The Day Dreamer Photography Workshop Experience

One of the coolest things I appreciate the most from being a blogger are the people I meet. Being a weird mix of an introverted/extroverted kind of person, I know I can be pretty awkward at times. My sarcasm and quiet personality doesn’t help much either, haha.

But this was an experience I won’t forget anytime soon.

It all started with a Facebook message.

Erica, who is one of the hosts, was holding a three-part workshop featuring three different styles of photography, with blogger photography being one of them.

Even though I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve, deep down, I remember feeling so excited yet so nervous. Being a control freak, I felt a tad bit worried that the photos wouldn’t come out right- and for a good reason, too.

Bear with me, I’ll tell you soon. 😉

Still, I wanted to give this a second chance despite my growing anxieties.

And so, I did on that fateful Saturday morning. Having no way to get to North Park, I rode with some of the photographers, one of them being Kortney. It might be the fact that we’re both Asian I’m kidding, pls don’t get mad lol, but her bubbly personality really helped with my nerves, and later on, my confidence.

Blogger Photography Workshop

The workshop’s agenda was relatively simple: take typical fashion blogger photos. Rather, in the words of Erica herself, “it’s more about the experiences than the actual blogger herself.”

Pretty well said, right?

With two bloggers, including myself, with two very distinct styles, photography and fashion-wise, Erica chose to split the group of photographers, with each group switching at some point.

And off we went!

I sure was glad I didn’t wear heels on that day as I walked, ran, posed, and sat on edges of the parking garage, aka the part where you can accidentally fall backward to your death. It was here that I discovered that I wasn’t really afraid of heights if I told myself that I’m doing important stuff cuz #Capricornthings.

Having gone with Erica’s group first, she blasted some fun music during the shoot, and that made it a lot more funner than without. It also turned out to be pretty helpful as it helped me get in the mood even more.

When I switched with the next group of photographers, I had already felt comfortable with other people taking my photos, but Kortney made it even more enjoyable as she knew what kind of photos I wanted to create. Instastalking for the win!

But really, with her knowledge on both photography and posing as well as our shared interest of Chriselle Lim, aka one of the coolest Asian fashion bloggers in the world, we made magic happen.

Even when there was a spider in one of my props and we screamed before I threw it away from me.

The Day Dreamer Photography Workshop Experience

Despite being a group session, it felt like I was having a one-on-one session with her. Throughout the shoot, she’d often show me what she took, and they were unbelievable by the way, and ask if I liked them. Already in love with her work, I’d nod, but she’d say,” I want to make sure YOU like it. Not me. YOU.”

Now, before we get back to the workshop, here’s the horror story I’ve been telling you about.

About a year ago, I worked with a photographer at one point. I was working on my first collaboration with a local brand and I wanted to make a huge impression. So, I thought it was pretty amazing that, out of the blue, a photographer suddenly came into my life right when that happened.

But as we started shooting, there was something wrong: it was too uncomfortable. To make things short, the photographer forcibly pushed me to do certain things that I clearly did not want to. It got to the point where strangers would come up to me asking if I was okay.

Since then, I’ve been extremely picky with who I work with. I’m the type of person who values excellence, integrity, and high-quality work. So, it’s natural that I expect a certain type of behavior/outcome to be on that level, even more so after that traumatizing moment. I even hold my own work to those standards, too, because I wouldn’t want anyone I work with to ever feel like the way I did.


I want them to be comfortable while having a great time.

The Day Dreamer Photography Workshop Experience

Fast forward to today, what Kortney said to me touched me to the point where I wanted to cry. You can say I had a little more faith in humanity once more; it’s so rare to have moments like these after all.

Since then, she’s pretty much the Jana to my Chriselle, and best believe you won’t be seeing the last of her work on The Chrissy Collective. Stay tuned for more magic.

I also want to thank everyone else I worked with on that day for creating such an amazing experience. I truly had a great time with each and every one of you.

Follow Erica: Website | Instagram

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The Day Dreamer Photography Workshop Experience


What were some experiences you overcame? Leave me your comments down below!

36 thoughts on “The Day Dreamer Photography Workshop Experience”

  1. I so loved reading this post! Your heartfelt genuineness and passion about the project really came through. I was a photographer long before I was a blogger, and my biggest thing is making sure my subjects are comfortable and happy in front of the camera. A lot of people are super insecure in front of the camera, so I gotta make sure they’re enjoying themselves and almost forgetting the camera exists. I’m glad you had such a great experience with this workshop!!

    Stephanie //

    1. I’m so glad that you were able to resonate with me- it’s neat to see how that works, you know what I mean? I totally know what you mean, though. I have the tendency to get awkward at times, especially since I’m an awkward person myself, haha. I have to admit that my self confidence dropped even more after that whole ordeal, but I’m glad that I was able to give it another go and find some cool people to work with sometime. x

  2. Thanks for sharing your experiences, both the positive and negative ones. I truly believe that people make or break an experience, and it must have felt amazing to find someone you could feel comfortable with. And the pictures turned out great 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for reading it! It definitely did feel amazing to find someone I clicked with instantly and who I’m proud to call a friend. x

  3. I have to take a photography workshop in the near future. I have a new Canon and I don’t use it to it’s fullest potential. It has so many features I simply don’t know where to start. I appreciate the inspiration of this post, it’s a goal I intend to meet this year.

    1. That’s great, Jacqueline. Workshops can really help in that area, aside from taking pictures and all. Have you checked around YouTube as well? There should be a lot of tutorials that can help you understand your camera better. Wishing you all the best. x

  4. Thank you so much for sharing part of your journey! That sounds like a terrible experience you had before with the photographer and I’m so glad you were able to move on and try it out again. Your pictures are beautiful and I loved learning about how your working relationship flourished from participating in the workshop. Great story! xo

    1. Thank you for your kind words. It truly did take a while for me to open up again as the experience traumatized me, but I’m glad that I was able to give it another try. xx

    1. Thank you so much- that really means so much to me! I’m really proud of myself, too. Those pants + the bag have easily become one of my favorites. x

    1. Haha, someday you’ll be able to! I’m sure of it! I totally feel you on the posing, though; it’s such a great skill to have!

  5. Sounds like you had an awesome time and the pictures came out beautifully. I’m so sorry to hear about your experience with the first photographer. So not cool to make you feel so uncomfortable!

    1. I really did- it’ll be one for the books. Yeah, it totally wasn’t cool, and I hope other people don’t experience ever experience this.

  6. You look so cute in your photos and I love that purse. There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable with a photographer so I hate to hear that happened. The pictures came out amazing and I’m glad that things turned out amazing!

    1. Thanks so much! Yeah, it really sucked and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. But yes, I’m so happy that everything went so well! x

  7. Sounds like a pretty horrible experience you had with a photographer. My worst experience was having a couple of my older ones use too much photoshop…that was so annoying! I now value high-quality too, for sure!

  8. These photos are absolutely stunning! I especially love the laughing one. Oh and the painting of Florence in the background is great too! Sorry about what happened with the first photographer, though.

    1. Thank you so much! Haha, I liked that one, too; candids really make some of the coolest photos. It’s okay- I’m glad I was able to become a better person from that experience. x

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