My Baby Was Attacked By the Momarazzi

filed under: Miscellaneous on January 10, 2010

Did you know…

…that this is my 500th post with typepad? (I had another blog previous to this one)

…that I had my photographerMAMA workshop this weekend?

…that you are going to be inundated with pictures on my blog from now on so if you thought you had seen enough of my kids before you might as well hit delete now cause its only gonna get worse.

I just have to say it.

rialee's photography class is awesome.

I learned SO much.  I dont know how she did it! 

I have been trying to figure out aperture and shutter speed for a YEAR now. 

I took a class at my local community college.  I read everything Pioneer Women wrote on the subject.  I did research and read blog after blog on how to figure out my cameras settings.

But nothing ever clicked.

Until this weekend.

It took place over two days.  Friday night was the business end… where I met all the other sweet ladies signed up and where we went over all the settings and what kinds of camera we had and all that fun stuff.

There was a gift bag and beverages and snacks.



Yes.  You are seeing that correctly.  Her water bottles are customized.  So simple.  So gorgeous.  Just like everything in the studio.


The couch in the lobby.  Aren't those pillows precious?

Saturday was the big day.  Ria had models come in and we were able to put into place all of the tips and tricks we learned.


(this gorgeous girl belongs to Jamie, one of the moms taking the class, who just happens to be an awesome photographer herself!)

First Ria would get the models all set up and then take a few pictures, let us know what her camera settings were, then let us loose.

It was a mom-a-razzi in the truest sense of the word.


Yes.  I know.  What is wrong with me?  Why am I taking pictures of other moms taking pictures? 


Look at this gorgeous little angel.  She was the perfect model… she didn't move or bat an eyelash for five minutes straight! 


I love this shot. 


She made our jobs very easy.


Here is Ria and my little Audrey.


Ria's studio is a photographers dream… amazing lighting and beautiful brick walls and gorgeous props.  I did not want to leave!


My niece Inga… remember the photo shoot that brought me to Ria in the first place?


I cannot recommend this class enough.  I think I would actually do it again just to have the opportunity to shoot pictures in her amazing studio again!  The whole experience was fun and enlightening and amazing.  Starting this year, Ria is doing business classes, so if you want to turn your passion into a business, you should really check her out!

Thanks to Ria and all the ladies who laughed at my sad jokes and stories and made this experience such a wonderful one.  I miss you already!

Click here to see more awesome pictures… Colton and Parker got in on the fun too!  (and this set of pics just might contain my favorite picture of Parker ever!)

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  • ClassiclyAmber says:

    That looks like a lotta fun! So were there a ton of people there?
    I am noticing more and more that everyone and their mother wants to be a photographer. In the past year alone, so many people I know started up their own photog businesses, too! It’s cool because – it’s a LOTTA fun!! =-D
    What kinda camera are you shooting with?

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    Ha!  I, by FAR, had the worst camera there… a little digital rebel XT.  Although I like it alot, I sure had camera envy!  There were (I think) about 12 women there… it was wonderful!  I have no desire to have a busniess, just want to take better pics of my family!

  • ClassiclyAmber says:

    Aw, that is a decent camera! I’ve seen people take simple point and shoot cameras and do awesome things with ’em! And the tips you picked up at the workshop will really help ya (fancy shmancy camera or not), so don’t worry ’bout it! =-D
    Oh – and happy 500th post at Typepad!! (applause)

  • Tara says:

    These are great Amanda! How awesome that I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a Ria workshop and meet the very cool mommy blogger all in one weekend! You two are AMAZING!!!! I had such a great time! Thank you for brightening my day every time you post. I wish you nothing but the best! God bless!

  • Christina says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE all the pictures. And can I just say your little girl has the most beautiful blue eyes.
    I wish I could take a class like that, I’m going to keep my eyes open for something similar in my area.

  • CFMama says:

    Wish I were there, what were those settings? they must be magical numbers!

  • olivia says:

    1. you would take a photo of mom’s taking photos. 🙂
    2. the photo of the baby that you like so much…OMGosh!! it is perfection in a photo. did you take it?
    3. audrey in the green velvet chair…take my breath away. i’ll take one of each, please.
    4. looks like it was so fun! i’m living vicariously through you right now.
    5. the photos in this post are fabulous! lighting is spectacular.
    6. did i use enough powerful adjectives? well, i mean every one of them. i’m passionate like that.

  • Carrie says:

    What a FUN weekend! I love all the pictures! Looks like an awesome studio…I can already tell why you want to go back, beautiful! I bet you learned so much {not that I could tell you didn’t know what you were doing in the first place!} Shutter speed and aperature…I would love to know how to succeed at that too! Can’t wait to see more…I could never get tired of seeing your beautiful children!

  • Carrie @ Martin Manor says:

    What a FUN weekend! I love all the pictures! Looks like an awesome studio…I can already tell why you want to go back, beautiful! I bet you learned so much {not that I could tell you didn’t know what you were doing in the first place!} Shutter speed and aperature…I would love to know how to succeed at that too! Can’t wait to see more…I could never get tired of seeing your beautiful children!

  • Melissa - The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans says:

    Great photos! Looks like a fun weekend! I would *love* to attend a workshop sometime!

  • Liz says:

    I kept thinking of you this weekend and wishing I was there too. I hope to be able to take one of her classes soon. Your photos are beautiful as usual but I’m sure it’s nice to understand your camera better. I know I would feel that way. And Audrey? Stunning!

  • Ruth says:

    How fun! Your pictures look great. I’m with you though, things go right over my head when I try to understand it off the blogs. Oh well, someday maybe:)

  • jenney says:

    Wow, what a great experience! I love the photos on facebook too. Yes, I am expecting to see lots more little faces around your blog :o)

  • Christy says:

    Ok so one day when I come to meet you, I want to take a class with her and you!!! In the mean time will you be sharing some of those awesome tips that you learned????? BTW….your photographs were AMAZING and all the kids were beautiful, especially Miss Audrey!

  • Liz says:

    What GREAT pictures! So glad you get to take this class! Can’t wait to see what you learn! LOVE Audrey’s hat!

  • Mariëlle says:

    Love the pictures, wish I could take a class like this. But I have never herard/seen anything like that in the netherlands.
    I love the picture of you son, it raly has a sparkel

  • Ginger says:

    WOW great shots! I would love to take a workshop, I need to see if there are any here in Rochester NY… I want to get better with my camera. I also have a dslr…. I loved your shots, you are so good!

  • Melissa says:

    Ummm, look at your photos, they are great…why were you at the class? 🙂 I think it was to show off your adorable kidos! I know what you mean about camera envy & lens envy, but the XT is close to my heart! I just wanted to tell you I love your blog and it was nice to meet you at the workshop, your a hoot!
    Melissa aka the other XT mama

  • Jen says:

    Beautiful!!! I wish I could take this class.

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