I was so excited for Amanda and Brandon’s Los Angeles Griffith Observatory engagement photography session, I watched La La Land on the plane to California!  This was my first time visiting Los Angeles, and I’m happy to have to have had the opportunity to photograph engagement sessions for two sets of clients (including David and Brian!)  It was a beautiful weekend, with terrific light and temperature, which my California friends have plenty of, along with loads of mountains and hills!  We don’t have a ton of hills in Chicago!  🙂

Amanda and Brandon were such troopers to jump at my suggestion we photograph the sunrise!  I met them (and their happy dog, Gatsby) at 5AM and we caught the Los Angeles sunrise in perfect time.  I’m so pleased to share their Griffith Observatory engagement photographs, and even prouder that we accomplished all this before we had any coffee!  We also visited The Broad Museum and the super funky Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.  I asked Brandon to write a few words about how he met Amanda, his words are included below.  Thank you so much, you two!  I can’t wait to document your wedding!

“Amanda and Brandon met in the elevator at work, not long after starting at the same Los Angeles architecture firm four years ago.  They became fast friends after discovering shared interests in comedy, design and movies.  A year later, Brandon brought Amanda a perfectly timed breakfast sandwich and they have been inseparable ever since.  Brandon proposed in their Los Feliz apartment, surrounded by their art, pajamas, and a very handsome Shih Tzu named Gatsby.  Their love centers around laughter, unapologetic silliness and cheese.

Amanda grew up with a big yard in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and thought it would be the perfect venue for a backyard wedding.  Sharing such a special event with family and friends will lend another layer of meaning to the family home.  They plan to have a big tent, good food, handmade objects, backyard games, and a lot of fun!”

 

  • Brenden - I love the LA cityscape in the background. It must have really worked in your favor to do the engagement photos in the morning, I’m sure in the evening the Observatory is crowded with people.ReplyCancel

  • Corey - Such a gorgeous engagement session! I love the different Los Angeles locations – so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - I think the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles is the coolest location for an engagement photo session. This couple looks like they are a lot of fun and the architecture suits them.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Super cute LA engagement session! Love that you took inspiration from La La Land!ReplyCancel

  • Robynn - Hi Candice,
    I love your pictures that Amanda and Brenden. I am a cousin of Amanda’s and would love to put together a collage of photos for them on a pillow as a keepsake for their wedding. I was wondering if I could purchase some photos from you in order to do that.
    Thank you,
    RobynnReplyCancel

I so loved visiting Los Angeles to meet with my clients David (green shirt) and Brian for their pre-wedding photography.  We focused their engagement photography in places near their home, including our first stop at the lovely Micheltorena Stairs.  This Chicagoan is still surprised to see massive hills, so a beautifully painted staircase that goes up to the sky is such a great find and a fun place to take photographs of a longtime couple in love.

After the stairs, we went to their beautiful home that overlooks even more hills!  I loved documenting this couple just being themselves.  Lovely, loving and proud dog owners.  I’m so excited for your wedding at the Chicago School of the Art Institute.  As our friend and amazing wedding planner Anthony Navarro at Liven It Up Events said, “No one will say no to a gay wedding!”  🙂  I can’t wait to see this fantastic party filled with all of their family and friends!

Big congratulations to you both, David and Brian!  I am looking forward to your wedding this weekend at the School of the Art Institute Chicago!

 

When was the last time you took the deepest of breaths and screamed at the top of your lungs?

I seem to be doing this all the time.

Every photojournalism class I teach starts with this simple exercise.  It seems simple, right?  Just a little shout?

It isn’t.  It’s embarrassing.  Painful.  It triggers anxiety and produces tears that you are forced to recognize.

So why do it?

Because it feels amazing.  You can scream about your biggest fear, whatever is holding you back in life or business (or both), let it explode in the air and tumble at your feet, never to be seen again.

I have spent the past two weeks teaching photojournalism at the incredible Snap Photography Festival at Fforest Camp in Pembrokeshire, Wales, then I moved to London for my own Moment-Driven Photojournalism Workshop before I head home to Chicago tomorrow.  I’m sitting in my hotel room this morning, my first breath of calm air in two weeks, thinking about what I experienced in the last 15 days.

I keep going back to The Scream.

In addition to presenting at Snap, I also taught a master class, where we had the forests and fields of Wales at our feet, with only an occasional bored sheep to hear us.  Insert the screaming exercise, and these beautiful, polite Europeans who usually keep things close to their chests delighted me with their willingness to be vulnerable.

We screamed.  Hugged.  I shot over 20 people in one hour, screaming out their hurts, screaming out their pasts, screaming about their frustrations.

I was so full of their emotions that, at the end of this hour, I could hardly walk.  🙂

We ended the exercise in a large circle, the tall grasses at our ankles, with our faces to the sky in one final, primal scream.

I’m so proud of my students!

Talking about your fears, then screaming about them reminds us of one thing, we are all alike, we are all in the same boat, and we can support each other while we get to the next level in our business.

And it feels damned good.  🙂

Here are some screaming photographs and some shots I made during my Moment-Driven Photojournalism Workshop for your pleasure.  Some shots are taken before or after the scream, which is sometimes the best way to document a moment.

Thank you so much, everyone.  Thank you for being vulnerable, being open to change, and taking charge of changing your reality.  You inspire me!

Want to hear join us for the next Moment-Driven Photojournalism Workshop?  Leave your email HERE for future dates!

  • Carine Bea - Cool picture of Marianne! Congrat for the workshop, I’ve heard good things about it on Snap! xReplyCancel

We wrapped up 2 days of learning and shooting last week (check out the slideshow!) at the Moment-Driven Workshop: CHICAGO  and I am so proud of my students for stepping outside their comfort zone!  Now I am off for two weeks in Wales and London, where I am a featured speaker at the Snap Photo Festival in Wales, then back to London for our Moment-Driven Workshop: LONDON May 2-3!Moment Driven Photojournalism Workshop

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Tired of posing your couples?  You don’t have to!

This two-day shooting workshop is designed to help you step outside your comfort zone. You will photograph strangers, learn how to capture moments without posing, and work on what is holding you back as a photographer.  You CAN capture authentic, emotionally storytelling images without posing or direction, and no longer fear getting the camera where it needs to be.

Ever hesitate to get the camera close?  We will work on this together.  Let’s shoot people who aren’t paying you.  BOOM– now you have freedom to shoot with your own vision, not what clients expect of you.  Let’s shake up your usual routine and try something new!

Internationally award-winning photojournalist Candice C. Cusic will show you her thought process before hitting the shutter, how to capture moments during portrait sessions, how to feel comfortable documenting strangers and how to anticipate and capture moments you will love.

YOU’LL LEARN

how to make stronger images, how to capture moments during a portrait session, and how to overcome any anxiety you may experience in documenting and interacting with strangers

YOU’LL RECEIVE

an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, learn how to document moments during portrait sessions and join a private Facebook group of Moment-Driven Alumni for future support!

YOU’LL PARTICIPATE

in shooting assignments both days, including documenting strangers and volunteers.  This is not a “stand around, watching Candice photograph models” session. This is a hands-on workshop – the best way to learn something is to do it yourself!

CHECK OUT THE BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO!

Behind the Scenes Promotional Film for Moment-Driven Photojournalism Workshop by Candice C. Cusic from Hendzel Productions on Vimeo.

 

For a more in-depth look at this unique workshop, check out this blog post by the impressive and incredibly sweet Lina Orsino-Allen of LinaandTom.com.  We hope to have you join us for the Moment-Driven Photojournalism Workshop: LONDON May 2-3 2017!  Click here for more info!

Such a lovely surprise to see a recent photograph win the Wedding Photojournalist Association’s contest!  I love this moment from Kerry and Evan’s wedding at the lovely Thompson Hotel Chicago.  It’s hard not to smile when I see this photograph!  Thanks so much, Wedding Photojournalist Association, check out all of the winning photography here!Foundation Workshop Europe

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS:

I couldn’t be more excited to return to London this May 2-3!  My Moment-Driven Workshop: LONDON  is a two-day shooting workshop is designed to help you step outside your comfort zone. You will photograph strangers, learn how to capture moments without posing, and work on what is holding you back as a photographer.  You CAN capture authentic, emotionally storytelling images without posing or direction, and no longer fear getting the camera where it needs to be.  Book before March 18 for a 50 pound discount!

I also have TWO spaces available for my Moment-Driven Workshop: CHICAGO April 4-5.   Tired of posing your couples?  You don’t have to!  Here’s what’s involved in the Moment-Driven Workshop.

YOU’LL LEARN

how to make stronger images, how to capture moments during a portrait session, and how to overcome any anxiety you may experience in documenting and interacting with strangers

YOU’LL RECEIVE

an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, learn how to document moments during portrait sessions and join a private Facebook group of moment-driven alumni for future support!

YOU’LL PARTICIPATE

in shooting assignments in downtown Chicago documenting strangers. This is not a “stand around, watching Candice photograph models” session. This is a hands-on workshop – the best way to learn something is to do it yourself!

I’m also thrilled to introduce my Shoot With Your Heart Workshop: CHICAGO on April 6.  This 1-day Street Photography and Intuition Workshop for Photographers will focus on using our intuition for not only nailing the shot but propelling our business.

-Create the 2017 vision for your business

-Learn how to use your intuition to capture powerful moments

-Shoot photos on the streets of Chicago to practice your new skills

-Stop worrying about posing your subjects and compose shots with feeling

-Learn my favorite techniques to use manifestation to reach your goals

-Build your own happiness routine to stay resilient in the face of setbacks

 

If you’d like to attend the Moment-Driven Workshop and the Shoot With Your Heart Workshop, get $100 off!

 

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