for those of you who diligently follow scruffy dog on facebook you will already have read about my trip in June to the Poconos in Pennsylvania to meet up with a half dozen fellow pet photographers whom i’ve known for a number of years now. after conversing for the past 5+ years with these women on-line, we decided it was high-time to have a little get-together, to finally meet face-to-face, to shoot together, and to, well, shoot-the-sh*t!
i could not imagine a better energy, flow, synergy, and level of sharing that we all had from that very first day …
pictured above (obviously not me, as i was taking the photo) … in the foreground is the amazing Charlotte Reeves, all the way from Australia … behind her is Sara Riddle, based in Northern VA … blondie there is Sarah McGraw from Charlotte, NC … and behind her is fellow Nikon-shooter (and her partner) Sarah Beth of Minneapolis … and then there is Holly Montgomery of Brindleberry Photography in Calgary. Kaylee Greer of Dog Breath Photography in Boston joined us later on.
to the many photographers who have inquired privately and on facebook about future get-togethers or how they could join, please understand that this was not a sponsored event or an “open” invite. we’ve known each other for years, and arranged this amongst ourselves, and i definitely encourage others to do the same! time shared with fellow pet photographers at your own shooting level is invaluable. the camaraderie is unparalleled, and the connections can be deep.
it took months of planning and months of searching for the right destination and right accommodations. although i’m not sure we really found the perfect accommodations, we certainly found a most wonderful setting deep in the Poconos for some fabulous photos. i definitely wanted the chosen destination to be within driving range for me so that i could bring Merrick along for some initial modeling … and model, he did!
again, to my fellow pet photographers, i hope this blog entry inspires you to do something like this with your own photographer friends — to arrange a little get-together, do some shooting together, share your experience and your stories. there is nothing more fun than connecting with other photographers, shooting at your level, and having a fun weekend! enjoy!