It’s about to get real sappy up in here. You know those people that have helped you along the way, the one’s that went the extra mile to teach you, to mentor you?! Sarah is my person. I rember being in my second year of photography and feeling soo far behind. I felt like I should have known a lot more, I should have been getting that look that I was longing for but I just wasnt. I had watched the Youtube videos, bought the actions, but something just wasn’t right. I needed a hands-on learning experience. I had been following Sarah RELIGOUSLY, like in a weird way stalking her work. She posted on her page about doing a mini workshop, I looked at my husband and said “I need to do this, I need to learn from HER”. This was my last ditch effort before I hung up my camera and bowed out gracefully from the photography game. I wasn’t enjoying it because I wasn’t producing the work I wanted so badly.
I’ll never forget it. I was trembling. So nervous I would mess up, I knew the other girls would know so much more than I did and I didn’t want to look like a fool. We all sat down and starting talking cameras, shutter speeds, ISO’s, FStops, and shooting in manual mode with a prime lens. Here was the problem. I had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA HOW TO SHOOT IN MANUAL MODE. Oh, and I had been rocking my kit lens for 2 years. It was pitiful, it really was. I’m sure I looked like a deer in headlights. I was way over my head, or was I?
Bless her heart. Sarah taught me in a few short hours how to use my 50mm prime lens that had been sitting in my camera bag for over a year and how to shoot in manual. It was astonishing the patience she had with me. I was the hottest of all messes, believe. me. Sooo, we had an awesome family to shoot at the shooting portion of the workshop and I felt like I may have done it. The moment of truth would be when I got in my car after the shoot and looking at the back of my camera. I did it. As happy tears streamed down my face I finally felt fulfilled in my work, and I knew this is what I was supposed to do. I just needed a little guidance and love from my girl Sarah.
The picture on the left was taken a week before my first workshop and the right image was taken at the workshop.
Fast-forward 4 years. I’m still here!! Loving my job but always down for a refresher and to learn from the best once again!! So my husband suprised me with a workshop with Sarah for Christmas (bless him). It was awesome, and a super great feeling getting to learn with a few years of practice under my belt.