Justin & Mary’s Sunrise Shootout at WPPI | Canadian Wedding Photographer Kandise Brown

When Justin & Mary announced their sunrise shootout in Las Vegas during WPPI, I immediately signed up. It didn’t matter that I had no idea what I was actually signing up for, I just knew I had to be there.

Well, 4:30 a.m. dawns miiiiighty early.

After I dragged myself out of bed and down to the Signature, it turned out I’d signed up for a posing workshop! It was a lot to take in on 3 hours sleep, because Mary immediately launched into some tough questions. Why do we photograph? Why do we pose the way we do? What are we hoping to accomplish? There was laughter, there were tears. Needless to say, it was a powerful, inspiring session on a philosophical level, but also enormously helpful on a technical level. Justin & Mary approach photography with the same end goal as me – images that are authentic, truly reflective of the couple, and that convey love and joy – but they do that in a way that is fundamentally different from the way I approach photography. It sent me really far out of my element, really far out of my comfort zone, and of course when you’re put into a situation like that, you can’t help but learn. This session was the highlight of WPPI for me, and I left it with so much to think about, and so many ideas and techniques that I can’t wait to try out on my couples this summer.

I also left the session with tons of images I love, thanks to an absolutely adorable couple, Elizabeth & Ryan (Elizabeth in a gorgeous gown by Chaviano Couture!). They made our job entirely too easy. Check out the images (and lots of behind the scenes stuff, too) below.

Some of our beautiful surroundings. The Signature Towers made a pretty spectacular natural reflector! The light in our little courtyard was unreal, and it made me super jealous of the photographers who get to work in conditions like this all the time!

And finally, a look behind the scenes!