Puppies, people and pictures

Day 187, 2012 As I made my way down I-5 from Seattle to Salem, I thought about my three days as a participant in the Creative Live audience. I was petrified to submit a video for the world to potentially see, but my desire to go outweighed my fear.

It was sooooo worth it and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Vicki Taufer

Vicki Taufer of V Gallery taught a three-day workshop, Pets and People Photography for Creative Live in Seattle this past week-end and I was chosen to be one of the audience participants. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The three days started with marketing the first morning and photographing three beautiful, slightly unruly and really hot labs. They gave Vicki a run for her money, but cool under pressure, she kept her composure and pulled off some beautiful photos. The day was a blur as was the next and the next. My mind raced from topic to topic.

As soon as the morning session ended Friday,  we all piled into cars and headed north to Woodinville.

Who in their right mind wouldn’t be thrilled to be surrounded by puppies. Eight puppies to be exact.

And of course, puppies aren’t complete without kidlets.

The goal of the afternoon for Vicki was to demonstrate her masterful skills and photograph a three generation family complete with two goldens and their beautiful little family of eight puppies.

It was like herding cats trying to get the puppies and their parents together and Vicki managed to get everyone in place and for a brief period of time, some cooperation from the dogs.

Moral of the story, shoot hard and fast with dogs, because smiling for the camera is a low priority for the dogs.

The six of us in the audience took every opportunity we had to shoot from the sidelines.

I have to give a shout out to Vicki’s husband Jed. He rocked the workflow. He’s all about working clean, working simple and playing hard. His presentation was fabulous.

I suspect that if someone asked Vicki how her week-end went, she’d smile and say “ya, it rocked.”

My head is still spinning and I still have a smile on my face. All I can say is, if you ever get an opportunity to be part of a Creative Live audience, do it. It is worth everything.

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