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Thursday, January 17, 2013
RVP Workshop

One of the things on my mile long to-do list for this year is to keep up with my blog.  I've tried before, but I get so busy, it gets neglected and forgotten about.  Something I wanted to share from the end of last year is an amazing experience that I had...meeting Rachel Vanoven and getting to attend her workshop.  I had a spot reserved for her March 2013 workshop, but there was a last minute opening this past November, and I jumped on the opportunity because I was already having a hard enough time waiting until March.  I can't believe that I'm just now caught up enough from the busy fall and holiday season to really go through my images from the workshop and share them. So, two days before the workshop, I emailed her sister/assistant, Karis to secure the spot.  That Friday, my mom and 8 month old son rode along with me to Indianapolis.  Some of the group met that night for dinner (and sangria) to get to know each other before the workshop the next morning.  It was so wonderful being able to see Rachel work and practice the techniques I'd been learning in the previous months.  This was such a last minute trip, but one I will never forget.  I am so thankful for the opportunity and can't wait to see Rachel again. Newborns were just something I did when they were on my calendar.  I knew the basics, but that was about ...

Thursday, January 03, 2013
RVP Workshop

I posted this on my Facebook page this morning, and it's had such a postivie response from others, I figured it'd be worth blogging too.  I just started to post a progression shot of my newborn work from 2010 to now, and then decided to give my thoughts on what it's like to be/become a photographer:As I'm organizing files from last year, I wanted to take a moment to share this with you. The top is from my first ever newborn shoot back in 2010. It was free so I could "practice", but as you can see, the pose wasn't really posed, I had no clue about lighting, etc. The bottom shot is one from a session last month. Major difference. I didn't go to school for photography (although it probably would have made things a little easier), my major was actually criminal justice. This all started as a hobby and has grown from there. I'm self taught, so to an extent, I guess that can really help me value all of the hard work that has gone into building a business. I'm going to share my two cents in hopes that it will help at least one person. In this digital world, anyone can be a "photographer". But being a photographer doesn't mean getting a camera for Christmas, starting a Facebook page the next day and offering the session fee and 200 images on a CD for $50 because "there's no way you can imagine charging as much as some photographers in the area". You're cheating yourself and ...