In early October, I hopped on a plane headed to Seattle to teach at the Click Away Photography Conference put on by Click & Company. I had attended this conference last year in San Antonio and it was absolutely life changing for me. Being surrounded by so many incredible artists and female camaraderie was something I had never experienced before and I was overwhelmed with the incredible warmth, support, and friendship I found in the Clickin Moms community. Late last year, I set a goal to someday teach at Click Away. A five year goal. A pie-in-the-sky goal. When the opportunity came around to apply to teach in early 2016, I prepared two programs that I am absolutely passionate about for consideration and, when my nerves got the best of me, my then 5-year-old daughter clicked “send” and submitted them for me.
A few months later, I found out that my pie-in-the-sky goal wasn’t so wacky after all when the invitation to teach came through my inbox. I cried (because I do that) and I decided to tell myself from then on that there was no such thing as a goal that was too big. What came out of those programs at the 2016 Click Away was more than I could have ever imagined. My students were absolutely incredible, I laughed until my sides hurt, I happy cried, I drank the best milkshake of my life, and I made wonderful new friends. But the most impactful thing for me was that I connected with so many like-minded photographers who value connection above all else.
Click Away streamed my first workshop on Friday morning: “The Power of Play: Capturing Authenticity in Family and Children’s Portraiture.” We had the most darling little family who came to be with us that morning and I could not have been happier with how well everything went during that session! Amy, our gorgeous mother from that morning’s session, is a Seattle photographer and I was so thrilled that she volunteered to bring her family that morning so they could all help us learn! Amy, her awesome husband, and two sweet little boys were the perfect family to be able to demonstrate everything that I do during photography sessions to create authentic moments that capture genuine connection.
“The Power of Play: Capturing Authenticity in Family and Children’s Portraiture,” will be available for purchase within the 2016 Click Away Streaming Bundle and you can read the class description below: