A little note to all you gals from the last Hometown Workshop...
I had no clue that you all had so many funny surprises in store for me.
I had no clue that even though you were from different backgrounds and different parts of the country that you'd all meld together so beautifully.
I had no clue how much your stories would mean to me.
I had no clue how competitive you all would be.
I had no clue that my hair looked so great on Friday.
I had no clue that I was making such ridiculous faces while I was teaching.
I had no clue that you'd all push-through shooting in 98-degree weather so heroically.
I had no clue that when Coral told us all to "Get closer!" that our group shot would end up looking slightly inappropriate.
I had no clue how much I'd enjoy seeing your viewfinders.
I had no clue how many 'faces' I'd get.
I had no clue that anyone would bring a Seattle Mariners Beard-Hat.
I had no clue how much I'd laugh during our shoots.
I had no clue that I'd be taking so many photos of you taking photos of me, taking photos of you (taking photos of me.)
I had no clue that spectators would think we were photographing someone famous.
I had no clue that the strawberry margheritas would create red color casts. (Ok, technically, I noticed the color casts during the previous Hometown Workshop.)
I had no clue that we were going to do the Hula.
I had no clue that there would be noogies.
I had no clue how late you all would stay up working after I left.
I had no clue that you all would photograph me in such unflattering positions.
I had no clue now nice a slight camera-tilt would look on Rachelle.
I had no clue how your laughter would stick in my head, even after you were gone.
I had no clue that you'd prepared a Bruno Mars, "Just the Way You Are" performance for me.
And I had no clue just how far you would take that inside joke.
When I left you all on Sunday night (What a great night.) I told myself that I would DEFINITELY teach more Hometown Workshops in 2014. But then, as we were clearing out the Hanna House on Monday in 100-degree weather (What a horrible day.) and Josh and Cole and Courtney and I were trying to lift our couch through the window to take it home, I swore that I would NEVER teach another Hometown Workshop again.
Somehow, looking at these photos makes me forget about all the hard work though and just makes me remember all the great times.
Miss you all.