Monday, February 29, 2016

Equip You Workshop: Round 2!

Hello everyone! I'm writing this blog post with a large cup of coffee next to my computer. I just finished a whirlwind weekend, but hopping into this new week excited!

On Saturday, Asterisk Photography and I taught our second "Equip You Workshop", and it was a smashing success. We thought so anyway...

(Photo by Brittany Hudson)

(Photo by Anntonette Gonzales)

I have never considered myself a teacher because I didn't think I would like it. Teaching these classes has surprised me as I have LOVED every minute of it. Instructing others in a skill you have worked hard to learn is so rewarding and fun. Having an awesome friend to tag-team with makes it even better!!

I crack up looking at these "action" photos...we do TRY to look professional, I promise.

Here I'm showing how to photograph children. Hannah Kate was a great little model!

We took photos of each of the workshop attendees. Here are a few of mine. Angelina took photos of the the other girls!

This is Anntonette! She's the girl that works behind the scenes and makes the whole workshop run smoothly. From designing and putting together packages, to helping people work settings on their cameras, answering questions, and getting food together...basically we couldn't do it without her!

 And here they are! All of the girls!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ethan and Alyssa :: Preview

This past weekend Ethan and Alyssa got married in the beautiful North Carolina mountains! It was a wonderful day, and I'm so excited to share a little sneak peak with you all!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Josh and Molly :: Engaged

What could be better than engagement photos at sunrise surrounded by Christmas lights? Josh and Molly were champs working with me during a crazy season. We literally couldn't find a time to squeeze the shoot in! I hesitantly mentioned a sunrise shoot and they were ALL IN! They were so flexible, and I had such a great time with them. 

Also, they may have a future in modeling...don't you think? ;) 

Congratulations you guys!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Favorites: Expresso Machine

My goodness it has been a COLD week!! The kind of week that has me bundling up, running from my car to someplace indoors, hiding under my blankets, wearing fuzzy socks, and sitting by the heater. We even had a little snow, so that made it more exciting!

On some of the cold days I like to play with my favorite toy: my expresso machine. After working in a camp coffee shop a few years ago, I wanted one sooo bad! I was shocked to find out how much a decent expresso machine costs, so I started saving my "photo money" and did some research.

A little over a year ago I was staying at the Reston Town Center in Virginia and walked into Williams-Sonoma. Very dangerous. I found shelves displaying different expresso machines. Yes! There's nothing quite like looking at them in person instead of on the internet. I found the one I wanted and contemplated whether or not I could fit it in my luggage. ;)

(This model is the Breville Barista Express)

I got home and looked it up at all of the different stores comparing prices and availability. I found it at Macy's and they were running a sale! On top of that, my mom had a coupon so I ended up getting it for a great price.

It has actually ended up saving me a lot of money because it costs me almost nothing to make a latte instead of the $4 it cost at Starbucks! I can also make it exactly how I like it, so it tastes better!

It has also been a super fun entertainment tool. I love having friends over and making lattes! When we taught our workshop back in October, I packed it up and took it along! After all, lattes and learning photography going hand in hand.

(Photo Credit: Asterisk Photography)

One of these days I'll master the latte art. Every now and then I get it, but of course not on the day I want to take a picture of it. ;) I guess that's just how it goes.

Happy weekend everyone!