Saturday, October 29, 2011

when virtual friends become real

I was so fortunate this week to be a part of a meetup of 15 beautiful ladies from flickr who converged in New York City for an afternoon of fun and photography. For me it all started with my fellow Mortal Muse friend Kirstin who was visiting NYC from London for the week. She and I had planned to get together at some point, but then this meetup started coming together so instead of just meeting Kirstin for the first time, I got to meet ALL of these other fabulous new flickr friends too. Here's part of the group posing in the New York Public Library for a quick Polaroid spectra shot.


We first met up at Grand Central Terminal--in the midst of the chilly, rainy-day crowds we all came together one by one. And even though most of us had never met before we still recognized one another from self-portraits and avatar photos. I'll admit I was a little nervous as I approached this group of "strangers", but within minutes all the apprehension just faded away.

This photo below was taken by Kirstin's husband Tom. The idea came from Deirdre, who also took a cool shot like this one. I love how the long exposure shows us all standing still in the the blur of people around us.

epic flickr meet.
{this photo by kirstin's hubby tom}

There are so many great photos from our day posted on flickr--because these ladies have some serious photographic talent. There are a couple of fun group shots here and here. And I love this one of me taken by the wonderful esra as I looked at an instant photo I had just taken. Oh, and this digital photo taken of one of my Polaroids--it's so creative and beautiful, thanks Heather.

instant fun

@mamaowlphoto setting up the shot

Unfortunately it rained all day, but although we didn't get to be outside much we still had a wonderful time. With good friends--and I'd guess over 20 different cameras--we made a gloomy day turn magical.

esra and holly get down low

The connections we make through our blogs and flickr amazes me. We get to know little bits of each other's lives through photos and words over the interwebs, but I tell you, in real life these ladies are even more beautiful and fantastic! I live in the city so it wasn't much of a stretch for me to make it to our meetup--I even went to work in the morning. The rest of our crew came from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, upstate New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and London--thanks to all of you wonderful gals for making our day on Thursday so fabulous. I can't wait to do it again.

grand central blur

If you have a chance, you can visit each and every one of my cool new friends by clicking on over to their flickr photostreams when you have some time and want to see some gorgeous photos. Here they are...enjoy!

Debbie (damiec), Heather (htekmo), Deirdre (superdewa), Kirstin (Kirstin McKee), Amy (a.commonplace.life), Jaime (jaime973), Holly (soupatraveler), Audrey (MamaOwlPhoto), Esra (*esra*), Camille (CarmNSandiego), Liz (lizzard_nyc),  Jill (grey cottage studios), Debbie (sparkleplenty_fotos), Linda (sidemtess | linda).

20 comments:

{OLIVIA} said...

so fun christy! there are some great shots.. *sigh* if only I lived in NY!!!!!!!!!!!!! you look FAB!

Kathy said...

Seriously cool group photo in Grand Central! Looks like a great time was had by all :)

Kathy

Andrea said...

What a fun get-together! I love that second shot.

Andrea said...

Wow! That looks like it was wonderful!

amberlee said...

Looks like a fun day! Love the group shot

amberlee said...

Looks like a fun day! Love the group shot

lowercase letters said...

oh how fun! i always thought it would be cool to meet up with fellow blog friends. :)
these shots are a-mazing! i love the group one where all the other ppls are a blur around y'all. way cool.
i'm having a GiVeAwAy! southernpinky.blogspot.com

deb did it said...

oh what a magical day of concreting the relationships we discover online. I also have so many wonderful friendships that have developed into real life, from behind the screen. Now I will go a visiting each one! I LOVE love that photo Tom shot of y'all

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What an exciting day. Just a fabulous post, Christy. I love the whole idea of you all getting together in NYC. :)

Joan said...

I love this! I will definitely check all.

esra said...

Such a beautiful post. It was a wonderful day and so great seeing everyone in person. I'm so lucky to be a part of it. And it was awesome meeting you, Christy. You're so wonderful and inspiring. Hope to see you soon again..xx

Anika said...

What fun!! Love these shots along with the ones you mentioned on flickr... must've been great to put some real faces to those internet friends.

shirley said...

Wow, what a great group of photogs coming together. I love the friendships made through the love of photography and the internet. Priceless.

Barbara said...

How cool!! I love all the photos, but especially the one of all you standing still while everyone else zooms around you. So wonderful you all came together like that!

Oliag said...

Epic meet up indeed! How wonderful to meet each other...Love your photos!

justine said...

wow it sounds like you had an amazing time, what great shots too

Anna said...

This sounds like a great time - internet friends, cameras, wonderful city views! Love all the shots and links that you've shared!
Happy week to you :)

lisa said...

What an amazing day this must have been Christy!
Thank you so much for sharing it here!

Christina said...

this brought tears to eyes. to know this photography neighborhood, can bring together such wonderful people. i so wish i were there. next time, my friend.
xoxo

mosey (kim) said...

I loved seeing this day documented. Someday, we will have a east coast meets west coast meet-up! x