This post is part of a blog circle so be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom to see the whole thing!
When I attended my Pinkle Toes Workshop last summer I left with the sense that I’d learned a lot, of course, but that I’d also found my people – the people I’d been seeking my whole adult life who were like me. I felt like we instantly connected and I’d finally found the place where I belonged. So when this year’s Pinkle Toes Reunion was planned I took a deep breath and made a huge leap. I flew standby across to the country to a place I’ve never been to take a trip with people I’ve never met.
And it was so worth it.
I was in Charleston, SC for three days. We packed those three days to the gills with activities. We did lots of beach, a carriage tour of the city, a culinary tour, ate at lots of amazing (AMAZING) restaurants, saw a plantation, stopped often to take too many pictures – and generally walked our feet off.
Our food tour: you can see our guide in the mirror behind Michele.
But the thing that stands out for me, that we did the most was laugh. I haven’t laughed so hard since I was a little girl, alone with my sister. We laughed so hard and so long I thought I was going to pee my pants (TMI? No? Good). I laughed so hard I cried. It was so. cathartic. I cannot tell you how healing it is, how wonderful it is to find a tribe of women with whom I connect and just laugh. It helps that these girls are seriously funny.
Photographically and inspirationally there were two highlights of the trip for me. The first day we were there we met a gorgeous pregnant mama on the beach with her family. Michele and Becky asked her if she’d be willing to come back for a maternity shoot at sunset (!!!!) and she came (!!!) and it was amazing! Gorgeous mama, gorgeous light….and just a lot of fun do be doing my favorite thing on earth (photography, just in case there was some misunderstanding there) with a bunch of other people who love the same thing.
See what I mean!?
These pull pack shots that show all of us photographing her are my favorite!
We’re like the paparazzi! Thank goodness Mama rolled with our craziness with grace!
The next highlight was getting up with the birds to drive to Folly Beach and watch the sun rise. Getting up before dawn is one of those things I always mean to do but never actually make it around to actually doing. Reminder to self: it’s worth it. Always.
There were dolphins swimming in front of us while the sun rose. Magic. I’m telling you. Pure. Magic.
This morning reminded me of the Cheryl Strayed quote now in the movie “Wild” – “there is a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there for it – you can choose to put yourself in the way of beauty.”
I’m glad I chose to be there for sunrise. But before that I’m glad I chose to get to Charleston so I could meet these people and be there for that sunrise!
I took a trip to a gorgeous locale with a group of truly world-class photographers. We’ve created a blog circle to share our pictures and experiences. It’s going to be awesome so get going to Katie Bork, Katie Bork Photography: Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach Family Photographer to see what she shared.