Well the streets cleared just in time for me to trek to OKC the week after Christmas to spend a little time with Sarah and Chris Rhoads and pick their branding brains! They are both fantastic photographers and just such kind and sharing spirits. I am always trying to increase my knowledge of both photography - technical and artistic aspects - and more over, the business of photography.  I have trouble with that part. Sometimes the creative just runs amok and the biz part is so very important. The two parts have to balance to be successful.   I just knew I could learn some biz tips from these two and I was right.  They are a great team and are doing the right things for their business but more importantly for their life together.  It was a small group - just 3 of us. It was perfect. About midday, they had a newly engaged couple, Ryann and Jake,  come by for a short session and we all just went out and walked about. Sarah is really fun to watch and because she shoots so differently from the way I do, (I'm a way back and she's an up-close) I learned a bunch and hope to mix it in with my current style. It's so easy to get used to shooting a certain way with a couple of lenses that I forget how fun some of the other lenses can be. Gotta dig 'em out and play a bit more!   So, of course, I had my big, stand back, lens on, and it was colder than --- you know -- but we were students first,  just kind of in the background anyway - listening and watching. Personally, I find it a little difficult to have a portrait session with people I just met that aren't mine.  I feel a bit intrusive and AWKWARD. But when I can retreat behind my 70-200, I soon forget that and just shoot.   The shooting session was just a little gravy for me!   I really went because I wanted to hear all the biz side of things - particularly work flow tips and time management. But I learned some key shooting points so I'm thrilled.   I still don't know how she shoots, edits, creates albums, blogs every day, does yoga, eats sushi, tweets,  plays video games and still gets to play with her husband too. I don't think I'll ever master that. BUT I did get a few tips to incorporate and hopefully they'll help me find the balance I so desperately seek.  Well, here's a few shots of the afternoon - I'm free to blog them I think since she's officially blogged them before me - BIG SURPRISE THERE, HUH? There is actually a little blogging tip I learned from Sarah & Chris in this blog post!  AND... I just want to say that in the morning meetings, Sarah had her beautiful hair down and was fussing with this little feather thing in it, which was perfectly placed, and she's always so relaxed but put-together, if you know what I mean.  Well, when we get ready to shoot, her boots go on and her hair goes up in a ragged little tuft and it is game on!  I just LOVE that about her.  :)  If you get a chance to have a mentor session with Sarah & Chris, just do it!  It's a great day of fun and knowledge. See all her stellar images of this darling couple at SarahRhoads.com.
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Well the streets cleared just in time for me to trek to OKC the week after Christmas to spend a little time with Sarah and Chris Rhoads and pick their branding brains! They are both fantastic photographers and just such kind and sharing spirits. I am always trying to increase my knowledge of both photography - technical and artistic aspects - and more over, the business of photography.  I have trouble with that part. Sometimes the creative just runs amok and the biz part is so very important. The two parts have to balance to be successful.   I just knew I could learn some biz tips from these two and I was right.  They are a great team and are doing the right things for their business but more importantly for their life together.  It was a small group - just 3 of us. It was perfect. About midday, they had a newly engaged couple, Ryann and Jake,  come by for a short session and we all just went out and walked about. Sarah is really fun to watch and because she shoots so differently from the way I do, (I'm a way back and she's an up-close) I learned a bunch and hope to mix it in with my current style. It's so easy to get used to shooting a certain way with a couple of lenses that I forget how fun some of the other lenses can be. Gotta dig 'em out and play a bit more!   So, of course, I had my big, stand back, lens on, and it was colder than --- you know -- but we were students first,  just kind of in the background anyway - listening and watching. Personally, I find it a little difficult to have a portrait session with people I just met that aren't mine.  I feel a bit intrusive and AWKWARD. But when I can retreat behind my 70-200, I soon forget that and just shoot.   The shooting session was just a little gravy for me!   I really went because I wanted to hear all the biz side of things - particularly work flow tips and time management. But I learned some key shooting points so I'm thrilled.   I still don't know how she shoots, edits, creates albums, blogs every day, does yoga, eats sushi, tweets,  plays video games and still gets to play with her husband too. I don't think I'll ever master that. BUT I did get a few tips to incorporate and hopefully they'll help me find the balance I so desperately seek.  Well, here's a few shots of the afternoon - I'm free to blog them I think since she's officially blogged them before me - BIG SURPRISE THERE, HUH? There is actually a little blogging tip I learned from Sarah & Chris in this blog post!  AND... I just want to say that in the morning meetings, Sarah had her beautiful hair down and was fussing with this little feather thing in it, which was perfectly placed, and she's always so relaxed but put-together, if you know what I mean.  Well, when we get ready to shoot, her boots go on and her hair goes up in a ragged little tuft and it is game on!  I just LOVE that about her.  :)  If you get a chance to have a mentor session with Sarah & Chris, just do it!  It's a great day of fun and knowledge. See all her stellar images of this darling couple at SarahRhoads.com.
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Comments
Alexandra says:

I love these! I'm so jealous, I'd love to meet Sarah and Chris. *sigh* :) :) Great work here, glad you learned a lot.

(01.08.10 @ 07:14 AM)
Kara Wieler says:

These are great images! Especially love the first three!

(01.08.10 @ 07:53 AM)
David Hensley says:

These are great and we are with you working with Sarah and Chris is great!

(01.08.10 @ 09:29 AM)
Lisa says:

Alexandra - you should totally go to one. It's so great to get focused and inspired all at once. They have them all the time so check it out on their site. It's an investment in YOU.

(01.08.10 @ 03:04 PM)
john pascale says:

Sarah & Chris are amazing, but so are these photos! Great shots!

(01.11.10 @ 12:03 PM)