I have been a fan of photographer Amelia Lyon for a few years now, and attending one of her workshops has been on my wish-list for just as long. I told myself that THIS would finally be the year to make that wish a reality. And I DID it. On March 19th I was one of 20 attendees of her latest "Lyon-Shop." The all-day workshop was held at Hotel Laguna, and I was flooded with memories the moment I set sight on the building. It will always hold a special place in my heart, as it was where Tony and I were married 3 years ago.
But it was also a day for making new memories. The day started with a nice breakfast together at 9:00, and ended with a fabulous group dinner around 7:30. And in-between, we rocked the Lyon-Shop!
I wish all my schooling could have been like this... sitting in a room overlooking the ocean, listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore and feeling the salty breeze waft through the open door. But there wasn't much time to sit back and enjoy the scenery. There was a lot of information to cover in a short amount of time. Topics of the day included Amelia's (and 2nd shooter/husband Justin's) background and preferred equipment, shooting style and techniques, workflow, customer service, marketing and branding, products and pricing, and a LOT of other stuff. Whew! My head is still spinning from all of the good information. Good thing I scribbled a LOT of notes as I went along... now I just need to go back and make sense of everything I had written down.
Two photoshoots with models were held. But, as this was not a "portfolio building workshop," (and we were asked to stay behind Amelia and Justin if we did take any pictures), most of the images I captured that day were actually in order for me to remember certain details of the techniques being taught at the moment. (But I did manage to capture a few "keepers" while shooting around and between other people, and actually found myself using my iPhone for most of the day.)
Overall, it was a good experience filled with a lot of good information. Not only did I learn a lot, but I also met a lot of fantastic people that day.
And perhaps best of all... I can now cross something BIG off my to-do list.
Here is a photographic collection of my experience that day: