 3 photo shoots and one Gummy Bear later I am so inspired to go out and do what I do best, my style. Thank you for reminding me why I do what I do and inspiring me to do better. Thanks so much for being real. Thank you for opening up your brain and letting us pick it. I learned so much and am so happy I took the risk. @jennarteaga1 you are the best for coming with. Boudin and Cracklins baby”

 

Here’s an example of the type of editing we will be going over:

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These were all shot at past workshops:

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Remember! Registration for all 4 of these workshops opens tomorrow at 12pmC on the Three Nails Photography FaceBook page! For the 1st 24 hours of registration the investment is $800 ($400 due at booking) then the price will go up to $1500. Seats are very limited and fill up quickly so think fast! And make sure you share this post on social media for a chance to win a FREE seat to one of the workshops! The 4 winners will be announced when registration opens! 

 

 

 

May 26, 2015 - 8:24 pm

Fiona Hook - Hey! I am so glad to hear things are getting better for you. I had also emailed awhile back about your workshops and I am happy to hear you will be doing them again. Any chance of any BC workshops :)

May 27, 2015 - 12:36 am

Bonnie Keay - Your work is absolutely stunning, and I dream of the day that I will be able to attend a workshop!

May 27, 2015 - 3:51 am

Jenna Elizabeth Grissom - I would LOVE to do this!! totally out of my comfort zone and would be awesome to have a new inspiration!

May 27, 2015 - 4:53 am

Teresa Gilchrist - Your work is beautiful I shared on fb even before reading your post I didn’t know you were doing workshops I would love to learn more about how you turn photo shoots in to a work of art I live 1 hour away maybe if you have some later on I can set money aside for a workshop I’ve never been to one sounds like fun .your work is perfect you really Nailed it lol…

May 27, 2015 - 5:29 am

Chrissie Kirk - Hunter Leone work is FLAWLESS – I would love to attend one of his amazing workshops. A girl can dream right!

May 27, 2015 - 12:39 pm

Holly Kringer - YOUR WORK IS SO AMAZING!!! YOU ARE TRULY AN INSPIRATION TO ME!!! DREAMING, HOPING AND PRAYING THAT I CAN BE SO LUCK TO ATTEND ONE OF YOUR WORKSHOPS!! :)

May 28, 2015 - 2:53 am

Mandy Lou Pierpont - Everything you do is AMAZING!!!! SHARED!!

July 2, 2015 - 8:16 pm

Bailey Mohr - Thank you for your inspiring work and having a heart to teach. I really hope to be attending one of your workshops in the near future.

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Three Nails Workshop Mother’s Day Discount

Mother’s day is right around the corner! If any of you know me personally you know how close my mom and I are. My mom has been through it, she has lived an unimaginable life, things that have happened to her growing up could very easily have destroyed her but she refused to let the actions of other people define her. She stood up, brushed off, and became a better person than the people who hurt her. Im thankful everyday to her for instilling this character trait in me. To love yourself and not let the actions of other bring you down. Im am stronger today because of my mom. I cant imagine my life without her in it. So in honor of my mom and Mother’s Day, I am cutting the price of all 4 2016 Three Nails Workshops in HALF. The investment for these workshops at full price is $1500, but for the next THREE DAYS the price per seat will drop to $750. On Saturday May 3rd at 12pm C the investment will raise back up to $1500. This is for all the mommas out there!

 

REGISTER HERE:

{MAY 21- 23, 2016}

{MAY 25- 27, 2016}

{SEPT 3- 2, 2016}

{SEPT 7- 9, 2016}

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Oh, and I have one more surprise. Tomorrow at 2pm C i will announce the winner of a FREE seat to any workshop you like. In order to enter this drawing you have to be a mother or nominating a mother, share this link on social media, and comment on this post letting me know that you have shared and the name of the person you’re nominating.

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April 29, 2015 - 6:49 pm

Sammie B Photography - Fabulous! Moms are important and I have pretty spectacular one to call my own! I’m also proud to call myself mom to one of the daintiest, funniest, kindest little girls I know. I would love to claim a seat at one of your amazing workshops. Fingers crossed, ladies!

April 29, 2015 - 7:23 pm

Steve Raymond - I gave birth at 25 weeks. Near the end his father bailed because he couldn’t handle how sick my son was. We were in the hospital for 6 months. I feel selfish nominating myself….. but i have done all. Total respect to all mommas and especially yours!!!

http://youtu.be/ts3ykk-ObrE

April 29, 2015 - 9:11 pm

Dina Godzik - I shared and nominated me! I would love to attend and learn some tips to help my business so I can provide more for my girls! Thanks for the chance!

April 29, 2015 - 11:13 pm

Erica Beth Fedorovich Stinziani - Beautiful. Happy Mothers Day to your momma… What an awesome inspiration. My mom and I have a similar relationship. She went through it all calling her a survivor doesn’t do her justice… She is thriving. I love her so much. Now that I’m a mom I nominate me! I work like a dog and need an inspiration break:)

April 30, 2015 - 12:56 am

Lisa Brockman Jones - I am nominating Sue Ellen Tolman! She is such an awesome collaborator and is a stellar mom and grandma! I know she would love this and benefit from it. Sue Ellen and I met when my daughter modeled at a workshop she took back in December. She has not stopped sending me yummy images as well as supporting me in my photography journey.

April 30, 2015 - 1:18 am

Regina Byram - Shared on my personal facebook page. I am a mother and have a pretty amazing mother. I would love to attend one of your workshops one of these days

April 30, 2015 - 2:08 am

Andrea Surak - I shared on my business page (Andrea Surak Photography) and my personal page, too. You’re work is so amazing, and I would be honored to learn from you.

I would also love to tell my story to you, too. Mothers are so amazing and it feels so wrong to take such an amazing gift away from one of them… but I feel like we all deserve a little GOOD in our lives, and when GOOD happens, it would also be very wrong to turn it away.

You’re amazing for sharing your gift in this way! <3

xoxox
-A fellow colleague out in the Lone Star State, Andrea

April 30, 2015 - 6:43 am

Jen Driesbach - I shared and would die if I got to go! Finally being a mom has a serious perk…well, besides having awesome kids! ;)

May 4, 2015 - 3:07 am

Alicia Seepaul - I’m a mom to a beautiful little girl named Arabella who will be 3 on May 10 :) Not sure if I could ever afford the plane ticket but man oh man would this be an opportunity of a lifetime <3

May 4, 2015 - 3:39 am

Sally Watson - Agh!! I would die to win a seat!!!

May 4, 2015 - 4:12 am

Carissa York - I am nominating myself! I would be honored to win this and learn amazing things from you. Thank you!

May 4, 2015 - 11:06 am

Ashley Giffin - I would looove to be a part of a workshop!! I’m a mom of two little boys and a photographer. My website is http://www.ashleygiffinphotography.com Like your mother I refuse to let the things I have been through at the hands of others define who I am as a person and momma bear to my little Men. I shared on my Facebook!!

May 4, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Jodi Felker - I would like to nominate Tisha Garza-Cook for your workshop. She’s an incredibly talented, motivated Mother of 2. She is a sweet soul, and always hungry to learn more! Please consider her for your workshop winner. You will definitely enjoy her there!

May 4, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Heather Barrios - I nominate tisha cook!!

May 4, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Aaron Garza - I would like to nominate Tisha Garza Cook first of all for being an amazing mother of two and very talented photographer not to mention the best sister a brother could ask for.

May 4, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Sasha Garza - I have nominated Tisha Garza Cook. She is a wonderful person and mother. She has an amazing spirit and will do anything for her two kids.

May 4, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Trinity Tolbert - Hello! I am a mother of a four year old son, and I am expecting another this November. I am also a photographer and I am so excited to attend this workshop. I shared on social media, so trying my luck at winning a free spot. :)

May 4, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Tiffani Burgess - I nominating Tisha Garza Cook….

May 4, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Faith Scott - I nominate Jamie Laden

May 4, 2015 - 6:14 pm

Sarah Newsom-Knuth - Aaahhhhhhh this would be the best Mother’s Day present ever! I’m a mommy to a 2 year old and 6 month old!

May 4, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Crystal Soberon Lucero - I’m nominating myself i am a mother of a 10 year old son and 2 furbabies . Not only giving to my family but community. Veryyy active in my son’s school. I would love to win a seat at your workshop. Praying i win

May 4, 2015 - 11:38 pm

Autumn Skoczen - I would L.O.V.E to be at a workshop! I am a mom of two boys, Auguste and Atreyu! My photography website is elliemelliephotography.com liked and shared of course too! ✌️

May 6, 2015 - 8:50 pm

Savannah Henderson - Would love to do the workshop I am a mother of 5 ages 10,8,7,5 and 3.

May 9, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Marley Botta - I nominate myself Marley Botta of Daring Dames Photography- I started photography almost a year ago. After doing a Pin up Shoot for my husbands birthday I fell in love with photography and all its magic. Six months later I was in a horrific car accident – during the 18 months of recovery those pictures saved my life. They were the beacon of hope, the light at the end of this physical therapy nightmare. I wanted to give others the same experience I felt during and after that shoot. So as soon as I could walk with out assistance, I marched to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and signed up for their photography program…I am the proud mama of three beautiful girls 18,14,10 – I am their role model for everything but especially the empowerment of self !

May 9, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Frankey Redd - I nominate Marley Botta!

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Three Nails Workshop pt. 1

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MUAH: Meka Bennet Reliford

April 8, 2015 - 1:12 am

Julisa Haines - Oh My Goodness!!!! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE!! You are AMAZING!!

April 8, 2015 - 3:30 am

Traci Lynn - Holy moly! Madi you’re gorgeous! Amazing session!

April 8, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Susan Haines - It’s amazing that this is my Granddaughter! Absolutely beautiful!

April 8, 2015 - 2:48 pm

Alejandro Heras - Congratulations Madi! Juli and Susan!! And don’t forget about my autografo!!

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