“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one!”” I realize C.S. Lewis was not actually thinking of photographers when he defined friendship in The Four Loves, but he did hit the nail on the head.
Over the past several months, I’ve been cold calling photographers in the Langley/Abbotsford area and begging them to have coffee with me. I tell my story (with a touch of drama), beg for sympathy (who doesn’t want sympathy?), and plead for a chance at friendship. Okay, so I phrase it a little more professionally and a little less dramatically, but – basically – that’s what I’m doing. I’ve sipped a chai at Milsean Coffee Shop with Breanne, tried the latte at Elysian (http://www.elysiancoffee.com) with Sherri, sipped a brewed coffee at Lelum with Jennifer, had an Apple Cider with Jete at House of James, relished a chai tea latte at the Granville Tea Company with Darbey, frequented Starbucks with Sarah. Basically, a tour de photographers during a tour de coffee shops.
We’ve laughed through tears at the trials and triumphs of life in the photography world. We’ve geeked out over equipment (Breanne revolutionized my world when she introduced me to Nikon’s 85mm f/1.4!) and new technology (Jete showcased her Hyperdrive) and we compared shoe brands for thriving on a twelve hour wedding day.
And then I got to hang out with so many kindred spirits during the Secret Garden Shoot Out. So much talent all in one place!! After the initial freak-out on the way to our meet up (Darbey can attest — I was a wreck!) and some awkward brain freeze in which I forgot which way to hold my camera in the face of so much talent, we created art with the beautiful faces of Cas, Ashley, and Noah.
I gleaned posing ideas. I relished the geek speak without explaining myself. I was inspired by the composition and unique angles each photographer utilized.
Basically, it was the best night ever.