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New Props | Stuff You Can Use | 2016

I had a little fun over this past week and created some new things for you to borrow for your wedding!  Feel free to ask to borrow anything!

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Business Road Trip | Little Rock | February 20, 2016

It’s rare that I get the opportunity to and learn and talk shop with other photographers.  This past weekend I took my assistant, Morgen, loaded up the Jeep, and headed to Little Rock, Arkansas.  We went to a hands-on flash seminar.  It was a really great experience.  We learned new things, met some really amazing people, and drove 2000 miles in a 4 day weekend.  I am so excited to use our new knowledge and make some great art!

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We started the day with some lecture in a classroom situation.  If you know me, you know that sitting still is not much in my wheelhouse.  From there, our room of 30 broke off into 3 smaller groups to go off with the instructors.  The first stop was a display of how find the right ratio of background light to artificial light while still making the image look nicely even.  The second stop was a headshot clinic that covered the basics of on-location headshot shooting.

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From there all of the groups came together for a study on how to change the sky color in-camera, in combination with a gelled flash, to make a dramatic change from just plain old grey skies.  It was great to see how easy it actually was.
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After the break, things started to get interesting.  We went to the parking garage to play with some back-lighting and other directional light.  This is the kind of stuff I love playing with!  This is where things start becoming art and not just images.

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I’ve really never played much with gels to change the color of a situation but that’s about to change!  The blue background above is actually a red brick wall outside of the hotel!

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Now for the fun stuff!  Urban street photography has never been my strength and after this I am having quite a palm-to-face moment.  Too easy.  Why was I afraid of trying these things?  All my years of insomnia – – and I could have been doing this!  Now I have so many ideas and things I want to try!

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By the time 9pm rolled around people were heading off, but a handful of us die-hards weren’t done yet!  So we threw Morgen in as the model.  Of course, as part of the selfie-snapping generation, she was all over being the model.  And good at it, too!  We played some more with our blue gels and just had fun with it.

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I was very pleased with the seminar.  I was impressed how everyone worked together.  Everyone shared.  Everyone helped.  Everyone was just happy.  It certainly sparked my inspiration to go out and create.  I needed that.

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Good Things | October 19, 2015

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Some days just make my heart soar and my smile a mile wide!  This little token of appreciation I received in the mail my first day home from traveling, made a ridiculously long and stressful week all worth it!

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Adventure | Video Green Screen Class | October 15, 2015

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I was presented with a totally new opportunity and it totally freaked me out!!

I’ve been shooting virtual real estate tours with BlueLaVa Media for the last two years and we have branched out to including video introductions for our Realtor clients.  Our partner company, RTV, had a convention in Orlando, Florida and I was asked to teach a class on our new feature.  I have never taught a class and really had no idea how it would go!  So I tucked my complete and total fear of this type of situation way down deep, said yes, and went and taught a class!

I did it.  I didn’t pass out.  I didn’t throw up.  I did it!

I even flew on a plane.  Alone.  Twice.  And took a taxi cab, in a big city, all by myself.  Twice.

That was one solid 36 hours of a whole lot of firsts.  Exhausting!

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Breanne’s New Adventure | Set-up for Her Etsy Store | October 13, 2015

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There is nothing that makes me happier than helping people reach their goals.  Breanne needed some help getting herself set up to take photos for her new Etsy store.  So I gave her some direction on lights and backdrops and dropped in to get her up and working.  Her store will contain beautiful vintage clothes and other cool things from her collection.  Keep an eye out for a great new Etsy store!

Let me know if I can ever help you reach for YOUR dreams!

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Arbor Outdoor | New Logo

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Here is  the first run at Arbor Outdoor’s new logo.  Let me know if you are in need of a new logo for your business!  Call me at 231-883-9807 today!