Finding my groove

Some weeks ago, I received an email from a lovely lady named Anne. (Yes, I already knew then that she’d be lovely.) She wrote to invite me to spend a day in San Francisco taking photographs of the sights, followed by a 3-hour Lightroom workshop with the amazing Julieanne Kost the following day. Oh, and Adobe was sponsoring the whole thing. She then so kindly remarked that she thought I might need the break.

The invitation was almost too good to be true that I had to do some background investigating before allowing myself to jump on the bed and bounce all around. The bed was grateful for the chance to brace itself. Everything checked out (sorry, bed).

The last time I was in San Francisco, I didn’t get to photograph anything. Which is abominable, really, since it’s such a beautiful city. But I had other things on my mind at that time, and my only concern then was staying awake and speaking coherently. Oh, and keeping my flip-flop-clad toes from freezing.

Part of me still feels some of that haze. You may have noticed that I haven’t quite gotten back in the blogging saddle just yet. It”s been bugging me, and I’ve been trying to muster up enough motivation to … to … get motivated. Yes, I had to get motivated to get motivated. That’s when I realized I needed help.

And help is just what I got. Starting with this amazing California blogger who, without hesitation, sent me her spare camera and lens barely a week after I lost mine. It would have been hard to join a photography getaway without a camera and lens. The incredible invitation, the company of new friends, the opportunity to spend a few hours listening to an Adobe evangelist talk about software … they all ganged up on my slumping mojo and helped breathe life back into it.

It started with a room with an incredible view.

The Ivory Hut: Finding My Groove

The room happened to have an awesome welcome gift on the bed, courtesy of Adobe. Think camera bag, Ghirardelli chocolates, a Lightroom shirt, Julieanne Kost’s Window Seat book, and other goodies. An auspicious start!

We stayed in a hotel just across the street from the eclectic Ferry Building Market full of interesting subjects.

The Ivory Hut: Finding My Groove

Followed by an amazing lunch that even had me, a staunch goat cheese hater (I think I just heard some of my friends gasp in disbelief), polishing off my goat cheese tart.

The Ivory Hut: Finding My Groove

The Ivory Hut: Finding My Groove

We were shuttled around in style, hitting all the major sightseeing spots.

The Ivory Hut: Finding My Groove

And I finally got my Golden Gate bridge shot.

The Ivory Hut: Finding My Groove

And another one.

The Ivory Hut: Finding My Groove

And another one.

The Ivory Hut: Finding My Groove

Can you tell I loved photographing that bridge?

The Ivory Hut: Finding My Groove

My only regret is that I’m not a great portrait photographer, because I wish I had taken more photos of the lovely women I met, who were the ones that made the entire event memorable. (Hi, Anne!)

The Ivory Hut: Finding My Groove

And that’s the story of how a few days in San Francisco helped me start getting my groove back. Here’s hoping my groove stays funky and no one notices that I have two left feet.

Here are the other bloggers I met, including a shout out to the lovely ladies (and one gentleman) who helped put it all together.

  • Organizers and hosts supreme: Anne, Cari, Pam, Sharon, and Chris (the lone gentleman)
  • Adobe evangelist and photographer extraordinaire: Julieanne Kost (she’s incredibly funny, too!)

What a treat it was to meet these ladies and spend time with them. It was great to watch them all in action and enjoy each person’s unique photographic style. They inspired and encouraged me, and got me excited about photography again.

And I couldn’t have picked a better place to do it.

The Ivory Hut: Finding My Groove


15 thoughts on “Finding my groove”

  1. I am so glad you posted that top photo. I think it is absolutely PERFECT!! You are such an amazing photographer!! LOVED meeting you! Hope things are going well with your house.

  2. I am so happy for you- what a wonderful opportunity! BTW! I will be in NJ in two weeks, will you be around? I’m going to go back to Sushi Cruise because I loved it so much. ^_^ We’re staying at the W in Hoboken this time.

  3. it’s so good to have you back here – it’s been a long while and i’ve really, really missed you Erika. and what a fabulous opportunity to be back in SF – i do love that city!!!

  4. Yeah. Love having you back in the saddle again. Been keeping you and family all in my prayers. Thanks for letting us go to San Fran with your awesome pictures. I was 17 the last time I was there. Its been a long long time.

    Amy in Florida

  5. Such great news that you are getting your blogging groove back. All the more special because of the wonderful new friends that you made during this trip.
    Your photographs are just stunning. The very first one took my breath away.

  6. I waited so long for you to post :o)

    The picture of the bridge from the other side.
    The vertical shot….is my favorite bridge shot. It is unique and stunning and perfect in every way!

    Well done, you!

    I miss you and your quiet spirit.

  7. Gorgeous photos, absolutely gorgeous. Happy to see another fellow blogger getting back into the groove … I lost mine for awhile as well. Being a work at home mama to a 2-year old and 1-year old takes its toll on me some days.

    Will be following you on your journey. Congrats on having the SF opportunity! So exciting. :)


  8. Glad to see you back!! I’ve missed your pictures!! Speaking of pictures, would you recommend Photoshop Elements 9 for a beginner? Hope to read more from you soon. Keep your head up. God bless.

  9. Beautiful pictures, glad you were able to enjoy yourself. You have had a REALLY tough time lately, I’m so impressed by the strength you show. Take time for yourself and we’ll be here waiting on you.

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