Monthly Archives: April 2009

The story goes something like this: the beginning of my photography online research started with a website and a blog of a fellow classmate. We were both enrolled in an online class for web design and we were required to say something about ourselves as an introduction to the rest of the class. My fellow classmate was Erinn Austin of ED Austin Photography. She had mentioned that she had her own photography business and I was intrigued. I wanted to know how she got her start, how long had she been doing this, and I wanted to see her style. I went to her site and blog immediately and started reading. She had mentioned another photographer, Drew B, that she had looked up to and so I ventured over to her blog. So Erinn Austin led me to Drew B. Through Drew’s blog I found other names of photographers, including Trista Lerit. I perused through her blog and found Jasmine Star, so I ventured on over to Jasmine Star’s blog. The clouds parted and angels started singing. Erinn to Drew to Trista to Jasmine*. That’s four degrees of separation. I was hooked on her style of pictures and her writing. I wanted to know more about her so I read her entire blog. There was also a link to her old blog…read that too. I know this may sound a little stalkerish but if you know Jasmine or have visited her site then you know that you just get hooked and if you haven’t seen her blog yet let me provide you again with another link…. welcome to stalkerville people :)
All this led me to my second workshop, The Workshop by Jasmine*. How did I get so lucky???? It surely wasn’t luck! Jasmine had mentioned on her blog that she was going to announce something big within the next few days and I knew it was going to be a workshop…at least I had hoped it would be one. So, I checked back and sure enough….. A WORKSHOP! BY JASMINE! Yep…clouds parted, angels singing! And to make an even longer story short, I got in!
Thank you Jasmine for helping me make my dream become a reality!



Workshop #1

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When I first started researching photography I was positive that I had to go to school and get a degree. Why? Because that’s what I do… I have three degrees. And that’s what you’re supposed to do, right? I researched Brooks, Art Institute, online classes, etc. My husband thought I was crazy, “What do you need another degree for? Just get out there and take pictures and use the internet, it’s cheaper. We’re already in debt from your degrees!” So, I took his advice and started my research on the internet, “the cheaper way”, and I was amazed by all the information and the willingness of people to share. I never knew this community of photographers existed. And I found this AMAZING thing, concept, portal or information…..Workshops! What!? Photographers offer workshops where they share their business information….. I actually thought I found the pot of gold but come to find out this type of thing is very common. But it was a new concept to me.

So, my first workshop was with Jay Reilly. Again, found him by researching on the internet! He’s located in Oceanside, CA so he was close and accessible. I was so nervous, I seriously felt like it was the first day of school and I was the new kid who knew no one and knew nothing. I was shy and I kind of kept to myself (something I am currently trying to work on and hopefully fix). But looking back I had nothing to be scared of because everyone was so nice and welcoming.

Jay summed up in 5 words: laid back (2), kind (1), supportive (1), and priceless (1)= 5

Some shots from my very first workshop.

Do you believe in friends-at-first-sight? When I first met Aileen, I call her Leenie Meenie, I knew we were going to be friends. I’ve known Aileen for over a year now but we get along so well I feel like I’ve known her my whole life. I think she is absolutely adorable and boy can she work the camera!

Who am I? Aileen

Where am I? Menifee, CA

Why am I? Because I’m fabulous!

What is my favorite movie line? Sam Witwicky: “Fifty years from now, when you’re looking back at your life, don’t you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car?”  Transformers (2007)


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