Photography workshops, and why I got together with one of my best friends to offer them.
Someone recently posted in one of our photography Facebook groups the following question: “If you were offered a 100 million dollars to never take another photograph again, would you do it? In other words to never pick up a camera again.” He started off by saying 1 million dollars, and most of us commented that we’d never walk away from photography for 1 million dollars. Then he changed it to 100 million. There were a lot of different responses. Like, if I had 100 million dollars I could just pay a photographer to follow me around for the rest of my life, so I wouldn’t need to take pics of my kids anyways. A lot of people said they would take the money if it only meant giving up photography professionally. I’m obviously not sure what I would do, because this is a hypothetical question so I responded hypothetically. I would never give it up for 1 million. Would I give it up for 100? Meh. Probably not. Not having to work ever again, being able to buy whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it, or go whereever in the world I could possibly dream… Would those things ever be as special as when you’ve had to scrimp and save to be able to afford those things? I think not. I firmly believe money doesn’t buy happiness. And too much money can have the exact opposite effect. So I believe my answer would be no. Especially because being a photographer is one of the main things I identify myself as. I can’t imagine not having the opportunity to meet the amazing people that have crossed my path in the last few years, or pushing myself to think outside the box and come up with a photograph that is new and interesting and makes you FEEL something. Taking away my camera would feel like taking away a part of my soul…
Wow, how philosophical.
So to give that to you in shorthand: I love photography. And I love owning my own business. And I love Charlene Stam. And the logical result of all of this, is to pass all that love and passion on to others! We have developed Focus Workshops ; an amateur workshop for those who may have just purchased their first dslr and would love to learn the ins and outs of all the buttons and functions, and this year for the first time, an advanced workshop! The advanced workshop is one we are super excited about, because it will delve into all the little nuances of being a business owner AND a photographer. From taxes, contracts, pricing, blogging & SEO, to improving and tweaking your shooting and editing. Let us help you grow your business in the direction it needs to go to be sustainable and profitable!! Click the link above to be taken to the Workshop website to see all details, and send us an email through the “contact us” form for registration information! As of today, there are only 2 seats left in the amateur workshop, so jump on it!
For photos and a bit of a peek into our first workshop, click here
This session gave me deja vu in a huge way!! Mikayla’s aunt, Jodi, used to babysit me waaaaay back in the day, and I remember her being the best babysitter EVER. She would set up these elaborate play schemes – library, grocery store, you get the idea – and play with us for hours. Mikayla reminds me a lot of Jodi. That smile that spreads from one ear to the other, that quiet but hilarious sense of humour, and just this inner beauty that is hard to explain. I loved hanging out with these two for the engagement session on the base a couple of weekends ago! It was freeeeeezing cold, but we lucked out by still finding leafy trees! Allan, I don’t know you well, but you seem like the perfect person for Mikayla! I’m excited to get to know you both a little better, and can’t WAIT for your wedding next year!!
I can’t remember how I met Michelle. I think maybe through my facebook page… I started noticing her commenting on some of my stuff, and we started having some conversations about photography! She also loves photography, and decided to take the workshop that Charlene and I put on this spring! She asked if I would be interested in doing anniversary photos for her and Travis sometime this fall at Rowena’s ! Considering it’s one of my favorite places around, I was all over it!! And THEN, to top it all off, Travis popped the question this summer, and we turned it into a Rowenas engagement session!! So happy for these two – they are seriously two of the sweetest souls. And I cannot wait for their wedding next year!
Can you believe Michelle’s hair?? Such a beauty!
We had been trying to plan Abby & Pete’s engagement session for a while, and the weather was just not cooperating. On this particular Saturday morning, we woke up, once again, to grey, cold drizzle. But it wasn’t downpouring… So we made the call to just go ahead with the session. Wellll, it got worse. But Abby & Pete were total troopers (well, Abby more than Pete. But that’s a dude thing. Most of them don’t even like photos if it’s sunny), and we still got some beautiful shots for them!! I don’t mind shooting in the rain, I mean, my gear is supposed to be weather sealed and all, but it was COLD!! And windy! So I’m not exaggerating when i say “total troopers” 😉 I speak for myself when I say I had an awesome time wandering around Pete’s boss’s farm in Agassiz for this rainy engagement session! 😉 – so amazingly gorgeous in the back field, up against the mountain. Love the tall grasses and the still-colourful trees in the background! I hope you guys had fun too – we made memories at least!! Super excited for your wedding next year!!
These two. SERIOUSLY. Hilarity from start to finish!! We started their engagement session at Alex’s dad’s property, up in Columbia Valley. So unbelievably gorgeous up there. But it was the morning, and it was COLD. And right before I showed up, Angie had bailed down a hill and gotten her skinnies completely muddied up!! Thank goodness she had decided to bring a change of clothes!! And she just laughed it off – no big deal. LOVE my drama-free peeps 😀
We weren’t sure whether or not we were going to go down to the river. The leaves are pretty much off the trees, and it’s starting to look pretty dead and wintery out there. But I was just out scoping this spot with a week before this for a wedding I 2nd shot for her, and knew shots along the water would be beautiful. So we took a stroll down to the river, and despite my nervous rambling about them watching their step, watch out for those slippery rocks! don’t fall in! we ended up with some winners FOR SURE!! From there we drove back down to Cultus to play in the leaves, and get some shots by the lake. These two are so stinking easy to shoot. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes couples are just chill in front of the camera. And these two totally were. I’d set up a pose, shoot, and then I’d be about to re-direct, when they would just move a teeny bit into something perfectly adorable and totally comfortable and i’d have to WHIP my camera back up to my face while trying not to knock myself out, to try capture the magic before it disappeared. Easy peasy. We all survived, and Angie & Alex got some amazing photos from their Cultus Lake engagement session! Including their face shake action. See below. If you don’t laugh, there’s something wrong with you.