Nashville TN indie photographer | a wildflowers workshop {part one. the details.}

“Decide what to be and go be it.”

-The Avett Brothers

Last week I finally boarded my plane headed for California.  It had been months in the making.

It was probably about a year ago when I stumbled upon the beautiful heart and work of Joy Harmon Prouty of Wildflowers Photography and a few months later was searching for workshop information. As a photographer it is so important to me to continually invest in my education and continue to push the creative in me.  It was finally May when I could sign up for Joy’s workshop in Santa Barbara, California and I quickly JUMPED at the chance.

So last week, I was ready.  I had “met” the other workshop attendees on our private Facebook group, even began, what I know will be, life long friendships with some, but nothing could have prepared me for the three days I would become a part of when I landed in California.  It was my first trip alone, which came way too late for someone pushing thirty years old, but just at the right time.

As I drove alone from LA up the coast to Santa Barbara I realized it was exactly the right time.

Just when I needed it.

And it was just what I needed.  Together nearly 20 amazing photographers and I gathered at the fabulous Milk & Honey Farm in Santa Barbara.  For 3 days we shot, laughed, froze, cried, bitched, and bonded. I was incredibly lucky to be in the presence of Joy, her sweet family, and these amazing other photographers.  All which fed my soul in various ways. I learned new things. I learned I was happy with the way I was doing some things.  I saw new ways to approach a shoot.  I saw I was happy with some ways I already approached shoots.

I learned I am on the right path.

But that there is always something new to learn.

Go be it.

***Included above are a few behind the scenes shots from the first half of day one.  See our first shoot here***

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