East Coast West Coast Workshop

This past weekend I finally did something I’ve been dreaming of doing for years. (It seems it’s been the past two years of that by going to France and then taking our kids to Mexico and now this!) I have read about and wanted to attend a photography workshop for YEARS. For a long time I was having all these babies and it just didn’t work out. And something always seemed to come up. And then I think I subconsciously didn’t commit to one because I consider myself a mom who likes to take pictures. Or as we talked about at the workshop, I’m someone who flirts with a photography business but I don’t fully commit. I have 5 kids and I love being a mom and I want to be a stay a home mom. But man do I love taking pictures. And somewhere in all of that made me feel like I shouldn’t take a weekend for my part time hobby that I make money doing.

East Coast West Coast Photography Workshop | Just Rhonda

But one of the photographers I have followed for long time announced she was going to do a photograph workshop with another one that I have followed for a while. And then there were two others who I found and loved instantly too. I was hooked. And I committed. These four amazing ladies were the teachers: (And the picture is by the lovely Gabi who was also there working behind the scenes.) Spanki Mills, Angie Monson, Shannon Sewell and Jean Smith.

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The workshop was held in this fantastic house. And yup, amazing.

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It had so many windows and so much light.

East Coast West Coast Photography Workshop | Just Rhonda

We got to watch each teacher shoot and they taught while they did it. It was awesome. It was amazing to see how they each operate and run a shoot. And the whole weekend I kept thinking how well they have each done on using their own personalities to succeed at photography. They each have something different to offer the world and they are all doing it well. That is inspiring.

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All the families and kids were amazing!!! They did SO good!!!

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Seriously these model kids right?!

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Who looks like this when they are 11??!

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It was totally last minute and many things were in my brain about why I shouldn’t go but I told that little voice to hush up and I booked it. And I was SO happy that I did. Like so happy. I learned SO MUCH stuff. My brain was plain out tired by the end and my cutest little notebook they gave me was filled to the brim of information. And all the other ladies I met were so stinking nice. And the instructors that I met were so kind and all that I could have hoped for. It was fascinating listening to them talk about their craft and creativity and watching them work with models and families was amazing too. The bar was set high for my first one!

East Coast West Coast Photography Workshop | Just Rhonda

It was such a great weekend of learning for me.

East Coast West Coast Photography Workshop | Just Rhonda

One of my hesitations in going was that I’ve never really travelled anywhere alone…. so I convinced Regan to come with me. We work good as traveling buddies. I navigate and he drives. And I was glad that he was there with me. He decided for sure to come when we found out his favorite band was playing in Berkley the same time we were down there so we drove 1.5 hours to see them Saturday night. And it made him so happy, so it made me happy. 🙂

East Coast West Coast Photography Workshop | Just Rhonda

I came home SO ready to take more pictures. Pictures that I want to take. My vision. The way I see the world.

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  • May 4, 2016 - 8:49 pm

    Chels - Rhonda! You are so not just a mom who likes taking pictures!!!! (I should know cuz that’s what I am!;)
    You’re an amazing photographer! A true artist. (I think it’s interesting you struggled feeling like you had to justify your “hobby” by making it a business… I’ve totally had similar conflicts).

    My fav line of this post is “for a long time I was having all these babies!” I always think it’s so funny how in biographies, they had x number of children gets thrown in like it happened in a blink!

    I love that your doing things you have dreamed of, it gives he hope (as someone, who’s still “having all these babies!” it makes me feel like those times will come, that it’s not just my fears holding me back, but I just have to be patient too.

    Excited to see more of the world the way you see if:) that’s really what it photography is huh, a way to share our unique perspective.

    I look forward to attending YOUR workshop in a few years:)

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