Seattle Was Amazing

Last weekend I attended my first Click Away. What can I say; Seattle was amazing. During my time in Seattle, I was fortunate enough to take Jennifer Carr's workshop "Uncovered Beauty". One of the first things Jennifer shared during the workshop is to pay attention to our surroundings. I agree, we often times 'run' through life without noticing the beauty around us. On Sunday morning, I got up really early to shoot some long exposure images. It was the first morning it did not rain in Seattle. That made me so happy. After taking a quick shower, I grabbed my tripod and camera to explore sleeping Seattle. And I am glad that I did.

I so wanted to photograph the Space Needle, but previous attempts fell flat. Until the said morning. Actually I was ready to return to the hotel as I was getting cold and needed some hot coffee. (Can you believe that in Seattle Starbucks does not open until 6:30 on Sundays?!?). As I was walking back frustrated, I turned my head to the right. And it was...the Space Needle!!! I was so giddy that I forgot that I was cold. I walked up the street a little, set-up my tripod in the bike lane, and clicked away...

So, here is the shot of the Space Needle...and I am very happy that it turned out.


I am so thankful that I took Jennifer's workshop. She reminded me to slow down and look around me. If Jennifer wouldn't have shared this wisdom, the shot would have never happened. There is still so much I have to mentally process from this amazing trip. My hope is that will share more over the comping weeks on where I want to go with my photography. CM, I am thankful that you have put this workshop together

"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still." - Chinese Proverb

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time - keep smiling.

Iris (TGTG)

Macro Monday - Volume 4

Macro has become my sanity check. I honestly have completely falling in love with macro photography. This week I am sharing an older shot for Macro Monday. It is still very warm here, and I don't have many opportunities to shoot outside. I guess I have to start shooting inside to get my macro fix :). Afternoon Sunshine

Settings: SS - 1/320, ISO 640, f14, Tamron 90mm macro

Also, in the month of August, Tiffany is running the next The Art of Macro Workshop. And guess what?!? Yours truly will be (for the first time ever) be an Alumni helper for a class on CM. I am beyond excited!!!

To see more macro photography, please visit my friend and fellow macro photographer, Jessica at The Gaggle Photography.

Thank you for stopping by today - until next time, keep smiling :) Iris (TGTG)

Looking Forward by Looking Back

I know that many people publish these types of post (reflecting on the year past) the last couple of days of a year. However I wanted to share what has been on my mind for the last couple of days; I had to write out all the thoughts that are rattling my mind...Looking Forward by Looking Back! Honestly, I have had an incredible year regarding my photography business. Sure, I would have loved more clients, but the ones I had helped me grow incredibly. They have helped me to find my strengths and my weaknesses; where I need to improve and what I already know. One thing is for sure: you never-ever stop learning. If you think you know it all, than you are on the wrong track.

My friend Lori shared an incredible blog post about chasing your dreams and I want to share one statement that is true for me in a very personal way:

“If you don’t cry sometimes when everything falls apart, you’re not chasing a dream.” - Jon Acuff

2015 I have made the year of “Surrender” and “Being Bold”. It is only day 17 and I have put myself more out in world than I have over the past 4 years. I have signed up with the CM Photography forum; even posting my photos for the first time on a photography forum. If you know me in person, you know this is a huge step for me.

I even submitted 5 photographs in a contest that has photographers from around the world seeing my work. I hyperventilated before uploading to the site, but that is beside the point.

However, the best investment that I have made thus far in 2015 is purchasing a breakout session from CM. Holli True’s breakout session “The Beauty of Simplicity” has been a true blessing. I believe it was not by chance that I came across it this early in the year. Holli’s photography is not only beautiful, but totally along my thoughts on how to approach portraits. Unfortunately there are only 5 days left (through 1/21/15) to purchase the session; if you do purchase it, I know you will highly benefit from it. I do hope that this breakout session will be offered again this year so that you can truly enjoy the communication with Holli via the CM forum.

By looking back at my photographs of 2014, I am looking forward what 2015 will bring. I know I will be more bold and confident, realizing my dream. Even if I find myself crying at times…


Thank you for stopping by today...Until next time, keep smiling! Iris :) (TGTG)