June 5-on-5: A Facebook Story {Pittsburgh, PA}

And the summer begins...

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Last month was literally the busiest month I have had in a long time. My youngest kiddo had his tonsils removed, complications from the surgery landing us in the hospital overnight, a business trip to Pittsburgh, various sporting events, end of school year stuff, 2 gallery shows to prepare for, my 9 year wedding anniversary, my mother in law coming up to visit for a week, and probably a lot of other events I am forgetting. It was coordinated chaos to say the least. 

Before I continue with my story, head over to Margaret Albaugh Photography, Spokane Photographer and see what mayhem May brought her way.

My story isn't about all the chaos, in fact it's about an amazing pause I got right in the middle of it. In May I was brought out to Pittsburgh for a wedding, and I got a chance to meet fellow photographer, Lauren Webster. I have followed Lauren's stuff for awhile now and whether she knows it or not, her work has taught me so much. Both of us describe ourselves and awkward and introverted, so the idea of actually meeting in person was hysterical. I mean, meeting a Facebook friend IN PERSON?! Absurd. 

We met at this house in Pittsburgh called RandyLand. Basically it's this house that an artist bought and turned into an eclectic, colorful and crazy piece of art. It was a playground for anyone with a short attention span, so naturally I was in love with the place. 

Randy, the creator behind RandyLand. His goal was to make his community brighter, cleaner and establish a place to live where the residents could be proud of their street.

Randy, the creator behind RandyLand. His goal was to make his community brighter, cleaner and establish a place to live where the residents could be proud of their street.

Lauren and I talked while hiding behind our cameras. (Hooray for legitimate excuses to hide our awkward faces.) I got the chance to meet Lauren's hubby and two kiddos. I'm honestly not sure who I clicked with most, but I certainly felt like I was one of the family. 

If you look hard, you can see both Lauren and I in this photo. Nothing like a good game of "eye spy"

If you look hard, you can see both Lauren and I in this photo. Nothing like a good game of "eye spy"

I absolutely love having an excuse to travel out to Pittsburgh more often. I have a few friends that live out there, and now I know I am only a hop, skip and jump away from spending more time with someone from my "tribe". 

She is so a photographer's kid and it shows!

She is so a photographer's kid and it shows!

The moral of my story: Don't let Facebook friends stay Facebook friends. To my surprise they are REAL ACTUAL PEOPLE, and (at least the one I met) they are really freaking awesome. Lauren inspired me to make it a point to meet more of these people that I have followed and admired from the safety of my computer.


Coming soon is going to be a blog post listing these amazing people and calling them out publicly for their talents. Because:

  1. They deserve the recognition
  2. Maybe if it's public, they would feel bad saying no to meeting me

So, get out there. Meet someone inspiring. Come back here, and tell me about it. 

Until then,

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P.S. I am overjoyed I got to take pictures of Lauren's kiddo having her very first milkshake. Seriously... look at that face. 

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P.P.S. If you are in the Morgantown, West Virginia area, you NEED to have Lauren be your photographer. Yes, NEED. She is fantastic, awkward, hilarious and amazing at what she does. Check out her stuff here. You will not regret it. 

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