This past weekend I was fortunate enough to spend the day with two people that I greatly admire. Chris and Sarah Rhoads are a hubs/wife photography duo based out of Seattle, WA. A couple of years ago I emailed them about doing a mentoring session but life got in the way of making that a reality. And boy is that little Izzy worth everything I had to miss out on. But now that she’s a mature, grown woman of 8 months old, the stars aligned and off to Seattle I flew. The night before my great 8 hour adventure, one of my best friends had a little baby boy. I was honored to be there for his not-so-easy birth but I was nervous heading into my mentoring day with only 3 hours of sleep. I don’t know why. I was bouncing off the walls with excitement. I arrived at our meet up location a mere 3.5 hours early, I mentioned I was excited. Leading up to this week, day, hour, minute of meeting two of my favorite photographers was nerve racking. I don’t know why I was made of jello about it, but the second I met them I was immediately normal’ish. As normal as I am capable of anyway. They have such a calming presence about them. I had put them on such a very high (albeit appropriate and deserving) pedestal that I forgot they are just normal people.
Now, anyone who’s ever had to be my friend or sit down at a consultation knows that I am all over the place. I’m a spaz to the core. Thoughts and ideas are constantly racing around my head so it’s hard for me to keep a straight train of anything. Thankfully, Sarah kept up beautifully. Throughout the day I kept feeling like I was just hanging out with some very old friends. Every so often one would call out to the other one, “Hey Chris Rhoads!” And I would snap back into reality and remember I was with royalty! The wealth of knowledge that they instilled in me that day is absolutely priceless. They are brilliant beyond words and true artists. They helped me really realize my artistic vision and identify things in myself, my business and my work that are due for some work. We did a mini shoot with some very hip and stylish friend’s of theirs and Sarah even did a mini session with me. Poor Sarah. She had her work cut out for her but I love what she did. I thought they must use magical unicorn sorcery dust to get such life from their work but as it turns out…they are just really that good!
I am so excited to hit the ground running after my wonderful, surreal, normal day with The Rhoads. Lots of changes coming in hot!
When I’m really, really, really happy my smile gets even more gummy. I guess I was exhilarated below.
And the masters at work….
And here are some of the shots that Sarah took of me…I shall now call her…miracle worker.