Mini Gather


It all happened here, at Barbara Hurst’s home. Isn’t it beautiful? The tree frames the house  perfectly. Terri Porter drove up from Phoenix and we spent the entire day doing still life photography, eating lunch, playing in Lightroom together, eating dinner, laughing, and smiling. I can tell you we didn’t starve!


Meet my new friend, Sasha! She is Barb’s faithful companion who watched us all like a hawk while we took pictures.


Kim Klassen’s ‘moodswing’ preset applied

These chocolate croissants were left over from the breakfast Barb & I had Saturday morning before Terri arrived. She gets these from the frozen section at Trader Joe’s. You must pull them out the night before and the puff up and then you put an egg wash on them and bake for about 20 minutes. They are delicious! Barb also had the idea of using a tea ball to sift the powdered sugar on them. Smart lady! Barb picked up the gorgeous plate at the swap meet that she, Brian, & I attended after the Gather event in November. Serious prop envy here!


Kim Klassen’s ‘moodswing’ preset applied

Everywhere you looked there were vases of flowers in Barb’s home. These lovely hydrangeas made wonderful subject matter, along with the wooden letter (H is for hydrangea, Hurst, and Hart!)


Kim Klassen’s ‘still’ preset applied

Terri brought things to play with too like this fabulous spool of thread.


Barb had several of these fun little air ferns, which I thought paired nicely with shells she had in a blue birdbath outside.


Kim Klassen’s ‘chocolate’ preset applied

I needed to pull away to start preparing lunch (Paella) and thought Barb’s cool cutting board with the garlic would make a nice still life. Isn’t the background awesome! It’s one of those canvas printed ones from Swanky Prints.


It took a little longer than planned to get the lunch made, but finally it was ready and Barb set a lovely table for us outside.


The Paella turned out pretty good if I do say so myself! It was kind of Barb to let me cook in her kitchen.


Barb & Terri doing their thing!


Kim Klassen’s ‘greymist’ preset applied

As I was clearing the table after lunch I saw this lovely set up that Barb created and had to stop to take a picture of it. It was one of just a few pictures I took w/ my iPhone.


The three of us met at Shutter Sisters Oasis 3 years ago. Who would have guessed back then that we would develop this beautiful friendship. My life is richer because they are a part of it and I am grateful for their love and light.

The next day we went to the Desert Botanical Gardens, but that’s a story for another post!

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14 Responses to Mini Gather

  1. Good to see you woman having such a good time.

  2. Barb says:

    Carol, it looks like you had a wonderful time and how special that you had a “mini” Gather! There’s something about getting together with like-minded souls. I adore all your shots as usual, and that garlic on the board! and that background! fabulous!

  3. Karen Olson says:

    What fun!! Just love the results, especially that last one with the teapot and the cotton and the dishes, oh how beautiful!

  4. So fun to see these and that is what I love about getting together so much how everyone can take the same image and it looks so different. Love that, your images are soulful and really tell a story. Sasha misses you especially in the morning going in your room. I miss you also, my coffee I have to turn it on myself. 🙂 Enjoyed this time together so much with you and Terri, good friends are hard to come by, at least true friends. Now I will go get a tissue and have a good sob. 🙂 Until next time my friend.

  5. So loved to see you all together, I bet you had a great time…

  6. Terri Porter says:

    Oh, I love seeing this and remembering the wonderful day at Barb’s! It could not have been more perfect, from the fabulous food to the beautiful still life set-ups, but most of all the time with you both was so special. I agree with Barb that it’s so much fun to see the differences in the images even though we were shooting the same subject matter! Hope we can do it again before too much time passes.

  7. Max says:

    What a cute puppy!

  8. Carola Bartz says:

    I loved to see all your photos after I had read Barb’s post. Your paella looks delicious, and I love the shot with the garlic. How very pretty! I think I need to buy those chocolate croissants at Trader Joe’s again. The problem is that my family wants to eat everything as soon as it is ready and I have hardly time for a decent photo!

  9. Cheryl M says:

    I think it’s just fabulous that you ladies have this friendship and could have the mini gather! Wonderful images…….all of them! I’d have never guessed that was a canvas background under that awesome cutting board set-up!

  10. Roxanne says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful time together! And what great photos of your mini-Gather! (Love that canvas background too!)

  11. Earl says:

    Looks like a lot of fun. The Paella looks delicious.

  12. It’s so great that you all live close enough to get together. The images do tell a story and they are fun.

  13. seabluelee says:

    This sounds like such a great time! Wonderful friends, great props and photo ops, and fabulous food – who could ask for more?

  14. Sherry G. says:

    A veritable feast for the eyes, tummy and soul, not necessarily in that order!

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