Friday, April 26, 2013

Spring Photography Weekend 2013

This past weekend I was blessed to be in the company of some fabulous photographers and an awesome instructor!  Lisa of The Long Road to China is an amazing photographer and instructor.  I first learned of Lisa through her blog while she was in China bringing her beautiful Reagan home.  I was captivated by the images she captured and posted on her blog.  I soon learned that Lisa was not only a woman with a heart for adoption but she was sharing her amazing photography talent with others through on-line classes.  What was even better was that a portion of the class fees went to an organization that helps orphans in China, Half the Sky.
Lisa took me from fully automatic on my DSLR to manual mode.  A very scary thing for me!  I am even shooting in RAW now!  There still seemed to be something missing for me…..I am a hands on learner.  This past weekend I was in the company of 9 other ladies who have all been taking classes with Lisa.  These ladies are all awesome photographers and I don’t mind saying I was a little intimidated!  No worries!  Besides the fun times, the amazing photo sessions Lisa had set up with some awesome models, the bonding with some incredible women…..Lisa just made something “click” in me. 
I now have a renewed enthusiasm for photography.  I hope that I can continue to keep that spark alive and to further grow in my photo taking and editing.  This fall I WILL be meeting these ladies again in the fall at another workshop with Lisa!  Come h*&& or high water I will be there!
Thank you for a weekend I will not soon forget and some wonderful new friendships Shasta, Diane, Teri, Hannah, Amy, Lauren, Laura, Emily, Kelly and of course Lisa!
Here are a few photos that I have edited so far-

IMG_7926 edited with sunflare blog
IMG_8227 high res blog

IMG_8313 high res blog

First Communion high res blog

First Communion Rosary high res blog

I have many more photos to edit and will post them later.
You can go to Lisa’s blog and see some of the photos from the other ladies.


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

YAY!!! Look at you posting!!! So so happy you made the trip and we got to meet in person after all of these years!!! I loved watching the lightbulb go off for you so many times as we worked with our fabulous and beautiful models!!! The proof is definitely in your photos and I have seen you grow a lot in just the last weekend. You have definitely made me proud!! Keep up the fantastic work and hope to see you in the Fall!



Diane said...

Sandy, you definitely "rocked it"! These photo's are can see such a change in your photography! It was a fabulous weekend and I feel so blessed that we could share it together after all the years of being "on-line" classmates:) Can't wait to see what the next chapter brings!!!
God Bless,

Tish said...

amazing photos!! your work is beautiful!! congrats on your progress!!

Reena said...

Great Photos Sandy! I would really like to get better at taking pictures-- at some point the time will come.

Holly said...

How did I miss these?!? You do beautiful work, Sandy! Sounds like a wonderful time doing something you love.
I can't wait to see more.

sierrasmom said...

Sandy these are awesome!! I came close to taking one of her classes but haven't done so yet...