A few weeks ago, I entered a last-minute Facebook contest put on by Mike Colon for his 777 Workshop held in New Orleans and won! This was very exciting for many reasons . . . #1 Mike Colon is one of the few “famous” photographers that I follow #2 I was hand-picked out of hundreds of applicants #3 I felt I was in need of change and a new perspective . . . and best of all it was a fun road trip away to NOLA . . . a place I had yet to visit!
I had a great time and met some really great people I now consider friends . . . here are some fun pictures from my day . . . my loooong day! We didnt part ways until well into the wee hours of the next day! I was exhausted but it was all worth it 🙂
The 777 workshop started off with an intimate discussion amongst strangers circled around a coffee table with cameras and laptops in hand. We all gave our “who, what, when, why and how” and then Mike started the lesson. There were only 6 of us there to listen and soak it all in.
I believe he is telling us he is not nervous . . . see not shaking 🙂
Throughout the day I would snap off a few shots of whatever was in my view to try some of the different techniques learned . . . and fellow photographer Brandon Mohair was across from me and well . . . was in most of my shots 🙂
and John Mitchell was to my right:
After several hours of lecture we had lunch and headed out for a live shoot:
Here are a few “behind the scenes” shots with our beautiful model, Jessica.
Here are a few of my favorite shots that I snapped of Jessica:
So very Excited!
I know I said a few but when Narrowing it down to 20 or so shots from close to a thousand really is a few 🙂
After our shoot we went back up to the room for a couple more hours of lecture and then Mike did a quick wardrobe change and we headed to dinner . . . a fantastically delicious dinner! . . . At the Famed Palace Cafe’!! But on our way there we had a few adventures . . . like the random parade that broke out right in front of our hotel!
Mr. Colon himself was excited to see the parade 🙂
After the parade we proceeded to our restaurant and ran into . . . Modern Day Gypsy’s . . . I say Modern day because #1 he had a blackberry and #2 he had a Facebook account!
This was quite the treat . . . the music was awesome!
We finally arrived at Palace Cafe’!
And we picked up a dinner guest 🙂 Mike Adrian from Maui decided to dine with us too . . . as a side note it was great to meet another fellow vegetarian photographer!!!
I decided to snap a shot of everyone entering the restaurant . . . quite comical . . . blurry and comical 🙂
I think Trent was still talking with the Gypsy’s so here is a snapshot of him at our table 🙂
We all voted and decided that instead of indulging in Palace Cafe’s famous banana’s foster that we would instead enjoy coffee and beignets at Cafe’ Du Monde! Here is a shot of Mike snapping a shot of himself for his wife 🙂
This is our waited Adrian . . . I think we brightened his day. . . not sure though 🙂
delicious deliciousness . . . that is how I describe beignets.
Just look at all of that sugar!
Hey uh, Mike . . . uhhh you’ve got a little . .. yeah right there . . .
Here are a few shots of my sweet sweet new friend, Sharon. I am soooo glad we met!! We had one of those “I feel like I’ve known you all my life” times . . . I miss you already Shar!
She is getting some face time in with her hubby . . . and just looking cute 🙂
Theeeen someone had a great idea . . . a beignet eating contest. This idea came after Adam ate one in one bite . . . I decided not to post those pics 🙂
I think Mike was a wee bit reluctant . . . that sugar mountain can be intimidating!
It got intense . . .
I don’t even remember who the winner was but we all had such a great time!
And enjoyed some piping hot chicory coffee 🙂
I leave you all with this one last picture . . . it was very late . . . around 1:30 A.M. the next day and we were walking back to our hotel and decided to go up Bourbon Street and there were 2 NOLA police officers walking ahead of us and well . . . this turned out to be one of my favorite shots of the whole trip 🙂
I had so much fun and made some great memories.
Thank you Mike for the opportunity to renew myself and learn from the best.
xoxo – Jamie
Love. Love. Love.