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10×10 Challenge, Shooting Nudes & My 1st Vernissage

In 2007 Stephane Brazeau, a new member of the Lakeshore Camera Club proposed a revolutionary idea for a friendly competition for club members.Β  It was based on the Naked in the House competition, but since Steph was new and all, he dared not propose that we use nude models!Β  The LCC version would involve fully […]

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Lelia Bartruff - September 17, 2010 - 1:03 pm

Wow. Kudos for being so brave. I think this is an amazing and somewhat terrifying idea! I really like your second photo… the reflection on the window almost makes it look like she has wings you can barely see… Though I couldn’t begin to guess which is your fav. πŸ™‚

A. Rios - September 16, 2010 - 2:18 pm

Amazing! what a great challenge! Your photos are all amazing. I β™₯β™₯β™₯ the first two.

**…..RELIEVED that the model was a woman… I think I would have spent 30 minutes blushing and looking at the floor if it had been a man…. **

I would’ve run away as fast as possible! : )

Sachin Khona - September 14, 2010 - 6:25 pm

The reflections add to the story, her expression is perfect and the composition you’ve given it works really well..

It’s definitely my favourite shot of the set

Victoria - September 14, 2010 - 5:22 pm

LOL Sachin, you got one out of three! I thought the last shot was OK, the first is the one I really liked and the second (looking out the window) was the experiment… I could only use one lens and no polarizer, so I found the reflections a little distracting, but surprisingly, I got a lot of great feedback about that image and the emotion it evokes.

My mom actually had an entire back story worked out for that window shot: The girl had just broken up with her boyfriend, he drove off in a hurry, she was looking out the window, hoping he would return, lamenting their lost love… Now you know where I get my imagination from πŸ™‚

Sachin Khona - September 14, 2010 - 5:12 pm

Fantastic shots Victoria.. I really love the second one.. Just beautiful

”When it was all over, I had at least one shot that I really, really liked, another that I thought was OK and a third that was an experiment that could have been better excuted… Can you tell which is which?”

Is the experiment the first?
The one you really like the second?
and the one you think is ok the third?

Apologies if im wrong.. just wanted to take a stab at the quiz..

Cant say no to a quiz!!

Take care Victoria!


Tamara Stimpson - September 13, 2010 - 11:16 am

Fabulous images Vic! If you need more practice, I can pose for you at MTGW3!!! ;0)
Keep up the fantastic work and great blogging!!

Morrie - September 12, 2010 - 10:40 pm

Stopped by the Gallery on Saturday and saw all the great shots. Yours (the girl looking through the window) in my opinion was the shot that showed true emotion. I do not know which image won but this was the best in my opinion.

cassandra-m - September 12, 2010 - 9:40 pm

Beautiful…lovely…very powerful images!!!!

Debby - September 12, 2010 - 9:35 pm

WOW! I really loved the first and the third picture! Great job! I think I would have been nervous too

Melissa - September 12, 2010 - 8:27 pm

This is an impressive post and so far outside your typical subjects. My only suggestion for your next challenge would be to start practicing counting to 10 – my kids can help you out if you like! Great job and congratulations again for taking another huge step in your career!

Laura & Billy @ Theo Chocolate (Seattle) | Destination Wedding Photographer

I first “met” Laura & Billy when I saw their video contest entry for a chance to win a free wedding in Seattle with CreativeLIVE, to be photographed by none other than Jasmine Star – only one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the US.Β  I knew right away that this was a special […]

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Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

physician assistant - September 14, 2010 - 12:13 pm

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

Jasmin - September 11, 2010 - 7:12 am

Wow, Victoria! You brought tears to my eyes with your wonderful pictures. They’re full of emotions! Love it!

small burst - September 9, 2010 - 9:29 am

uh. may. zing!!! These are gorgeous pictures. I just love how you captured emotions. i could really see and feel that happiness from Laura and Billy.

Ken Perkes - September 7, 2010 - 3:28 pm

Victoria: These are some of my favorite images of the day! You are very talented. Jen and I wish you well in your undoubtedly bright future as a wedding photographer [with the ocassional cat].


AnMarie - September 7, 2010 - 3:16 pm

Hey Victoria! Great pictures! The last one is gorgeous, really tender, dreamy, romantic. Also really love the 2 pictures of Laura+Billy where you put the black/white one + color one next to each other: great snapshots, love Laura’s pose in the color one, the way she holds the bouquet and how she looks at Billy, love your perspective and the way you framed it.

Nicole - September 7, 2010 - 1:47 pm

Just beautiful! I’m still going through the videos from the event now. Loving every minute of it and learning so much.

Dianne - Bunny Trails - September 7, 2010 - 12:45 pm

I was thinking how much I loved that last shot, too. They’re all beautiful, Victoria. You did a wonderful job of capturing the two of them. Your pictures are gorgeous.

Nate Perkes - September 7, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Victoria! I’ve been excited to see these! They’re GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for posting. Can’t wait to see what you got during the wedding too. You have amazing talent!

Wendy R - September 7, 2010 - 10:54 am

These are just beautiful! I especially love that last one too. Thank you for posting.

1 Epiphany, 2 Photos and 3 Words…

I had an epiphany on the plane on the way home from Seattle.Β  Lunch was being served and I had the choice between steak, salmon or pasta.Β  I was wavering between the more adventurous choice of salmon and the safe choice of pasta and finally chose the former.Β  The flight attendants came around with the […]

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Heather Bird - September 10, 2010 - 4:00 am

I watched and have been watching CreativeLIVE.(so glad I purchased the event… I think I will rewatch 100x!) I decided to check out some of your blogs and I have to say that not only are your photographs beautiful but your writing also! Great, great, great job!

Motti - September 8, 2010 - 10:27 am

Hi Victoria,

Like Nicole said, many of us are in the same situation. It’s called evolving.

It is easier, mentally, to live in a bubble and ignore everything around. The learning process is much more linear but it also much slower.

As we will get more successful in our business we will let less and less influence in our work. The danger is that at one point we might stagnate and refuse to learn.

I hope that never happens to me.

Curiosity is what make us artistic.

Beautiful images and keep questioning yourself. All the time.


Nicole - September 6, 2010 - 9:21 pm

Thank you for being so open and honest, Victoria. I think this blog entry definitely speaks to many and I’m a part of that many.

Sachin Khona - September 6, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Great post Victoria! Its great to get more of an insight into how you are developing as a photographer.
Your images are great and I fell in love with the first shot when I saw it, and the second because of the challenges you set yourself at cLIVE to try something new and different with the wider lens.
Both images are excellent and I’m liking the 3 words you chose!
All the best,

MJPhoto - September 5, 2010 - 6:25 am

Hi there you plane demantler you ROFL πŸ˜‰

Thank you for sharing your thoughts – I love both images.
This whole 3 words thing drives me insane (actually I’m already insane) been struggling with it ever since I can remember.
I’m going back now over all of my images picking out some faves (yeah they change from week to week too)-and trying to hone it in a bit more. Was talking about all this to hubby and he asked me if there was a market for eccentric/eclectic work (ROFL).

I’m glad you ate your cold salmon- I’m glad you liked it as well πŸ™‚


A. Rios - September 4, 2010 - 2:37 pm

Gorgeous photos Victoria! I truly love both. ~ Beautiful post, by reading it, it made me reflect on my own style.


Jasmine* - September 4, 2010 - 11:09 am

So, so, so proud of you! πŸ™‚

Nicole - September 4, 2010 - 10:31 am

Victoria, Thanks once again for an insightful and heartfelt post. Your journey gives voice to a lot of us out there trying to define ourselves and discover our path. Ever since i picked up a camera last November I have been waffling back and forth as to what I want my vision and voice to be in my pictures. Just now am I starting to have some comfort around my images and know what I want to evolve into. But in everything I want it to be a reflection of me. Keep sharing Victoria, it is getting encouragement and validation to us out there.

Love your use of the 14-24. Its a lens I have been dying to try out. Definitely able to get a distinctive look with it.

AnMarie - September 4, 2010 - 9:45 am

Sounds familiar πŸ™‚ Amazing that that is how we roll, isn’t it?
Love that you chose to go with what YOU really liked! Both pictures are great, bright and beautiful! And I LOVE the bold Theo one! Have fun exploring your 3 words!

erika - September 4, 2010 - 12:41 am

I’m not sure where I first heard about the 3 words, maybe it was from Jasmine long ago…but I know it’s something I’ve always struggled with as well. I think I’ve come up with words that reflect my style, but there’s always doubt when you try something new or see something you like and wish you had created! I adore your colorful photo…maybe because that’s one of my words. =) I like your bold, bright, beautiful choice! It stands out in a sea of sameness. I love colorful photos but it seems so rare in the portrait world that sometimes I wonder if people would actually buy the images. But there’s gotta be a market for that, right? I’m enjoying watching your journey along with the rest of the Creative Live 5! =)

Stacey Long - September 3, 2010 - 9:16 pm

I love both photos! If I were a bride I would be attracted to the Theo photo for sure. Its fun, its happy and its colorful! love it!

Who would’ve thought that coming up with 3 words would be so difficult?? I’ve been struggling to find mine all week.

Beth - Pages of Our Life - September 3, 2010 - 7:53 pm


Thank you for continuing to share your journey with us! As a new photographer it is helping me to watch you all take the ideas that she gave out and continue to write about it. I am so grateful for the generosity of those who are sharing their learning. Thanks for being real with us!!


Melanie - September 3, 2010 - 7:50 pm

Victoria, I love your Theo shot! I love the way you processed it and think it is a stunning image. I really enjoyed reading this post. I’m not in business yet, but I’ve been trying to come up with 3 words to define my style since watching Jasmine last week. I still don’t have them yet, but loved reading your perspective on this.

Dianne - Bunny Trails - September 3, 2010 - 5:54 pm

Great post, Victoria!! I, too, had an epiphany on the last day of class. And believe it or not, you were even a part of it – in a connecting sort of way. πŸ˜€

I was also one of the people who raved about your shot outside of Theo on Twitter. It is beautiful! I love your other shot, as well – two completely different styles, but the angle and lines and color pop are SO fun!! I think it’s great that you did something completely outside the box from everyone else.

I’m excited for you to see how your brand takes shape going forward. πŸ˜€

Tamara Stimpson - September 3, 2010 - 4:23 pm

Victoria – never doubt yourself. You are one incredible photographer (and woman!) The two photos that you chose are so reflective of you – they are unique, beautiful, and look at a subject from a different perspective. These are the qualities that I admire in you, and your photography is obviously an excellent reflection of your true personality!
I must say that I am a little disappointed that you didn’t go waaay out there and just order steak ;0)

Melissa - September 3, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Vic, I was watching you from home along with those 174 999 other internet people and I saw that part where you put up this incredibly different shot … soooo not the “typical wedding shot” and I thought it was incredible because I can see this one framed in someone’s house and to me that is the real statement of success!

I have also been thinking of what three words you could use and I think the words you picked really capture you. I have a few more B words for you if you need them but they may not be appropriate … like.. BFF.. (what did you think I was going to write???) xoxoMel

EBPitcher - September 3, 2010 - 3:40 pm

I was so in awe of the Five’s work. All so different, but all so beautiful. It’s so important for us to do our own thing and feel confident about it. And it’s so easy to look at someone else’s work and be envious. Resist the urge! I look forward to seeing your future work and resisting the urge to be envious myself!

As a side note, both in Google Reader and on your blog (I use IE 8), the photos seem ultra grainy, like oversharpened. Just not crystal clear, detracting from the lovely composition. Most noticeable on her hand in #1 and his jacket in #2. Thought you’d want that feedback…

Stephane Brazeau - September 3, 2010 - 3:35 pm

Good posting Victoria. Keep doing what you do. People call you for weddings for what do, not because you’re images look like that other photographer’s portfolio. Continue refining your style and make it yours.

Katie Jane - September 3, 2010 - 3:08 pm

I do the same thing… create something I love and am proud of, and then look over at someone else’s blog and think… maybe I should have tried that, or edited my photos that way. And that hasn’t been a very good thing for me, because it’s made my style so… wobbly… I guess, for lack of a better word. CreativeLIVE made me realize that has to change; that I have to embrace who I am.

I LOVED your second photo, because it was so dramatically different from everyone else’s. I loved all the photos; all 5 of you are crazy talented. But your second one was my favorite because it was so… well… bright and bold. πŸ™‚

Audrey - September 3, 2010 - 2:36 pm

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, uh? πŸ™‚ I loved reading your post, it’s just so well written, and can relate to what you are saying so much – it’s just so hard to define the style that we have/want. When people tell me “I love your style”, I am like “I have a style???!”.

Eat the delicous salmon and be proud of your choices – even if you wonder about them, they are still what makes your grow.

Ken Perkes - September 3, 2010 - 2:35 pm

Victoria: Jen and I [we are Nate’s parents] enjoyed so much getting to “know you” through watching CreativeLive and through Nate. We have LOVED seeing your photography; you are already very talented and we predict great things for you. We especially love the photo on your website in which the couple is reflected in the table glass. And the photo above of Laura’s bouquet, set perfectly against her flowered dress, is absolutely gorgeous! Ready for a magazine! Great work . . . bold, bright, and beautiful!

Catherine - September 3, 2010 - 2:25 pm

Thank you for posting this! I do this too…all the time…and it’s nice to know I’m not alone.

Cindy - September 3, 2010 - 2:15 pm

I love this post Victoria! I admire you for being different. At the end of the day it’s what makes you happy and what you want out of life and photography. Bold, Bright, Beautiful…that is so you! πŸ™‚ keep up the good job!

Victoria - September 3, 2010 - 1:07 pm

Stephanie, looks like it was a mutual-envy fest – I LOVED your two shots!! Can’t wait to see more… when you’re back from your honeymoon πŸ™‚

Darla, thanks so much for your comments, I’m glad that you feel like you know me – that means I must be doing something right! If you’d like to know the story behind the rainbow, check out my very first blog post:

Stephanie - September 3, 2010 - 1:06 pm

What a beautiful and insightful post! I actually had photo envy of YOUR stuff. You should be proud of yourself for being different from the rest of us. Your images were “gorge” and your 3 words seem very fitting. Keep raising the bar!

Darla Sutton - September 3, 2010 - 1:01 pm

Great job! Just like the rainbow on this blog. Bold, Bright and Beautiful! You rocked it! Your two photos are so great. Thank you for your post here. I feel like I know you. I watched all 5 days of the Jasmine Star/ creative live course and it was an eye opener for me. Thank you!