Thursday, April 4

A bit on moving forward on my Photography Journey

Hey everyone! I had the amazing opportunity to register for a big Photography Workshop by Justin Hackworth this past week, and I couldn't be more excited! I realized that since its the biggest step I've taken so far in progressing my photography skills, and since the most common questions I get on my blog are about my photographs that I should not only spread the word about it a bit, but use this post to answer a few of your questions! The most common asked are: Who takes my photos, What kind of camera do I have, What type of schooling have I had, but most of all, what got me into Photography in the first place, so now read on and I'll tell you! 
The long answer will have to come in another post, but the short answer is that I first realized I wanted to be a photographer by discovering Justin Hackworth's photos here and there on Stephanie Nielson's blog, and being so touched by her words and the way Justin captured the sweet moments in their life (Stephanie's story was the reason I started blogging in the first place, but that's another story:)). I especially loved the tiny details, his candid shots that told such a beautiful and touching story. I thought that if all I could ever come close to shooting even just my family like that, then I'd be one happy lady. 

I bought my first DSLR in the fall of 2011, ever since then I'd been completely self taught and had really taken not a single class or course relating to photography. That changed when I had the amazing opportunity to attend Altitude Summit this past January, and who should I meet there but the artist himself! I was so honored and thrilled, because I'd been following his work for so long, and had a couple really great conversations and felt so inspired and encouraged! 
After I came home I found out that he was teaching little courses on the Alt Channel, and immediately jumped in to the first one I could find. Justin took the time to explain everything in such detail and precision  and I felt like I'd learned more in my first hour class with him then I did reading books for days! He's so passionate about his work, and you can really tell that he just loves teaching others to find that passion for themselves. He took the time to address everyones questions individually and as soon as it was over I signed up for another. and another:)
When I saw Justin advertising for his workshop in a few weeks I jumped at the opportunity to attend, because I couldn't and can't wait to work more one on one and really make the progress that I've been putting on the back-burner to being a wife and mom, and full time blogger! I've taken classes of his with all different levels of skill focus and I've always come away having learned much more then I expected. 
Heaven knows that whatever success my blog has had has been because I've taken the time with my photographs and to learn what I know, and I'm sure you can all say the same! I believe that our photographs are just about as important as our writing, if not more so, and that being said, are you gonna come progress your photography alongside me!? I would love to meet you and learn together! The class will be in Provo, UT at his studio, and all the rest of the info you'll need, and to read just what the class is about (and to register!) is right  here on his website
Even though I've come a long way with my photography, there are still SOO many little details that I still don't know yet about my camera, and my technique and who better to learn from then a person who's work inspired my whole journey into photography in the first place?! I can't think of anyone better. I can't wait to triple my knowledge and to take my skills to the next level and beyond, and I hope to see you there!

Thanks for visiting today, and remember that I'm always open to questions!
xo, Emily
- All Photos by Justin Hackworth - 


  1. Her story is the reason I started my blog as well!

  2. I would love to sign up for a photography workshop! I have a DSLR, but I am totally self taught and I feel like my camera could do so much more.


    1. Sounds like you'd be perfect! Sounds just like me haha I know my camera and I could do so much more! I hope you do it too:)

  3. gorgeous photos - I want to take his workshop! I too am self taught and would so love to get more formal training and learn better techniques. I definitely think some people have an "eye" for photography and I might not have the best eye, so I want to overcompensate by learning as much as possible :).

  4. Great idea! i love her blog so much, so inspirational! x

  5. Wow, you really have a way with the lens! I wish you lived in NYC so you could be my photographer!

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  6. love this post, justin's work is amazing. i would love to take a workshop by him!

  7. I would love to go to a photography workshop. Jealous!

  8. Just checked out that blog and what an inspirational lady!
    Ps. wanted to let you know, I have had so many people visit my blog since I have had my ad on your page!! literally about 700 more views in the last two weeks, so thank-you and I'll definitely be keeping it up!

  9. I follow you on IG and wanted to come check out your blog. I am so happy I did, i love it! I too love Stephanie Neilson and her story and was inspired to blog after hearing it. I got my first "big-girl" camera in December and still have no idea how to work it. I really need to take a class. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.