|Sideling Hill on Rt. 68 in Western MD. |
Disclaimer: I have my phone in a holder on
the dash and a little remote in my hand. I
took this without taking my eyes off the road,
and with both hands on the wheel, cross my heart.
Yesterday morning, I got up and had the opportunity to set up my cameras for a video interview Gwen conducted with a woman named Amy Singer. If you're not a knitter, you've probably not heard of her, but in my world, she's not just a celebrity, she's a game-changer. Something like 12 or 13 years ago, she launched a free, online knitting magazine called Knitty and I believe it was the catalyst for many of the things that have happened in the knitting world since. Knitters had begun connecting online before that, but Knitty gave that interaction a shape and a direction. Readership grew quickly, so it was an honor to get published by Amy, whether it be an article or a pattern. It's still on my bucket list, to get a design picked. Anyway, we interviewed Amy for an upcoming topic on Eduknit, and even though she is utterly charming, down to earth and delightful, I was a little bit starstruck. After that, we went to our booth and schmoozed and tried to get people to sign up for Eduknit. Then came the drive home.
On Sunday, I got up early and taught a hands-on photography class for needle artists. It was about composition and lighting basics. It went really well and was a follow on to another class. After that I went around the show and took photos for the organizers for them to use on social media, press releases and all that jazz. It was a great way to meet people. I'm much more prone to introduce myself if I have to take a photo, because my camera helps to explain me. I really liked having the work. I do wish, every Sunday that I work, that I could figure out how to get to church, but that's another story. After the market floor closed, there were some awesome meetings and a good dinner with friends.
|One of the photos taken by a member of the class. Outside the |
convention center where I taught, there's an
awesome statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a pose. They were
supposed to use the environment and this gal did a great job.
Friday morning, I got up almost as early as the other days and listened to Gwen give a keynote address to kick off the Building a Better Business day, then, as part of the technology track for BBB, I taught the lecture class about photography. It was in preparation for the lab I just wrote about. I showed slides and gave examples and answered questions. I had 19 people in the class and I loved the interaction. People said they learned things and that always makes me happy to hear. The rest of that day, I scurried around, getting the lay of the land and beginning in earnest my quest to document this very large event. It was a big responsibility, being an "official" photographer, but I just reminded myself that I've done event photography lots of times, plus I like looking for details and little interactions. I had photos to take all day long and into the night as Friday was the fashion show and
|My view of a class.|
The drive was a little grueling because I'd woken up at 4:30 am that morning with my head already buzzing. Even with the extra time, after getting all the things done, I still left later than I planned, so if I'd gotten up at 6, I would have been in a world of hurt and missed the first event. I was hired on at the last minute to photograph the whole show, and the first thing started at 6:30 on Thursday night. I got on the highway around 11:45 and got to the hotel right at 6:30. I literally threw my stuff into the room, grabbed the camera and ran to the convention center. Pant, pant, pant.
|Some of my knitting tribe.|
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