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A glorious day of photo mentoring with the talented and adorable Diana Palmer of Yan Photography

A couple of months ago I was reading one of my favorite photographer’s blog, Yan Photography, and saw that she was offering mentoring sessions. Zippity do da day I jumped on that opportunity faster than…well fast. I had been feeling very frustrated and in a rut with my photography skillz and was desperately looking for something to help me learn and move forward. Yesterday it finally went down. Let me interrupt myself by saying how remarkable it is that Diana is willing to divulge her trade secrets that she has spent years perfecting. We met at a coffee shop in the morning. It was kind of the “I’ll be the one in the corner with the camera and red rose” situation as we had never met. I was sitting there drinking my freshly squeezed orange juice (NOTE:  have never had coffee but don’t like it) and in walks the most stylish prego lady I had ever seen. After chatting for awhile we headed out to meet our family that we were going to be shooting. It was my adorable friend Trish.

Onc of my biggest frustrations with my pictures was how soft the focus was when I wasn’t up close in people’s faces. I just figured I was botching it. One thing that she helped me determine yesterday was that it wasn’t MEEE! (Mostly). It turns out my lens is faulty and won’t focus at anything more than 6 or so feet. While it means that I have an expensive purchase coming my way I also see a light at the end of the tunnel. Once we figured that out I mostly quit shooting and just watched her work.

After the shoot and lunch we spent the afternoon working on post production. I left that day feeling really excited and motivated and ready to rock and roll.

I can’t wait to see her photos from the shoot. Here are a few of mine.

This is Trish with Bella Grano. Check out her awesome stuff!

This is little Arrow. Love the name.

Look at this pregnant lady move!

They were looking at Diana here (obviously)

This next photo is blatantly terrible for many reasons so try not to judge but what I did want to show is how Diana taught me to pump it up using curves and multiply.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 2:27 pm

Cyndi Ottle - Your photos are absolutely incredible!! Of course my grandsons are to die for, but I think the photo of Trish and Jason is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with my family. Cyndi

Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 3:23 pm

Crissie McDowell - Hi Cyndi, thanks so much. You have an gorgeous family. They were soo good. I am the novice here. Wait until you see the other girl’s pics!

Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 3:26 pm

Olivia Relatores - I can’t believe these photos! You made ALL of them look like professional models! You are so talented and have a successful career in your future!

Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 3:50 pm

Crissie McDowell - I don’t know…I think they already ARE professional models. Thanks Olivia!

Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Luke Ottle - Niceness! These photos are Great!

Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 5:20 pm

Talia - wow: what a great opportunity. thanks for sharing!

Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 6:43 pm

tball - Wow I love the one of Trish and Jason, they are all very Good!!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 10:34 pm

Trish - I promise I didn’t pay all those family members to say nice things about us LOL! You are seriously have THE GIFT.

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