Are you eager to learn how to create a distinguishable look and style in your portraiture? If so, you definitely want to attend this Imaging USA class!
Pete Rezac, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, will help you set up a successful shoot from the very beginning, explaining why in-person consultations are so important in finding out interests of the children he’s photographing, as well as discovering what’s important to the parent or grandparent who has commissioned his services. He’ll demonstrate creating several portraits of children in several different wardrobes, how he meters the lights, how he coaches expressions, and how he adjusts the poses for the perfect timeless portrait.
You’ll leave his class with a better understanding of how pre-production work is essential (and fun) to creating an experience your clients will enjoy and a portrait that they will love! His "Children’s Portraits with Authentic Character" class takes place on Sunday, January 20th 8:00 am - 9:30 am at Imaging USA.
Meet Pete Rezac
Pete Rezac is a portrait photographer based in Reno, Nevada. He works with medium and large format cameras and film in creating his fine art portraiture because of the tactile process it provides him in creating his work, along with the rich tones and high fidelity of the photographs that come from these tools. Seeking an authentic look through his children character portraits, his work has earned him numerous accolades from the photographic community.
Pete holds the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees, and the Certified Professional Photographer designation from Professional Photographers of America. He is also a PPA-approved Certified Professional Photographer Exam Preparation class instructor and active educator teaching and mentoring other professional photographers throughout the United States. He’s also a Professional Photographers of America print juror-in-training and working towards becoming an affiliated judge. Pete also serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Photographers of California.
Q&A with Pete Rezac
Why do you love photography? I love the process that I can see something and then share how I see it, a person for instance, and share it with the world. Also because I still use black and white film. I love the entire process of loading, exposing, processing, scanning, and finally printing the negative. I’m fascinated how the people who invented photography were able to invent it. How did they figure out silver halide would be sensitive to light, but not red light; how did they know that cyanide would develop the silver into an image? How did they know to put the silver halides into an emulsion that could be put onto a glass/metal plate? All in the 1800’s! Every time I process film and think about screwing up, I think back to those early pioneers of the craft and the tools they had. I figure if they could do it with stuff that could flat-out kill you if you made a mistake, I surely can do it with the safe techniques of today. So that connection to the past with film furthers my love affair with the art, science, and craft of photography.
If you could have any super power, what would you choose? To grant wishes!
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Pro golfer. This was way before Tiger Woods and all the technology that has made golf the game it is today. It actually was not cool to be a golfer.
What was one of the defining moments in your career? Listening to my inner voice and trusting it.
Who has been one of the biggest influences of your work? The Tim’s - Tim Kelly, Tim Walden, Tim Meyer, and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
In the magical world of Harry Potter, if the Sorting Hat placed you into a house at Hogwarts, which would it be? Can I have my kids answer this one for me? Ravenclaw!
What's something you are continuously captivated by? Architecture!
What's something or someone you have yet to photograph, but desire to? It’s always been a dream to photograph Augusta National Golf Club in the early morning when greenskeepers are mowing greens and setting pins. I worked as a greenskeeper during college and although it sucked getting up early, the peacefulness and smell of freshly cut grass were worth it. I think Augusta National would be the Holy Grail of that experience, and now that I’m a photographer I could try to portray that in a photograph.
Pete Rezac, M.Photog.Cr., CPP is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2019! Registration is open now at ImagingUSA.org/Register, so take advantage of the early bird savings for tickets and your hotel (you can book your hotel now and will be charged later)!