The Valley of Fire-Nevada (PSW13)

I think every photographer should have a bucket list of photography they want to try. Last month was my annual conference in Las Vegas, Photoshop World 2013. I have met some wonderful people over the last few years. Darren is the logistic man from San Fran, Mike is the a technical wizard from Hollywood and Kentucky Matt is one of the best sport portrait specialist in the industry. Check out http://matthernandezphotography.com/  The Valley of Fire

Anyone who knows Vegas realizes there is no point in sleeping. We hit the road at 3am on day 2 to photograph the Valley of Fire before the conference. We scouting out the location on day one but unfortunately missed sunset. On our third day we managed to do a little light painting and sightseeing.

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It is amazing how different photographers find unique perspectives and techniques to show their vision. The same arch in the daylight inspires me to call it "Heart of the Dessert".

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Down the road we had some photo wars...SERIOUSLY someone should do a reality series on this. Matt and I are down low getting the windy dips in the road in the Valley of Fire. photog-war This year I worked very hard on my portfolio and had an opportunity to meet with Dave Black. Dave has over 30 years in the industry shooting assignments for Sports Illustrated, Times, Newsweek, NFL, NBA, MLB, 12 Olympics and so much more. What was to be 15 min. turned into hours of precious advice and direction...Thanks Dave!

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The Westcott Shootout is one of my favorite parts of the PSW Expo. I won a crazy amount of lighting for first place last year that has really brought my photography to a whole new level. Crossing my Fingers!!!

Note:  A Big Thank YOU to Mike Ingold for the images of me photographing and Darren Yamashita for organizing another fabulous excursion! Matt, I look forward to shooting University Kentucky with you too! 

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That time of year again PSW Las Vegas 2013

Every year thousands of people come to Photoshop World to listen to international renowned speakers, learn from the best in the industry and keep up to date with the latest technology at the Expo. I'm proud to say, I was the PSW Las Vegas 2012 Westcott Shootout Winner. It's not hard to be creative when you have an opportunity to photograph monsters created by the hit show "FaceOff" (BTW-My New Favorite Show). Read Full Post "I Can’t Believe I WON the Westcott Shootout!" [Here]

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My PSW portfolio review was with the famous Bert Monroy and truly inspirational. I never realized that my work would be considered as fine art and could be viewed in galleries as collections.  I always thought of myself a sports photographer and having "The Man" Scott Kelby review in San Francisco was a career highlight. Read Full Post [Here]  Sports Illustrated photographer Dave Black is my favorite speaker from last years conference. Dave is an exceptional sports photographer, but beyond that he is true to his values and is not afraid to be real. He is not fearful to be vulnerable and show his passion for photography. 

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When not in class, I had so much fun hanging out with my photo buddies photographing Red Rock Canyon, some local basketball and good Ol'Downtown Vegas. Keeping my wallet close to me this year (;)Darren!) I even had time to do a photowalk with the boys from NY-Lens Baby. This year is sure to be bigger and better than the last...just like I strive with the next picture I take!

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PSW last year became a pinnacle point in my photographic career. I feel that I have grown tremendously as a photographer. Portraiture is part of my steady workflow. I have had many actors and athletes who book work straight from my headshots (Thanks Peter Hurley) The encouragement from my mentors and investment of big glass brings my photography to an all new level. My sports photography has taken leaps and bounds. I'm toning my arms carrying around my dinosaur lens...I LOVE my 400! Sooooooo looking forward to meeting Brad Smith Director of Photography Sports Illustrated in NY!!! "How to edit your photos by Brad Smith" View [Here]

I ’m on a journey and I’m seeking beauty in life. It may be gone tomorrow, but life is picturesque. It may be captured in a moment and experienced for a lifetime. This is what inspires me! Read Full Post [Here]

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Can't wait to see what models they will bring this year! Above: 2012 Westcott Shootout Las Vegas 1st Place Photo

Social Media Please like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and comment on our photographs/design on our blog. We always update on { tumblr blog | flickr photostream | YouTube channel | Pinterest Boards | Google+  } too! NEW! Aerial Promotions is now on Instagram  Instagram ____________________________________________________________________________________________ DOWNLOAD IMAGES* © Aerial Promotions 1997-2013 *Read AP Terms & Conditions Before Download…click here *Read AP Photographic Licensing Before Download…click here ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Why...Because We CARE! It is part of AP mission to give back to sport & the developing athletes as a volunteer in the local community (...more) Images available now at www.Present it Photo.com

I Can’t Believe I WON the Westcott Shootout!

Wow! What a proactive approach this Westcott Shootout experience is. It allowed me to observe how to light the scene/model, application of movie quality hair/makeup and to conceptualize by being a part of the shoot. It is nice to see how other peer photographer’s work. The mini seminars by featured Pro’s are a huge bonus! I am more inspired than ever. Because of the applicable learning approach Westcott provided me at Photoshop World Las Vegas 2012, I believe winning the contest will not only encourage me to be more creative in my post process, but to allow me to experiment with more creative lighting options. The prize is the launch I needed to motivate me to establish my studio. Recognition from Westcott is humbling and reassures my career path is supported. The Westcott Shootout has incited a spark that makes me believe in my creative freedom. I plan to do some great on location work with the mobile ability of these spiderlites. Visit: www.fjwestcott.com

MonsterPull_post All photos by Robin Leworthy Wilson using Westcott products - Makeup: Shelley Giard Frankenstein Monster: Rayce Bird Frank Ippolito Ian Von Cromer Models All models were hired through Model Experts in Las Vegas, NV. Day 1: Boudoir - Samantha Lady Bird Johnson - Casi Fashion Stage - Anna Day 2: Frankenstein Bride - Andrea Candy Girl - Melanie Fashion Stage - Lindsay Frankenstein - Thomas Willeford Doctor - Russell Brown Fritz - Daniel Presedo Day 3: Magic Mike - David Fashion Avant Garde - Kelly Fashion Stage - Catherine http://fjwestcott.com/photo-lighting-blog/contest/contest-update-photoshop-world-fall-2012-shootout-contest-winners My Photoshop World Las Vegas 2012 Westcott Shootout Submissions: Crazy Birdman of Alcatraz-Photo by Robin Leworthy Wilson using Westcott products MonsterBreath_post CrazyBirdman_post __________________________________________________________________________________ Frankenlady-Photo by Robin Leworthy Wilson using Westcott products Westcott_Shootout-Frankenlady Frankenlady_post _________________________________________________________________________________ Monster Breath-Photo by Robin Leworthy Wilson using Westcott products Monster Breath MonsterBreath_post _________________________________________________________________________________ Monster Glare-Photo by Robin Leworthy Wilson using Westcott products Westcott_Shootout-Monster Glare   Please like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and comment on our photographs/design on our blog. Our number one place to post is on Google Plus  GOOGLE+ We always update on {tumbr blog | Flickr photostream | YouTube channel} too! _________________________________________________________________________________________ DOWNLOAD IMAGES* *Read AP Terms & Conditions Before Download…click here *Read AP Photographic Licensing Before Download…click here © Aerial Promotions 1997-2012  |  Photo Credit: Robin Leworthy Wilson _________________________________________________________________________________________ WHY?...Because We Care! It is part of AP mission to give back to sport & the developing athletes as a volunteer in the local community
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What Inspires Me as a Photographer!

Prior to Photoshop World (PSW) I was preparing the kids for school, organizing work schedules and household for my departure.  All this takes a collaborative effort and cooperation of many people to advance my career in photography. If anything, I have done a lot of self-reflection about what kind of photographer I have become.

I am proud to say that I have been to four PSW’s and a G+ Conference by Kelby Media Group. The passion and commitment that is demonstrated by the organizers, moderators and instructors is praiseworthy.

As an attendee I am always moved when appreciation is acknowledged to individuals and collective team efforts are recognized.  The admiration for Scott & Kalebra Kelby is heartfelt in the closing remarks from RC Concepcion, Frank Doorhof,  Moose Peterson and Dave Black.    

This PSW was the most inspiring for me yet because I was faced with questions that were very deep. At the time I only had superficial answers.  I seemed to just blank out with meaningless chatter, but going through the process brought be somewhere real and inspiring.

Adobe was connecting with photographers who use their products. At the time I thought I was going to show them pieces of my work and explain how I used photoshop. Little did I know when I walked into the interview room would there be a full on production crew…Hair-Makeup-Sound-Lights-Camera-ACTION!

OMG I was a deer in headlights! I’m in Vegas right! Have not slept in 72 hrs and just buzzing with information overload from the amazing classes, events and reviews from PSW.

The crew was so wonderful, but I didn’t want to bring my personal feelings on camera and be emotional. After listening to countless stories of how life touches us, it is ok to feel and be vulnerable. This is where passion comes from within. Snapping a photo on the side "just because" may mean more than you think.

Sydney Wood Before I left for PSW a little girl who touched many lives in our community passed away at a soccer tournament in West Virginia. Sydney Wood was an exceptional young lady and athlete who I had the honor to photograph in Soccer and Basketball. To help ease the pain, I compiled photographs over the last few years to love and honor Sydney and posted to YouTube. I offered the photographs to help ease the pain and download for comfort.

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I was overwhelmed how the community embraced the photographs to help heal and honor Sydney in her most spirited light. Most of all I was blessed to have the ability to help, when so many were in need.

I’m on a journey and I’m seeking beauty in life. It may be gone tomorrow, but life is picturesque. It may be captured in a moment and experienced for a lifetime. This is what inspires me!

Photoshop World 2012: My Vegas Photographs

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Composites & Personal Custom Projects

Composites: A photo manipulations process that blend multiple images to obtain a uniform look of one complete piece. I like to take peoples special moments and passions to create an impressionable image that they can enjoy for a lifetime. Composites can be team members photographed individually to produce one poster. They may also be a relevant background to the subject or multiple images to compose a single design.

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Special design requests come in may forms: Aerial Promotions can do custom cards for any occasion Birthdays, Weddings to Funerals:  We are so Proud of  YOU ! Aerial Promotions can take your own personal photographs & video to make something wonderful. Here is an example of a project that I did for my son to let him know how proud we are of him and to remember his first movie.  It didn't hurt that the movie was about a budding photographer too...more (click)