I’ve been teaching A Day With Amy Photography Workshops for three years and I just love it! During that time I’ve taught over 300 people how to use their cameras to capture moments that they love and cherish. One of my favorite things about this workshop is that we have a Facebook group for the alumni where they can share images, ask questions, support and be supported. I adore watching their progress and I’m so proud of all of them! They have put in the hard work and practice that it takes and are now creating breathtaking images! Some use their skills to photograph their children, some photograph friends and family, and others have started businesses!
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I’d like to introduce Courtney Dickerson of Courtney Dickerson Photography. She is currently in O’Fallon, Illinois and you must check out her work! She’s become a good friend of mine since we met in 2011 during A Day With Amy: Photography Workshop in Palmer, Alaska! I’m in awe of her talent and how far she’s come as she’s pursued her photography dream while raising 3 daughters as a military spouse! She’s an incredibly dedicated photographer and those she works with are lucky to know her!
Hi Courtney! Thanks for talking with us today! Tell us about yourself and your family.
I am a stay-at-home mom to three little girls and a wife to an amazing husband who is in the Alaska Air National Guard. We have moved around a lot and Illinois is where we currently live but Alaska will always be home. We are dipping our hand in the homeschool pool this year and still trying to figure out if it is a fit for our family. My girls are Abigail Grace, 7, Sophia Faith, 4 and Josephine Hope, 2. They keep me very busy! We love to be outdoors as a family and have just taken up Archery and are having a blast with that!
What motivated you to pick up a camera and get started shooting?
I have ALWAYS loved photography. I took photography classes in high school and learned some about composition and developing film. When we had our first child the camera was always out and capturing her. When our second child was born we decided to get a “nice” camera. We got a Canon Rebel with the kit lens. It never left auto. I was continually disappointed in the quality of the images. I couldn’t understand for the life of me how spending so much money (ha! If I only knew!!) on a camera and the pictures were still yuck. But, what was done was done and I kept shooting away and every once in a while I’d get a fantastic image. I have no idea how that happened!
*Here’s some of Courtney’s ‘before’ pics!
How did attending A Day With Amy: Inclusive and mentoring with Amy help you?
I heard about A Day with Amy thru a mutual FB friend and called up my niece (who also loves photography) and said, “Let’s do this!”. The timing was perfect. I would be 8 months pregnant during the workshop and would be able to take beautiful shots of my newborn baby (Oh if only it were that easy!). Said baby, decided to come four weeks early! So I attended Amy’s workshop with a one week old and no sleep! Still, Amy was amazing. I hung on her every word. I”m not going to say that it all made sense (I did have baby brain after all) but she made it so easy and was so encouraging. I took notes, and when I got home I spent hours pouring over her workbook. It made such a difference. I now knew how the camera worked, how to get that “blurry” background, and how to make my subject stand out. I was hooked!
I’ve since attended a Pro workshop with Amy and a one on one mentoring. Each time I meet up with Amy I come away a better photographer and person. Amy takes the time to focus on what YOU need and is very accepting of your personal style and ALWAYS makes you come away feeling like a rock star!
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as “real”. I don’t use a lot of props and I try very hard to get real genuine expressions from my subjects. I love capturing a family playing together. I like the simplicity of a baby swaddled in it’s mother’s arms. I love the curious look a toddler gives me or capturing them interacting with the rest of their family. I also like to make my sessions fun. I love goofy grins and belly laughs.
What is your current favorite image and why?
My current favorite images is “Girl with the Chicken”. I love the beautiful light, the simple backdrop and how the little girl is in awe of her surroundings. This image also won 2nd place overall in the Alaska State Fair!
What are your photography goals for 2014?
In 2014 I would like to double my client load and possibly start some very basic workshops on how to use your camera. I want to share what I’ve learned and help others capture beautiful pictures of their loved ones.
What is your dream shooting situation?
My dream shooting situation would be a sunrise. The only time I’ve had a chance to do that is at Amy’s Pro Workshop. Most of my clients have young children and can’t get going at that kind of hour.
What equipment do you shoot with? What is your favorite lens? Is any equipment you are drooling over?
I currently have a Canon Mark ii, 50 1.4, 50 1.8 and 85 1.4. Next on my list is the 100mm 2.8 macro for those newborn baby parts and closeups. I see it making an appearance in my bag in early 2014. I am absolutely postive I want the 24-70mm and of course everyones dream, the 70-200mm. All with the IS of course!! LOL
Can’t really say what my favorite lens is. I have rented the 70-200 several times and LOVE the results but of what’s currently in my bag I love my 85 for outdoors and that’s mostly where I am
Thank you so much for sharing with us today Courtney!!
Check out some of Courtney’s latest work! I love her use of light!!