I love my loft space and while I don't do many shoots there (light is not great) it is a great meeting place for clients and the neighborhood is perfect for that urban portrait look! However, it is a big space and I hope to really use it more for events in the upcoming year.
The first such event was a book release party for the newly published Kirtsy Takes a Bow. Kirtsy is a site similar to Digg but from a women's perspective, and for women. You can go there to find the most interesting topics online for women...everything from news to fashion to blog posts. It is a great way to let someone else tell you where to surf online when you have some down time!
To celebrate the success, they compiled some of the most popular items and put them together into a beautiful book! The contributors are a who's who of the online world and when they asked if they could have their Houston release party at the loft I didn't even hesitate: YES!
To prepare my new office buddy, the editor of the book, and myself spend the better part of Sunday clearing away the urban jungle that had taken over the patio space in front of my building. We also all but emptied the loft space to make room for the unknown number of guests that would be attending the party.
We couldn't have been luckier with the weather. A cool front had come through so we could easily leave doors open and guests could come and go. We had a fire pit outside, and wine inside. A perfect combination!
I already knew a number of the guests from previous Houston events but the one contributor I was most interested in meeting was Karen Walrond (aka Chookooloonks), a photographer and author. It was love at first sight. She has such a positive energy around her and was so fun to talk to! I can't wait to see her again at another event. Definitely check out her blog, and gain inspiration from one of her projects: Shutter Sisters.
So why host the party? Mainly because I really feel important about community involvement and while my children and job keep me from doing more, I felt like this was a great way to support some pretty impressive women in the Houston area (and beyond). Also, I think it is rare to get such an interesting and diverse group of people together in one spot which made for some great conversations. I really enjoyed talking to the guests both about my photography, being in that neighborhood, other artists, and the book! I encourage to you to get involved and see if there is something you can do to help further others in your community. Plus, it never hurts to earn a few Karma points.