Wednesday, November 30, 2011

{what i've been up to}

This has been a very wild and crazy year! Just when I started making big plans for my life... we were thrown a huge curve ball. See that chubby little face up there... he's our little surprise. In the midst of my busiest photography season ever, I've been busy growing a little baby. Yes, sickness, tiredness and well now... I'm just miserable. LOL! But... I'd do anything for this little baby. I got to see his little chubby face today and I can't stop day dreaming about kissing those soft little cheeks in 11 short weeks! (Or a little sooner, I hope!)

Can't wait to meet you baby boy!

PS. Brock (6 yrs old) thinks this picture of his brother is "Creepy!"

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday Sale!!!!

{The Perfect Christmas Gifts!!!}

To purchase, send me an email with what you would like. I will send you an invoice through Paypal for payment. Or, if you prefer, I now can take CC's over the phone. Either way... send an email with the subject: Black Friday!

*Gift Certificates are valid in 2012 only.

Friday, November 18, 2011

{more about the workshop and ME!

I am so excited for January. This will be my last "small" workshop... ever! Starting next summer, I will begin a new adventure and following a dream of mine. More about that to come. But, I can't express enough how much I have enjoyed teaching these smaller scaled workshops. I have made some wonderful friends. Some that have even went on to start their own photography businesses. I am thrilled for them. I get excited every time I see them post new images on their Facebook pages! I truly love seeing people learn, seeing them understand and finally giving them the knowledge they need to use their cameras.

If you've been on the fence about whether or not to take this course... I want to encourage you to take the plunge and do it! Whether your are just wanting to take better pictures or your kids or you want to start your own photography business, or... you already have a photography business but would like to polish up on your skills... this workshop is for all of you!

If you are using your camera in Automatic Mode, you might as well of bought a 60 dollar camera at Kmart. Because... using an SLR camera in auto mode... does nothing for your portraits! If you have invested money in an SLR camera, why not learn how to get the most out of it? Learn how aperture, speed, depth of field, ISO and everything else will help you achieve "artful" photos.

My style of teaching is very casual. I teach in steps each week. I have a very simple way of teaching. I remember years and years ago, when I had my first film SLR camera and I wanted to learn how to shoot in Manual Mode. I took some classes and honestly... the only thing I walked away understanding was "The Rule of Thirds". I'm not kidding! I was very frustrated. No one really wanted to teach me what this aperture setting needed as a shutter speed setting. I was confused and frustrated. But, after several more courses and lots of online mentoring, I finally started to figure things out.

Why not, take advantage of my years of education from other photographers and my ability to teach and connect with people? I started my photography business 10 years ago. Every year... I learn new things. I continue to educate myself, by attending conferences and workshops all over the country. I have learned from the best, Kimberly Wylie, Laura Novak, Carrie Sandoval, Jerry Ghionis, and on and on. I'm still learning. I love photography. To me, it's not just about snapping a picture. It's much more than that. The two main reasons I love photography is because it's art. It's priceless art... when it's your family. The second reason, it's documenting history. Your baby is only your a baby for a minute! Trust me, I know... my baby is now in 7th grade and I am SOOO glad that I invested in a good, knowledgeable photographer when he was a baby to preserve those precious moments that are long gone now. And, I'm especially glad that I learned the art of photography so that I could capture the rest of his life!

What I'm saying... is $150.00 is a very small investment to learn how to use your camera and capture your history. If that's the only reason you take this course. Or, if you're wanting to start a business, learn how to use your camera before you do! I see lots of "photographers" out there who are pointing and shooting and really have no concept of the medium of photography. Define yourself. Find your style. You can do so, by knowing how your camera works.

This course will start in January. There will be 4 classes. More information about that in previous posts. I promise, you will not regret it! Like I said, my style is of teaching is easy. I love to teach. I am one of those people that feels like you gain more if you share your knowledge. If you have any more questions about this course, shoot me an email. I'd love to answer any questions that you have. This will be my last "small" workshop. Take advantage. More one on one time, more time for Q&A. Contact me now, only a few spots remain.

And... of course, I could not post without a photo. Check out this beautiful family that I just had a session with.

Friday, November 11, 2011

{Win Free Tuition}

-You must do all of the above for entries into the drawing.

-Post a link to this blogpost: on your FB. Also post it on your blog for an extra entry. You can link it on your FB once a week. (Entry for each time.)

-You must tag me or message me a link to your post, to show that it was done. If you do not know how to tag, email me. I'll help you. ;)

-If you have any questions about how to do anything... email me or message me. I'd love to help. Sometimes it's hard to explain over a post. ;)

-Good luck. I will put your name in as many times as you have earned and I will draw one lucky winner on December 1st. (If you have already paid tuition, I will refund you!)