It Saturday morning, the house is silent and the weather is amazing. I can't remember the last Saturday my feet didn't hit the ground running with session or grocery run or just stuff I had to get done. I took my coffee out on the back porch to enjoy this very rare occasion and here is the most surprising part .... I actually have some alone time, but wait there's more... and I am writing a blog post... I know right!!!
Last Saturday, I woke up packed and headed to Addison for Texas School of Professional Photography. Wow what an experience, I have always been and will always be a 100 percent believer of education for life. When I picked up my first digital camera, I had no idea the journey it would take me on, the experience I would have and the people I would meet. Looking back it was truly one of THE moments in my life. From day one, I wanted to learn. Photography is something I always loved, doesn't every photographer say that? (Lol).
The love of photography has always been there, from the first time my Dad handed me the family Minolta and said here you take it.... I was hooked. Photography is the perfect blend of the left and right side of my brain and I feel it is a gift to look at life through the lens. OK. There I go on another tangent again, yep another squirrel moment.
Ok back to Texas School and photography education. This may be hard to believe but this was my first big photographic educational experience as a student. Up to this point I have been to seminars for a couple hours here or there and to state, district and national PPA conventions. I was even blessed to be asked to be a mentor at After Dark but never been able to go to a "school" (truth be told Texas School has always been on my someday list).
I have been home a week and am still processing everything that I experienced last week. Yes I used the word experienced not learned for a reason, Texas School is an EXPERIENCE and I hope to get to return and experience it again. I loved it! I could tell you about all the benefits of Texas school the small class size and variety of classes and activities and such but that can all be found easily on their website and Facebook page. However, my experience was on such a deeper level. I have mentioned before how Robert and I have been "reevaluating and reorganizing and reprioritizing " Trawick Images and our lives lately and can not imaging taking a class that was any more perfect for me right know at this moment.
Bry Cox is based out of Utah and travels all over the world teaching every aspect of photography. (Did you catch that I got to spend a week learning from an international photographic educator and Adobe evangelist). His class was Celebrity style imaging, how to make every client look and feel like celebrity. He filled my head and my note pad with ideas and info on how to shoot and organize to save time before and after the shoot. That is what Bry taught us. Lighting, posing and shooting techniques to get it right in camera so that we don't have to "touch up" in post process. Robert taught me and has always said shoot it right in camera, but Brys system took it to a new level. I explained why and how to do it, showed us on two different models, let us try it for our selves, import, cull, export and edit the gallery ready to show to your client and that was in the first two days. Do you remember me telling you it was a week long school lol and I haven't even got to the most important things I took away from last week yet. For a girl who really doesn't like to write this sure is getting long.
Ok so one more thing, Bry taught us how to paint in Photoshop, here's my first attempt on one of my all time favorite images.... Can't wait to get better at this...