Friday, May 28, 2010

workshop, week and weekend

(These are 2 of the beautiful models from the workshop I attended this week, there was also an adorable little boy and another senior girl.)

Not sure how to start this post because we've had so much going on this week, so I guess I'll jump right in. My head is still spinning from the workshop and I'm not quite sure how to articulate it all adequately. So to summarize it briefly, in the 2 days spent with Amy Wenzel, I feel like I learned more than I have in the last year! What a gifted photographer and teacher...she spoke about how she started her photography business, what worked and didn't work for her, how she decided to specialize in her particular market and for me... boosted my confidence with my own photography and inspired me tremendously. My good friend Colleen and I are still processing it all. We met Grace for the first time in person, who is as lovely, genuine and funny as she is on her blog. Anyway, hands down the best money I've spent
as far as investing in myself and what I love to do, which is take pictures. Amy is truly a sweetheart and as beautiful on the inside as the outside. And we had the added excitement of spending an extra night in Grand Rapids due to our flight being cancelled due to thunderstorms. Almost forgot to add we also got together with Steffie, Kimberley and Tanya for dinner the first night, all friends that live locally. An amazing and fun week...I think Colleen and I may have to do a little road trip back to Michigan maybe this Summer!

As the week winds down and we get ready for a 3 day weekend, (we will be spending it with friends in Chicago)...I hope you have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. Summer is pretty much here it looks like... we're looking forward to sleeping in a little later, swimming, playing at the water park and spending time with dear friends and family!

18 kind words:

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

sounds fabulous! Pictures are fabulous! And, have a fabulous weekend!


Lori Lynn said...

Your photos are wonderful! I think you've just inspired me to attend a workshop. It's amazing how much you can learn in a few hours with a real professiona.

Michelle@BornInOurHearts said...

Oh my goodness, Gail!!! These are STUNNING, STUNNING, STUNNING!!! I have admired Amy for some time now and I am sure her workshop just rocked!!

So glad you were able to combine your passion for photography with some good friend time!

Karen said...

...hard to believe your photos could get any prettier- but wow!
Have a great weekend!

redmaryjanes said...

It was truly a pleasure and a dream come true to meet you.
I would love it if you came back to Michigan. We would have a wonderful time.
We are not far from Chicago either and a weekend getaway would be amazing!

Ivy said...

You write so beautifully! I can tell not just by your photos but the enthusiasm I feel reading this that you really had a great time while learning.
I so would have enjoyed being with you all, but still enjoy seeing you having some fun and good old fashion R and R! Well deserved!!!

Have I told you that THESE PICTURES ARE STUNNING? OMW! BREATHLESS MY FRIEND. You were good to begin with, so looks like Amy took you to another level:))

I'm so glad you're feeling better...your passion for photography shines!!!



kerri said...

I wish you girls lived closer to me so I could figure out this camera!!! I need to attend some workshops!

Wanda said...

Fantastic. You clearly have been inspired - your words and pictures reflect that. (I'm jealous...umm....I meant...happy for you. lol)

Happy Memorial Day week-end!

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

Gail these pictures area fabulous!!!! Your post was right on the money!!! I hope Amy has a part II...I'm there if she does!. I loved spending time with you and Grace....and we were so lucky to meet up with Steffie, Kimberley and Tanya...the entire trip was fabulous!!! OK not the cancelled plane but we were given the opportunity to get to spend time with Susan : ) so it all turned out well...although I am still exhausted LOL
Love ya girlfriend {{}}

Jboo said...

Oh wow -- what a great time! Your photos are so beautiful! And bonus -- you got to be with so many friends, too!

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


Kim said...

Sounds like you had a great time..
LOVE the photos..
Have a great weekend..
Love ya..

The Sanders Family said...

Wow! How awesome! I'd love to go to one of Amy's workshops...maybe someday. Glad you had fun...the photos are amazing! Have fun in Chicago! Only 4 1/2 hours from me :)

Terri said...

Awesome pictures! What agreat week you had. Sounds like lots of fun and I can tell how excited you are with all you learned!

fleur de lis cottage said...

What a gerat workshop. Sounds fabulous and to get to hang out with friends to boot! AWeSome!

Casey said...

I LURVE these pictures!!! So beautiful!! Must take a workshop soon...

Steffie B. said...

It was so fun seeing you at these pictures....did you use your 85mm?

I'll call you this week...

Dita said...

Wow...the colors and composition in these images are just stunning.
Looks like you had a wonderful time and so glad the workshop didn't disappoint!

Truly Blessed said...

I've heard such great things about Amy Wentzel and her workshops. And if you ever come back to GR, let me know, I'd love to meet you and introduce you to my sweet girls and big boys!

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