Three Nails Workshop

Hunter Leone, Three Nails Photography

Three Nails Workshop
Three Nails Workshop
Hunter Leone, Three Nails Photography
Hosted By: Hunter Leone, Three Nails Photography
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
About: This workshop is for wedding photographers or photographers that want to start shooting weddings. You'll learn how I marketed myself and how I launched my career in only 2 short years. We will also be doing THREE fully styled photo shoots: an engagement shoot, a bridal shoot, and a full blown WEDDING. I will walk you through step by step of how I shoot my brides. I will re-enact moments from past weddings of mine, so that when you get in the same situations you will know how to handle them. On top of all this, we will also have various editing times after a shoot, where I will edit some of the photos from the shoot and will allow you to edit yours in which I will give feedback. During these times you will also receive a set of some of my custom foundation actions.
  • 3.91/5 Average Attendee Rating

  • Rated 35 stars35 ATTENDEE REVIEWS

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HOW MUCH DID IT IMPROVE YOUR:
  • Improved Confidence
    Editor: 50%
    User: 71%
  • Improved Technique
    Editor: 50%
    User: 71%
  • Improved Profitability
    Editor: 50%
    User: 65%
  • Improved Workflow
    Editor: 50%
    User: 69%

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Rated 5 stars
User rating
Rated 3.91 stars
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  1. Attendee says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Attendee

    I recently attended the three nails photography workshop and it was a great experience. The group I was with was wonderful and everyone got along. I learned so much about how he does marketing and even got a set of editing videos after the class.

    Y(2)N
  2. Yesenia says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Yesenia

    I just finished up attending Hunter’s workshop last night and to say I was blown away by this workshop is an understatement.

    First, Hunter is hilarious and personable. I can’t even fathom how anyone that has met him could say otherwise… maybe in a parallel universe complete with a polar opposite. I have social anxiety and found myself asking a million questions (probably too many but never once did I feel like he was bothered by my asking)… that’s how open a learning environment this workshop was.

    As for the education itself, I have five pages of notes from the very first day. Now, some of you might read the negative reviews and say… well, maybe it was different but the things that those reviewers are complaining about were FULL of tidbits of information that had they opened their minds they would have caught on to. For example, I found the make-up tutorial invaluable. I’m not sure I’ll ever do make-up myself but as a wedding photographer I noticed make-up trends last season that really affected the quality of my photography and as a result the quality of the final images I delivered. During the tutorial, I engaged and asked questions… Now I’m armed with useful information that I can impart to my brides… information that, in the long run, will ensure that they are properly educated and informed.

    I found everything to be perfectly organized… for an artist. I retired from the military… I know what crazy, uptight organization is. I personally don’t think anyone learns well in that environment. Hunter split his time between being a one-man design and styling team and ensuring that we were taught what he felt we should take away from the experience. I say what he thought because my expectations were much lower than what he gave me. It’s like being 16 and hoping your parents buy you a used car for your birthday and finding a brand-spanking new BMW in the driveway. If he had taught what I thought I wanted to take away from the workshop… I would have missed out on so much.

    The design/style time is integral in what Hunter does. Seeing the behind the scenes of how he executes his vision and process was way more important than staring at a slideshow to me. He took us through how he finds inspiration for his sessions. We got to see how he builds these elaborate sets for much less than you could ever imagine. I know I never thought I could afford to do build sets like him… now I know that can certainly try because it is possible. You just have to think outside the box. Plus seeing this process really got me thinking about how I want to step my photography up… how I can be more creative and do what love.

    I really enjoyed the format in how Hunter put his information out to the attendees. People learn in different ways but most creatives are hands-on, visual learners… that’s why the best way to learn photography is by taking pictures and using your camera… not reading about it on the internet without putting it into practice. I think this disconnect could be where some aren’t happy with how he runs his workshops. It’s the difference between those that are photographers for the income and those that are photographers because they want to create art. Artists are classically not bound by strict deadlines and regimented times… it’s one of the greatest things I’ve learned while having my business… in order to be creative… I have to be free to create. That’s not done on a time schedule. Another great thing about the way he ran the timing of his workshop… there were no set end times. That means if he was willing to let us shoot until 2AM… we could have photographed until 2AM. I’m not sure I know of any workshop where that would be okay (on a side note, we did not work until 2AM but ended at a decent hour).

    I also wanted to touch on the networking aspect of this workshop. Our group was so wonderful. Everyone got along and was genuinely excited at the opportunity. It really kicked this workshop over the top for me.

    Finally, my wholehearted recommendation is this… if Hunter decides to do more workshops in the future and you are visiting this page to find out information… do it. It is an amazing opportunity. As a single parent, I have to really be conscious of where I invest my money and I can say that if another workshop were offered in six months or a year… I’d take it again in a heartbeat.

    Y(4)N
  3. Jessica says:
    • 2/5 Rating

    • Rated 2 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      50%
    • Improved Technique
      50%
    • Improved Profitability
      50%
    • Improved Workflow
      50%

    Jessica

    I attended one of Hunter’s workshops a few years ago and wasn’t sure if my experience was a one off but many of these reviewers had quite the same experience.

    I originally attended because he announced it was going to be his last one. It never ended up being his last one but it sure got me to sign up! Communication prior was lacking. I kept messaging him asking why I wasn’t added to the facebook group to make arrangements with other photographer and he said it was because I didn’t pay my final invoice… except he never sent one!

    I happily paid it the second it was sent.

    Hunter is a great guy but half of me thinks he may have some social anxiety. He loves to hide or be on his phone and does not interact with the participants at all (Well there were one or two he connected with but otherwise he wouldn’t be able to pick us out in a crowd).

    Editing wise, I think his process would be helpful for newer photographers. He walks you through that and his pricing which at the time was lower than mine and advises you not to charge too much.

    Shooting wise, we did three styled shoots and he would pose the models and set up lights by himself and let each group go in for three minutes to shoot it. He doesn’t let you watch or explain. Having been to a lot of workshops that is always my favorite part. When your shooting he is on his phone. He is super talented but you can tell he isn’t passionate about teaching.

    Y(-3)N
  4. Megan says:
    • 2/5 Rating

    • Rated 2 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      30%
    • Improved Technique
      50%
    • Improved Profitability
      30%
    • Improved Workflow
      13%

    Megan

    Well, I don’t really know what to say! Hunter is a great person, but this workshop was not what I expected. Things weren’t organized, and a lot of things that were promised never happened. He knew it was a flop, and asked us all to come back so we could try again. I couldn’t make the date, so I asked for a refund. I guess asking for a refund was a horrible thing, because Hunter defriended me from facebook, then kicked me out of the facebook group for our workshop.

    Y(1)N
  5. Whitney says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      97%
    • Improved Technique
      96%
    • Improved Profitability
      50%
    • Improved Workflow
      86%

    Whitney

    Hunter is amazing. I’ve wanted to attend one of his workshops for years and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. He was a awesome host, very friendly and personable, and easy to learn from. Relaxed atmosphere, amazing sets to shoot, and honest editing techniques. The whole trip was so much fun and I feel like I got a huge creative boost from the whole thing.

    Y(0)N
  6. Attendee says:
    • 1/5 Rating

    • Rated 1 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      1%
    • Improved Technique
      25%
    • Improved Profitability
      1%
    • Improved Workflow
      7%

    Attendee

    First of all, Hunter is an amazing person. You can tell he is passionate, and a true creative.

    I’m thankful I went to this workshop to learn how he edits. That was my biggest take away, and I think his editing portion will really improve my own skills.

    I have a lot of mixed feelings, but if I am considering just the workshop experience, it was absolutely a let down.

    If you are considering attending a workshop of Hunter’s, I would not expect organization. Much of the workshop time was spent gossiping about his personal life, speculating about conspiracy theory’s that other photographers are sabotaging his workshops, and waiting for things to get set up (that should have been done long before attendee’s arrive).

    The communication was not great. People are coming from all across the country for these workshops, and not having something as simple as an address really makes traveling more stressful. It felt like we had to ask for a lot of information that should have been provided.

    We didn’t get the dinner we were promised on two of the three nights. The second day, we didn’t shoot at all. We spent the entire third day on set up. We arrived at 2pm and literally didn’t even come close to shooting until 8:00pm. We were just sitting around waiting for almost 6 hours. By then, Hunter was in panic mode, and each of the 7 attendee’s got a few shots, of three different poses. I was really hoping to hear a strategy with posing, but he just posed them, and told us to shoot it verses sharing the things he was looking for.

    We didn’t do any engagement shoot. We didn’t do portfolio reviews. We didn’t have any water the last day, and one of the attendee’s felt really sick from it. I would really consider investing somewhere else!

    Y(3)N
  7. Jessica says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      99%
    • Improved Technique
      99%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Jessica

    This workshop has completely changed everything about my business. I can not believe how much info I walked away with. Hunter is so down to earth and was willing share any and everything us. I’ve looked up to him for years but never expected him to be so “normal” if that makes any sense haha. Hunter, thank you! You will see me at another workshop soon!!

    Y(-1)N
  8. Attendee says:
    • 3/5 Rating

    • Rated 3 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      50%
    • Improved Technique
      50%
    • Improved Profitability
      50%
    • Improved Workflow
      50%

    Attendee

    I attended one of Hunters workshops and have a lot of mixed feelings about it. It met my expectations but also had some frustrated moments. My group was lucky to have a smaller group so we were able to get lots of picture taking time and overall really enjoyed that part. Hunter is great and open and talked to us like friends. There’s no doubt he’s an amazing photographer and I really loved learning from him and this experience. We did do a lot of sitting around and waiting for things to be done but I understand that’s due to the group being small. We didn’t get dinner on either night and that was a bit disappointing because it was listed in what we paid, so spending an extra $70 on dinner both nights wasn’t on my budget. Communication leading up to the workshop was frustrating and pretty bad. We didn’t get added to the Facebook group until a week prior. We were not provided with a list of hotels like it said in the description, so I’m glad the one I picked ended up being close to his studio. We’re also suppose to get photoshop actions and we have yet to receive those. We also did not get edit time after the shoots, we started pretty late on the last day and after we were done shooting we were done and that was that. He did edit one picture the day before but didn’t tell us to do ours so we could get feedback. The wedding portion of our shoot was a bit disappointing due to we just had a few poses with the bridal party and that was it. It was not a “full blown wedding”. Just 7 people posing on the ground. When it came to posing he also told the models a few poses and left us there to shoot, but didn’t tell us why or explain the posing or any of that. understand the circumstances for our shoot was different because of weather and change of locations but it wasn’t what I was looking forward to.

    With all that said, I do believe I learned a ton I didn’t know, made friends with the other photographers and it was a nice mini vacation for me. My pictures turned out great and I am super thankful for the experience. My confidence level and my passion for photography is back and better than ever so I am thankful I went and for the experience of learning from Hunter.

    Y(-1)N
  9. Andrea says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      96%
    • Improved Profitability
      60%
    • Improved Workflow
      88%

    Andrea

    Yesterday I got home from Hunter’s latest workshop in Shreveport and wanted to write a review while everything is fresh. Prior to going to the workshop I never even knew this site existed and quite frankly I’m glad I didn’t. I feel like it may have discouraged me from attending.

    I can honestly say without a doubt that I returned more confident in my photography. I learned many new techniques as far as posing, composing a shoot (from wardrobe, hair and makeup, hunting locations, etc) and editing. I can’t comment on whether or not my profitability has increased because it’s only been about 48 hours since the workshop ended.

    I will say this- he’s a shy person and he talks very fast. You need to pay attention to what he says and actually participate in the workshop in order to learn. This means you have to ask him questions. If you just sit there and never say a word he won’t interact with you. But then again who will? You’re not paying him to go there and be his friend, you’re paying him to go there and learn from him. You need to treat this experience as you would if you were attending a class in school and he is your professor. If you don’t understand something then ask, if you want to know why he does something the way he does then ask. If you want to know where he finds elements for his wardrobe or locations then ask.

    He, without a doubt, answered every single question that each person in the workshop asked him. If he had never experienced the situation he’d say so and sometimes give advice. Sometimes he answered the same questions more than once. He was very precise when showing us how he edits and walking us through his process. For the people writing the steps down (I was one of them) we asked him to repeat them and go slower so that we could make sure we got everything and he did so happily. He covered why he does things a certain way as far as post processing, how his style developed, and how he budgets for shoots, where he finds clothes, makeup, etc.

    He gave us the option to stay and watch him apply the model’s makeup or go off on our own and meet up at the location for the shoot later. For those of us that stayed and watched him we learned how he contours their faces, why he does certain things, what products he uses down to the color name and brand of them, what brushes he uses, and why. He would give a brief description of these things prior to doing them and if any of us had any questions he gladly answered them while applying the makeup. He even told us what store to go get the products from (locally) so we could get them cheaper.

    He is very, very particular about his models and what they wear, the way they pose, what the set looks like, etc. And he should be, he’s invested a lot of time into creating something that he has envisioned and wants it to be perfect- for his satisfaction and for our experience. You can’t fault someone for wanting to spend time creating a set that will photography amazingly. (He didn’t come out and have drinks with us because he stayed up trying to make foam mushrooms. Seriously, who does that stuff themselves? People usually hire someone to do all of that for him. His assistants and he did an amazing job creating the looks. His assistants did a LOT of work on the sets but he was the first to admit that he usually does everything himself because he’s a perfectionist.)

    He posed his models and if something wasn’t working he would set his camera down and physically move them the way he wanted them to look. I found this to be the most helpful because I actually got to observe why the changes worked or didn’t work and how he interacts with models. If you have your face buried in your cell phone during the time you’ll miss this and miss his method. We all got a chance to shoot in small groups and yes we were timed. It worked well because we were free to move about and get the shots that worked for us and what we wanted. We were also able to shoot around Hunter while he was shooting and setting up.

    I enjoyed his candor and his humor. I thought he did an awesome job with our group and our set and would absolutely attend another workshop and recommend it to others. He posed for photos with us, he signed our gear if we asked. He was awesome. That being said I will give this advice- you need to know Photoshop basics and you need to know how to work your camera. You need to know what lenses work for you and in certain lighting situations as well as space confinements. It states this plainly when you sign up for his workshop and I would not expect him to sit with you and explain step by step how to change white balance, how to put your camera on certain settings, or what the clone tool in PS does. This is not a workshop for beginner photographers. This is not a workshop for someone who doesn’t shoot in full manual mode, and this is not a workshop for someone afraid to step outside of their safe box. If you do not shoot RAW, if you do not know how to change settings, and if you do not know Photoshop basics you will be lost when it comes time to shoot and time to edit.

    I found the experience to be a great learning one and I look forward to seeing how I can apply what I learned to my business. My advice- go, participate, be present, and be prepared to learn.

    Y(7)N
  10. Rhonda says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      97%
    • Improved Technique
      96%
    • Improved Profitability
      97%
    • Improved Workflow
      99%

    Rhonda

    Absolutely loved this workshop! Hunter is hilarious and entertaining but what I think I loved the most is how blunt he is. This has been my 4th workshop and the three nails workshop has by far been the most honest from a host. He doesn’t tell you what you want to hear but what you need to hear and I greatly appreciated that! A few of the other attendees seemed disappointed that Hunter wasn’t a giddy, bubbly workshop host that only talked about the positives but I think the majority of the attendees appreciated how open about the negative side that no one really sees from the outside. I’ve been a professional photographer for 12 years now and have never met another professional who was more open with how real this industry is. I will admit, at the other workshops I’ve attended I did feel as though the hosts cared more about making a good impression on the attendees about themselves. But Hunter seemed to care more about being honest and raw with us which I so appreciate! I can’t explain how this workshop has inspired me and can’t believe my business has survived this long without the info that was shared. I CANT WAIT to attend another one!

    Y(10)N
  11. Ashley says:
    • 1/5 Rating

    • Rated 1 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      1%
    • Improved Technique
      1%
    • Improved Profitability
      2%
    • Improved Workflow
      1%

    Ashley

    I attended one of Hunters past workshops, and I honestly wish I had had a better experience.

    The workshop was extremely disorganized, communication before the workshop and invoicing was a mess, the setup was not as expected, and honestly Hunter seemed to not want to be there. He was absent for parts of our workshop working on things, and didn’t do many things promised in the ad for the workshop. We had no makeup tutorial, and no one on one with him.

    I was so disappointed in the workshop, the only positives from it were the friends I made, and the part where he talked about how to get published.

    When I returned home I had a few other photographers ask me how the workshop was, I was honest, and I was appalled at what they told me. Apparently 4 of them had also attended one of his workshops (all different workshops) and had pretty much the exact same experience I did. They said his workshops were hit or miss and occasionally you will come across a group who had a great experience, but usually it was after he had a group with a horrible experience that complained so he had to step it up to keep from getting so many bad reviews. They said after their workshops when there were complaints there was always some excuse that left Hunter blameless for the situation. And they also felt like me and that they wouldn’t attend another workshop and wished they had saved their money instead of attending the one they did. I was also informed that the form he sends out (that i thankfully forgot to sign) has a clause where you state you will not negatively review his workshops, which totally makes sense because before I discovered this website I couldn’t find any bad and very few good reviews that were recent of his workshop.

    After looking at this website I can definitely say to read all the reviews, and look at the counts of whether the reviews are helpful or not, because that definitely makes a statement about his workshop.

    Y(0)N
  12. Jillian says:
    • 3/5 Rating

    • Rated 3 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      1%
    • Improved Technique
      1%
    • Improved Profitability
      1%
    • Improved Workflow
      1%

    Jillian

    I want to start off this review with the positives – there’s absolutely no doubt that Hunter is super creative and talented. What he’s able to pull off is amazing.

    I had some great take aways from the workshop. One being that he showed us how to get featured on some of the top wedding blogs, and that was really insightful.

    I also picked up a few editing tips and I did feel inspired afterwards to set up a styled shoot.

    Hunter was literally my favorite photographer for years. Ever since I stumbled upon his work, I’ve followed him closely. So when I won a seat to his workshop – I was so stoked.

    For being the winner for this particular giveaway – I also won a free one on one with him after the workshop where we were supposed to have our own little styled shoot, etc.

    My husband and I were so excited that we also set up our own photo shoot with him too.

    I have to say that the communication with him is so bad. We never got info on our shoot or the one on one I was supposed to have prior to getting to Shreveport. I have some flaky friends so I was like ok whatever – maybe he’ll step it up when I get there in person and we’ll chat about it.

    But that never happened either. He didn’t acknowledge me at all and I’m not even sure he remembered about our shoot (that we paid for) or the one on one that was promised. But generally I got the vibe he just didn’t want to do it and was hoping I wouldn’t say anything.

    To be honest, I was pretty over his personality the whole time. It was not a super comfortable or friendly environment and I felt like he could really care less about the attendees. Plus, I started to feel so weird about the fact that he didn’t said anything about our shoot etc.

    At the end of the second day, I asked him about it and it was clear he really didn’t have anything set up and truthfully spending another weird couple hours with someone who clearly didn’t want to follow thru with what they originally promised didn’t really appeal to me either – so I told him we could just cancel the one on one. Spending the day at waffle house and watching Full House at the motel with my husband was seriously a more appealing option.

    When our shoot day came around – it still took forever to get answers from him. We never discussed location or time, etc. I was so irritated at this point. It seemed pretty clear that he wasn’t into it so I didn’t feel into it at all either. We asked for a refund (and got it) and after spending two extra days in Shreveport for stuff that didn’t happen – we were all to happy to get the hell out of there.

    Oh, and he promises a one on one to each attendant in the original post he puts on FB – and that doesn’t happen either – heads up.

    Look, Hunter is a talented artist and I did learn a couple great things. His shoots are really awesome. If you’re going to get that kind of experience, I think it’d be a worthy investment. Honestly though – I’m so glad I didn’t pay for this workshop.

    Really, it’d be cool if he at least tried to pretend like he gives a shit about his clients, attendees, his fans and the people who want to give him money. From one person who literally hates everyone to another – it’s just not cute or funny.

    Y(3)N
  13. Alex says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Alex

    Attending a Three Nails workshop for me was truly rewarding for me. Arriving to Louisiana, I was really worried about meeting with other artists, since this was my first workshop I ever attended. On the contrary when I arrived I meet nothing but amazing and friendly people, everyone from the attendees to Three Nails Staff.

    Hunter’s work is amazing I’ve been following his work for a couple of years now, when I sow the opportunity to learn from one of the best in the industry I just had to sign up for a workshop.

    This 3-day workshop was super informative. Hunter covered everything from handling emails, handling the photo business, editing, posing and learning how to get published. I can’t wait till I go to another workshop. I recommend everyone to take this workshop regardless of where you stand as a photographer.

    Since this was my first workshop I now have really high standards of what an awesome workshop is topping this one I think it’s going to be hard. This workshop has given me a lot of knowledge and definitely a lot of new friends. Also, I was re assured that photography is something that I want to peruse to the fullest and is where I belong.

    Y(-1)N
  14. Virginia says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Virginia

    This workshop was invaluable for me. From the moment Hunter started speaking it was like a light bulb turned on. It all made so much sense and he made success and happiness in this field seem attainable. It was truly motivational. I love seeing how he works and his methods and workflow. I left feeing so inspired to create and push myself. I already had clients and a pretty strong business but I firmly believe that you can only survive by learning and trying new things. This workshop does just that. No matter what level you are on in your business you can always gain more. I highly recommend taking one of his workshops! On a side note, Hunter is hilarious and so ridiculously cute you really can’t help but take in every little thing he says. I can’t wait to do another workshop again with him in the future! I also bonded with the group and still keep up with them today.

    Y(-8)N
  15. Amanda says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Amanda

    Hunter is literally THEE best. I learned so much and he was so personable. I can’t wait to do another Three Nails Photography Workshop and I make sure I tell all my friends about what an awesome time I had.

    The workshop wouldn’t have been the same if Hunter wasn’t the one leading it. He has a way of capturing my attention and is always making everything he talks about so relevant to my business. I am always so impressed by his ability to transform his business into whatever he wants. It’s admirable, to say the least, and these workshops boost my confidence to the point where I feel like I have the capability to go wherever I want with my photo business.

    If you’re a photographer, attending one of Hunter’s workshops should be on the top of your bucket list. It’s a must-attend and my business wouldn’t be where it is without him.

    I recommend 100%.

    Y(-6)N
  16. Ben says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Ben

    I’ve attended Hunter’s workshop twice, and I cannot wait to go back for a third. Hunter is just so relatable to any age group and could not do a better job while making the entire workshop group feel like his best friends.

    Hunter is just a few years older than me and I’m still starstruck because he’s an idol to so many, including myself. He really cannot do anything wrong. Personally with Hunter’s workshop, I learned more about myself during the experience. I learned both times that photography is where I need to be and that I’m happiest when I have a camera in my hand. For that alone, the investment was 150% worth it.

    Hunter teaches how to handle a client/session from the inquiry email all the way until the client receives their photos. My confidence during sessions have skyrocketed and I feel like I can pose anyone thanks to Hunter. The shoots and information/tips he gave us were amazing, just what I needed and why I went to the workshop to begin with. Each day was like a dream. You walk into his studio and see the workshop theme, the sets, then a sneak into the outfits the models will wear, the perfect playlist to get you pumped up, and that feeling doesn’t stop until you realize you have to go back to reality when you get in the car/plane to go home.

    You come home with the perfect photos to showcase your business, along with lifelong friends. Both workshop groups that I’ve attended with still message each other daily and support each others work. It’s truly a family after the first 3-4 hours when you learn about your fellow attendee’s. Everyone feeds of each other and sparks creativity while learning from them as well.

    I really cannot thank you enough for the best experiences of my life, Hunter. Can’t wait to book my third workshop with you!!

    Y(-4)N
  17. Jen says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Jen

    I have been following Hunter for a couple of years now! I felt that it would be awesome to get the opportunity to learn from him and pick his brain in person! After attending the workshop, I cannot stress enough that everyone should attend one of Hunter’s workshops! Def the best workshop I have ever attended! Worth every single hard earned penny I saved to attend!

    I was nervous before day 1, not knowing what to expect but as soon as those doors opened to his studio at 1pm, I was welcomed in and felt so comfortable with Hunter and his amazing team! I learned so much from everyone from Hunter himself, to his awesome MUA Meka! We discussed everything to handling of emails, handling of business, watched him edit for hours, watched him pose, style the set, learning all about how to get published, etc!

    I learned so much in just 3 days in his workshop!
    He is so full of knowledge and not afraid to share anything he knows!!! I am still bragging to my friends about my amazing experience with Hunter and his team! I have many friends for a lifetime and cannot wait to attend another workshop with Hunter and his amazing team!

    PS: the food they provide is absolutely amazing too!!!

    Y(-1)N
  18. Viki says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Viki

    Making the decision to attend Hunter’s workshop was a game changer for me. I had recently decided that it was time for me to stop saying things like, “One day, I’m going to….”..or….”Next year “I’d like to……”

    So, I took the plunge, and I signed up! Just like that! I had no idea of what to expect, but I went to the workshop the following intentions:
    1) Have a great time!
    2) Follow my dreams!
    3) Become friends with Hunter & the other attendees
    4) Learn all I possibly could!
    5) Get better at my craft!

    I honestly had no specific expectations about what Hunter could offer, I just knew he was a lot better than me….I knew that if I picked up just a few small things it would be worth the investment…and guess what!! It was!!!

    The first day, Hunter was buzzing around the studio, (now that I look back, he may have been a little anxious about the new group of attendees arriving) There were notebooks and pens set out for each of us, drinks on ice, snacks….it was welcoming…we started the first day with him teaching us about how he gets his work published, how to recognize trends, and therefore submit work that editors are looking for. Guys, who knew?! I certainly didn’t…GUESS WHAT!!! Day ONE, 1 hour in…and I had already picked up something I could use…that could help my business! Little nuggets like this were shared consistently throughout our day. The discussion/Q&A type setting lasted a couple hours I think, I don’t know…because I was literally soaking it all in, listening to the other artists/photogs that were there…listening to Hunter. After that we had dinner together, enjoyed some wine and did our first shoot together! By this time, our group had started making connections with each other & with Hunter..laughing and having a good time. Showing each other our images, admiring each others work! Hunter posed the models, and I WATCHED what he was doing! I never expected him to take my hand and tell me how to pose the models. I watched him, and I listened to him. He shared with us his settings and explained that he really never knew beforehand how he was going to pose anyone or anything…he just kept making adjustments until it looked like his vision! That was profound to me. So many times, I stopped in my work before it was how I wanted it. I no longer do this! I am not afraid to keep making adjustments until it is right….I use the things I saw Hunter do with his models,on my brides, and it is changing my work!!!!
    Days 2 & 3 were spent in a similar fashion, an open platform, Hunter teaching, questions were always welcomed and answered…we did an editing segment where he again, offered up little nuggets through out, he shared with us the softwares he uses, and his workflow. He brought Meka in to show us how to do makeup, we got to see him keep working on the scene we were about to shoot until it was EXACTLY how he wanted it. All of these things were PRICELESS to me!
    This workshop was a huge success in my eyes! If you want to learn how Hunter Leone does things..then this workshop is for you! He is real, honest, and so much fun!
    I came home inspired & with a sense of renewed confidence to create the kind of work I personally wanted to create…and I’m forever grateful for the experience and the friendships that were made! Thank you, Hunter, Abby, Meka and all of the models & other attendees who made this an incredible experience!!

    Y(-3)N
  19. Karley says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      70%
    • Improved Technique
      75%
    • Improved Profitability
      50%
    • Improved Workflow
      55%

    Karley

    First off I should say that I am leaving two reviews, one purely professional and the next, something more personal.

    From a professional standpoint, this workshop went beyond anything I could have expected. My partner just called me up one day and asked if I would go, so I said sure. He went over so many marketing tips, pricing, client communication/relationships and more. He gave out pens and notebooks for notes (which I LOVED) The entire workshop was filled with great advice. Just being able to watch him shoot would have been sufficient, as you could learn so much just from that. What I see people forget, is that from simply observing someone do what they are passionate about they can improve their own abilities and be absolutely inspired. He explained the lenses he used, where his settings were and why. Then in groups of 3-4 we got to shoot for about 30 seconds. It made you think on your toes and the timed challenge had you acting instinctively. My confidence in myself and my camera skyrocketed. If you had questions all you had to do was speak up and ask and nothing was ever ignored. I thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity of being in his studio. It was a fantastic learning experience through and through.

    Now personally.. I still enjoyed it. I learned things about myself I hadn’t known (like, I can be shy and ramble when surrounded by other professionals) I can be a very private person, and so experiences like this can be difficult. Yet, I made some friends, people I can still talk to and seek advice from. Despite that I somewhat kept to myself and didn’t feel entirely comfortable around everyone; I am so grateful I got to be a part of this. Every night everyone was meeting up for after-hours drinks and fun. I went the first night, but wasn’t really feeling it for myself so I opted out the next two. I can say that everyone else had a blast without a doubt. If you attend, don’t pass it up. I never had many one on one conversations with Hunter himself, which I wish I had, but I know that if I had simply reached out during a break or after hours he would have lent an ear.

    One thing to always remember about these things is that the host is human. They have bad days, horrible days, and really really great days. They work their tails off to showcase their workflows and ideas to others. They don’t have to, but they do. It is more work than some realize. So if you decide to attend a Three Nails workshop keep in mind that any experience is what YOU make it.

    I would like to thank the three nails photography team for putting it all together and the other attendees for being such a fun and lively group of people. I wish I could have gotten to know you all better.

    Y(-2)N
  20. NIcki says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    NIcki

    I have followed Hunter’s work for a long time thought I had never done a workshop before, I decided well if I’m going to learn from anyone I’m going to learn from the BEST! So I decided to book the trip and head to shreveport.

    We were well prepared for the trip and got multiple emails from his assistant to prep us for travel, times to arrive and more. When I first arrived I was a bit nervous since I didn’t know anyone and I had traveled alone but waiting on the steps for the door to open up for the day we quickly made introductions and I could tell immediately that I was going to love this. We had so many awesome photographers in the group and I couldn’t wait to pick everyone’s brain.

    The door opened promptly at 1pm and we were ushered into a room set up with a tv, awesome music was playing (I added quite a few songs to my play list while we waited lol) and there were some STUNNING dresses set out. We continued to get to know each other and Hunter started a few mins later.

    From the moment he started talking I knew we were going to have a blast. He had us laughing from the first second. We went over a LOT of slides about his marketing, finding wedding trends, planning shoots to get published and so much more. I have been in photography for almost 10 years and run a very profitable studio and I STILL learned a ton! I still keep my notes from that day on my desk so that I can look through them as needed.

    From there we ate dinner while the models were prepped and then we started shooting. Hunter was a PRO at posing and I learned so much from just watching him work. He had made an epic room in his studio to shoot in and it gave the coolest feel. In the first couple of mins of shooting he taught us some in camera tricks which I now use DAILY! He divided us into groups and let us shoot each pose and also showed us how he would shoot the pose (angles, crops etc). The whole group was laughing and having a blast. No one pushed for shooting time and it was well organized.

    The next two days went exactly like that. I got to know Hunter and the other attendees better and by the end it I felt like I had a new little photo family. We were showing each other what we were getting and giving each other ideas of new ways to shoot. It was a great creative atmosphere. I chat with the other group members still to this day even and most are now VERY good friends!!!

    When I got home I was so inspired by this workshop. I actually built a similar room in my studio to shoot with and my very FIRST shoot (following Hunter’s rules of styling) went viral. I shoot mostly seniors and they are loving the work I’m creating using Hunter’s methods.

    I can’t wait to attend my next three nails photography workshop!!! In fact I have already booked my next trip to shreveport to be inspired by Hunter all over again. :) Its really amazing when a fan girl moment turns into an amazing mentorship and friendship. Thank you HUNTER!!!!!

    Y(-2)N
  21. Attendee says:
    • 1/5 Rating

    • Rated 1 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      50%
    • Improved Technique
      50%
    • Improved Profitability
      50%
    • Improved Workflow
      50%

    Attendee

    It took a while to post a review, but honestly I don’t want other people “not knowing” about the possible experience they can have at this workshop. After attending the Three Nails Workshop I was honestly very disappointed.

    When I signed up for this workshop I was really excited. Hunter was an idol of mine. And to be able to learn from him was going to be the experience of a lifetime. Leading up to the workshop it was very very disorganized. We received invoices and reminders saying our money was due 1 month before it should have been, then we received more invoices after we had already paid. His assistant even sent out an email at like 1am the night before saying not to show up to the studio early. That Hunter liked everything to be set up before we got there. We never heard from Hunter only his assistant before the workshop, and when we asked questions in the facebook group created for us, most things went unanswered. I was so nervous before the workshop, but the attendees had got together and had a lunch before hand and had all gotten acquainted and it seemed like this was going to be amazing with new friends.

    We had been informed earlier that unlike the other workshops that had been put together outside or in warehouses ours would just be in his studio which was a little shock since we have always seen such magic, but I figured hey this just means he has spent more time planning and setting up the workshop. I couldn’t have been more wrong. When we arrived to the studio we were told to have a seat in his couch/tv area/foyer. We waited for almost an hour before Hunter made an appearance. That first day he went over some powerpoints, a lot of the slides were outdated and he just skipped over them saying that is not his current pricing or he doesn’t do that anymore. He also kept asking us if anyone had attended before which seemed weird b/c it wasn’t like we were a large group. He told us how he got published and what to do to get published and that was very informative. Then he left us for about 1-2 hours to do hair and makeup. When we finally got to shoot he didn’t tell us anything about how he directed the models, why he was moving them and the lights etc. When it was time to shoot we were put in groups of 3 and were allowed to shoot for around 30 seconds. So we had about a 10 foot area (b/c the model was in a box in his studio room) and had 30 seconds to get our shot while working around 2 other people making sure not to get in their way as well. He gave no tips during this part just sat on his phone and yelled Next, and changed the music. You could tell attendees were getting discouraged, but everyone had high hopes for the next day. This was day one after all it was just off to a rough start.

    Day 2 came, and everyone I think expected it to flow better. And for the most part it did flow a little better than day 1. We still didn’t get a real lively Hunter, but we came in and went right into the lecture part. Even though some of the questions we asked his answers weren’t very beneficial since they were “Oh Idk my assistants do that” or “Oh IDK I haven’t ever had that happen” it was still learning. He did also edit a photo for us and show us how he edits. When it came time for the shoot part. He once again took about an hour or so to do hair and makeup. Then we started shooting. At this point there had been many things that you could tell could have and in my opinion should have been done before we arrived. Especially since he was using our learning time to now do these things. We were again split into our groups of 3 and given 30 seconds a group to shoot, 45 seconds if there was a ladder involved to climb. So 45 seconds to climb a ladder get your shots plus your shots on the ground as well as 2 other people climb the ladder and get their shots.

    At this point the workshop seemed thrown together, not just oh we were having a hiccup on day 1. It seemed like no thought had been put into the workshop until the day of. Almost like he realized that people had paid him money to put together a workshop so he had to deliver enough that people couldn’t complain that he didn’t have a workshop set up and demand a refund. Between his powerpoints not updated, the sets not being ready, hair and makeup not being ready and then the remark the night of day 2 of “I have no clue how I am going to set the wedding up for tomorrow” and “I have 8 models coming but no hair and makeup so I don’t know how that is going to workout” just didn’t seem like he really had put much thought into all of this. At this point we all felt really let down, especially since we all seen the beautiful images from the first workshop he did like this and their setups were so elaborate and beautiful, and then for him to tell us on the first day that this was going to be so much better than the original workshop in terms of setup. So going into day 3 I don’t think anyone really expected a whole ton from Hunter at this point.

    Day 3 arrives and we get to the studio at 1 and NOTHING had been done. Hunter told us that he had done the moon the night before but that it fell out of his truck, so everyone felt bad and I heard people offer to help him set it up, but he said he had it. We were a bit relieved when the makeup artist (who was fabulous) showed up b/c we were all stressing about how he was going to do hair and makeup for 8 models since it took him at least an hour to do 1-2 models. Everyone then waited in the couch/tv/foyer room for a bit. In this time some people left and came back. One of the attendees just left and started their travel back home. Everyone chatted, had some laughs, and seemed to be having fun among ourselves given the delays. Hunter came in at one point and did a short edit of an image, and then went back to working on the set. We were able to pull him away from the set to get a group photo at one point, but we only had time for 1 as he was very rushed to get back to doing the set. Finally about 5 we were able to start shooting. A couple poses in, Hunter decided he didn’t like his lighting and had someone else (I assume another photographer) bring him more lighting. He set up the lighting and this time we got to go individually b/c we had flash triggers. While we were shooting Hunter was in the back of the room making a centerpiece. When it was done we took photos of it, and the cake that was made. The cake only had the front half done so you could only get certain angles from the front without it looking bad. At this point a lot of the attendees had become extremely frustrated and were no longer even interested in the shooting and were sitting up front chatting. He then did another quick edit with us. Due to all the delays, we didn’t have time for the portfolio review which was something he offered to the workshop. After the workshop was over he offered for us to send him 3 photos and he would review them. I know some people never heard back from him.

    After the workshop a couple of the attendees in the group posted in the group about their disappointment and the disconnect they felt. Hunter initially tried to claim the unsatisfaction with the workshop was just how styled shoots are and “welcome to the world of doing styled shoots, where if it could go wrong it does” Most of the issues with the workshop were not caused because a model was late. With the exception of the moon which was the last day. The other delays and issues were due to a lack of preparation on Hunters part.

    The biggest slap in the face was that it seems the group after us (same setup/theme) had a wonderful time. It seemed that Hunter was actually connected with the attendees and spent time hanging out with them, which isn’t hard to understand since he spent our workshop setting up the same theme he did for them allowing him to have time to spend with them. He took and posted multiple photos with them, and it seems he went above and beyond for them and had more time to be himself and spend with them. And to be honest from the reviews below one would assume he told them to review the workshop, which of course this site was never mentioned to our workshop. An attendee in our group posted in the Three Nails facebook group about wishing we had received the type of Hunter they received and about the disconnect. When Hunter responded it was more finger pointing and excuses about him being the same in both workshops. But his new excuse was that it was “us” as attendees that had ruined the workshop. He claimed the “complaints” of other attendee members were what caused everyone to be unsatisfied. Where attendees upset and frustrated? Yes who wouldn’t be, but even though the attendees were upset and frustrated, everyone enjoyed each others company. Almost all of the attendees went to lunch together every day before the workshop, even in the down times everyone laughed, talked and had fun, and a lot of the attendees are still in touch. I don’t think attendees would keep in touch with each other if the complaints of the other attendees ruined their experience. After the workshop I spoke with a couple of the attendees who ended up not being able to make it to the workshop and the reason why they didn’t attend was stated to be that they heard from other past attendees that the experience they had at his workshops were not a pleasant one, and very similar to our experience as well. But the excuse they gave them was his personal issues going on, even though he tried to blame those experiences on attendee “complaints” as well. The biggest reason for disconnect seemed to be that he spent a lot of the time he could have spent hanging out with us and getting to know us and connect with us either setting up the sets (which could have been done before hand since we didn’t get there till 1 everyday) or hanging with his friends and assistant among themselves.

    All in all I feel this workshop was a waste of money for me. I never did studio photography, so seeing how it was done inspired me to possibly expand my business a little, and the publishing information was helpful, but it wasn’t worth the amount of money paid. I wouldn’t recommend his workshop to anyone due to the fact that you honestly don’t know whether you are going to get the amazing put together Hunter with the great workshop or the Hunter we got that seemed disconnected and a terrible workshop experience. He is a really talented photographer with skills that can definitely be shared with the world, but I think he should do a little more soul searching before offering more workshops and taking more peoples money. He also needs to decide to make his workshops more about the attendees, and doing them because he wants to help others not because he can make money. And of course making more of an attempt to prepare for the workshops instead of seeming like he threw it together so he could deliver us something would help too.

    Y(7)N
  22. Sandra says:
    • 1/5 Rating

    • Rated 1 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      1%
    • Improved Technique
      1%
    • Improved Profitability
      1%
    • Improved Workflow
      7%

    Sandra

    I have admired Hunter’s photography for a long time. I decided to attend his workshop as my course for the year and I was over the moon excited to go. Then about 2 weeks before the workshop I found this website, so I emailed Hunter about my concerns that I am spending a lot of money coming to a workshop that had such terrible reviews. I wanted to learn from him, not come home with nice pictures. They reassured me that everything was different now and that it was a one time problem at the workshop, so I went.

    First off, I found the communication leading up to the workshop was minimal, we never heard from Hunter, it was always his assistant, and when we asked questions in the group that was created, they were never answered.

    There was a huge disconnect between Hunter and us. The first day there, we entered his studio and he was hiding in the back room. He never came around to greet us, or introduce himself. Once we were all seated, he sat down and started to talk. He had to ask numerous times if any of us had attended before because he didn’t want to tell the same stories. In my opinion if you had taken the time to get to know your attendees you should know who has attended before and who has not.We were not people to him, but just another way to make money. After he talked, he left us for an hour to go to the models hair and makeup. We had nothing to do but sit around and wait. It should have been something that was done ahead of time, since the workshop didnt start until 1pm, why was it not ready before.
    After everything was set up in his studio, we were split into groups of 3 and given 15-30 seconds to shoot what he had set up and then had to move out of the room for the next group. We were not shown how he posed them, nothing was explained.

    After the first day of shooting and not really learning anything. I sent him a message. Everyone in our group was frustarted about how it went but no one would say anything. I asked him if on day 2 he could explain his poses more, what he sees and why he is moving and changing things. He agreed he would.

    Day 2 went very similar, little bit of rushed teaching on how he edits, then he left for an hour to do makeup and hair again. And even though he said he would give us more instructions on posing and lighting, it did not happen.

    By the time day 3 came i dont think many people were expecting much. We got there and there was a set malfunction. I felt bad because Hunter had to recreate his moon for the set all over again. And the makeup artist he hired was running late. We sat around from 1 until 5pm when we finally started shooting. Then there was a light malfunction and a friend had to bring in better lights for us to use. We litterally did nothing that day until almost 6pm. I understand that things go wrong, and that in the world of fashion photography that things can go wrong. But the part that bothered me, is we sat around and not once had anyone come tell us what was going on, or any say sorry for the delay. It was chaotic and crazy, even a few students left and sat on his couches not even participating.

    We were told when we booked the workshop that we would each get a personal review of some of our images.This was not done because of all of the issues on the 3rd day. Hunter asked each of us to message him with 3 pictures once we got home and he would love to review them. It has been 2 months now and I have not heard from him. I have attempted many times to contact him through the private messages and in our group and not ever 1 reply or my critique.

    The sets felt rushed and unplanned. When you look at his past workshops they are outside or in a beautifully set up studio. Ours was not .

    Over all I was trying to stay positive about the whole situation, because I did get to meet an amazing group of photographers and it was wonderful to watch Hunter work. But at the same time, I came out of it having learnt nothing. Yes I have some beautiful pictures, but that is not why I went. I wanted to see a little bit of the behind the scenes. Hunter is an incredible photographer, and very creative and great at what he does. But he should not teach workshops, he is not a teacher.It was a huge waste of my money and my time.

    People in our group confronted him after the workshop, between the few of us, and they were attacked for being honest about how the workshop went. Apparently it was our fault that he did not engage with us, because he knew some people were upset, he did not want to teach. In my opinion if you see someone is unhappy with what you are teaching, you need to go out of your way to make it better. How do you expect us to recommened this workshop to others when we have been treated this way.

    There was a workshop that took place a few days after ours. It is almost like Hunter went above and beyond for this group because he knew ours went so wrong. The comments you will see that are praising him are all from this one workshop. So if you decide to attend his workshop, beware that you will either go into it and have a terrible experience like most of the people that have reviewed it, or if you are one of the very few lucky ones, Hunter might actually put in an effort and make it with your while.

    Y(8)N
  23. Tara says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      90%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      90%

    Tara

    I went into this workshop not really knowing what to expect because I hadn’t ever attended a workshop before. This workshop increased my confidence in my business and helped me to see a different side of photography.

    Viewing Hunter’s photos, it’s easy to think he’s loaded with resources to create the magic he does. Through the workshop, I was able to see first-hand how Hunter turned ordinary items into extraordinary with his creativity and hard work.

    From the beginning, Hunter set expectations for the workshop and was very “real” with us. He was personable and I was comfortable enough to ask him just about anything. The days began with lectures/class discussions and ended with dinner and a photoshoot. The first day we discussed the business side of photography through Hunter’s eyes. (getting inspiration, building a portfolio, posing, marketing, getting published, etc.) We ended the first day with an engagement shoot and saw first hand how Hunter posed his clients/models. After Hunter posed a shot we were split into smaller groups where each group was allotted time to capture their own images from the pose.

    The second day we discussed Hunters entire wedding workflow from the email inquiry to shooting on the wedding day to delivering the images. We ended that day with a bridal shoot, also at his studio, which was run in a similar fashion to the engagement session.

    The last day Hunter covered his editing techniques and edited a couple of images for us. For the wedding styled shoot, Hunter transformed his studio into a 1920’s party by artfully draping fabric, adding confetti, balloons, etc. To take simple items and transform them into something magical is true creativity.

    Seeing Hunter’s entire process was very inspiring. He is truly a fine art photographer and puts an incredible amount of hard work into his craft. If you want to see Hunter’s photography process first hand and learn about styled shoots, this workshop is for you.

    Y(-11)N
  24. Amanda says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Amanda

    Hunter is literally the best. When I went into this workshop, I was nervous. I was expecting a whole bunch of competition between the other attendees. I was expecting to learn some things, but mainly, I was expecting to come away feeling unfulfilled. I left this workshop feeling refreshed, revived, and ready to renovate my business. I came away not only with connections, but with friends. I came away from this workshop with a better understanding of myself, and I came away with a network of people whom I trust and I encourage. I couldn’t have been more satisfied with my experience with Three Nails Photography & I brag to my friends and fellow photographers about the experiences I had this past weekend. The knowledge, friendships, and experiences I gained are priceless and I cannot wait to do it all over again sometime in the future. Cheers, friends. We’re all one step closer to reaching our goals – as humans, as business owners, and as dream chasers.

    Y(-5)N
  25. Alaina says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      80%
    • Improved Profitability
      60%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Alaina

    Hunter is an exceptionally talented photographer; I’ve been following his work for several years now. When I got the chance to sign up for a workshop, I took it, feeling that any time and money spent working with Hunter could not be wasted.

    Our days started in a lecture setting, where we talked, joked, and got to know each other, which set a great mood very quickly. Our group instantly fell in love with each other and became fast-friends; the positivity, talent, and willingness to share information made the atmosphere positively brilliant. Hunter filled our time with information on how to begin pursuing what WE want as artists and how to continue on a path that truly feeds into a mixture of both business and passion. He told us of his own beginnings, the reality of his work, and the experiences that brought him to this point in his career. After our incredible styled shoots in the evening and thanking our beautiful, patient models and our extraordinary make-up artist, we all would eat, drink, and be merry only to do it all again the next day.

    Hunter is an artist in every sense of the word and has so much to offer. He is generous with his knowledge and extremely REAL; I have the utmost respect for him as both a photographer as well as a human-being. I was feeling stagnant and un-inspired coming into the experience, and on the other side I cannot possibly feel more different. I can’t wait until I get to return to Shreveport to do it all again, which I will certainly do as soon as I possibly can! Thank you, Hunter, for all you do.

    Y(-8)N
  26. CARRIE says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    CARRIE

    WOW! What an experience. I followed Hunter briefly when i saw the announcement for his workshops. The registration opened 10 minutes later. I Immediately emailed my husband- he said Go for it. on my way to Shreveport i was anxious.. wondering would i get enough out of it warrant the expense. I got WAY MORE than what i paid for. Hunter was so open and honest about everything in the industry. He shared lots of information and taught me a lot. I left feeling renewed and super inspired. The other attendees were FREAKING AWESOME!!! I highly suggest attending a Three Nails Photography workshop! you will NOT regret it.

    Y(-9)N
  27. Katie says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Katie

    Where do I begin?
    I have followed Hunter’s work for a while now. I had always wanted to attend one of his workshops, but always had excuses, no time, no money, etc. I was feeling burned out and not sure where I was headed in my career.I became sick of the excuses. I needed inspiration. I knew right where to look.

    I took the plunge one day and signed up for a workshop. As I was flying to Shreveport, I was so nervous. What would the people be like, what would Hunter be like? Would I take anything home from it that would change me as a photographer for the better?

    I can honestly say: The people, from Hunter & his team, to the other attendees, were amazing. The experience, one I will not forget. I came home feeling restored in my work. Eager to build a better business, and create art in a way I have only dreamed of before. The knowledge Hunter shared, as well as the other attendees, made the art of photography come back to life for me.

    I highly suggest Hunter’s workshops. He’s real, honest about the industry and truly has a natural talent, not only in creating beautiful pieces of art, but helping others become the best they can be.

    Y(-9)N
  28. Chas says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      62%
    • Improved Technique
      63%
    • Improved Profitability
      64%
    • Improved Workflow
      71%

    Chas

    Hunter is by far the most kind-hearted human being.
    I’ve attended workshops in the past and Hunter’s is the only workshop that I’ve attended more than once.
    I love his style of thinking outside of the box. His entire team is fabulous.
    Come and learn from such a creative genious. You will not regret your decision.
    Keep up the good work Hunter!!

    Y(-8)N
  29. Holly Kringer says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Holly Kringer

    AMMMMAAAAZZINNNGG!!!!

    Y(-11)N
  30. Holly says:
    • 5/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      97%
    • Improved Technique
      98%
    • Improved Profitability
      96%
    • Improved Workflow
      98%

    Holly

    So where do I start!!!! First off Hunter is an amazing person seriously inside and out. He is so humble and open shares all his knowledge openingly. The first day I arrived after hearing him speak it was like the bells were going off in my mind. I felt so inspired gave me a since of what my business should be like and the extra push to get there. We had so much fun each day during class instruction and while shooting.I feel reborn and so thankful for the amazing experience. And glad I also got to make such great new friends. I can’t thank him enough!!! HUNTER YOU ARE THE BOMB.COM!

    Y(-9)N
  31. Madison Fulford says:
    • 5 stars/5 Rating

    • Rated 5 stars stars
    • Improved Confidence
      100%
    • Improved Technique
      100%
    • Improved Profitability
      100%
    • Improved Workflow
      100%

    Madison Fulford

    All I can say is “wow”. I signed up for this workshop not knowing what it would entail. I had an idea of what I would expect but at the end of the day I didn’t really know what I would take from it. When I say that I am “blown away” is an understatement. I learned things that have completely changed my business. I left with a head full of knowledge and a heart full of inspiration. Aside from all of the learning and teaching, Hunter as a person is so humble and HILARIOUS. He was more than willing to share ever little detail about his journey in this industry. He told the good stories but also told the bad. Which was so helpful and made him seem so down to earth that he was willing to share so much about himself. I would suggest this workshop to anyone. My business has vastly improved and I can not thank Hunter enough!

    Y(-10)N
  32. Madison says:
    • 2/5 Rating

    • Rated 2 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      1%
    • Improved Technique
      25%
    • Improved Profitability
      1%
    • Improved Workflow
      10%

    Madison

    I was so excited to take this workshop – it was a financial investment as well as a tight squeeze into another large trip planned in another part of the country.

    The first thing that I found a little odd was the special form that we were required to sign stating that we would not speak ill of Hunter or his workshop either online or to anyone else regarding the workshop.

    Is this even enforceable? Many of us were absolutely baffled as to why this would be a requirement. To say that it set the tone for the rest of the workshop would be an understatement.

    There was a large disconnect throughout the day. Hunter stayed to himself or huddled into a corner with his makeup artist or assistant. He rarely made an effort to get to know any of us or make any type of small talk.

    We were not able to pose any of the models – Hunter would set up a shot and we had 30 seconds to take the image. I was not expecting this.

    Hunter is amazing. He has an amazing gift and is a phenomenal photographer. His design and setup of his styled shoots are out of this world.

    When someone asks me about the workshop, I answer honestly with leaving emotion out of it. This is what happened, this is what took place and this is how it was ran.

    Again, I cannot stress how talented Hunter is but I think his teaching skills and that chunk of the workshop could be vastly improved – or at least the description needs to be substantially updated.

    Y(26)N
  33. Rebecca says:
    • 2/5 Rating

    • Rated 2 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      50%
    • Improved Technique
      1%
    • Improved Profitability
      25%
    • Improved Workflow
      1%

    Rebecca

    I have thought long and hard about how to write this review from a purely professional viewpoint as opposed to an emotional one. Truth is, I’m not sure I can adequately separate them but will try.

    I was very excited when I heard about Hunter Leone’s Three Nail Workshop and signed up immediately, especially since it was being billed as his farewell workshop and I did not want to miss out. I greatly admire his viewpoint in the photo industry so to sit under his tutelage for a few days was a gift to myself. After paying the $750 workshop fee, booking airfare from Wyoming along with the few nights hotel room, I had quite a financial investment in this workshop.

    On to the actual review. 1. Disconnected: While I do not know Hunter personally, I felt like he was totally not present emotionally during the workshop. He came across as disconnected from those of us in attendance, making very little effort to interact personally with us before or after the sessions, nor during the extremely long breaks. Mainly because he disappeared from the room each time. The first day was a lot of material and I did glean some tips from it, although during the “How I edit” session, we were encouraged to not even open an image, rather, just watch him do a quick edit on a portrait. 2. Disorganized: While situations certainly can occur beyond our control, the sessions started late, ended early, the first evening’s provided dinner left three of us with nothing to eat as there was not enough ordered. The second day’s photo shoot had both a model and makeup artist absent, and while not a foreseen problem, as a photographer, contingencies should have be en in place. Hunter did a quick makeup session for us with his assistant but my only takeaway was how rushed it felt. 3. Disappointed: I went with the understanding that we would actually learn from Hunter on setting up scenes, gain from the “hows” and “whys,” have personal consultations on our work. Instead, the group of us were stuck in a garage while he set the scenes up in his studio across the driveway. We went in groups of four and five to shoot the scene, literally with a two minute “Start” and “Stop” command from his assistant. It felt rushed, impersonal, frustrating. Lots of waiting around, lots of wasted time.

    In conclusion, when asked from fellow photographer and friends if I LOVED the workshop, I have had to honestly answer no, that while I came away with some beautiful images from the experience, I felt like it was a waste of my time and money and probably would not recommend it to anyone.

    Y(24)N
  34. Jalisse says:
    • 2/5 Rating

    • Rated 2 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      1%
    • Improved Technique
      10%
    • Improved Profitability
      1%
    • Improved Workflow
      1%

    Jalisse

    Having been a fan of Hunters for many years, I was overjoyed to have been given the opportunity to learn from him. He told us this was his LAST workshop which is why I made the impulsive decision to make the trip all the way from Canada to attend in Shreveport with an open mind and willingness to learn. Having taken the full two day workshop, I, as well as other photographers whom attended the workshop, thought we should inform students who are considering this investment of our poor experience with Three Nails Photography Workshop.

    Looking back on the overall experience, there was a large disconnect between Hunter and the students. On shooting day, he did not engage with students in his home-studio and rushed us in groups spending the majority of our time in his garage waiting. It was very chaotic and poorly organized causing some students to leave early, including myself, in frustration. Although he guaranteed posing and lighting instruction in his workshop pitch, it did not happen. He had his assistant rush the groups in and out of the studio and we were only given ONE minute to get ‘the shot’ and leave. Not only did Hunter begin the second day 45 minutes late, but he also needed a students boyfriend to step in as he did not have a male model present for the “best man” position.
    It was very unprofessional and when I confronted Hunter in a heartfelt email about the subject upon arriving home, he did not take ownership and instead blamed it on the weather stating that he was unable to do one on one portfolio reviews or teach posing and lighting due to the rain. Interestingly we shot in his home studio which would have given us the opportunity to learn from him on all those platforms. Hunter offered a 30 minute online mentoring session to compensate for the complaints, which does not cover a portion of what had occurred at the workshop {considering that he began the second day 45 minutes later}.

    Having now found out that in fact it was NOT his last workshop and that he is offering more in 2016, I was very saddened. I do not want other photographers to experience the same disappointment and loss of finances like myself and the other dozen photographers experienced. My hope is that you truly consider these reviews before making your decision and I continue to hope that Hunter changes his perspective towards fellow photographers who were simply offering him feedback. Hunter is a talented photographer nevertheless, but he needs to respect and value his students who commit their time and finances to learn from him.

    Y(22)N
  35. Abby says:
    • 2/5 Rating

    • Rated 2 stars
    • Improved Confidence
      40%
    • Improved Technique
      40%
    • Improved Profitability
      1%
    • Improved Workflow
      50%

    Abby

    Hunter is an incredibly talented photographer and I’ve been following his work for several years now, but I have to admit that overall, I was disappointed with the workshop I attended.

    Day 1 was in the classroom and provided some very helpful insight on editing and getting published, but most everything else was a generic snapshot of running a wedding photography business. It started late, ended early, and with long breaks taken throughout, there was only about 3-4 hours of actual material covered. It was also disappointing how withdrawn Hunter himself was during the workshop- attendees didn’t really have a chance to sit down and speak to him during breaks/dinner since he left the room each time we took a break. It all felt very impersonal.

    Day 2 was the styled shoot, and I was under the impression we’d be able to see and hear Hunter as he posed and directed the models. Instead, we were directed to wait outside the small studio while he set up each newshot shot and got the frames he needed on his camera. Then we were allowed in by groups of 5 for no more than 2 minutes, and it was literally 2 minutes- there was a stopwatch going, with someone shouting “30 seconds left, 10 seconds left” etc. as we were shooting. It was semi-frantic, and really frustrating as we weren’t really allowed to pose the models ourselves- we were given the chance to photograph what was already put together before entering the room, and that was all.. It again felt very impersonal, because Hunter wasn’t shooting or offering any feedback or guidance as the groups rotated in and out- he stayed in the back with his assistant as she kept the 2-minute countdown going.

    Again, I respect that Hunter is extremely talented. He’s an artist in every sense of the word, and has so much to offer the world of photography. But when it comes to being an educator, there was quite a bit left to be desired.

    As a workshop attendee, it felt as though workshops were born out of the desire to find another source of income, rather than coming from a place of wanting to see others grow. I don’t doubt that Hunter could be a seriously awesome teacher one day; he is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to his craft. And maybe we just happened to get him on an “off” couple of days. But I was really excited to see his creative process, to hear what he’s thinking when he’s actually shooting, and we didn’t get to see any of that. I left Shreveport feeling as though my money hadn’t been well-spent, and I was pretty angry about it for a while there.

    Y(19)N
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