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partnercon 2010

Where Y’at? N’awlins

“Be present in everything you do and everything you are.”- Dane Sanders
I took his advice  this PartnerCon and just Enjoyed BEING IN an amazing city WITH many of my esteemed colleagues, adored mentors and fabulous friends. I took every opportunity to soak in the magic of the Pictage Community and really get to know those around me. My heart is Happy to have made new connections and strengthen friendships.
My good Buddy Daren Boussard who I met at Texas School this past May picked me up from the airport. What a great friend to drive 2 hours just to hang out with me, show me the town of N’awlins. We also visited the AfterDark EDU conference going on at the same time as PartnerCon. There we met up with MORE great friends from our incredible industry-Like Tom Stanley From WHCC, Sam Fairchild from Midwest Photo Exchange, John Snow from Larosn Entrprises, Lori Nordstrom, Tri Coast, Tammy Mars, Jen Hillengea, JulieAnne Kost, Eddie Tapp and Ken Sklute.

Jim Collins Question for us this year was

Where Y’at? :In Life :In Love :In Biz

Carla Lynn Captured Inspired by Ashley : A young girls battle with a rare cancer her senior year.
Joe Buissink Shared his childhood memories … I fall more in love with that man’s heart each time I hear him speak.

Ron and Tasra Dawson assisted Carla in sharing Ashley’s Inspiring story and documenting Joe’s Story

*Beautiful Work Friends*

Rachel Lacour is a Sweetheart. Always smiling, warm and friendly. Willing to help at all times.




Vu and Lan Always give an outstanding presentation! There brotherly humor and savvy tech knowledge bring an informative and energetic performance.

My Sweet Rommie Ashah Wood from Georgia was Good Morning Sunshine everyday!

We had a great time with Vu & Lan!

Classes all day. Bourbon Street all night.

Walking the streets of New Orleans I found one of my Hubby’s FAV Antique Stores.

M.S. Rau Inc  Antiques

Oh how I love all the chandeliers!

I was ecstatic to see my friend RJ Kern teaching a shooting workshop this year! He was my airport Buddy from PartnerCon 2009!


Cafe Du Monde with Wonderful Friends

Ashah Wood, Kenny Kim, Stevie Savage, Tracy Moore Thompson, Bob Davis, Roberto Valenzuela, Julia Newman and Me

Pleasure Meeting Rene Tate from CO, too!



Great to see Mr sam Fairchild from Midwest Photo Exchange at the AfterDArk EDU.

I was blown away by the amount of quality products they had for sale!

I was in photographer heaven!

544 was Our Place on Bourbon St to DANCE!

Mr Mike Colon Photographing the NOLA Mounted Patrol


My pic w/ Mr Tom Stanley from WHCC was light by Cody from Tri Coast

I tried AZTECA Gelato one night and I must say this Native New Mexican Gal thought it had a nice kick with that cayenne!


Pictage Simon Got a Feeling- That Today Was Going to be A GOOD GOOD DAY! He started the morning session out with a song and the whole room was DANCING!


Special Thanks to Ron Dawson- What would PartnerCon be without you sharing your vision, talent  and heart!



partnercon 2009

I missed my flight to NOLA and had to wait a the Denver Airport for 6 hours… But WHO was tweeting at Gate 37D??? Dane Sanders! I attended his Fast Track Photographer Workshop in Newport Beach, CA just the week before! Missing the first flight was fate. Dane invited me to sit with him and he started “The Conversation.” Dane was able to reach my soul. I cried at the realization that there are parts of me that I do not like and must become friends with.
To Be My True Authentic Self
:: To be successful I must be Me
:: Do not let others alter my Happiness
:: Come back to the Here and Now
:: Be present in everything you Do and everything you Are.
Dane, Thank you for the invitation, Friend.
Keynote by Jim Collins CEO Pictage
:: It ALL Started with a DREAM
:: Accomplish-MEANT Make what you do MEANINGFUL
:: Conquer Fear with Courage
:: CREATIVITY is a Process- Go Create what we are Destined to Create
:: We have the Power to make people FEEL
:: FOCUS on the people instead of Perfection
:: Perfection is paralyzing
Pictage Simon taught us to Open our Hearts to INSPIRATION
(Yes, I think Tony Corbell is HOT even in New Orleans!)

This was my first PartnerCon to attend. This was the second time working for Scott Bourne as his Travel Assistant.
Scott hosted the Tweet Up Reception. Of course he gave away some great prizes!
Always a JOY to see Miz Joy Bianchi Brown
My Two DEN-MSY Airport buddies::Steve & Rj
Meeting up with Tarsa Dawson again was fabulous! We met at Skip’s Summer School in Vegas Back in August.

Will Jacks was the most INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER! His presentation stirred the artist within to awaken!
I am an Artist DAMMIT!
What is Art? Individual expression
Art is sharing your ideas.
You are your images. Your images are you.
Are your images sending the message you want sent?
“I have never felt so energized and so scared to death.” -Will Jacks
We are photographers- Create whatever the hell we want!
I am with you, Will!


Jason Aten spoke these words that are now written on my heart.
“You will always be measured by whether or not you have kept your promises.” Jason Aten
:: Build a life around people who will cry at your funeral
::We spend so much time making a living we forget to live
:: Be the BEST in the world to your clients
:: Know your #’s in Business
:: Only You can do What You can do

Mike Colón spoke about Defining Your Style
What moves me???
We should be excited for what we create as Artists!

Jay Lawrence Goldman is one of the FUNNIEST, CRAZY and COOL GUYS in The Photography Industry.
Whenever or Where ever Jay speaks, you know you are going to have a good time while learning some mad skills!
LIGHT -Take on the challenge- DO NOT BE SCARED.

Roberto Valenzuela
How do I learn to see not just look?
What do I have to do to get there?
Perfect Practice Makes Practice Perfect

OK, I travel all the way to New Orleans to meet Dallas,Texas Dynamic Duo Father/Son Wedding Photographers
David and Luke Edmonson I have loved these two since my introduction to their work at Texas School
When I asked for a photo with them they said “Sure!” and then surprised me with kisses for a second shot! XOX
Thanks my PartnerCon buddy Timothy Pham for taking these pics!

Dinner at Brennan’s with My Industry Heroes

Kevin Kabota:: Kevin Kabota ::Kevin Kabota
Need I say More…

Spending time with Ron and Tasra Dawson was a highlight of this trip. Plus meeting the jocular David Beckstead
Cafe Du Monde My first beignet!
I thought it tasted like a Powdered Sugar Sopapilla!
sopapilla |ˌsōpīˈpēyə| (also sopapilla |ˌsōpə-|)noun(esp. in New Mexico)
a deep-fried pastry, typically square, eaten with honey or sugar or as a bread.

(All images were captured with my iPhone3.)
The last image shows exactly how I felt leaving New Orleans. Smiling while I crying my eyes out for hours….
While in the taxi driving to the airport, the cabbie played

Carla Bruni –
Quelqu’un ma dit

These French songs will haunt my memories of New Orleans forever.

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