“In the workshop Pete summed it up as “Lives over likes.” Miraslov Volf says that self giving means that we must abandon self absorption and move toward the other in order to nourish and tenderly care.” I hope that we represent that in everything we do. We are human so the self absorption creeps in from time to time but thankfully our little community will gently bring us back to lives over like. We want to change your life.” -Steven Gustafson
Location: SOUTH BEACH, Miami, Florida
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LETS CREATE! Come move your soul and inspire your artistry with us! Learn how to communicate and connect with your subjects in a way you have never learned before, to make your images tell a story. We teach how connection with your subjects is 95% of your job and 5% is actually photographing them. You will learn how YOU as the photographer are responsible for the outcome of your images. You are the catalyst for the expressions and communication you capture.. Create sense of wonder and capture innocence with Master Child Photographers Brooke Logue & Tonya Poitevint, as they take you on a 2 1/2 days, 2 evening journey, that will change you forever! Along with the “on location shooting”, Brooke and Tonya will be pulling back the curtain so that you can see their editing process from start to finish. You will be able to follow along with your own laptop or take notes. You will know the reason for each editing process and why it is important to the image.
Also in store are daily Photoshop sessions with Pete Collins who is a Photography and Photoshop teacher with Kelby Media. Pete will be working with you to learn about Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom. His goal is to take away the fear of post-processing and replace it with knowledge and fun, and maybe learn a few camera tricks along the way!
Just in case that isn’t enough to inspire your creativity, Steven Gustafson will be teaching sessions and working with students to learn how to communicate through their images. You will begin to understand that the perception of the viewer is of primary importance and how the elements in the image should work together to compliment that perception. He will also share ideas on exercising your imagination so that your images speak and convey your intended meaning.
Yes thats right! FOUR AMAZING mentors for the ENTIRE workshop, you will definitely get LOTS of one on one time! Warning! This is not going to be your average workshop… We are going to laugh and inspire and get into each of your lives and help you find out what it takes to be a “Real” photographer. Our goal is not to put on a show of our awesomeness, but rather empower you with the encouragement and information you need to push past the fear and find your own fabulous vision.
3 Styled shoots. Two taught by Brooke, One taught by Tonya!
Brooke’s shootout will be using professional child models, with professional hair and makeup, and some props. Get a sense of shooting high fashion child, while at the same time telling a story or selling clothing.
Tonya’s shootout will be non-pro children, who are not used to being in front of the camera. She will teach how to get true emotion, innocence, and sense of wonder in your images. These kids WILL be styled clothing wise, but no hair or makeup will be involved in this shoot. This shoot is to teach you how to interact with your clients, and grab those WOW shots of kids being kids, and emotions being real.
What we will cover:
*Interacting & Connecting with your Subject while shooting them. (client or pro models)
*Styling and Wardrobe.
*Finding the Light.
*Shooting in different types of lighting conditions
*Composition lecture with Steve- This will change the way you shoot forever!
*Shooting commercial child fashion- How to get your feet wet.
*Learn Brooke’s editing workflow from start to finish- Make Magic Happen!
*Learn Tonya’s Black and WHite Edits!
*Advanced Photoshop learning with Pete Collins- to learn more intricate specialties of Photoshop that can literally “save” you in portrait photography!
There will be a couple of critique/review times during the workshop for you to see how you are doing and what areas to work on… but don’t worry… by the end, you will have new vision and understanding of how an image works and hopefully see your imagery improve dramatically.
Shooting Locations and Models to be announced at a later time. We already have wardrobe, location and concept in the making!!! *more info coming soon!
*you should know how to use your camera on aperture priority or manual mode & be familiar with lightroom and photoshop*
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~ Location for workshop is located in Miami, FL. Zip code coming soon.
~ extended learning and critique through a private facebook group after the workshop!
Tentative Schedule (more details to follow)
Saturday8:00 am-8 pm
Airport & Hotel Information and where our workshop lectures will take place:
*Miami Airport. If you need to be picked up, let us know!
Reservations line is 1-800-KIMPTON. Just be sure to mention the “Sense of Wonder” workshop to book your special rates!
Surfcomber | A Kimpton Hotel
1717 Collins Avenue | Miami Beach, FL 33139
***Discount for WORKSHOP STUDENTS Room Rates: $169.00 – Sgl / Dbl (Save over $200 a night).
What our attendees from the last workshops are saying:
“Brooke! I want to sincerely thank you, with everything in me, for this weekend. You are incredibly talented, someone I admire very much, and it was an honor to learn from you. But even more than that, the relationship I was so lucky to form with you and the other photographers is something that is invaluable to me. I learned so much about photography and myself, and have begun a beautiful journey, and I have you to thank for that. I never want to stop learning from you! This experience went so beyond photography for me. It was almost spiritual. My soul needed this, and I am changed in the most beautiful way. I was scared to death to put myself out there the way I did, and I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to just turn the car around on the drive into Chattanooga, but I am so glad I didn’t. When I walked into that classroom on Friday morning and you hugged me, I knew I had made the best decision of my life. I know everyone is saying these things, and I’m sure they all mean it (which is incredible!), but I am speaking straight from my heart when I say that I am so grateful for this experience. I knew I would walk away with new photography knowledge and inspiration, but I never in a million years would have guessed that I would have made the connections I did. I am more thankful for that than anything else, because that is what truly grabbed ahold of my soul. My cup is SO full now! It’s overflowing!!! And I want nothing more than to jump in head first on this journey. You, Steven, Tonya, & Pete, along with all of the workshop participants, have given me the courage and the confidence to chase my dreams, and not just in photography, but in all things in life! I feel like a new breath of life has filled me, and the most beautiful light is now burning bright within me. I can’t thank you enough for that. This experience has changed me. Knowing YOU has changed me. Thank you from the bottom of my happy, happy heart.” -Anonymous
“Hey, Brooke! I just wanted to let you know how much I truly enjoyed this weekend. I learned so much more than I ever dreamed I would. It was my first workshop. I was nervous and had no clue what to expect. But you welcomed me with a warm hug & a smile. You have such a positive and encouraging energy! Y’all made an awesome team. Everyone was so helpful, and I am so thankful to every one of you for sharing your talent with us! Thank you!!” – Stacy
“Home from the great state of Tennessee! I am beaming from ear to ear. I cant stop talking about the workshop, the people, the experience, and the fact that Tennessee is absolutely beyond stunning- so much more than I expected! I am loving where this life is taking me, who Im meeting, and the experiences Im having. – Jenn
“When you come home from the worlds most amazing workshop and have three memory cards full of images, its really really hard to decide where to start editing! Im beaming with knowledge that I cant wait to share with you all!” – Jennifer
“Thanks for one awesome workshop. Out of all the workshops Ive attended this is by far the best. I am very graceful to you and all the instructors you brought together. Your energy and just who you are is so awesome! Mr Steve speaks highly of you and now I see why. You have such great talent and just a great person at heart. Keep that smile going and if you ever feel that you lost it then look me up, I have a copy of it!” – Lloyd
“I am still jumping with joy from the amazing “Sense of Wonder” workshop I attended over the weekend hosted by some of my favorite people. You all know that Steven Gustafson Photography is my mentor/friend/inspiration and words cannot express how thankful I am to have him and his AMAZING wife Melissa in my life. They are truly two of the kindest people I have ever met, and Steve is an INCREDIBLE teacher. His passion for photography is contagious. Five years ago Steve introduced me to Brooke Logue Photography, whom he was also mentoring. She and I have had an internet friendship for five years but did not meet until last Thursday. Brooke doesn’t know this, but her work has a lot to do with what gave me the courage to leave Corporate America..seeing how far she has came and how AMAZING she is made me want to have the time to work harder. Meeting her in real life though, blew me away. She has an energy and zest and a light that shines through the biggest blue eyes you have ever seen. I adore her. She is like a little sister.Tonya Poitevint Photography, has an inner peace that my inner wild child is so jealous of! Her gentle way with kids is amazing to watch and gave me a whole new way to interact with children. Pete Collins..well..he is every bit as amazing as he will tell you he is! He and I are soul siblings..well..other than the fact that he is a Photoshop genius and a jaw dropping illustrator. Ok..I could go on and on..so I will stop by thanking them for an OUTSTANDING weekend! And a very special thank you to Koko Blush & Co who has THE cutest styles and wardrobes I have ever seen!! If they made this cute little outfit in my size..I would so rock it! And thanks to Brooke for her amazing vision putting this scene together! ” – Angie
This workshop was an awesome experience and I had a blast. I had so many light bulb moments with you all; Pete, Steve, Brooke & Tonya. I do hope to ponder the word “apperception” more often as Steve suggested. I will always be in awe of the most energetic, creative Brooke and the incredibly relational Tonya. I loved meeting new photog friends and hope to keep in touch. Thank you for being patient with me during the sessions. ” – Carol
“These past couple of days have been such an enormous learning experience and I truly appreciate the patience and kindness you’ve shown me and the other attendees. I feel like we’ve created a little family and I have so much respect and admiration for everyone that was a part of the workshop!”
“I just need to say, I am in awe of the pictures that are coming from this workshop. This is not our first rodeo with Skylar taking pictures, but these are the first of MANY that have captured true feeling, emotion and -moments-. You all are incredibly skilled photographers and clearly, remarkable people to have children fully relax and immerse in the process. As the images continue to come in and the technical critiques roll on, please remember that the true lesson (which I’m SURE came fromSteven Gustafson and Brooke Logue Gomberg!!) is that if you’re willing to act like a kid and relate to them at that very moment, you create magic. And if you just so happen to have a camera to click, you’ve captured it in time. Thank you to all of you…I will cherish every one of these images.” -Tara
“I’m so truly amazed to think that the three of you stood up there and taught us everything you know, shared your deepest secrets, your time away from your family, spent time with us shooting, checking our settings, editing, giving advice! Thank you for all you did and for doing it with such grace and without holding anything back . Thank you for motivating us to keep following our dreams and for helping us believe in ourselves! A priceless workshop and weekend. Xoxo”
“Wow, Seriously, fantastic class!!! Thanks a million. I feel people made lasting friendship within the class! And to ya’ll you women! Thanks for putting up with me, and having me! It so cool to see every ones different point of view! so cool! HAPPY to meet ya’ll!!”
“Alison came home with passion again. This workshop was the best medicine I could have ever given her. She loves and has so much respect for all of you. She called me on the drive home and she was so excited about the workshop and everything she learned, the models, etc etc etc!!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship. She is quite a gal!!” -Terri Amick (Mother of Alison Amick)
“Just returned home from one heck of a photography workshop in Florida!! Brooke and Steve, you are amazing! I don’t think I have ever been this exhausted and excited at the same time in my life!”
“If you have any doubts about whether you should go to this workshop, don’t. It is worth every cent, so save your pennies.
I have spent the beginning of this year dedicated to education and workshops. I have been in what I would call a “slump”. I am officially inspired again!
For me, Steven really showed me how to be an artist and express myself through my images. He showed me exactly what is needed to connect with my viewers. He genuinely cares about his students and truly wants you to be the artist that is inside of you! You will never forget him, he is in my head now when I look at my images. Steven is one of the most inspirational people i have met!
Brooke and Steven are the best team you could ever learn from. Each one of them adds their own special something to photography.
I always felt welcome and encouraged with them. It was such a light hearted, happy workshop!” – Allison Amick
I just wanted to drop you a personal note to thank you so much for the wonderful time I had with you all this weekend. If I never take another picture again it would still have been so worth the trip to meet you and your team. You are three amazing individuals both in terms of your talent but even more so as people. I told Steve that I was petrified driving to your house on Friday morning. I worried that I would be the only non professional photographer and be way out of my league. You all immediately made me feel welcome and you can’t know how much that meant to me. I also wanted to thank you and your family for opening up your home to us this weekend – not just the workshop attendees, but the models, their parents etc. I know it must have been a disruption for your husband and children so thank them for me!!” -Dr. David Kennedy
“Hi! Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop – your work is so inspiring and I LOVE your energy! I so greatly appreciate the hard work you all went through to put on this workshop. There is always something so rejuvenating about being with other photographers and getting to photograph just to play — made me really do some thinking about what I really love about photography and what I want from myself – just love your work!” -Sheri Mazariegos
Get to Know Brooke Logue:
Hello there. My name is Brooke Logue Gomberg and I am the owner of Brooke Logue Photography. I am the very blessed wife of the most incredible man in the world, and together we created something beautifully amazing- A Family. We have been blessed with two beautiful children, Maren (4), and Zane (2). Maren was my very inspiration for beginning my journey in child photography. My family is my biggest inspiration for everything I do in this life, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have them, always surrounding me with their love and support.
I have always been an artist and a dreamer, since I was a little girl. I guess I was just born with it, as my mother would tell me. JUST like my daughter is, and my daddy was, and his mother (my grandmother). As I grew older, the world and it’s endless possibilities just never ended. I realized I was just a little different than everyone else around me….and that was ok. So when all my friends went to “normal” middle and high schools, with football teams and cheerleaders, I found myself studying art as a seventh grader all the way through 12th grade in South Florida at a Magnet School, Dreyfoos School of Arts. I was very intrigued by photography and the darkroom, and for 6 years studied film photography, & the art of developing in the darkroom. I shot my very first image with a pin hole camera made from a cardboard box the size of my hand, and then developed the ever so over exposed and out of focused image, in the dark room. In my junior and senior years there, I began to focus strictly on photography, and spent most my days in the darkroom (during lunch, after school, skipping class)….I was literally addicted with shooting and developing and creating art using photographic imagery. Going to the school for the arts gave me such an appreciation for the arts, at such a young age. As little artists, we were forced to be creative, to think outside of the box, to create our own ideas and concepts and god forbid….dared to be different. We were taught that art was about expressing our inner selves, whatever the medium may be, painting, print making, sculpture, photography, you name it, I have done it! Back then, there was no such thing as facebook or pinterest, or any other online sharing facilities where others could emulate your ideas and art. Our inspirations came strictly from studying art history and all the movements of its time. Studying art movements such as expressionism, modernism, and even prehistoric and ancient art, has always been such inspiration to me. The year I left high-school was the year the school received all of their digital photography equipment and mac computers. I put down my camera for a few years while I went to a University, and a few years after that i had my first child, Maren, and was inspired to shoot again. Only other than knowing how to shoot manually, I had to self teach myself the world of digital photography, and that I did, I have been working and growing at it every since.
I have a passion for life. I have a passion for photography. I have a passion for innocence. All three are so unpredictable and pure. And with the unforeseeable, I live my life to its very fullest, I appreciate the pureness and joys that children bring to this earth. My goal is to capture and create photographic expression using my heart, my mind, and my soul; to ultimately connect with each and every one of my subjects.
and some before and afters because I will be teaching my editing workflow!
Get to know Tonya Poitevint
It is hard to write about yourself….I have started this paragraph several times. I oscillate between a fancy, descriptive story about who I am, to just a list of words that I feel best describes…me! But I think it’s so hard, because words are just that….words. They can too easily label, or create a preconceived notion. I would rather let my actions, my work and my deeds, both good and bad, speak for themselves. I could easily write about my children and how they are my everything, my life, my inspiration , but this is obvious to not only my close family and friends, but acquaintances as well.. I could easily tell you that I love a simple life, and I love my home, I shy away from non-family and work related commitments, and that flip flops are my shoes of choice, but any of the Moms at school pick up could vouch for this one! It’s probably obvious to many, that my camera is an extension of my soul and that I own too many photographs and that I see the world through a viewfinder, but my work and my passion for what I do translates this to those around me. I could try and explain my affinity for lipgloss, sunglasses, and big earrings, but you would notice this right off the bat upon meeting me! I could go on and on about how dance is my exercise of choice and without it, I would not sweat nearly as much and I wouldn’t be nearly as happy without it. I could write about how I love to talk on the phone while carrying on several chores, multi-tasking with the best of them, but even my Dad gave me the nick name “phone girl”, so I don’t think this would be too much of a surprise to you if we met. I could describe my insecurities and doubts as a woman, as a professional, as a Mom , but many of you can relate to this and it is not unique to only me. So….you see? Words are helpful and descriptive. They lay the ground work of a story. But the real impact comes from the experience and interaction with one another and this is where the REAL impression is made!
Get to know Steve Gustafson: (i promise you will never forget him once you meet him!)
For many years Steve has been frustrated with the use of technique and compositional rules to produce images that he describes as ”mindless” and without meaning. He is currently writing a book on photographic composition which seeks to help the photographer compose their photograph in such a way as to communicate to their intended viewer. “In order for a photograph to be successful it must cause an emotional response in the viewer.” Steve shows how the arrangement of lines, shapes, color and values, if properly combined, are able to communicate something about the subject in a new and unique way.
Get to know Pete Collins:
Pete is a “photoshop guy” (photoshop expert and teacher) from Kelby One. He is a designer and photographer who has extensive wedding, events, stock, commercial, portraits experience. Not just an eye for grabbing a great shot, but the technical know-how to turn a good shot into a great one. Pete’s Photoshop and post-processing skills can turn any picture idea that you have into a reality.