A few months ago I won a seat to Amanda Holloway’s Kitchen Sink Workshop. I told all my photographer friends who helped me win the seat that I would blog my experience; I promised. So here I am, it’s been over a month since I’ve returned from the amazing weekend.. and I have yet to tell you how wonderful it was.
I arrived on 11/11/11, a Friday. I had two amazing ladies (Kelly + Jessica) meet me at the airport and pick me up so that I wouldn’t have to drive through Houston. This blog post would be a lot more exciting if I were writing about Kelly’s driving. ;) Together we met with Amanda & the other ladies for dinner. I’m so glad we were able to talk to each other about non-photo stuff BEFORE our crazy weekend began. At the end of this blog I’ll post all of the ladies names & facebook pages so you can check them out.
Over BOTH days I learned so much information that I could barely contain it all. This was a GOOD thing. Amanda gives out a book with every detail inside – that’s what I read on the ride home. I can’t remember which days we learned what, honestly. Both days seemed to melt into each other. In the classroom Amanda taught me how to market, why to market, branding, design and PRICING. That one was huge for me. She created a calculator that showed us exactly how much we’re making an hour. (You would be shocked.) What an eye opener. Amanda showed us her Welcome Packet for her Seniors, and during the session she showed us her styling/make up/hair details. While shooting Amanda was very specific in teaching us to shoot with purpose. This was another huge one for me, and has helped me tremendously. When she spoke I wanted to smack myself upside the head and say “Duh!”
We learned composition, location, lighting. Editing, client workflow and PREMIER ORDERING SESSIONS. Love these. I’m not kidding when I say… Amanda leaves NO detail untouched. If you have a question over something she’s there to answer it. Amanda isn’t afraid to say “Wow! Great Shot!” when you come up to her with an amazing shot SOOC. Amanda keeps in touch with ALL of her workshop attendees and has plans for an amazing alumni weekend. You probably notice that I’ve said amazing about 12 times in this post… but it was amazing.
Thank you to ALL of the beautiful ladies who came to model for our class. Thank you to Amanda for sharing her wealth of knowledge & not leaving anyone hanging after we leave. Thank you to the wonderful photographers who shared a total fun experience with me! <3
Visit the other ladies facebook pages & leave them some love. They love that. ;)
Amanda Holloway | https://www.facebook.com/AmandaHollowayPhotography
Kelly Lockwood Cowieson | https://www.facebook.com/kellyannestylephotography
Jessica Daniels | https://www.facebook.com/JessicaDanielsPhotography
Darien McGuire | https://www.facebook.com/DarienMcGuirePhotography?ref=ts
Stephanie Mills | https://www.facebook.com/StephanieMillsPhoto
Maritere Rice | https://www.facebook.com/MaritereCRphotography
Paula Goforth | https://www.facebook.com/pages/Forever-Memories-Photography/139195099430694
Courtney Walton | https://www.facebook.com/CWP.Seniors
You should have already contacted Amanda about booking a spot next year. If you haven’t yet – get on it. ;) Basically, I just want to explain that not all workshops or mentorships are created equally. Why on earth would you just want to learn from ANYONE? Learn from the best. That will make you better.