I watched as four women as gain confidence in photography a few weeks ago at my Growing CONFIDENCE Photography Workshop. This workshop was unlike the previous workshops since it wasn't held in my home and was part of a 5 day women's retreat that I was invited to! When a few of the ladies expressed a passion for photography and wanted me to teach a Growing CONFIDENCE Workshop one of those days, I was so excited! If you're looking for a place to stay on Whidbey Island, I highly recommend that Willow Pond Lodge. It is the perfect getaway for a larger group. The grounds are so beautiful and the house has everything you need. It was also a great location for our workshop!

The day started with the women learning the basic settings of their camera, about lenses, and even all about focus! They practiced each lesson on soda cans, each other and even plants.Growing CONFIDENCE in Photography, Photography WorkshopThen we got into the heavy part of the day, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. Except it wasn't too heavy! The ladies were getting it! Here's Kristi practicing using her shutter speed to capture the pinwheel's action. It was fun to see their results as they sped up and slowed down their shutter speeds. It might have been even funnier watching everyone trying to get the pinwheel to spin! Growing CONFIDENCE in Photography, Photography WorkshopThen it was time for the models to arrive! We had a last minute snafu where both models were unable to make it. But the ladies pulled through and found a family to make the drive up to Whidbey! They were awesome! They had three beautiful girls from 6 months up to 4 years. We started with baby sister. She was so sweet. The fun part about starting the women all on the same model is that they are forced to start finding different angles and capturing different shots.

Susan captured this BEAUTIFUL shot of baby girl. Look at those blue eyes and that focus on the camera. I love it. Growing CONFIDENCE in Photography, Photography WorkshopJoni blew me away when I saw this shot. I can't get over the way she used the lighting and the shadows to frame baby girls' face. Look at those cheeks! And see how it is so different then the last shot? Growing CONFIDENCE in Photography, Photography WorkshopMary Ann took a different angle capturing baby on the move! I love the angle at which this is taken. By being just a little higher we can see more of baby girl and feel like she is going to crawl right across the image! Beautiful photo, Mary Ann! Growing CONFIDENCE in Photography, Photography WorkshopAt this point, the older sisters were ready to check outside, so while most everyone went outside, Susan stayed back to capture a few shots of the youngest sister with her mommy. I love how Susan isn't holding back, she's on the floor, under a chair to get the right angle! Growing CONFIDENCE in Photography, Photography WorkshopSusan set mom up on a chair and look at this shot of mother and daughter! Isn't mom stunning? And you can see where baby girl gets her baby blues! Growing CONFIDENCE in Photography, Photography WorkshopThen we all headed outside where Kristi captured this amazing photo outside! Kristi, you captured the sparkle in her eyes perfectly. Gorgeous! Growing CONFIDENCE in Photography, Photography Workshop

The ladies didn't get a break after practicing on the youngest member of the family. Then it was time to give baby girl a break and focus on the two older (and faster) sisters. They didn't let a couple of busy toddlers keep them from capturing gorgeous photographs. Just wait until tomorrow's post where I share the images they captured of the older sisters!

*Neyssa*

P.S. It isn't too late to join these ladies in learning how to use your camera. Sign up for the Growing CONFIDENCE Workshop, this Saturday, May 31st! And in honor of Memorial Day, use code "earlybird" at checkout and receive 20% off! Click here to register.

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