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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

Vanessa & Derek: Miami, Fl

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August 10, 2016 - 1:06 am

Ashley Kellogg Goverman - So crazy beautiful!

August 10, 2016 - 1:21 am

Gaby Olson - I wish I knew you almost 7 years ago when we got married. The story would have been so different and I’m sure I would have photos hanging on my wall.

August 10, 2016 - 12:41 pm

Lauren Burrows - Hunter, your work never ceases to amaze me. Please never stop doing what you do.

August 11, 2016 - 11:31 am

Laurie Brandt - Beyond stunning

August 11, 2016 - 4:13 pm

Anh Lu - You are absolutely inspiring!

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The Real Wedding Workshop

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Several years ago I had the idea to do a workshop that was an actual real wedding. I wasnt really sure exactly how I would go about doing it so I decided to do staged wedding workshops instead. However, after doing them for quite some time now I have realized that the only way for a photographer to grow and learn about being an actual wedding photographer is to shoot an ACTUAL wedding. While shooting “staged” weddings can still be difficult and things can definitely go wrong, its more control and more about the photographer than the couple. This workshop will be different. We will be photographing a 100% real and true wedding. We’ll shoot the bride and groom getting ready, the first look, the family photos, the details, the reception, literally EVERYTHING that a real wedding would have. Throughout the entire day I will be giving instruction on how I would photograph each of these events, while you to shoot them yourself. This will be a 2 day event. The first will be the discussion day where I will show you everything I do from inquiry to delivery for all of my brides. I will share tips and tricks on how to get published and how to market yourself to the very specific brides that you want. We will also go over EXACTLY how I edit my weddings from start to finish.

If you’re someone who wants to break into this industry at full speed and walk away having shot a publication worthy REAL wedding then this is the workshop for you!

This workshop includes:

  • Everything I do with clients from inquiry to delivery
  • Exactly how I edit my weddings
  • How to get published
  • How to market yourself
  • How to use my online booking software
  • What is in my contract
  • Lighting, and how to take advantages of it and how to avoid it when its to much.
  • Posing people that ARENT models
  • Tips and tricks on how to get the perfect shot
  • How to submit to a publication
  • Getting ready shots
  • First look photos
  • Bridal party photos and posing groups
  • A full wedding ceremony
  • Family photos
  • Bride and Groom portraits
  • Detail shots (centerpieces, wedding cake, center pieces, etc.)
  • Reception shots with dancing photos
  • Departure shot
  • You will be allowed to post every image you take of this wedding on social media and your portfolio

I will be an open book, there is not one question that I wont answer. This industry can be difficult at times but this will be the crash course that will show you exactly what its like to be a wedding photographer, all in 2 days!

INVESTMENT:

 $800 ($400 due to reserve your seat, $400 due 30 days before)

DATES:

January 13-14, 2017

LOCATION:

Shreveport, La

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Jess & Adam: Oxfordshire, England

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May 17, 2016 - 3:24 am

Jenny Hughes - You are so frickin amazing!

May 17, 2016 - 5:26 am

Kaydee Simpson - I’m in loooooove!

May 17, 2016 - 7:25 pm

Shannon Harper - Incredible!!! Wow!!!

May 17, 2016 - 8:54 pm

Rachelina Marshall - perfect!!!

May 17, 2016 - 9:52 pm

Rana Salame Striedinger - Just wow.

May 20, 2016 - 11:51 pm

CamilleandBronson Rogers - Very interesting! Pretty cool!! What lenses were you using?

May 26, 2016 - 12:41 am

Yvette Vizcarrondo - Wow!!! Absolutely stunning!!

May 27, 2016 - 10:23 pm

Sarah Inskeep-Young - Can those guys be my new best friends?

May 28, 2016 - 11:13 pm

Haylie Hays - Beautiful concept, beautiful job capturing it all!

May 31, 2016 - 8:20 pm

Monica Alejandra - Where did they get the face glitter!? Someone please help me!!

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DIY Canvas Backdrop

Ive had a ton of people ask me how I made my canvas backdrops so I decided to make a little tutorial! I figured Id share it with you guys!

May 13, 2016 - 4:54 pm

Kevin Senter - Dude! You’re hilarious! I’m a hard man to make laugh but damn! Thanks for that

June 15, 2016 - 9:37 pm

Dana Todd - THAT WAS AWESOME. Seriously. Fricken Hilarious.

June 15, 2016 - 9:41 pm

Dana Todd - Oh and thank you for the info on doing one. I’ve always wanted to try!

August 16, 2016 - 6:35 pm

Mira Faraday - This was so awesome! I laughed so hard :))) A serious can do project. Thank you for doing this!! Bravo!!

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