Last night, the Oklahoma City SMUG met at Shevaun Williams and Associates‘s studio in Norman, OK, for a studio lighting tutorial. Shevaun is truly an inspirational woman and photographer. Her long career as a commercial, travel, and portrait photographer has survived multiple economic recessions, gender discrimination, and the film-to-digital transition. She is uniquely qualified to talk to us about the importance of constant innovation, re-branding yourself, and lighting expertise in order to separate yourself from the pack and experience longevity. Here she is chatting with us:
We also had a chance to hear from Shevaun’s husband and VP, Terance Heckart, about the evolution of their studio and what it’s like to be married to a photographer. Vanessa, Shevaun’s assistant, herself a talented photographer, also discussed the pros and cons of a formal photography education, and the value of assisting other photographers.
We spent about an hour with Shevaun going over studio lighting basics and posing techniques.
Shevaun shot tethered so everyone could review the results instantly, and she allowed some of the SMUGgers to shoot, as well, with their own cameras. She also went over some posing techniques, and talked about the importance of knowing your camera so well that it becomes an extension of you, so that you can focus on your rapport with your client.
Such a fun night! We are so, so grateful for the opportunity to see Shevaun’s studio, pick her brain, and see her in action. Thank you, Shevaun. You’ve been officially added to my short list of People I Consider Mentors. I want to be like you when I grow up.