FOSTER Workshop // California

I know, I know... the Foster Workshop was nearly three months ago. Palm to the face. Behind the scenes, I've been working really hard on regrouping myself for a big move halfway across the country from Fort Hood, Texas to Rockford, Illinois in less than two weeks. Having not even known Ronnie and I would be moving back to Illinois when I attended FOSTER, I have taken this off-season to decide where I truly want my business to take me in 2015 - and long after. As my desire is to narrow in on wedding photography, I will only be taking on a limited number of family sessions so I can devote more of my time to start specializing in intimate, adventurous outdoor weddings. My big life goal is to end up in the state of Oregon, documenting love, and raising a family near the beach with Ronnie and a couple Shibas by my side. Not asking too much, right? Five years from now, I hope to look back on this post while sitting in my office - calling Oregon home.

Attending FOSTER was such an amazing experience surrounded by incredible, laid back creatives who truly listened to every question asked and presented one another with ways to better ourselves and better the photography community. Ben + Katch are talented beyond the moon and I'm so thankful to have had several days to learn from them and push for bigger and better things to happen this year.

"Work on your craft. Learn new things. Step out of your comfort zone and let your comfort zone grow to meet you. You can always always always improve and let’s be honest here, you always want to. It’s what makes humans so great at so many things. We all want to be awesome, so let’s be awesome together.

As you improve, we all improve. It’s that simple. I think it’s time that we recognize that we aren’t only individuals, but we are also part of a community. Every time an individual improves, the entire community improves. If you learn something new, the photo community is pushed forward. Better yet, If you share what you learned with someone else, the photo community is pushed forward again. That means you improve, the photo community improves, and you feel the warm fuzzies. Win-win-win."

- Ben Sasso, "The Photographer's Manifesto"

Here's to 2015! Let's make awesome photos together, Illinois.

For now, here's some photos from the workshop of an incredibly hot couple from LA along with Shei Phan of America's Next Top Model Cycle 21. Enjoy!

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