4 Tips on Photographing Through Spring Fever

It has been an extremely long winter here in northern California – one of the longest and wettest on record. Some days are hit and miss with warm dry weather – and although some days are nice, inevitably the rain always seems to return.

If you are a photographer, you know that cold air and moisture are not our friends – so we have to create opportunities to practice our skills and stay connected to our passion for shooting.

So what can you do while you are dreaming for the warmer days of spring?

1. Get out of town.

Go where it’s dry! I was able to spend a few days with my family in Arizona for the San Francisco Giants Spring Training in Scottsdale last week. The warm desert air gave me a few days to shoot outside and practice landscapes, textures and sports photography. I was surprised at how rusty I felt after just a few months of winter down time.

2. Find a seminar or workshop that keeps you connected to your passion.

On a rainy St Patrick’s day I attended The Power of Passion workshop co-presented by Sandra Puc and Jerry Ghionis, two current top photographer rock stars! What an amazing evening it was. Not only was the content fantastic I was able to talk with other photographers in the Bay Area and hear about their best practices too. It was just what I needed to reinforce the emotional connection I want to have with photography. Not sure where to look? Check in places like the PPA event calendar or your local camera store for information about technical trainings or creative workshops available in your city.

3. Get organized.

When was the last time you went through your image file folders and cleaned house? Deleted images you don’t want or need? Renamed folders or moved images to folders that make more ‘categorical’ sense? Its about as sexy as watching the grass grow, I know…but assuming we will continue shooting we will never have fewer images than we do today. So I say, let’s get on top of it now.

4. Read “that book.”

You know, that book (or video or webinar) that you were so excited about that you had to buy it immediately? Chances are its still sitting there on your desk, waiting for you to finish it – right? I have 2 videos on wedding photography that I bought last year that I need to make time for – Now would be a great time to get to stuff like that.

I’m holding out hope that the end of the rain is near for us in Northern California, and we’ll be out and about soon. Until that time, I have put together some of my favorite Springtime photos from the past – I hope you enjoy!

Springtime in Mustard

Springtime flowers

springtime at the beach

Until next photo,

Rem

Remy’s dream is creating opportunities for photography showings and public displays of her work.

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  • Live your dream, my friend. Know with certainty that your dream is there. It may be that clouds keep it from being visible at the moment, but it is there.

    Shallie

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      thanks for letting me borrow ‘your cloud’! I am dreaming away! and you? xox Rem

  • Bruce

    Our weather cycle is pretty peaky too: sun and 60s back to snow again. Today we had both. I’ve spent some time organizing photos. I think organizing digital files can be more tedious than the old analog ones. Thanks for sharing some really nice spring shots!

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      thanks Bruce. You guys have been slammed this year, lots of snow and wind back east! I would agree with you about organizing. I have to not be lazy about it…and just do it when Im in the project itself and not wait till the “right time” cause that time doesn’t ever really show itself! thanks for the comments… rem

  • I love that sunset photo Remy, it is stunning! Just came in from my back yard, where the weeds have gotten totally out of hand, but the apple trees and hydrangeas are starting to bud! And…salmon season opens this weekend. All we need now is strawberries, asparagus, and a nice chilly bubbly wine! Care to join me?

    jayne

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Join you? YEA! forgot about salmon season…gosh i love this time of year….xo Rem

  • I am getting my bike out — ready to start riding it again. I open the windows and let the fresh air in. Love the photos – esp the mustard field.

    It’s spring!

    Cath

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      all the windows open yesterday. anxious to do a spring cleaning! walks in nature to photograph ‘new birth” and spring! I cant wait! xo Rem