Spooning the Ladies of BlogHer

Last week, I went to BlogHer Conference in Chicago with only one lens, my 50mm 1.4, a lens that is great if you’re standing 24 inches from a plate of food that you’re photographing, or a portrait shot if you’re standing a few feet away. It’s a fixed-focal lens which means, if you want to zoom in and out – it’s a highly technical process that involves moving your feet.

Walk 3 steps forward if you want to get closer to subject.

Walk 3 steps back if you want to get more in the shot.

And if you’re taking a group photo – you might as well walk 50 yards back and holler real loud when you’re ready to click. Which doesn’t work well in tight spots. So I snatched this pic from Kalyn’s Kitchen since she was sensible and brought along an all-purpose lens.

This is Elise (Simply Recipes), Cora (Cora Cooks), Lydia (Perfect Pantry), Kelly (Barbaric Gulp), me, Kalyn and kneeling is Alanna (Veggie Venture)

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A few of you emailed and Twittered me, asking about the swag. Yes, there were lots, but of the dozens of items that showed up in the goodie bag, Elise totally went ga-ga over this:

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A plastic ring that opened up to reveal pink, sparkly lipgloss:

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That’s why I love Elise so much. Check out those glittery lips! PUCKER UP BABY!

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I can’t even begin to tell you how (!*$!#@&* GORGEOUS this woman is….do you know her? Sara married a sexy Italian and now lives in Milan. Really! Do you not just want to stare at that beautiful face forever?! You know that commercial…”Please don’t hate me because I’m beautiful…married to a luscious Italiano….living in Milan and will have cuter babies than you!” And then just when you thought you couldn’t stand all this gorgeousness…Sara tells you her curls are NATURAL.

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Sigh. I’m so in love with Sara.

Then there’s sweet Kathy of Panini Happy, whom I shared a hotel room with. I think I out-snored her.

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And if you haven’t visited Show Me the Curry, go quickly now and check out their videos on Indian cookery. But I don’t know why whoever I gave the camera to chose to include the photo of the 2 men sitting like crabs above us? What does that mean?

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The babies of BlogHer…oh there were BABIES EVERYWHERE! Just look at this kid hanging upside down, curious about my camera. btw, I totally forgot who’s baby this was! Yo! Come claim your child! Would love to email you this pic of your upside down cute kid!!!

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Who can resist baby feet?! aaawwwww…..Kristen’s (Dine and Dish) baby.

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Since there were only about 30 or so food bloggers who attended BlogHer (out of the 1,000+ attendees), we sorta banded together. Kalyn and Lydia brilliantly organized a Food Blogger dinner at Greek Islands restaurant.

My favorite dish was cheese on fire. See? What did I tell you about this 50mm lens on food?! No flash, baby.

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My client, Vine Connections, sent over a BIG box of artisan Japanese sake, so we enjoyed that at the restaurant. Japanese sake at a Greek dinner!? HELL YEAH.

I think Deb of Lunch in a Box loved it most.

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I finally got to meet Ree of Pioneer Woman in person – she’s every bit of genuine and funny as you can imagine! Come check out her newest adventure called Tasty Kitchen.

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I’m really digging black and white photos these days, sometimes the lack of bright distracting colors just make you focus on the graceful curves, the smile and happy eyes. Yep, these photos were all taken with the same lens and no flash. This party was held outdoors, it was 10pm. Now I’m glad I brought that lens and happy that I listened to Diane who told me to buy it.

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Then, five of us…me, Elise, Ree, Deb and Sara packed into a cab after dinner and headed to the Nikon party. Four of us were cramped in the back seat (this was RIGHT after we all enjoyed a 6 course Greek feast), spooning each other to even fit. We each had 1/4 of an asscheek touching the seat and holding our breaths because there literally was no room at all. In fact, we had to alternate breathing, because if all of us breathed out at the same time, I’m sure we would have popped out the back window.

Anyways, halfway there, the cabdriver suddenly yelled an obscenity in another language, Elise in the front seat jolted and as the cab swerved sharply, us spooners in the back seat all screamed Okay, *I* screamed shit- and may have been the only one screaming shit, but that’s the only thing I heard.

We sooo almost died.

Spooning 3 other bloggers.

Now THAT’S the way to go…blogger style.

But how would I explain this to my husband?

Well, we didn’t crash…and finally made it to the Nikon party, downed 2 cocktails and took a photo with Carson Kressley of Queer Eye. Here’s my Hollywood moment.

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And he slapped my butt as I was walking away.

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WOAH BOY!

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Okay, just kidding. I’m totally making that up. I have no idea what the hell inspired me to make the Scream face.

Oh there’s more to this trip…including a dinner at Alinea, a trip to New York City, sleeping on the couch with Buster and a way cool announcement….but time for bed, boys and girls.