On November 16th,

my dreams came true. I never thought I would be hosting a small workshop for photographers around the area. I have always dreamed of attending one but I could not handle the travel + expenses. Most of the photo workshops I want to attend are either out west, up north, or out of the country.

I have been eyeing a particular dress for a while. First, I wanted it to be my wedding dress but I had to be more realistic lol. I bought the dress on a whim because I wanted to photograph someone in it. What started out as a small session for myself turned into a small workshop for photographers to learn more about portrait photography.

There’s so much that goes into an event like this. You have to plan out logistics of how the day will go. I remember drinking coffee on the couch with my sister as she shook me with some words on what I needed to do to make it happen. You have to have a back up plan for your back up plans. Thankfully, everything went according to plan and maybe even BETTER than I planned!

With the help of my favorite coffee shop, we enjoyed a cup of coffee from Prevail Union for the first half of the workshop and discussed how to interact with clients, posing, and composition. These ladies listened so intently to what I had to say. I literally planned my speaking points late the night before. These ladies were already talented photographers, but they took notes anyway. They asked questions and ended up discussing possible solutions with each other. For a moment, I stood there and took it all in. I knew that I was surrounded by a lovely community of ladies searching for growth and inspiration for their work.

My intentions for this workshop was to share my love for people and portraits and to show others that we can create what we want to create. It’s hard being a creative photographer in the south because we are so stuck in our traditions with standard portraits and posing. It’s so easy to fall into the cookie cutter mold and be afraid to break out of that mold. I was tired seeing the same things and delivering the same photos, so for my own inspiration I bought a dress and teamed up with some friends to make this dream come true.

A Thank You List

Prevail Union Montgomery, you are favorite place to always meet people in Montgomery. Thank you for letting me use your space for the first half the workshop!

Ashton Smith from Dearly Beloved Photography, thank you being my creative friend, for always coming over on Friday nights to drink wine and eat pizza and talk about our lives as well as this workshop. Thank you for helping me plan this and affirming my ideas. Thank you for letting us use your space to shoot!

Julia Linn, my roommate/best friend/body guard, thank you for your creative hands and designing a floral crown and bouquet of my DREAMS late at night on our bathroom floor. You are a woman of many talents.

Nalin Crocker, thank you for always affirming my ideas and supporting my wild dreams. Thank you for always creating beautiful graphics and stationery for me. I have enjoyed our Mondays together!

B, my new friend and model, THANK YOU, for taking time out of your busy school schedule to help us photographers out. Thank you for sharing your beauty with us!

Some Behind the Scenes