JinkyArt Workshop: Making My Heart Sing Part 1

This post is so big, I think I can only do it justice by splitting it into two parts!
Just over a month ago, I had the fabulous pleasure of learning from the amazing Barb Uil of JinkyArt photography.
If you are one of my faithful blog followers, you will know I have a penchant for photography workshops – I jump at the chance to learn from the industry’s best, I study hard and I believe my photographs have risen at a rate of knots thanks to the fabulous tuition I have received.
I spent a fabulous weekend learning about all things children and family, about the business of photography, and mostly about “making my heart sing”! Thanks to Barb I got the kick in the butt I needed and am currently working on new branding, I have new products and pricing to offer, and I am taking my photography in a (slightly) new direction. Exciting times!!
One of the best parts of the workshop, and one that I wasn’t expecting, was leaving there with the most beautiful group of new friends. I think it was all Barb’s hugging magic (for we are all huggers) that cast a spell on all of us present, and I don’t think a day has gone by that we haven’t been in touch asking a question, sharing a great tip, or just supporting each other with little hits of motivation.
So giant hugs to all my beautiful ladies, giant thanks to Barb for a wonderful weekend, giant high fives to Heidi for her amazing behind the scenes magic, and giant kudos to Alex opening up her home and being a brilliant hostess.

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  • July 26, 2011 - 9:05 am

    Fiona - stunning shots Rebecca! They capture the essence of childhood perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • July 26, 2011 - 11:19 am

    Alex Castle - Oh Rebecca – just gorgeous! LOVE them! Love the ones of my girls – thank you! xxxxxReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    Lyndal Forrest - Dear Rebecca, I love your image. Beuatiful. I found your site through ‘JINKY ART’ – I admit I am an addict – needing to check the site out every couple of days. You said that you enjoyed the workshop, can I ask ‘is it worth the money?’ I so want to do a workshop but the cost & my husbands reaaction to the cost stops me. I am a learner in photography, 5 years on I am trying my hand at babies & the odd wedding. I just love what Jinky do. Are you using the itty bitty actions that Barb loves – your balloon images look like they have that look. I just want to say thanks for sharing & inspiring. Happy clicking….. LyndalReplyCancel

    • July 28, 2011 - 8:56 am

      Rebecca - Hi Lyndal, I normally reply to comments via personal email, but thought others might want to know the answer 🙂
      I LOVED my jinky experience, but I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of investing (sometimes a lot) in workshops that what the workshop is offering is what you are needing at this stage of your business. There are a lot of workshops around and I’m sure you will pick up something from any workshop you attend, but if you are unsure about the investment, I would be clear that what is being covered in the workshop directly relates to what you need to learn right now. It might be something better suited to you 6 months from now, or later. You have to remember that a workshop is an investment in your business, and any outlay needs to have (at least) a matching increase in your revenue as a result of your attendance. So if this is a financial decision (which if you are using your business income, it is) I would make some lists and crunch some numbers. I realise that sometime what you walk away with isn’t tangible, but if the question is a financial one you have to be sure it makes financial sense. This isn’t necessarily how I make my decisions – I do make the lists and crunch the numbers, but sometimes gut feeling can tips the scales in another direction, which is also important 🙂
      WOW – LONG ANSWER – Sorry! Hope this helps!
      ps I don’t use the jinky actions – I use my own little recipes which are a combination of others plus my own touches. I do have the jinky ones, I just need to find some time to have a play with them!ReplyCancel

      • July 28, 2011 - 2:35 pm

        Lyndal Forrest - HI, thanks Rebecca for you informative reply & it is just what I needed. Starting my business is scary & I feel sometimes so indimitated that when I look at established photographers work like You & Jinkyart, I do feel that I need to learn more… lots more. But, as a business decision, yes. at this stage maybe the finacial side of things needs to catch up with the creative side of things. I am learning on a daily basis & with sites like yours I am finding inspiration. So thanks for that. What I have noticed in these shots is the small additives to the images.. eg. a bowl of lemons or some pink balloons & even some silver stars. All these add another dimension to the photo giving credence to the child/ren Thanks again, & maybe one day I will see you at a workshop. best wishes LyndalReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2011 - 10:00 am

    ellie kurz - i’m so jealous! one day, one day. =) i’m curious, if you’ll indulge me… how are those stars hung?ReplyCancel

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