It happened a few months back.
Another photographer posted about the wicked sweet products they had found in a company called H.H. Boogie . So. Naturally- intrigue led to exploring that eventually landed me on the page of “The Unshop.” A non workshop feeling photographer gathering put on by H.H. Boogie in Ohio, saturated with rest, relaxation, shooting, and campfire talks.
Thinking it a bit to good to be true, I signed up on a whim. $0? Nothing to lose right? Then September rolls around and I’m on a red eye to none other than Mount Vernon, Ohio.
I’m sitting at the airport waiting for Ashley Kester (the wife side of H.H. Boogie) to pick me me, thinking- this could really go either way.
A totally free workshop…
that I found out about online….
and decided to hop on a plane and fly to, from…
Insanity? Whimsy? Stupidity? Adventure? The coin is two sided, ya know?
But what I found was trip that was fast apparent as incredibly more than worth my while. Meeting entirely new people. With different eyes than mine. Different ways of seeing- of doing- somehow all bound in common by our love for that which we call the photo biz. No pressure to be anywhere at a certain time. Gourmet food. Enchanted gardens. Live music. No lectures, just learning. And actually taking the time to just BE different. And be together.
I learned about the importance of serving your clients above yourself. About the weighty and fulfilling calling to be a teller of stories. About the substance in taking the long way and never sacrificing your quality just to make things easy.
It was altogether soothing.
Altogether redirecting in the best way.
Thank you Jeremy and Ashley for taking the time to pull everything together. You two so genuinely care about each other and other people so much more than you care about yourselves and that rocked my world. Your hospitality was overly generous and watching the way you two loved each other reminded me of the kickass effects of a marriage where two people team up to live in a way that matters.