By | 2016-12-18T17:01:31+00:00 January 16th, 2009|0 Comments


Last week I had the opportunity to drive up to San Francisco and spend some quality time amidst Apple fanatics and gadget geeks. Ah, it was so wonderful. Yet, for some reason I now have a strange desire to buy an iPhone (I think I was one of five other people without one at the Moscone Center … seriously).  This could possibly be due to what I like to call “Apple Osmosis” … the more I am around the wonderful iPhone the more I want one.  Patience, young grasshopper …

Anyhoo, I did have a wonderful time. Overall it wasn’t the stuff on the floor, or even the cool stuff that was announced, that made it worthwhile. I went to MacWorld to re-connect with friends and meet others for the first time. That’s really what it is all about! I was lucky enough to snag a killer seat at the live MacBreak Weekly show (I’m the one wearing green), and finally met Scott Bourne and Alex Lindsay from TWIP. :)

Overall I had some really great experiences which I definitely won’t forget.  The first one was dinner with the iStockphoto crew at “Slanted Door” … and OMG that was the best meal I have ever had!  Wow.  But the delicious food wasn’t the only thing great about it … meeting up with the iStock staff is always such a pleasure!  They must take naps and get fresh oven-baked cookies everyday in iStock HQ cause those guys are always so laid back, relaxed, and just seem to love their job!

Next was a brief, yet enjoyable photo walk with Frederick Johnson, Liana Lehua, & Lisa Bettany.  We walked around and took photos (duh), talked, and even made a quick video of everyone wearing bunny ears with Liana’s (borrowed) Nikon D90 & my Lensbaby Composer. Here are some of my photos from the walk, most which were taken with my Lensbaby (and a few other images from the expo floor) … oh so fun!

The last, but certainly not least, adventure I had was when I met and had lunch with Scott Bourne and Liana Lehua.  We talked mostly about photography, but what I soaked up from that afternoon (other than the margarita) was a heartfelt conversation with two people who really have a lot of passion about what they do, and have a great desire to help others along the way.  I came home feeling inspired and motivated; Scott is such a nice guy and I have a lot of respect for him and what he is doing.  It’s really great to have someone like that out there to mentor and help me in my life-long pursuit of becoming a better photographer.


About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,

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  1. Lee Torrens January 16, 2009 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Hey Nicole, you’re certainly getting a lot of press lately. You’re everywhere!

    I think Apple put something in the water. I’m struggling to resist the iPhone and most of their other products too. I’m letting myself upgrade to a MacBook next month, but even with that to look forward to, I’m still struggling.

    Great to be able to meet the people you work with and your heros. I love that about conferences!


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