{photography} ~ a month in review

Well, today I turned in all three parts of the final for my first ever online course. It was a 3 credit class through Grove City College, so I didn’t have to worry about transferring credits and I met my professor and all my coursemates at a mandatory meeting before school ended for the summer. When I signed up, I didn’t really know how it would go. I had no clue what to expect. I just wanted to take a photography class and didn’t really care about anything else.

Seriously– what’s better than getting 3 college credits for doing something you LOVE… something that, even though you spend 14 hours of a Friday working on an assignment, refusing to go to bed until it’s done? Ummm, not really much else.

Turned out I couldn’t have organized the class much better. There were 4 weeks of classes. All assignments were due on Friday, so I usually did all the reading on Monday, watched all the lectures on Tuesday, and then practiced for the rest of the week so I’d have a bunch of options when selecting what photos to turn in.

Our professor did a great job. We met on campus before we left in May, and he said right there and then that we needed to read our camera manuals because there was no way that he would know how to use every camera out there, especially for us Canon lovers (He uses Nikon… boo!!). Turns out- it was great! He showed us in demos how to do certain photoshop actions, or what types of settings to use in order to get a specific look (more on those later!), but then he had us go DO it. He taught us and then let us go to figure it out and explore on our own. To be honest, because he taught this way, I’ll probably remember more from this course than any other. (Ok and maybe, just  maybe I’ll remember it because I love photography so much)

In the coming week (hopefully… I know I’ve been a slacker) I’ll be going through some of the different things I’ve learned throughout this course. But for now I’d better go get some reading done for my business law class that started this week (for some reason I’m not as excited for this one…)

Until next time,


P.S. I’ll leave you with the project I spent 14 hours on yesterday. Wix is a fantastic (free!) site for those of us who are aspiring to become great photographers, but don’t have consistent enough jobs that we are making enough to pay for expenses, equipment, AND a website. So here’s mine~ Erin Elle Photography


{photography} ~ my inspiration

I know that I can do better. I know that I have a long way to grow both as a photographer and as a person. Throughout the years I have come so far. I have grown so much through reading (and more reading) on photography- photography books from the library and blog posts of my favorite photographers (J*, JP Elario, Simply Bloom Photography, and many others).

I’ve also learned so much through friends I have made. First and foremost, Julie Story is amazing. I don’t have any idea how I did, but somehow I stumbled across her Facebook page. I shot her a friend request and not only did she respond with a quick yes, she invited me to join a group called Pursuit 31, (created by the super talented Karen Scott), which I believe began as a Facebook group,  “a place for ladies to talk about photography, life, and Jesus.” Since then, I believe there has been a conference, many get-togethers, and lots of encouragement. Truth is, I’m one of the younger ones in the group. And while I don’t necessarily take part in a lot of the conversations, I have learned so much through them.

Not only did Julie add me to this group, she began a Facebook message conversation that has continued to this day. She helped me decide a name for my business (which I will explain another time), has encouraged me and sent me an extremely generous gift that I hope to share soon.

Another great friend I have is Jaime Pollock of Rare Love Photography. Interestingly, I didn’t meet her through photography. She was my boss at Cold Stone Creamery all through high school and into college. A few summers ago when she was starting to think about going into business with photography, she invited me on a photoshoot with her- and I had such a great time. I learned so much from shadowing someone else. She has also encouraged me so much throughout the years to pursue photography.

I couldn’t end this post without mentioning Lizzy Gregg of Sewickley Photography. We met through her dad actually- I’m currently a student at Grove City College, where her dad is a part-time professor that I had for my Intro to Marketing course during my first semester at college. Throughout the past year and a half that I have had the pleasure of knowing her and following her blog, we have been able to get together for coffee and exchange many emails and phone calls. She has been such a fantastic encouragement to me as I grow as a photographer.

All that being said, I know I have so much more growing to do. I thank each and every one of these individuals for encouraging me, teaching me, and leading me– whether they knew they did or not! I am so grateful for the impact they have had on me.


{personal} ~ a girl’s best friend

I mentioned before that I had the great privilege of attending my mom’s graduation from the Masters of Education program at Covenant College this past weekend. Before we left, (and after I arrived home from college), I was able to spend just about an hour at home with my beautiful golden retriever. Thanks to my younger sister for taking the pictures of the two of us! Enjoy~


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