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March 14, 2012

Around here on a daily basis I'm not sure who all really listens to me, let's face it I live with men. So when I decided to go for a second annual camera workshop, I was nervous about it of course but, I thought back to the first workshop and remembered the feeling of people being interested in what I was saying, their support was the reason I made it through. Now, I do think Jenny Lee our German Shepard really listens, but I think maybe she is just waiting for one of those key words that equals some fun for her. Walk, which she now can spell, eat, treat, chewy, ride, bye-bye, purse.....she knows we are about to leave when she hears that, and many other words. She turns her head back and forth studying every syllable that I speak. That is an awesome feeling. So, I thank those of you who came last year, you gave me the strength to apply myself and share with others again this year.



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January 25, 2012

The wedding day was sunny, a bit chilly, but the little chapel that is nestled on top of the October mountain had such a warm feeling to it.  Not to mention I knew what the day meant to Zakk and Sonja, they had been waiting for this day to come and it had finally arrived.  Zakk scurried around on the phone in different directions handling loose ends, while Sonja, calmly had her hair and make-up done.  She knew she had nothing to worry about, Zakk would take care of it.  They have such different ways about them but that's what makes them balanced.



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January 16, 2012

Ole Suzie, my neighbor, she always has questions to get me thinking.  She shared her dreams with me the other day which made me reflect on mine.  I blogged about a year ago about my dreams, goals and about taking risks.  I have never really kept a personal journal, wish I did, I'm such a forward thinking person I forget about the small things.  But my blog, it's a journal that I can look back on, just one that's public.

So, the first reflection post I choose to repost on the blog is this one.  I read it aloud to myself, it reminds me to keep doing what I'm doing, I especially love the quotes listed, they really get you going.  I'm beginning to think I'm a quoteaholic, but they are so inspiring.  I'm on Pintrest and the quote board is quite lengthy.  (Warning Pintrest is addictive)

The second reflection blog post
, is about the first camera workshop I hosted last year and why I'm sharing my knowledge of the camera.  It's proof and a reminder that if you work hard enough and dream you can go places you never thought you could go.  Now, I'm hosting a second workshop on February 25th.  Click here to read about the February 2012 workshop.

I tell my boys all the time, nothing is handed to you, it takes work and dedication to make things happen.  I say it for them, for their future, but it's a nice reminder to myself too.



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January 04, 2012

So, you got a brand new camera for Christmas.  It has all these buttons, the manual came with it but, it makes no sense, right? I have the answers to your questions, I can break the answers down in a way to help you understand.  I'm not sure myself why I get it, other that than the fact that I usually make everything harder than it has to be and I do everything backwards.  That's the camera...it's kind of backwards, so I get it. 

The 2nd annual workshop is for people who are in step one.  Step one of wanting to do photography for a living or if you just want to enhance your everyday images as a hobbyist.  I think the camera is the most amazing machine ever invented from film to digital.  I shot film when I first started, so I feel lucky to have been able to work with both film and digital.  Film cameras are more simple, they do not have as many factors that you have to decide on before you take a photograph.  Digital or DSLR's are film cameras with a computer attached to it, this makes things a bit more challenging.

Here are just a few of the things I will go over and teach.....
Color Space
White Balance
ISO
F-stop also know as Aperture
Shutter Speed
Depth of Field
Composition

ALL of these factors need to be taken into consideration to take a correctly exposed and interesting photograph.  It goes waaayyy past that one click of the shutter button. If you've spent $900 on a camera, why just click that one button?  We will have class here at my studio and later that day we can go shoot and apply what we learned so you can see how you can manipulate to the camera to make your photography look how you want it to look. 

Date:  Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Kristi Chappell Photography Studio located at 213 N. Riverview Dr. Gadsden, AL 35901
Weather:  We will be shooting RAIN, SNOW, OR SUN! 
Who Is This For:  Anyone with a camera! 
Cost: $250


**IF YOU REGISTER BY FRIDAY JANUARY 13th AND PAY YOUR RETAINER OF $50.00, YOU WILL RECEIVE $50 OFF YOUR TUITION!***  ALSO, REFER A FRIEND AND RECEIVE ANOTHER $30 OFF.  THAT IS A $80 SAVINGS!



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January 02, 2012

I would like to give a big thanks to my IPhone for assisting me to Meghan and Brandon's wedding.  After a few wrong turns and a couple of panic attacks I arrived at the beautiful Samford University for the wedding.  I feel Shane is at fault for my lack of direction because he has always drove, ever since I was a teenager.  If you have your own chauffeur, why pay attention? 



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