Shutter Sisters Oasis

I have to admit, fear of the unknown almost got the best of me, and I thought about getting out of it after signing up, but I bit the bullet and went for it and I'm so grateful!   My time at Shutter Sisters Oasis was life-altering, beauty, love, friendship, creativity and FUN!
My first textured iphone image!

I didn't know a single soul when I arrived at ACE in Palm Springs but I was immediately embraced by many!   There were at least 100 women there from all over the U.S., and a couple from Canada, England and the Netherlands...all of them brilliant photographers!  The woman I first sat next to for our arrival cocktail hour is the woman I ended up spending much of my time with.  Thank you, Bonnie Blue Eyes!

The Shutter Sisters were designated their own pool and the area known as 'the compound', where we ate meals, played, swam, relaxed on cushy couches, printed our images, and learned new lessons from some of the Shutter Sisters contributors.

There were six of us who became an unspoken pack, but each person I had the chance to meet or share a story with is ingrained in my heart forever.  Even the women I didn't get a chance to know, you are with me.

Women are an incredible force on this planet..abundant in love, support and creativity so together we soar.  This was so evident in our time together.  I learned so much while there and although the event took place in my home state, I had a few firsts!  It was my first time up the tram at that high elevation to hike amongst the beautiful pines.  It was also my first trip to the Windmills where I nearly blew away in the morning and also my first trip to Joshua Tree.  The weather was beautiful, the moon was nearly full and the company was incredible.

It's me!.............Photography:  Lin Eagle
Honestly I had no idea what to expect from this gathering but I can tell you I came back with more than I would have known how to imagine.   Every detail was covered.   In addition to all of us women (and two working men), there was food, swimming, lessons, cocktails, sunshine, gifts, prizes, movies, food, rest, dancing, laughter, polaroids, lensbabies,  instagram, stories, happy tears, love, hugs, color, friendship, inspiration, joy, tutus, chucks, hiking, imagination, beauty, and so-so-so much more!   It was a happy time.   I never saw anything less than that.

This event changed me.  This realization is still unfolding each day, and in fact, I've revised this post many times because of that.   I've realized that I need to laugh at myself and with myself a lot more!  I've realized that I need to collaborate more, and I learned that I need to look at myself more...that maybe I have been hiding behind the camera and unable to smile if I ever put it on myself.

Me again......................Photo by Lin Eagle

I'm so grateful to Tracey Clark, Myriam, Kim Klassen, Xanthe, Meredith, Kristin, and all of you who guided us on this incredible journey.  What a place, what a space, and all put together with so much grace!   It was easy.  We were well cared for and sufficiently loved.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!  Big love to all the Shutter Sisters!!  I look forward to next year.  I will not miss it!

I'm inspired to shoot some video (thank you Xanthe), and I'm super excited to start using my phone's camera and to have a presence on instagram (thanks to just about every Shutter Sister).  I know it will keep unfolding as it is meant to with the clear intentions I set for myself on my photographic journey and in my life.

I'm feeling blessed. xoxoxo

1 comment:

Bonnie Jakobsen-Martin said...

Kim, I love your post! And I love all the photos in it . . .all so beautiful. I am so glad to have met you and I cannot wait to see you again.