REFRESH

by Amy Rhodes

I am so excited to see what everyone's take on REFRESH is.  We had such a great refresh retreat with all the confidence teachers, but I'm not going to lie.  It was intense.  We learned so much and sometimes when you learn a lot about your craft and yourself your head feels like it may explode.  In a good way.  

When I came home from the fabulous retreat I went right back into busy season.  The weather here (Vegas, Baby!) is only nice for so long before it turns ridiculously hot.  Everyone wants their pictures taken when it's 79 degrees, not 119 degrees.  Go figure. 

I knew I would be keeping up the busy pace until the last weekend in May so I knew we needed to schedule down time.  As a family we decided to take a 4 day weekend and celebrate my husbands birthday.  I was excited to be able to spend time with my family doing whatever we wanted.  I even contemplated not bringing my camera but I did have a last minute session scheduled in Utah. I figured my client wouldn't appreciate me pulling out my ipone instead of my Nikon.  My plan was to not touch any of my equipment until my scheduled session.  I just felt like I needed a little breathing space between me and my camera!

Then we arrived at our hotel and walked in the room.  

The moment we walked in it was as if a "REFRESH" button was pushed.  As a photographer one of the first things I notice anywhere and everywhere is light.  The light in the room was beautiful. I couldn't wait to pull out my camera and start playing with the late-afternoon sunshine spilling into the room.  It was new light - new inspiration.  It was exactly what I needed.

I used my 24-70 mm lens and set my camera to ISO 640 F 2.8 1/80 (80).  Because I kept my shutter speed relatively slow I was able to get that magical light from the window.  

I used my 24-70 mm lens and set my camera to ISO 640 F 2.8 1/80 (80).  Because I kept my shutter speed relatively slow I was able to get that magical light from the window.  

My son was having inspiration of his own.  He is currently into comic books and has written a few of them.  After we got all our luggage put away he immediately went over to the chair and began writing down ideas for new characters.  

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Then he caught me!

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My daughter was exhausted.  We had spent the prior evening with friends and stayed up way past bedtime.  All she wanted to do was crawl in bed and relax.  

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My very favorite thing about hotel rooms are the black out curtains!  Not only do they allow my kids to sleep in, they provide a great way to manipulate light.  Both of the following pictures were taken using a 6-8 inch opening in the curtains.  Have you ever played with black out curtains?  It is SO much fun!

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Walking into that hotel room was the perfect refresher for me.  I needed some inspiration and I found it in the unlikeliest of places!  

Keep following along on this months blog circle!  Check out how the amazing Kelli Kalish interprets "REFRESH."  She is an fantastic photographer who specializes in Black and White.  AND she has 4 boys - she's a rock star if you ask me!