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Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Novel of a Blog Post

I have a confession to make. A couple of years ago, I can't remember the exact date, I came across a photographer's blog and fell in love with her work. The only problem, or so I thought, was that she'd write an entire book at the beginning of each post. Each time she posted, I'd skip all the writing by scrolling down and getting to the good part. Thankfully, it wasn't too long before I took the time to actually read one of the mini books. Wow, had I been missing out! Not only is Jasmine Star an amazing photographer, but she is also a phenomenal writer as well! Since that day I've read and looked at every single post she's written, attended the San Francisco Free to Succeed tour where she spoke, and now, attended her second ever workshop!

To understand my excitement, you've gotta understand that her workshop seats go faster than Usain Bolt running the 100 meter dash. So when I know she'd be announcing her latest one soon, I got ready. Every morning I'd wake up and check my email right away. I signed my sisters up for the updates so that if I missed the email, they'd get it and tell me. Of course it would be the one morning I was away from home (at the dentist no less!) that it was announced. As soon as I saw it, I grabbed my credit card and signed up...only to receive another email saying it was sold out. Can you say slightly depressed? Until, that is, I got an email from Jasmine saying I'd made the cut!

And boy was it worth it! In short, I've been able to think through and put together some of the modular microsystems (catch that all you FTP people?) for my business, meet some awesome photographers, hang out with the ever fabulous Jasmine and JD, and commit to doing even more to provide the experience that I want every Lydia Photography client to receive. I could go on and on, but I know some of you out there might not appreciate having to read a book before getting to the good part. ;-) On to the pictures!

I love how unique this bouquet is! Kristin, from The Treasured Petal, did an awesome job!


Tiffany and Mark are such a gorgeous couple and made it so easy to take great pictures of them!


Jasmine talked about taking signature shots that express our brand and style. When I saw this one, I totally fell in love with it. Their joy and love is so evident for all to see!


Julie, from Elysium Productions, was there recording the day. I can't wait to see what they do with the footage!


All this wouldn't have been possible without the help of Vivian Tran of All Made Up. Simply beautiful!


And our wonderful hosts, Jasmine and JD! I got your back, girl!


The lucky, awesome group itself!



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15 comments:

Chenoa said...

Thanks for sharing Lyd, and I did read your post! We need to get together and talk photography. Your photo's are amazing...you did a fabulous job...I like the third one down wear she is looking over his shoulder, but really they are all beautiful.

Kristin said...

*trying not to be jealous that you attended one of J*'s worships* Maybe someday I'll be there ;) Lovely photos!

I LOVE Jasmine's posts too, including everything she writes :D

Heather said...

I am trying really hard not to hate you right now, I wanted to go sooo bad!

Your photos turned out amazing and it looks like you had so much fun!

Catie Ronquillo said...

Hooray! You got to go! Your photos from the workshop are fab by the way, did you use the workflow system? ;) You were 1 of 4 people I know attending. :) Hope you got to meet and chat with Whitney, Jackie, and Dustin! :)

OMI PHOTOGRAPHER said...

Hey Lydia! So nice to meet you! Stay in touch sis and let me know if I can do anything for you!

whitney elizabeth said...

i hate i didn't get to chat with you at the workshop! i LOVE the images you captured of the models!!! rock on :)

Megan said...

Love your photos! It was great to meet you at the workshop!!

Emily Abril Photography said...

Lydia... Hey girl! It was great meeting you at the workshop.. also congrats on graduating!!! KIT your images came out awesome!

Lucia Photography said...

great captures~ Lydia where are you in the group photo?

Nicole said...

What an awesome experience!! I'm glad you were able to get in! One day I will attend...one day. :) Your pictures look great!!!

Lydia said...

Lucia, I'm on the second row and second from the right wearing the pink scarf.

Monica Cachu said...

Lydia these are great. So great meeting you at the workshop....hope to run into you again soon.
-Monica

Brittney Hale Photography said...

HI!!! love this post, i know what you mean about writting a novel :) it was great to meet you and im glad i had the opportunity to share conversation and dinner with you! keep in touch

Bianca said...

No way! You went to her seminar? You're one of the lucky few :)

Lydia said...

The few, the brave, the proud--yep, that's me! ;-)