Simply Bloom Workshop – a simply amazing experience.

I am not even sure where to begin, since there is just so much I want to say.

I’m not the type of person who has trouble explaining things, but this workshop meant so much to me in so many ways I’m finding that I’m having a hard time conveying exactly what it did emotionally.

Rewind just a tad. I’ve been inspired and completely blown away by the art that Simply Bloom constantly has produced for awhile now. I always sat back feeling like it’s just something I could never do. I just didn’t see how they do, I didn’t imagine the way they do, these negative thoughts and those. I’d seen a few workshops pass, and I would have given my right arm to go, but I was TERRIFIED to not be good enough. I was so afraid of going because I’m not as good as them, and not as established… and…and…and the list goes on. Finally after having my second child I truly decided that this business is my full time job, I knew I needed to just educate myself. I needed to get out there and be inspired. I needed to see for myself how a business like theirs worked. I wanted to know the heart and soul of it. Really, I wanted to know everything. How do these girls create magic? So, terrified and unsure I signed up. I contemplated canceling a few times because I’m just dumb like that, but I kept thinking… no, you need to go. You need to watch these girls in action. So, I went. :-)

I cannot begin to express that from the MOMENT I met Vania and Christine I felt beyond comfortable. They truly reach out to every attendee and make you feel like you are just part of “it”.

What amazes me most about Simply Bloom is their ability to take you into their world.

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. Anais Nin

That’s what they do. They show you a new way of looking at something that you’ve seen a million times. They take a moment and create another one that is even more spectacular. They make true and undeniable art, and they are MORE than open about everything they do. They were so encouraging to all of us and I truly believe that they wanted each of their attendees to succeed.

The thing about all of this that means the most to me is it has taught me that it isn’t about being “good enough” or “like so and so photographer”… it’s more than just taking a pretty photograph. It’s about creating art. YOUR art that only YOU can do because only YOU see it that way. That’s what the beauty is… and these girls have inspired me to be true to myself, shoot what I love and create art that is unique to me. Because I can only do things as well as I see them… I can’t possibly be the best I can be if I’m so caught up with what every other photographer is doing. I can appreciate them and learn from them, and then from there I need to explore and have my own adventures.

THANK YOU Simply Bloom for reaffirming that and lighting that fire. I’m more inspired than ever and I can’t wait go forward. <3

Now for some photos!

Look at this amazing spread by Proper Measures… IN LOVE.

The insanely beautiful Samantha Francis – she was on last seasons Americas Next Top Model… I’m sure you can see why!

There is just something about the light in Alabama… it’s just perfect.

The air… well, it was HOT… and humid. I’m definitely not used to it. I’m so spoiled being from San Diego! Haha. That foggy-ness is when I got out my 70-200 and it had been in my bag… well, I put it on and WHEW it was cloudy. I still think it’s a neat photo, but geesh.

These next few are similar, but Samantha is gorgeous so I decided to put all three. :-)

The next location. No joke, if I could I would pitch a tent and move right in. How lush and beautiful is this place?! Oh my goodness, I was beside myself.

Lastly the BEAUTIFUL Simply Bloom duo. Thank you ladies for everything and then some! I couldn’t have been more blessed! PS my hair is a puffy mess because it was humid. SO HUMID… for me anyway and I wasn’t prepared, clearly. ;-)

And SERIOUSLY if you get the chance please do yourself a favor and take a workshop from these ladies. You truly will come back feeling brand new.

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  • Sara Bucelli - Really beautiful work. What a cool expirience! Im blessed you got to go. I can see you giving your own workshop one day…

  • Paloma - I am so so so glad you were able to go and experience and learn and grow and and and!!! You’re an incredible woman, and photographer! These shots are so lovely. And you think YOUR hair is poofy in humidity? Wanna have a competition? ;)

  • Deb - Wow, Brooke, these are amazing. You have always been amazing, but I hope this experience has erased the doubts you have about your talent. You are absolutely incredible and talented, and have an extraordinary eye. You are definitely in the right line of work! Great job, Brooke!

  • Natalie - I am in LOVE with the longer dress. Any chance I could get info on where to find it?!

  • christine burke - brooke, your writing is so beautiful and heartfelt. and the images you captured are breathtaking. you are so talented! i am so thankful to have found wonderful new friends like you in this incredible experience!