This past weekend I flew to Louisville with my friend Ashley to attend The Reset Conference. It was seriously everything I did not know I even needed. We started our weekend off pretty rough, and as promised... here goes.
We flew out of Richmond at 5:55 a.m. Why? I have no idea. We thought it would be fun to arrive super early and explore Louisville a little bit. Neither one of us thought to check what time we would be able check into the Airbnb, until we landed in Louisville and realized we couldn't check in until two. Thinking we would just uber everywhere, we had an uber take us to the house to see if we could get in early. The owner informed us that we could leave our bags but could not officially check in until two. So we were extremely tired and pretty hungry at this point. So we headed to McDonalds, mainly so I could get some coffee. While waiting on me to get my coffee and food, Ashley was mistaken for a homeless person (imagine how you would look after a 6:00 a.m flight), and almost got us kicked out of McDonalds. As we sat there we began to realize how expensive our weekend was going to be with an Uber so we decided to see if we could rent a car. We walked down the road until we found enterprise and stumbled across the sweetest lady who rented us a car for a really good rate. We thought life was good with a car so we shopped a bit, had lunch and finally headed back to the Airbnb. When we got to the house we realized how disgusting it was. Dust flying everywhere, hair in the shower, dirty towels on the bathroom floor and black stuff on the pillow cases. Unfortunately we didn't have much time to figure out another solution so we headed out and got some pillows and blankets and tried to make it work. We made it through the first night, but between it being so gross and hearing footsteps in the hallway, we checked out abruptly the next morning. We headed to the conference and were homeless for about 6 hours. We walked around downtown during the lunch break and begged until we finally got a room at a hotel pretty close by. Things definitely started to look up from there and we ended up having the best time!
We started off the weekend in a field with this family and about 15 other photographers. The sun has been so rare in Virginia that I soaked up every single second of this session. This shoot was exactly what I needed to get out of my winter slump that I had fallen into. The family was perfect, the lighting was perfect, and I was able to shoot strictly for myself. I can't thank Jessica Weinstock enough for organizing it! We got to hear from so many amazing speakers over the weekend and every single one of them lit a fire in me. I took something away from each class, but my biggest takeaway from the weekend was to simply be me, which is something we all need to be reminded of every once in awhile. I came home exhausted but with such a full heart. I made so many new friends in a matter of three days. These women encourage me and make me laugh until I cry and I love them so dang much. If you are on the fence about this conference, do it. You will absolutely not regret a single second of it. With every struggle we faced during the weekend, we would do it all again to attend this conference. Kellie and Rebekah, you two are amazing. Thank you for everything you do!
Enjoy some of my favorites from our styled shoot on Friday with The Davis Family.