This week I want to introduce you to a breakout that I participated in a couple of months back that not only taught me a bunch during its run but also continues to teach me new concepts and ideas every time I go back and review the course materials. Daring to be Different - Creating Images With an Edge by Laura Froese of Paraphrase Productions.
As I'm sure you guys know I've been a member of Clickin Moms for a few years now. In case you aren't familiar with the company, CM is a platform of primarily female photographers which offers peer guidance, discussion forums, workshops and education, and in-person meet ups and conferences. I've met some of my best friends through this organization and have learned and grown so much as a photographer and a businesswoman.
When I signed up for this breakout in April of this year all I had to go on was that I loved Laura's work and that every time I saw one of her images I was able to immediately say, "Oh, there's one of Laura's!".
Now being that I'm pretty sure its against the rules of something somewhere for me to post images from the actual course I'm just going to post a couple of images of my own that I learned by using her techniques.
This one and the one below were accomplished using her "Directing the Eye" technique. To look at this image you think, "Man how the heck is that done?" but boy does she make it easy. By not only explaining it in text but also by including an instructional video showing her process step by step.
The next one was created using her Dramatic Post Processing: Adding Light techniques:
I really can't say enough about how amazing these materials are. She covers things like shoot-throughs, negative space, low-light portraiture, framing, and artificial light among many others. If you're looking for something to spark creativity and get your mojo going with your photography then this is it. You can find it at the Click & Co Store.
Full Disclosure: I am NOT sponsored in any way by Laura or by Clickin Moms. I bought this breakout with my own money and everything I've stated here has been my own opinion. This one is amazing and deserved recognition =-)