One of the biggest downsides about moving away from San Francisco and spending 14 months on the road and 5 months in limbo in Portland before making Phoenix my new home, was that I lost the network I had built up over many years. I had worked with many San Francisco-based bloggers and brands and was constantly invited to events in the city (in fact I still get invitations for events in San Francisco almost every single day). Now that I am living in the Valley of the Sun its time to build my network back up.
That’s when the Catch Me at Luxe event came into my life. It’s the brilliant brainchild of Bre Geiger of Her Hashtag Life. Bre brings together local bloggers matched up with a dozen local photographers and throws them together at a hip venue and the rest is magic. So I saw Bre advertise this event for early April, I pounced on it!
Got my hair done. Check.
Got my brows waxed. Check.
And I had a ball!
Here was my chariot.
Now, Mr. Misadventures and I already had a great time driving the Buick Enclave when we hit Route 66, but this was an entirely different experience. Instead of picnic supplies, hiking boots, camera equipment and water, I had a suitcase full of shoes, a wardrobe bag full of clothing options, my camera bag, my Delsey as a purse and a small vintage suitcase full of potential props. I was able to fit it all in the passenger seat next to me and behind the driver’s seat so I didn’t have to crawl over in the nice dress I wore to get it all in and out of the car.
I also found and used a new feature of the car…the seat cooling system. I’ve used seat warmers before – love them in cold weather, but I never thought I would need cool air flowing ah…hum…between my legs. But when you are wearing a black dress and its already 90 degrees at noon, you’ll take anything. If I am still living in Phoenix my next car definitely MUST have this option!
The day’s events took place at the stylish Graduate Hotel in Tempe, a colorful boutique hotel located across the street from Arizona State University. It has a collegiate retro vibe with mid-century modern touches. There is a lot of thought that went into the hotel’s design elements and it was the perfect backdrop for the day. The interior designers thought of every detail and I loved the retro touches throughout the hotel.
I didn’t get a lot of time to chat with the bloggers between rotations, but enough to know that they are an eclectic bunch, all fun to be around. You should check out their blogs and get to know them as well.
Something that was very clear to me as I looked around the hotel room that myself and the other bloggers used to change clothes and freshen up in: was that I definitely do not have an Arizona wardrobe yet! Everyone else was in light fabrics in floral prints and pastels, I, on the other hand, was in all black for 3 out of 4 wardrobe changes. Maybe by the time I do this again next year, my closet will have adjusted! No matter, I felt on brand for me, and that is all that counts!
One of the reasons I went to this event besides meeting local bloggers was to learn a tip or two about being the subject of lifestyle shots. When you aren’t comfortable behind the camera, you have a photographer husband with a focus on landscapes, and is very precise in his composition (hint, he takes a long time to set up a shot), it isn’t always the best combo. I think he takes forever and by the time he is ready, I am totally over it, lost my smile, etc. All the photographers at the #CatchMeAtLuxe event were so helpful and I really did learn a few things that I hope is going to help with future photos.
I’m actually not going to share a lot of photos for the event in this post, my goal is to use them over the next coming months. But here is a behind-the-scenes one!
Check out this talented bunch:
Elizabeth Jorgensen with Cactus Fox Photography // @CactusFoxPhotography
I think they had as much fun as the bloggers!
Each blogger spent 20 minutes with 2 photographers in any part of the hotel they wanted. There was a five-minute break every other session to change photographers and a 25-minute break to change outfits every two rotations. It was all organized perfectly. Of course, that doesn’t mean I didn’t screw up. In typical Misadventures with Andi fashion, I missed my rotation in the extra hotel room that Bre had reserved, so there will be no lifestyle shots like these in my future…
At least not from the Graduate! You’ll have to make due with the fabulous photo of Jessica Dowd of Mom Life Exposed who did not forget her rotation time!
I had brought my own camera to take some shots, but the day flew by in a flash and I had zero time to take my own pics. As the event ended and the sun went down I couldn’t help to head back up to the rooftop bar for a final shot of the hotel.
On top of the whirlwind day of being the center of attention of 13 photographers, we also received a fabulous swag bag full of fun products. It really made me feel like a celebrity – in for a photo shoot, pampered and taken care of, and then leave with more goodies – I could get used to this life!
Swag Bag Sponsors:
“I am a Creative” Swag Bags: AdLipps
Custom Jewelry: @FYUDesigns
Arizona Art Print: LahontanLetterworks
Chocolate Chip Cookies: Megs Cookie Crate
Workout DVD: Sara Haley Fit
Calendars: Rifle Paper Co
Deodorant: Schmidts Naturals
Camera & Cactus Cookies: Sweet Frost Bakery
Hexagon Tiles: Pink by Peach
Confetti Bags, Dream Chaser Print, & Event Shirts: Her Hashtag Life
Behind The Scenes:
None of this would have been possible without a lot of organization and energy!
How about you? Have you been to an event like this? Would you want to do something similar? Do tell!
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