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Changing Things Up

Since I’ve been teaching workshops I’ve pulled up my calendar, plucked a date out of thin air and hoped that it worked for y’all. Eh. Also? Nerve wracking.

I also have been scheduling private mentoring this whole time for individuals, parents & their kids, best friends, husbands & wives… they get to pick their own dates. Hmmm. I like that better. We’re getting warmer!

Sometimes I get my best ideas while cooking dinner (you may know this meal as lunch) for my family and today was one of those blessed days. I am already happier with this idea and I think you will be too because now you have choices:

1. Are you an introvert? Me too a little bit. In that case, you’ll click over and make your mentoring deposit… for you – or you and a person you love. Y’all will come out to the farm and enjoy your time together along with me popping in to teach photography and shooting models that you get to pick (ex. newborns, families, seniors). Lots of peace and quiet in a very rural area and you are able to make your own schedule and learn exactly what you want to learn. Mentoring is $1500 per person with a deposit of $200 due at booking. The cottage along with mentoring is all inclusive… food and your stay is included in this price.

2. More outgoing? Do you want the whole Workshop Experience of a Farmgirl Workshop Retreat? The raucous laughter, the late nights, the bonding with people you didn’t even know the day before? Then you’ll click over and also make your deposit – then message me at and say “Hey girl, these dates work for me and by the way – let’s make this thing a WORKSHOP“.  And if you’d like to suggest a specialty, I’m open to that as well. We’ll need at least three (3) people total to make it a complete workshop and I’ll do my part if you’ll do yours. This means: telling your friends about it, mentioning it in photography forums, blogging about it, Facebooking it, Pinterest, … you get the idea – get the word out there! Why would you do this? While mentoring is $1500 per person, workshops have always been $1200 per person. I typically have around 5 people in each workshop so I think we can handle this together! These are limited to four per year. The cottage along with mentoring is all inclusive… food and your stay is included in this price.

So there it is. You decide! Mentoring or a workshop – it’s your choice and in either case YOU pick the date! Questions? Email me at and I’ll do my best to clarify.


|mentoring is $1500.

|workshop seats are $1200

The cottage along with mentoring is all inclusive… food and your stay is included in this price

|mentoring for one afternoon is $500

| online mentoring is $500 for three hours

| portfolio reviews are $100





Sunflower Sessions at Warthan Farms

Since my last newsletter went out I have received so many inquiries about having your own session in our sunflowers (about one and a half looong acres) that I am going to do something special!

A petite session is normally $800 but for the Sunflower Sessions they will be ON SALE for $600! This includes a 5×5 photo book. This is for a session in the sunflowers (not for other seasons) and can include surrounding locations on the farm. Please remember that scheduling for these needs to be flexible because we need to work with the blooms, the rain and the sunshine! It would go something like this… you’ll book your session (a $100 deposit) and we’ll set a tentative date. When blooms start popping out then I will contact you and we’ll set a firm date for a few days out.

Here is the booking form:

*does not apply to newborn or senior sessions*

You can contact me at with any questions!



summer so far

warthanfarms_15 copyI know it’s not quite summer but the corn is past our knees here at Warthan Farms and we’ve been through cans and cans and cans of sunscreen already. I have a family session to share with you this week that makes my tummy do flips but in the meantime I have a few images to share of my own sweeties – a mix of film and my little ol’ Panasonic Lumix – some from our trip to the Outer Banks and some from our jaunts to Chippokes State Park right here in Surry, Virginia.  Just for fun!

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June 15, 2014 - 11:41 am

Dianne - Beautiful pics as always and oh my goodness how the children have grown!