I packed my bags and headed to Chicago to see a lady about photography workshopping.
Her name would be Christy Tyler.
Having never attended a workshop before, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. But at the same time, I did. If that makes any sense at all. Which it might not. Forgive me.
I knew what we were going to be covering. I knew that we were doing a practice shoot. I knew that Christy was kind, had a funny bone and is an amazing photographer. And I knew that the other women attending would be just as lovely. Those things I expected.
I didn’t expect to feel so rewarded, reassured and leave feeling more confident than when I arrived.
Christy hosted the workshop at her home, so it started as a laid back atmosphere, not a stuffy feeling to be felt. She showered us with Chicago-style pizza, cinnamon rolls, a constant stream of smiles and little presents. Her husband told us stories about them. Christy talked about her business, what she does and why she believes it’s successful. About marketing, branding and finding your style. She practices everything she preached – I saw a lot of the things we discussed happen while we were there, and even now since I’ve been home.
We spent some time with the technical, going into detail about the different qualities of light and how to use it. She covered flash work and covered everything that deals with off-camera flash. (That part… yeah… I know for a fact I looked like a space cadet after that segment. I’m sorry, Christy, it scares me.) But she made her self available, shared “trade secrets” that so many photographers don’t want to tell. And it was wonderful.
We did get busy that afternoon with a practice shoot. I’ll have to leave that post for another day. (I may or may not have culled my images yet.) But for now, I have a few shots of the morning. I’m kicking myself for not taking more photos while all of us ladies were together, and especially of not having any photos of Ester, Jenn or Zipporah, but this is what I do have. Just a glimpse of what I saw that morning.
More on this later – promise!
To read about Part II of my Christy Tyler workshop experieince, click here.