They say ... don't forget where you've come from. Well, next month I'll be going back to my hometown to teach a Watercolor Made Easy class on Silver Falls in Autumn.
If you're a local to Junction City, Oregon, I'd love for you to join me for this class at Max Porter's Coffeehouse in downtown on Saturday, October 19 at 5:00 pm.
When I was first teaching myself photography five years ago, I knew that I would want to take quality, if not amazing, photos of my future children. Now that I've had my first little one, I'v been snapping away with my iPhone almost everyday, but I still make the time to take photos with my professional camera equipment. And sometimes, I talk my hubby into taking a couple photos once I set everything up.
These two photos were taken while we were still in the hospital with our little girl. And as she reached one month, two months, and three months, I knew that I wanted to capture those times with my DSLR and prime lens.
This morning I headed out to Wallace Marine Park in West Salem for a Senior Session with Ethan. We got to explore the gravel bar just north of the old Union Railroad Bridge, which is now a footpath bridge. I pulled out all of my puny jokes so that Ethan would crack a smile, but for over half of them he was shaking his head because they were so bad! Hahaha!
Earlier this summer, I created a commissioned watercolor painting of a beautiful Arabian/Pinto mare, Khat for her owner Sue. And just recently I did another painting of Chico, who is owned by Sue's daughter. This is the first commissioned watercolor painting I've created since the birth of my baby girl, and boy was it great to get back into painting!
Chico is a big mustang with a bold personality. I had a lot of fun painting this guy with his colors: red, white, and blue.
When I sent the approval of the finished painting to Chico's owner, I've never seen so many exclamations marks in an email before ... she just loved it so much and couldn't wait to have him in her home, but it was a small journey to get him just right.
Let's hit the rewind button real quick. Skip back to May 2012 ... I was freshly graduated from Oregon College of Art and Craft with my Bachelors in Fine Art and Craft in Drawing and Painting. I wasn't just a graduate, I was still a newlywed by a couple months and I was ready to create art that was true to me and not just for homework.
During my Thesis year at OCAC, we learned not just about creating a body of art, but also about the business side of being an artist. A local art lawyer came and spoke to us about everything from registering LLCs to copyright infringements. That's when I knew that one day I wanted to create a LLC that wouldn't limit me creative endeavors.
Everyone has seen at least one person post online to wedding groups: “looking for affordable photographer,” “wanting photographer who doesn’t cost an arm and a leg,” “need wedding photographer for $500,” “on extreme budget, looking for cheap photographer.”
As a professional wedding photographer, I don’t reply to these posts. Why? I see my time and expertise valued at a certain amount. Sure, I could bring in all the nickels and dimes and eventually I’ll be making the big bucks. But there’s a lot of things to consider when taking on such an honor of capturing someone’s wedding day.
I hope you stay awhile. This is where I will talk about my paintings, processes, photography & adventures, post processing, social media, and more.
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