What happens when a group of online photographer meetupÂ Â inÂ Sedona, AZ for 4 days? Shenanigans!
It was so nice to finally meet this talented and inspiring group of photographers in person, after sharing storiesÂ of business, personal woes and photoÂ geek talk online.
When I first arrived, everyone was out shooting at Devil’s Arch trail, so I met them there directly after a long day of travel. A few peopleÂ that weren’t shooting came to greet me andÂ I went to shake the hand of the first photographer and was met with a giant bear hug. Hugs were shared from then on, and a feeling of comfort and acceptance quickly washed over me. It’s nice to meet someone in person Â andÂ being able to skip the small talk and connect immediately on what you have in common.
Here are a few photos from the trip,Â Â I wish I took more behind the scene photos andÂ travel pictures -which is something I always regret when travelling. It’s easy to think of the camera as ‘work’ and when you have time off you don’t want to pick it up again. I saw a Juniper Tree for the first time and felt really connected to it, which is a bit weird. I think I have found my spirit tree. The little berries were my favourite shade of blue – like a dusting of flour on a no-quite-ripe blueberry.
Check out some of the other photographers from the trip!
Alex XuÂ | Â Brandi PotterÂ | Â Callum Pinkney Â |Â Dan HandÂ |Â Elisha Braithwaite Â |Â Elke Van den Ende Â |Â Evan RichÂ |Â Jacquelyn Portolese Â | Â Joshua Kane Â |Â Kyndall Elliott Â |Â Matt Rice Â |Â Paul Woo Â |Â Todd West
Below:Â My iphone surprised me with these no-too-bad Grand Canyon shots!