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by Alison Carlino Published 01/11/2012

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Texas-based photographer Alison Carlino is known for her bold use of colours and her fashion-based style of posing, and she'll be talking at the Convention about her mastery of lighting technique.

One of the great things about the Convention is its ability to bring together photographers on an international scale, and the sharing of ideas and techniques that takes place every January simply proves the old cliche that it is indeed a small world. One of those who will be taking a long trip over to be involved is Texas-based photographer Alison Carlino, who for the past nine years has run a business in Houston covering weddings, seniors, portraits and fashion. She usually shoots around 30 weddings a year plus 300 portrait sessions, and her staff of four is kept constantly busy.

With a reputation for her bold use of colour and her fashion-influenced sense of styling, Alison is also known for her mastery of lighting technique, and this will be the focus of two of the three workshops that she'll be delivering. "When you see a picture that takes your breath away, you might not know immediately why you're so drawn to it," she says. "I would bet that it's the light that has made the difference, and my intent with every press of the shutter is to draw you into the light and the moment that's happening. It's an honour to photograph people and to know that your prints/canvases/books could be passed down through the generations."


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With a reputation for her bold use of colour and her fashion-influenced sense of styling, Alison is also known for her mastery of lighting technique, and this will be the focus of two of the three workshops that she'll be delivering. "When you see a picture that takes your breath away, you might not know immediately why you're so drawn to it," she says. "I would bet that it's the light that has made the difference, and my intent with every press of the shutter is to draw you into the light and the moment that's happening. It's an honour to photograph people and to know that your prints/canvases/books could be passed down through the generations."

As a former teacher with a Masters Degree behind her ("I loved being creative, but it was the paperwork that drowned me") Alison is well used to standing up in front of a set of students eager to learn, and so in many ways it was natural for her to turn to training. "In 2010 I hosted two four-day workshops at my studio and both were filled," she says. "I couldn't believe people were going to pay to hear what I had to say and then when I was accepted to teach at WPPI 2012 it was the icing on the cake. I hope to join the teaching circuit and to continue sharing, and it will be wonderful to teach three classes at the 2013 Societies Convention."

Looking at the faces in front of her as she takes her training, Alison is reminded of how she felt when she attended her first WPPI Convention seven years ago, and so she can relate completely with what delegates are going through. "I remember coming home and thinking 'what in the world have I gotten myself into?' At that time I didn't understand posing, lighting, business practices, you name it. Having now been to a number of shows it fires me up to be better each year. It's empowering to see so many young ladies my age who are running their own businesses and are caring enough to attend and learn. I have no fear about putting my hand out to meet someone and to tell them that I admire their art, and I feel that speaking at the WPPI Convention last year was something of a game-changer for me."


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