A few weeks ago I attended a photography workshop in Washington, IL hosted by Julia Woods. An intense, but wonderful 3 days learning all aspects of photography — from shooting, to editing, workflow, sales to the financials and all that makes a successful studio go around. Luckily for me, my in-laws live in Galesburg, about an hour away so I spent a few days with my fabulous in-laws in their cozy home. I was treated to movies, meals and home baked goods non-stop. It was pure luxury. Then when it was time to saddle up for the workshop, I transitioned to my sister in law’s house outside of Peoria about 15 minutes away from where the workshop was being held. How convenient is that? I had a home to go back to, a car to borrow, and a hot meal at the end of each day. Which was a good thing seeing as my brain was fully overloaded and I just needed to refuel.
I love it in Central IL — just so different from the metro DC area. Corn fields, an endless flat prairie, beautiful sunsets, and no rush hour. Great therapy. As a wee thank-you gift I photographed the Crowell’s and their 3 rugrats. 2 of the 3 days I was there it was chilly and rainy and very gray. I was wondering if we’d even be able to do this because there is no way to ‘reschedule’! But on the last evening, the clouds gave way and it was perfect temperature and perfect light. We did it. And here is what I caught….such fun!!