Michele Anderson of Pinkle Toes Photography has long been my photography crush. While stalking her (aptly named) blog last year I realized she offered workshops. At the time I inquired and it was just not in the stars for me to attend so I put it on the back burner. This year as soon as her workshop announcement email hit my inbox I started pricing plane tickets to each location and dreaming, hard, about attending one. As my husband walked in from work in the wee hours of the morning one day (night?) I confronted him with the workshop list and all my pent up dreams of going. Honestly, I was expecting him to list the reasons I couldn’t or shouldn’t go so when he said “so sign up and make it happen” I just about fell out of my chair.
Which is how I found myself in a beautiful field of sunflowers outside a Walmart parking lot in Austin, in July watching my favorite photographer work.
It’s hard for me to concisely sum up what this workshop meant to me. I went planning on having it be that final push for me to really take off with my business. That it was, but it was so much more. I left feeling inspired, confident and about two feet taller than when I arrived. But I also left having met people like me. It was a revelation to be in the same room with people I really got. I feel like I found something I’ve been seeking and didn’t even know I’d lost. I feel like I made life-long friends.
And I also learned a lot. We got to watch Michele work with a family with a newborn, in their home:
We watched Michele work her magic with a darling family with a little girl who flew instead of walked:
And we got to test our creativity at Michele’s greenhouse with an absolutely gorgeous couple expecting their second child:
I know when I was trying to make my decision about whether or not to attend this workshop I did my share of Googling. So if you Googled the workshop and found this post, just do it. Seriously. I’d do it again tomorrow in a heartbeat (actually, can I? Tomorrow?).
Thank you, Michele, for being you and sharing you. And thank you to my new friends as well for the same. Speaking of new friends, follow the blog circle to see what Michele with Pinkle Toes Photography – Austin’s Family Lifestyle Photographer experienced at this workshop.