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Somedays, you just have to pull out your superpower cape and put on your game face.

This would explain how I got through this week. Except for my super cape consisted of hugs from my husband, yoga, chai and my little puppies cuddles. Thanks for hanging in there with me. Isn’t this little guy the cutest thing.

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Making Things Happen 2010 came to Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago. I had the privilege of attending again and it was straight up amazing. Going through the exercise almost exactly a month later was eye opening again, and I really was able to fine tune what I am going to make happen in 2010. My heart was so full sharing with all of the beautiful Twin Cities women that attended. We got down to the nitty gritty and big dreams were realized. There were tears, laughter, dreams, fears and goals all out on the table. It was such a blast having Lara, Jeff & Sandi in my hometown. Here are some of the crazy fun mini instax from the evening.

Yea we are kinda “special” 🙂 Love you E.

  1. Kristi

    This is great!!


Let me let you in on a little secret. I dislike talking about myself. Specifically talking about my strengths and accepting compliments have always been tough and uncomfortable for me. I don’t know why, but its just feel super awkward. One thing I have learned lately is that in order to work on my self-image. I need to be cool with me. Embrace me and all the things I am bad and good at. With that said, I am  working through the fear of saying/claiming that I am a leader. I think part of what is holding me back it is that I doubt myself, and part of it is the responsibility of what the title means. Anyways, it has taken me a of couple weeks to get but now I am ready. You ready? Gina Zeidler is a leader. So, high five for me cause I finally can say it now. (Yet, again still feels a little awkward)

I think the term or stereotype leader is pretty positive. Assertive, good with people, big picture thinker, right. While having leadership traits is a great thing, sometimes having this quality can be a hindrance. About a week or so ago during the JNP workshop I had an opportunity to test out some tilt-shift lenses. Jeffrey brought in three of his couples and we each got to pair off in groups and shoot/practice.

***Now a little back story, I think I have rented the tilt-shift about 3 times and never figured it out. I read countless forums, blogs, manuals but I couldn’t get the hang of it. I really wanted to figure it out and get some hands on experience with Eliesa & Jeff on how to manipulate it to get what I want.***

When our couple walked up my crazy love for people kicked in. I greeted them and started to ask them a couple of  get to know you questions. Seriously I have this weird weird weird need to make others feel comfortable. Maybe it’s my ultimate fear of the awkward silent moment (like in elevators), but I really think the key to great photographs is having the subjects feel themselves & comfortable. Anyways, we were to direct the shoots as we would like, so I naturally took the lead and walked us over to some really cool awesome windy California trees.

I set the couple up and started shooting with my normal set up (5d mark II and my beloved 35mm 1.4). After a couple of different poses and about 30 frames. I stopped dead in my tracks and said to myself…wait a second Gina, you didn’t come here to shoot a session in your comfort zone, you came to push yourself, to get uncomfortable and learn. At that moment I turned to my two other group members and said “alright you guys, your turn to lead.” I chose to conquer the fear of not being in control and I stepped back and put on the tilt-shift. I definitely felt uncomfortable, I  fumbled, I screwed up my exposure, and grumbled while trying it out. After a bit, Eliesa helped me with a couple of settings and I finally got the hang of it.

Seriously though people, I had to push myself to step out of my comfort zone and not be the leader. In that moment I learned that to take a step back, slow down, and learn was what I needed to do. I could have continued on and shot that entire thing with lenses I am used to and got some great shots, but would I have become better? Would I have learned something new?

I want to apply this type of thinking to other areas of my life. I want to push myself to be better, stronger, and fuller.  I want to feel uncomfortable, grumpy, and fumbly sometimes, because they equal growth. This situation equaled me conquering the tilt-shift and producing this image. I would have to say…the struggle was worth it.

  1. Leah

    *high five* and *low five* Definitely worth the departure from your comfort zone.

  2. Emily Ley

    This post is awesomsauce Gina.

  3. stefanie miles

    FAN-TAS-TIC post Gina! This gets me INCREDIBLY excited for you. This is my favorite one of yours that I’ve read yet. LOVE it and the beautiful shot!!

  4. Melissa

    I, too, have a hard time taking the back seat. I’m in a wedding in May, and I’ve really had to let go of control, no matter how much I think I’d do a better job. Frustrating, but definitely a life-lesson I need to learn.

    Great photo too! No clue what a tilt-shift is, but the outcome is gorgeous.

  5. Becky

    Amazing. The image and the story. Thanks again for sharing!

  6. Jessica

    Proud of you, babe!!!!! <3

  7. Ev

    You ARE a leader girlfriend. It’s hard to shift roles sometimes, but you’re right…..sometimes when we push ourselves, make ourselves uncomfortable and just go for it….the growth that can occur in difficulty can be astounding. Thank you for sharing YOU with the rest of US. Hugs.

  8. Crystal

    I agree Gina, so worth it! Beautiful pic. Did you try a tilt-shift lens or a lensbaby with you 35mm. Either way I love it. You rock!

  9. MonaB

    Gina – great photos and I love that you’re sharing yourself. It’s not easy, I know.

Yea. Hello. I am not sure if you noticed, but I experienced some glitches with my blog this week and I haven’t been able to update it or edit it in any way. EEEeeek. To say the least. Now it is up & running beautifully thanks to the help of my wordpress master (yes I am bowing to her) friend SarahBeth (who is by the way, a ridiculously talented pet photographer check her out!)

I decided what better way to get back into the blogosphere than to share video blog round two. I also have been in the midst of a remodel or refresh in my office, so I will be showing you a little sneak of that and my pretty new blue wall. I have sent some before and afters out on twitter if you want more.

This video blog not only includes a sneak at the new office, but I share the things that fire me up.  WARNING : You might encounter a mini dance or some air guitar in there. Like I said you were warned. I tried really hard to stick around 5 minutes, but its a cozy 9ish or so minutes. So as Emily Ley would say… grab a blanket and a coffee …or in my boat a hot cup of tea. 😉

Also, a shout out to all the MTH Dallas attendees. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Tomorrow (well I guess today) is going to rock your world….if you let it. So I hope you come in with open hearts and minds and let Lara & Jeff share their souls with you. I can’t wait to hear about your experience!

If you haven’t seen the new Making Things Happen website. Go here NOW! Check it out, great information here, and a fun new design. Getting so excited for the Tour to get here in MPLS next week!

  1. Alexandra

    I love video blogs!!! 🙂 🙂 Love to hear all the things that fire you up.. you’ve made me think of all the things that fire me up. Maybe in honor of you I’ll do a blog about it too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kristin Partin

    I’m with alex-super cute. ya know what fires me up? bosses who have been throwing up all day that still come into work and talk to me!

  3. Mary Dunlap

    Loved this blog post! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Alexia Strawn

    where did you get those succulents behind you? I had some in my house that didnt survive and I really want to get new ones…are they fake?

  5. gillian

    Hello fellow MTH alumn. 🙂

    I totally do the pre-meeting/pre-shooting dance parties in my car!!! My poor second photographer is harassed to dance along to my crazy pre-session mix!!

    Good to know I’m not the only one who has dance parties in her car! I do it while editing a lot too. 🙂

  6. Amy Campbell

    This made me miss GINA!!! Love you girl!! I hope things are going well and I would love to hear how you are doing! You seem to have some things going on up your sleeve!!

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  8. Erin Davenport

    Hey friend! Love seeing your face and hearing your voice 🙂 It’s fun hearing from you a full year ago and realizing that you had just done MTH and were on your way to an amazing year.
    Lots of love!