TGIF!

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Thank goodness it’s Friday…this has been one of those weeks that just drags along and you’re not quite sure it will ever end.  But thankful Friday is here and best of all it’s payday Friday so it feels like a bonus!  I am very much looking forward to the weekend.

My best friend Danielle and I have been blogging for a little more than a year and today I did a Friday Favorite’s guest post on her blog, Two Red Birthstones, you should go check it out!  All photography related!  I’m hoping in the near future she will guest post for me.  She takes wonderful pictures of her children and she has some great posts about crafts, cooking, and just everyday life!

Another great thing about it being Friday is, last night was my first Portrait/Wedding/Photojournalism class!  I briefly mentioned it in an earlier post.  It’s through NECC (Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts) the school offers a variety of non-credit courses, including classes in basic/advance photography.  This year they are offering some new classes focusing on specific areas in photography.

I thought I would get the most out of Portrait/Wedding/Photojournalism class, kind of more bang for my buck!  After introductions, we went through some memorable photographs in history, some iconic photos.  Jodi (our teachers) asked us to describe how we felt when we looked at the picture and what was the message the photographer was trying to make.  Then she made a point how as photographers we must make an emotional connection to our subjects because in our photographs we have to provoke some kind of emotion (happy, sad, angry, whatever) and deliver a message or story.  In a way it’s just like blogging (writing), if you can’t connect with your readers how are you suppose to engage or keep them interested…right, same with your clients?  She then asked us to find a photographer we admire and study their work and list the reasons why we like their style, why do they inspire us and why themselves went into photography.  I’m giving it much thought…the easy answer would be Ansel Adams…but even though I love his work and he basically paved the way for many photographers, I can’t seem to except that he’s my (only) favorite…

Anywho…during class we actually got to begin shooting, our mission: pair up and capture our partners true personalities using varies props, walls, stairwells, etc in and around the school, so I will leave you with a few of my partner Zac:

Our homework: A Scavenger Hunt! (photos to come!)

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