For three days last week I attended a workshop in Santa Barbara given by Joy Harmon Prouty of Wildflowers Photography. In my opinion, I think attending a workshop is so beneficial for a person’s career…no matter what field you are in or your level of expertise. Workshops are a wonderful way to meet like minded people in your profession and to learn and be inspired by a whole set of amazing peers you might not have otherwise met.
Being a photographer is a lonely profession. Sure you might connect with people on a day to day basis via social media and maybe even in some instances in person when you have a shoot or possibly need to meet a client. But for the most part, I’m betting if you’re a photographer you spend a great deal of your working time alone, right? And I also bet there are lots of times where you’ve felt uninspired or maybe even in a rut, correct? Yes…me too! In fact I was just there recently. But attending this workshop has really given me a renewed sense of purpose. It reminded me why I fell in love with photography in the first place and has encouraged me to breathe renewed life into my art.
The workshop was held at the Milk & Honey Farm just outside the city of Santa Barbara. They also rent the farm out for weddings, so if you are interested in having your wedding there…you should definitely check out their website and give them a call. Anyhow,as I mentioned previously, before attending the workshop I felt my photography business was sort of in a rut. I definitely needed inspiration and after spending three days with Joy and so many other wonderful photographers, I most certainly got what I was looking for.
On the first full day of the workshop, Joy asked all of us to dig deep and really bring to the forefront of our minds why we fell in love with photography. In whatever profession you are in, it’s so easy to get lost in the minutia of running your day to day business that sometimes you forget what actually drew you into doing whatever it is you love to do. So, hopefully without sounding too cliche, magic is the perfect word to describe why I fell in love with photography. Back then we used film and developed the images in a dark room. I was twelve years old and I remember being ecstatic when I saw the first image I took appear on the paper submerged in the developing solution. It surely was magic and I felt giddy with excitement to have found something so wonderful. As a kid I was really, really shy…not that I’m an extrovert now by any means, but growing up I always felt super insecure. But with photography I was able to express myself and experiment without drawing too much attention to me as a person. And so it really opened up a whole new world for me.
If you read this blog regularly you’ve seen several featured weddings and engagement shoots from Jessica Frey Photography. If you haven’t seen them, check them out here, here, here, here & here. The lovely lady in the image above is my good friend and amazing photographer Jessica Frey, isn’t she cute? And she is actually the reason I attended Joy’s workshop in the first place. Jessica and I met at another workshop a while back, so when she called to ask if I would be interested in going to the Wildflowers Workshop together, I jumped at the chance. We always have so much fun together.
The rooster below was seriously hilarious! It cock-a-doodle-dooed ALL-DAY-LONG…not just in the morning as you would expect. And…it had these thick, feathery legs which I thought looked like petticoats. Jessica was obsessed with him…and, I might have been a little bit too.
If by chance you happen to not know of Joy from Wildflowers Photography, let me introduce you by directing you to her website. As you can see, her work is SUPER creative. She is known for putting together concept shoots for her clients based on a theme she comes up with after getting to know them or sometimes the ideas come as a collaboration between Joy and her clients. Joy and her husband Donny, (and sometimes their children), work together to create many of the props she uses for her shoots. These homemade guitars below are a perfect example of the crafty projects she does. Cute, huh? These guitars were used for a family portrait session we shot in the morning on the first day.
If Jessica was obsessed with the rooster, I was obsessed with this chair which sat outside the front entrance to the barn. It just looked so rustic and beautiful next to the purple lavender and hay bails. This would be a perfect spot for some sort of portraits.
All of the images I am posting today are background images or detail shots I captured just hanging out, except for the one below. I will post the rest of the “model” shots on my photography blog within the next few weeks. The one below was one of my favorites so I decided to post it here. This baby was 10 days old and I’m really happy with how this image turned out. LOVE 🙂
Below is an image of me and Jessica and then the entire workshop group. Such an amazing group of ladies!
Thank you Joy for a wonderful experience. I am thrilled and honored to have had the opportunity to learn from you. And to all the amazing women I met, you all inspire me! Keep on doing what you do, I see amazing things on the horizon for you all 🙂
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow as we have a fun Florida engagement session photographed by Andi Diamond Photography. And of course…tomorrow is Wednesday’s Fab Fashion 5, so don’t miss it!
Have a Fab You Bliss Tuesday!