Tuesday, September 14, 2010

WPPI DC Road Show

I headed to Maryland on Sunday evening to meet up with friends for dinner before the WPPI Road Show yesterday.  I was so excited to see Kristy Dickerson again.  I missed her.  Like, band camp missed her.  I met Kristy at Jasmine Star's Workshop this past February.  We bonded over a disastrous non-meetup in Newport Beach and I introduced her to Thai food late that night when we finally found each other.  The next morning we drove all over creation looking for a Starbucks (I mean, who CAN'T find a Starbucks on every corner?!...us, apparently), and were thrilled to finally sit down outdoors with a cup of coffee and enjoy the beautiful west coast weather.  Kristy confided in me about the new company she was starting which would connect photographers with workshops in a one-stop shop.  I thought it was a brilliant idea, and I have loved watching her grow FisheyeConnect throughout these past several months.  She has been touring and exhibiting with the WPPI road show, so when she came to the DC area, I was beyond thrilled to catch up with her.

It was also wonderful to hang out with Melissa Manzione outside of shooting an event.  Melissa has graciously let me shoot two weddings with her, and while I love working with her, unfortunately we never have the time to socialize.  I also met tons of other photographers that night and the next day - all so friendly and so nice!

Yesterday's speaking schedule was lined with amazing individuals:  Jared Bauman, Clay Blackmore, Lindsay Adler, and, of course, the ever-fab Jasmine Star.  No matter how many times I've seen and heard Jasmine speak - even when it's the same presentation - she is always an inspiration.  She's passionate, compassionate, sweet, caring, and a testament that anything is possible through hard work and determination.  I honestly can't tell you how blessed I feel to be a part of this amazing community of photographers. 

Kristy talking with Lindsay Adler...

And because he was such an integral part of Kristy, Melissa and me staying up WAY past our bed times, here's a tribute to Rob Ninja-Nicholson, founder of Photog Shootout:

(No, I have no idea what he's looking at.)

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  1. Looks like a great time! I am so bummed I couldn't be there too. I miss you girls!


  2. LMAO!!!!!!!!!! Love the new added pics. PRICELESS!


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