Personal Photography Project – December 2011, part 1

I’ve done something, photographically speaking, for myself each month since we moved. It occurred to me I should blog them that way.

For December I’ve got 2 goals. The first came and went already.

I saw Jeremy Cowart in person when he rolled through Seattle on his Life Finder Tour. This was amazing. I went as a fairly inexperienced photographer, having only been doing this for 2 years. I sat in a room full of others – some whose skills are light years ahead of my own and learned from one of the industry’s best. I wanted some re-focusing. I wanted some info on being inspired and staying that way. I wanted a mental push to quit viewing this as a glorified hobby and make it real. He gave me all of that. He didn’t give lots of technical information (though we did get a good dose of off-camera lighting – which I knew nothing about) but rather spoke from his heart on who he is and how he got where he is today. He also hung out in the room during breaks and chatted with us. He let us look through his bag of gear. He let us interrupt him and ask questions. He started the day out by shaking each of our hands and introducing himself. He’s a genuine person who is honestly invested in helping others. Not just through this tour – if you haven’t heard of Help Portrait check it out here. Fair warning, I can’t read some of the stories without crying.

This experience was perfect. I’ve never gone to any workshops or seminars or done any sort of professional development. This winter I want to do more of this.

I went to this conference with Jessica. Who I first came across on the [b] school. We’ve been fb buddies and relate to each other in the major fact that we both relocated to the PNW about the same time and are adjusting, or not adjusting, to starting business over in a whole new area.

Here’s a photo of us with Jeremy at the end of the day.

an instagram of Jessica using someone’s medium format camera to take their photo with Jeremy

and the obligatory shot of our feet on the conference room carpet as we were in line to talk to Jeremy afterwards.

About Danielle Nielsen

I am a photographer who loves to bring out the best in you and your life. Capturing those little moments that make you special are my favorite. I am an "on location" photographer and available for travel anywhere you'd like photos taken.
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