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The Foundation Workshop: Words and Photos

Hi friends. One week ago today I was packing my bags to head home from the wonderful experience that was The Foundation Workshop. It is difficult to fully process an experience like FW, not to speak of trying to explain it in words. But, I want to try to write out a few things while it’s still somewhat fresh on my mind.

My assignment at the FW was to find a story within a specific place. I was tasked with getting to know strangers while photographing them and learning about their stories, and I was personally challenged by my team leaders to grow bolder and to start understanding composition and light on a different level.

At the end of the week, each student presented a slideshow of the work completed during the week, and while I was deeply proud of the work I produced, I still haven’t shown it to anyone outside of the workshop, as I know that it won’t be fully understood in the context of what I was personally learning when each photo was taken. But, I do want to show three photos that I think were pivotal moments in my understanding of three things: seeing light, moving away from fear, and being persistent in capturing moments. I have given the photos in that specific order.

The Foundation Workshop is organized and overseen by many wonderful folks, but Huy Nguyen of F8 Studio West is the brains behind the idea of the workshop that allows wedding photographers to work in photojournalistic projects as they learn to see and shoot differently. So, thanks Huy, for everything. Also, thank you David Murray, Becca Spears, Ray Soemarsono, and Erwin Darmali for your personal attention and instruction.

Truly… what I learned last week has changed how I see everything around me. I am very grateful.

  • February 11, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    Mary - Love them, Milla! You rocked your assignment!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    Wes Harkins - Wow…Wow…truly amazing in every way, Milla A definite look and “feel” to each one. “Seeing the light” is obvious in each one. I look forward to seeing the others. These really make me smile!!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    David Murray - Oh Milla, can you please put the opening image on as well? I so love that photo!



  • February 11, 2011 - 9:04 pm

    Huy Nguyen - I love your spirit Milla :)ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    Katia - Milla!These are so wonderful!They really caught my eye! I love them all!ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2011 - 7:34 pm

    Jenny J - Gorgeous Milla! I can’t stop looking at that first one.ReplyCancel

  • February 14, 2011 - 9:20 am

    Christina Montemurro - Wow, Milla! These are fantastic. Each one is excellent, but the first is my favorite. You completely achieved your goal.ReplyCancel

  • February 14, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Jenny DeMarco - Beautiful, just beautiful! I loved your project. Way to go!ReplyCancel

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