Arkansas Photographers Meetup

It all started with Cassie. About a year ago, I kept seeing this name pop up in a facebook group we're both a part of. I was super new to the group, and immediately admired her upbeat, caring, generous, and kiiiiiind of silly personality. After creeping on her for several weeks, I finally got up the nerve to send her a message, asking if she ever needed a second shooter....... the whole time thinking, "There's no way she'll even respond to this; she's like... famous...." ;)

To my surprise, she responded almost immediately, and allowed me to tag along to one of her weddings just a few weeks later. And that was the start of a beautiful friendship.

Over the past year, through Cassie and the Showiteers group, I "met" several other Arkansas photographers -- Keith, Kim, Annessa, and Christy. But this past weekend was the first time I actually MET them (Except for Keith and Cassie... I already knew them. And I also got to meet Corrie, who is super sweet! :). We all got together at Cassie's studio in Searcy and got to know each other, talk about life, and take a few pictures.

I hate to get all gushy and sappy, but seriously ya'll-- my heart gets all warm and fuzzy when I think about these group of people. They've helped me in SO MANY WAYS over the past year, and their openness, generosity, and willingness to share is just... amazing. I'm thankful beyond words to be a part of a group of people who just want to serve others and help them succeed. I pretty much love you guys, and I don't know where I'd be today without you and the rest of the Showiteers. Honestly... I probably wouldn't be a photographer. Real talk. ...Ahem. Anyway. That's pretty much all the sentimentalism I can take without becoming a weepy mess behind my computer screen. (Cassie......... don't cry. Don't do it. :)

Anyway. I thought I'd share just a few images of our get together, as well as our model for the day. Baelye did a FANTASTIC job modeling for us-- she was super patient as we messed with our cameras and was super willing to try our crazy ideas. Seriously, girl- you pwned it. Like a kid playing mario kart in 1998. If you want to continue doing this in the future, don't let anyone tell you you're not tall enough. =]

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Keith is pretty much the best ever at teaching off camera lighting, and he spent a lot of time helping us become better at it. It's a pretty major departure from my normal style, but it's a very cool skill to have in my bag of tricks.

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Aaaannnddd some behind the scenes. There's Keith, lying on the ground....

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