Dallas PPA Meeting Keynote Speaker: Hiram Trillo

Hiram Trillo

At a wedding I was shooting a couple weekends ago I was invited to join a PPA (Professional Photographers of America) meeting as a visitor by a professional photographer who was a guest at that wedding.

The keynote speaker was Hiram Trillo at this meeting. He’s an amazing wedding photographer. I learned so much about wedding photography from his talk. It really opened my eyes up to so much stuff I was missing in my work.

These are the key take aways I learned from his talk:

I need to ask myself, what is my goal?

90/10 rule when it comes too weddings, 90% of photos are moments and 10% are posed.The focus is on the couple

Mozart Effect: his fingers were deformed from playing so much. I need to practice constantly.

One thing I had not used much or thought about much off-camera lighting. He explained to us how we can use flashes to create much better wedding photos.

  • Use ceiling & walls could be used as soft boxes
  • Carry a flash around to be ready for any moment
  • Sometimes flash in frame add flair
  • Ask people to hold flashes if no flash is allowed

This is my favorite tip he gave us, “include people in the detail shots, it adds emotion to the photo.” This made so much sense to me, I was never a huge fan of a bunch of detail photos from weddings, I know people like them, but I care way more about the people and emotion of the event.

At the end of his talk he told everyone that if anyone was ever interested in shooting a wedding with him, let him know. I went to him and introduced myself and told him I was really interested in shooting with him. He told me to message him on Facebook later to let him know. I definitely plan on doing that, I’ve been wanting to shadow a professional wedding photographer for a long time.

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