Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm Not Pro, But I Like Hanging Out With Them - Part I

In the words of my 14 companions, Go Pro Reunion was
Best. Weekend. Ever!

It really was.
Three days of non-stop synergy.

Tyler and Wendy throw one awesome party workshop.
They are party animals great teachers.
I learn something new every time we are together.

Every single person at the cabin was so much fun to hang with.
There wasn't an annoying person in the bunch.
How often does that happen?
Not often.
They were party animals great teachers too.
So willing to share what they knew.
I love that.
There really is enough good to go around.

We had an infant photo shoot.
I struggled with lighting, but it was fun.

This little guy is only two weeks old.
He snoozed while we stuffed him in a basket, wrapped him in a blanket, laid him on a giant plate, and reposed him about 20 million times.
He didn't make a peep.
It was a photography miracle.

We shot children . . . darling, darling children,
with freckles,
and missing teeth.

We shot families that were oh so nice to drive clear up to Heber to be our subjects.

We shot children with animals.
That was hard.
The pig was not having much fun.
He squealed and ran away about 5 times.
I only got one decent picture.
But the pros -- they got some killer shots.
It was inspiring to look at all their work.

This is not their work, it's mine.
The unedited version.
I'll show you the edited version when I get around to that.
It takes forever.
I took hundreds of pictures.
And I can't decide which ones to throw away, and which ones to keep.

We had the ultimate color war.
Ultimate I tell you.

So. Much. Fun.

Curse the rental car.
I couldn't participate for fear of ruining the seats.
I was one of the designated drivers.

But I got to take photos, and that was awesome.

We came home exhausted.
We ate pizza leftovers and ice cream while we sat on the sofas staring into space.
 Then someone Wendy brought out a huge bag of glow sticks.

We spent an hour creating outfits.
The party house turned into a g-rated neon rave.

I don't have pictures of that.
I stole these from Kelley, one of the Fantastic 14.
Unlike me, she knows how to take pictures in the dark.

photo courtesy of Kelly Ford Wenzel

You haven't lived until you've watched 13 middle-aged  groovy women, and two token men dance in neon.
photo courtesy of Kelly Ford Wenzel

I need to do this for my kids.
They would love it.

I have more pictures to show you tomorrow.
Right now I have to get some sleep.
Its 1:00 a.m. and I am tired.



Angie said...

So jealous. And so glad that you had such a wonderful time! :)

Nanette said...

I am so happy that you had a wonderful and creative time! I want to have a color war and a neon rave as well!

Kristi said...

so fun. next time, please MAKE me come!

Bethany said...

Color war - amazing. All the pictures are great! I especially love cape boy. :)

Amy said...

Awesome pictures, Crystal. It was great meeting you!

kristinwithani said...

Meg's face is priceless in both pics.

Jenni said...

jealous! heber, like as in arizona? even more jealous! so glad you got to have that experience! that color war looks like a blast! you got amazing pictures!