Oh honestly now, how am I supposed to start writing about an experience as massive, life-changing, and jaw-dropping as creativeLIVE? I am truly stumped, as I have been for days, hence my putting off writing these words. I thought something brilliant would come to me, but since it hasn’t I decided to write from the heart and share my experience, even as it still sits jumbled in my mind.
I said it while live but I’ll say it again: A year ago I wasn’t on the creativeLIVE train. I didn’t see the benefit in it and rejected the notion of being on the show. Granted, no one asked me to be on the show, so these were all internal thoughts. Nonetheless, it took a swift kick in the butt from others telling me to be more selfless and to help those who don’t have access to education to make me jump on board. And when I jump on board, I jump full-force. I was excited and enthusiastic about creativeLIVE ever since.
Now that I have actually been there teaching, I can say, honestly and truly, that they are now an extended family for me; they are people that I love and adore, and who are completely unpretentious with their mission and goals in the studio. They want to help others, and I want to be just like them.
There was a lot of planning that went into the show. I planned for many months beforehand, and every single day in some capacity in the month leading up to the event. I wanted to take a different approach to teaching than I normally do during a workshop, and that was to make my process relatable to a more commercial market. I wanted to show how fine art sensibilities can be applied to any photography business.
I shot a senior portrait session, a wedding session, an environmental portrait as well as an elaborate setup. Images from those segments, save the elaborate setup, are contained here. And since you either saw me shooting live, or have the option to, I have included before/after images here to give a refresher as to what they looked like in my camera.
From being gifted a 1-foot tall metal ferris wheel on my first day (a reminder of the sets we built, and an extension of how the crew envisioned me) to the in-studio audience who I adore like family, to the crew who made me feel like part of the team even though I was a stranger…it was all a dream. I went shooting until well into dark with anyone who wanted to play each night, and I laughed and cried with so many people I can’t count. They even brought in a massage therapist…like…what?! I felt like a princess! It was unreal.
Creating a live show is something that I have tons of respect for. I felt secure in their hands, whereas when I teach workshops typically (95% of the time) I am the only one putting on the show (planning, organizing, teaching, etc…). I tend to worry (or freak out) about things like organization and making sure I produce the day correctly. At creativeLIVE, there was none of that fear. It all melted away because I had the most amazing producers helping me, a fantastic sound team, set design team, and tech crew. They all had my back. They made me feel okay about it all. I had just about zero nervousness, because all I had to do was get in front of the camera and be myself, which I vowed to do for better or worse.
Normally when I arrive home from a trip I am glad to be back, but this time feels different. I am beyond excited to be with my husband, who couldn’t come with me on this trip, but I definitely left a part of my heart in Seattle. I can’t wait to get back there to pick it up. Until then, take care of it for me, my new family at creativeLIVE, as well as you rascals, my amazing in-studio audience…and of course, to those who watched, it means MOUNTAINS to me. It means the world. The love I received, which I am doing my best to respond to, has been overwhelming. The sobbing kind. The kind that makes me step back and wonder how this came to be my life, in the best way possible. I owe everything to you.