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image: shot for Totem Star with C’mon Team!

Oh my goodness. This is very exciting news!

My dear friend Wyn Wiley and I have been asked to speak at an incredible photo conference called The Experience //ARC this fall in Vancouver BC! Say what?!

Not only will some of my favorite photographers be keynoting, the conference organizers have also created an opportunity for 8 photographers with BIG IDEAS to do mini presentations that will inspire attendees to push themselves forward in their art and lives. We honestly couldn’t be more honored to be a part of this group of mini-presentations and sharing the stage with the community that makes us proud to be photographers. Each presentation is 15 minutes on topics including Self Portraits, Marketing Hacks, Community Engagement, Creative Processes and much more.

Wyn and I will are pumped to be speaking about our nonprofit, C’mon Team!, and sharing more about using our own creative skills to give back in a fun way.

And, BIG NEWS >> The conference is already 70% SOLD OUT meaning there are only 35 tickets left! So if you’re interested in joining in on the fun, here’s a way you can get a great discount:

 Use the discount code “KRISTA100” for $100 off the conference ticket price!
-This code expires Midnight on April 5th 2017
-Website to purchase tickets >> www.experience.thisisarc.co

Eeeeek! CAN’T WAIT! See you there.

This community means so much to me.

I just returned from Photo Field Trip, the yearly conference for creatives that I’ve been a part of each winter for the last 4 years. It’s one of my favorite times of year, and this year it almost didn’t happen.

The conference is usually held in an oceanside canyon outside of Santa Barbara, California, but this year was different. Less than a month before the conference, the canyon suffered devastating flood damage and could no longer accommodate us. The Field Trip staff worked tirelessly to find a new venue, one that could accommodate 400 people; multiple, simultaneous classes, and an epic dance party (no easy task). Miraculously, a new venue offered to host us last-minute and totally saved the day! Field Trip: Mountain Edition was born!

The new location, just outside of Lake Arrowhead, turned out to be a breath of fresh air. The snow and fog made everything feel pretty magical. The Main Hall acted as a home base for attendees. That’s where we drank copious amounts of coffee, met new friends, and stood in line late at night, after the last speakers of the day, to get delicious Cereal from a Van. Yummmm.

I got to learn / breathe fresh air / dance with many of my favorite people in the world. Real talk: owning your own small business can be isolating at times, so being face to face with your community is invaluable. And the classes? I can’t tell you how much they revitalized me. They did not disappoint.

It’s impossible to share with you how much I got out of this experience, so here are a few photos to at least kind of show you what I’m talking about:

above: teacher, Deb Schwedhelm

Verve Coffee kept us warm and caffeinated.

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yeahfieldtripmountainedition-0001-2And somehow, magically, a few of us got to help Dallas Clayton paint a mural on a barn in a foggy meadow…!!!

One of the things that sets this conference apart from others is the organizers’ intention of helping business owners also grow in non-businessy ways. In addition to the technical photo, video, and design classes, attendees are also able to take self-care and lifestyle classes if they wish. Along those lines, I had the opportunity to photograph a mass meditation session with Biet Simkin, which was one of the loveliest gatherings I’ve ever witnessed. I’ll tell you about it in person sometime, if you’re curious!

File this one under: collaboration / color / community!

Washington Hall is opening up its newly renovated event space to the wedding community, and I gotta tell you, it’s lovely. This light-filled, historic venue (located super close to down town and Cap Hill) is one of Seattle’s best kept secrets – but I’m guessing that won’t last long once couples see the space for themselves. Used since 1908 as a community gathering space, the main stage has been graced by so many amazing artists over the years such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix, and Ella Fitzgerald – to name a few. I geek out about musical history, so you can bet that this place feels extra-magical to a nerd like me.

Back in January, Katie and Mallory from Wonderstruck Event Design put together an awesome group of creatives, artists, foodies, bartenders, and music masters who came together for an open house to kick off the venue’s wedding debut. It was a blast! Here are some images from the night. The space itself is this crisp, open, blank canvas. The Wonderstruck team coordinated a colorful interior for the night. So fun to see that transformation!

Shout out to the vendors below who made the night successful. I can’t wait to shoot a wedding here!

Seattle Bride Magazine | Pedersen’s Event Rentals | Madres Kitchen | Magnolia Rhapsody DJ | Crimson Haze Event Lighting | Pixel Dust Weddings | Prive Bars |  BAKED. |  Fun Frames Photo Booth | Greenroom Decor | Prop Gallery Events | Kogita Jewelry |  Wonderstruck Event Design – Seattle Wedding Planner, Washington Hall

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