Another exciting activity for me in July was participating in a "Mamarazzi" mentoring photography session with my sweet and super talented friend, Whitney. We drove to Tomball, TX and spent about 3 hours absorbing as much information as we possible could from an incredible photographer, Jennifer Dell.
It was a great experience! We started in her studio and talked about what our goals were for the session. I wanted to learn more about using natural lighting! I have spent a lot of time shooting in aperture priority mode so I don't have to think too much about my shutter speed for the quickly changing lighting environment. The depth of field is what I was focused on, and with kids moving so quickly, I really didn't have time to think anyway! Of course, the first thing we did in the session was switch to full manual mode. We also talked a little about white balance and how to use the Kelvin settings, which I'd never messed with before. We took a few pictures in the studio and then headed outside!
Whitney and I took turns being models for each other, and she makes a great one! I've taken a couple of other short photography classes over the last few years, so I'd heard some of what she said before. The difference was having someone take a look at what I was doing and helping me figure out how to adjust appropriately. She also taught us how to look for good backgrounds and briefly touched on posing too. I really feel like I learned a lot and want to go back again someday once I've gotten the hang of the new info I've learned.
Here are my favorite shots from the day including one Jennifer took of me. I haven't had a lot of opportunities to practice with the kiddos yet, but hopefully, you'll see some gorgeous photos of them thanks to this mentoring!