29 Apr los angeles: dance excellence convention.
When I first found out that Jessie and I would be going to LA, my first thought was, “finally! I’ll be able to take pictures in that gorgeous California light!” Ah, the mindset of a photographer.
Jessie’s dance studio was invited to take part in a week long convention in Los Angeles. It was a huge opportunity for her, and we knew right away that we wanted her to go, and that I would be going along. Heck, if I had to play the part of chaperone to get to California, I was willing to do it! Oh, the sacrifices.
We all knew that the reality was that I went along as the self-appointed official photographer!
Our schedule was jam-packed for the seven days we spent in LA. Jessie and the rest of the girls danced their tooshies off. There were several outings, lots to see, and a whole day in Disneyland. I took a ton of photos.
Over the next few days, I’ll be breaking up our adventures by location. Day one started off (way to early!) in the airport. I shot a wedding the day before, got home around 11pm, finished packing, and got 2 hours of sleep before we had to meet at the airport at 4:30 am.
We were all tired, but very excited!
After checking in to the hotel and getting settled, there was a welcome show and dinner where each attending studio was introduced. There were studios from all over the world, including Ireland, Wales, and New Zealand. It was so cool to see our studio photo up on the big screen – it was a photo I had taken the year before especially for this trip.
Our fearless leader, Ms. Annette, got up and spoke a few inspiring words.
The view from our hotel balcony was very California. I love palm trees!
There was a huge board outside all the ballrooms that had each dancer’s name on it. Naturally, we had to find Jessie’s.
There were tons of activities planned for the moms, but we did get to sit in on a few classes. It was so much fun to watch our girls learn and perfect a choreographed dance in under an hour. It still amazes me that my child knows how to do this stuff!
From the very first day, I knew this was going to be an experience of a lifetime. For both of us. I love travel, and I fell in love with California, but my most favorite part of the trip was watching my girl. Watching her learn, watching her socialize, watching her grow.
Here’s to the experience of a lifetime! And travel. And lovely California light. Cheers!