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Photography Humor | Shoot Tank – A Hilarious Photography-Themed Shark Tank Parody

By Hanssie on March 16th 2015

It’s Monday morning, and as we all sigh a collective groan at the start of another week, wait, wait, wait, just a minute, we are photographers, our week should be ending, right? Well, whether you are enjoying a day off today or you are busy at the day job after a long weekend of weddings, here is a little photography humor to start your week off with a smile.


Filmmaker David Robin has created a hilarious parody of the show, Shark Tank, with a photography twist. “Shoot Tank” is based off the hit reality show where entrepreneurs seeking investments for their businesses pitch their product to investors – aka the “Sharks.” In this version, the Sharks are actually played by an impressive lineup of photographers: LA based wedding and fine art photographer, educator and author, Roberto Valenzuela; renowned wedding and portrait photographer, Bambi Cantrell; and one of the best wedding photographers in the world, Jerry Ghionis.

The entrepreneurs are played by Melissa Ghionis – Jerry’s wife and also a wedding and portrait photographer and Gary Fong – former wedding photographer, author and entrepreneur who invented the “Lightsphere.” Ironically, both are actually very successful entrepreneurs in reality, and they show off their products on the “show.”

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For those of you who may not get some of the references, allow me to explain. Melissa is first to present her product to the “investors” – the Holy Reflector, which is actually Mr. and Mrs. Ghionis’ real life product – the Westcott Omega Reflector. This reflector has an ingenious removable center so you can use it as a regular reflector or a shoot-through. Gary intoduces the “Fong Dong,” a plastic contraption (i.e. cup) that protects a camera’s flash from rain and can also be used as a drinking cup – a ridiculous invention, of course, but a nod to Gary’s extremely popular, Tupperware-like diffusion device, commonly referred to as the “Fong Dong.”

The video made me chuckle this morning, and I hope it did for you as well. Happy Monday.

(Via ISO 1200/David Robin on Vimeo)

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Wendy Dacko

    I was secretly watching at my office and busted out laughing… then I had to explain myself. Thanks for making me laugh ;-)

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  2. Sparkle Hill

    This is classic!

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  3. Kevin Nguyen

    Why did Gary makes fun of himself? Why, why, why… :)

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  4. Darcy Evans

    Seeing this live at WPPI was hilarious. So well done!

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  6. Jerry Jackson

    Was it just me, or did things get “uncomfortably weird” when Gary Fong showed up to give an overly enthusiast parody of himself?

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