I had the mighty priviledge of spending a weekend with Vanessa earlier this month. Vanessa came to Utah all the way from North Carolina for a two day mentoring session that encompassed everything from business Q&A, creativity, portfolio building, shooting THIS fabulous session together, photo critique, and we capped off the experience with her own glorious session in front of the camera.
I’m really becoming a fan of spending part of mentor sessions shooting together AND being in front of the camera. So much to be learned behind the lens and experiencing what your subjects do in front. And plus, what photographer can’t benefit from some amazing images of themselves?
I’d say that Vanessa can rock both sides of the camera 🙂 Check out some of her fabulous work on her blog!
To anyone considering a mentoring session, here’s what Vanessa had to say about her experience:
My mentoring session with Brooke is one of the best things I have done for my photography. Not only was it beneficial to learn some advanced techniques like posing and choosing locations, but also to learn more about the business side of photography! I came away from this experience feeling as though I have the potential of being a better photographer. I also feel that I have a better knowledge base for my customers and business. Brooke made me feel very comfortable and explained techniques in a fun and easy to learn way. We did a photo shoot which helped cement the ideas and techniques in my brain and photographing with her is definitely inspiring! Even after, I was able to see her more experienced perspective on the photos which helped me in my learning process. If you are at all interested in learning more about photography or making yourself a more able photographer, I would highly recommend Brooke’s mentoring sessions! It was, in every way possible, one of the best experiences!
Thanks Vanessa! Best of luck in your bright photography future!
Brooke Snow is a Lifestyle photographer in Cache Valley, Utah. She is a proud new mother to a humorous baby boy with hair that sticks straight up in the back. They enjoy walking and biking a lot… it helps stimulate creative brain power, challenge the extra pounds, and they discover the ultimate secret photo locations on their daily jaunts.
Brooke teaches private photography lessons as well as monthly photography classes in Logan, Utah.
Love the 2nd last photo, the catch-lights in her eyes just rock. And it’s a great expression.
What do you call that effect in the 4th one? Where the background is all white and over-exposed. Is it mainly an in-camera effect or does post-processing (ie brightness and exposure adjustment) play a part?
This post made me even more excited for my mentoring session! =) Beautiful photos! Love the very first one. The sky is incredible! Thanks for sharing this!
Thanks Vince! The 4th photo is nearly straight out of camera. Its an effect of shooting manual, and exposing for my subject, not the background. She has a window behind her, so we have two lighting environments: 1. Broad daylight outside, and 2. Shaded interior inside. When I expose for her, it blows the background out. If however, I exposed for the background, she would be too dark. The only way around being able to expose for both, would probably be to use flash–which I don’t really like the look of. And, I personally like overexposed backgrounds with natural light–though some photographers would disagree on my taste 🙂
Chelsea! I’m excited too! We’re going to have a blast!
What wonderful shots of Vanessa. I like how intimate they all seem, like we have a glimpse of her inner and outer beauty.
Expert shots of a gorgeous subject!
I just don’t get how you get that blue sky AND her face beautifully exposed. I don’t get it…I guess I have to take your class. Is that an in camera ability or post process?
I don’t disagree on your taste for the 4th photo! I LOVE that blown out look with some photos, and this one is no exception! =) In fact, I do it purposely sometimes too!