Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Night Photos: Meeting Food Bloggers at BlogHer Boston

Before you look at these photos of people I met in Boston, remember that I keep reminding you how Friday Night Photos is about me taking pictures of things other than food so I can practice photography. Well, the big lesson in these shots from BlogHer Boston is about changing the white balance on the camera so you don't have to fix it when you're editing. I never think my photos of people look as good as the people look in real life, but hopefully you'll still enjoy seeing them. The lovelier-in-real-life ladies above are Nika from Nika's Culinaria, Lydia from The Perfect Pantry, and Sarah from Sarah's Cucina Bella, who were my fellow panelists from Social Media Can Save Dinner. (If you click that link you can read how the session was skillfully liveblogged by Andrea from Library Techtonics.)

Of course the ladies insisted I get in the picture with Nika and Sarah too, and I'm posting it just to show I'm a reasonably good sport because I hate the way the braces make my teeth look yellow in this photo. (My braces are gold, which has both good and bad aspects.) We were having fun though, which I hope you can tell from the smiles. (Thanks to Lydia who took this photo and also generously invited me to stay with her and see the real-live Perfect Pantry, which is how I ended up going to Boston in the first place!)

I met a lot of interesting women, most of whom I didn't manage to take pictures of, but I did sneak in this shot of Maris from In Good Taste, who'd written to me before we went to Boston to arrange to meet up with the food bloggers. She was another impressive live-blogger (scroll to the end for links to her live blogging posts from several session.)

My day started at 6:00 A.M (that's 4:00 A.M. Utah time) and I was definitely looking rather frazzled and faded by 6:00 P.M. when I got this picture taken with the gorgeous SassyMonkey, BlogHer's book editor, author of Sassymonkey Reads, and the person who's single-handedly responsible for the fact that I was reading this book on the plane coming to Boston! In the background between our two heads you can barely see my new friend Cora from Cora Cooks, who is not only nice, she's funny! Talking to Cora and enjoying some of the amazing food at the reception is Renee from Crumbs.

Last photo, but certainly not least, the three gorgeous women who started the organization that's responsible for putting together the BlogHer conferences and running BlogHer.com, which I'm so proud to be a part of. Equally as brilliant as they are beautiful are (left to right) Jory des Jardins, Elisa Camahort Page, and Lisa Stone.

(There are lots of other bloggers I met or who've written about BlogHer Boston, and no doubt there are people I've missed in the list of links below. If you were there and I missed you, please leave a comment and I'll add your link.)

Other Bloggers I Enjoyed Meeting or Seeing Again:
Kristy from BlogHer and She Just Walks Around with It
Candelaria from Good and Plenty
Megan from BlogHer and Megan's Minute
Janis and Liz from Meal Makeover Moms
Beth from BlogHer and Beth's Blog
Suzanne from BlogHer and CUSS and Other Rants
Laurie from BlogHer and Laurie Writes
Dana from Mombian

Who Was Live-Blogging or Blogging BlogHer Boston:
Official Live-Blogging Links from BlogHer.com
Maris on Blogging Basics - Figuring Out Your Blogging Mojo
Maris on Blogging Basics - Six Steps to Personalize, Polish, and Promote Your Blog
Maris on Social Media Can Save Dinner
Maris on Closing Keynote: Change Your Future, Change Your World
Megan on I Had a Blast at BlogHer Boston '08 Part 1
Megan on I Had a Blast at BlogHer Boston '08 Part 2
Candelaria on Women's Day, Power Day, Lovely Day Blogher in Boston
Renee on BlogHer Boston Recap
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19 comments:

Valentina said...

What an interesting event by the sounds of it. You write about people in such a lovely way. There is a lot of admiration, respect in your words. And this is in every single post when you mention others. How lovely Kalyn!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I think I can read between these lines and a good time was had by all! Thanks for the photos. Somehow it's good to have a face to go with the people.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Kalyn, your Friday Night Photos are always great fun, even when they include a photo of me (I was being a good sport, too!). Looking forward to the photos I know you took from your visit to Boston and Rhode Island.

Natashya said...

Looks like you had a great time.
It is nice to put a face to some of the blogs.
(Remember to be careful kissing men who also have braces - you don't want to get locked!) ;)
Thanks for sharing your evening with us.

RecipeGirl said...

Great pictures- it's so much fun to see bloggers in 'person.' Sounds like it was a fun time for you!

Ilva said...

Thanks Kalyn, just want I needed today, some nice and friendly food blogger faces! (Can't see any yellow teeth though...)

renée said...

hi kalyn. it was nice to meet you at blogher boston. you and the other food bloggers that spoke are so inspiring! thanks for sharing your stories and photos.

(i'm in one of the background shots talking to cora and stuffing my face with the amazing food)

Kalyn said...

Valentine, all the bloggers I've met have been such lovely people that it's easy to write nice things about them!

Tanna, this was so much fun. I agree, it's nice to see the photos (even when we don't like how we look ourselves in the pictures!)

Lydia, LOTS more Boston photos to come for Friday Night Photos! Good memories to go with all those photos.

Natashya, will keep that in mind if I happen to get a chance to kiss any men who have braces!

Recipegirl, so much fun!

Ilva, the gold braces really do make my teeth look yellow in the photos, but in real life the gold is much less noticeable. And I always wear gold jewelry, so it matches. (And actually I got gold plated because of my allergy to metal, and it was the same price, but it's been kind of fun. My students are very impressed!)

Renee, thanks for clarifying. I thought it was you but wasn't completely sure. Hard to keep all the names and faces straight! Will edit so people know that's you with Cora.

maris said...

Love the BlogHer photos! I didn't know you snuck one in there of me :)

Thanks for posting all of the links to my live blogs.

It was great meeting you and I'm already looking forward to BlogHer '09!

the italian dish said...

Kalyn - thanks for all the great links. I enjoyed reading about your time in Boston and checking out all the great blogs. (Hey - I can hardly tell you have braces on in the photos - really!)

Cora said...

At the end of a long day, I am thrilled that the only picture of me is a side head shot, from a distance, talking to Renee. Doesn't my hair look nice? I've sent my brothers a link so they can see in black and white that someone thinks I'm funny. You made my day!

Karina Allrich said...

Kalyn, it's sounds like so much fun! I love seeing the pics from your Boston BlogHer meet-up. I'm looking forward to seeing more!

nika said...

I HATE pics of me ! Man this one is particularly scary. Yikes!

Was great to finally meet you!

Christine said...

I certainly couldn't see any yellow teeth in those photos. And i'll bet that gold becomes you! Great photos. It looks like you had a wonderful time.

Pam said...

What fun! I love your pictures!

Kalyn said...

Maris, looking forward to seeing you at BlogHer '09 too.

Italian Dish, glad you can't tell, but I feel like the gold braces really make my teeth look yellow in the photos. Plus it's hard to smile with braces. (There goes my modeling career down the tubes.)

Cora, I do think you are very funny! Really enjoyed meeting you.

Karina, lots more Boston photos coming on Friday nights.

Nika, I think we all feel that way about our photos. Funny isn't it? It was great to meet you too. Thanks for the photo advice.

Christine, we had so much fun. (Can't wait to come and visit you too!)

Pam, thanks, it really was great.

Megan said...

Hi Kalyn,

It was a pleasure to see you at BlogHer Boston. Though I did meet some food bloggers, I didn't get any pictures of them so it was great to see yours.

Megan

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, how fun! Thanks for sharing, Kalyn.

Meeta said...

Lydia told me about your visit! This is great seeing everyone. I have to make it to one of these one day! Kalyn and you look lovely!

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