It’s hard to believe that 8 months ago I went to my first workshop EVER. It was a Radiant Vista workshop with Craig Tanner. There, I met a wonderful group of people, none of whom I had met before. They were from all over the US, but we had one thing in common, our love for photography. Some of those friendships have continued through e-mail and I’ve even crossed paths with one of them again, Usha. Usha and I attended the Next Step workshop together in March.
I’m really excited that some of us are going to meet in October for a reunion of sorts here in my good old state of North Carolina. We are headed for Brevard, NC, and The Blue Ridge Parkway to do a bit of photography. So far, it looks like there will only be 5 or 6 of the original crew, but that’s great.
I can say that I am glad that I waited to take a workshop until I found one that I thought would benefit me. This was the one as it allowed me to meet some new and, hopefully, lifelong friends who share the same interest and passion as I. I remember when we first met, it took is very little time to get to know each other and to become comfortable. Craig even remarked as to how he had never had a group before that got along so well. However, before you knew it, the week was over and it was time to head home.
I have such fond memories. One of the funniest is remembering when Steve, wanting to get a good shot, fell into the marsh and sank all the way up to his waist in marsh mud. He was a good sport about it! He looked like a walking commercial for Tide or perhaps a dare for any detergent to say that they could clean those clothes!
I guess that I would say that if you’ve never taken a workshop, go for it. You might meet some new friends and you might learn something! Here’s to all of my new found friends on my blog. I hope to meet you face-to-face some day. To my Jekyll Island friends, I look forward to seeing you again. It was great!