All in Personal

Wedding Photography Workshop | Cliff Mautner Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp

I don't remember when I first heard about Cliff Mautner, but it was probably about three years ago as I was just getting started with my photography business. Every time his work was discussed by fellow photographers, it was almost in the reverent tones used when speaking of a spiritual guru...or at least a master artist. For those who aren't photographers, let me mention that there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of photography coaches, mentors, and workshops to choose from. If you are paying attention, you learn that many of them do not have your best interests at heart...they take your hard-earned money and return a few morsels of information, lots of pep talk, a “You can do it!” mantra, and send you on your way.

Beautiful Urban, Vintage and Boho Styled Shoots | Holli True Workshop

This post is long overdue; I'm so excited to share these photos with everyone! Last April, I attended a photography workshop hosted by the incredible Holli True, located in Eugene, Oregon. For two full days, I collaborated with five other photographers in hands-on learning for our photography businesses.

Keeping legacies | Family Photographer | Skagit County, WA

I've shared before how much I have a passion for keeping memories . . . seems like I have always gravitated to those things, even as a kid.Example: when I was a kid, if one of our pets died, it was traumatizing to me. I was not able to move through my grief until I'd done something to memorialize my beloved furry friend. Sometimes it was in the form of a poem, other times a childlike, makeshift gravestone. Either way, I was compelled to find a way to keep their memory alive.

Photo Lush Photography Conference | Heritage Flight Museum | Vintage Photo Shoot | Skagit County Photographer

I have been ‘chomping at the bit' to attend a photography conference for quite some time. Not only am I interested in the technical information I might add to my repertoire, but I also want to get to know some of my fellow photographers in the Skagit/Whatcom county areas. So, a month ago, I paid a very nominal fee to attend a photography conference in March called Photo Lush in Bellingham, Washington.

My love affair with Beauty | Skagit County Photographer

It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I'm in the process of getting my photography business off the ground, mostly since last September. Sometimes I get discouraged that it isn't happening fast enough, but then I have to remind myself that, a little over a year ago, I couldn't have imagined doing the photo shoots I've done the last few months. So, onward and upward, I say!

The Personal Category | Skagit County Photographer

Here's a first: I just created a “Personal" category for this blog (for this entry). Everyone says that photographers should blog. So, I started this blog. I didn't really commit to it, though, until very recently. You see, I have another blog, a personal blog, that I started back in 2008 when I was going through breast cancer treatment. Never, in a million years, did I think I would be a blogger, but it turned out that people wanted to follow me and writing was therapeutic for me. Kind of like group therapy, with the biggest group of supporters I've never met. I haven't updated my personal blog for a few months and it's still getting hundreds of hits. Go figure!