Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I need your HELP!!

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I take pictures. I love doing it.

I first started out in College when I was in my program (finally finding one I liked after trying out 3 before that....) of Advertising and Public Relations.
In that program there is a photography class with a teacher named Kevin. Back then (ouch I sound old!) it was Dark room and film and developing with stinky chemicals. It was COOL!!! It was mostly taking pictures of events and learning to not be afraid to stand up in front of a room and take pictures of the main event. Which has served me well. It doesn't embarrass me at all now!

I took pictures now and then but didn't really fall in LOVE with photography yet.

While living in Nova Scotia I had started taking a lot more pictures. We had a nice little point and shoot digital Cannon given to us (or more correctly to our soon to be born first child so that Grandma and Grandpa would get some pictures of him). I realized again that I like it and I loved when I got a good shoot.

Fast forward a few years and a whole pile of photos later and a good friend asked me if I would take pictures at her wedding..... I didn't have a good camera and even our point and shoot digital was on the fritz from so much use. She found a film SLR camera and I used it at her wedding. And realized I LOVED taking pictures like this.

We moved home to Alberta for Medical School and I convinced Regan to let me spend some of our school fund on an DSLR. And then I started taking pictures a LOT. Of everything and everyone. I LOVED it. The more I took the better I got at it. I read lots of books and started looking at photographers on line to see what I could learn.

A few people started asking me if I wanted to get paid for it. And I entered that field with trepidation. There is lots I don't know about photography. Technically I make mistakes all the time. I have wanted to do some mentoring with someone for a long time. But being in med school doesn't exactly pay well. (In fact we pay THEM a lot of money!) And going to one on one teaching or seminars costs moola - most of the time lots of moola.

I have come a long way since I started. But I feel like I can do better. I want to do better and really work on perfecting my art. I need someone to teach me and guide me openly and honestly about where I can improve and what I can do better on. Enter a giveaway... I have the chance to win a mentoring session with one of my favorite photographers (and I actually even know her from my time in Nova Scotia where she was serving a mission)

About the session:
"“For the Love of Photography” includes:
-Weekend private mentor session

(2 hrs. on Friday evening and 2 hrs. on Saturday… one on one in the office discussing what YOU need to learn. Camera techniques, creativity, editing, or business.)
-Private photography session of yourself! (sat.)

Yep! You’ll be in front of the camera! This is good for a number of reasons. You get to understand what its like for those you photograph, you might learn a few things while I’m directing you, and of course, chances might be that you just might not have very many photos of YOU! Need a new stellar shot of yourself for your blog or facebook? An about page? We’ve got you covered!
-Model session of your choice (family, kids, seniors, couples) where we shoot side by side. (sat.)

You can watch how I approach a shoot and direct people, as well as take the reigns yourself and have the opportunity in a non-pressure atmosphere to ask questions and treat the session as a photography lesson experience. Afterward, we’ll come back and do a quick edit session to a few images and you can see the workflow process of post production."

oh I want to win SO BAD!!!! 100 people are in for it. You guys could help me out by going here and voting for me. Each computer can only vote once.... Oh pretty please!!!!! Will you do this for me???? With cherries on top??

23 comments:

The Super Seven said...

Is it just one computer?? Or one household?? I have 3 different computers in my house.....I voted once.....let me know....I don't mind voting again....just promise to come visit some day and give me lessons with my camera :)

The Full Nelson said...

will do!

Teresa (aka tmom) said...

done and will do so from 2 other computers:)

Brooke said...

Good luck in the contest Rhonda! I hope you win! It would be so fun to get together again!

Jess said...

Done. Love your photography!

Connie Nichol said...

done. Good luck!!!

Connie Nichol said...

oh, and Rhonda, if you are ever up here visiting relatives, I'd be thrilled to have you take pictures of my family!

Jennifer said...

Just voted on the Mac and then the laptop...is that cheating? Oh well I did it anyway! Good luck - you deserve it!!

Bea said...

i'll go and vote on all the computers in the house, i think that is 5

Visible Voice said...

I did it. And will do from some other computers :)

Anonymous said...

I voted for you :)

Lea

Denise said...

My vote is in. Lotsa luck Rhonda!!!

Christal said...

awesome I hope you win!!
I didn't get the picture yet but would love it! my email is dabevo@hotmail.com thanks so much!

Kellie Lambert said...

I voted for you! Good luck!

tammy said...

Done Rhonda...Will vote on other computor as well...Hope you win

Marie said...

Did it! I hope you win. You are already so very talented by the way!

M and J Smith Family said...

Done! And "Mike" voted for you on his laptop. Hope you get it!

Anonymous said...

Done! I'm so excited for you - hope you win.
~ingrid

Karen said...

done, good luck!

Tyler and Kristin Smith said...

i voted.
i think you do fabulous work!

The Spencers said...

Done!Good luck! I happened upon your blog, love your pictures. I think you do an awesome job. Will have to remember you, when we need family pictures done. I don't think any photographer likes our family (getting 3, 4yrs olds and a 1yr old to look in one place is challenging...to say the least!!)! Anyways, I hope you win. Email me at richjanae@hotmail.com, if you want to be invited to my blog!

Janae Spencer

Jewels said...

I voted!

meg said...

I've fallen off the blog train and hadn't checked anyone's for at least a month. SO glad I came to visit today! Voted on 2 computers and will spread the word. Good luck!