Wow, I really don't even know where to begin, so let me just describe last weekend the best I can.
Oklahoma City. Peter Hurley. Dave Black. Learning the art of "the squinch" (it's all in the eyes). Light painting. Laughter. Learning. Hanging out with fellow photographers. Having somewhat more than an inkling of what was being discussed. Lighting set ups. Camera settings. Models. Understanding. A weekend getaway with David. Exploring Oklahoma City together. A private class with my very favorite photographer of all time, Dave Black (well, he shares my #1 ranking with Joe McNally). Feeling more confident behind the camera. Inspired to push harder, learn more, try out new things. Overcoming my initial response of saying no to new opportunities. Fellow photographers holding an impromptu photo shoot in the conference location's parking lot. Lots of "Ah-Ha!!" moments. A mental wish list of all the new lighting gear I'd like to acquire. Camaraderie. Realizing that my photos are meant to be shared, not for glory sake, but because I'm proud of what I make and those images deserved to be shared. The willingness to dive head first into shooting more people and portraits and maybe less food (people are far more interesting than food, I'm beginning to realize). A slow return to Instagram. Mentally exhausting, but in a good way.
But most of all, last weekend was amazing because of all the enthusiasm and knowledge that was shared about this art, this craft, this passion, this beautiful hobby (for lack of a better word) that I get to share with fellow photographers.
So . . .
3, 2, 1 . . . SHABANG!!!