Life lead me out of the Upper Peninsula and in the same town as Craig Lamere, Las Vegas of all places. My goal was to stalk him, get him drunk, learn all his secrets by booze osmosis. It never happened, I was there for other reasons, never close to the same places. Not for lack of trying. I had a blast and worked my ass off just the same.
Moving forward to the fall. I am a member of Craig's group craiglamere.com plus on Facebook. I enjoy his group, I learn, I participate, I have discussions.
This day Craig laid out a trivia question. "Who in his opinion is the worst female movie character", the clues; seasons, movies set before 1950, scissors and ME. I called the husband asked him if I could jump a plane if I am as badass as I think I am and get this trivia question right. I slapped down what I thought was the right answer Susannah Fincannon..... Who sleeps with all the brothers then cuts off their hair... Really, most know the hot to crazy ratio, Brad Pitt is pretty?!?
Everyone in this room frantically tossing out answers just as I did. Craig's response right after mine was no.... I thought damn, Craig and I were not meant to meet this time either.
I left the room and went on with my business. 5 minutes later Craig sent me an IM asking me if I can get myself to IDAHO. We were meant to be! FINALLY someone sees things my way. I am trivia master.
Perk to this was I going to spend time with my freshly made collage student that moved to Salt Lake City.....
The Kitchen Sink 2015
I had my first aha moment minutes after I stepped in the room. (hang your cloth back drop and spritz with water, wrinkles fall out).
If you have a foot in the photography world you have herd of him in some way. I can guarantee you will have underestimated his badassery.
Craig is a no bullshit kind of guy. Everything is straight forward and geared toward common sense.
Elbow to elbow, on the floor, up on ladders, reappropriating chairs from other rooms, to the biggest photoshop screen ever.
No question went unanswered. No photography toy left untouched. By the end of the night I felt beat up. Craig beat my ass up!
The next morning just by luck, I sat down and had breakfast with him and Zara.
I picked their brains had a great goat conversation and was told I am a jack ass several times, for stellar reasons.
Craig and Zara have an anvil of knowledge and drop it on you. The only way to leave is educated and on the path to badass photography.
I also met a heard of fantastic photographers. My journey ended at the MOZ Studio!