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Well, as you saw from yesterday’s blog post, I had a fantastic time at a photography workshop hosted by Mark Maya and with Fox & Owl Studio near Asheville, NC. (Note: I’m always ready to leave Charlotte and head to Asheville! Look at this mountain sunset. Just look. at. it.)
I am literally a changed person and wedding photographer thanks to that workshop. Before, I had trouble figuring out what was missing from my images. And then, with a little help from Mark and Shannon and Andrew, I figured it out.
It was me who was missing from my images. My images were images that were missing the artist’s signature. They were great, but they were incomplete.
But things can and will change. And they did.
The styled elopement photography shoot from the workshop was nothing but OMG and EXACTLY what I needed to renew my confidence in myself as a wedding photographer. The couple, married in real life and who comprise Peak Of The Mountain Productions, was seriously en fuego!
I had a seriously hard time culling the images from their styled elopement photography shoot. Like, seriously. Extra seriously. With a cherry on top. (And can I say one thing? I dream of being part of a styled shoot as a model with or without my husband. Anyone looking for models? Call me!)
Joey and Betsabe have an incredible chemistry between them. I literally felt it the whole time during the shoot! Soooo palpable.
That sweet look he’s giving her here! All the feels, y’all. ALL THE FEELS.
I loved having the mountains, setting sun, and river down below as part of the background.
Love this black & white image so much.
These two made us werk. And I loved every damn second of it.
I fell in love with Joey and B’s facial expressions and their playful banter. At times, it was just too damn cute!
It was cold evening, but it was a magical evening at the same time.
OMG, how fucking cute are they?! STOP IT.
Joey and B were cute yet smoldering at the same time.
That part of the styled shoot where it looked like B was undoing Joey’s pants. There were a few audible giggles among us photographers.
What started out as golden hour eventually faded to a magical blue hour.
(Side note: We were briefly interrupted by my husband driving up the driveway, LOL. I didn’t capture any images of that moment, unfortunately.)
And then there’s this. This last image. This is one of my favorites. I love everyone here following Joey and B as we finished up with another amazing styled elopement photography shoot. It was great being surrounded by such talent and sense of community.
*Le sigh* Yup, I’ll be in love with this shoot all month.
So, after short meeting at the end, during which a few of us won some prizes (I won a mentoring session with Fox & Owl Studio, OMG!), the workshop was over. And I was happy yet sad. But more happy than sad.
Just like in yesterday’s post, here are a couple more takeaways I had from the workshop.
5. I learned to become one with my photography. I learned to infuse my images with myself. I suddenly felt my photography, especially my wedding photography, would never be the same again. And I was excited about that. By actually letting my guard down while capturing images, I captured a series of emotions of which the likes I had never witnessed.
My images. They had intense emotion. They had intense connection.
Now, I will admit, it did help having Mark, Shannon, Andrew, and the other photographers prompting Joey and B. I tend to get shy when it comes to posing, but now I realized I was making too much work of posing before. I learned to just let things and my future couples be.
6. What am I passionate about? I’m passionate about love. I’m passionate about telling stories (via photography and writing/blogging). I love documenting weddings (and, on a smaller scale, working with business owners and entrepreneurs to tell their stories). This is what makes my heart sing. If you look at my website, you’ll see happy couples and confident business owners and entrepreneurs.
That’s where I want to be, and that’s where I plan on staying.
Again, I have to thank Mark, Shannon and Andrew, and my fellow awesome photographers for making my first photography workshop experience non-intimidating and immensely genuine. I no longer need to be afraid or feel like an imposter or be a perfectionist.
I love the mountains and Asheville and can’t wait to return.
This photographer may live in Charlotte, but her soul is in Asheville.