I realize this probably needs a lot more explanation than what I have in the presentation above, but for those of you who where there? You’ll totally get what I’m talking about. For those of you who weren’t there?

Please! Ask me questions. I’ll do another post answering your questions to the best of my ability. Or just say “EXPLAIN EVERYTHING FOOL!” (although that could result in my crying in a corner…but I’ll do it!)
I guess I have to preface this by saying I’m not a teacher, I still really don’t have any idea what I’m doing but I can say that I love it. Also? I spent half the panel in tears because I love my mom and I love my camera and I love what it’s done for me. sob sob sob…
(It also didn’t help that just before it was my turn I noticed Karen. Which is pretty much like teaching a fitness class to Jillian Michaels, you know, if everyone loved and adored Jillian…)
Thank you to everyone who braved the death trap to come, and to the other ladies I was privileged enough to share this panel with, Aimee, Jen and Jenny.


  1. Sigh…

    I wish I had you to teach me….

  2. Sigh…

    I wish I had you to teach me…

    You’re awesome!

  3. Gosh – so true Casey. In 20 years you will regret not taking a photo. I just realized that this year and already have half a dozen awesome shots of me with the kids.

    I so WISH I knew this when they were tiny tiny babies and I never stepped in front of the camera. Ugh.

    Great presentation!

  4. I absolutely LOVE it! I wish I could have been there but am so glad you shared this for those that weren’t. Total chills at the end.


  5. Thank you for sharing this! I really want to get into it so I’ve bookmarked it for a time when all the little ones are in bed along with the hubby. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I KINDA get your presentation, but I am just wondering if you have any suggestions for some beginners books? I LOVE your work and read your blog frequently to try and get some ideas on what to do! thanks for being awesome!

  7. I can’t imagine trying to teach stuff to Karen, nor Karen trying to teach you. You are both incredible. And I loved your presentation. Great job. I wish I had been there… Damnit.

  8. See, now I was doing so well until THE PICTURE with Emily and Gage, now I’m a blubbery mess. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    This is fantastic! I’d like to hear more about the rule of thirds. I think I get it, but I want to hear more of what you’ve got to say.

    Gorgeous presentation!

  9. I recognize many of those photos! In the past couple years, you have captured some of my best memories.

    I had a dream last night that I had a big fancy camera and we were out at a beach bonfire party taking tons of pictures of strangers.

    And somebody told me once, regarding taking pictures of yourself. She said: You’ll never look as young as you do today, so get over yourself and get in the picture.

    That’s always stuck with me.

    This presentation was awesome, I can’t even imagine what it was like to hear you give it.

  10. I’m pretty much in love with this post. Thank you for pointing out all of the good reasons why people take pictures and encouraging us to all play nice.

    You should post more photography tips! Make it a series or something. As though you’re not busy enough already ๐Ÿ™‚ I love learning from other photographers!

  11. This makes me even more excited for you to take our pictures!

  12. Woman, you need to download a trial version of Camtasia and give me voice over of your presentation. The whole thing. All of it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. I want you to take pictures of me at Blogher. And then someone needs to take pictures of us.

    And then you need to teach me what to do with my camera, while I’m busy telling you what you need to do, lol.

  14. What’s your most favoritest portrait lens? I’m retiring my old Canon (Canon FTW!) and getting new portrait glass at the some time. I currently have a 60mm, but I want to shoot a little closer to my subjects.

  15. You are amazing. I’m so devastated that I couldn’t be there! This presentation is fantastic! I’m imagining you teaching it in my head as I go through i.

  16. I wish I could of attended your session, I was at the food workshop though. thanks for the recap! Hopefully you can do it again next year so I can come:)

  17. Too many amazing sessions, too little time. I heard so many great things about this workshop and am so glad you were part of it! Thanks for participating, for sharing, for opening up and helping people make photography emotional and beautiful. You are a gem, Casey!

    Hope to see you back at evo’11!

  18. Oh how I wish I could have heard the presentation… we always learn so much more when hearing them in person. However, it is still awesome (and btw, I had no idea there were online ways to share them!) and very informative and fun.

    A few things I’d love to know more about…
    – The equipment you use – the reasoning behind why you chose what you have
    – Slide 5 – what’s all that stuff mean? ๐Ÿ™‚
    – WHY does f22 make a sunburst?
    – What’s Av?
    – Any way you could demonstrate the difference sharpening makes? I think it’s an art to be learned, and anytime I fiddle with it, I don’t notice any difference.

    PS – I love Mishi’s comment about photography. Definitely hits home.

    PPS – I totally second the idea (request? hehe) of you giving mini-lessons or tips on here. Maybe a periodic thing or something. Because we all obviously love your style and can easily see that you’re a great teacher. ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Btw, that picture of you and Addie squatting below the ride is one of my all-time favorites.)

  19. awesome!!

  20. Amy in StL says:

    Okay, so I felt really dumb but I had to google lr, cs4 and tra so that I even knew what to ask. What is your favorite editing tool/software? I elements enough, I’ve heard a lot of talk bout piknik but don’t know if it will do what I want. How do I figure out what I want? The software issue is so overwhelming that I’ve just been using microsofts photo editor because i’m afraid to commit financially.

    I also typed this one handed because it’s dollar ice cream cone day in my building!

  21. Your’s was the part of the presentation I truly learned the most from, plus, i was just so in sync with your emotion…I am kinda a crier.

    I could kiss you just for the star burst trick alone!

  22. Great presentation. Wish I could have seen it in person. I really need to spend some time with my owners manual on my Canon and figure this stuff out.

  23. Was thrilled to be on this panel with you – you rocked it!!!

  24. I love the slides – you really have such an excellent eye and the technical know-how to back it up.

  25. You are amazing. I’m still trying to figure out my Canon S3. I need a class! wish you lived closer

  26. I so wish I could have gone to this session! I hear nothing but amazing things. And the pics you’ve added to the EVO Flickr stream? AMAZING. Furthermore, AMAZING ppt. presentation – and I saw Anna’s belly in there! ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. michelle says:

    What a great presentation! I be everyone loved it. I just love your style. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Awesome presentation! Thanks for sharing it here.

  29. FREAKING RAD! Well said, well put, and I miss you.

  30. I’ve love to hear more about lenses, reflectors, and Speedlites. Everything I read assumes I know at least something – which – not so much.

    Also about processing RAW photos. I shoot RAW a lot, but I don’t know what to do post processing to take advantage of that.

    And f22 = sunburst. What gives?

    I love the presentation. I wish I’d been there!


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