Las Vegas is one of my favorite places to visit so when I heard that Sal Cincotta was hosting a 3 day photography workshop there called Project Lunacy, it was a no-brainer. Workshop tickets, flights booked and hotel secured within an hour! One thing I strongly believe in is continued education. No matter what industry, career path or life you lead...NEVER STOP LEARNING!! For me, photography is something I cannot get enough of and is a true passion. I can't envision my life without a camera in hand. I attend one to two, out-of-state, full photography conferences or workshops per year and consider it a vacation. Throughout the year I take local classes in Denver and online courses to keep my skills and education sharp as well.
Project Lunacy was the best investment in myself I have ever made! I cannot say enough positive things about the people I had the pleasure of meeting, the people I was able to reconnect with and the things I learned. The epic photos were just an added bonus!
This first set of photos are from Jeff and Christine Tonkin's of DigiSmiles class on styled senior photography and were taken on the rooftop of The LINQ Hotel. We started during the middle of the day when the desert sun was right above and bright as ever. We got to work with a variety of models and lighting equipment to learn how to overpower the mid-day sun. As the sun set we practiced some really cool techniques to create some fun night photos.
Every year since my son was little we make it down to Larkspur for the Colorado Renaissance Festival. It's our summer tradition and we have a ton of fun! This year we got to share the experience with two of my closest friends, Jo and Kate, who have never been.
I usually look at the schedule in the spring and block off the Celtic weekend. We enjoy watching all of the live Celtic music throughout the day, especially Celtic Legacy. We have our yearly traditions and watching Celtic Legacy is one of them. Also, every year I buy a new coffee mug and some handmade soaps, my son and brother always gets a Steak on a Stake and run off to check out all the weapon booths and my dad stocks up on Garlic Festival spices. Every year I take a whole weekend off from photographing weddings to spend with my family, these are memories I cherish and wouldn't trade them for anything!
Some of my favorite things besides photography is travelling and live music, so why not combo the two? A few of my friends and I hopped in a car a couple weeks ago and headed to Clarksdale, Mississippi for the annual Juke Joint Festival. AMAZING music by some legends that I never imaged I'd get to hear live, let alone meet and chat with. Then add in some historical landmarks, great friends and beautiful weather and I really could not have asked for much more. This is definitely one of my favorite life experiences to date!
There is a bunch of photos with my pro camera, some short video clips and snaps with my phone...because sometimes life happens and you just don't have time to pull out the big camera in time.