Photographing Women - A Jennifer Thoreson Workshop

My head is still swirling and my heart is still spinning.  Or maybe my heart is still swirling and my head is still spinning?  For 3 days I had time and space to explore a different way of feeling, using my experiences to make art, be surrounded by beauty, and to grow in a new way.  Jennifer Thoreson's workshop was a game changer in my career as an artist and my journey as a human.   Jennifer's sensitivity, vulnerability, and openess makes her a world class teacher.  Add in her amazing talent and knowledge and she blows you away.  

The workshop was held at Motherwell Ranch in Colorado.  The natural beauty of the location was an inpiration all on its own.  We were catered to by genuine Cowboys and a gourmet ranch-hand cook.

There was a main lodge and "tents" for accommodations.

The main room in the lodge.

The main room in the lodge.

The view from the main lodge balcony.

The view from the main lodge balcony.

"Tents" included king size beds and full baths.

"Tents" included king size beds and full baths.

I somehow won the room jackpot!  Yep... This is where I slept for 3 amazing nights...

I made a new friend.  He watched over me while I slept.

I made a new friend.  He watched over me while I slept.

Jennifer held nothing back as an instructor as she demonstrated her magic all weekend long.  We watched as she created stunning art.  There was also time for us to play, get our hands dirty, and challenge our "normal".

Studio In The Woods

Studio In The Woods


Jen doing her thing.

Jen doing her thing.

It's encouraging to meet kindred souls who whisper in the same way.  15 photographers from around the world came together for a weekend and extended the grace of failure.  Under Jen's leadership we grew together in ways we couldn't have predicted.  There are never words when this happens, I can only cherish the experience.

Natalie and Jen

Natalie and Jen

On the last evening we had the opportunity to work in partners with a model for several hours. (Natalie was my awesome partner!) The immediate practice of the teachings proved to be insightful, challenging, frustrating, necessary and a beautiful opportunity for growth. 

This was as necessary as water.

This was as necessary as water.


Thanks for the amazing Jennifer, you are one of a kind.

Milestones

There are special moments in time that are forever stamped on our hearts.  Some milestones come naturally and some are sought after and worked for with intensity.  I'm so proud of my nephew Alex and his graduation from High School, what an honor to document this accomplishment in his life.  

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Love

Sometimes there are no words a mother can use to describe her love for her son. 

 

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Ledger - Already a Rock Star!

There are a few people in life I think you should always keep happy.... an amazing hair dresser is one of them!!  So even if you are taking a year off of shooting and said amazing hair dresser has a baby... you show up with a camera!!!   

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Encaustic Painting

Painting with an encaustic medium is an ancient art form using beeswax and damar resin.  It is SO romantic and yummy to look at.   I took a beginners workshop at the Encaustic Center in Richardson.  Ohhh... sigh..... goodness.... When do I get to do it again?!!!  Even more amazing I get to combine the painting with my images.  It's a match made in heaven.   

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Learning How to Play - The Painted Pot

Oh I've found a new place to play!  The Painted Pot   is an art studio right here in Crowley.  Donna, the owner/artist, is very helpful and also mindful of your vision.  I appreciated both!  For my first time I painted a bowl, but I can't wait to return for some glass fusing and maybe even the potters wheel.  For my "Learning How to Play" assignment I did better than usual (go me!).  I tried to focus on letting go of perfectionism and enjoying the process.  There is just something therapeutic about having a paint brush in my hand.... 

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Learning How To Play - Sewing My First Shirt

Getting into a creative space is so amazing.  It's like being on a runners high.  My sweet friend Tracy ( and rock star baby photographer)  agreed to teach me how to sew.  There is something about sewing that makes me feel like I'm floating on clouds.  I loved picking out a pattern, choosing the material... everything about it!  For my "Learning How to Play" assignment I was doing really well.... I was in the game and focusing on the experience.  Then I decided I needed to get it finished quickly, I wanted to wear my new creation to a friend's birthday party.   I rushed through the last steps and lost the magic.  I hope lesson learned for next time.

(Last photo courtesy of the Grace waiter.)

 

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The Soft Whisper of Clouds

Clouds speak softly to my heart.  It's never loud, never intrusive,  just a gentle reminder to look up and appreciate their simple beauty.  When I feel at peace in my life they help keep my spirit high.  When chaos comes creeping close they remind me to breathe.  And my little girl heart is still hoping if I stare at them long enough I'll see a Care Bear.  

 

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Learning How to Play

The time has come for me to learn how to play.  Sounds simple right?  Great!  Write me an email and tell me how!!!  How do you play like a child and get lost in the process... not look at the clock... not think about the laundry... just play because it's fun and it makes you happy.  I'm just "type A" enough that this seems like an impossible task.  (I'm not even certain I knew how to do this as a child. )  This week begins my year long journey of play.  This should be a dream "job" but it scares me to death!  My secret hope is to be an artist... to use my photographs and create master pieces.  The problem is that art takes play and so I'm stuck.  I do NOT like to be stuck.  I will teach myself to play.  Deep breath.  And so the journey begins... thanks for coming along. (Photo by Fall Meadow Photography and Design.)

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