“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***