Back from Red Leaf! (lots of images)

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Back from Red Leaf! (lots of images)

I'm home! It was truly amazing. Richard and Amy are the most down to earth, caring and wonderful people. I was so afraid of going, and not being cool or good enough, but it didn't matter.

The workshop was all about light, and how to look and read light and how it relates to photos. They rarely use flash (only in dark reception halls), and embrace natural light like the old masters would paint. How the light will wrap around the couple, is how the light truly is. It completely changed my perspective.

There was lots of business talk and how to get your ducks in a row and treat you clients specially. I'm going to work really hard for the next 3 months to relaunch for January with something I'm proud of.

The workshop changed more than my photography, I truly believe that it has changed me. Being so intimidated and feeling second rate before I went, I was openly accepted by 11 wonderful people who treated me as an equal. I realized that I had lost my self identity over the last 3 years and I haven't been taking care of myself. It's almost as if I see things in a new light now. Smile

Anyways, here are some pictures!

Day 1, we had instruction on light and elements of photographs. Framing, composition, etc. Then we got to go out and take pictures of pears in 5 lessons for the afternoon. It was so much fun! (They have those pictures).

The evening they brought out a fun model!

shot with a video light

On Wednesday we did a morning of business instruction and then did a model session in the afternoon. It was pouring buckets!

On Thursday, we had the most incredible experience. We were taken to Saltspring Island on a culinary tour - The goal was to take us to places where people were so inspired and in love with their products.

First stop was the bread lady. She makes 900 loaves of bread to sell at their local market every week!!!

Next off to the Saltspring Cheese company... yumm! First some backlit chickens...

One of my favourite shots of the week. No editing, chiaroscuro lighting

Then we had an amazing gourmet 3 course lunch with local wine. I will never be satisfied with food again!!! I haven't uploaded pictures yet from day 3, but they are yummy ones Smile If you ever want to save up for a workshop, they are amazing people to see!

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LORDY Jen, that looks amazing! I want to go ovet them all, but I have a session to be at in an hour, but I wanted to tell you how excited I am for you. Tne images look perfect. Smile

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thanks! They are focused about slowing down and really thinking and posing the shot before you take it so you don't have to edit/crop/fix anything in photoshop.

The biggest lesson I learned is to watch your horizon lines (and horizontal line that goes behind a person) it shouldn't running through any joint line of the person!

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oh, Jen, that sounds like an AMAZING experience!! I am loving your pictures, and surprisingly (because I'm not normally a chicken girl), I love the chickens the best. Just a really cool and beautiful shot. The model looks like she was a lot of fun to work with. And I just loved reading about the changes in yourself. That just sounds like the best time!

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"jendodd" wrote:

thanks! They are focused about slowing down and really thinking and posing the shot before you take it so you don't have to edit/crop/fix anything in photoshop.

The biggest lesson I learned is to watch your horizon lines (and horizontal line that goes behind a person) it shouldn't running through any joint line of the person!

The pics are great and these are great tips. Thanks for sharing!!

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Wow, great images! And thanks for the tip, that's always one I seem to remember sitting at home, but when I'm out shooting it just leaves my brain, I swear!

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That sounds like a really awesome experience! I really like the picture, especially the one with just her feet and umbrella- that one is beautiful. thanks so much for sharing. do they go on tour? what's the cost on one of those workshops?

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Those are some amazing photos!! I esp love number 2 , it sounds like you had a wonderful time and really learned alot, I hope you have time to post some more photos, I would love to see more!

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Amazing photos! Sounds like a wonderful experience!

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"MollyDoll" wrote:

That sounds like a really awesome experience! I really like the picture, especially the one with just her feet and umbrella- that one is beautiful. thanks so much for sharing. do they go on tour? what's the cost on one of those workshops?

Thanks everyone. It was really amazing! If you look up Red Leaf Studios and click on workshops it has the description. It was very expensive (like the cost of a vacation) and I devoted all of the money from the early months of my business to saving to pay for it. This was the last workshop they are doing this year, but I know they intend to do some next year! I think they did 3 workshops this year