Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Enlightened, and Uplifted

 This morning, I had to prop my eyes open with tooth picks so that I could drive the car pool.  I had waaaay too much fun this weekend.  And most of it was not planned.

Thursday night, I got an email from my awesome friend Wendy.  She said "Hey, I think you need to come to our Enlighten GoPro photography workshop  at the beach this weekend.  I think you would fit in nicely with this group of women, plus one token man.   And by the way . . . one of the women is your friend Meg!!"  

How do you turn that down --  an invitation to hang out with  Blue Lily AND my blog friend Meg, whilst improving my photography skills?  It doesn't get much better than that.  Except for the fact that I already had an awesome weekend planned with my scrapbooking friends who I LOVE, and who I was expecting to laugh with for two whole days.   It was a deliemma to be sure.  But, I knew that Wendy and Tyler are leaving this week for their "around the world" adventure.  And since they are not coming back for a long while, I had to say "yes" to the beach weekend.    Fortunately, my scrapbook friends are cool.  They understood.

So, off I went to the beach house for two days of instruction.   I have no words friends.  It exceeded my expectations in every way.   Wendy and Tyler are  not only gifted photographers, they are gifted teachers, (and gifted entertainers who perform spontaneous circus tricks).  They speak my language.    This is what I learned:

I learned that I truly enjoyed meeting, and spending time with the 8 other residents of the beach house.  They are on their way to becoming Pros -- I still have a lot to learn.  I hope we keep in touch.

I learned that you should never use a long lens when
everyone else is using a short lens.
If you do, all you get are butt shots of the other photographers blocking your view of the subject.  Which may, or may not be a good thing, depending on the butts.

I learned that Meg is as genuine, and fun to talk to
in person, as she is in the cyber world.
Plus, she makes me laugh . . . really hard (and so did Trish.)

I learned that Cam, the token man student, and Tyler the instructor are witty, as well as good sports.    They let us tie a fancy scarf around their necks for a photo op. 
(Cam, I'm still laughing about the story you told Tyler.  
Small world . . . Temecula.)

I learned that this gorgeous couple should be Anthropologie catalog models, and that they must be great parents, their children were so, so nice.
I learned that this little lovely is good natured.  She was freezing to death, and didn't make a fuss while 11 people shot picture after picture of her sweet face.

I fell in love with her sandy toes.

I learned this boy has a killer smile when you say "hey cool hat, will you let me borrow it sometime??"
  Maybe not . . . my head is huge.

I learned that it's really fun to take pictures of
children who are not your own.  Who knew!   

These eyes made my heart melt . . . .

. . . and these brown boots, too cool.
I need a pair -- do they make size 6?

I learned that this couple is getting married in a few weeks . . .

. . . and that they love each other, which made me smile.

And finally, I learned that you should never, ever post pictures like this on your blog, unless you want "pay back."  Meg, it was a reality check -- I look nuts and need a girdle.

Wendy and Tyler thanks for the best weekend ever.  Just as you promised, I left enlightened, and uplifted.   Now let's hope I remember everything we talked about.  Hope to see you in France this summer.  In case I don't see you before you leave . . . adieu!!


P.S. Seriously, if you are interested in improving your photography skills, or want a family photo that will knock your socks off,  hunt Wendy and Tyler down this year while they are traveling the world. Their schedule is on the Blue Lily website.  

P.S.S.  After the workshop I drove up to Anaheim and spent what was left of my weekend at the scrapbook festivus (making jewelry).  It was worth it.  I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. and laughed myself sick -- even though I got absolutely nothing done.


amanda said...

You did an amazing job. When you start crying while looking at a picture of yourself you know its a good one. You captured the love between Ken and I in a unbelievable way. I am bummed I am not "actually" married yet because I have to wait to show these to all of my friends and family!
Wendy & Tyler have unintentionally introduced me to so many great people and for that I am truly appreciative.

Trish said...

:) cute post!

Eve said...

I love that you dropped everything and took the opportunity - seriously, when will this chance come up again?

I love all the pictures, too! And you did have some beautiful models!

Jenni said...

you are blessed to know so many amazing people! what an opportunity! lucky girl to be surrounded by awesomeness!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

DYING at your awesome pictures! I have always loved your photography though. You are so multi-faceted. :)

meg duerksen said...

these are such good pictures!!!
i love them.
your wedding shots are fabulous.

i had such a wonderful time.
i loved meeting you.
it was SO FUN!!!!!