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Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 – A Review

A group of photographers shooting a model. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

At the end of January I boarded a plane from Portland to Los Angeles in order to meet with a collection of photographers in one of my favorite places on the West Coast. This was my first photographer gathering since the Film Show in 2013 and it was everything I had hoped for.

There were about 150 of us gathered in Joshua Tree for Heck Yeah Photo Camp, a 4 day workshopping adventure brought to life by Ben Sasso at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. We learned from some amazing photographers and speakers including Jonas Peterson, Sara Byrne, Dylan Howell, Lara Jade, Benj Haisch, Ben Sasso, and Parker Fitzgerald. The gathering was kicked off by renowned poet, Anis Mojgani, his words inspiring us to reach for more, get out of our shells, and create amazing art. If you haven’t yet been inspired by his words, do yourself a favor and listen to his performance of Shake The Dust.

Despite the desert’s alien beauty, most days I traded my cameras for a pen and a notebook. I was surprised by my desire to sit and observe but went with it without hesitation. The speakers brought so much knowledge, so many ideas that challenged each of us to approach our jobs differently. When the time came to gather and photograph the models Ben and his team had assembled for us, I found myself wanting to steal away with one of them for some solo time away from the masses. Though this wasn’t possible at the time, I brought that desire home with me and am eager to go exploring and shooting in the Pacific Northwest.

Heck Yeah Photo Camp filled me with inspiration. I came away with a notebook full of knowledge to reference as needed and I was able to get out of my shell enough to make some amazing friendships. I would do it all over again in an instant.

Super rad accommodations at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

A photographer at Heck Yeah poses for some portraits. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

The hazards of shooting in the desert - cactus legs. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

Photographers photographing models and each other. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

A cute couple poses for photographs in the desert. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

A cute couple poses in the desert. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

A beautiful model poses for photographers in the desert. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

A hip couple shyly poses for the camera. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

A model poses in the desert with a vintage blue bike. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

A model having fun with her hair in the desert. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

The desert acts as a perfect backdrop for portraits. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

A young photographer couple models in the desert with their dog. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

A love session in the California desert. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

Loving this love session of a young couple and their dog in the desert. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

A hip young couple wanders around the Joshua Tree desert. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

Portraits of a young couple in the Joshua Tree desert. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

Joshua Tree Retreat Center at twilight. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center at sunset. A review of Heck Yeah Photo Camp 2016 by Briana Morrison+

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  • March 11, 2016 - 1:21 am

    Adams - Looks like you had a great fun. I like the behind the scenes photos !ReplyCancel

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