Hi All. It has been a long winter. I’m finally getting back into the swing of things online. Hired someone to fix my site a bit and so posting (hopefully) will be easier.
In 2011, I went to Memphis to meet 2 of my favorite photographers (Sam Hassas and Tony Hoffer). I don’t think I went with the intention to learn, sad to say, or even to meet new friends. Just to get out and force myself to meet 2 of my heros was enough, at the time, for me to comprehend. As Facebook goes, the 50 of us that were together in Memphis turned into friends. I am so proud and so honored to be a part of such a diverse group of photographers, all extremely talented–much more than I could ever hope to be. So, when someone said “we should get together again” I jumped on the opportunity. North Carolina was the decided destination. As the time drew near, I became nervous. A huge part of my life right now is my unhappiness with my weight–and the beach is no place for someone like me to hang out. Since the majority of us are wedding photographers, it had to be in January 🙂 The closer the trip got, the more I felt myself backing out. Eventually I was talked into coming–and I have no regrets. We stayed in a house together in Corolla. You could only get to the house by driving on the beach alongside the ocean. It was beautiful. The house was wonderful as well. We spent time during the day chatting, taking photos (no brainer, right?), and some even gave classes. On our way home, I stopped and photographed 2 beautiful families in Raleigh, and on the plane back I realized how much this week meant to me. Deepened friendships, a better understanding of who I want to be (not just as a photographer) and where I want to go in life. It was a feeling I never imagined would come from this. I feel connected to the 40 people living in that house. Before I get too sappy and before you quit reading, I’ll end. I hope you enjoy these photos. …ooooo and yes… those are real wild horses. not how I imagined them to be–running on along the ocean, but I guess in the colder months, they stay in the woods. Where we just happened to be walking!