The only way to tell you about my experience with the Heck Yeah Photo Camp is to start from the beginning.
This past summer, I was browsing Facebook and briefly saw a workshop held by Ben Sasso that was coming in January. It looked interesting enough, and I have been following Ben’s work for some time. I signed up for an email alert when it was going to be for sale. A few weeks later, sitting at lunch with my daughter, it happened. I knew it would sell out fast, so with clammy hands and my heart beating a little too fast, I pressed the “buy” button. It turned out to be one of the best investments I’ve made for my business in several years. Four hours later, it was sold out. Thank goodness I didn’t procrastinate.
I’ve been a photographer for several years now, and I was looking to invest in a workshop, but I didn’t want to learn from just one photographer, and I wasn’t interested in learning how to be just like another photographer. After several years, I have developed my own style and I am proud of my work.
But we can always be BETTER.
With a plane ticket booked and a rental car reserved, I was counting down the days for January 25th. And then Winter Storm Jonas came along. The weather forecasters were predicting it to be a major storm arriving three days before I was supposed to be leaving for California. With a lot of tears and major stress, I made it out on the last flight in DC before they shut the airport down three days ahead of schedule. Traveling alone is not something I would usually consider “fun”. But it was a chance to relax, clear my head, and prepare for what I was about to experience during the workshop. I spent my time between hanging around the hotel pool in Palm Springs and a full day in Joshua Tree to get the lay of the land.
Then it was time for camp. I arrived and I immediately wanted to leave. I felt so out of place and I got into my own head that I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t good enough, and just too old to be there among all the talented young photographers that were there.
An hour later, I changed my mind. I was totally welcomed by several other people I had talked to in our workshops Facebook group, and I started to get excited again.
4 days in the desert, 2 days of intense workshops that sometimes made us shed a tear, great food and beer, new friends, and 6 amazing styled shoots.
I’m totally inspired and really excited to work with my 2016 couples!
Part 1 is a collection of images I took of the sweet, fun, and beautiful Ivy.