My family had the opportunity to accompany me on a work-cation (the only kind of vacations we get to take at this phase of life, but I'm not complaining). I was doing some private photography consulting for my friend and immensely talented surface pattern designer, Bonnie Christine, and her best friend Callie, who is an amazing photographer. Bonnie and her husband recently built this stunning farmhouse in the mountains of North Carolina, and we were fortunate to stay there with them, watch our kids hang out together with theirs for the first time, and just spend time talking and sharing about life, work, family, etc. My time with Callie and Bonnie could hardly be called work, though we did some heavy learning and a ton of shooting. The friendship they share and the way they welcomed me into their conversation and lives was heart warming. I always feel so supported when in the company of other positive, creative women. The joys and struggles of motherhood combined with the necessity and love of our work leads to mutual uplifting - genuine recognition of each other's worth, talent, growth, perseverance. and appreciation of the ability to laugh at the hilarious and awkward situations we find ourselves in (at times).
I also wanted to mention, briefly, that teaching is something I absolutely love to do. I am planning a Skillshare course, but the value of one-on-one or smaller group mentoring and consulting is huge. It gives me the opportunity to sit down with a client, honestly encourage them and gently critique their work, and walk through where they want to be and how to get there. Before the meeting, I send the client a detailed questionnaire to get super familiar with their existing work and future goals. Topics often include learning how to shoot in manual, the importance and function of the exposure triangle, how to deal with focusing/lack of sharpness issues, gear talk, what equipment you might need for your desired area of emphasis, post-processing and what tones/effects you'd like to achieve, all the way through to dealing with clients and how to best show your work. If this is something that interests you, I cannot say enough about the value of investing in knowledgeable mentorship. It may only be a couple or a few hours, but this packs years of experience and research (mine) into a short period of time (yours) that will guide you for years to come. Definitely contact me if you're ready to grow as a photographer and artist. If you'd like to see more examples of my work, please click work or any of the other galleries on the left side bar. If you'd like to know more about my experience and the clients I've served/where I have been published, please see print and clients (I am sure you could have figured that out on your own but I thought it would be helpful to have all those links in one place).
I sincerely hope that y'all have the best holiday season possible, and that you're able to have some time for reflection and gratitude. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays :)