San Antonio Weddings is so proud to get to finally share the awesome news! We have a cover! OK, not a big surprise, the way we decided on a cover is way more appealing.
Here are the details.
A couple months ago we sent out letters to many of South Texas' finest photographers asking them to consider participating in a "new idea" we, along with a industry professional Ryan Hamilton Photography, had.
We asked them to submit just one photo that would be voted on by real brides right here in San Antonio for the possiblity that they may compete against other professional photographers in a what we called a "Photography Shootout."
After brides chose the top 7 photos, on competition day the photographers would show up at the location ready to shoot their hearts out (not literally). :)
The photographers and their assistants gathered at one of our favorite venues--The Grande Hall at The Hofmann Ranch in Castroville, TX. Hans and Charlotte Hofmann are amazing to work with and truly the epitome of southern hospitality, in case you are looking for a venue with honest, hard working people behind it.
All the pros were divided into two groups. Each scene was pre-determined by the mastermind behind the contest- Ryan Hamilton. The photographers could choose from certain props, which were all provided by our good friends at Revive Vintage Rentals. And these were not just your traditional props, these were couches and chandliers, and retro chairs and old church windows and a whole bunch of other great pieces full of color and character. Each model or models were assigned to different locations and were so great to work with.
Now the crazy part, the photographers competing were only allowed six minutes to scout, position, move furniture, adjust camera settings and shoot. Yes, only SIX minutes. Talk about getting your blood flowing and heart pumping. There were four pre-set locations. And with three of four outdoors, this was getting pretty heated (literally and figuratively). Got to love Texas weather!
But if that wasn't intense enough, Ryan threw in one more crazy wrench into the mix. The photographers were asked to shoot in the lightening round. This was a secret location not disclosed until minutes before it began. And they were only given a minute and 15 seconds to shoot. Yes, you read that right. Not only had some of the photographers never stepped foot into this secret location, but it was such a short time to adjust and shoot.
But, they all did amazing.
I cannot tell you how astonished I was with their quick thinking and creativity. Some camera's were not working, some were bumping into all the furniture in there, it was unbelievable.
If you're wondering if your photographer can handle the mishaps and stresses of the wedding day, if they're one of these in the group, I can surely say, you have nothing to worry about.
And from all that...we have the winners!
Special thanks to everyone who helped make this day possible.
Floral Bouquets: Honey Petals Flower Shop
Hair & Makeup: Madame Makeup & Hair
Models: Jennifer, Morgan & Wesley
Rentals: Revive Vintage Rentals
Tuxedo: Rex Formal Wear
Venue: The Grande Hall at the Hofmann Ranch
Wedding Dresses: Bridal Galleria
Winner: Limelight San Antonio
Winner: Ardore Photography
Winner: Constante Photo
Winner: Chanda's Photography
Winner: Constante Photo
Grand Prize Winner/Cover Shot: Caitlin's Creations Photography & Design
And here are a few of other favorite shots by these amazing photographers.
Caitlin's Creations Photography & Design
Limelight San Antonio
Strictly Art Photography
Here's an awesome video recap from the day. Thanks Limelight San Antonio for the great coverage.
2013 Photography Shootout - Presented by San Antonio Weddings & Ryan Hamilton Photography from Limelight San Antonio on Vimeo.