Terri | Alexandria, VA Natural Light Photography Mentor

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you all have been able to get out these past couple of days and enjoy this beautiful Spring weather finally! It’s definitely been a welcome change from the frigid longest winter ever lol.

Today, I want to share with you a fun mentor session that I had last month with fellow photographer, Terri! And yes, mini sessions will be posted today as promised ;) That will be at noon!

But for now, it’s all about Terri!

Terri and I met at Blink last year and discovered that we didn’t live too far from one another. She’s in central VA and I’m just outside of DC! We actually ended up seeing each other again at the Munaluchi event in DC shortly after the conference :)


Fast-forward a few months later and here we are! Terri was looking to fine-tune her natural light shooting a little further and see what was necessary to get her photos as close to what she wanted in-camera so as to minimize post-processing. By the end of the day, she learned that and much more :)

We had an interesting start to the day as there was a huge St. Patrick’s Day Parade happening in Alexandria which had King Street and many surrounding streets closed for blocks! That traffic caused major headaches… Once we managed to park a million blocks away and get back, the crowds were absolute madness. So after a quick decompress we were able to get together and the rest of the day went very smoothly lol.

Here are a few faves from Terri’s headshot session:


Then we met up with our lovely couple Ash'Leigh & Marcus. How cute are they :)


Here are a few words from Terri about her mentoring experience: 

“I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience with Danielle. First, she is very knowledgeable and does not come across as arrogant. She understands both the technical and business side of photography, which is why I think she has been so successful. I like that we started with a conversation about me, which told me that she wanted to know more about me as a person, my goals with photography and my goals for the mentoring session. We also discussed the basics of photography and exposure so she could gain a better understanding of where I am skill-wise and it allowed her to adapt her teaching to my skill level. I like that she shared with me what she does and looks for when shooting but didn’t expect me to mimic her or her style. At the end, I enjoyed being able to debrief on what I learned and major takeaways from our time together.”

Also check out her recap on her blog! She got hers up a lot quicker than I did, so don’t judge me lol. I love her recap though! It always makes me happy to see how different photographers can shoot the same scene, edit the resulting photos, and end up with a completely different result. That’s why developing your own eye and eventually your style is so important.

If you’re interested in booking a one-on-one mentor session and would like to have the DFinney Experience yourself, email me today to secure your date! Currently booking: June & July 2014.