Thursday, May 21, 2009

Discovery Workshop - Day 3

Day three took us back to Cavallo Point were we began our journey. The day started with a reflection of our individual photo assignments from day two. Problems, epiphanies, stresses and ah-ha moments were all discussed at this meeting of the minds. Many of the participants of the workshop had never had a photo assignment like this. Whether it was photographing a subject different than they normally photograph or having their first photographic assignment given to them, they were thrown into these situations. Each of the ladies worked through their excitement, nervousness and fears and emerged on the other side, one step deeper into their own self discovery.

We set up the next part of the day as a classroom breakout sessions. Each of the instructors took on teaching an intensive 45 minutes class on a photographic area of interest. MeRa taught one-on-one marketing and a website critique for anyone that attended her class; Rick went on a photographic exploration with his class, teaching them about background, texture and depth of field; Brian and Garrett took on flash lighting techniques; Matt taught organization, workflow and post production techniques, and Laura helped with branding and made vision boards with her attendees. We all enjoyed our sessions immensely and the feedback from the ladies was that they all wanted more. More time, more breakouts, more!

After our breakout classes, MeRa and Brian were able to go over their 21 tips for photographing people. All we can say is that we can't wait to use some of their tips on our next wedding! If you want to know more about their 21 tips, you can sign up for one of their workshops!

After MeRa and Brians presentation, Garrett organized several families, couples and kids for each of the women to photograph. What a great send off! This was an opportunity for everyone to take what they had learned from the weekend and apply it to their own photography. Teams of two, three and four wandered the grounds of Cavallo Point with their subjects. It was really great to look out at all of the women sitting with their subjects, getting to know them and making portraits that were reflective of themselves as artists.

We are very excited to see all the photographs from each and every woman that attended this workshop. What a long journey it was and will continue to be for us all. We walked away from the experience wide open and thankful that we too took this journey. We stepped through dark places, worked through our own fears and emerged on the other side thankful, grateful and alive. We personally thank MeRa, Brian, Rick, Lesley, Laura, Genie, Jason and all of the 22 beautiful women that trusted us enough to embark on a self discovery journey together.

Here is a slideshow of images from this amazing weekend:

18 comments:

Sharon said...

OH... I'm going to watch this slide show a million times! Can I just send all my friends and family over here to watch it? It's perfect!!!

Jeramy Sossaman said...

gorgeous. wonderful! love, love, love...

Katie Gonzalez said...

AHHH!!! I love the slideshow. It totally made me teary. LOVE IT!!!!! all those feelings from that weekend came rushing back as I saw everyone. Thank you!

~Dana said...

WOW! That looks like an incredible learning experience!

Christene said...

Awesome!! I absolutely love it!

Carlye said...

I'm with Sharon!.... I could leave it on repeat and watch it a hundred times!

Hey Matt, can you put these images on SM for us to buy?? Just a thought...

Jeannie said...

I love it. The picture of the wings and the feet about to jump seem to say it all. Thank you for safekeeping and bringing all these wonderful memories.

Chelsie Rae said...

Amazing! i love it! absolutly love it! Its like i was there again! I miss everyone so so much!

Annie Haynes said...

oh.. **sniff sniff sniff** that was awesome! I miss you guys so much! Truly an amazing experience.. and how cute are our fearless leaders?

Matt Reoch said...

Carlye, Great idea! I will put these images on SmugMug too.. Yes. Yes. Thanks for the idea!

Wendy Z said...

Oh, I love the video. I am so glad you all had fun..Wished I could've made this one. But I do love watching all the interactions and I especially love the group pics at the end.

Cathy M said...

Speechless! What a flood of great memories came rushing back. You captured it beautifully--so amazing!

Jenny said...

ILOVEIT ILOVEIT ILOVEIT!

Thank you so much for the gift that is this slideshow. You have to leave it up forever so we can all watch it when we need to be inspired!

You captured such beautiful moments! I al so loved all the extra touches like the inspiring photos from the lodge and the heart sign.

Kathleen said...

I could watch this over and over and over and over again. I love it!!

Thanks for putting this together!

Addie said...

Oh my goodness, you all have given and given and now you give some more! This slide show is like a place to come back to when I need to re-ground myself from all the chaos! It is beautiful and lights up all the wonderful memories of that special place and time! And I love the moments you captured! So many, so real, so lovely! Thank you again.

tracie said...

thank you SO much for putting the slideshow together! so emotional to be able to see it and live it all over again! thank you, thank you!!

Genie said...

Major LOVE points to you!! Wow - just the best & sweetest show to watch. BIG smiles seeing everyone and reliving moments. Muchos Gracias, mucho amore!

Aileen said...

I wasn't even there and i LOVE it! Can't wait to attend a MeRa Confidence Workshop next month!