One thing I love about photography is that it is ever changing you can never know it all! I make it a point every year to attend the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International convention to become inspired and to learn from the best of the best. Earlier this year I met Joel Grimes at Photoshop World and spoke with him about his inspirations and his art. He later invited me to attend his workshop in Nantucket. I have heard him speak on numerous occasions and then he recently posted this:
"I find so much joy in exploring new ground, forging a path that is my own, and not a copy of someone else. Yes, I am influenced by others and relish in the work of those that have come before me. But when I look at myself as unique, one of a kind, with the ability to work from that uniqueness and develop something that is a reflection of my personal artistic vision, what a thrill!
Don’t be afraid to break new ground. Take risks in going down a path that fits you. Don’t listen to the naysayers that try to steal your uniqueness and discourage you from your artistic vision. You have a voice that can rock the world. " - Joel Grimes
It is so true! I consider my photography an art and I am the artist to be like no other. Wow! He really hit the nail on the head! Not only for photography but for living life itself!
During the workshop that I attended with 8 other professional photographers, I learned amazing techniques and Joel's philosophy. Once again I was inspired! The first was out on the sand dunes at the Great Point Lighthouse and then nearby marshes. It was an overcast day which was perfect! The second and third days were spent on the site of a Beautiful home. It was a perfect setting for portrait photography.
Below are the amazing images I captured during the workshop. Thank you to our lovely models Cassie and Leah! Special thanks to Amy Grimes for feeding and driving us around! And thank you to Joel Grimes for again sparking my inspiration and creativity!!!