What an amazing workshop we had! A special thanks to all of our amazing workshop attendees, vendors and sponsors! Thank you West Manor Estate, Petal Flower Co., Celebration Bridal, Smart Albums, Millers Lab, Moore and Giles, Pixieset, Gold Park Coffee, Metis Media Group, and Hill City Bride. And our models Katie and Perry! ANNNNND of course Thank you to our attendees. You were so great, and I hope is was as great for you as it was for us! THAAAAAAANK YOU
Reinventing ourselves is necessary. Especially when we are talking about our brand, our business and our work. But here's the thing. I fear failure. And, yes, I know everybody does. But it limits me. And not how you would think. For me, the fear of failure was a cozy little blanket. It became a comforting thing. It was something I used to create an environment where failure was impossible. If I didn’t push too hard, and skated by, people would like what I did and I would experience some moderate success. But today, fear is a growth tool for me. The idea that I am creating things that people like is a raging alarm constantly going off in my head. It means that I could fall back into a comfortable cycle of creating the same things over and over again that everybody is happy with and wants to “like”. I want my clients to love the work I give them. But I don’t want to do the same things over and over again. I want to push in and fight for growth.
If every year I evaluate the brand to make sure we aren’t dating ourselves, why not evaluate my work? My work, and what I produce is every bit a part of the brand and is a direct extension of me and my personality. And you can absolutely produce work that becomes dated. If you think I am kidding look at your work from 5 years ago and compare it today. Yes you should have grown in your technique, and style. But is it similar? Are you doing the same things you were then? When was the last time you showed up to a shoot and forced yourself to do something differently? Have you truly evaluated your work for what it is? Maybe you can’t. Maybe you need someone’s objective opinion. I am telling you that you do. I know I do. We all do. The future success of what we do depends solely on our ability to push beyond the everyday norm of our work. Even if it means surrendering any level of comfort or security you may have in what you create.
We are so excited about sharing this with you! Come join us! For more information visit http://samstroudphoto.com/#!/VA_WORKSHOP or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a quick image I absolutely love
had the honor to help document a concert put on to help benefit the Miller Home in Lynchburg, Va. here are a few shots from the evening!
I am constantly looking for ways that SSP can partner with and highlight organizations that are seeking to help those in need. A few weeks ago I came across an initiative called Mosaic started through a church here in Lynchburg, Virginia. I am not one to stand on a soap box and say much, but let me just say that its through adoption initiatives like this and others that I have seen friends blessed, and have had myself, experience life change through the process of adoption. I will have more ways you can help and more ways you can volunteer your time later, but in the meantime please take a look here, Mosaic, and watch this video of a family who forever changed the lives of those they adopted.
Remember, this isn't just for entertainment. We want you to partner with us in making a difference in someones life forever. Figure out a way to volunteer your time, effort and money to this. We will have more later!
A beautiful wedding from a few weeks ago.
A small, quick video of our time in the hospital with Chuck
This past weekend we shot Christian and Courtney's wedding and it was a lot of fun. Here are a few shots from Courtney's bridal taken by Ally. They turned out beautiful!
A few from Keith and Lindsay at West Manor
here are a few from JD and Janette's engagement session, enjoy!