Meetup & Picture Clicks

Tuesday afternoon I met up with Marla

I pulled this image from my Instagram Feed which I also Tweet out in case you don’t have an iPhone + Instagram.   <—but you should!  Instagram is my newest obsession but I digress.

We met at our usual place

Although it was a nice day…

…we sat inside where we could really focus on the tasks at hand:

Task #1: Get our caffeine on

I downed a venti drip in about 30 seconds.  After I pour the half and half into it, the coffee gets so lukewarm which I am not a fan of.  I like my coffee scorchingly hot!  Marla reminded me I should ask for steamed milk.  Good point. 

I normally order a cafe misto but that last one I had in an airport was meh so I opted for drip coffee. 

But if coffee is not super hot, I’d prefer to just make a Vanilla Iced Coffee

Task #2: Gabfest!

And it was wonderful and much needed.

We hadn’t seen each other since May!

In the meantime, Marla has been to BlogHer Atlanta and Telluride, I went to Aruba, Marla went to New Orleans and EVO ’11 in Utah, I went to Mexico City and I movedWhew.

We have both been moving targets so it was awesome to finally sync up our calendars and meet.

Task #3: Take lots of pictures of ourselves with our iPhones.

Being silly, laughing at our outtakes and click-click-clicking away was fun. 

Priorities in liquid form, indeed.

Marla is so beautiful. With or without her lipgloss.

I love this picture of her!  Don’t hate me for posting this one, Marla!  You look gaw-geous!

I am 100% makeup-free in all my photos.

That’s quite self-evident though from looking at me.  Ha!

It was fantastic to see Marla, to connect, to share travel stories, stories about our kids, catch up on what’s been going on in our lives, and to leave totally recharged!

And to leave with a handy dandy tip:

If you publish an image to Instagram and then you hold the top button rectangle button + the circle “home” button on your iPhone, it will save the image to your camera roll as a “screenshot”.

Screenshot saved from Marla’s phone.  Cool, huh!

That tip was from Marla via Jenny who tipped Marla off last week she said when they met up for sushi in Laguna.  Thanks, you two beauties, for the tip.  And I was jealous of your sushi meetup I saw on Instagram!

After I left Marla, I ran a few errands, went for a run, made dinner, and went to work.

And I made sure there was dessert.

I need Magic Eight Bars in my life.

And there were a few in the freezer that I found and went to town.  Good.Stuff.

From my last post, it sounds like many of you are afraid of heights.  I know, that bridge I showed is extremely high and even though I am not usually afraid of heights, that bridge even makes me say, whoa.

We all have our little fears and phobias, too, it sounds like.  At least we admit them and thanks for telling me what yours are.  Spiders kept coming up.  I really don’t mind spiders.  I got used to bugs and critters after spending 4 years int the Carolinas and also at my house in Aruba.


1. When was the last time you met up with a friend or had a good gabfest?

2. When you take pictures, how many shots do you take to “get it right”?  Are you “picky” or critical of yourself in photos?

I think we are all a bit hyper-critical of ourselves in photos.  Therefore, I think it’s a woman’s prerogative to keep clicking until she gets it right.  Or semi-decent, at least.

None of these pictures of Marl and I are going to be used as our header images on our blogs or on our business cards or anything too important, but still.  No one wants to publish “dud” pictures for all the world to see.  And with blogs, the images live on.  Forever.  So getting something liveable is nice.

Plus since we are both so into photography, and are bloggers, the clickfest was on in full form.

Now, on something like wedding pictures or senior class pictures or something much more important, I understand even more so about being picky and selective.

There does come a time when you have to say, ok, it’s good enough and not drive yourself too crazy, but I also believe in getting what you want.  And the only way to do that is to as I call it, “have options”.  i.e. keep on clicking so that you have some images to choose from later on when the event is done and over with.   When I ask a stranger to take my picture, I always ask for a second, just so I “have options”.

Are you a clicker or are you okay with whatever pops up on the first shot?  I know with food photography, I take about 100 pictures of something like Magic 8 bars and get about 10 shots I like for the post.  I like to have options.

P.S. Thanks for the entries on the Glass Straw Giveaway!

61 comments on “Meetup & Picture Clicks”

  1. This looks like such a fun meet up! I HATE lukewarm coffee,too. I know you can ask for your coffee “extra hot” at Starbucks too. Otherwise, might as well drink it cold!

  2. Aw, thanks for the Instagram follow link, I was looking for something like that to set up. :-) Cute pictures of you two, how fun!

    1. Too long! I need some more friend/girl time. That’s the problem with working mostly with guys and my sisters are so bogged down with parenting life.
    2. Depends, 3-4 maybe. I like to tinker with lighting and angles because what looks good on the small screen may not on the big screen.

  3. Looks like you lovely ladies had a blast!! I love that you’re makeup free in these photos, I am about 99% of the time. I just don’t have time! plus it’s hot here now, too sweaty. And you’re like my mom, she microwaves her tea after about 30 seconds of pouring it!

    Especially being new to photography, I definitely click click click! And sometimes it’s STILL hard to find a shot I like!

  4. Lovely photos….

    Looks like you both had a good fun outing! Cheers!

  5. You are soooo pretty! So is Marla!
    I’m pretty picky about how I look in pictures- but not really with the state of my face- it’s usually about my hair! It has to be covering my right ear that sticks out more than my left one! I used to be super self-conscious about it and wouldn’t even wear my hair up! I’m better now (:

  6. I need those magic 8 bars in my life IMMEDIATELY!

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  8. I know for security reasons you don’t want to post where you work, but do you work a night job? THe reason I ask is because you said you went to work after all that you did in the day, just curious :) If you don’t want to answer I totally understand!

  9. Love both you ladies, you are so cute posing together! Hopefully we will all meet up one day, maybe IFBC in Nov.?

  10. Pushing the top “lock” button and the circle “home” button isn’t just an instagram thing, it’s something you can do on any iPhone app. I do it often on websites I view on my phone to remember something.

    Is there any reason you chose not to wear makeup most of the time? Your skin is amazing so I don’t blame you, but isn’t your MAC collection collecting some dust?? :)

  11. Loving all the pics! You both look great! :) Girl time is much needed, I really miss it with my bests being so many miles away! :/ Although it is an excuse for lots of holidays for them and regular trips home for me! :)

  12. I met up with a girlfriend last night for a visit :-) I kept her out past her bedtime though … oops!

  13. Instagram has an option where it saves all your photos to your camera roll without you having to save them yourself! Just check the settings. :)

  14. Thanks for the comments earlier & introducing me to your blog – I love it! These pics of you two are awesome and *love* that you’re not wearing make-up – talk about natural beauty, wow!

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