I totally heart photographers. I love pouring over photoblogs and seeing what people create and capture using their cameras. I have to admit that I have photo envy – those crispy, clean, bright shots seem so illusive to me. A few months back my Nikon D90 kicked the bucket. I had taken it to be fixed a few times but the same problem kept coming back so, rather than getting it fixed again, I invested in a fancy new Nikon D7000. I was hell bent on getting those crispy, clean, bright shots and this was the camera to do it. Ha! I knew NOTHING about photography – aperture? What? All those numbers and dials were like Greek to me – wth? So I decided to take a course.

I ended up at the Vancouver Photo Workshops Studio because they do these intensive weekend workshops which fit into my schedule. I spent two days in bliss learning the basics on how to handle my camera – it was so awesome to figure out the ‘how’s’ on taking a good picture. I’m a real hands on learner – I get all sleepy when I try to read the manual – so the way the workshop was set up was amazing. If you are in Vancouver and looking for a class I highly recomend VPW – so much fun! And the restuarant ‘Chutney Villa’ is up the street from there … best South Indian food ever!

On the second day they set up photoshoots for us with some models. For our product shots we used my mom’s doll but then we had real, live models. OMG – look at the pictures I took! This is a big deal for me – Miss Auto on the camera!

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Isn’t she so cute?


This shot is a fav at the studio ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My doll being used as a model. She was very tired after a day in front of the bright lights..

Next month I go back to take the Intermediate workshop – I just can’t get enough! We have so many cutie kids that come around the studio (sewing mama’s kids) I can’t wait to get some good shots!







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  1. Angie D Avatar
    Angie D

    Nice job! I would love to be able to do something like that!

  2. Kinda Avatar

    Wow! Fantastic photos! I took a photography class in university (with manual SLR, darkroom etc), but have done very little with it since… this makes me want to learn some digital skills!

  3. Rebecca Avatar

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to see more!

  4. Lea T Avatar
    Lea T

    I bet it was so much fun! You know I love photography ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Natalie Avatar

    I recently took a photography course to, like you, get some help with moving from the auto mode to manual. It continues to take lots of time and practice to take better pictures more intuitively, but I was introduced to smaller lens that I think is just fantastic — it is not intended as a zoom lens (I have a few of those), but a close up where you move towards your subject. The subject becomes focused and the background blurs. I have a Canon EOS, and this lens is a 50mm, 1.8 f and it does take crisp beautiful photos. It is an affordable lens (the 1.4 f climbs higher in price) which I am sure has a like lens for the Nikon (perhaps you have it!). I bet it would take extraordinary doll pics and I can vouch for it taking beautiful close up of children who tend to photograph beautifully because they are so uninhibited. Enjoy! How nice you have such willing subjects and a reason to practice each week!

  6. Katie Gerber Avatar
    Katie Gerber

    I love some of your past photos too. There was one of wool drying on the fence outside and one of it drying by the fire place, I remember seeing one of the cat standing guard of the dolls. I have really loved them. I think they stand out because they are a little insight into the Bamboletta world. I relish those little sneek peeks.

  7. cheryl Avatar

    I love your photos, they are really good…and I hate to say this but you can NEVER QUIT
    your day job ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. mominco Avatar

    Great Pictures Christina,If you are ever in Dfw come over I can make you some decent south Indian food!:-)
    Btw Abby seems to enjoy my cooking.

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