I recently had the opportunity to photograph the Engage!13 Conference at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. The conference is the brainchild of Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce.
What has brought me back every time are the relationships.
Despite the fact that many there are in direct competition for clients, the spirit of collaboration and friendship abounds.
I was lucky enough to collaborate with a photography 'dream team' composed of Carla Ten Eyck, Allan Zepeda and Andrew Henderson. Parker J Pfister shot with us as well. I've linked you to all of their sites below because you should check out their work if you haven't already.
Allan Zepeda shooting swag bags from Gifts for the Good Life
Carla Ten Eyck shooting one of the many elaborate and beautiful meals Biltmore treated us to
Parker J Pfister dressed in "Gatsby Chic" for the gala
Matt from I Do Films keeping his professional demeanor while this was happening ...
Elysium Films who shot 16 mm film.
Beyond being a fun experience combining five studios it was a chance to explore creatively and learn from my colleagues.
Below are some images which embody the essence of Engage!. The moments that keep this girl returning again and again.
I should load this post up with explanations of each image, but I feel like the images should speak for themselves here. To quote an admired friend, Michelle Rago, this is the "heartbeat of Engage"
Venue: Biltmore Estate
Genius Creators: Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce
Details/ Swag: Gifts for the Good Life
Gatsby Styling: The Stylish Dresser
Gala Decor: Karen Tran
Entertainment: Elan Artists
Thank you to Allan Zepeda, Carla Ten Eyck, Andrew Henderson and Parker J Pfister as well as I Do Films and Elysium films for general photographic, film making and interpersonal awesomeness.