St. Louis Shot Party

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here's no rational way to explain the urge. Or, as I like to refer to it, The Urge. We rolled into our St. Louis hotel suite at 1:30am last Wednesday and tried falling asleep. Don't forget, I whispered to JD, I wanna see the Arch tomorrow. And there you have it: The Urge. I'm not a touristy person. In fact, anywhere you might spot Hawaiian shirts, fanny packs, and maps, I'm headed in the opposite direction. So of course it was odd I contracted a case of The Urge.

We woke the next morning and after calculating the time, expense, and drama involved, JD suggested chilling out instead. But what about my arch? My beloved arch?! The arch I never cared about until I planned on visiting St. Louis, but suddenly needed to see?! JD vacillated, but was convinced when I brought out the big guns: If I die tomorrow, I will have want to have known I saw the arch...it's even on the Cingular commercial...it must be important!

So off to the arch we went. It was humid, there were bugs, but I finally saw my arch. Oh! And! The! Pictures! Yes, Internet, I busted out in full tourist mode and took pictures. Here's JD with the My-wife-shoots-everything face...and me. Please don't ask what I was doing. I have no idea. But I can't help but think I look like I'm talking to an invisible friend. Let's call her Gretchen. My invisible friend, Gretchen.


Much to JD's chagrin, I asked a stranger to take our photo. Here's the two things that make this photo epic:
1. JD's eyes are closed. I'll simply pretend he's soaking in our happy moment together.
2. The top of the arch is cut off. Let's just IMAGINE the arch is complete.


Later that night, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking at the St. Louis Shot Party, hosted by Kelly Manno. I had an absolutely ah-maz-zing time!! Meeting so many fabulous photographers just tickled me happy. The best part of the event is that Kelly decided to put it on all on her own. No organization, no formalities, no prior experience. She'd hosted events in the past, but decided to create a large-scale event and I have to commend her on a job well done!




So, my trip to St. Louis was fabulous, for more than one reason. Besides seeing the arch, JD and I ate at Pappy's BBQ, had Ted Drewe's concrete ice cream, played a penny slot at the Ameristar casino, and met one of the nicest groups. Ever. I hope to go back one day in the future!

Happy Tuesday!
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Truc - Bahaha about the photo taken by the stranger!  10.01.10 - 12:19pm
Rachele - I love the shots of you and JD with the arch. I'm sure this question is too late to be answered, but if anyone can help me out here, what lens were you using that you were able to squeeze all that subject matter into your frame? I see photos like that all the time and I'm always curious about how wide you have to go to get something so tall in its entirety (without standing a mile away!). If anyone else knows, please give a shout out!! You'll be solving one of the great mysteries of photography for me! ;o) Thanks!  08.30.10 - 4:14pm
Anouschka - Your boots are just beyond cute. Love them!!  08.29.10 - 1:50pm
Sheila Karner - St. Louis is my home town! Ted Drewe's serves frozen custard, which is phenomenally better than ice cream! If you ever do go back, make sure you try Imo's Pizza - St. Louis's very own!  08.26.10 - 9:26pm
Romonia Isaac - Great shots of the arch!!! I hate that the stranger cut off the top of the arch--come one it's the arch--but it is still a cute pic!!! You seem to be pointing out something to Gretchen!!! ;-)~ I LOVE the dress you wore to the Shot Party in St. Louis! Big props to Kelly for putting on a great production!   08.26.10 - 10:01am
corey - J* hate i missed you and Jd, i was in cali and missed you guys and I live two hours away hate i missed you guys I will be back in good ol sunny cal in a few months to visit my dad and of course shoot some of the most amazing people!!!  08.26.10 - 7:53am
IPBrian - Missed you in St Louis...but I have been rocking out with you via creativeLive! I love that you and JD do everything together...you two are where my wife and I want to be in a few years (fitness industry rather than photography). Thanks for all the inspiration!  08.26.10 - 7:32am
Dawn Camp - I can totally relate to the early blog post you related on the Creative Live broadcast and that's pictured in the bottom photo. Thank you for being so real. I'm looking forward to the rest of the week!  08.25.10 - 11:01pm
Christy - It was WONDERFUL to have you here in St Louis and an extra FABULOUS bonus to get to meet you in person! Im glad you were able to witness the Arch (I know JD was happy to witness as well :)) and Ted Drews too! You are truly St Louis'ans now. Thank You for sharing your expertise with us here in St Louis! Christy (Diversified Lab)  08.25.10 - 11:55am
Evie Perez - I passed this when I went to see my husband in Fort Leonard Wood last year. Too bad I dis not get a picture!! Glad you two had fun and too bad the picture of the two of you did not come out the way you wanted, but it's adorable ;)  08.25.10 - 10:01am
Emily Dobson - PLEASE come back soon!! But not on a Wednesday...my husband is a pastor and Sundays and Wednesday are off limits! ;) P.S. Didn't you go UP IN the arch?!?!  08.25.10 - 6:24am
Sindy - I think I laughed for 5 minutes straight after reading about why the photo was "epic".  08.24.10 - 11:54pm
s h e r r y - :) The St. Louis arch! I lived in a town 2 hours outside of St. Louis when I was a kid. And we used to ride an elevator that took you to the top of the arch! It was pretty sweet! :) Haven't been there in ~14 years! Good to see photos of it though!  08.24.10 - 10:43pm
Michelle Lunn - Come back any time!! And if I haven't already said this enough....you were (and still are) AWESOME! I'm glad, despite the humidity and the bugs, you enjoyed yourself in the Lou!  08.24.10 - 9:46pm
LEOLAK - Ohhhh...you were close to Chicago..that's almost close to meeting you! LOL Such a cute post....glad you had a good time! Love the slide in the presentation...I keep pushing myself too!! Thanks!  08.24.10 - 9:02pm
sara mcdermott - It was so fantastic meeting you at the shot party...it's funny because when I was talking with you, you sounded exactly like I thought you would just from reading your blog...lol I know I am a dork, right?... that I finally got to meet you and that's my one thing I got excited about...that I pictured your coice correctly??? lol...Take care and thanks for visiting us...oh and sorry if my new FB profile pic came across as borderline stalkerish...don't hate ;) I am trying to be cool by association or osmosis...or whatever it is :)  08.24.10 - 8:10pm
Jordan - Funny thing...The Urge is the name of a very well known St. Louis rock band...so of course you got The Urge when you were here! Glad you enjoyed The Lou as we call it...next time you are here go to The Hill for some great eats. Love your blog and wish I had made it to the Shot Party! YOu rock!  08.24.10 - 7:21pm
Cheryl McDonald - Thanks again for making the Trek!   08.24.10 - 7:13pm
Annie - I love reading the presentation in that last image - SO like me right now! One day I will make it to see you in person. :)  08.24.10 - 6:16pm
Life with K - You always make me smile. LOVE the pictures. Especially the one without the arch : ) And you are so dead on! I know that JD was closing his eyes and savoring the magic moment!  08.24.10 - 5:54pm
kathy - We were just in St. Louis for the first time, just a few weeks ago. Our hotel looked at the arch and I happened to have a great view of a lightning storm. Set my camera up on a tripod and got a long-exposure of some great strikes (through the window). We ate at Pappy's and Ted Drewes. Great minds think alike. I didn't think I'd care to photograph the arch or even see it constantly but I couldn't take my eyes off it. It changes constantly. Glad that you also had a chance to see something so magnificent. Next time, go inside and up. It is worth the wait. If you aren't too claustrophobic.  08.24.10 - 5:03pm
Frances - We were in St. Louis April of this year. I too had to see the Arch -- wow, what a beautiful structure. It would have been a REALLY FABULOUS TRIP if the St. Louis Shot Party had been going on (and of course, I was attending) when we were there. Rats -- one of these days the planets, stars, etc.... will all be lined up! Glad you had a great trip!  08.24.10 - 4:34pm
Charity Craig - Ummm...Ted Drewes is Frozen Custard, not ice cream. :) It's ok. We still love you here in STL. Glad you had a good time.  08.24.10 - 4:31pm
Jennie Baer - I was THRILLED you came to the Shot Party. I can tell you I loved your presentation, and JD... Come ON! Could he be any sweeter??  08.24.10 - 4:29pm
Shefali Lindsey - Thank you so much for coming to StL! For being born in the Lou, I think it is safe to say you saw more than I have. Loved the Arch part. xoxo.   08.24.10 - 4:27pm
Corrine - Love how your rockin' your cowboy boots in St. Louie! That's great.  08.24.10 - 4:26pm
Ashley - Thank you for coming out to Stl! We love love loved you and Jd. :) Love the new website AND good luck with the Creative Live event!!!!!! :) xo  08.24.10 - 4:02pm
Ashley - We LU-HUVd having you! Glad you got a taste of our mid-wet :)  08.24.10 - 3:57pm
Stephanie - my little brother just moved to st. louis in april, and lives about 1 block away from the arch. not normally a touristy person, i now have an arch postcard hanging on my board at work, an arch coffee mug, and a magnet photo of my brother and mom at the top. which is my way of saying that sometimes these things just under your skin and become REALLY IMPORTANT. ;)  08.24.10 - 3:50pm
cathy - Wow! I was just watching you on Chase live and you are already blogging... or did you post before the interview...? in any case you are a busy busy girl. You were awesome today and am looking forward to watch the rest of the course! So many things you said reminded me of me, especially the part you mentioned how hard it was for you to tell people that you were a photographer... I am still there! Thank you for the inspiration. Much appreciated! Sincerely, Cathy S  08.24.10 - 3:28pm
MelissaFoscardo - I'm glad you got The Urge. I absolutely love touristy stuff...even made my stepson and husband do the cliche "holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa" on our visit to Italy! Hey, why not? To me, a good vacation is a mix of tourist trap crap and obscure "real" places to get a true feel of where I'm traveling. On another note, that screenshot of your presentation...please share so we all know why you're such a chicken :-)  08.24.10 - 3:19pm
Jenny - The Shot Party was an unforgettable learning experience & by you being there made it so much fun!! Thank you for inspiring me to be a better photographer & taking the time out of your busy schedule by flying out to St Louis. Come back again soon Jasmine & JD!!! :)  08.24.10 - 3:12pm
ErikaM - That last Arch picture is too good! I'm sitting here cracking up. I feel like I've been in the same shoes with my husband. :)  08.24.10 - 3:11pm
Alicea Hermeyer - You are the best!! :) Thank you SO for coming!!   08.24.10 - 3:08pm
MK Loeffler - come back to stl anytime!!  08.24.10 - 2:47pm
Jennifer - Jasmine, you crack me up! Thank you so much for coming down to the Lou and