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Erin Tole Workshop at the Studio: Review

The amazing Erin Tole came to my studio here in Santa Rosa and did a workshop a couple of weeks ago.  Watching a newborn photography master at work is so inspiring.  I learned so much in our time together, she covered several poses, angles, using props, parent poses, outdoor shots, post-processing and so much more.  And her wise little tips and tricks that have completely changed my photography for the better.

Here is my honest review:

I have been a photographer off and on for five years. I never thought I was bad at it but never thought I was special enough to really make it a career. I used to sit and stare at my work trying to figure out what I could do to make it stand out from others in my area. Taking Erin’s workshop was a desperate “make it or break it” move. I knew I had what it takes to make it but didn’t know how to “unlock” my potential. Luckily Erin was able to point me in the right direction.

Erin’s workshop has been a career changer for me. She shows you the basics and what works for her, so that you can take that knowledge and build YOUR unique photography from it.  I learned that there is no one “secret formula” or an easy fix.  Erin taught us what she knows so that it is easier for us to build our own brand, as a true teacher should.  I love how she guided us along, never forcing her way or style.

The best part is her accessibility afterward. Her mastery doesn’t stop after the workshop.  Not only does she give you her future editing actions/presets, but she is available to lead and guide you when you get stuck, if you are committed to putting in the work to really learn and grow in your work.  Having attended other workshops, some teachers are done teaching after they put in their in-person time with you.  Not Erin.  I can honestly say that I have learned just as much, if not more from her after the workshop as I did in person, in posing, shooting correctly, editing, etc.  And she is one to actually take the time to look at your work, be honest and not just brush it off.  If you ask for her honest opinion, she will give it, which leads to further growth, which is the entire point of having a mentor to begin with.  And her workshop alumni are amazing, which I believe all points back to her amazing skills as a teacher.  If you are a newborn photographer and can ever attend one of her workshops don’t hesitate to do it, but be prepared to put in the work it takes to really take what you are taught and put it to use.  Or if you live in the Portland, Oregon area and need newborn photos, Erin will not disappoint.


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