WOW. Last week was soooo much fun. A few months ago, one of my favorite photographers that I follow on Instagram, Erika Lynn, was giving away a free mentoring session! I LOVE Erika’s work. It has inspired me for years. And if you know me, I always go after my dreams, even if that means possibly traveling to Fredericksburg, Virginia which is 7 hours away for only 24 hours to meet her. So sitting in my dorm room, I took a leap of faith and entered Erika’s giveaway and somehow, a week later, I won. I still cannot believe that. It’s surreal.
Wednesday was a DREAM. I left Olmsted Falls at about 7am and arrived in Fredericksburg around 2pm. There were lots of Starbucks stops along the way but I eventually made it to VA. Since the mentoring session wasn’t until 4, I had a few hours to explore Downtown. Downtown Fredericksburg is THE cutest town!!! So many local boutiques, ice cream shops, and cafes…I was in love. 
At 4pm, I met Erika. We talked about my business and hers, she taught me how to balance light and settings in my camera, showed me VERY helpful editing programs, told me some tips for weddings and SO much more. Then we packed up our equipment and drove downtown for a photoshoot. During the shoot, I learned all about posing and how to get that gorgeous glow behind the subject in photos. I’m in love with how all the pictures turned out! Erika also took some headshots of me for my website and I am still obsessing over them. After the shoot, we went back to Erika’s house where she showed me her post workflow and editing walkthrough. I had such a fun time with her and I learned SO much!! Erika, THANK YOU!!! You are one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and I am so glad I got to have this amazing opportunity to learn from you! I am so excited to see what the future holds for my business as well as yours! You are crazy talented!!
So here are my favorite pictures from Wednesdays shoot!! Rachael, you are STUNNING! Thank you for being a gorgeous model.
Hope you guys love these images as much as I do!! Here’s to the future of JTP! xx