Bourbon Beauty: Level Up Louisville Review (Photography/ Calligraphy/ Writing)

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My husband purchased me a camera about 2 years ago (give or take) for Christmas, and it sat in my closet because I had no idea how to work the damn thing. I was annoyed because I didn't know how it functioned, he was annoyed because he thought I didn't like the gift, it was a hot mess. (Maybe we need to take a communication course haha).

Fast forward to summer 2018, I noticed an Instagram account about classes given locally in Louisville, (yes it included a photography class...) and now I'm obsessed! I love crafts, I love candles, I love food.... and as I scoured their class list my wish list of courses grew and grew. EVERYTHING was appealing to me! I knew how to do a lot of these things, but how fun would it be to give me an excuse to actually do the craft I never make time for, learn from an actual pro, and take home said project. It was a win/win.

Photography 101

I rarely go out without my kids (my husband works long hours, so the last thing I want is to leave him with the responsibility of watching the boys), but this could be the exception since I could use this class for work myself (Mom/Wife Guilt 101). I signed up for a photography class, and I enjoyed it so much, I continued to sign up for more. (for work, of course.)

My photography class was held in Story Louisville. I probably walked passed it 3x before I realized where the class was located (another student had her camera bag, so we were both frantically looking for the entrance lol. At least I was in good company!).

I was relieved when I found it (it was a slender door, so if your looking for it remember what the above door looks like lol!). As I walked up the stairs, I saw their fun sign and was ready for the action.

As a courtesy to the teacher, and her hard work, I'm respecting their privacy and am not publishing their slides. The image above gives you an idea of what the class looks like. You've invited to grab a beverage, (Wine or Water) take a seat at the table, and listen to the instructor as they guide you through the basics of how to use your DSLR. I found her class very informative, so much so that I was finally able to use my DSLR for the first time. I still need practice like everything else, but its awesome that I'm finally able to easily use my camera! Thanks Natalia Bishop!


The next class that I took, was a Calligraphy class with Elise from Old Glory Paper Co. This was FUN! Not only did I get to learn the basics of Calligraphy, but I was able to take home my own pen and nib (partly why I signed up for the, and calligraphy paper to practice on. I was so excited to learn this art! I've purchased old fountain pens with the removable cartridges, but this was my first time using a pen that I dipped in ink. I LOVED the class! I felt so fancy with my new pen... its the little things.

The last class that I took, was a writers class with the one and only Minda Honey! She was funny and very relateable. She gave amazing tips on what companies to pitch, how to pitch them, and knowing  you're own worth. She's a boss babe all on her own, if you're looking for a writing class, I HIGHLY recommend you go see her. Shes's worth every penny plus more. (You can read her column in LEO Weekly, I picked it up last week just to read her!) 

Again, I wanted to respect her process and not publish the goodies you find in her class. Basically, it was everything you needed to know to get your writing on, and make money while doing it. Very informative, inspiring, and a must take if its something you're interested in.

I want to take more classes, but hubs is already figuring out its for my own pleasure instead of *just* for work lol. I'm running out of excuses (Totally kidding... somewhat).

Level Up Louisville was not only fun and informative, it gave me a bit of peace & me time to enjoy the company of other women (all while laughing at ourselves for goofing up as we learn!).

Photography 101 Next Class is: Tuesday September 18th, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Hand Lettering (Closest to Calligraphy I could find!) Next Class is Thursday Sept 13th @ 6:30 PM

Pitching your Writing with Minda Honey (next class is): Wednesday September 26th 2018 @ 6:30PM

And she has another for Breaking your Writers Block Sept 19 2018 @ 6:30 PM

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What do you like to do in Louisville for fun? Any other classes I should check out?

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