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As many of you know I am a pretty big fan of the Clickin Moms forum.  I’ve taken a number of workshops and breakouts through them and have found support and community for both my personal and business photography journeys there. 

This year I was fortunate enough to be able to attend their Click Away conference held at Amelia Island in Florida and it did not disappoint!  From the incredible story shared by opening keynote speaker Ruthie Lindsey to the last beach bonfire s’more, the experience was everything I could have asked for.

I believe there were over 70 presenters and over 1000 attendees taking over the Omni Resort over president’s day weekend.  I didn’t get to meet everyone or take every class but the people I did get to meet, shoot with, learn from and spend time with were amazing and I left the weekend rejuvenated, inspired and a better photographer than I was before attending.

In this post you can see a recap and sampling of some images I captured while attending Click Away but be sure to read to the end where you will see that I’m participating in a blog circle with some crazy talented photographers (two of whom also are contributing blog stories this month recapping Click Away).

Quick note on editing…..I’m currently taking a creative editing workshop and so I’m playing with different tools right now and my editing is definitely not consistent in this particular post.

Taking Stock:  Tools and Tips for Creating Flat Lays and Styled Stock Photos (Kimberly Murray)

This wasn’t a shooting class but since I am branching into the world of personal brand photography it was super valuable to me.  My husband especially wants to thank Kimberly for adding approximately $1,500 to my 2018 equipment budget for a new tripod & head, tethering software and triggers and various boards to shoot on.

The Golden Child:  Children’s Fine Art Photography Inspired by Light (Dana Leigh)

I loved the way Dana encouraged our class to stretch our creative muscles.  I learned how to do double exposures in camera for the first time and played with shooting through a ziplock baggy.  I borrowed a canon 85 1.4 lens for this session.

Stills to Motion:  How the Modern Photographer Can Use Video to Stand Out (Amy Cypers & Kim Bear)

I have shot video for my own family but haven’t done a lot of client work using video so this was so much fun to do.  It is crazy difficult to get clean video shots when you have 20+ others all shooting the same models – most of what I took wasn’t usable because of random limbs, cameras, heads, etc being in the frame.  But it reminded me how much I enjoy putting moving portraits to music.  And I’ve already been contacted by a marketing representative for Clickin Moms who would like to use my film for a mother’s day promo so I’m definitely doing a happy dance over here.

No Shoes Required:  The Unposed Family (Shalonda Chaddock)

Shalonda is one of my favorite photographers.  I just LOVE her styling and approach.  Getting to see her in action working with families and kids was a true highlight of the weekend for me.

 

The Still Life Storyteller:  Capturing Powerful Images without People (Antonieta Esis)

Let’s just say, I think I’ll stick to capturing people.

Great Light Anywhere:  Achieving a Natural Look in Lifestyle Photography with Artificial Light (Kim Hildebrand)

This was perhaps the most practical session that I took as I see myself incorporating artificial light more into my sessions. 

Magic Light at the Beach (Kristin Dokoza)

We had some pretty harsh light to work with but the session was a ton of fun and Kristin really showed a variety of ways to stretch your creativity.

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It was difficult to be away from my boys for five days (two days of travel) but so worth it and I am already excited to hear where next year’s conference will be taking place.

Finally, remember that blog circle I told you about?  Well next up is Dana DiSalvo of  Dana Nicole Photography with a stunning nursing portrait session share.  Click over to see this intimate and beautiful Mommy & Me Session in Tampa.

 


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K.C. Crow is an award-winning and featured lifestyle photographer based in Orange County, California. She is one of the few photographers in the greater Orange County area that offers beautiful lifestyle portraits with a little added magic. Her most favorite things to shoot are newborn and child lifestyle portraits with dramatic light and soft warm processing. She is passionate about helping parents get images off of their hard drives and into something tangible.  K.C. is an on-location photographer with a preference for natural light serving the beach cities and greater Orange County areas including Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, Sunset Beach, Crystal Cove, San Clemente, Dana Point, Brea, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Placentia, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, Orange, Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and La Habra. Fresh 48 Newborn Sessions are available at most Orange County hospitals and birth centers.  For more information about K.C., click here. For pricing information, please visit our investment page. Click here to contact K.C. directly.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

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It looks like an amazing weekend! I LOVE your images through your plastic bag!!

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KC! These images are amazing. I totally need to hear about this creative editing workshop because I am loving the edits. And your video was just beautiful, definitely inspiring me to take more video. I dabble sometimes but am SO bad about follow up and actually creating a film. Congrats on being contacted by ClickinMoms about it! I think it’s lovely. The light was so pretty and the fog really created a cool atmosphere. It was so great to hang out with you again at Clickaway!!! I hope to see you next year at either Clickaway or maybe Insta-Inspire…we shall see!

I wish I’d had the chance to meet you at Clickaway! I love this beautiful visual recap of the weekend – just gorgeous! I also took Kim Hildebrand’s class although it was the Saturday run – and adored it!

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It was so great meeting you Kristine!! I’m glad I got to link to your amazing work!!

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