I spent the last couple of weeks watching a 3-day wedding posing workshop with Bambi Cantrell. I purchased the workshop through CreativeLive. CreativeLive is an amazing concept created by Chase Jarvis where workshops with famous photographers are broadcasted and recorded. Watching the workshop live is free! Since I couldn't spend the whole three days watching it live, I bought downloaded recorded videos
Bambi is a world famous, received some of the most prestigious awards, and above all she just explodes with energy. She definitely is a master of posing people whether it's a photo of one person or group. Watching this workshop was very educational and I learned some new techniques and ways to pose people so they look their best while at the same time the photos show emotions and feelings. After all, even the best pose with amazing lights will produce just technically good photo but without emotions it will be just that.
Despite Bambi amazing talent and knowledge I can't say the same about her personality. I know that's just the way it is but for me it is way over the board and just doesn't seem sincere. Bambi uses the same phrases such as "this is the most fake laugh I have ever heard", "you could do this professionally" or "oh my god you are doing amazing" way too many times to the point of them not meaning anything. It's like telling the person you love "I love you" every 5 minutes, as a way to say hello and goodbye. ok, I know, this may be a slight stretch as a comparison but I hope you know what I mean.
But it was definitely worth watching that seminar and I would recommend it to others. I'm pretty sure many people will love Bambi' energy and personality. It just didn't sit right with me. Today and I started to watch the next workshop with Jasmine Star. She is extremely famous but pretty controversial at the same. I started to watch her workshop with a bit skepticism but so far I love her! I will post another blog once I finish watching it.