Photography Workshops :: new dates added.. new workshops added..

I’m really loving these Walking Photography Workshops.. Right now, I’m just offering them in Historic St. Augustine.

I have two types – Parent and Teen and then just adults.

The non-kid friendly dates and times are:

March 28 5:30pm – 7pm

April 18 6pm – 7:30pm

The cost is $150 + tax per person.

We will walk and shoot for about 90 minutes. All skill levels welcome.. You will need to pre-register for the workshop so sign up here… and indicate the workshop and time you are interested in! I’ll send information for payment once I receive your information.

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My kid probably won’t get in to an Ivy League.. but dang it, she will have earned her accomplishments in life :: northeast florida photographer trying to raise decent kids

today’s Celebrity College Cheating scandal made my jaw drop.. As a Parent.. sure.. i want my kid to accomplish things.. but what the heck?? this is more than just cheating..

my Abby… she’s in 7th Grade.. she’s always been a great student… if she’s struggling with something, she studies – HARD.. I’ve never been a parent who demands All A’s, but if you get a C, you better have worked your butt off for that C..

Abby’s never even had a B..

THIS YEAR… her Algebra class… I met Mr. Floyd (name changed to not completely badmouth the man).. nice enough.. seemed super excited to teach.. she was SAILING through it.. I remember her older brother struggling a bit with it at times.. Abby not even a question on homework.. heck.. she never HAD homework.. she had a 99 in the class.. she said to me a couple times, she wasn’t sure she was really learning anything.. i laughed it off, “damn.. she IS smart”

well Midterms came.. she came home in TEARS… “mom.. i didn’t know ANYTHING on the midterm”… What? that can’t be… you are probably just worked up about it..

Christmas Break.. came and went.. kids went back to school.. Abby came home “mom… Mr. Floyd.. QUIT…”.. uh.. what?

yep.. Mr. Floyd quit.. why you ask? he wasn’t teaching the kids… sure.. some basic things.. but not what they were SUPPOSED to be learning for the standards in Florida (or I’m sure ANYWHERE).. so.. this midterm was not one of HIS tests, it was the district test.. and all of his students FAILED..

the administration had no way of knowing really until then.. He SAID he was teaching them what all the other Algebras were teaching.. but he wasn’t.. he SAID they were all doing great.. they were not.. they hadn’t really learned ANYTHING..

y’all this was the end of January.. i cried.. when i realized this.. i cried.. for those kids.. these are kids who LOVE MATH … who love to learn.. and HE FAILED THEM.. and then QUIT!.. he didn’t have the decency to say “i’m sorry.. let’s get through this”.. months with these kids.. LYING to them.. to the administration..

so.. abby – and all the classes he taught are having to work their tails off.. they had never even been given a syllabus.. or an outline.. or homework..

it has been a STRUGGLE.. FIVE MONTHS of learning Algebra to catch up on!!! The Math department has really come together to support these kids.. Abby is putting in HOURS of work..

this is the note my daughter wrote to the AMAZING substitute she’s had since January.. Mrs. P’s last day was yesterday..

my kid.. thanking someone for making her work her tail off to EARN her grade..

and she has a freaking B.. that she has worked for.. and she’s so proud of it.. and.. i didn’t fix it for her.. she DID it..

she has EARNED that B and has probably learned more life lessons this year than I will realize..

Bless all you teachers who try to teach our kids respect, kindness, ethics, integrity… and I’ll say a little prayer for all of the parents working against you.

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  • Lee GoodnightMarch 13, 2019 - 12:39 am

    Very proud of Abby.ReplyCancel

Spring Session Special.. :: Northeast Florida photographyer

don’t you just love moving to a new place and making new friends??? totally fun times..

well, imagine as a business.. i have to make new friends/clients here in Northeast Florida.. Although I’ve been in business since 2006, guess what?? no one HERE knows me! I have lots of business when I travel back to the places I’ve lived and built up my clientele – which is great.. I won’t ever give that up!

But cha know, I’d like to photograph and teach here at home.. IN Northeast Florida.. my business has been built entirely by word of mouth, so I need awesome clients to help me get there!

I’m offering this…

it is a very good deal.. We just need to get the session in before June 15..

it’s not a mini session.. a full deal session.. the session must take place within 25 miles of zip 32259

I always give anyone who sends a client who books a session – a $50 referral credit.. share, tell your friends and earn enough to get this lil ole session for free.. or use it toward a walking learning workshop!.. or prints.. or a gift certificate for someone else!

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babykid drama :: Dr. Seuss Day and nothing to wear..

our babykid, Millie… y’all ..

well.. she woke up this morning.. after just a minute and starting wailing.. crying..

this is not unusual.. I said.. “what’s up, Mil?”

“it is Dr. Seuss Day!!!!” i know this because i have two packages of thinly sliced ham in the refrigerator to go with the green food coloring and eggs other moms are sending in.. damn not getting the “napkins and plates” in time!!… so I say.. “yeup! your ham is in the refrigerator, we are set!”

“noooooo.. i don’t have ANYTHING Dr. Seuss… no Cat in the Hat shirts… no Thing 1 shirts, no blue fish.. NO SNEETCHES”…

never with my other kids would I have said, “hey.. it’s okay.. we can make one”..

what the hell? why.. ? so.. at 6:50AM I sat down and we found png files of Sneetches.. YESSSSSS!!!!

more tears.. “see… the star.. ?? well…. I wanted a pink STAR.. i’ve always wanted it to be a PINK STAR”…

look.. we JUST JUST two minutes before thought of this idea.. but… suddenly.. it’s been her entire life desire to have a tshirt with a Sneetch with a PINK STAR UPON THARS…..

so… i… changed the freaking star..

and she’s one happy babykid..

good LORD help me.. this kid.. she has my number

but doesn’t she look so super cute in her Pink Star Sneetch Tshirt?

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Monday Learnin’ :: aperture

Last weekend we took the afternoon and went with Tom’s parents to Ravine State Park in Palatka.. The azaleas were in bloom..

my favorite are white ones.. and I didn’t see one.. maybe those are not wild ones.. I need to research that a bit.. at the top of the ravine by the amphitheater I did spy these pretties..

my little 11 year old, Emily, spied them first.

I don’t know why I didn’t let the girls bring my back up camera and take pictures with that! They are both loving discovering photography.

Emily loves wild flowers like I do.. basically weeds.. BUT… i love them.. so emily and I kept finding gorgeous little specimens.. I just love how any moment outside can be a little teaching moment.. so we turned this in to a lesson on “getting that blurry background”

so we started crouched down on the ground.. about a foot from the “flower”.. that is important – being CLOSE to it.. especially if you have a kit lens – ya know.. that lens that comes with the camera..

so see.. pretty flower.. but it’s kind of hard to actually see it..

We were shooting in Aperture Priority.. FLASH OFF!!!! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY.. TURN YOUR FLASH OFF!!!

Started at f/10.. focused on the flower..

see how most of the background is fairly blurry, but you can still see a lot of detail..

then we changed to f/4

and here the background is WAY more blurred.. BUT.. that lens will go to f/2.8..

so.. there ya go.. same shot.. with 3 different Apertures.. it is a fun way to learn to nail your focus (you have to get consistent with that).. and learn to slowly start getting a grip on Aperture..

check back next monday for some more tips.. tricks… ideas.. and let me know if there is anything you might like to learn about.

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