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HEY PORTLAND, we need to talk. Or rather, I need to get something off my chest and I hope you'll listen. I LOVE YOU. Like really, my heart belongs to you. I keep hearing people complain about how much Portland has changed, and all I can say is, the heart of this city is the same. I firmly believe that and as long as I do, I'm yours. But, I also love seeing other places, connecting with people in different lands, and packing up my family and bringing them along with me when I can. I especially love knowing that when I get back home I'll be in the city I love most. What I really want you to know, my dear Portland-based clients new and old, is I am here for you. I take the scheduling of my away-time seriously, making sure to be available to my people (YOU) all throughout the year; I try not to be gone more than once a month during the first half of the year, and I've made sure to plan to be here solidly from mid-July through the end of the year with only one or two long weekends away. So if you're thinking you want to book a session with me but I'm probably too busy, not here enough, gotten too big for my britches, well nothing could be further from the truth. I'm here. I'm not too busy (especially this time of year, wink wink) and I would LOVE to have you on my book for 2016. You dig? Good. Moving on...
Nebraska workshop has beed moved to Colorado (see details below)
New York, NY June 17th (1 session left)
DC-area June 21 & 23rd (2 sessions available)
Richmond, Virginia June 22nd (1 session available)
Anywhere between Spokane, WA to Sandpoint, ID July 3rd (1 session available)
Missoula, MT July 8th (two sessions available)
Boston, MA July 21-22nd (two sessions available)
Portland, ME July 22nd (one evening session available)
Boulder/Denver, CO September 26th (workshop)
To register for a workshop go HERE. To book a family session email me firstname.lastname@example.org
When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a teacher.
When I was in middle school I wanted to be a photographer.
When I was in high school I briefly wanted to be a cop (what?!) but mostly wanted to be Annie Leibovitz.
When I was in college and working an office job my co-workers referred to me as "The General" because I guess I'm a
little bossy natural born leader.
And now I am a working photographer who also gets to teach people sometimes. It's pretty cool. More than pretty cool, it's a motherlovin' dream come true. Well my dream anyway, the one I hadn't completely formulated but worked my bum off to get to and once I found myself here I was like OH YES this is it. Annnnyyywaaaaayyyz... I've been meaning to share about my upcoming teaching/learning opportunities and I'm a bit of a list maker, so here goes:
Photo Field Trip (which if you're wondering what it is all about, this video does a damn good of conveying the vibe) - happening in just over 5 weeks in Santa Barbara, California. I'll be teaching a live session coupled with a talk about creating space for magic in family photography. Here's the description, for those of you (like me) who like the meaty details: Unscripted magic moments occur between parents and children as a natural part of their daily lives. But making space for those sparks to fly in front of your lens – in the short time you spend with a family – is what this class is all about. We will discuss how to run a thriving family photography business that fulfills your needs as deeply as it does your clients. We will cover finding the right clients for YOU; connecting to your clients; building relationships and trust; setting a mood, and preparing clients (and yourself) for easy-going successful sessions (and attempting to avoid some of those dreadful “worst-case-scenarios”); and keeping your perfect-for-you clients coming back for more! Life is naturally beautiful, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to WORK to capture that beauty authentically. This class will delve deep into the prep work leading up to a lifestyle family session, and then we’ll prove it works by shooting one.
Omaha workshop because I go where I am desired, and apparently that's the midwest! We'll be in a barn-turned-studio for the workshop, but also running around the surrounding 26-acre farm, and in addition to all the talking we'll do, I'll be shooting a family session AND there's an option for a dinner and discussion add-on with Ashley Crawford who is kind of a film superstar in the area.
AND because I like to challenge myself and I love kids and curiosity and crafts, I'm offering a week long photography summer camp this July through Vibe of Portland. I am all kinds of excited for this one. If you've got a kiddo between 4-7 grade with an interest in photography, click on that link over there and check it out!
This One's for the Mamas 2.0 will be going down in Santa Barbara in late March. More details to come soon!
So what if you really want to learn with me but can't make it to California, Santa Barbara, Portland, or elementary school? Well then how about you join me online through the Define School classes I teach!
One more place to send you: HERE you can read reviews of all of my workshops by actual attendees who were not paid or bribed or promised anything other than my eternal love for writing their reviews.
I think that's the most I've written in a blog post in a long time. I need a cup of tea now. Or a cookie.
There was this one time I hosted a workshop right here in Portland, and thought maybe, just maybe, nobody would sign up. And then eight wonderful women did; I crossed all my fingers and toes that I wouldn't stumble and fumble and mumble, and all around eff it up. And then the workshop day came and it wasn't just not horrible, it was wonderful, and easygoing, natural, and best of all, FUN. Well, for me anyway (hopefully those lovely ladies who attended would agree). This sweet family was nice enough to let all of us enter their home and pretend that's normal for a family session. Honestly my only complaint about them was that they were too easy on me! They barely made me work, which was precisely what I was supposed to be showing to the workshop attendees. But I can't really complain about a loving, fun, and relaxed family session, now can I? See for yourself just how darling they are...
I did feel the need to take a tiny breather mid-session, just to regroup and make sure I was doing everything I should; I snuck off to the bathroom only to be greeted by this pennant. YOU GOT THIS. I chose to believe that little green triangle.
PS- I don't have any upcoming workshops scheduled at this point, but I am about to teach another round of Driving Your Business for The Define School. Registration is open now, and classes begin May 6th. If you'd like to hear what previous students of that class have to say, you can read reviews on this cool new site. Oh, even though I know I've already said too much, I also have to share my new page with info on all my teaching gigs here. Okay okay, that's it. Smooches!
Here's a session from summer that I never did blog. Seeing as how it has a bit of a driving theme, and I'm getting ready to teach my second round of Driving Your Business for The Define School, well it seemed like a good a time as any to share this fun session.
Now please do me a favor and indulge me by letting me talk about teaching just for a moment (or don't, go ahead and click away, I'll try not to get my feelings hurt). When I signed on to teach this class, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I knew I had some things to say, maybe a few gems to contribute to fellow family photographers, but I didn't really give a lot of thought to whether or not I would enjoy the process. But OH did I enjoy it! And not just the writing of the class - though that was a fun challenge to embark on (side note: when I started writing I thought surely I wouldn't be able to fill more than a few pages with my "method." But when I finished, I had typed up something like 30 pages. I guess we know I've never been short on words, but I was pretty damn surprised and a little proud of myself!). Ahem, digression is something else I'm quite good at... What I really loved about teaching the class for Define was the community of photographers who I got to engage with on a weekly basis. I loved sending out the lessons and getting responses; working through questions, tackling specific problems, and sharing thoughts and ideas as a group. And I LOVED reading the student's assignments as they came back - seeing how they took my words/ideas/process and applied it to their own work. It was incredibly rewarding and I loved every minute of it. The online group forum created by Define allows everyone to interact, hash out ideas and problems together, and be "in class" in a way I hadn't experienced before. I really felt like I got to know a lot of the people in my class over the four weeks we were "together" and I feel like I grew from it as much as [I hope] they did.
But sheesh, enough of me talking about ME. Here's a few quotes from my students, just so you know I wasn't the only one who enjoyed my class. Ha!
This class has pushed me to create a very clear vision of the direction I want my business to go in as well as how to handle my clients so that we can all get the most out of our time together. It has given me the steps I need to take to create a better flow for my business and my approach with clients. I loved the personable way in which you presented information. It made it fun and easy to process but also got me thinking. You didn't just hand out answers but provided tools and opportunities to help us find what works best for ourselves and our business. You're a peach. - Lauren L.
I am so happy that I chose to take Posy Quarterman's class at DEFINE! Being knee deep in a full time photography career, her class was EXACTLY what I needed to help me get on track, stay focused and get organized. What I loved most about it was that week to week the tasks were doable not overwhelming and her warm and supportive nature was just what I needed to reassure myself and stay on task. I have used her tricks and tips since her class and have never been more successful! I highly recommend this class for anyone who is trying to start a photography business, already testing the waters, or even if you are already there and just need someone to show you how THEY handle the business side of things. With truly helpful tried and true suggestions to help you streamline your business, this is the class for you if you are aiming for the stars! – Audrey B.
Honestly, the preparation that you’ve presented (and the actual doing it, of course) has been a life changer. I would say this class has been huge for me; It’s opened my eyes and has seriously helped me feel more confident and prepared. In turn, I'm much more able to be ME and fully present with my clients from the moment I arrive. THAT was AMAZING. - Amy P.
For me this class was hugely informative; I feel like as I continue to shoot and work towards my own honed style I have the tools needed to run and manage my business successfully. - Toni E.
Classes begin January 5th and registration for those classes opens Monday, December 15th! Apparently January is the quickest block to sell out at Define, so mark your calendars. And here's one more incentive: investing in a January class during December registration will reduce your tax liability for 2014. I'm all about that. Wahoo! I hope to "see" you in my class in January!
TOGETHER we will cover:
my step-by-step process for booking and retaining the right clients for YOU
(from the first contact to sending the package out the door, and everything in between)
how I prepare myself and my clients for an ideal and authentic session for us BOTH
(how this process helps to avoid the “worst case scenarios,” and how to navigate them when they inevitably occur anyway!)
lunch (made with love by ME)
live lifestyle session with a real FAMILY
(I’ll direct/manage/shoot, you’ll watch, learn, ask questions)
editing: my approach, and a quick edit of the photos from OUR session
coffee, tea, cookies, and most importantly US reviewing it all, hashing it out, laughing, crying, connecting, and depending how late we go, maybe popping a bottle of champagne and celebrating new FRIENDSHIPS
$450 :: 12 spots available* :: let's do this!
*update as of 1/27/15: 3 spots left!!