The STUN Photography Group "Heavy Metal" photography event was really more of a Photography Spectacular! I don't know the official numbers, but I'd say there were close to 100 photographers and a couple dozen models -- encompassing the entire gamut of experience -- as well as a half-dozen or so hair and makeup artists. The location was a working machine shop with two very large areas and pretty good light; props included vintage cars, other "wheels," and some furniture that was brought in, and the utilization of, um, machines.
It was STUN's first event of this nature/magnitude and it was amazingly well-run and -organized. The bar has been set and it is sitting quite high!
As established, glam/sultry/hot/smokin'/bad-ass/fashion photography is not in my usual repertoire -- or even in my unusual repertoire -- and my experience with "models" is practically nil. My normal procedure includes squeaky toys, jumping, clapping, crawling around on the floor/lawn/sidewalk/street, making funny faces, and singing nursery rhymes. Overwhelmed doesn't even begin to describe how I was feeling.
I did crawl around a bit -- I've got the dirty jeans to prove it -- but I'm not sure how these guys would have responded if I'd looked at them cross-eyed or broke out with a chorus of "Baby Beluga." Though it might have been fun to try. Maybe next time!
The response to my images has been terrific, and it makes me wish I'd stuck around longer. It was exciting, exhilarating, and completely exhausting -- very fast-paced with so many people around, and so much to take in and process. I feel like I wandered around more than anything, just taking it all in -- things were very fluid and always changing.
I'm still feeling overwhelmed by it all -- but super-charged, too -- and I can't wait to do it again!