I did a little on-location shooting with Seeking Focus Photography Association, a local photography group, to get a little hands-on learning about off-camera lighting. Dave Jackson, generously shared his time, knowledge, and a bunch of equipment with us -- various lights, softboxes, umbrellas, and Pocket Wizards. Others in the group, including Dave's studio manager, Trevor -- and I'm terrible because I either didn't get or don't remember the other names, except for Brett -- did the same, as we broke into three or four different groups. We also had some really great models (why, yes, I guess I did have a favorite!).
This is Nora. She owns a coffee shop with her sisters. That must be what drew me in.
It was a blast!
I met up with a few people afterwards to soak up a beer and enjoy some shop talk -- I was a sponge. I wasn't sure about going -- I parked, then drove around the block, then drove around the block again, and then again. There was road construction, too (holy crap, when did that happen!?), so some of those "blocks" were pretty big! Finally, I thought what the hell, you know? Put myself out there, rub shoulders, make connections. I'm glad I did. Photographers don't bite.