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This sweet little girl was one of my last sessions at the Thomasville Rd studio and what a doll! Tiny and sweet, we had fun changing out head pieces while she snoozed. Here’s a quick sneak peek for her folks until we can get together to see the full set.
It seems the blog has been a little neglected in the new year. These handsome guys are finally getting posted! I pulled just a few of my favorite images from this session to show off. I seriously can’t get enough of the matching glasses! These guys are peas in a pod. Enjoy the sneak peek!
Just a quick sneak peek for the Johnson family! This was one my last sessions of 2013 and it was a great one. It’s so much fun to be out there with a family who loves to cut up as much as I do. And it doesn’t hurt when they’ll spot you as you climb a tree to get the shot!
A few years back I had a new, but steadily growing business on my hands. During the holidays due to time constraints, I found myself having to turn down a few jobs. I didn’t want to just say no and not give the client a good alternative. But I didn’t know any of my peers here in town. In fact, I was kind of afraid of the other photographers in town. I had photographer friends in other cities, but the ones here in town were my direct competition. I was afraid they would be super competitive. I was afraid they were all already in a some kind of clique. I was afraid they didn’t like me, even though none of them had met me. At that point I had only met one photographer in town when my daughter was about 8 months old, Cindy Strickland. And she didn’t know me at all. She was photographing a bunch of other babies at a new moms event at one of the hospitals and Lucy and I happened to be there. She seemed really nice, and I knew she was a great photographer, so I began referring a couple of these inquiries to her.
What followed was a thank you email from Cindy and an invitation to breakfast where she urged me to join the Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild. We sat there for hours and chatted, I told her my fears about joining, worried that people wouldn’t like my work, etc. She insisted that I’d be completely welcome and that not only would I meet everyone and see that it was no big deal, but that I’d be able to continue my education with the monthly speakers that came through and through print competition.
After that, ANOTHER photographer, Christie Meresse asked me to lunch and told me all the same things. She invited me to visit a meeting and see what the group had to offer and promised to sit with me so I didn’t look like the new girl in the cafeteria. So I went. And it wasn’t at all how I envisioned it. Everyone introduced themselves. People who I had long time respected and admired were incredibly cool, not catty. And there was beer! Why in the world had I not been coming to this all along??
So I joined! And though competing with others in town in print competition completely freaked me out, I gave it a shot. I repeatedly failed every month. It was really discouraging. But what was helpful was when I decided to start letting my stuff get critiqued at the end of the meetings, either by peers or by the visiting speaker. They pointed out things that I hadn’t thought about at all or that maybe I was too attached to the photo to see. The critiques were always constructive, never dismissive. It made me try harder the next time. It made me be more present in my image making. It made me a better photographer.
And then came 2013. In 2013, a year after first joining our guild, I started winning. I started winning a lot. It was awesome. I not only was winning in at least 1 category almost every month, but I won our annual Salon competition first and second place. And by the end of the year, I came in 2nd overall for Tallahassee Photographer of the Year. It sounds like I’m bragging, and yeah, I’m a little braggy (but in an adorable way). What I’m trying to say is that I did so well this year because I learned so much the year before. And I owe that all to joining this guild.
It wasn’t just what I learned, but it was the friendships I made. For the first time in 3 years, I once again had what felt like coworkers. It turns out this job is kinda lonely. You meet tons of awesome people, but at the end of the day it’s just you and your computer working on photos for hours and hours. It’s not like before when I worked with a team of web designers and though we didn’t chat all day long, we were friends. We went to lunch together. We joked around at the office. It was social. I am social. I needs the peoples or I start to get a little weird. And now I had people to go to lunches with, to hang out with, and to talk about work with. I have people that I can refer work to. When equipment breaks or I don’t have something for a shoot coming up, I have a handful of people that would let me borrow things on a moment’s notice. (I’m talking to you, Kate Bellflower, Linda Long,Terri Smith, Matt Burke, Ashley Daniell, Christie Meresse, and Kylene Gay!)
And now it’s a new year and a new year for the guild. I’m now heavily involved in the behind the scenes, serving as VP to President Kylene Gay. We’ve got lots of fun stuff planned for the year. I’m excited to be involved and to help this guild grow and hopefully to share this same experience with other photographers here in the city. So if you are a photographer in town and you’ve been hiding under a rock like I was, afraid to meet other people in your industry, this is me urging you to come see us in January. We are a fun bunch who all just want to get better at what we do, and possibly get some good food and drink while we do it.
And now I can show off a little project I did together with Linda Long of Long’s Photography. After nearly a year of not seeing my brother, he came and stayed with me for the whole month of December. I was determined to photograph him. He hates being photographed. But he has to do what I say because I’m older. I called Linda and asked if I could borrow a bunch of her lights because I wanted to experiment with a lighting set up I had been studying, but instead she said, “Why don’t you just come down to our studio and do it all here and I’ll assist?” And that made more sense. So I took Eian over there, showed Linda the way I wanted to set up the lighting and she helped me put together the look for these photos. It was a great collaboration with one of my closest friends and I’m so proud of the way this turned out. Linda taught me so much and I’m incredibly thankful she was a part of this project.
This is a beginner’s photography course focusing on getting you comfortable with using your own camera to capture those moments in between your professional family photo sessions. We’ll cover concepts from finding the best natural lighting in typical situations, choosing the right lenses for the intended result, camera modes, and so much more! No previous photography knowledge required!
What we won’t be chatting about: Photoshop and post production. That’s a whole other workshop (or 4)!
What you’ll receive:
3 Hour Crash Course Photography Free For All!
PDF Workbook of all topics covered so that you can refer back to what you’ve learned
An invitation to our closed Facebook Group so we can continue to watch each other learn and grow!
Coffee, water, soda and snacks. Mmm coffee…
*Please indicate if you need a gift certificate for this purchase in the special instructions at check out.
What to bring:
Your DSLR Camera and manual if available
Any lenses that you have
Notebook/iPad in case you need to jot down any notes
Questions! Don’t be afraid to ask! This is a beginner’s course after all!
To register for this course visit the Paypal Buy Now button for the appropriate class date above. Having a Paypal account is not required. If you need to pay via check or cash, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Spots are available on first come, first serve basis and the course fee must be paid to confirm your spot.
Is this course for me?
Do you own your very own DSLR camera but are slightly intimidated by all the bells and whistles? Perhaps you are a Mamarazzi at heart but are unsatisfied with the results you are getting while chasing your kids around the back yard? Or maybe you got a new camera for Christmas and are afraid to even take it out of the box?! If you answered yes to any of that, then YES, this course is for you!
Do I need any prior knowledge of photography?
I know enough to be dangerous, but still need help figuring out how to use my camera to the best of its abilities. Is this still for me?
Yes! I welcome you to bring your questions and share anything you’ve been struggling with. I’m here to help!
What if I still have questions after the 2 hour course? Will you be available to answer my camera questions any time?
We are starting a Facebook Group just for this purpose. I will be a member as well as other students from this and previous courses. Feel free to post your questions to this closed group and share your images for feedback from myself and the group! My goal is to create a local community for support and advice as well as just a place to show off your progress!
I’m not a mom, can I still come?
Yes! Any hobbyist interested in learning how to work their camera is welcome
I’m a professional photographer or I plan on being one in the next year. Can I participate?
Sorry! This is a closed course for hobbyists and enthusiasts only!
Still have questions? No problem! Contact me and I’ll be happy to discuss!
Look at this little cutie! All my newborns from this past year are growing up on me! D is 6 months old already and look at those chubby cheeks! Is pinchable a word? Spell check tells me no, but I’m going with it. Squish!