Back in the spring of last year, I was contacted by my sweet friend Posy Quarterman about speaking at this new workshop put on by four pretty fantastic boss ladies that focused SOLEY on the genre of family photography. After suffering with the stigma that family photography was not viewed as important as other genres (i.e.. weddings) and being told by their peers that photographers that only shoot family’s would never be able to make the money that wedding photographers make, they decided to push back and create something that nobody has. They want to empower us, to let people know that yes, we ARE worth it and family photography IS worth every cent and should be treated with the same respect as any other genre.
I patiently waited for Posy to finish her explanation before I exclaimed with a passionate and resounding YES, YES, YES, 1000x YES!!!
The first annual The Family Narrative retreat was held in the absolutely stunning city of New Orleans at the beginning of march of this year. Let me tell you, I was nervous as all hell to talk in front of, not only that many attendees, but they were women that I have been following already and was super inspired by. I could barely eat lunch before my talk – which normally happens when I’m uber nervous – but once I started it was like talking with a group of old friends.
My talk was all about my anxieties with this line of work, in my daily life and beyond. How I deal with making it take a back seat while I’m working and how it tries to force its way into the forefront of my mind constantly. I also talked about 2 topics that make my heart flutter; Personal Projects and Giving Back.
I won’t say much more but I do want to end this with just letting you know that this experience was incredible. The teacher line up was not just having rock stars there talking about what works for them and it may not work for you like most workshops….this was so much more, we talked about birth photography, body positivity, street photography, reaching out and being and ally for the LGBTQ & non-bianary communities, pricing, burnouts, live sessions and so so so much more REAL LIFE SHIT. No fluff. It was as if all of the teachers and attendees were individual colours and together we made an incredible painting that is one of a kind.
Now, please enjoy a few photos from the trip, there aren’t many as I feel like there was so much time spent really talking and getting to know so many incredible women that I have either just met, or known via social media for years. It felt so incredible to be surrounded by such supportive and lovely women.
Boss ladies, you did good.
From Brooks live session that I shot some behind the scenes images & video for