As most of our country watched hurricane Irma strengthen to a Cat 5 heading towards Florida, we Floridians held our breath and prayed that it wouldn't hit our home town. Irma wobbled from the East Coast to the West Coast, finally making landfall in Naples, Florida. Before reaching Naples, Irma wrecked havoc throughout the Carribean, wiping out some of the smaller islands like St. Martin. She devoured the Florida Keys destroying 25% of all homes and damaging 65% of the remaining. I just returned less than a month ago from a two month vacation in the Cudjoe Key area, which is where the eye of the storm crossed, and I am absolutely heart broken by the devastation.
As the holidays are fast approaching, I find myself racking my brain to come up with cool gift ideas for my family and friends. If you find yourself in the same situation as I, consider a gift card to the Michelle Reed’s School of Photography.
I have been working as a professional photographer for 17 years now and I absolutely love what I do. Whether I am photographing families, executives, weddings, events, food or luxurious Naples real estate, I am constantly learning, and I love sharing my photography knowledge with others. It is very rewarding for me to educate people on how to better understand their camera, and to take professional looking photographs. I base each lesson on the individuals unique needs and desires. So, basically, you get to decide what you want to learn, that way you are not learning something that you already know.
All photography classes are a minimum of two hours, with the option to add additional time. Most clients have technical questions, so we typically spend an hour discussing the technical side of photography, and then we go out into the field to apply the new learned knowledge to our photo capturing.
Over the years, I have had many clients ask me to start up a photography school, but I just never had the time. I finally made the time last year when Candace, one of my past brides contacted me, and asked if I would be interested in working with her dad David. David is passionate about photography, and has a beautiful portfolio of photographs, with no professional training, but he wanted to take his photography skills to the next level. That is when Candace called me. David was interested in learning the technical side of his camera, so we spent our first two hours learning all about the camera and how it works. We discussed ISO's, apertures, shutter speeds and the importance of each one of them, and how they all work together. We also discussed camera gear, and I made several recommendations to him, for a lens and flash that I felt would work well for the type of photography that he was shooting.
We spent a total of four hours together, and it was fun to watch him work with his wife on the beach, after our final lesson. It was very rewarding for me to be a part of his progression and to share my photography knowledge with a fellow photographer. The last image shown on this blog post was taken by David. Way to go my friend! Beautiful work.
Contact me today to purchase your gift card to the Michelle Reed’s School of Photography. I look forward to teaching you or someone you love, how to capture amazing professional photos.
What I love most about my job as a professional photographer is the diversity that photography offers. I started my career as a professional photographer 17 years ago. Over the years I have had the opportunity of photograph weddings, events, land development, food, real estate, fashion, boudoir, you name it, I have probably photographed it. My life as a professional photographer is never boring!
Lauren and Casey say "I do" at the Burrough's Home in Fort Myers, Florida. I have photographed many weddings over the years, but this wedding was over the top with amazing details.
From the first moment that I met Maggie we connected. She is one of those clients that you just want to hang out with.
Meet Courtney Blansett. Courtney is an amazing senior at Clewiston High School.
This photo shoot was very intense and so much fun! It was the first time that I had every photographed for a real estate land developer, and to be honest, I had no idea what to expect.
This wedding was very special to me, because I have known Julia for over 13 years. I was hired back in the day to photograph Judy Vaux's three beautiful daughters, and that is when it all began.
Have you ever heard of a Calamondin? Me neither, and I have lived in Florida my entire life.
I am very excited to announce that our work was just published in the DIY Wedding's Magazine. To view the images from this amazing and fun wedding, click on the following link: http://www.diyweddingsmag.com/farm-weddings-kelly-greg-cold-creek-farm-dawsonville-ga/.
To read all about this fun couple, check out our blog post at: http://www.michellereedphotography.com/blog/diy-rustic-wedding-in-the-georgia-mountains_
Thank you Kelly and Greg for hiring me as your wedding photographer; I had a blast! And thank you DIY Wedding's Magazine for publishing our work.