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Continuing the Process of Reinvention

January 20, 2014

“I am still making order out of chaos by reinvention”  —  John le Carre

A Desert Photographer

I decided to begin this post with the above photo in an effort to share with you visual proof that I am indeed attempting to “make order out of chaos” and am continuing the process of my own personal reinvention — from a newly retired civil servant and serious photography hobbyist into a dedicated and passionate professional photographer.

If you know me, you know that I am ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS behind the camera.  It is where I feel safe.  It is where I feel secure.  It is where I want to be.  So an action photo of myself is a rarity.  I am very thankful that my photographer friend, Lauren Wickline (, took a moment to capture this image of me while we were on a desert sunset photo shoot in Pahrump, Nevada, near the California border in November 2013.  I am also thankful that my brother, Dan Borton, captured the below photo of Lauren and I, just as the sun was setting behind the mountains.

Determined Desert Photographers

Now I find myself in the middle of January 2014, two years since I began the journey toward becoming a professional photographer, taking a moment to reflect on the past and look ahead toward the future.  I have been gaining experience with every photo shoot, expanding my creativity with every graphic arts project, adding photography equipment and accessories to my ever growing collection, developing and enhancing my website portfolio ( and increasing my social media presence through this blog, Twitter (, Facebook ( (, and LinkedIn

And now, it is time to step up the process of  reinvention!  Time for a little photography education!

I spent this past weekend attending a two-day (10am-5pm) Adobe Lightroom/Image Management workshop hosted by Midwest Photography Workshops (MPW) in Farmington Hills, Michigan ( and taught by Tim Griffin, owner of Griffin Photo & Graphics in Eastpointe, Michigan.    Although I have been using Lightroom for two years and took a basic class through Washtenaw Community College, the MPW class is a pre-requisite for future classes that I want to take towards the completion of a certificate program. I was somewhat skeptical going into the class, not sure if it would meet my expectations, especially considering the cost.  This hands-on class with 9 students was filled to capacity and I met some great people.  But more importantly, the class exceeded my expectations.  My knowledge and understanding of this powerful software has been greatly improved and I am looking forward to applying these new found skills to future projects.

In the meantime, I have signed up for even more classes and workshops which I will be attending over the next few months, including “Fundamental DSLR Photography Techniques”, a continuing education class held at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan ( and taught by Bryce Denison, owner of Midwest Photography Workshops, which I start this coming week.

You may be wondering why someone who has been a serious hobbyist for more than 40 years, and who is now an aspiring professional, would need to take a “basic photography” class.  Well, it has been years since I learned the basics of what was then SLR, and is now DSLR, photography.  I feel if I am to begin “anew” and become successful, I need to go back to the beginning and refresh the basics.

From there, I will be attending a lecture at Schoolcraft College by Monte Nagler, a local, prizewinning photographer (, the two-day “2014 Day of Photography” held at Schoolclraft College, sponsored by MWP and other local and national photography businesses March 1-2, 2014 (  I have also enrolled in several MPW classes in Farmington Hills including “Business of Photography” in March and “Intermediate Shooting Techniques” in April, with future classes pending.

“KNOWLEDGE is POWER. Obtain KNOWLEDGE through EDUCATION” — Linda Sorensen

I have also joined a number of photography related “Meet-Up” groups through including the Ann Arbor Shutterbugs, Michigan Photo Adventures, and Tri-County Photography.  Through these groups, I’ll have the opportunity to attend photography outings, workshops, etc. where I’ll be meeting and sharing tips and techniques with local area photographers of all experience levels including beginners, serious hobbyists, semi-professionals and professionals.

An early February trip to Mackinac Island and a possible day trips to Downtown Detroit and Lake Michigan are in the planning stages.  The goal will be to capture some of Michigan’s raw winter beauty for future calendar and fine art projects.

Whew!  All I can say, is that it is a good thing I have retired from my “day job”.  I am so looking forward to embracing the coming months as I continue the never ending journey of reinventing myself!

“I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.” — Henry Rollins

  1. You go Girlfriend! I’m so proud of you, Linda. I get tired just reading this, where do you get the energy?

  2. Nancy permalink

    You are an inspiration. I look forward to retirement. Will endeavor to keep as active as you are. Just need to figure out what path is the right one for me or start burning my own trail. So happy for you. /ner

  3. Thanks, Nancy. I have no doubt you will keep just as busy and then you’ll wonder how you had time to work.

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