When it's time to push your comfort zone...Wuthering Heights adventure

"Sunrise at the Ponden Reservoir" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Haworth, England. There's just something iconic about the English countryside. The Hubster has dubbed this image as "living room worthy".

"Sunrise at the Ponden Reservoir" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Haworth, England. There's just something iconic about the English countryside. The Hubster has dubbed this image as "living room worthy".

Compelling Portraiture with Carolyn Mendelsohn

Have you ever reached a point in your art/photography where you know it's time to push yourself into a new direction? To improve your skills? To really put yourself out there? To see what you're really made of?

I reached that point. I shifted into my "extreme action mode" and decided to learn about everything that is exactly opposite of what I normally practice. I was going to try every thing that made me feel unsure about my photographer-self. 

  • Start where you are?  I flew to Yorkshire, England.  This was my first trip to northern England.
  • Use what you have?   Carolyn provided models, a hair and make-up artist, and a vintage stylist.
  • Natural light?  Miss Aniela brought their surreal fashion photography to us. (You may have seen their commercial fantasy images for Nikon.) And, they let us use their studio lighting for our own images!  OMG - this was my first use of studio lighting!
  • Learn from the best?  Okay, this point is not opposite of how I normally practice. I always recommend learning from the best that you can afford at the moment. It turns out my selection of Carolyn was right on the money.  At the conclusion of our residential workshop, she left for London to receive the Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition Gold Medal!

More to come

I've been home a grand total of sixteen hours as I write this, so I'm going to keep it brief.  I have so much to process in my head and to share with you that I can't do the experience justice.

So here are a few of the images from my Wuthering Heights adventure. I hope they intrigue you.

The lovely Anna.  When this young lady's eyes connected through the lens I felt electricity. Compelling Portraiture with Carolyn Mendelsohn.

The lovely Anna.  When this young lady's eyes connected through the lens I felt electricity. Compelling Portraiture with Carolyn Mendelsohn.

"Claudia".  What can I say - look at those eyes! Compelling Portraiture with Carolyn Mendelsohn.

"Claudia".  What can I say - look at those eyes! Compelling Portraiture with Carolyn Mendelsohn.

"Cathy on the moor".  Model - Ella Mcneil, H/MUA-Lauren Rippin, Vintage styling-Caroline Brown

"Cathy on the moor".  Model - Ella Mcneil, H/MUA-Lauren Rippin, Vintage styling-Caroline Brown

Expect the best. Anything else is an adventure

Rebecca

Make sure you get the rest of the Wuthering Heights Story.  There will be so much more over the next weeks, including how we learned to work a brief from a fashion magazine.

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