Images created 08-06-17 © Teresa Vick | Artist/Photographer
I rarely write about too much personal stuff here. But today I made an exception that I've been meaning to write about for some time. I attended the Women's March on January 21, 2017.
There were rumblings across the internet afterwards regarding how the Women's March was strictly not for some women. Particularly women who are not pro-choice. I'm not going to go into my personal views on the matter here except to say that I care deeply about the fact that women and babies are not even remotely being cared for in our society. I went to the March because I wanted it to be recorded in my personal history to my own children that they can take part in social activism, and for them to see the example of my actions. And that they can do it too, and even better, right alongside people who may or may not agree with them 100%.
And that, in fact, is the only way anyone will make any change in our society is if we are listening to the stories of people around us who have not had the same life experiences as us. To listen without judgement, and to make an effort to place ourselves in their shoes.
This march for me was not about pro-life or pro-choice issues. And even if some want to argue that the Women's March excluded some women, it did not exclude me, no matter where I stand on the political divide. And I felt represented in the March. And I'm positive my views were not the same as some around me. And that was okay. It was more than okay. It's what I feel like my Creator calls, me personally, to. To listen. And I have heard from friends in my life who are, in fact, on opposite sides of the political divide. And I'm better off for knowing them. And I'm better off for loving them and being loved by them. And I'm better off for hearing their stories and journeys and experiences.
I will continue to listen. And I will continue to walk side by side, no matter what.
I’m excited to announce I will be teaching at a photography conference on Amelia Island in Florida called Click Away in February 2018! I will be presenting at 3 separate days/times, covering 2 different topics.
The Value of Self-Portraits and How to Create Them
Sat, Feb 17, 2pm
Those of you who have been following me for a little while know that I’ve been on an #EmbracingSelf journey. While on this journey, self-portrait work has played a significant role and has become a topic I am passionate about. While allowing me to learn and grown in my photography skills, it has also allowed me to be able to connect with my clients in a more authentic way. However, the value of self-portrait work extends beyond even those two major benefits, it’s work that if done now, can have an impact on our culture now and future generations.
Creative Shootout: Artistic Portrait Shoot with Real People
Fri, Feb 16, 2pm & Sun, Feb 18, 1pm
One of my favorite things is to connect with local photographers. I frequently attend local meet ups where photographers meet each other, socialize, and shoot together. In addition, I love to coordinate/host creative/artistic shoots for myself and other like-minded photographers to create and shoot more creativity, utilizing less-traditional shooting methods and techniques in order to create more artistic portraits and art pieces. I am excited to be able to lead this creative shootout, twice, for participants of all skill levels at the conference.
Two last things…
1) I’m curious! Are you attending Click Away 2018? Comment below if you’re going! I'd love to keep an eye out for you and meet you!
2) For the creative shootout, I’m looking for real people to pose for me for the shoot out! If you, or someone you know of who lives in Florida would be interested, shoot me a comment or send me an email!