Last week I had the privilege to attend the Edmonton Jesh De Rox workshop. I met some wicked cool Alberta photographers and one awesomely talented Torontonian. Is that what they are called? I found myself being moved without meaning to, inspired by things totally unexpected, and came home to a family that I feel like I love even more than when I left. Jesh has the power to make every person see the ultimate preciousness in themselves, and in others. If you haven’t heard of him, get your butt over to his site and see some of the most influential photography in the world right now.
Our special guest was John Michael Cooper, a Las Vegas wedding photographer that crosses every imaginable boundary in his work, and creates brilliant, controversial, beautiful imagery. He’s also a wicked cool guy, who was tons of fun and was VERY inspiring to me – I have a few personal projects in the works and got some valuable advice from John during my personal mentoring session.
I don’t have tons of photos to share, even though it was a photography workshop – it was really more about people and relationships. Take a look at what I do have though:
A portrait of my very good friend Dana Pugh from Short and Sweet Photography, whom I love even though Zack Braff in on her “list”:
One of our assignments was a self-portrait, this was me in West Ed, trying to get to Galaxyland before it closed – thereby dropping my poor cone on the ground. Ben and Jerry were nice enough to give me another scoop for free though.
Jesh has some amazing clients, and we were fortunate enough to have 2 of them come in to talk with us, and then let us each spend 5 minutes with them to get some images.
And finally, our last assignment was to get a portrait of John, which was intimidating for me, but a pretty cool experience. He’s actually a fantastic subject, whereas a lot of photographers feel very uncomfortable in front of the camera.
It was a week that I could never explain properly, but will never forget – and I’m so blessed to have met Jesh, John, the workshop attendees, and the fabulous, fantastic Theresa – who I truly miss and wish lived closer to me.