For me, it was kind of like the first day of college-at least the way I remember it feeling. I remember very vividly laying in my twin sized dorm room bed the night before my very first freshman class. My roommate was already sleeping and I could hear the sounds of students staying out late in the courtyard below my window. As I laid there I couldn’t help but think to myself…WOW, I REALLY MADE IT! Coming from a family where I would be the very first person to GO to college, I worked VERY hard not only on my grades but on side jobs in order just pay my way. And yes for any of you who are wondering, I paid my own way thru college-it’s something I’m very proud of! So as I laid in the bed before the first day of CreativeLIVE I couldn’t help but feel like that young girl: scared, nervous, excited, eager…but more importantly, proud for putting myself out there. I laid there in the dark, I started thinking about the journey I have made in my photography career, you know from the very first time I got my camera to all the classes I’ve taken, to the countless hours spent in front of the computer AND more importantly-to all the risks I’ve taken and how much they have paid off.
I won’t lie, the day before, I hardly got any sleep-I was too nervous. Now that I’m home and hind sight is 20/20, I feel silly for being so nervous. The CreativeLIVE crew is absolutely amazing, warm, welcoming and FUN. I was given a rare opportunity to learn from Christa Meola, one of the best boudoir photographers in the industry….in person and surrounded by some of the most awesome people whom I can now call my friends! (hey sexy six pack!). It’s really hard to explain the difference between being there in person from watching it at home on your computer, but it’s amazing. Afterwards, we bonded over drinks and conversations about our own businesses and where we see ourselves going over the next year(s). I’ve taken away so much valuable information from the 3 days of CreativeLIVE and so much about myself as a photographer. Can I just say, that it is incredibly surreal to stand up in front of-not only Christa Meola, but students, camera guys, a production crew AND hundreds of thousands of people and shoot knowing that people are critiquing your every move…..ch-yeah, it’s a bit surreal. But I really wouldn’t trade it for the world and I’m so incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to grow which sometimes means-getting ourselves out of our comfort zone. This whole weekend was all about that for me!
Thanks to Christa, I have recognized several weak spots that I need to work on and I have a to-do list a mile long but I’m so excited to get started!
Below are a few of the images that I shot while attending CreativeLIVE. Some of them I’m proud of and some of them I see lots of room for improvement, but hey, cut a sister a break! Stay tuned for some more behind the scene photos on tomorrows blog!