New Wirkshop Announcement | Kansas City | Jan. 7&8 2017

New Wirkshop Announcement | Kansas City | Jan. 7&8 2017

Date: January 7th and 8th, 2017-  Location: Wirken Photography Studio, Kansas City- 1800 Central St. in Kansas City Choice of day one only, day two only or a combo of both days. Day one will consist of mainly classroom instruction by Tyler touching on his photojournalism background and how he integrates that into his weddings and portrait shoots.  Day one topics will focus on the idea of taking a hands off approach to documenting weddings and families following photojournalism ethics and why it is so important. Topics will range from- -mastering the art of capturing fleeting moments technically -Using light, moment, composition to build the perfect image -how to mentally handle the day and find the best image possible in any given situation. Day two will be spent on review of each student’s wedding work, which will lead to open discussions and lessons that will apply, not only to the individual, but to the group as a whole allowing Tyler the opportunity identify areas of individual improvement. This class is open to photographers of all styles including portrait, family, and wedding. Due to this class being such an intimate one on one experience it is limited to no more than 9 students max. Cost: Day one only for one person- $595 Day two only for one person- $795 Both days combo deal for one person- $995 50% retainer required at registration via payal with the balance to be paid by Jan. 2 2017. Link to sign up-... Read More
How I did it | Behind the scenes of how Tyler made his favorite image from Christina and Eric’s wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina

How I did it | Behind the scenes of how Tyler made his favorite image from Christina and Eric’s wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina

Hello everyone!! Nice to be back on the Wirkshop Series page. Life has been super busy around here full of shooting weddings and helping photographers around the world with our mentor sessions but I am happy to be updating this page. Today I decided to get back on the blogging horse and get all of my pages updated. Over on the Wirken Photography blog I posted about Christina and Eric’s wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina which included perhaps one of my favorite images I have made to date. As I was writing that post and thinking about this particular image and what it took to make it I decided it was the perfect time to do a cross post on the Wirkshop Series page. This page is dedicated to all things photography education so it made sense so it was a win win! Instead of making you all sit through a novel explaining how I got this shot I decided to whip out my cell phone and make a little video. This is a very raw video with no editing but it gets the job done. 🙂 I hope you enjoy this first edition of How I did it and I assure you they will be much more polished in the future. Sit back and enjoy listening how I was able to tell the story of Christina and how much her grandmother meant to her on her wedding day. I hope you find it helpful.  ... Read More
Moment Bent is live and ready!!!

Moment Bent is live and ready!!!

Watch as Tyler shoots an entire live wedding. Moment Bent is an online video series exploring Tyler Wirken’s process as he documents a real wedding from beginning to end. Learn from Tyler as he goes on his hunt to capture real, unrehearsed moments as they unfold. Follow Tyler through all aspects of a live wedding. Watch as he makes his decisions, plans his attack, and captures real moments. See his successes as well as his failures as he navigates through the picture making process of storytelling wedding photography. This webshop is a series of segments ranging from classroom instruction to live point of view footage of Tyler shooting a wedding. For more information visit- www.momentbent.com... Read More
One day masterclass | Delfgauw, NL | April 28th, 2016

One day masterclass | Delfgauw, NL | April 28th, 2016

Excited to announce a new one day Wirkshop in the Netherlands! Tyler was invited to the Netherlands on the tail end of his trip to London in April. Join him for a one day that will challenge the way you shoot and think about your work. This one day Wirkshop, taught by Tyler WIrken, will be a free flowing day rooted around the art of the moment. We will start with a short presentation by Tyler touching on his photojournalism background and how he integrates that into his weddings. The remainder of the day will be spent on critique of each students wedding work, which will lead to open discussions and lessons that will apply, not only to the individual, but to the group as a whole. Topics will focus on the idea of taking a hands off approach to documenting weddings and will range from- -mastering the art of capturing fleeting moments -Using light, moment, composition to build the perfect image -how to mentally handle all parts of a wedding day and find the best image possible in any given situation -as well as countless unknown topics directed to the individual being critiqued 8 STUDENTS MAX For more info and to register: https://wirkenphotography.wufoo.com/forms/wirkshop-series-master-class-delfgauw-nl/... Read More
London | 2 Days | April 25-26 2016

London | 2 Days | April 25-26 2016

UPDATE- THE LONDON WIRKSHOP IS NOW OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST PLEASE DROP US AN EMAIL – INFO@WIRKENPHOTO.COM The Wirkshop Series is excited to announce another Wirkshop for 2016! Join Tyler in London in April for his return trip across the pond. This two day Wirkshop, taught by Tyler Wirken, will be a free flowing day rooted around the art of the moment. Day one will consist of mainly of classroom instruction by Tyler touching on his photojournalism background and how he integrates that into his weddings. Topics will focus on the idea of taking a hands off approach to documenting weddings and why it is so important. Topics will range from- -mastering the art of capturing fleeting moments technically -Using light, moment, composition to build the perfect image -how to mentally handle the wedding day and find the best image possible in any given situation. The day will conclude with a group live shoot to put into practice the days lessons. Day two will be spent on critique of each students wedding work, which will lead to open discussions and lessons that will apply, not only to the individual, but to the group as a whole allowing Tyler the opportunity identify areas of individual improvement. April 25-26th, 2015 London, UK Cost: £750 per person Limit 8 students Hope to see you in London! **REGISTER... Read More
Amsterdam Master Class

Amsterdam Master Class

Excited to announce another Wirkshop for 2015! Join Tyler in Amsterdam on April 29th for a brand new one day Masterclass. Tyler will be hosting 12 students for a special free flowing learning concept rooted around personal critique of each student. It will be a day full of insight, discussions, and photojournalism lessons. Topics covered will be catered to the students photographs and how to best apply a pure documentary story telling approach to their weddings. Click here for info and registration for the... Read More
Puerto Vallarta Wirkshop | A Workshop for Wedding Photographers

Puerto Vallarta Wirkshop | A Workshop for Wedding Photographers

This workshop is for wedding photographers that are looking to improve their documentary story telling techniques. Tyler will be teaching his pure documentary approach to weddings and how to better tell stories visually. (Este taller está dirigido a fotógrafos de bodas que estén buscando perfeccionar sus técnicas para documentar la historia del día de la boda.Tyler impartirá su técnica enseñando en el más puro estilo documental y como de una manera más efectiva contar la historia visualmente.) Day one topics will include- (El primer día incluirá los siguientes temas:) – photojournalism history- why it is important to not interfere (Historia del fotoperiodismo – porqué es importante no interferir en lo que acontece.) – technical instruction for capturing moments- what gear to use and how to shoot fast and effectively in any situation(Enseñanza técnica para capturar momentos – qué equipo usar y como disparar rápida y efectivamente en cualquier situación.) – building the photograph- using light, moment, and composition (Construyendo la fotografía – usando luz, momento y composición.) – live demonstration (Demostración en vivo.) – applying photojournalism techniques to wedding photography (Aplicar técnicas de foto periodismo a fotografía de bodas.) Day two will be spent on personal critique- Tyler will give each student one on one time critiquing images from a recent wedding allowing for discussions and learning for the entire group in an open question and answer format. (El segundo día incluirá:- Crítica personal. Tyler le dará tiempo a cada estudiante para crítica constructiva de sus imágenes de una boda reciente, dando oportunidad a retroalimentación y aprendizaje para el grupo entero en un formato abierto de preguntas y respuestas.)... Read More
The Inspired Moment

The Inspired Moment

When reading photographers websites I always notice when they mention the first time they picked up a camera. I always find this interesting because the first time I picked up a camera I didn’t really care. Growing up the only camera’s we used were disposable ones, and like most things disposable you don’t really place value in them. In high school I had a moment of being fascinated with Polaroids and would blow through a package of film every so often. It was just an urge or an impulse, nothing more. It wasn’t until many years later that the moment that inspired me to become a photographer happened, and I still have the image I made. It’s a simple slightly blurry Polaroid I had made of my wife (then girlfriend) in the back of a car. Most likely in 2002. We were living in Seattle at the time and we carried with us a small Polaroid JoyCam. It was smaller than what most people think of when they think of Polaroid but that made it easy to take around. We have boxes of those little instantly developed images sitting around. We were just sitting there waiting for a friend to get back in the car and something about how the light was hitting her face caught my eye. I took a picture. There is nothing really special about the image, but this image is the first that I made that made me think, “maybe I should start learning to be a photographer.” Which is what I mean by Inspired Moment. The first time I can actively recall wanting to... Read More
Why I Gave Up on a 30-Year Relationship with my Camera

Why I Gave Up on a 30-Year Relationship with my Camera

During a conversation about cameras and gear, a wise photographer said to me: “it’s not the arrow, it’s the Indian.” (Meaning the camera has nothing to do with it. It’s the photographer that matters.) I believed him and stuck to that motto for years, slowly upgrading my gear only when necessary. The last new camera I bought was two years ago and I still shoot with a 10-year-old camera and even older lenses. Fast forward to a few days ago when I rented a Nikon D750 and found myself doing something I honestly never thought I would do. After being a lifetime Canon shooter, I am now a Nikon shooter. Hell has frozen over, pigs are flying, and the fat lady has indeed sung. However you want to say it, I’m amazed that I now have two Nikon D750’s sitting in my studio ready for action. I have been an avid Canon shooter for about 30 years. The very first photo I ever took was on my Dad’s Canon FTB. I’ve shot Canon cameras since then with unwavering loyalty. So why the change? It wasn’t easy to make this decision, but all it took was shooting one wedding with the new Nikon D750 and it was lights out for my long-standing relationship with Canon. I had heard the Nikon D750 was pretty much the perfect wedding camera. Words like “game changer” were being thrown around and most of my friends were backing it. For years I heard how superior Nikon’s auto-focus was to Canon’s, but I wasn’t a true believer, nor did I have the financial resources to make... Read More