Robin Long: Purebaby Workshop Review
They say better late than never……. This review is way overdue. I had the pleasure of attending the Purebaby Workshop this past March in Clearwater, Florida. I had decided last year that I wanted to attend one of Robin’s workshops. I had been following her work for a while and was convinced that this would be a great experience in helping me develop my newborn photography. I looked at other workshops and quite frankly it’s hard to make a decision. I loved the fact that her work is different, I can see a picture and recognize Robin’s work, that’s kind of hard to say now days. The workshop was two full days; we had 3 babies, and two maternity models. We used natural light one day and studio lights the next day. Robin not only handled the babies incredibly well, but was completely open with her experience and knowledge. From the minute I walked in, Robin was standing at the door greeting everyone. She made everyone feel at home. The last day we also did some editing and she gave us our goody bags, which had one of her wraps, hats from some of her wonderful sponsors, and a multitude of photography related discount coupons. It was obvious that a lot of thought was put, as there was a great selection of vendors. We had information and discounts for prop stores, accounting software, business solutions, actions, etc. Robin was also generous enough to give us the actions she uses in her workflow; these little actions have completely transformed my editing workflow. I am now happily editing my galleries in one third of the time it used to take to complete. The best part of this experience though has been the continued support beyond the workshop. Although it has been 5 months since I last took the workshop she still keeps in touch with all of the class participants. She created this open forum where she adds all of her attendees and continues to encourage us and the learning has continued beyond the class. My favorite part was when she released a video of her personal workflow. I think I have watched it at least five times. Unfortunately we tend to forget some of the important things that she covers in the class but with her forum she ensures that if any questions come up or we need some further instruction on posing we still have access to her and her open forum. She has been an incredible mentor and watching her continually try to make things better is inspiring. I can honestly say that I’ve learned just as much from Robin and her forum these past five months as I did in the two day workshop.