Since returning from Camp Shutter Sisters nearly 3 weeks ago, I’ve been feeling very introspective. It’s hard to put into words just what those four days did for me. Yes, I love, live and breathe photography, but to be in the company of 70 other women that feel exactly the same way? It’s pretty darned powerful. And awesome. And inspiring. But more than anything, I am grateful.
Honestly, how else would I have even had the opportunity to finally meet Kim Klassen? We clicked right away and now that she’s back in Canada and I’m back in the U.S., Skype has become our best friend! Since being back, she’s dreaming big dreams which is exactly how it should be. Have you seen how she makes her textures for Photoshop?! Amazing talent, this woman.
If not for Camp, I would have never met Xanthe Berkeley who came all the way from across the pond to be with us! Oh my, how she can make me laugh! From her Bench Monday antics to her admitted addiction to Instagram which makes me giggle everytime I watch her little video to her and Kim Klassen’s first trip to ‘Tah-get’. I am enamored….and I’ll never look at ‘Tah-get’ quite the same way again. ;)
Had it not been for Camp Shutter Sisters, I would have never met Kristin Zechinelli. The woman who lay down right there on the beach to get this great jump shot. The woman who wandered off to explore the beach alone only to be surrounded by a bunch of the ladies from camp (myself included) who asked to photograph her. Have you ever had a bunch of cameras in your face at once? It has to be disconcerting to say the least, but she handled it all with such grace. But that’s Kristin, Kristin with the HUGE heart and giving nature.
And there were more great woman as well, like Paige Balcer, Meredith Winn, Alessandra Cave and Tammy Lee Bradley. All of them beautiful, funny, talented, loving, giving women. And what do all these woman mentioned here today have in common that I got to meet for the first time, face-to-face? They are just a few my wonderful Shutter Sisters. What a gift, and for that, I am grateful. ;)