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#OhSnapATX2 Photography Meetup: Austin and surrounding area creatives collab

The date is June 9th 2018, and and I pull into Austin, TX with a good photography friend of mine. We stop and grab a bite to eat before heading to the capital building in downtown Austin.

The clouds start to gather as it starts to sprinkle outside. Nothing major, but I still walked cautiously up to the capital building before taking out my camera.

Austin and surrounding area creatives collaborate

Little did I know the rest would be a blast! The ATX insta-meet was hosted by local photographers led by Portraits_by_G. They killed the meetup and I know everyone had a great time.

Downtown Austin Photography meetup
Downtown Austin Photography meetup

Starting at the Capitol building

The meetup was more of a photo walk that happened to start at the Capitol building. I wasted no time getting started right after we arrived. I met a local model named Tyler and she did an amazing job.

She had beautiful long hair that just danced in the wind during our shoot. I also got to work with a few other models before moving to the next location.

Austin Photography Meetup
Austin Photography Meetup

The Paramount Theater on Congress St.

The next location was a few blocks down the street on Congress. The Paramount theater was pretty busy so we casually walked across the street and still made the best of the location.

This is where I met Gabby, and she did an awesome job posing for me in front of the colorful buildings and textures around the area.

Austin Parking Lot Photography Meetup
Austin Parking Lot Photography Meetup

Parking lot debauchery (no not really)

The last location (technically second to last) was a 7-story parking lot off of Congress. We all packed into 2 large elevators and headed for the top floor. The sun was already setting so we all rushed to get our shots in of the beautiful sunset.

Again, I jumped at the opportunity to work with Gabby while she danced in the wind. Within 20 mins a security officer came out and asked us to vacate the premises. It happens, and we wanted to be respectful of the location and property.

Austin Photography Meetup
Austin Parking Lot Photography Meetup

Ending the photography meetup at the park

Across the street from the parking lot was a small park that we used to finish our shoot. The sun was pretty much gone by this point so we said our final goodbyes to the new friends we made and trekked back to the capitol building parking area.

Photography Meetup: The importance of collaborations

This meetup was more than just a small group get together. It allowed people from all over the Austin area to come out and showcase their creative sides.

We drove for 3.5 hours just for this shoot from the Dallas area, and we went to support local artists. There were many models, photographers, and close friends to support the group but we wanted to represent Dallas in the process.

Get out of your comfort zone

The biggest takeaway I can give you from this experience is getting out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and meet new people.

All experience levels were onsite, but everyone had smiles on their faces. If you get a chance, take a quick look at Instagram and search with the hashtag #ohsnapatx2 to see all the great photos from the meetup. Until next time, best of luck and happy shooting!

My final images from the meetup

Austin Photograhy Meetup

Austin Photograhy Meetup

Austin Photograhy Meetup

Austin Photograhy Meetup

Austin Photograhy Meetup

Austin Photograhy Meetup

Austin Photograhy Meetup

Austin Photograhy Meetup

Austin Photograhy Meetup
Austin Photography Meetup

Jason Dallas Portraits Model Test ShootsJason The Creative – Dallas Portrait Photographer

Photography just decided to grow on me and I never looked back. I am a portrait photographer growing and specializing in model test shoots. Every one starts somewhere and this is my story.

What’s in my camera bag

My Portrait Photography Gear for Model Test Shoots

Sony a7riii Mirrorless Camera
High Resolution Studio Camera
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera
Great Photo & Video Camera
Sony 85mm f1.4 GMaster
Best Portrait Lens
Sony 35mm F1.8
Great wide lens for lifestyle shoots
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8
First lens I purchased – Amazing and light
Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GMaster
Best all-in-one Portrait Zoom Lens
Sony 24-105 f4.0 G Lens
Best all around walk-around lens

Secondary Portrait Photography Camera and Lens

Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera (crop-sensor)
Small & amazing quality
Sony 16-55mm f2.8 G Lens
Super sharp and versatile

Sony Mirrorless Bodies You Should See

Sony a7rii
High Quality Studio Camera
Sony a7ii
Great General Purpose Camera
Sony a7sii
High Quality Video Camera
Sony a6600
Photo and Video Camera
Sony a6500
Crop Sensor Video Camera
Sony a6300
Amazing Budget Starter Camera

Full-Frame Lenses You Should Check Out

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Lens
Great budget option zoom lens
Sony 70-200 F2.8 Lens
Amazing Quality Zoom Lens
Sony 16-35mm f2.8 Lens
Superb wide-angle Lens
Sony 85mm F1.8 Lens
Great Budget Portrait Lens
Sony 24mm F1.4 Lens
Sharp Wide Prime Lens

Crop-Sensor Lenses You Just Might Need

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Lens
Great budget option zoom lens
Sony 18-105 F4.0 Lens
Awesome Video Lens
Sigma 16mm F1.4
Great YouTube Lens
Sigma 30mm F1.4
Sharp & Light Weight Lens
Sigma 56mm F1.4
Go-To Portrait Lens

My Current Off Camera Studio Flash Lighting / Location Kits

Profoto Air Remote TTL-S
Remote Trigger
Profoto B2 250 AirTTL Location Kit
Portable light strobes
Profoto OCF 2×3 Softbox
Portable soft light modifier
Profoto OCF Softbox 2ft Octa
Small direct soft box
Profoto 41in Deep Medium Umbrella
Main studio modifier
Profoto OCF Speedring
Modifier connector

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