My New Holiday Mix…with a string attached

Those of you who know me, know that I am a huge music lover.  I spend way too much time downloading new tunes and following music blogs.  I go to shows weekly and bask in the presence of rock and roll.  If I may say so myself, I have a pretty dandy palate for what’s good.  So….  I made the best Christmas mix EVER and wanted to share it with those of you who would also start celebrating Christmas in October if you could–with good music, of course.  Here’s the catch…  I’m only mailing out 10 CDs to the first 10 people to comment here on what they would want in a workshop if I were to teach one.  Yes–I’ve got something up my sleeve which will be announced soon, but I’m having a hard time narrowing down my syllabus.  I’ll say this—It isn’t going to be a workshop with models or “how to start your photography business” or how to “post-process” your images.  It will be heavily critique based,  seeped in good old fashioned, purist style image making. And of course, it will be a riot and will include seeing some live music of some sort.  So…  please leave your feedback on what you would like to learn in a workshop like this, and if you are one of the first 10 to  post here or email me, I’ll mail you my new Holiday Mix (It is seriously, seriously good).   Good luck and have fun!!


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Sue McCormackreply
December 05, 2011 at 11:12 AM

I would love a shoot and critique type workshop!

December 05, 2011 at 11:12 AM

How to shoot manual and find the perfect exposure in not so perfect light.

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM


What a great idea.
I would like to see a parallel comparison of how people occupy a real space in relationship to composition and photography. Think of capturing a feeling of when you walk into a vast atrium or into a crammed closet.
Or how a composition of a photograph could capture different feelings. I am interested in seeing that concept in your workshop.


Lindsay Walkerreply
December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Getting the best out of natural light when working alone? (Understanding lighting)

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

How to capture feeling with composition. Thinking spacial relationships versus 2D image.

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

how to make people feel like themselves in front of the camera.

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Hi Julie, What a great giveaway. So happy I looked on facebook at just the right time 🙂 I would love to attend a workshop of yours that tells what NOT to do. Maybe that’s a stupid idea, but I have a lot of respect for your ideas and would be interested in hearing about the ideas that you think are awful. Hope you are enjoying pregnancy!

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM
– In reply to: Emily

LOVE it, Emily!!! I’ll email you a copy of the mix today via “you send it”. How are you?

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Hi Julie, What a great idea! I would love to hear about how to be creative in an overly saturated photographer era :). Hope you’re enjoying pregnancy!

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Julie, I would love to learn how to get the best shot out tough situations (light, space, etc.) and difficult subjects—without 50 hrs of photoshop!

Courtney @ Sunday Soupreply
December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I live for Christmas music and I cherish every note this time of year. So fun! Having an opportunity to learn from you would be a dream. Seriously, Caroline said it perfectly. How to really use manual mode on my camera when the lighting is not ideal!

Megan Alvarezreply
December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

WHAT?? Yes please!!! A workshop on the integrity of art and some brutally honest critique (and music??)…love love love. I want.

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Hey Julie, Sorry I didn’t see my first comment, so I commented again 🙂 And then I felt like an idiot. I’m doing great. So excited to get your mix and I’d love to hear about you sometime! Thanks Julie!!

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

How to work with lighting when you have little control over it. I’m thinking indoors, like school gyms with horrible fluorescent lighting.

aimee parkreply
December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Lighting! I love the natural look you create in indoor settings.

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

How about working in weird lighting over which you have little control? I’m thinking the horrible fluorescent lighting in school gyms as one example.

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I would LOVE a photo workshop just for the average person. How to take a great simple shot, edit and frickin print the image! Kids seem so hard to photograph so maybe some tips for that too.

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

How to photograph babies well
I wish I would have been one of the first 10 🙁 very sad face

Sonja Wilsonreply
December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

On the off chance you are sending more… I’ll comment. I would LOVE to go to one of your workshops. I think what I struggle with is dealing with clients who can’t handle the “be natural” act in front of the camera and want to be posed. I need that balance between having control and letting them just be themselves. Easier said than done.

Sonja Wilsonreply
December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

PS Did I mention I moved from Kansas to Fort Collins a couple weeks ago so being able to attend a workshop sometime will actually be doable now! 🙂

December 05, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I’m bummed even if I HAD a workshop idea I wouldn’t make it. Any chance you could do the workshop in Australia? Wouldn’t those first 10 love that??? You’d be like Oprah! I’d be happy to host you 😉 Anyway, cool idea. Take care Lady!

December 05, 2011 at 01:12 PM

Gah! You know I want that mix. Damn it. Oh well…
I think people are happiest when they feel like you’re an open book. Don’t be afraid to talk about what you do when you get burned out, or mistakes you’ve made. You’re a spiritual person and you seem to find a kind of transcendence when you shoot, so avoid skimming the surface on a lot of topics, and really delve into the most important ones for you.
K so I’m still thinking about the mix. I’ll pay you for it. Haha. Just kidding…I’ll follow the rules. I hope you’re doing wonderfully and enjoying the season!

December 05, 2011 at 01:12 PM

Fabulous idea:) Shooting in Natural light and maybe some of your fabulous lightroom tips:)

December 05, 2011 at 01:12 PM

Aww I would love a Holiday Mix! but i am too slow checking in and catching this! Happy Holidays to you and all your loved ones!

julia vandenoeverreply
December 05, 2011 at 01:12 PM

Sounds awesome! I always love new music.

Kayla Logginsreply
December 05, 2011 at 01:12 PM

I haven’t read through the other comments yet, but personally I’d like to be able to spot good scenes for natural backlighting better.

Stephanie Ittnerreply
December 05, 2011 at 02:12 PM

Hi Julie!! Would love to learn more about lighting……and what is on your fabulous holiday mix. 😉

December 05, 2011 at 02:12 PM

Ugh! It would figure that I’m not even CLOSE to being one of the first 10 peeps to receive this awesome Holiday Mix you speak of! However, I would love to just be in your presence for a workshop. Period. You could read the telephone book, and I’m sure I’d learn something! Did I mention I totally miss the ol’ college days when critiquing was part of class? I want to shoot, drink, and be merry!!!! lol

Winnie Johnstonreply
December 05, 2011 at 02:12 PM

I live in Michigan and could not possibly attend a workshop but sure wish I could. What I would I admire about your photography and would like to learn is how to find the light, how to use flash when absolutely necessary and make it look like you didn’t. I love the editorial quality of your work and how you find that natural, intimate moment that makes it look like the photographer wasn’t even there.

December 05, 2011 at 03:12 PM

I’m so sad I missed this!

Alzbeta Volkreply
December 05, 2011 at 07:12 PM

Light. All about the light.

December 06, 2011 at 11:12 PM

oh well, missed the mix, that said, light room tricks, I found your post on quite helpful, getting the right amount of grunge, grain, and B+W technique.

December 07, 2011 at 01:12 PM

I have been *stalking* your blog for some time now and find such inspiration in your photos! You truly are in a league all your own (that’s a GOOD thing). With that being said, I would want to learn a couple of tricks for “snapping” at that perfect moment, something you seem to have mastered. Or, if your style is shutter happy, how many are you editing and delivering? And of course, indoor lighting tips!

December 08, 2011 at 07:12 AM

oh wow. a workshop (funny. I almost wrote “worship!”). I hate living far away. Technique is so important, but I feel like I can gain that in lots of places. Meghan said it perfectly for me. “How to make people feel like themselves in front of the camera.”

December 08, 2011 at 08:12 AM

I want that holiday mix!!!

January 20, 2012 at 02:01 PM

I would love to hear about any workshops you do. I’m mostly interested in learning how to make such wonderful pictures of people; getting them relaxed and comfortable, willing to give themselves to your camera.

Sara Beth Johnsonreply
December 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I would love to see what subjects you choose for this…perhaps your baby girl?? I would love to shoot and have my work critiqued.

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