Portrait Workshop

Our portrait workshop on Saturday was a small intimate group. It started off a little unorganized but turned out great. My attendees were all advanced photographers so we had to adjust the curriculum a little, but that’s what is great about teaching small groups!

Herb Basso was a charming host for our delicious lunch at Ka’ili’s in Santa Clara. If you haven’t made it out there to try it out you need to go! The food is excellent and the staff couldnt be more friendly! It’s really not that far out of your way…try them!

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More beauty shoot photos – Denise


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Mono Lake & Yosemite

I attended a workshop in Mono Lake, CA last week.  It was held by Moose Peterson. I have admired his nature work since I was a teenager. I think he was a great influence on my choice of becoming a photographer. In his book “Captured” he gives an honest account of how hard it can be to make a living as a photographer, especially a nature photographer. At the same time he shows his tender heart and his love of nature that compelled him, against the odds, to follow his dreams. I was so happy to attend his workshop and spend time with one of my “idols”.  It was a small group and lots of fun to get to spend time in a casual atmosphere with other people passionate about photography. Even if you are highly skilled as a photographer you will find it handy to attend a workshop. The locals know the area! They know the weather, they know the light, and they have a “plan b” when its not working at one location. I also am creatively inspired when I spend time with people who do photography because its what they love!

 

 

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Mono Lake moon set
Mono Lake moon set

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I took my daughter and son with me ( they did not attend the workshop) so we decided to go the long way home and drive through Yosemite. We had a great time. The fall colors were lovely. I would love to go back when we have some more time.

 

Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
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Half Dome – Yosemite National Park

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Creative Inspiration …

What do you do for creative inspiration?

It’s always different for me… one time it may be an afternoon spent browsing the latest magazines at Barnes & Noble, another time I may completely shift gears and work in the garden. One of my favorite things to do is getting together with creative friends and sharing ideas. My friends and I have been doing a weekly photo scavenger hunt. It’s been lots of fun (also a lot of work!), but it does get you thinking creatively.

Our words last week were: flog, surreal, beverage, dots, calm, pokey & friends. Here’s a favorite from last week’s hunt. It was taken by my friend Jenn.

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