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Models & Photographers! Harrisburg PA Photo Workshop - Saturday September 21st - Union of the Snake [Aug. 12th, 2013|08:22 am]
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Models & Photographers! Harrisburg PA Photo Workshop - Saturday September 21st - Union of the Snake

Have you ever wanted a python hat? or have you ever wanted to figure out how to photograph someone who has a python sitting on their head? Well, after the success of our recent snake-related photos shoot Eleanor Justice and I are collaborating to make this a possibility with a one day photo workshop near Harrisburg Pennsylvania on Saturday the 21st of September. The snakes are coming back along with their wranglers, and I'm bringing a crate of lighting equipment out into the woods.

Clickenzee to Embiggen!

We have slots for PHOTOGRAPHERS and we have slots for people who want to be PHOTOGRAPHED. Do you have to be photographed with a python wrapped around you? Absolutely not. The workshop takes place on a beautiful farm with woods, fields and more than one pond. There are plenty of opportunities for great portraits that don't involve snakes.

Photo by Eleanor Justice - Clickenzee to embiggen!

So do you have a Rennfaire costume you want pictures of? Do you and your significant other have no great photos of yourselves? Do you need a graduation photo?

Well, if you're willing to be be part of a freewheeling classroom environment and let ten photographers have a go while we learn this is your chance.

Photo by Eleanor Justice - Clickenzee to Embiggen!

Photographers! Do you have a camera you're trying to figure out how to use? Have you hit a rut in your photography? Would you like to learn how to use off-camera lighting? Then this is for you.

This isn't the sort of photography workshop where you watch me set up lights and take photos. It's the sort of workshop where you and I work together to set up lights, figure out the proper exposure and then I watch you take pictures while sipping fruit smoothies. You go home with a batch of kick ass photos and some new skills that will let you keep on going.

Photo by Eleanor Justice - Clickenzee to embiggen!

Workshop is limited to 10 photographers and 10 subjects (if it sells out really fast, we'll add a second day Sunday). Price is $80 per person. Pot-luck lunch (now's the time to get out your grandmother's pecan pie recipe). If you're traveling and want to arrive the night before there are camping arrangements on the farm. WHAT?! I CAN CAMP OUT ON THE FARM?! Yes you can.

We also have two free spots available for people who are interested in helping out by people wrangling / organizing. Inquire if that's you.

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[User Picture]From: yagathai
2013-08-12 01:49 pm (UTC)
I'm in. I can wrangle, and I also want to wear a snake.

Edited at 2013-08-12 01:49 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mercurialgirl
2013-08-16 11:37 pm (UTC)
Rock. Send me an email for address and whatnot.
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[User Picture]From: kambriel
2013-08-12 02:04 pm (UTC)
C is totally up for helping out in the wrangling dept, and I can bring some amazing wardrobe, as well as sit in for modeling if/as needed.
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[User Picture]From: mercurialgirl
2013-08-12 08:00 pm (UTC)
Woot! That's absolutely wonderful!

Are there any things that you'll need for the amazing wardrobe? We can very likely fashion some sort of hanging apparatus out of bamboo if it's needed (and while I realize it sounds silly, I'm also kind of amused at the Crusoe-esque visuals that brings up :>)

My email is Eleanor.Justice@gmail.com -- drop me a note when you can, and I'll be sending out the details info email to folks shortly.
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[User Picture]From: morriganswitch
2013-08-12 03:36 pm (UTC)
edit: Crap, forgot I signed up for a defensive combat workshop in VA that day.

Edited at 2013-08-12 06:50 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mercurialgirl
2013-08-16 11:41 pm (UTC)

On the upside, you'll be even better prepared to fend off ninjas so it all evens out.
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[User Picture]From: yackersmaren
2013-08-12 03:39 pm (UTC)


Nice Duran Duran reference there Kyle
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[User Picture]From: akrissy
2013-08-12 03:48 pm (UTC)

Year of the snake awesomeness

I'm in for a portrait. Maybe not with snake as I would like to use portrait for professional website for my beginning acupuncture business, so photo credits will add to someone's portfolio.

Then, maybe with snake, ya know, for my own fun. Hehehe
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[User Picture]From: mercurialgirl
2013-08-12 07:45 pm (UTC)

Re: Year of the snake awesomeness

You can totally go both ways, it's all good.
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[User Picture]From: Shelley Shearer
2013-08-12 03:57 pm (UTC)


I'm in! Also happy to be an organizer/free participant if one is still needed. If not - how do I pay?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-08-12 04:00 pm (UTC)

Re: snakes!

contact Eleanor Justice <eleanor.justice@gmail.com> she's making the Master List.
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[User Picture]From: dancinglights
2013-08-12 05:45 pm (UTC)
I am a photographer who really needs portrait practice, and a fan of snakes and camping and foresty farms and oh dear that's within reasonable driving distance. Interested! Oooh this could be rather a lot of very useful fun.

(Also I am so excited I keep re-editing not-quite-coherent comments. Sorry!)

Edited at 2013-08-12 06:28 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mercurialgirl
2013-08-12 07:44 pm (UTC)
Total grok on the excitement level -- it promises to be superfabulous!
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[User Picture]From: anghara
2013-08-12 06:49 pm (UTC)
Setting aside the fact that the distance involved is a little insurmountable right now - and not even mentioning the obvious fact that I would jump at a chance like this otherwise - there is one other problem with this workshop, for me. Just a TEENSY one.


if I turned up to this I'd spend most of the time curled up into a ball with my arms over my head or else standing frozen in a deer-in-the-headlingts kind of way - I saw a man die from snakebite in Africa, in less than 15 minutes, when I was an impressionable 11-year-old and for me there are no non-poisonous snakes. I can't look at them. I had to scroll past the pics in your post without looking too closely in order to leave THIS comment. It's utterly triggering for me.

Y'all have fun, though. Just don't bring those durn snakes anywhere near ME...
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[User Picture]From: mercurialgirl
2013-08-12 07:41 pm (UTC)
That must've been a hell of an experience, it sucks that you had it.

I will say that just two days ago I watched a woan who'd had a traumatic childhood copperhead experience tentatively touch Roswell, the World's Friendliest Ball Python, and in short order she was hanging out with a laid-back snake around her neck, and was able to transform her Major Snake Phobia into a non-issue, which to m, seems like a good thing. (I'm not a professional psychiatrist or anything, just a person who like seeing people change fear into something less limiting)

Anyhoo! My point: should you ever come to a point in your life where you feel like you might be ready to transform the residual fear from that very traumatic experience, I know a couple of girls who can probably help you move through it.

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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2013-08-12 11:52 pm (UTC)
Forget grandma's recipe, I use this one, with an added splash of bourbon:


The alcohol doesn't all cook out.
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[User Picture]From: xtingu
2013-08-14 02:22 am (UTC)
Hot Breakfast, Delaware's premier acoustic dork-rock power duo, is happy to serve as subjects. (We can't promise we won't serenade you with our rendition of Mr. Roboto. It's been known to happen.)

We're happy to wear a snake or not.

[Edited to add: What are the hours, roughly? Assuming it doesn't go super-late, we're in. We leave for California the next morning, so we'd have to bail around 6ish. If that doesn't work out for y'all, we'll take a raincheck. Thanks!]
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[User Picture]From: mercurialgirl
2013-08-14 03:39 am (UTC)
Dork-rock power duo is the most delightful description I've heard today :)

Here's the timing:
10am - 4pm: Workshop with SNAKES!
5pm: Potluck dinner awesomeness, followed by hanging out around a campfire (bring marshmallows if you're into that kind of thing, or an instrument if you play)
Cost: $80 per person* (whether photographer or model)
Send payments to Kyle Cassidy at Cassidy@netaxs.com
*Part of the proceeds will benefit Faith & Eden's forming nonprofit snake rescue organization.
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[User Picture]From: xtingu
2013-08-15 01:51 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the info!

and with that, we're gonna sit this one out. My better half convinced me I'm being "dumbitious" by packing in a day-trip to Harrisburg right before a week-long California trip, when we have three gigs back to back on the days prior to Harrisburg.

He's a smart guy, my guy. Next time, we're there!
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[User Picture]From: mercurialgirl
2013-08-16 11:40 pm (UTC)
"dumbitious" is a fabulous word. Also, anticipation is usually better than burnout -- have great gigs!
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[User Picture]From: verlise
2013-08-23 02:42 pm (UTC)
Hi There, my friend Maeve posted this on her Facebook. I think I am interested in being a model. I like snakes and I have a full back piece that I have been itching to get a good photo of... is there still space available? (Also, sadly, I will need to leave soon after the 4pm wrap up since I need to be back in MD/VA for an evening event.)
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[User Picture]From: mercurialgirl
2013-08-23 10:20 pm (UTC)
Fabulous! Yes, there is space, and I've got you on the model list. :>

Pop me an email at some point (eleanor.justice@gmail.com) and I can send you the big blurb o' info about the workshop.

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