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Monday, February 14, 2011


I had the opportunity to go to a workshop last Saturday by Tonya Joy of Tonya Joy Photography with about 14 other photographers. I was originally drawn to her blog (years ago) because I loved her color – in her photographs and her blog. I have always liked lots of color and bright light. Tonya helped design my blog. My daughter has a yellow damask wallpaper in her room and I was hoping to have that on the background of my blog - tonya found one just like it! She designed my logo for me too. When she started offering workshops I knew I would have to attend one.

Anyway….I learned a ton about shooting in manual and even some Photoshop tricks that I did not know. She is really awesome at what she does and I have always admired her work. Tonya has amazing light in her photos ALWAYS and does fun things with her shoots. It was a privilege to watch her work.

This was a different type of shoot for me as it was very stylized as you will see from the photos. I was able to really think about what I was doing in manual and tried to nail my exposure. Usually I am shooting pretty quickly as children are involved and I usually shoot in AV and often times I shoot very safe. She encouraged us to shoot wide open so I did….with my new 85mm 1.2. The models were awesome – their makeup was perfect….

It was a circus theme – the first girls were mime’s. A happy one and a sad one.

Design, hair and makeup by: Katrina Kirk

F 1.2, SS 1/2000 ISO 400

IMG_5199 edit web

F 1.2, SS 1/640 ISO 125IMG_5274 rep web

Cora (blonde) F 1.2, SS 1/1250, ISO 125IMG_5278j rep web

My daughter put a vintage edit on this next one…

IMG_5297j rep web

We went back to her house and talked about her workflow and post processing while we ate an amazing lunch. It was really helpful. Encouraging as well. I am totally self taught – remember I am an accountant…photography came second. I found that I do a lot of the same things she does as far as finding light, photoshop, organizing images and tagging them etc. She was able to help me learn things that I haven’t been doing as well – business ideas, etc. She was really open and showed us many things.

Couple shoot:

Design, hair and makeup by: Vivian Tran

This shoot was later in the afternoon….First pic was in shade – the next was in backlight…

F 1.6, SS 1/800 ISO 250

IMG_5517 edit 1 web

This couple is really engaged so that was fun. They are getting married in July in San Diego – she will make a beautiful bride. I thought her hair and make up looked amazing. I barely touched her face – the beauty of shooting so wide is that skin really smooths…although this woman didn’t need any smoothing – her skin was flawless.

Professional makeup artists also know how to do the make up so it photographs well. It does make a difference.

F 1.2, SS 1/1600 ISO 400

IMG_5435 rep web

Krystal’s hat was designed by Two Back Flats

Thanks Tonya for EVERYTHING – opening your home, showing us your prints, canvases, – everything.


All Made Up February 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM  

Tracy, your photos were awesome, can't wait to see more from you!


Rachel February 14, 2011 at 10:41 PM  

Love seeing what you took away from the workshop. Wasn't that just fabulous. How did you like the new lens?....My favorite shot that you've posted so far is the one you said had the vintage look! And I love that your daughter is a part of the editing process. :)

Unknown February 15, 2011 at 7:17 AM  

Vivian your work was beautiful. I went on your blog after I linked it and was blown away!

Rachel - heading over to your blog now...thanks so much for leaving a comment. It was really nice to meet you. I loved the new lens! So glad you moved to Ca!

Carri Roman February 15, 2011 at 8:57 AM  


letty February 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM  

I attended her workshop last year and loved it. If I did'nt have this other workshop that I'm going to in arizona tomorrow I would of attended this one too. I love her style of shooting. Your images look awsome, you rocked it.

Diane's Photography February 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

This is Diane, I attended the Tonya's workshop last Saturday. I was the lady in the red shirt. I'm peeking at your photos and they are absolutely gorgeous!

Tracy Dodson February 16, 2011 at 9:47 AM  

Thanks girls!

Diane - I remember you because you said Nipomo and my father in law lives there at a golf course whose name is escaping me...

Letty - it was really helpful to me too.

Tracy Dodson February 16, 2011 at 9:50 AM  

diane you were on the long table on the other side of where I was right? wish we could have interacted a bit more :))))

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