Susan had set up her session to be broken into two parts: the first half, in the forest at Valhalla estate where they were attending a wedding that afternoon, and the second for photos of them getting onto their private jet that night that would take them to their retreat in LA.
The second half of the evening is when my particular subset of personality traits came in handy.
I had a few hours to kill before photo sessions and on a gut instinct (sometimes it doesn’t fail me), I went to the Lake Tahoe airport early to see if I could talk my way onto the tarmac to get lights set up before my subjects arrived. I am so thankful that 1) I was able to talk my way onto the tarmac and 2) that I got lights set up early because their pilots were NOT having any bit of a photo session. We presumed that we were going to have an hour to create a suite of images for them and what we were given was 5 minutes.
I crushed those 5 minutes thanks to being prepared.
Sometimes, you need to remind yourself that you need to just say YES.
The thing is, when you say NO, you know EXACTLY where you are going to be: in the same house you already know and never leave.
But when you say YES, you step outside and have room to grow.
Susan, Robert and Rachel reminded me of this lesson.
Remember that saying YES is the only thing that’s going to take you somewhere new.
I let emotion based judgements almost get in the way of my favorite and most memorable job this year. I am incredibly grateful for the lesson learned and incredibly grateful to Susan, Robert and Rachel for sharing their time and energy with me.
When I was getting off the plane, Robert exclaimed, “oooooh, I WISH you were coming with us!”
“I don’t think it’s my kind of workshop,” I replied.
“BUT GIRL, YOU ARE A STAR!”
YES. Robert is right and we all deserve to occupy any space and place that we want to and I hope I never forget that, or that I should say YES to every opportunity that I have the space and time for, again.
I also hope that I get to work with these three amazing people on their branding photography needs again one day. In the meantime, if you are interested in what they do, you can follow them on the gram: Susan Hyatt, Robert Hartwell and Rachel Rodgers. Also, the dates for The Most (which I also will readily admit looked incredibly amazing from afar) are already set for April 7-9th, 2022.