When I first became really passionate about photography I just wanted to take nice pictures of my daughter. Like many new moms, I wanted a billion pictures of my first born. As I started to understand the technical side of photography I became more passionate about getting the technique down and less about what I was trying to convey in my photography. I attended many workshops to imitate styles that I thought were what everyone was looking for. I started to take pictures and not capture memories. I had no creative outlook nor did I have my own style.
I became frustrated because all I saw in my pictures were images with no story and no creativity. I attended a very interesting and charming conference Field Trip (www.yeahfieldtrip.com) but found myself lost. The conference was full of gorgeous people who knew what their styles were and knew what they wanted to photograph. Then I started to notice that I just didn't fit in with the style or with their outlook on photography. I felt so out of place and unrelatable. They wore hunter boots, I wore old beat up snow boots (there was plenty of rain but no snow). Was I at the wrong conference? Did I make a mistake in investing so much money and time to only feel less secure about myself?
I stayed away from workshops for a while. My crappy reasons were: it was to much money or I just didn't want to feel lost again. Then a miracle happened. Foundation Workshops (http://fworkshop.com)were offering a less intense version of their famous workshop. I jumped for joy!
I will start off saying I have always awwwed and gooogoood over Fearless Photographers (http://www.fearlessphotographers.com). Kirsten Lewis (http://www.kirstenlewisphoto.com) is one of my favorite photographers and she is part of the Fearless family. I have read many blog posts about photographers and how this workshop opened up their world to different possibilities. I felt like this is what I needed! Citlalli Rico (http://citlalliricoblog.com/), Susana Barbera (http://www.susanabarbera.com/), these beautiful and amazing photographers were also part of this amazing group of superstar artist. I had to do! I had to attend the Foundation First workshop and I had to find myself.
And I did. I finally figured out who I was and what I wanted to do. I also figured out it was ok to try new and different things. These journeys help you define what you love and that love transfers into your work. I learned from Field Trip letting go of the conventional. I met many talented and very gutsy people. I met photographers who only photograph food and things and can still tell a story. I can't do that...yet..and that is amazing to me! Foundation helped me find myself in the harsh reality that I need to clear my mind and soul to tell a story. And that there is always a story to tell even if you have no relation with the story. You learn to understand your surroundings and find the beauty in what surrounds you.
Wow all that writing just to tell you that I have found my style. Yeah it has been a very therapeutic journey! All workshops can teach. It is up to you to learn, to not be scared, and to find yourself and your style. I love closeups of tiny feet and tiny hands. I love showing couples in the right lower third of my image while they are surrounded by infinite sky or nature. I love photographing people in their elements as well as in a portrait. So I combine all this love into my sessions now. I don't need to just do a conventional and expected portrait. I can be crazy and creative as well. One hour does not limit me. It inspires me!
The following pics are pictures I captured of four wonderful photographers. We did a practice photo thing a while back. I was a bit nervour because I was meeting four collegaues and I was going to share my work with them. I got out of my comfort zone to create. Thank you Nieves Montaño (http://www.nievesmontanocreative.com/), Jessica Alden (http://jessicaaldenphotography.com/), Yasmine Couso (http://www.peachesandgreenphotography.com/), and Karina Beagley-Zazueta (http://www.beagleyphotography.com/) for inspiring me and motiviating me :)