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Summer Camp is Over

Today was the final day of our epic wedding photography adventure with Jasmine Star and Creative Live.  It’s been a whirlwind, roller-coaster ride of highs and lows, with lots of laughs, but also many emotional moments for everyone involved.  I feel as though I’ve been at a month-long summer camp for the past 5 days; […]

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Catie Ronquillo - September 2, 2010 - 5:02 pm

Thank you for sharing your experience and perspective! I loved watching y’all on Creative Live, it was an amazing 5 days. Way to push your boundaries, I LOVED that shot of Laura’s bouquet. 🙂 Cheers to you!

J*'s mom - September 2, 2010 - 12:40 am

Victoria, it was wonderful watching you and everyone else have a fabulous time in Seattle with the CreativeLive team. JD and Jasmine are not only wonderful people but also super teachers. Soooooooooo happy you had a great time learning and making precious memories together.

From a proud mom!

MJPhoto - September 1, 2010 - 10:24 am

Hi there- even though I wasn’t *there* there- I was there and can totally relate to what you are saying. Well not totally of course because I only had a small taste and experienced it vicariously- but I will say that it has inspired me further in many ways.

I appreciated watching you (and EVERYONE involved there) fantastic stuff.

Now about dismantling the plane with your allan key ROFL.

Best,
M.

Motti - August 31, 2010 - 5:38 pm

What a great weekend it was. Even my wife joined me to watch those long days and the inspiring talents that you all were, and she has NO photography interest whatsoever. I happened to do a job on Wednesday and for few hours on the weekend but watched just about everything else. Now I am waiting for my download link that my wife is going to purchase (I know she will buy it). Victoria, it was great to see a Montreal representation in this International workshop.

small burst - August 30, 2010 - 5:23 pm

aww. “I’m such a girl”. Just something Jasmine had said and it stuck. I almost got teary eyed reading your post. I was only there in spirit but I didn’t want it to end either. Such a wealth of information for 5 days and I like you, I walk away learning more about who I am and what I want. I can’t wait to see the great things that lay ahead for you!

kenna klosterman - August 30, 2010 - 12:35 pm

Victoria – I feel like I won the lottery as the “voice of the internet” at our epic summer camp. Thank you for being YOU. I love that you approached this week with challenging yourself to try new things and push yourself to the edge. J* and JD were too inspiring for words. But truly the creativeLIVE 5 represented all of us other photographers out there trying to build our businesses. I love love love that I had the opportunity to watch you all transform in front of my own eyes. Congrats on a job well done and your photography is just stunning. Your photo of the bouquet & Laura’s floral dress detail was the envy of the internet! Hope our paths cross again someday. Wish Susan could pack me in her bag for her travels to Montreal!

Jasmin - August 30, 2010 - 12:32 pm

Dear Victoria,
with this post you brought out my tears AGAIN I already had yesterday (No, it was today VERY early in the morning around 3 am over here in Germany!).
I TOTALLY feel what you described and I’m so thankful that it was possible to share this whole amazing experience with you and Jasmine. She kicked my ass literally and I have so much stuff on my To Do-List now…. I hope we can grow together as photographers, as human beings, as artists and in our real life after this unreal web experience!
Much success, I will follow your next steps… ;-)!
I’m sure, we can do it!

darrah parker - August 30, 2010 - 11:49 am

Amazing job this week! I felt like I was right there with you, feeling anxious and excited as each new day unfolded. Thank you for putting your heart into this and for asking so many fantastic questions. It was great to hear confirmation from someone who is hugely successful that the best way to go is the authentic way – the way that feels true to you. I will continue to do this and I hope you will, too! Go get ’em!

A. Rios - August 30, 2010 - 11:43 am

Very nice post, beautiful portrait! What can I say, I am going to miss you all, it was great spending 5 days with all of you, learning so much. I am also extremely grateful for the great opportunity. Awesome project, Creative Live, Jasmine, JD, Chase, Craig, Laura, Billy, and everybody else involved really, really ROCK!!

I work during the day, therefore I was watching the rewatch quite late at night into the early morning hours. Yesterday, I thought now that’s over, I’ll have time to sleep, but couldn’t because this course left me with so much learning and information, that my head can’t stop thinking and I am still absorbing everything that it was taught.

Thank you so much Victoria, I truly enjoyed your attitude towards learning.

Best of luck from California!
~A.

Pam Rauber - August 30, 2010 - 8:33 am

I was with you guys all five days and felt the emotional roller coaster. My daughter, who I 2nd shoot for, and I kept a constant chat on gmail throughout the weekend. Believe it or not, on Saturday morning, I awoke and felt hungover from the wedding the night before. With my aching knee I’m having surgery on soon, I took my shower and with no plans of leaving the house, I put pj’s back on, sat in my recliner armed with my laptop and took in more of you guys. I loved, loved, loved your best shots and that was only your second day in. Bride magazine quality. So glad you had the experience.

peter hearl - August 30, 2010 - 5:15 am

Great team picture, what a great 5 days, I had a few late night here in the UK, should have watched the re-runs. I now have a lot to think about in regards to my business,

Many Thank to Jasmine, JD, Chase, all the team at creativelive, the “Creativelive 5” and special thanks to Laura and Billy for allowing the world to watch there wedding. You all Rock,

Peter

Trying something different

When I woke up this morning, the butterflies in my stomach from yesterday felt more like a flock of birds.  Today, I would be shooting a part of Billy and Laura’s “First Look” and CreativeLIVE would be filming and broadcasting everything LIVE, on the internet, to thousands of people.  Ok, cool, I could handle that, no biggie (yeah, right!!)… What made those […]

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sdxz - September 23, 2010 - 3:27 pm

boom chica wowow

Ariana W. - August 31, 2010 - 9:08 pm

Victoria, you were awesome on Creative Live. I really enjoyed watching you! (not in a stalker kind of way though! lol)

Motti - August 31, 2010 - 5:45 pm

@ Kat
I think I know you. I know a few Montreal photographers with ugly attitude, you must be one of them. No wonder there is no link to your blog or site…

Toni - August 29, 2010 - 1:47 pm

So fun to see what is happening when the camera is pointed someplace other than at Jasmine or Billy & Laura (which is where is should be pointed!) – sort of the back story, if you will. Fantastic shots! Just waiting for day 5 to start in less than 15 minutes and can’t wait to see the photos of your day. 🙂

Juli L - August 29, 2010 - 12:33 pm

Great pics! Love the behind the scene shots and the photo students shooting each other. I am really loving everyone’s updates and am so thankful to all of you for sharing all your beautiful pictures! Thank you! 🙂

small burst - August 28, 2010 - 9:04 am

wow. i am so impressed with you all. you take amazing pictures so no doubt the cream of the crop were chosen as jasmine’s studio students. You have all inspired so many people out there me included. I just wanted to tell you (and the other 4) that you’ve gained a fan in me and soooo many others out there. NO DOUBT!

Amanda Blair - August 27, 2010 - 6:51 pm

I am happy that you are having fun and learning from this amazing experience.

People eigther will love your work or put your work down.

No matter what goes around you, just learn from both experiences.

Amanda

Jenn - August 27, 2010 - 3:42 pm

I’ve really enjoyed your behind the scenes photos and your blog. I’m also realizing just how much I need to push past my own comfort zones. Recently, it dawned on me that I had only been shooting with my 85mm and virtually ignoring all other lenses. Whatever, did my poor 50mm do to deserve such sad treatment? So for now, I am going to put an effort into shooting again with my other lenses. It might not be as tasty as a apple walnut tart….but I won’t know until I try it! 🙂

And btw, I have been so envious of everyone that was in the class; that is until Jasmine said, “and now I’ll let members of the class take their shots and I’ll add my critiques!” I think I even got a little nervous *for* you guys! But it was so very awesome! You’ve all done such a great job!

Peter McCabe - August 27, 2010 - 3:12 pm

HEY KAT… nice post.. you are a class act for sure.

maybe you should head back into your parents basement and continue making bad porn.. people like you have big mouths and dont do a damn thing..

Victoria is learning and i am sure will advance her portfolio using lessons learned here and applying them to create more original content than you ever will sitting around being critical..

do yourself and all others a favor by going away…

Kelli - August 27, 2010 - 1:47 pm

I’m a LOVING the behind the scenes blogs y’all are posting – the pics are amazing and the posts are as exciting to read as watching y’all on tv. Can’t wait to see your pics from the wedding!

Chris - August 27, 2010 - 1:31 pm

Another day of super photographs. I think Chase was born to be in black and white film – perfect with Billy too.

You never appeared to be nervous – mind you, so much was going on yesterday it wouldn’t have been noticed.

I love your message today, it’s as if you were talking directly to me, yes something different is what I will try today! Good luck and more cyberhugs for today’s shoot.
Too many Chris’s, so chrispixelalias on Creativelive

Sachin Khona - August 27, 2010 - 1:16 pm

You did great Victoria! Loving these shots and can’t wait to be out there with you guys today at the wedding…
Hope you got some sleep 🙂
Drop me a line when youre up..
Sachin
[SK]

Kat - August 27, 2010 - 12:55 pm

I don’t even know how can you call yourself a creative perspective. Have you ever look at work of some really talented people who comes up with new ideas and not a cliches poses. It all has been seen before…

Dianne - Bunny Trails - August 27, 2010 - 12:20 pm

I am having the best time going around to your blogs and reading your take on the day’s session and seeing the class’ behind the scenes shots. Nice, huge run-on sentence, don’t you think?!? Your shots are great and I really love the two of Nate! I look forward to seeing everyone’s photos after the wedding today. Congrats on getting to be a part of this epic adventure!

lauren - August 27, 2010 - 11:47 am

I love the shot of JD and Jasmine shooting. Love it!

Melissa - August 27, 2010 - 9:21 am

Vic, I hope you have a great day today! I really enjoyed reading about your muffin story and I love it when little messages pop up in everyday life that can have a bigger meaning if you just stop to notice them. Have a killer day – your first day jitters are over! Miss you!

Nicole - August 27, 2010 - 8:25 am

I have been enjoying you witnessing your journey over the past couple of days. And know that us out there watching are with you in spirit and are having epiphany moments right along with you. I have been trying to force myself to get outside my little box as well. My best friend the 35mm f1.8 (which is my workhorse) has been taking a backseat to my frienemy the 50 f1.4. When she’s on she gets BEAUTIFUL shots but sometimes she wants to be difficult. I am so bummed I will no t be able to watch today but will definitely be popping in to your blog from now on!

KayJay - August 27, 2010 - 8:03 am

I have been sat here in Germany all morning refreshing your blog, to find out how you enjoyed your day yesterday! I will be following from now on, you have a lovely interesting style of writing and your photos are amazing!
Enjoy yourself at the wedding today and I’ll be back tomorrow to see just how much you did.
Now I am trying to get to the right bit of the re-watch of yesterday, as just when it got really interesting (not that there was a boring moment) but your lunch break was our bedtime, so I missed the actual photo shoot, so hopefully I will get to see it in the re-watch!
Again, have a great day
Hugs
Kerri, who felt she just had to commment, after enjoying reading your blog and seeing your pics!

Life as a J* Groupie

Today was the first day of the CreativeLIVE workshop with Jasmine Star.  I felt like a kid on the first day of school:  Nervous and excited, not sure what to expect, full of questions and expectations… and just hoping that people would like me so I would have someone to sit with at lunch time.  As […]

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Miato - September 29, 2010 - 11:28 pm

Hola,
Interesante, no va a continuar con este artнculo?
Gracias

mountain bike insurance - September 27, 2010 - 9:49 am

Great writing! You should definitely follow up on this topic?!

Kindest regards
Ina

flc insurance - September 25, 2010 - 4:29 pm

Could be the greatest blog that I read this year…

-Kind regards,
Adela

Dianne - Bunny Trails - August 27, 2010 - 12:23 pm

What a cool opportunity! Looks like so much fun. I think you did a terrific job of capturing things behind the scenes. I didn’t realize Nate was so hilarious from watching the classes, but I think it’s awesome that you’ve caught that. I’m so excited for all five of you!

Carrie Keiser - August 27, 2010 - 3:09 am

It is so awesome to watch this workshop and to learn. I can’t wait to take in tomorrow’s wedding. I really can’t imagine how it must feel to be there in person.

Victoria - August 27, 2010 - 2:24 am

Thanks for the blog comment Mike! To answer your question: I use a Photoshop action from Blogstomp to make the white border around my blog photos and insert my logo. Jasmine uses the same action – that’s how I found out about them 🙂 After I apply the white border, I add a second action that I created to include the 1 pixel black frame around the whole thing so that it stands out against the white background of my blog. Check out the Blogstomp website to download the actions (they also have black borders and other stuff) and get video tutorials on how to use them.

Victoria - August 27, 2010 - 2:12 am

THANK-YOU!! You have no idea how much I needed a big cyber hug today! Saying I was “nervous” would be like saying that Jasmine is “good”: such a total understatement!!

Toni - August 26, 2010 - 9:38 pm

I totally thought I submitted a comment earlier, but it’s not here, so I might have written but not submitted. I do that. A lot. If I did submit and it’s waiting moderation, please disregard this one. Anyway, I saw a tweet on @creativeLIVE and it said to come comment here, so I thought I’d check out what you’ve written. Fantastic shots and I’m so totally jealous that I’m not sitting amongst you. What a blast you all must be having! Enjoy your 50mm 1.4 – I LOVE mine!

Laura Radniecki - August 26, 2010 - 8:42 pm

Great recap! I’m learning so much just from watching bits and pieces online – can’t IMAGINE how great it would be to be there.

I am absolutely head over heels in love with my 50mm 1.4. I’m excited to hear how you like shooting with it. I think once you use it a bit more, you’ll adore it too!

-Laura

Toni - August 26, 2010 - 8:09 pm

Saw the creativeLIVE tweet to come comment on your blog. Great shots from yesterday and totally jealous that I can’t be there sitting amongst you. I LOVE my 50mm 1.4 – have fun with yours. 🙂

Noa - August 26, 2010 - 5:20 pm

Just wanted to say hi!! I’m watching the live feed and I can’t imagine how nervous you must be. Wanted to leave you some blog love 🙂

cassandra-m - August 26, 2010 - 4:20 pm

THANKS for sharing your experience. As I read it I remembered having the same reaction when I first met her. It was like meeting a celebrity…BUT BETTER! HAVE FUN and ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE. Can’t wait to see what more you blog about.

Apple - August 26, 2010 - 4:19 pm

ooohhh! you’re so luck to be there!!! Have funfunfunnn! thanks for sharing victoria!:)

TracyWB - August 26, 2010 - 3:05 pm

Hi Victoria! Love your photos and your writing too. Especially the analogy of the shaken soda can. It’s so true. I was lucky enough to attend a J* workshop and I just loved getting to chat with Jasmine and JD up close and personal. 🙂 Have fun!

Amanda Howse - August 26, 2010 - 2:48 pm

Fun! Enjoy every moment of it, use that 50mm too!!!

Molly Kate - August 26, 2010 - 2:22 pm

I’ve been watching you guys on CLive and it’s been great. Fun pictures and write up! Have fun with it.

Michelle Hires - August 26, 2010 - 2:16 pm

I think you know how many people are insanely jealous of you but wanted to let you know that I’m one of them. Glad you’re having a good time!

Elizabeth Sostizzo - August 26, 2010 - 2:13 pm

Great images and post. Congrats on being part of the lucky few who get to be part of the course. Wishing you great success and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Jennifer Bates - August 26, 2010 - 1:47 pm

Very cool! Thank you for sharing this. I am now offically living vicariously through your post, lol. Good luck today!

hydesigns - August 26, 2010 - 1:45 pm

thanks for giving us some scoop!! i loved watching j* – wish i could b there, too! you guys are having lots of fun!

Linda - August 26, 2010 - 1:44 pm

Hey! Great posting! Looking forward to hearing your account of the rest of the course!

Chris - August 26, 2010 - 1:42 pm

What fun it is to read from your perspective. I love your photographs and entry.

I’m bummed though, to learn that my nice new lens that I saved up for, has been labeled a “lazy girl’s lens”. Mind you, since I’m not trying to be anything other than a doting grandmum making fun pictures, I guess it’s okay.

Melissa - August 26, 2010 - 1:23 pm

Wonderful comments! Loved every minute of The Creative Live with Jasmine Star. I know you have butterflies, but don’t forget to have fun and take it all in. 🙂 You’re going to be GREAT! Believe in yourself 🙂

Sherri@lavenderfields - August 26, 2010 - 1:16 pm

Hope you have a great day 2. How fun to be there in person, because I’m having a great time even from my house. Jasmine keeps it so upbeat and packed with info! Why couldn’t I have had teachers like that in High School ?? LOL!
A great course from an amazingly talented photographer!

Daniela Anderson - August 26, 2010 - 12:57 pm

HELLO VICTORIA!
WOW! Want to trade places with me for the day? Or the next few days? PLEASE!!!

I have to say I really envy you and the others in the lucky posse. The flamboyant fun, pulsating positivity, wisdomatic quotes, (wonder if Jasmine has ever used that word) and overflow of creative ideas from Jasmine had left my head spinning so much yesterday that I had to see it all again in the Rewatch last night.

Sure you feel very blessed to be in the presence of someone that great in the game. I know I would feel exactly like you, nervous/excited, so much so that you’d have two really fast talkers going back and forth making the rest of the posse’s heads spin! HA! Imagine that!

Well have a blast while making a mental recording of every minute of your exciting adventure. That’s one little chunk of time in your life that will go down as a BIGGER than LIFE experience. At least I know it would for me. : )

artmyth - August 26, 2010 - 12:57 pm

Really enjoyed the article, and watching yesterday! Im a gear hound too so im watching with interest how you come through with J*’s challenge about the less is more equipment! I was gobsmacked to see the minimal equipment she uses!

Mike - August 26, 2010 - 12:55 pm

Hey Victoria…..Looks like you’re having a blast. I really like the photos you are producing with your 50mm 1.4. I also like the photo white border that resembles the kind Jasmine uses on her blog. Care to start sharing as to how we could accomplish the same thing? Thanks….Mike

Lyra Repplinger - August 26, 2010 - 12:51 pm

She LOVES you Victoria…and you guys all deserve to be there! It’s like winning the lottery i bet! Seeing her on live o U stream is like winning a scratch ticket!!!

David Willis - August 26, 2010 - 12:49 pm

Wonderful post. I’m hooked. Thanks for sharing.

Andrew - August 26, 2010 - 12:47 pm

That’s awesome you take a lunch break and go outside to shoot pictures. Sounds like it’s going to be a roller coaster of a weekend for you. I’ll be watching as much as I can online.

Jessica Frey - August 26, 2010 - 12:43 pm

Hi Victoria! I watched almost the entire show yesterday and am so excited to read about your experiences. The photos you took with the 50mm 1.4 are awesome! I moved over to primes about 6 months ago and am in love with the quality and sharpness….my lazy girl lens hasn’t been touched since! Wishing you all good luck today and tomorrow…soak it all in and I can’t wait to read the rest of your experiences! Thanks for sharing!

Penny Palmer - August 26, 2010 - 12:42 pm

What a wonderful blog… I will continue to follow you! Thanks to creativelive for hooking me up 🙂

Penny Palmer - August 26, 2010 - 12:41 pm

What a wonderful blog… I will continue to follow you! Thanks to creative live for hooking me up 🙂

laurie crutchfield - August 26, 2010 - 12:34 pm

How awesome!! I watched yesterday and I can’t wait for it to start again today!! Love the post and how you are documenting it!! Have a great time..I’ll be watching for sure!!

Peyton - August 26, 2010 - 12:24 pm

I’m so jealous that you got to meet THE J*! I watched online yesterday and wished that I was there in person. Today is going to be amazing too, I’m sure. Good luck and just have fun!

Juli L - August 26, 2010 - 12:20 pm

I saw the link to your blog on the Creative Live site. Great pics Victoria!! Thanks for sharing how your day with Jasmine went. Wish I was there…looks like such a awesome experience…have fun!! 🙂

Tasha Prescott - August 26, 2010 - 12:14 pm

First of all congrats! I was watching yesterday and thinking, why didn’t I submit a video? lol but honestly, I gained so much from watching from home, I feel I might have missed it, basking in all the fun and glory with you guys in person! Rock it out! TP.

Jeremy Corbin - August 26, 2010 - 12:05 pm

Hey Kid! I’m jealous of you! I’m not interested at all in wedding photography, but I wish I was in your shoes! You’ll love the primes when you get used to them. When I *have* to use a zoom I forget that I don’t have to zoom with my feet. Oh… and being scared is good! It keeps you moving forward cause you hate where you are! 🙂

Terry G. - August 26, 2010 - 12:01 pm

Wow, Victoria… I can only imagine the excitement you are feeling. Thanks for posting your point of view and sharing with us. Enjoy your remaining days of “class” and have fun.
I’ll be watching all of you from up here, in Canada 🙂

Travis - August 26, 2010 - 12:01 pm

Great post Victoria! Even though I was able to watch most of the live show yesterday, I still read your entire post! I bet your excited for round 2! Have fun with your 50mm!

@tramod

Kai Yambao - August 26, 2010 - 11:59 am

Wow. This totally made my morning and made me smile a whole lot! I am as excited as you to see her live, but you more so in person! She is so real and inspiring & I thank you for seconding that with this blog!

Cameron Braun - August 26, 2010 - 11:55 am

Before you know it you’ll be in love with that 50mm f/1.4. Trust me and Jasmine, it’s the best! It looks like you’re getting the hang of it already, those shots are great!

Sabrina - August 26, 2010 - 11:52 am

Victoria – fabulous recap and pictures! I watched some of yesterday online and can’t wait to watch more! Keep having fun and soaking it all in. PS – I recently got a 50/1.4 and looovve it. Yes, it’s a challenge but you’ll do great with it 🙂

Allison - August 26, 2010 - 11:45 am

This is great. Thanks for sharing your experience with everyone! It’s seems like your having the adventure of a lifetime. 🙂 Rock out and Have fun!!

lydia lee photography - August 26, 2010 - 11:42 am

Hey! Thanks so much for being there as a rep for all the photogs out there… I am super jealous you are experience J*’s greatness front and center! I am living it through you so don’t leave a detail out! much love from Indianapolis, Lydia

Thauna - August 26, 2010 - 11:42 am

Wow, I’m in awe of your experience there. I only caught a couple of hours yesterday. Hoping that I catch more today (while at work). Have fun in Seattle!!

Wendy R - August 26, 2010 - 11:42 am

Hi Victoria, I am so excited for you! I watched most of the day yesterday. What an incredible experience! You have done a great job with your 50mm 1.4 so far! I can’t wait to see what you post from today. I, too, use the 24-70mm. But it’s the only lens I’ve got so far. I haven’t been able to invest in any other good lenses. Anyway thank you so much for sharing your experience with the rest of the world.

Melanie - August 26, 2010 - 11:40 am

Great blog post! Thanks so much for sharing the behind the scenes info with us! Can’t wait to read more!

Rakeda Sharber - August 26, 2010 - 11:38 am

Have fun today! I’ll be watching(*read: living vicariously through you and the other photographers there) through the end of the course. How exciting to get to work with J*. She is such an inspiration. I checked out the rest of your blog & I love your portrait work. Beautiful.

~Rakeda

Jessica Horton - August 26, 2010 - 11:36 am

Great Blog Post!!!! I have been watching online 🙂 (while at my day job!… sssshhhhh!) and I blogged about it too. Have fun, and make sure you fill us in on all you learned working side by side with her!

kathleen - August 26, 2010 - 11:34 am

saw you on TV yesterday. Looked like a great day and can’t wait to see what we will learn from today’s session.

Sarah - August 26, 2010 - 11:32 am

I was a viewer last night (east coast). I found myself wishing I was there. I loved reading this post. Most of all I love how you compare J* to a shaken soda can, great analogy! You have just aquired a new follower. Can’t wait for tonights broadcast!!

All-Star Studios - August 26, 2010 - 11:31 am

Love the first picture of J* you posted here! It’s a very strong image. Sounds like you’re having fun!

Stormy - August 26, 2010 - 11:23 am

Ahh, you go girl! Will be cheering you on over the weekend! I suddenly feel like I have, literally, a million things to do after just day one of the J* extravaganza, so I can only imagine how you guys must feel! Happy shooting!

Chris - August 26, 2010 - 11:19 am

I watched as much as I had time for yesterday and was totally enthralled. That’s a whole lot of energy that girl brings! Thanks for an inside look into your day yesterday. I have to admit, I was a bit envious of all of you. I’m learning quite a bit even though I’m sitting in Vermont. Can’t wait for Day 2! Big thank you to creative live, too.

Maria corafel thomas - August 26, 2010 - 11:18 am

Thanks for sharing this. I watched it and I enjoyed and learned a lot from her too. I like that she strikes me as a person too instead of just an educator. there are times when you listen or even watch someone share their knowledge or what-not they don’t seem to feel like a person talking to you but rather a machine that is giving you information and thats it plain and simple. thanks again for sharing your photos and the activities that happens on breaks:-)

Laurie Bracewell - August 26, 2010 - 11:16 am

Great write-up, and you’re doing great with the 50 1.4! OWN it! 😉

Peter Hearl - August 26, 2010 - 11:15 am

Nice set of images, was a great first day, can’t wait for tonight’s, being in the UK I will have to stay up past my bedtime. lol.

Audrey - August 26, 2010 - 10:27 am

Victoria – it’s like we have the same brain seriously it’s pretty scary:D Looks like the meeting of Jasmine in the street gave us a pretty similar feeling, too funny…oh, and butterflies are GOOD 🙂

Elisa - August 26, 2010 - 9:27 am

Hey Victoria! You look like you are having an amazing time. I am truly so happy for you. I watched for about three hours yesterday, and loved, loved, loved it. I learned a lot, too. I think Jasmine had great advice on working the internet to create a network for any type of creative business. I was starting to really wish I was there with you. Even with my crappy 50mm lens. 😉

Have a great day two! I will be watching!

Stephane Brazeau - August 26, 2010 - 9:14 am

Nice, you seem to have a lot of fun with Jasmine and the gang; it showed on screen too!

Have fun again today! Say hi to Jasmine and tell Craig and Chase to keep up the good work.

Seattle – Day 1

Whew!  Today has been a long day…  After spending the whole night packing last night for my big trip to Seattle (finally wound up with FOUR bags, and that’s AFTER purging non-essentials!!),  I slept for about 2 hours then headed to the airport at 5:00am to board my flight to Toronto.  I arrived in Toronto at […]

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Cindy - September 3, 2010 - 2:42 pm

lol. this post cracks me up. love the part about the HOT captain.

cassandra-m - August 26, 2010 - 4:16 pm

CONGRATS on your awesome video & being chosen. LOVE seeing you online at the live course. THANKS for SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE on your blog!!!!

Shannon Gillespie - August 26, 2010 - 12:56 am

Hi Victoria, saw you on the creative live cast and I thought I would look at your blog. I love the story about your husband rescuing the jay – you definitely have a good one 🙂

I am a crazy cat lady too. It’s a good way to be.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the rest of your week with Jasmine – I’m so jealous!

Stephane Brazeau - August 25, 2010 - 8:47 am

lol at you for not finding the flush button… girls and technology, no matter how basic it is… 🙂

Have fun; I’ll be tuning in while working.

Bad Cats, Blue Jays and Guardian Angels

Yesterday morning as Gaby was having his habitual 2-hour bath (This is apparently where he comes up with all his design ideas, so I have asked our accountant if we can deduct the renovation costs as a business expense!), I was snuggled up in bed with the boos (AKA the 1-year old cats) reading, “Eat, […]

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cathy gauthier - August 19, 2010 - 7:00 am

Naked as a blue jay while helping one in the backyard…..I also wish there was a camera attached to your hip at that particular time! What was the view like when you ran into the bathroom as Gaby was hanging out the window yelling at those cats? Great story 🙂

Stephane Brazeau - August 18, 2010 - 5:26 pm

You broke nature’s cycle! There is like 1000000 cats in your backyard, one would think you accepted the fact that a bird would get a beat up once in a while… 😉

melissa - August 18, 2010 - 4:15 pm

What a funny story and you last line is very cute.