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I have to be honest – I have very mixed feelings about in person events when it comes to photography, networking, etc. There is such a wide range between events that are helpful and events that feel like an awkward waste of time. (Or, the absolute worst type of networking event, which is one that feels like a full blown sales pitch.) Also, the idea of going somewhere where I don’t know anyone isn’t super appealing to me. Just thinking about it makes my inner introvert start to sweat a little. (Or, you know, sweat a lot…)
So, when I saw Devon (of Devon Dadoly photography) announce that she was teaming up with some other creatives to host a day of creating and photographing in her studio, I could feel the inner war starting inside me. Part of me really wanted to and meet Devon and have the chance to work with some new people. The other part of me was listing all the reasons not to go, including (but not limited to) the fact that I basically never shoot in a studio and would know absolutely no one. After thinking about it for a few days, I registered myself in a fit of confidence and reckless abandon. It may be tough to get me to commit to an event, but I rarely ever back out once I’m signed up.
Thankfully, Devon’s event was just as cool as I had hoped it would be. Everyone was so open to collaborating and creating and just talking about what it is like to own your business, etc. If I posted all of the photos I’d taken, we would be here all day, but here are a smattering of some of my favorites.
I can’t post photos and not start with the host. Here’s a set of Devon featuring the freight elevator that leads up to her studio. Cross the unexpected item list off my bucket list!
Brenna is both a creative and a model who brings such a natural and calming sense to all of the pictures I took of her. Even stunning in this stairway, she still looks so ethereal and serene. (You can find more of Brenna’s work here.)
Emily is a film photographer and also obviously a model. She does not mess around and was more than ready to use the A/C unit as her own personal fan to give us the wind blown look we wanted. (You can find more of Emily’s work here.)
Dylan (on the left) and Julia (on the right) are two beautiful souls who seemingly stepped out of 1972 music magazine and in front of my camera lens. They live their lives off social media, so you’ll just have to trust me when I say that they are as kind and in love as they seem.