Late last year I received an email from Anne who works with the marketing company which represents Adobe asking if I’d like to take a trip to San Francisco with other female bloggers to learn all about Lightroom. I honestly thought the email was a joke. It was too good to be true! A free trip to San Francisco to take pictures and hang out with people from Adobe? They didn’t have to twist my arm too hard!
I was super nervous for the trip. I had no idea who any of the other bloggers were and didn’t know what to expect. Well, the trip went above and beyond my expectations. There’s something about getting a group of women together with a common interest and passion. We were only together for 36 hours, but in the end I felt like I had known them all forever.
The trip got started off great. I arrived at the BEAUTIFUL Hotel Vitale and this was my view.
Amazing, right? And not only that but the rain shower head was to die for. I think I took 6 showers in the 48 hours I was there. Then, waiting on the bed, was the beautiful gift bag! A camera bag from Epiphane filled with all sorts of goodies. Hello? I had only been wanting a bag like that for years!
The women from Adobe were all fantastic. The first morning we met and chatted over coffee and muffins. We all introduced ourselves and our blogs. Then Cari, from Adobe, asked us a bunch of questions about how we got started blogging, how we find times for our blogs and our families and businesses, and blogging in general. The thing that I loved the most is that everyone from Adobe was just so genuine in their questions and comments. They had all been reading our blogs and getting to know us over the past couple of months so it was fun to hear what they had to say.
After breakfast we started our photo safari, which I was particularly excited for. We walked over to the Ferry Building, which was right across the street from our incredible hotel, and I had fun shooting all the beautiful colors from the farmers market.
On the walk over, Ariana, from Becoming Mom, and I started talking. She told me that she had sent me a few emails. I asked her if I responded already knowing the answer. It’s so embarrassing when you meet someone in person who has emailed you and you know you haven’t responded to their emails! So embarrassing. I get a lot of emails. And I do my best to respond, but sometimes I get overwhelmed and emails slip through the cracks. It’s my New Years resolution to be better at responding to all emails, even if I don’t have an answer. Luckily Ariana is rad and didn’t hate too much. We fast became friends and I think by the end of the trip I won her over and showed her that I’m not a horrible person. By the way, Ariana makes a fabulous product for photographers. You really need to check it out! I’m excited to be using it to help with my wall displays in my new studio!
Back to the trip. So we walked around the Ferry Building and ate an awesome brunch. Then our limo van picked us up and took us up to Grace Cathedral, which is just beautiful! The limo van was amazing because it was fully stoked with tons of yummy snacks. A pregnant girls dream!
We then took a trolley down to Lombard Street. It was such a beautiful day in San Francisco. You didn’t even need a coat most of the day. I was the only blogger from California and all of the other ladies were thourougly enjoying the weather. Most of them came from snow!
Next we went to get some shots of the Golden Gate Bridge. Julianne Kost, the Adobe evangelist, was disappointed that there was no fog. I love the Golden Gate with beautiful blue skies!
Up next was the Palace of the Fine Arts. I’ve been to San Francisco several times and have never been there before. It’s really beautiful!
And as a surprise we got to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge (which I was not a fan of due to my huge fear of earthquakes). But, the view on the other side was well worth it.
We headed back to the hotel for a little break and then when out to a delicious dinner with more great conversation.
The next day we got to go to the Adobe headquarters in San Francisco. All the ladies from Adobe work at the San Jose offices, which are HUGE. But, I was super impressed with this building. It’s an old bank building and is beauitful. We even got name badges. We were so official!
One thing that I love about Adobe is that they are a totally green company. At their San Jose offices they have windmills on the roof and our utensils that we ate breakfast with were made out of corn. How cool is that?
We spent the morning with Julieanne (who is hilarious, by the way!) learning all the rad things that Lightroom can do. And tomorrow I’m going to talk about some of those things and my favorite feature. AND… I’m also going to give away a copy of Lightroom! How cool is that?
Until then, check out the other blogs of the women who were on the trip! I really think you’ll enjoy them! I know I do!