Tired. Hoarse in voice. Cheeks worn out from 100′s of smile lifts. It’s time to start putting on airs of supreme stoicism just to avoid smiling so much. And a To-Do list which has doubled in size with nary a cross-off. In case you’ve missed the million re-caps, vents, and conference must-do/don’t posts, the BlogHer Food Conference just transpired this last weekend and we were one of the grains of sand participating.
Everyone goes to and comes away from these events with different expectations and impressions. We arrived in San Francisco with the intent of spewing forth as much helpful knowledge we could in the photography track we were speaking in, then settling in to see friends, meet extraordinary people, and fall in love with the beautiful city of San Francisco all over again. Coming home, we were left with one emotion in particular… Appreciation.
Appreciation towards BlogHer. We know first hand how much time and effort goes on to producing these events. They are enormous time suckers in logistical planning, sponsor diving, and organizational re-arranging. We feel honored they asked us back to share our photographic knowledge once again this year. It is always a pleasure to be a speaker in their events. Plus we hold an even greater gratefulness towards BlogHer for providing the venue, reason, and opportunity to gather an extraordinary set of online food aficionados in a meeting of the minds and hearts.
Appreciation towards our fellow presenters. Thankful for all of those who shared their hearts, knowledge, and time. Their generosity and sense and sharing was staggering. People were there to help one another become better. Sharing knowledge, experiences, vulnerabilities, raw ideas, scars, and heart-warming tales.
And most of all, a deep appreciation and gratitude towards everyone who pauses for a moment in their day to visit our site, or took the time to come up and say “hi” or packed the room to see us speak. You are the reason we we put of lives on hold to share what we can. Nearly everything we’ve learned about photography has been self-taught, and if we can help someone struggle a little less than we did and they find just a bit of value and understanding through listening to us teach, then its reward negates every lost hour of sleep going over presentations and trying to find ways to teach which are comprehensible. If you find a little bit of beauty or inspiration in visiting our site, then for us it is worth logging in and spending hours to put up another post after 14 hour workdays and endless to-do lists. Your appreciation is our inspiration.
Sincere thank you to you all,
Todd and Diane
The Fashionably Bombed Girls-Flannery & Katherine
above: Michael Ruhlman gives a bacon demo
above: Diana, Elise & Jaden. Below: Tartine Bakery & amazing bread.
Thank you Blogher food 2010 for inviting us speak about food photography at the conference.