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Oh! The cougar!

I think I mentioned before that our Party House at the goPro reunion was full of really crazy taxidermy. For example, perhaps it's normal for a cabin in the woods (ps, have you seen that movie? INSANE) to have a moose head mounted on the wall, but this cabin had a GIGANTAHUGE moose head looming over us all weekend.

And, maybe you might see a ram's head or a statue of a ram in some other cabin. But here, there was a giant ram on it's own little platform on the vaulted wall- and I must say, a very well endowed ram, too. It was... unsightly. 

Plus, if you headed down to the first floor, you'd find on the bookshelf A COUGAR. A real, but dead, cougar. Very alive looking. 

But dead.

And so, when it was time to do our group photo, I thought I'd better bring something into the photo that would jog everyone's memories later when thinking of our fab weekend. So, I totally brought out the Cougar. 

And the cougar liked it.

PS. Taxidermied cougars are heavy!

PSS. don't the little lillies look too adorable?

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(I love how Isaac is randomly grabbing onto the coug's tail like it's a handle. Awesome.)

BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah

The mandantory recap, and the next goPro workshop

*** The next goPro workshop is set for January 18-19th, 2013 in San Diego, California!  Read the bottom of this post for more details.***

Happy Monday morning, friends.

You know you had a great weekend when you wake up Sunday morning and feel like you were hit by a train. It took Tyler and I probably about 4 hours to "wake up" this morning- we were exhaustapooped. The goPro Reunion was  a success!

We convened in Breckenridge, Colorado in a giant cabin full of taxidermy. It was a tiny bit weird to have dead animals watching our every move, but the house was really nice. 

Among the activities of the weekend: practice family shoots, childrens' session, paint war, terrific video conferencing lectures, playing with random wild foxes, gondola rides, and dizzy heads from altitude sickness. 

The goPro Reunions differ from the actual goPro workshops in that they are more laid back, and allow for people to become drawn together through their love  and passion for photography. You can learn so much by handing out with a knowledgeable, experienced group of photographers, and we felt like this reunion, the attendees made lifelong friends.  

Here are some photos showing moments from the weekend- and, if you are an instagram user, you can get a wonderful photo review of what went on by using the #goproreunion hashtag.  

Let it be said that this reunion was Meta. And I'm not even sure what that means :)

(I wanted to include our official group photo for 2012, but Tyler and I were too busy holding a 100 pound cougar carcass and couldn't reach our cameras. So we'll have to wait for somebody else to email us a copy.)

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Isaac and Isabelle were spoiled rotten by the reunioners. SPOILED ROTTEN.  But, they looked dang cute for their shoot- which involved the most awesome animal heads. 

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Below are a few pictures of the families who modeled for us one night. I can't say for sure, but I suspect their children were robots because they were willing to do anything we wanted, and that's just not normal. And, they were suspiciously able to last the entire session without complaint.

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Taxidermy mixed with a lecture on off camera flash. 

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We had a color war planned for 2011's goPro reunion, and our models didn't show up. So a few reunioners decided to do it themselves while the rest of the group photographed. It ended up being so fun that we were glad the models flaked out. 

This year, we did it again, but with paint this time.  Amazing.

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I thought it would be cool to put up a white background and fling paint on people, then have them walk away and you'd see an outline of their bodies on the background. Just FYI, it didn't work. But, the paint flinging was fun anyway!

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Yes- it was a smashing success- thanks for reading all about it.  

Info about the next goPro workshop-  for all those who are looking to go professional or simply gain a comprehensive knowledge of portrait photography. 

Please click this link if you are interested in reading more about what you will learn, etc. at this workshop- we have so much fun at these and would love to help you GO PRO!

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BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah

Come to our goPro workshop in May!

Folks, we still have a few spots open in the goPro workshop on the 4-5th of May. We'd like to encourage you to come!

It will be held in Washington DC, of course we will have our usual party house and all the bells and whistles. A couple of shoots to practice out your newfound knowledge on, tons of info about lighting, creativity, workflow, business sense. 

We welcome you to come party with us and hang out with others who like photography and want to goPro too. Every single workshop results in forever friends an enormous amount of laugher.

These images below are from our San Diego goPro workshop in January. What a fun group. We learned so much together and I'm so proud of this group- they have stuck really close together on the goPro facebook group and are a huge help to each other.

SO: come to our goPro, let us know if you have any questions via email at info@bluelilyphotography.com. 

VIVA el goPro!

(goPro is a 2 day instensive workshop for $898, not including housing which is $50 per night).  

And now, I introduce our group from our 3rd San Diego goPro!

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Thank you to all the families who modeled!

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The Go Pro REUNION: a recap

Last year Blue Lily held 4 stateside Enlighten: goPro workshops.  They were all smashingly fun, and we came away with lots of new best friends.  We went through a bit of a mourning period after every goPro, and decided that we needed to hold a reunion.

So we did. And it was GNAR!

The reunion was simply a chance to get together, make new friends, learn from each other, and be zany. Since we chose to hold the reunion in August, unfortunately lots of folks couldn't make it due to vacations, school starting, etc.  But those who could come really made it a hugely amazing event, unforgettable.  It's taken us this long to arrange all the images and think of some words to explain how fun it was.

The party house this time was in stunning Deer Valley, Utah.  The place was purely fabulous. Huge. Fancy. Too fancy?  Nah.

First off, since we were combining 4 groups of people, some people didn't know each other yet, so we started off with a rousing game of spoons. Happy to report that nobody's hands were clawed or scratched off.

Tyler won. But I definitely handed him the win. (right? am i right guys?)

The next morning we woke to an amazing breakfast cooked by the fabulous Crystal B.  We talked photo talk for a few hours, then took a trip up the mountian to the Deer Valley chairlift for some stunning views.

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photos by Marti Mefford, Chris Duh, and us.

 Follwing that, we executed what may have been my stupidest idea ever, which was: 

to rent a canoe, strap it onto a rental car, drive 1.5 hours to a lake, and photograph some wedding models, while a thunder storm threatens to ruin everything.

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photo from Marti Mefford. This canoe sucked. 

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photos by Chris Duh and us.

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So, we made it back to the party house after the shoot in one piece. 

This is the point wherein I mentioned to somebody that I was sick of long hair and wanted a huge circular fro instead.  Somebody showed me and Sandi how to do that. And so we became the next day's models for the off camera lighting segment of the workshop.

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I used the term "models" loosely. Yowza.

The rest of the afternoon was spent eating food, chilling, and finally we headed out to the part of the reunion we were most excited about.  2 shoots- both pretty cool.

The first shoot was a Holi Powder war shoot. ONLY OUR MODELS FAILED TO SHOW.  We were so completely disappointed. Devastated.

We waited and waited for an hour for them to come, and then seven of us decided to just be the models ourselves, while the rest of our group took some pictures.

It was so much fun. Pix below courtesy of Amy Rhodes, Lisa Fore, Kim Allen and Chris Duh.

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So, yeah, fun.  It took a while to get that stuff out of our ears. (Not to mention that our next set of models were kinda freaked out.)

 Speaking of the next models... the next shoot involved cute kids and farm animals. I happen to love little animals. There were piglets, lambs, goats, a pony, bunny, a duck with a fro, and more.  

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After another fun dinner at the Party house, we had a glow stick party. Otherwise known as a "rave minus the drugs".  

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The reunion was a smashing success, and Tyler and I can't wait to do it again.

Trust me, if you are thinking of coming to a goPro reunion in 2012- do it... because it's the only way you can go to the reunion!

Gnar. Thank you EVERYONE who came, thank you everyone who tried to come, and thank you everyone who WILL COME NEXT YEAR!

 

BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah