Jul. 12, 2011 Our Life, Photography

Chicks who Click / Arizona Recap

I've been back for two weeks and I am finally getting caught up. I wanted to share a few images from my trip to Arizona, the last week of June. I did a TON of stuff, and had the opportunity to catch up with and meet a bunch of amazing people! If you aren't sure why I went to Arizona when it was 115 degrees, let me bring you up to speed. I went to the PPA Charities Conference called Chicks who Click. I went last year and had an awesome time, learned a lot, and walked away with so much. I wanted to go again this year, because it was so much fun. WPPI is just too big of a conference for me, so I tend to like the smaller ones, also like Imaging USA. Anyways, now that I have TIME, I can begin to incorporate all the things I learned.  
 
On Wednesday, I drove over to Phoenix which takes about 5 1/2 hours from my house. It is a really nice drive, and it goes rather quick, once you can get away from all the yucky LA traffic.  
 
I had the opportunity to catch up our friends/family Sharon, Jerry and two of their five beautiful grandchildren, Carlin and Owen. I have lots of great images of them to share, so stay tuned. I had never done a portrait session in 100+ degree heat, so that was an experience.  
Thursday, I re-connected with photographer friends, Allison Bess and Melissa Jill. Oh, and Miss Dixie! If you read through my new 101 in 1001 project MJ is the one behind the inspiration. We met at her new home, which is gorgeous, then we went to lunch at The Vig A special thank you to Melissa's amazing assistant Sara for taking the picture above, and of course, joining us for lunch.  
Of course, at the conference, there was so much to learn, and tons of inspiration. I attended three of the breakout sessions. First was seniors and children with Jamie Hayes.
Next it was a session on Newborn Portraiture with Susan Michal.
And then I went to a breakout session on Maternity Portraiture with Cindy Behnke.
Of course, I had a blast meeting all sorts of awesome people, including Jennifer Price from the East Coast. She is the sweetest! Do you like her little hat? It's from Design Revolution, and is actually for a newborn, but she definitely got away with it for the evening.
Speaking of Design Revolution I spent a lot of time with Lesley and Anne. and they were so much fun to hang out with. Two very special ladies, have hearts of GOLD and I hope to see them again soon. Oh, and I came home with a LOT of goodies from them, so be on the look out for some major cuteness! Visiting their website is a must if you want super cute props for your newborn and children's photography. Good thing I drove my car!!  
 
Another friend I was able to reconnect with was Mike Hanline, owner of the lab I use. He and his wife Diana are the NICEST and most generous people and there aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe them. We had a great time getting to know each other better, chatting about my goals and dreams, as well as the industry. I can't wait to see them again!
Okay, so I know the image above of the flag is backwards, but the darn wind was blowing it in the wrong direction. Anyways, if you have traveled the 10 freeway to Phoenix, you have seen this beautiful flag at Exit 45. There's a big Texaco truck stop on the west bound side. On my way home, I pulled off the highway, got out in the 115 degree heat and tried to get the wind to blow it the other way. Not really, but I can't wait to make another trip around Christmas and try it again.
On my way home, I also made a little pit stop at Joshua Tree. Since I was by myself, I didn't venture too far off the beaten path, but I had fun taking a few pictures, and playing with some of my Totally Rad Actions.
Overall, I am so glad I had the opportunity to go on this trip and can't wait to share my next trip with you. Happy Tuesday!
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