Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The first "petal".

Welcome, welcome to my first-ever personal blog. I am fairly new to all of this and I have much to experience. But I know it will be a journey well worth taking. I consider this a "petal" in my amazing sojourn through all the new things I am learning, and hope there are many more "petals" to open up, creating something beautiful in the end.

Chelsie, my youngest daughter, and I recently returned from a trip to San Francisco to take part in Me Ra Koh Photography's Self-Discovery Workshop. It was an amazing experience for not only the two of us, but the other 20 women who attended. We were so very lucky to learn from Me Ra, her husband Brian, Garrett Burdick, Rick Chapman & Lesley Ehrenfeld , and Matt & Laura Reoch. Such a phenomenal team of photographers and creative individuals!

We truly learned how to connect to the artist within, connect with our portrait subject and then blend these connections into our own unique photographs. It is a process that we should learn to trust and make time for, according to Rick Chapman. And he is so right! It is hard, going "blind" into a new and unfamiliar process. But with the help and guidance of all these individuals, we learned just how valuable that process is to our own creative survival as well as to our photographs. Learning how to photocoach our subjects so that we get those special shots and help our clients to relax was also such a valuable session with Me Ra and Brian.

If you ever get the opportunity to attend one of their workshops, I highly recommend it! You will not be disappointed and you will walk away with many new friends and a huge boost in your self-confidence as a photographer. Check out Me Ra's website, for more information on this and other workshops.

I'll post some of our photos later, but for now, thank you for checking out the new blog and many wishes for a happy, healthy day!


  1. Yay! First post! we are totally in business now =) love you.

  2. Yeah! I"m so glad you and Chelsie started blogs!!!
    I think my very favorite picture on Garrett and Matt's slideshows the one of you and Chelsie! The one where she's in focus and you are behind her... Something about that pictures just gets to me! Tugs at my heart! It does!
    I'm so excited to follow you on your journey!!