So you want to be a photographer and a stylist :: styling and photography workshops are born.

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When I started styling, I fell in love with photography. Back in the day learning to photograph was not even an option. Clients hired photographers and stylists and the two professions never crossed paths. We collaborated but never touched each others “stuff”.

But in the past 5 years, things have changed drastically. Bloggers have become stylists, stylists have become photographers, and photographers have become stylists.

I felt the changes and decided it was time for me to pick up a camera and hone my skills.
This sea change in the styling world gave birth to “styling and photography workshops,” and the need to learn skills to work in the ever changing landscapes gave way to a new opportunity.

When things started shifting in my world, I fought it at first. I was like, “Wait a minute, whats going on?” Then it dawned on me this was a good thing; a new opportunity. Although I am a collaborator and love working with talented photographers, I understood, as I always have, I needed to embrace this new course my career was taking.

So I started my own Styling and Photography Workshop 1 year ago today. I was so impressed! What an amazing creative congress workshops were. Creatives in the same field with the same interests converged on a location, and for 3 days only talked visuals, styling, career paths, and technical skills relating to photography. It’s the most incredible bonding experience you can imagine. Plus in my case, there’s always delicious food involved and of course prop shopping in exotic locales does not hurt either.

When I decided to put together my workshops, I was surprised how much I got out of it. Of course students walked away happy with a wealth of knowledge from my 20 + years in the business, but I felt a new energy towards my own styling career. The workshops helped me as much as it helped my students. What an unexpected gift!!

It just shows you that when you’re open to change, change can lead you to the most amazing things.

I cherish the friendships I have made over the year (our first Workshop was in Seattle with my sweet friend, the magical and talented Cassandra LaValle on March 20, 2014). Although workshop students learn a lot from me, I truly think I have learned much more from them.

Thank you to everyone that has taken my workshops. I love you all. I look forward to meeting more stellar creatives as I launch my second year “workshoppping”. See you in Italy! June 5-9th. Cannot wait! xx

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