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The Film & Roots Workshop

You might noticed that I’ve changed the name of this film workshop. I really wanted it to accurately reflect what I teach and what I feel is important about film photography…family, authenticity, roots and photography workshop  In my previous workshops, I’ve spoken about the charm of film and how implementing it in your photography enables you to slow down and capture the moments that really matter. I’ve also shared how film evokes feelings in its own way… in those images up there you’ll see my clients, my children – and me. Some of those are my father’s slides from wayyyy back. And yes, we’d all sit down with the carousel every few months just like many of you did… all four of us, usually with popcorn, waiting for each image to go ’round the carousel. With film, each shot meant something – and still does. It’s purposeful and yet spontaneous. Authentic. Each frame is meant to be a keepsake.

The Film & Roots Workshop
Waverly, Virginia
June 14th, 2015
10am – 6pm
$600 | $200 deposit due at booking | click here to book

This workshop is intended to show you how to make keepsakes. From start to finish. Here is what we’ll cover: – The film that I use and why – 35mm and medium format camera types – metering for film – how to shoot without taking a meter reading – the beauty of film in every kind of light – film developing and scanning – how to photograph children & families with film (real, spontaneous, natural sessions) You’ll have access to my camera collection and can test out both 35mm and medium format. The workshop includes 4 rolls of film, a mobile app with tips & advice, two sessions for your portfolio, lunch and snacks the day of the workshop as well as your stay in the Cottage if you’re attending from out of town. I hope you’ll join us!

March 23, 2015 - 6:33 pm

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Model Call!

We have a very new project in our small community and I want you to be a part of it!

April 18th, 9am in Surry, Virginia across from Farmer Joe’s Greenhouse and Florist (not far from Chippokes State Park).

It’s the first Surry Community Farmer’s Market and I would love to photograph a family or engagement session there!

Comment here if you’d like to be considered (or on my Facebook page).

I’m looking for people who are natural in front of the camera and comfy with being snuggly. I will message you by Wednesday if you’re chosen!


March 8, 2015 - 7:38 pm

Kelli Eubank - Tadd,Bronson and I would love to be apart of this.

March 9, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Lisa Keeney - My four kids and I would love this!


thank you Instagram

I went through several years of haggling, nagging and begging my oldest children for pictures. Thanks to their love of Instagram those days are OVER. They’re realizing that their mother is good for something… to provide them with new images for their social media accounts.

I can be content with that.  Like most mothers I don’t care how or why they need me… just that they do.


March 9, 2015 - 7:21 am
March 12, 2015 - 7:27 am

Linda - I understand what you’re talking about. My daughter doesn’t want me taking photos of her anymore. However, she’s only three so there’s no helping her out with her Instagram photo. Hopefully she’ll enjoy having her photos taken one day soon.