Since deciding to specialize in senior photography, I have found the most amazing, like-minded people all over the country who want to provide the same rockstar experience that I do. There are monthly educational magazines, online peer forums, conferences & workshops dedicated JUST to senior photography- all so we can better serve our seniors & their parents.
Of these workshops, it is pretty well known that Amanda Holloway's "Kitchen Sink Workshop" is like the holy grail of senior photography education. I knew a long time ago that I wanted to attend the workshop & learn her magical ways- but I also knew that this was not a beginner workshop and that Amanda does NOT hold your hand through it. So I waited. I waited until I knew I was ready to hear what she had to say. I waited until I knew I wasn't going to sit in her studio and look like a deer in headlights. And it's a good thing I did- there's no way I could have made it through alive if I had gone two years ago!
Amanda is no-nonsense. She doesn't sugar-coat. You can read what she's thinking all over her face. And I love that about her! I knew going into this experience what I needed help with, and I definitely got it. To be honest, I am pretty darn comfortable with my shooting style, but I need help building my business. And the fact that Amanda Holloway is self-taught and built an EMPIRE in roughly 5 years, means she is the one I wanted help from.
Because let me tell you- I don't want to be mediocre. I don't want spend hours planning, styling, shooting & editing a senior session just to hand over a CD that will get lost in a drawer. I don't want to work a "regular" job on the side to fund my photography business... I want to be a BADASS. I want to make magic. I want to show teenage girls what beautiful & extraordinary works of art they are. I want senior mommas to cry over how beautiful their babies look in their pictures. I want you to know that you deserve professional, beautiful, timeless photographs and that they should be displayed in your home- not stored on a computer.
So as they say, if you want to be the best, you gotta learn from the best (and Amanda Holloway is the best), but part of the battle of success is taking the tools someone gives you & then knowing how use them. Two months later I am still trudging through the trenches, making changes & trying to feel out what works best for myself and my clients, but there's progress. There's a tiny light at the end of the tunnel. I've got the tools- and I'm not scared to use them!!