“ You’ve got to push yourself harder.
You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take.
You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.”
– William Albert Allard
I just got back from a private workshop taught by the A.M.A.Z.I.N.G Audrey Woulard
. I spent 2 days this past weekend at her Chicago Studio learning and trying to absorb everything I could from her. I am normally an observer and would describe myself as more of a behind-the-scene-kinda-gal. Well, I think I took on a completely new identity at this workshop and I was shooting away with so many questions. I was not very quiet. I assure you this is true and my new Photographer friends that I met can attest to this.
There are probably 3 photographers on my ‘wish list’ that I would love to learn and meet. If you look at the work of these photographers that I admire, they are actually very different from each other in their styles and artistic presentations. What I see the common factor is they all have a true sense of style. Audrey Wouldard is one of the photographers I admire and I was so fortunate to attend her workshop and study from her.
To give you a brief background of Audrey Woulard: She, I would say, is undeniably one of the best natural light children photographers in the country. It is so obvious to see that as reflected in her work. I just love the simplicity of her images yet her simplicity speaks volume as she captured the honesty and beauty of the children she photographed.
Also, she has done high profile commercial work for Pottery Barn Baby, Pottery Barn Kids, In Style, Better Homes and Gardens Photography edition etc….I can go on and on with her credentials.
What I was most impressed with was her tremendous knowledge of light and she works with natural light 100% of the time. Since natural light photography is exactly all that I do, what is better than just learning straight from the very best?
I learned alot about the importance of lighting. I also observed that each photographer can photograph the same subject(s), in the same setting, and even with the same camera, yet each produces totally different outcomes. Their final images reflect their perspective and interpretations. This is the beauty of photography and why I love it.
I left the workshop feeling so inspired. I am so inspired to now apply the tools that I learned and constantly work on taking my photography skills to the next level. I also feel inspired to adapt what I learned and to continue work on developing my own sense of style. I also feel so blessed meeting so many new fellow photographers friends at the workshop who also inspired me with their beautiful work and how much I can also learn from them.
Here are some fun shots I took at the workshop taken downtown Chicago.
Aren’t they all adorable children to photograph?