When my kid is in school…what do I do? I miss her so much I sit here and dig up old photos of her and flip through hundreds of old photos. She’s almost coming home and I can’t wait to see my little ray of sunshine!
This photo was taken in May of 2012 when my son was playing soccer with Chantilly Youth Association. Saturday mornings were filled with lots of sunshine and if I had my camera out, which is almost always, this little bright light always wants her photo taken.
I have to admit I’m not the most organized person when it comes to “general” organization. However, I definitely organize my photos and protect them from harsh sunlight, fingerprints and dust. If you’re a parent like me (maybe most of you are normal and don’t do this, LOL) who hoards lots and lots of photos you might want to consider investing in this adorable tin! This tin holds 8×10 prints perfectly. I finally have a place to put all of my children’s school photos instead of in the paper envelopes they send home. Now their memories are easily accessible and I love that I can easily wipe this tin as well! I love this snow globe photo of my kids that I took last fall, I wish I could keep them this size forever.
I meant to blog about this workshop a very lonnnnngggg time ago but many things just got in the way and in my previous post I alluded to the fact that I have fallen off the blogging wagon and now I’m trying to jump back on. Better late than never to post about my experience right?
Over the summer I found out that Trevor Dayley, a wedding photographer from Arizona was coming to the East Coast to help photographers like myself to learn new lighting, marketing, and editing techniques to run a more successful photography business. If you haven’t heard of him you should check out his website.….and if I were a bride in Arizona looking for a wedding photographer I’d probably be booking him now. There is something about the way he captures a bride’s dress like no other. I’m kinda left without words to describe exactly how I feel when I see how he captures the layers and intrinsic details of the dress the way they are meant to be photographed for a bride to remember her beautiful gown. All of this I wanted to learn! When I first started my business I would spend countless hours editing photos and thinking how in the world can I be paid efficiently if I’m spending more time editing than I am shooting, marketing and just plain ‘ole managing? For a quick recap, it was a two day intensive workshop. The first day consisted of talking about the lenses and lighting that he uses on wedding days, proper white balance, exposure, and lighting techniques. You will be tossing away any exposure “tools” you’ve ever spent money on and for me that was $135 worth of exposure tools in my stash. I was amazed to find out that he mainly uses two lenses to shoot weddings. I was always under the impression that wedding photographers should be armed with boat load of lenses, when in reality, even I found it was difficult to be switching lenses during a wedding for fear of missing the shot. He stressed the importance of really learning how to use the lenses you have to its maximum capability. That same evening we had some models come pose for us. I was really surprised to learn that we could do an engagement type of shoot literally in a backyard. I was always led to believe that shoots should take place in a fancy park, vineyard, or some other statuesque laden property. Trevor gave really good tips on how to “talk” the couple into a pose in order to get the shot that he wanted. He basically gave a live demonstration on how he gets his clients to go from one pose to the next and he transitioned them smoothly. Then we took turns shooting as well. Lastly, we got to see him use his studio lighting to light up the subjects in the dark for nighttime shooting. He also showed us how to do light painting in the dark….pretty darn cool!!
The next day he talked about how he shoots ring shots with the macro lens and using a flash or video light. Then he showed us his editing workflow which basically changed my own post processing workflow for the better. I have saved hours of confusion on what to do first and what to do last when it comes to editing. Trevor also talked about how he uses social media marketing to attract clients and how we could implement the same techniques for our own business. This was my second workshop and I loved every bit of it. Oh, before I forget to mention, he had a big giveaway too and guess who won? Meeeeee!!! I won a one year subscription to a Showit website. Showit is what I used to design my current website. Please check it out and let me know what you think of it. When you come back to visit from time to time you’ll probably notice changes here and there as I’m slowly tweaking the site a little at a time. Until next time!
I have fallen off the blogging world for a really long time now but I have something to share today from a workshop I attended in Silver Spring, MD at the Fillmore.
I debated and debated whether I should attend Justin and Mary’s “What Next Tour”. Every time a workshop comes along I have to weigh in whether it’s worth it for me to leave my family to attend such an event and if it’s worth it financially. The main focus for Mary’s portion was helping photographers with their business. Mary has been by far the most inspirational speaker I have ever listened to. The workshop was well organized and not only did I walk away inspired but I can now say I have a business plan. She gave everyone a road map, so to speak, on how to overcome the fear of our dreams and turning it into reality. The steps to creating a business plan and how to grab focus in order to achieve those goals were outlined. Often times I find myself waxing and waning on how I felt about having a business. My parents have been business owners for as long as I can remember. They never gave up even to this day. Mary spoke about her personal life and I felt that it so much mirrored some parts of my own life that I really felt a connection. The next time I attend another workshop by an elite photographer I am wearing WATERPROOF eye liner and mascara! She was so inspirational in her speaking and the one line sentence she said that probably changed my world forever was when she said, “The more you ask, the more doors will open for you.” There were a gazillion more motivational quotes than just that sentence in Mary’s portion of the workshop but that’s the one that is resonating even at 5 am as I’m typing this blog.
So this was probably icing on the cake for me and he doesn’t even know it! I had no idea David Jay would be there! For those of you who don’t know David Jay is he is the genius who is behind ShowIt and PASS. ShowIt should be every web designer’s dream come true. It truly is a very simple way of designing your own website. Guys and gals, if you have fears, or in my case nightmares, on designing your website then check out ShowIt because the application is so easy to use with a drag and drop system. Come back to visit soon as my new website is still a work in progress.
PASS is a way for photographers to give digital photos to their clients. Mary showed us the new up and coming PASS 2.0 and explained the new look and easy to use features that are supposed to be mom (and dad) friendly. Brides and grooms (or other clients) will be able to easily share their galleries which just a few clicks, literally. Back to what I wanted to say about David Jay…one time I told a friend that if I ever ran into David Jay I was going to have a smart conversation with him about being in the photography business. I was in a rush to run out the door I caught a glimpse of of him and yes, just about died. I thought to myself I can either run out like I planned or stop to introduce myself as I knew he was from California and I’d probably never see him again. So I approached him to introduce myself (and probably spoke a mile a minute) and you wanna know what I asked him? I asked if I could have a picture with him. I didn’t have what I REALLY wanted to say to him ready because I didn’t know he’d be there but since I follow him on Facebook I made some small silly talk about his new car and what his plans were during his stay in the DC area….and wore a cheesy smile on my face the entire drive home.
Best workshop EVER!!! Check out the iphone photos below!
I’m so excited to be teaming up with my photographer friend, Wendy Wooten of W. Wooten Photography, to offer Twinkle Light Holiday Sessions! The sessions will be held in a portrait studio in Ashburn, Virginia. The contract and session fee are due at the time of booking. The sessions are for children ages 12 and younger and there is a maximum of 2 children per session. If you have more children please book two sessions back to back. (If you book 2 sessions you will receive 6 digital images and TWO 8×10 prints). Please see the information below and book your session today as space is very limited. Hope to see your precious children there!