Sunday night is already here?? Where did the weekend go?? Oh yeahh…it went to that awesome thing called a Courtney Fries Workshop!
I have been looking forward to this workshop for a couple of months now, and I’ve been following Courtney’s blog for almost a year now…so add all that together and I was REALLY excited! But I’m not gonna lie…I was nervous too. Would I like the other attendees? Would they like me? Would I be the most inexperienced in the bunch and feel really dumb the whole time? Would I forget everything I know, flip my camera to auto and end up crying in a corner by the end of it?
Well, the answer is YES I definitely liked the other attendees, I think/hope they liked me too, we were all in a similar experience bracket so I didn’t feel like I was asking completely dumb questions, and I didn’t forget everything I know and I definitely didn’t cry in the corner. I was a smiling fool all day, and if there was even a chance of crying, it would have been from sheer joy that other people shared my feelings of excitement, frustration, and passion for this crazy little photography industry.
Thankfully, Sarah got a spot in the workshop at the last minute, so I had someone else to be nervous with. But, we were SO silly to be nervous at all, because every moment of the day ended up being awesome. From the minute we got there, I knew I would like the other photogs. We all introduced ourselves, and when another girl admitted she was nervous too…well, I knew it was going to be a good day. It was going to be good because we were all in it together–nervous, excited, and ready to learn.
And boy oh boy did we learn. I got answers to questions I didn’t even know I had. I learned so much it will probably take a few days to even process all of it, but hey–that’s why I took notes. 🙂 And on top of the learning, I got to socialize with people who share my passion, which was even better than I thought it would be. I made some great friends, and I know we will all stay in touch and be a little support group for each other as we all tackle this crazy world of photography.
We had two shoots yesterday in addition to the round-table learning sessions, and I loved them both. The morning shoot was a bunch of super cute kids at the Music Ranch in Lakeland, and the afternoon shoot was a bridal shoot at the Fantasy of Flight airstrip in Polk City. I’m blogging the photos out of order, because I was just SO in love with the bridal shoot that I couldn’t resist editing those first. The shoot was just my style…a 40’s vibe, vintage airplanes, hot shoes, gorgeous dresses, bright red lips, and beautiful hairpieces. Courtney did an amazing job picking models, styling the shoot, and choosing the location. I was just giddy the entire time. Plus, the weather was totally on our side–storm clouds boiled in the distance, giving the shoot a gorgeous dramatic backdrop, and the rain held off until the end of the shoot. It was perfect!
I’m really excited about applying all of my newfound knowledge in my upcoming shoots, but for now, enjoy the first set of photos from yesterday…many more to come! 🙂