When my brother was here, I tried to spend as much time as I possibly could with him. Once his contract is up, he's re-enlisting in the Marines and will likely be stationed in Hawaii, and most likely won't be able to come home for several years. The time we had during this visit was well spent, and this one was the night before he left - an early 4th of July night. <3
This weekend I taught my first class at the Rochester Brainery - my first in the big series of classes I'm teaching there for the rest of the year. This one was the Natural Light Photography class, where it focused specifically on finding, capturing, and controlling natural light. The class actually sold out, so I was really happy to teach to a full house.
Showing how moving around a subject can create drastically different shapes in light & shadow.
Using a tough subject (super dark with high highlights) to show how we can use tools to reduce glare and add/subtract light. The first photo is just with a black card, the second is with a black card & a diffuser, and the third is with a black card on both sides with a diffuser.
Showing a student (on their own setup!) how changing the shape of the subject can change the light, and how the light can change the shape of the object.
Showing how light can add and enhance natural texture.
Playing with direct light & exposure.
Using additional lights to supplement the available light.
Testing out the lighting on another student's setup, before we messed with the composition a little more.
I was really happy with the outcome of the class, but I'm still learning how to address everyone's needs in a really efficient way. Smaller classes might help with individual instruction, but I do feel like I got to answer a lot of peoples' questions. I really want to try small workshops at my house, especially when we finish the kitchen and dining room, but I'm not sure how many people would actually want to do it!
I've added more class dates on my Events page, if you're looking to learn about photography be sure to grab a ticket (and/or let me know if you'd be into small workshops with more individual attention!) :)
I was lucky enough to photograph the wedding of two of my favorite people in the whole world. Matt is my brother, my only brother, the baby of the family. Rachel is so much like me, and has become one of my closest friends over the past few years while my brother's been away in the military - she's my photography partner and has already felt like my sister well before the wedding. It was so incredibly difficult to pick my favorite images from this long day, but I've selected a few standouts, in my opinion. :) Hope you feel the love in the air from the images!
This past week I stayed at my parent's house while on the mend from a long back injury. Luckily by the end of the week, the day before my brother's wedding, I got up the strength to work on all of these. I did 8-10 signs as well as some 'reserved' cards for the head tables. I really loved working on these beautiful layouts :)
We tested my new lens, some great backlighting, and sparklers they're going to use for their wedding next weekend...all in one shoot. Fun!
I've been lettering some of my favorite quotes or phrases lately in my spare time, and have been sharing them on Instagram and Pinterest. I've been hesitant to create more products (to save us money that needs to be spent when you create something new) so this has been my creative outlet. If you're looking to see more of these, be sure to check me out on Instagram or Pinterest. <3
My brother is getting married SO soon. His bride-to-be is Rachel, my shooting partner for the past couple of years now. We've become so close, that I sometimes have to remind myself that the wedding is for my little brother (my only brother!)
This weekend we went out with a couple of her bridesmaids for a hike in Stonybrook. Happy coincidence - I just so happened to get my brand new lens in the mail the day before we went, so I HAD to test it out on our little excursion. The lens is a big deal because I haven't bought new camera equipment since I bought my DSLR seven years ago. I'm an equipment minimalist, but I thought I should invest in my photography since I have so many weddings to shoot this year.
I think the photos turned out great for my first time using the lens. Hope you enjoy them!
My mom had kind of a hard time in her teens - her mom was very sick (and passed when she was 19), she had a lot of siblings to help take care of, and her dad had to work a ton to make ends meet. So when it came to school, it was really difficult for her to finish and do well.
Fast forward past 25+ years of hard work and good timing, where she had been working above her education level in management. The job required that she get a degree, so she started a few years back and a semester before graduating, she was laid off. Unemployment let her finish the degree so that she could get back into the workforce at the same level she had left off of, luckily.
She just graduated with her degree in Business Management right after turning 50 last month. To say that I'm proud of her is such an understatement - we bonded over tests and professors and homework overload, and I know how hard she worked to get it done. We took up the entire front row of our section last weekend to celebrate her huge accomplishment. Congrats, mom!
I was lucky enough to be recommended by a friend to run a short photo styling workshop at the historic Eastman Museum. We got a historical tour through the absolutely gorgeous rooms, and got to see the gardens too. I'm definitely going back as the seasons change to photograph the gardens more - they're totally perfect.
Since this was just an hour and the class ended up selling out, it was really difficult for me to gather all of my thoughts in a coherent way throughout the class. It taught me a really good lesson in making sure to always be overprepared for anything that can come up, and it taught me what my limits are. (Trying to teach 20 people effectively in one hour wasn't what I was ready for, with the lesson plan I had set out. I had JUST enough props and backgrounds but we even ran out of table space!) I'm really excited to work up and develop my next classes with all of it in mind - specifically my focused classes at the Brainery I think will be really great.
I had passively put "teach local classes" on my goal list for 2017, not even really sure how to get started on it, and now I have a full year of teaching ahead of me and behind me. I'm so so so grateful for these new life experiences and the challenges they bring. I've never taught before this year, and I feel like I'm learning so much about my own process in creation of work, let alone my process of teaching. I think at the end of the year I'll write a longer blog post about everything I learned from it all. <3