I’ve documented my journey through Angie Warren’s Fly Guide here on Texas Chicks.  As I finish it up, I can say that what I loved most about the project was that it suggested assignments for shooting that took me out of my comfort zone.  The assignments went far beyond what to shoot – each of Angie’s suggestions is complimented by exercises to get the most creativity out of the particular shoot, and guided reflections to help you get to know yourself and your style better.

The last assignment was to work around a specific color.  I chose purple.

Some shots were obvious, like big purple walls.

Others were lucky finds – like the store clerk on a purple ladder changing out the window display.

I peaked through a hotel fence to snap this purple skirt hanging on a garment rack.  Love the framing that the fence provides.

This purple flower on a window reflecting passersby was an easy one.  I like the movement the walkers generate.


This was a particularly fun assignment to do with a buddy.  My friend knew of an awesome bathroom that she wanted to shoot in.  Yes, a bathroom.  The manager of the restaurant thought we were looney, but talk about stretching your creative bounds…..


At least I found purple and got a bit of a self portrait in the process!

I’m not even sure if Angie is still selling the Fly Guide, but if you’d like some guided shoots that push your creativity and encourage and introspective evaluation of where you are as a photographer, I would totally recommend this ebook.

You can read about my other assignments, if you’ like.  Just know that reading them (even duplicating the shoots) will not give you the experience of working through the guided reflections and other assignments in the book.