In mid-March I got to go to Orange County to attend the Love+Marriage=Baby Carriage workshop. You can read my previous post on how awesome Kamee June and Julie Rollins are. This post will be about how amazing my experience was with the workshop.
I arrived at the workshop at the Balboa Bay Club hotel. The hotel was gorgeous and definitely the perfect setting for the workshop. I walked into this beautifully decorated suite. There was fresh Starbucks coffee, chilled juice, and a gorgeous spread of breakfast goodies. This place was dressed to the nines! Kamee greeted me at the door. She didn’t greet me with the standard “Hello, my name is Kamee and it’s nice to meet you.” She came to the door and greeted me with open arms and a huge hug. She said, “You’re Vicky. It’s so great to meet you. I’m looking forward to talking with you…a lot.” I mentioned in my first e-mail to Kamee when I was inquiring about the workshop that I loved to talk. She remembered. She remembered me and that I said that I like to talk a lot. Holy cow! I can’t believe she remembered! I had never spoken to her before and she greeted me like we were old friends! Julie then came by and made her rounds. I couldn’t believe it, but Julie was exactly the same way. She came by introduced herself and gave me a great big hug like we were old high school buddies. My jaw has hit the floor and we haven’t even started the workshop yet.
The workshop started and the material presented was amazing. As I said before, Kamee and Julie were open books. They shared with us what has helped them succeed and how they got their start. They shared with us what it was like for them and some obstacles they faced. You know, I have to be honest. When you’re first starting out, you look at some of your photography “role models”, the folks who inspire you, and you just think that it’s easy and that it just came to them. Their story inspired me to keep working hard. To keep pushing. It sounds crazy that a workshop can teach you to be a better person too, but it did. They taught me how to build a better community with photographers. To create a new standard and to help each other. Wow! I just wanted to learn more about being a better photographer from this workshop and I got so much more. It was such an incredible experience.
Okay, enough with the mushy stuff, huh. Let’s talk about beautiful people and images! Our first scheduled shoot was a family shoot with the most gorgeous family! These folks were just too stinking adorable. We met them at this marina in Newport Beach. It started as an overcast day, but the sun came out to play for a little bit, so we were lucky to get out and take some fun photos. I loved the choice for wardrobe — raspberry and navy blue. Oh and E, the little girl, was bringing her A-game sass. I loved it and couldn’t help but keep snapping away.
These people belong in a magazine or catalog! You can’t deny it…well, just see for yourself!
I just love the sass in this photo above. How adorable is this little one!!!!
It all starts with this stunning couple.
I have to tell you, this guy, C, was all boy. After the family shoot, the kids got to run wild and C, decided to climb this tree. Of course the photographers had to follow! It looked like he was having an amazing time and that’s what this is all about — capturing these little moments! Thank you so much for spending the day with so many photographers in your face! You all are so amazing!!!
I have to give some much deserved thanks here:
First, Kamee June and Julie Rollins of Love+Marriage=Baby Carriage Workshop
All the amazing vendors who helped with this shoot:
Hair & Make Up: Katrina Kirk www.kitschbykat.blogspot.com. Her work is gorgeous, check it out.
Newport Dunes: http://www.newportdunes.com/. I loved this place! So gorgeous to shoot at! I need to come back here sometime!!!