UPDATED - Montage shoot for the 7 Workshop with Mike Colon


Yesterday was a pretty cool day for me!  I was attended on the 7 Workshop hosted by Mike Colon ( and if you are not aware - it is a small 1-day workshop with only 8 total people (including Mike).  We are all wedding photographers from around Southern California - We had folks from Oceanside, Palos Verdes, Riverside, Orange, Pasadena, Ladera Ranch (me :)) and Santa Clarita. We started at around 10AM and continued well into the night, I arrived at home at 1AM and was still so stoked from the day that I began culling my images :)  Mike did a great job sharing as much information as possible in the time we had, even if we had another day, I am sure he would have been able to fill our noggins with knowledge!

We spent the morning going over classroom-style instruction on subjects like equipment, composition and shooting in full manual.  The afternoon had us out on a shoot at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach.  Although it was a bit gloomy  (VERY ODD!), we had a lot of fun and even found some good light.  We were treated to the Presidential Suite (thank you Jaime!!!) and we even took a walk around the Montage in search of good light.  Our models were troopers though, even when we started feeling freezing rain pelt us!  If you live in Southern California and can get to Laguna Beach, I recommend stopping into the Montage Resort for a peek, it is beautiful, even when the weather is crummy!

A portion of the day was spent on products - things like albums, prints, and the like.  Mike shared his albums from Leather Craftsmen and La-Vie.  A shout-out goes to Ari at Leather Craftsmen ( he sure was generous :)  Lunch was provided by Pixel 2 Canvas ( and dinner was provided by Pictage ( - Thanks Roxanne and Jim!  The fuel for our day was tasty.  It was great to touch all the products because a picture does not do an 11x14 full-leather album justice!

I always THOUGHT I wanted to shoot there but after being in the suite and on the grounds, I would LOVE to photograph a wedding at the Montage Resort.  There are so many great locations from the room, to the pool and down to the beach.  There is even a GINORMOUS fire pit with a stellar view of the Pacific!  So if you are considering the Montage Resort, DO IT!  If you are looking for a wedding photographer, look no more, I'm your guy!

Here is a sneek peek of my images from the day, I promise there will be more to come soon.

Our models for the shoot are Jessica Seeley and Brian Ames, you guys were so fun, thanks for braving the weather!

UPDATE - Julia of designed and provided the dress for this shoot - check her out, she has some great stuff - and I'm a guy - imagine what you ladies would think!