So I didn't completely abide by the rules of the September Project. But neither did Jess, so I don't feel so bad. I had a lot of fun doing it though, and it definitely did help me learn the new camera more.
Things have been a mish-mash of crazy for the last couple of weeks. Since we decided to just go ahead and announce Breaking Tradition (it was getting tricky trying to book shoots and keep the entire thing under wraps), Jess and I have been furiously compiling ideas and brainstorming. I spend just about half of every day blog-stalking for inspiration and coming up with ideas that we can adapt to our clients. Last night we both attended the I Shoot People Tour by JB and DeEtte of Sallee Photography out of Dallas, TX. I loved hearing them speak. While neither of us envied their husband-wife business partnership (we both agree that we are lucky we shoot with each other and not our husbands!!! :) ), I think they presented everything in a fun way since they are a young couple around our age. I get terribly bored very easily when I have to sit through things like this but I scribbled notes through the whole thing like nobody's business. My favorite part was the segment on lighting. They didn't get extremely deep into insisting we all go out and buy fancy equipment or anything like that. Everything they do is very simply lit in the grand scheme of things, you just have to know how to use what you got! I'm excited about the wedding this weekend (at NAS Jax, how cool!), and we have a big Breaking Tradition group shoot the following weekend where we get to push it to the extremes. The Sallee's really favor being forward about the fact that you do use Photoshop and urged everyone to use it for what it's worth. I had to sit back and think about it, but I really have no shame in it after some of the things they pointed out. It takes a lot of skill, experience, and know-how to create ART. We're moving foward and people don't paint your portrait anymore. Photographers generally don't even take your portrait on a roll of film anymore. Art is ever-evolving, and these are the tools of our time. Use them or lose them.
On that note, here's an interesting website I came across today. Go to the top and click "portfolio". Enjoy. :)