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The Story of BlogHer {Part IV}

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For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a professional photographer.  I watched others develop their careers, envious of what they were doing and how quickly they had come into their own.

After leaving the portrait studio scene in the late 90’s—for motherhood—the only time I touched a camera was to take pictures of my quickly growing brood of children.   I took it everywhere with me, that much I remember, but the flash was always used and it was only used for snapshots.  I very rarely dabbled in the art of photography; at that point it was just day-to-day documentation.  And, that was more than OK.

In late 2004, though, something sparked in me.  I grabbed our mock-DSLR (a Fujifilm Finepix S5000) and started snapping.  I re-learned some things that were instilled within me during my first photography class in high school, and ran with it.   Little-by-little, I was engrossed again.   Come to think of it, I think the abandonment of my little 1.3MP point and shoot had a lot to do with an incident I like to call “Candy Apple Meets Fujicam in Mishi’s Purse”.  I really don’t like to talk about that much, though.

Fast forward to today.  I am alive with photography, and I see things differently as a result.  I do creative things with my camera, often creating art that is specific to myself and how I see the world around me.   I work as a photographer—documenting events, a family’s beauty, the love of a couple, the sexy appeal of a gorgeous mother.  I travel and speak about photography with other talented photographers.   I do not take light for granted nor my ability to bend it.    I continue to embrace it.


When I asked Lotus if she wanted to submit a “Room of Your Own” for BlogHer, I honestly had no idea what we were getting into, but I knew (I knew, I knew, I knew) that we had to do it.   Imagine how thrilled we were when the ROYO was placed in our hands.  Not only would we be presenting a session based on our idea, to the mix would be added none other than Rachel Devine.

I had followed Rachel (or Sesame Ellis as she’s known) on Flickr for a long time.  I loved her style and loved the fact that she had started blogging, too.   Being a big fan of her work intimidated me a lot.  I told Lotus that I was kind of scared that I wouldn’t be able to do it because Rachel was on a whole different level.

Then it happened.

We connected.

Rachel, Lotus and I connected.

There was this new dynamic that was introduced that is way deeper than any words I choose to use can describe. It’s a mutual respect and admiration that we have for each other.  It’s something that rapidly grew in our short time together, brainstorming and cultivating our presentation via email, Google chat, and Skype.

The meeting before our session, the ROYO itself, the dinner shared at Pazza Notte on Saturday night, and all the hugs and kisses–in between–are now a concrete part of my forever memory.

I <3 My Friends

Thank you Lotus and Rachel—
Thank you for your photogranerdiness!

The Story of BlogHer {Part III}

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Swimming In The Sea

Last year after BlogHer in Chicago I was moved to write about those that touched me.  Those people that I had connected with through blogging that finally materialized into living, breathing creatures before me.  People that could hug me.  People that could laugh at my silliness.  People that would share real life moments in a real live city, and not just via email, twitter, or the blogosphere.  I wrote about them, introducing them [to you], because it was a new level of love and admiration that had sprung forth from the conference.

This year I came to find that the conference morphed into being more about me and who I am in the grand scheme of the matrix of bloggers and personalities.  There were familiar faces everywhere.  There were quickly passing minutes on a cushy bench; perfect for a quick gab session.  There were  hugs and kisses in the elevator, as well as accidental encounters.  There were waves from across the estrogen filled room.  There were commitments, and parties, and very little downtime—until it was solidly scheduled in.  There was so much,  so many, and so little time that—at times—it kinda felt a little bit like drowning.

Around every corner, though, was instant resuscitation; whether it was the quiet of a hotel room in the early morning hours, the seclusion of an unused panel room where tears were shared along with smiles and words of wisdom, or the arms of a group of besties enveloping you.  It didn’t matter, it was there and accessible.   The best part being that you didn’t have to look hard to find it, you just had to keep swimming.

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The Story of BlogHer {Part II}

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Dress: Dress Barn

In this dress, walking eleven blocks to the first event that I photographed, I got hit on.
A man noticed my beauty, through all my sweat.
I’d like to say it was the red lipstick and patent leather heels.
I won’t lie, it felt good.  I ate it up.
And, it set my mood for the whole night.
I don’t care who you are, I think you should hear that you’re beautiful.
I don’t care who you are, I think you should tell others that they are beautiful.

{How Photogs Work}

Photografriends Forever
Outfit: Gap

Photographers came together to outline a discussion.
Friends walked out the other side of the panel even before it started.
The blessing of our Photography Panel at BlogHer.
I venture to say that this was one of my favorite things from the conference.

{That was After, This is Before}

Dress: IGIGI
Jewelery: Sorrelli

My feet were shot due to that eleven block walk.
I would only be able to wear embellished flip-flops the rest of the weekend.
But, this dress was made for me.
Flip-flops or not.
If there was one dress that ever fit like a glove, it IS this one!
This was the point where I realized my obligations were over.
This was the point that my conference started.
You can see the relief in my face.

{The Magic of HP’s Photobooth at Aiming Low’s EZPZ in NYC Party}
{The Magic of Flip Flops on Your Feet in Time Square}

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Outfit: Lane Bryant

Lotus and I stole time away for a photo-walk.
It wasn’t long, but it was full of quality time.
The streets filled with cute rickshaw dudes.
The park filled with people of all types.
Flowers, horses, architecture—the perfect place?
She and I took similar shots, I’m sure.
Because we have a similar eye.
Her friendship has been one of the great gifts.

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Dress: Eliza Parker
Jewelery: Lia Sophia

Finally, I did it; I stumbled into a Jenny party!
Stumbled, for real, because I was DRUNK.

{How Photogs Rock} {Hot Photogs Roll}
{How You Bring Sexy Back}

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Outfit: Lane Bryant
*I gave away some coupons for Lane Bryant at BlogHer,
and I have more to give.   If you are interested, let me know!

Sunday in the City with Aiming Low friends.
Frozen hot chocolate, a burger with steak fries.
A candy shop and a baby infinity times sweeter.

{Brittany Thinks I’m Sweet, Too!}

Skirts: Alight

Monday and Tuesday were spent mostly alone.
At one point I met one of my friends from Flickr at 30 Rock.
I ate more street meat and even walked around with only my phone in hand.
Later, I met another friend in her office.
I ran into some stragglers from the conference, too.
I finally ate at an Indian restaurant.
I had my first subway ride.
I went to Queens.
I drank an Appletini with an old friend.
I slept lightly, dreaming of home.

See More Stories at Posterous and Twitpic

Disclosure:  All outfits were provided by Alight, Dress Barn, Gap, IGIGI, Lane Bryant.  Sorrelli jewelery also provided me with a necklace and earrings to wear to BlogHer.

The Story of BlogHer {Part I}

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This is my story.  The story of BlogHer 2010. Through my eyes. Through my lens.

The story of how I worked, how I played, how I moved, how I spoke, how I laughed, and—even—how I cried.

This is the story that will be told through my photography.  And through my words.

Some stories will be short and sweet.  While some stories will be long and involved.

This is my personal “Story of BlogHer”.


You Shine

Daytime NYC Wardrobe!I hate packing.  It gives me major anxiety.  Like, should I pack my outfits together, or should I pack them in the order that they are going to be worn, maybe I should roll them up, or should I just fold them neatly; what should I do?   Packing has never been fun for me.  Don’t even get me started on the shoes.  How many, which ones, all of them?  It’s a mess!

This year is kind of different, though.  I packed my suitcase for BlogHer’10, and I loved every minute of it.  I decided to roll up my clothes, for maximum room.  I also decided to group my outfits, but not by day, because when it all boils down I have all these clothes that can be switched around and worn with each other.   Versatility, yo.

Early last week I whined about not having great clothes to wear.  And, shortly thereafter my clothing fairy godmothers(and fathers)*came through for me.  I really do feel like Cinderella going to the ball.

Maybe that’s why it was so easy to pack.  Everything going into the suitcase, bound for New York City, is new and fresh.  There are new experiences and adventures around the corner.  I can’t help but feel giddy, complete with butterflies in my belly and stars in my eyes.

While I’m gone I will push myself a bit, stretch a little more in my passion, gather around those that I consider my people, and I intend to shine and feel good.  We all deserve to shine and feel good.  I wish that for every single person.

Shine and feel good.  You owe that to yourself.  I’ve finally realized this.

*Gap, Lane Bryant, Eliza Parker, Alight, IGIGI, and Dress Barn
{Disclosure: my wardrobe for BlogHer10 is courtesy of these wonderful “fairy godmothers & fathers!}

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