The Go Pro REUNION: a recap

Last year Blue Lily held 4 stateside Enlighten: goPro workshops.  They were all smashingly fun, and we came away with lots of new best friends.  We went through a bit of a mourning period after every goPro, and decided that we needed to hold a reunion.

So we did. And it was GNAR!

The reunion was simply a chance to get together, make new friends, learn from each other, and be zany. Since we chose to hold the reunion in August, unfortunately lots of folks couldn't make it due to vacations, school starting, etc.  But those who could come really made it a hugely amazing event, unforgettable.  It's taken us this long to arrange all the images and think of some words to explain how fun it was.

The party house this time was in stunning Deer Valley, Utah.  The place was purely fabulous. Huge. Fancy. Too fancy?  Nah.

First off, since we were combining 4 groups of people, some people didn't know each other yet, so we started off with a rousing game of spoons. Happy to report that nobody's hands were clawed or scratched off.

Tyler won. But I definitely handed him the win. (right? am i right guys?)

The next morning we woke to an amazing breakfast cooked by the fabulous Crystal B.  We talked photo talk for a few hours, then took a trip up the mountian to the Deer Valley chairlift for some stunning views.

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photos by Marti Mefford, Chris Duh, and us.

 Follwing that, we executed what may have been my stupidest idea ever, which was: 

to rent a canoe, strap it onto a rental car, drive 1.5 hours to a lake, and photograph some wedding models, while a thunder storm threatens to ruin everything.

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photo from Marti Mefford. This canoe sucked. 

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photos by Chris Duh and us.

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So, we made it back to the party house after the shoot in one piece. 

This is the point wherein I mentioned to somebody that I was sick of long hair and wanted a huge circular fro instead.  Somebody showed me and Sandi how to do that. And so we became the next day's models for the off camera lighting segment of the workshop.

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I used the term "models" loosely. Yowza.

The rest of the afternoon was spent eating food, chilling, and finally we headed out to the part of the reunion we were most excited about.  2 shoots- both pretty cool.

The first shoot was a Holi Powder war shoot. ONLY OUR MODELS FAILED TO SHOW.  We were so completely disappointed. Devastated.

We waited and waited for an hour for them to come, and then seven of us decided to just be the models ourselves, while the rest of our group took some pictures.

It was so much fun. Pix below courtesy of Amy Rhodes, Lisa Fore, Kim Allen and Chris Duh.

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Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer
Salt Lake Utah   Lifestyle   Photographer

So, yeah, fun.  It took a while to get that stuff out of our ears. (Not to mention that our next set of models were kinda freaked out.)

 Speaking of the next models... the next shoot involved cute kids and farm animals. I happen to love little animals. There were piglets, lambs, goats, a pony, bunny, a duck with a fro, and more.  

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After another fun dinner at the Party house, we had a glow stick party. Otherwise known as a "rave minus the drugs".  

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The reunion was a smashing success, and Tyler and I can't wait to do it again.

Trust me, if you are thinking of coming to a goPro reunion in 2012- do it... because it's the only way you can go to the reunion!

Gnar. Thank you EVERYONE who came, thank you everyone who tried to come, and thank you everyone who WILL COME NEXT YEAR!


BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah