As with many of the photography events I attend, I may have won the award for “farthest traveler” last night. Before I left Morgantown, I got my big purple bag ready…note pad, trusty pen that won’t run out of ink, my Canon (just in case!), and some Christmas bark that I made the other day. (Hey, sharing is caring!) I pulled a scarf around my neck and braved the ridiculous 18 degree walk to my car.
The trip to Pittsburgh really isn’t bad. Driving gives me a time to think. Obviously, I’m always going somewhere when I’m in my car so it also makes me ask myself where I’m going in my life, in my relationships. At one point or another, I end up day dreaming and singing along to whatever CD is blaring through my speakers. During Thanksgiving, Brad and I rummaged through my mom’s attic, going through my pre-college boxes. I have more than 50 new CDs to entertain myself with, which is awesome!–Each song holds a different memory. It’s the best.
Before I knew it, I had arrived at John and Elizabeth Craig’s lovely home for a Photog Meet-n-Greet. We started with some wine, hors’dourves and casual conversation. The night sped by as we discussed different aspects of photography and the business. Personally, I’ve been thinking a lot about new, fun and different ways to market myself to the public. We recently received news that we’ll be stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas so there will be some huge changes going on in this household! Advice traveled from one corner of the room to the other with other side conversations making their way in.
The note pad never did make it out of my purple bag. Whenever I get together with other photographers, I feel like a kid in a candy store. It’s a huge tease to be surrounded by so much knowledge and talent! I wish I could have a month to learn from each and every person! I just try to be a sponge and absorb every piece of information I can, following up with emails and messages. And as always, I leave waaaayyyy later than planned. You can’t put a time limit on passion!
That trip to Pittsburgh is always worth it. My drive home is actually half the fun! I go over everything that was discussed. I’m always left exhausted and inspired, which is the way it should be when you’re passionate about something-at least in my opinion.
Although I’ll definitely miss Pittsburgh and my community of photogs (and obviously, the wonderful world of all things social-media will allow us to keep in touch!), I’m super psyched to meet another group of amazing photographers in El Paso, Texas!
And since a blog post without a photo is super lame!, here are a few random ones from last weekend when it snowed…
Clearly, not meant to be a model…but it’s fun to try!
Happy Friday! Have a lovely weekend!