Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Upcoming Workshops and Shoots

I just shipped my equipment to Florida for my upcoming photo workshop and photo shoots in the amazing Watercolor, Florida. I have rented a cool Victorian House, and will be doing a day on window light, a day on studio light, and a day and an evening on sunset shoots, even if the weather isn't holding up, because in life, light is crazy, even is Arizona, where there are 300 days of sunshine a year, and especially in somewhere like Florida, where it's almost guaranteed to rain every day. When I lived on Kaua'i, it rained every day, and, let me tell you, I should have bought stock in the Glad company, because the Ziplock baggie was my best friend.

Watercolor has special characteristics, and with these characteristics, challenges...the sand is super white, which can throw your meter off majorly, and the water clear and reflective; you can see your feet even when you're 30 yards off shore, and the light bouncing off the water can work a number on the old meter, as well. Also, there are a million, billion people out there...so I'm going to cover how to keep your cool when someone walks through your shot, and how to keep your clients focused, which is a biggie...people love to look around when there are spectators around, even when they're paying you good money to make them look your way. ;) They also love to talk to each other...it's like photographing people who are eating--don't do it! You have to make them ignore the crowds...a surefire way? It's covered in my seminar!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Reno, Nevada July 23-29 Photography Extravaganza

A couple of images from our "downtime" in Jamaica. TT wouldn't let the dolphin kiss her...I shot this of us with my 20mm lens while waist deep in the ocean. Thrillseeker I am.

Well folks, the dates are set for my Photography Extravaganza in Reno, Nevada, July 23-29. I am available tophotograph you and your families, and also to teach you how to take better photos. I'm almost full of bookings, thanks to you all, and to Jennifer Dennis, but I thought I'd throw it out there, in case one or two more want to have their portraits and paintings done by me, or if you would like me to take you out shooting. I have two sets of friends there, the Skowroneks, who probably rank as the best people to have the worst times with and still be able to laugh really really hard about it afterwards, and the Dennis's. I was pregnant with Zoe when Jennifer Dennis was pregnant with her Natalie, and we just bonded tight and stuck. The Skowroneks hike a lot and they have told me of some amazing spots, which is really great, because all I remember about Reno is that when I was a little girl, my father, a gambler from wayyyyy back, got a wild hair to go to Reno. We drove all the way up there from Long Beach, California, and when we got there, there were two casinos and a lot of absolutely nothing. My dad got out of the car, and a guy stumbled out of the casino and threw up on his shoes. My mom got out of the car to help my dad, fell over the curb, and split her lip. Neither one said a word. Dad stepped out of his shoes, they both got back in the car, and we drove the 9 hours home in silence. Now I hear that everything is much different. Reno is a fabulous, bustling town, filled with breathtaking vistas to take beautiful photos of your family. Hooray!