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As promised in my previous post, here are just a very few images from Jenn’s workshop.  Not only were the models gorgeous, the scene was gorgeous.  I was immersed in a world I wish I could play in daily – a world where creative hearts inspire each other, where there is uplifting inspiration filled with only the betterment of the individual and the refinement of their vision.  Thank you Jenn & Josh – I will never forget what you have brought into my world.

Now don’t be a slacker – check out their workshop info.

I hope you enjoyed this post filled with great beauty. xoxo, Mare

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Workshop for the Creative HeartLast fall I had the pleasure of attending a workshop for photographers that both renewed my spirit and brought me closer to like minded creative people.  If a simple photography workshop (ahhh but not SO simple) could inspire me – could take my breath away – could make me laugh until my sides hurt – could bring moments of poignant truth to the surface, it would be an amazing feat.  I’d consider it a MUST GO for the creative soul.

I have found the MUST GO workshop.

This fine art photography workshop is put on by the incomparable Jenn Hudson and her partner Josh Kane.  They bring it (by the crateful, literally – they travel and bring everything with them to host an amazing experience for their attendees).  🙂  Seriously though – Jenn’s work, in a word: breathless, it is the only word I can think of to describe it. Going to the workshop in the fall was rejuvenating.  It made me want to be…BETTER.

Jenn embodies the goodness in the world of photography, she defines excellence in an industry that is trying to redefine itself (and sometimes stumbles), she gives all of herself and never asks for it back.  But please don’t take my word for it…check it out yourself:  Jenn Hudson Fine Art Photography

Not six months after the workshop I had the privilege of seeing her speak (for an all too short platform speech) at this year’s WPPI – when she was done speaking there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.  The content was different enough to make a difference – when a speaker/teacher puts that much effort into their craft, the words they present, you can be sure it is worthwhile.

When you see the beautiful “real camera” images that will follow you will see what I am saying.  For now enjoy the beauty of the simple iPhone camera image taken to the next level.

“The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.”  ~Henri Cartier Bresson


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by Chicago Photographer Marianne DrentheIn the past couple years I have really enjoyed going back to  the ‘point and shoot’ nature of photography, mostly via the tool I have most handy at all times.  This tools’ simplicity is flawed in many ways but its’ back to basics – point, click, go aspect appeals to me on a fundamental level.  The quirkiness of its’ shortcomings, the inability to manipulate the exposure accurately in camera, the lack of controls – all these would be seem to be frustrating for a pro photographer who enjoys the CONTROL aspect of photography.  But that’s the rub.  It’s the simplicity in the tool, the ability to use various apps that allow you to express creativity without the digital darkroom (AKA Photoshop) or chemicals (AKA the actual darkroom).  The simplicity + the ability to control the variables normally associated with downloading and manipulating on a computer make it such a fun tool for photographers and amateurs alike.  Of course I’m speaking of the iPhone camera.

I read a quote several days ago and I think I’ll share it here:

“If your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.” ~Henry J. Kaiser

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  • Paula - March 24, 2011 - 7:33 am

    lovely post. fabulous quote. def speaks to me!

  • Michael - March 27, 2011 - 10:15 am

    Perfectly written, and that quotation really hits the spot. Thanks for sharing!