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Keith A Williams
Posts: 1,740
Vanceboro, North Carolina, US


I don't know, I create my own events when I travel to MI.

I don't even know my way around well, but I have an absolute blast up there!

I've had maybe as high as 60 percent positive experiences shooting ordinary women whom I've just met, and approached with ideas, and have had 100 percent success at obtaining permission to use businesses and other areas for photoshoots.

Other than Detroit, my experiences there were nothing at all like I had expected.

KAW.
Jan 24 12 01:58 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
RnR photography
Posts: 60
Hopkins, Michigan, US


July 14 I am holding a group shoot on my Hopkins farm,please join in the fun.
Thx, Rick
May 15 12 08:34 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Brian T Rickey
Posts: 4,004
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


-Jen- wrote:

I'll freeze my ass off at a shoot...

cause theres always spiked hot cocoa after!!!!

wait.... did someone say spiked cocoa? 

borat
color me there

May 15 12 08:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lakeshore Photography
Posts: 155
Holland, Michigan, US


This is not a MM event so I'm not sure if it's supposed to be on here but....... I attended this last year. There are lots of models to be shot if you attend!

http://www.swmccc.org/WeekendOfPhotography.html
May 19 12 09:57 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Art of the nude
Posts: 11,780
Olivet, Michigan, US


I've seen teaching workshops in Pontiac and Grand Rapids, plus occasionally elsewhere.  Group shoots in Lansing, Saugatuck, Port Huron, Holland, and of course DEAC in Detroit.  Group shoots in Michigan are different than most places; nearly all are trade sessions where everyone pays a modest fee to cover the location and then sets up one on one shoots with whoever they choose.

I don't make a lot of the Michigan events, for a variety of reasons, but there are in fact plenty.  There is also CAC in Toledo, which has been every one or two months for about five years.
May 20 12 10:24 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Fergy
Posts: 22,327
Fenton, Michigan, US


I know a photographer that has yearly group shoots at Lake Michigan.  Then DEAC, there is also CAC in Toledo.
May 21 12 06:42 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
RnR STUDIOS
Posts: 20
Hopkins, Michigan, US


we had a blast at our group shoot, looking to hold another in the GR/KZOO area soon, thank you to all who participated!
Rick
Jul 17 12 11:32 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
RnR STUDIOS
Posts: 20
Hopkins, Michigan, US


I am having another group shoot Sept 29 on an old farm.
Cost is $10 for use of land and there are plenty of things to shoot around the farm.
Thx, Rick
Sep 15 12 05:07 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
T Brown
Posts: 2,136
Traverse City, Michigan, US


I'm in Northern Michigan and its like being in isolation up here with regards to photography, I pretty much have to make do on my own.

No workshops, lack of experienced photographers, not a large hobby group (I've tried putting together Meetups and such).

Not a lot of experienced (or any models for that matter)

I'd love to go down to Detroit for an event but the four hour drive and gas is not enticing.
Sep 15 12 05:14 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jerry Nemeth
Posts: 26,741
Dearborn, Michigan, US


TLBrown wrote:
I'm in Northern Michigan and its like being in isolation up here with regards to photography, I pretty much have to make do on my own.

No workshops, lack of experienced photographers, not a large hobby group (I've tried putting together Meetups and such).

Not a lot of experienced (or any models for that matter)

I'd love to go down to Detroit for an event but the four hour drive and gas is not enticing.

I drive 4 hours to my land in northern Michigan.  I took a model from Columbus up there for a nude shoot in the woods in July.   smile

Sep 15 12 05:19 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
T Brown
Posts: 2,136
Traverse City, Michigan, US


Jerry Nemeth wrote:

I drive 4 hours to my land in northern Michigan.  I took a model from Columbus up there for a nude shoot in the woods in July.   smile

Next time your in the area let me know I'll have a cold one ready.

Sep 15 12 05:34 am  Link  Quote 
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Fotographia Fantastique
Posts: 17,323
Lebanon, New Hampshire, US


Michigan is gorgeous! More beautiful than either Ohio or Indiana. I have no idea what your (Michigan's) problem is when it comes to just organizing and getting out and shooting. I lived in Grand Rapids for a year and there was nobody interested in shooting within a reasonable distance. I finally drove all the way to Ann Arbor to shoot. Since I moved away, a lot more models popped up in the area, but during that year I think I shot more car shows and animals than people.

(EDIT: Jen and Fergy who are both in this thread - I'm sorry, we tried but schedules just didn't work out sad )
Sep 15 12 05:59 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jerry Nemeth
Posts: 26,741
Dearborn, Michigan, US


TLBrown wrote:

Next time your in the area let me know I'll have a cold one ready.

My land is in Alcona county near Harrisville which is on Lake Huron.

Sep 15 12 06:16 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jerry Nemeth
Posts: 26,741
Dearborn, Michigan, US


Fotographia Fantastique wrote:
Michigan is gorgeous! More beautiful than either Ohio or Indiana. I have no idea what your (Michigan's) problem is when it comes to just organizing and getting out and shooting. I lived in Grand Rapids for a year and there was nobody interested in shooting within a reasonable distance. I finally drove all the way to Ann Arbor to shoot. Since I moved away, a lot more models popped up in the area, but during that year I think I shot more car shows and animals than people.

(EDIT: Jen and Fergy who are both in this thread - I'm sorry, we tried but schedules just didn't work out sad )

The model that I photographed yesterday went to Grand Rapids after our shoot.

Sep 15 12 06:18 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
T Brown
Posts: 2,136
Traverse City, Michigan, US


Jerry Nemeth wrote:

My land is in Alcona county near Harrisville which is on Lake Huron.

well crap your way on the other side of me...thats a nice area though

Sep 15 12 06:19 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jerry Nemeth
Posts: 26,741
Dearborn, Michigan, US


TLBrown wrote:

well crap your way on the other side of me...thats a nice area though

It is the least populated county in the lower peninsula.

Sep 15 12 06:24 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fotographia Fantastique
Posts: 17,323
Lebanon, New Hampshire, US


Jerry Nemeth wrote:

The model that I photographed yesterday went to Grand Rapids after our shoot.

Yeah, there are a lot more now.

If you do a zip code browse limited to 25 miles of Grand Rapids and sort by 'longest on MM', you'll see there are 12 pages of models.
10+ pages of those models have joined since 2009.
Prior to 2009 there were less than 2 pages of models, most inactive.

Sep 15 12 06:26 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
RnR STUDIOS
Posts: 20
Hopkins, Michigan, US


October 27 holloween on the farm, cost is $10 and we will have a blast.
thx, rick
Oct 07 12 07:53 pm  Link  Quote 
Clothing Designer
Chain Reaction
Posts: 529
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US


Oct 08 12 06:15 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
David Birdsong
Posts: 1,788
Pontiac, Michigan, US


StromePhoto wrote:

Yes, David deserves a shout out for his workshops.  They are the only ones in Michigan that I can think of that are done on a regular basis.  David is located on the east side of the state, but there is nothing really going on over here on the west side.

Thanks Bill.
the best way to find out about my workshops is on my meetup group

http://www.meetup.com/David-Birdsong-Photography/

Jun 09 13 08:05 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
LA StarShooter
Posts: 1,750
Los Angeles, California, US


You guys have it tough. Not as many shooting months outdoors as the Golden State. You have to travel far for locations and models compared to L.A. If I travel 250 miles one way it is to a location that has the keys to the door to heaven dangling from the sky. It's that glorious out here.

I haven't even come close to exploring the glory of this state. The Northern part has some stunning scenery rarely used, partly due to distance and perceived permit requirements.

I didn't have to attend any group shoots to build my beastly portfolio. I have shot at the following locations: Salton Sea, Dumont Dunes, and the Malibu littoral has been my playground. I will shoot something in San Diego, but in and around San Fran is golden. Downtown L.A.: the Disney Hall on Bunker Hill is super glorious and a lot of guys shoot there.

Studios are cheap here. And if you're good, other people pay for the studio! I admire your perseverance and dedication. While, I admire places like Hawaii, and Arizona, photographically, we have it all here, which is why the Motion Picture Industry set up here in Southern California.

Our state may be an economic disaster with a State Government content to watch movie production and special effects move to London, but for a photographer starting out, while its a competitive market, if you have an eye, you're going to see spectacular vistas.
Jun 09 13 08:38 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
All Yours Photography
Posts: 2,234
Toledo, Ohio, US


RnR photography wrote:
I posted an event at my studio this past spring, out of 5 models, 2 hairdressers, 1 makeup artist and two photographers, only two photographers showed up so we ended up shooting with my wife and shop talked a couple hours.  I just purchased 2 homes and 5 barns on 19 acres and would love to set up some group shoots but after the last one I have a sour taste in my mouth!

It's a bit of a trek for you, but come down to the next Hocking Hills shoot and spend some time talking with Jim.  He hosts 2, maybe 3 shoots on his 45 acre property per year.  I've been to the last 3, even though they are 4 hours away).  It seems that on average, no-show rate is about 5-10% for photographers and 20-25% for models, but everyone that is there seems to go home happy.  Half or more of the people are regulars that keeps coming back.

Here is the thread from the event last month:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … 745&page=1

The next one will be in Oct.  Exact date TBA late August.

Also, just barely across the state line, in Toledo is the CAC shoots.  I haven't been to one myself, but I've heard good things about them.

Jun 09 13 11:17 am  Link  Quote 
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