Our time in Arizona

In February, Michael and I attended our third What If Conference.  It is by far my favorite conference.  If you are a creative entrepreneur who cares about other human beings, you should check it out.  I know 2015 will be somewhere warm and beautiful.  The thing I love most about this community is that they’ve become family.  We’ve developed some really close relationships with others from this conference.  We now have people in our lives that we couldn’t imagine not being in our lives.

With the help of this conference, we’ve really discovered who we are as artists.  We’ve also discovered that connecting with people is something very important to us and not necessarily just with photography.  Helping others and making the world a better place is vital to our own well being.  What if has pushed us to do one of our Big Hairy Audacious Goals and start a charity.  Gethrr is the name of our charity and it’s in the beginning phases of start up.  It’s a really simple concept that just about anyone can do.  Our daughters are even part of it.  Gethrr is a community of givers connected to improve, inspire and impact positive change in the world by giving one dollar a month to help communities in need.  We strongly believe that it’s not how much a person gives but if we all gave a little and worked together, we could do a lot of good.

I am unbelievably grateful to be in this family.

This year’s conference took place at a dude ranch in Arizona, Rancho de los Caballeros .  This was my first time ever at the desert.  It did not disappoint.

{shot with digital & film mix // Mamiya 645// Kodak Portra 400 & 160}

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Another thing I love about this conference is we make it a point to give back.  During the conference we took a trip to Yarnell, Arizona to give a helping hand.  This community has been rebuilding itself for almost a year after a deadly wildfire killing 19 firefighters in June, 2013.  The way this community has pulled together and continue to support each other is exactly how all communities should be.  Our whole group split up helping in different areas.  We helped in the Community Garden.  It’s right up my alley.  I snapped some photos while there.

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And so are you Libby!

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A couple that paints together….stays together 🙂

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It was 50 degrees outside….

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After the conference, a small group of us went to Sedona and the Grand Canyon.  A piece of my heart was left in Arizona. I was truly in awe of it’s beauty and it’s vast terrains.  We will be returning.

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Jillian and Ryan from With Love and Embers crack me up.  So happy to call them friends.

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{photo cred: With Love and Embers ^}

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There is a canyon within that fog, I swear.

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{Photo Cred: With Love and Embers ^}

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I highly recommend hiking up Cathedral Rock in Sedona.  It wasn’t easy, but it was beautiful.

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We love this girl so much!  My first ever roommate in Philadelphia.  We found each other on roommates.com.  It was meant to be.  Eight years later and here we are.

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If you look closely, there is a man on the rocks in the photo to the right.  I’m pretty sure the authorities of Sedona hire him to do stunts at Cathedral rock because this man was C-A-RAAAAZY!

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This trip with forever be in my heart.

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