Moving up in the world!
Hello everyone! I have a few updates for you this month!
1. We're moving!
2. Photography Education Classes
3. Craftsman of Photography Arts designation
I have outgrown my home as a home base for my photography business. A few weeks ago, I was invited to rent some space in the heart of downtown Edmonton. At first, I thought, "I am a part-time photographer; there is no way I can sustain a studio space." I initially declined - but I could not stop thinking about it. I crunched some numbers. I thought about how the combined meeting space, studio, and office space could add to what I can offer in a more professional and comfortable fashion. I accepted. Studio 203 on 109th Street is a beautiful space with exposed brick, natural light, and a comfortable meeting space for consults and reveals! I can't wait to share the space with me current and future clients!
Kevin can't wait for me to get some of my photography stuff out of our house!
This is the dream I always had for my business and I never thought it would be feasible for me. It is happening because it is not only feasible (with some hard work and reframing the budget) but it has become necessary. I look forward to doing more corporate and business headshots and portraits in the new downtown space!
Photography Education Classes
Last year, I instructed a successful Beginner Photography Class with PSP Community Recreation at CFB Edmonton. I am mentoring a couple photographers as well. I LOVE teaching. Since I was 16, I have spent a great deal of my employed life teaching and public speaking; swimming, first aid, fitness classes, weightlifting, coaching sports, University classes for the U of A, professional conferences, etc. As an Occupational Therapist, I teach, educate, and motivate adults in a group setting on a daily basis.
Teaching photography is something I have experience with and would be a natural progression for me. I am making it official! Starting on April 22, I am teaching Beginner Photography Courses! Want to take better photos? It doesn’t matter if you have a DSLR, point and shoot, or mirrorless camera - or maybe you just have your smart phone. Either way you can improve your ability to preserve memories, shine on social media, or express yourself artistically with this class! You will need a camera or at least a smart phone. Maximum attendance is 5 and cost will be 95.00 for April and May. Your spot is booked once it is paid in full by E-mail many transfer to [email protected]
I can't wait to share my passion for photography with you! April 22, 2018 currently has one spot left. I have now opened up Sunday, May 27, 2018!
Craftsman of Photographic Arts
Last, but certainly not least, I was notified in February that I have reached the criteria of Craftsman of Photographic Arts (CPA) with the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). This has been a goal of mine for the past 5 years and I finally made it! I now can use CPA after my name. This designation is reached by attaining merits through service to the photography industry and PPOC organization, as well as attaining accreditations and having photographs accepted into the annual National Salon.
Next goal: Masters of Photographic Arts by May, 2019...it may happen, it may not. It will come down to my performance at the 2019 National Salon in February, 2019.
It's been a big month. On Saturday we are off to Scotland for another photographic adventure. I better decide what camera gear to take!
I'll leave you with a few photos from the epic family portrait shoot and styled shoot at the Alberta Aviation Museum from last weekend. The White Family was fantastic to work with as usual. More on this shoot in my next blog post.Thank you to Kevin, Meagan, and JoLynn for modelling, Melanie for hair design, and Lindsay for assisting. It takes a team to make art!
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