Of all the revelatory and valuable things I heard at the recent PhotoWeekLIVE during September, the biggest revelation, and the most emotionally moving, was discovering the fascinating and delicious Sue Bryce. I instantly developed a huge photography-girl-crush. She has been presenting at CreativeLIVE for about a year, but I only discovered her a month ago.
Luckily for me, (and, I suspect, a lot of the rest of the world), she is re-broadcasting her amazing presentations for free this week on her Facebook page. This is far beyond basic photography tips; she can change your life.
Sue Bryce runs through every topic from simple lighting, posing, shooting, to Photoshop, to marketing, to overcoming blocks in business, and living a passionate life. You can log on intending to learn photography, and leave in tears, mind blown. It’s been running for days on Sue’s page, and there are days of it to go, but jump in anywhere. You’ll be hooked. You just might find yourself feeling some infatuation. I did.
She’s honest, wise, and at times, incredibly brutal. Take this quote about working an unfulfilling job:
“You are doing what you hate, you’re rotting from the inside, and I can smell you from here.”
That’s pretty tough stuff if you only clicked a link to learn how to shoot backlit portraits. The thing is, when good creatives really start teaching, they go all the way to the bottom of the rabbit hole. Because it’s all connected, when you come right down to it. There’s no point in learning how to take backlit portraits of something that we couldn’t care less about, after all. We learn photographic techniques to implement and fulfill creative impulses. It’s tapping into that creative voice that really takes the hard work. Sue Bryce teaches that, because as she says, “Learning and self-mastery is one of my highest values.”
Sue Bryce isn’t just up there to pay lip service to passion, run through the same old tips, and rah-rah her way through a workshop. She is extremely open about her own pain, failures, insecurities, mistakes, and is not afraid to be painfully vulnerable as she is standing in front of an audience. She has worked her way through her own pain and figured out a highly successful business formula–the kind of recipe where her work, her passion, and her life are all one integrated whole. She is laying it all out to a worldwide audience. And this week, she’s giving it to us for free. Check it out.