a wallflower friend

this is sweet wendy hiller, a wallflower friend, and her beautiful family.  deb and i had the pleasure of having wendy join us at our retreat in sundance, UT last fall.  she is the best example of what we love most about wallflower friends -- the amazing people we meet, the new and lasting friendships we make.  and it was such a joy to now meet wendy's family.  

you'll notice an extra brother in one of the shots...he isn't a brother at all, but rather a foreign exchange student. they were here in california to explore and share--another testament to what an awesome family they are! i am so glad we had this opportunity to get-together and grateful for their trust in me to photograph their family this year.

AND...

it just so happens we opened registration for next year's wallflower friend's spring retreat.  we are so excited to be heading to northern california for this one--and we booked the entire seal cove inn...just for us. it's going to be spectactular so don't miss out!  register early as seats are quickly filling.  we are also toying with the idea of going to australia next november.  if interested in wallflower friends coming to australia, be sure and let us know!

xo

wallflower friends | winter 2011



i have already posted a few photos on flickr and most of these over at the wallflower friends blog.  but i wanted to share my favorite shots from the wallflower friend's retreat here.

these photos where taken at the twenty-nine palms inn as part of our retreat weekend.  the desert is such a beautiful place and the weekend was gorgeous.  our model families where awesome and our group of wallflower friends--as lovely as ever.  i must say that wallflower friends attracts some pretty special people--and for that deb and i are both so grateful.  xo

wallflower friends | sundance, utah

i’m excited to share that deb and i have just opened registration for our fall wallflower friends retreat. it’s going to be held october 1st – 3rd at the beautiful sundance resort, utah. 

and i am even more excited to share that for this retreat we will be giving away scholarships to three individual photographers.  we have an awesome panel of judges--i couldn't be more thrilled.  for more information on how to enter visit our blog.

our first retreat had such a great group of woman.  the enthusiasm for photography, to learn and grow, was amazing.  read some reviews from our spring retreat and learn for yourself how special these woman are!! they are so good to us.  

i can't wait to see who comes together for our second retreat.  hope to see you in october!

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ps.  i am also very close to release a new set of actions called "the wallflowers".  this photo, as well as those in the last few posts were all edited using the new set.  xo

the wallflowers

last weekend deb schwedhelm and i held our first wallflower friend's retreat at the beautiful twenty-nine palms oasis inn.  words can't even begin to describe how lovely it all was.  the women were like gifts to us--talented, encouraging, patient and so so passionate about photography.  we couldn't have asked for a better group.  more on them soon.  

we had three gorgeous families come to model for us.  here are a few shots from one of our mini sessions.  i have been having fun playing around with the edits...working on a new set of actions and presets.  i promised the retreat ladies they would get to sample them when i was ready...holding my breath i could get something together.  well it must be meant to be because these shots have inspired me....so much i am thinking of naming my new set the wallflowers...after this lovely first set of woman who have blessed my life and changed me for the better.  xo

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