It’s been over a week since I posted! Whew! Did you miss me? I must admit, the break from the computer was quite refreshing. We headed out of town for the week of Thanksgiving to spend it with my brother. Time went way too quickly and as usual, there’s never enough time to do everything I have planned. We are headed back out of town this weekend to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary… kid FREE! There is definitely something to be said for traveling without the kidlets. The sheer amount of *stuff* you have to pack with children in tow is mind blowing. The camera saw very little action this past week and we came away from the holiday with a mere 50-some uninspiring images and zero images from the Broncos game. (next time I will definitely take my camera). We ha
d sweet club level seats, which made the whole experience extraordinarily more exciting; not to mention the Broncos won. While there, my awesome client that traveled here this past summer for a family session was kind enough to take me out scouting in the downtown areas and alleyways for my upcoming week of sessions I have planned in the Fort Collins area. There was no lack of interesting nooks and crannies, funky walls, doors and COLORS to photograph. Looking forward to shooting there this coming summer. If you are from the Northern Colorado area and are interested in a shoot around May, contact me soon to get on the books!
Photo Exchange Update:
On the photo exchange front, look for a post this week sometime with two different photographers. If you are indeed interested in participating, you need to get your photo boards into me ASAP so I can get you connected and networking with other photographers. It’s a really fun experience.
Requests continue to stream in for more information on the post processing mentoring. If you’ve contacted me either through the blog comments or by email, your name has been added to the roster. But, here’s the deal… I am very interested in putting together some sort of learning program, however, to be completely transparent with you, I do have some reservations. For one, what I do and what I know about editing didn’t happen overnight. It’s taken me years of learning, reading, researching and experimenting to get to where I am and it continues to be an ongoing process and evolution. With that said, there is no one-stop fix, click an action and get the results you see in my images. There are hundreds of photographers out there that do simply that…. click an action and call it good. My philosophy is that actions are wonderful tools in one’s editing arsenal of tricks and I certainly have a few that I love. However, they should be used sparingly and thoughtfully and
*generally always* tweaked. There’s nothing that makes me cringe more than seeing an image and being able to say, “yeah, that’s such and such action from so-and-so’s action pack.” My editing process is more organic in nature and deals with layers, blending modes, filters, masks, etc. Because skill levels will range from newbie to advanced, I have to put some serious though into how to go about structuring the mentoring. One suggestion has been to do a forum where assignments are given and people can bounce ideas off of one another. Another thought is to do videos of me editing an image, while providing the raw image for you to follow along with. Any thoughts or ideas about the best way to go about this would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to put them in the comments or email me directly.
In addition, because of the time commitment that this will require of me, the mentoring will not be free. I thought that would go without saying, but apparently there were some questions about that. Price is yet to be determined and announced.
Also swimming around in my mind has been the idea of doing a FAQ here on the blog. You would be able to ask me photography related questions and hope I have the answer! ;-). Let me know if the comments if this is something you’d like to see posted.
And FINALLY… the photos. Here are my darling, sweet, cuddly children. I say that with the tiniest ounce of sarcasm. It’s been said a million times before and it is so true… photographing one’s prodigy is a substantial undertaking, completely unpredictable and always full of sugary bribes. Hence, tonight is ice cream and last night was suckers and chocolate pudding. These kids really know how to negotiate! There were many, many more images I wanted to post, but thought 14 was already a bit indulgent. Cheers!!
Thanks to my beautiful friend Julie, for crocheting this sweet scarf for Juliet.