Assignment one completed.

We are slowly getting into the swing of things again over on the Fall 2011 class of the Finding The Light Workshop. The students are producing some fabulous work and giving one another wonderful encouragement and support. It’s a beautiful thing to see in the industry, because we could all use a pit crew hanging off our camera strap from time to time. Detra, Jenny and I are grateful to be a part of that kind of goodness.

The students have just finished up the first assignment – the dramatic black and white, along with the bonus side lighting assignment. These are the assignments that challenge the photographers the most in the workshop and the participants have been really working hard at honing and perfect their skills, based of the feedback given to each individual photographer. Often it takes several attempts but they just keep clicking away until they get it. Love that fighting spirit lol.  I am so happy to share a few images from our photographers showcasing light kissing their subjects in all the right places. Keep up the great work guys!








I never get sick of seeing assignment 1, not only is it a great moment when people conquer it, but also by week 8 sometimes there has been a striking transformation that has taken place. it is truly such a thrill to be at this point with the excitement of anticipation of what may lay ahead. I hope you will tag along for the ride and/or perhaps consider joining us on the next one – most likely around end of Jan/beg Feb 2012. perfect time for our Southern Hemisphere people to make us all jealous with your sunshine and beaches! .  Next assignment is shooting in full mid-day sun. My FAVOURITE – g


Fall 2011 workshop {coming soon to a computer near you}

FYI – lots of you have been asking about the upcoming class,  we are so glad you are as excited as we are for it to start.


The start date is the 26th SEPTEMBER and early registration will be opening on the 15th of JULY. Thank you for your patience while last minute details are/were worked out.

In the meantime enjoy your summer (or stay warm and cosy if winter is visiting your house) …

for more general information about the workshops check out HERE

Favourite images from Workshop 12 (part 2)

I am so excited to share another set of images from some of the students of the spring Finding the Light Workshop (Workshop 12) held online over the last few weeks. It is always a thrill to be able to watch the development of each photographer as they walk their journey in “finding the light”. We absolutely love being a part of this journey together and are truly excited to see where these roads might take them.

Dana Yannone

Toni Raper of Maeve Photography

Val Spring of  The Red Balloon Photography

Sherry Ferrante of Ferrante Photo

Penelope Carrington Wallace from Petite Shards

Michelle Eichelberger of michellediane com.

Melissa De Luna

Thanks everyone for your commitment,  patience, desire to learn/grow/challenge yourself and one another. Thank you for embracing the beauty in finding the light – may the “sunflare’ be with you. xoxo -gail

Check back on Wednesday for another installment of student work.

For the upcoming fall workshop (starting on either Sept 12th or 19th 2011 TBA), please check out THIS LINK for more information. Registration will open soon.

Emails have been sent

I sent out the class emails this evening!!! I did start using a bulk email service to make life easier !! Please make sure you add my email to your safe list !!! Contact me asap if you did not get it:)

THE CLASS IS FULL My next workshop will be September 2011

I just sent out class info :

I sent out a class newsletter to students of the Spring 2011 workshop , please check your email. Make sure you add me to your safe list so I do not end up in your spam folder. If you did not receive this please contact me asap at
The class forum will start on schedule April 25th , look for an email in the evening !
Thank you

* If you are wanting to sign up I have two full participant spots left*

One spot

WOW … so many sign ups!

I’m going to do a final count soon !! I believe I only have two spots left !! If you have not registered yet , do it now before it’s too late!!!!

It’s that time of year …. Early bird registration is now open for my online natural light workshops!

I’m very excited to announce the Spring workshop dates with you ! I will be starting a new class April 25th 2011. This class is my most popular class, be sure to sign up now !!
With early registration you will receive an awesome discount ! If you sign up with in the first 24 hours for a full participating spot, you will get $100.00 off and receive a free non participating alumni spot for my fall workshop. If you miss the 24 hour mark and sign up with in the first 72 hours after this post you will receive 100.00 off the full participating spot. If you want to sign up for the non-participating spot you will get 50.00 off the regular price , but you must register and pay with in 48 hours ~! I hope you can join us .. My workshop includes over 12 hours of live classes with access to the 24-7 workshop forum! I have 1-2 videos included and content with your assignments and I have more videos located in the video selection for you to watch. Each workshop I add and improve 🙂 I have been teaching these for over five years . Don’t miss out! For full class details click on info tab.

Regular pricing for 2011

(split payment option available only for FULL PARTICIPANT students.. for limited time only.

Alumni Spotlight & Review – Marina Pershina (read below) Her work from workshop & current !

Last year I had the great opportunity to spend 8 weeks of delight, encouragement, inspiration, discovering, lots of communications … and it’s all about Detra’s workshop!!!
It was my first experience of learning online and I was really blown away!!!
This woman definitely knows her business and shares openly her skills with us.
Until last May I had no idea how to use the natural light and benefit from it. I had tons of pictures with overexposed sky or dark objects. She covered everything – backlights, flares, haze and halo effects, using reflectors, capturing the sun and the sky, lights and shadows… What’s more, her bonus assignments were as interesting as the main ones! Should I add that her actions that I won are invaluable and I use them all the time.
Everything just makes much more sense for me now and my sessions are nothing else but having fun with my little clients! Please feel free to see my progress here
P.S. See you at the spring workshop 2011 ☺