February Photographer's Meetup

Last summer, in an effort to create more of a local community of photographers, I talked to a couple other photographer friends and decided to form a photographer’s group. We don’t meet very often (my hopes of a monthly meetup were soon clearly unrealistic) but when we do, boy, is it fun. I planned this meetup all winter long and it was the perfect winter activity. I am only now posting these photos because…honestly, I needed a little distance from these photos before I loved them. With all of the work that went into the meetup itself, it was hard for me to also enjoy the photography part of it and to really appreciate them with the amount of effort (and investment $$$) overshadowing it. I hope you enjoy looking at these photos and gaining inspiration from them! If you have any questions about any of the items I used, I would love to chat with you about it!


For the location, I chose to use the “lodge” building at my local state park. When rented on a weekday, the rental fee is incredibly reasonable and it has this lovely front room that is perfect for brunch. Also—WE HAVE NO OTHER VENUES. Someone please please sponsor me to create a gorgeous local venue. I had shot another brunch here in the summer of 2017 for some articles for Daughters of Promise, so I was already familiar with what was available there. If you look at my @evergreen.gatherings page, you’ll be able to see some of that very similar event.

The table setting consists of:

White Plates— Dollar Tree

Stemless Wine Glasses—Marshals

Vintage Silverware—ShopGoodwill.com

Double Gauze Napkins—Homemade and Dyed, Hobby Lobby

Placecards—Marble Velum (Hobby Lobby) and Gossamer Ribbon (Tono & Co.)


I had quite the experience with the florals. As per usual, they did not turn out like my mind’s eye had envisioned—I have a really long way to go in that respect. Also, the morning of the event was quite frigid. To the point that between setting my arrangements into a cold car in the morning and carrying them inside, all but one anemone had turned brown from frost and the gorgeous garden roses all began to droop excessively. Sad day, lesson learned.


For the menu, I intentionally chose items that were simple, delicious, and easy to prep ahead of time. You can find the recipes and inspiration in my Pinterest Board for this brunch—Spring Brunch.

The Menu:

Croissant Egg Sandwiches (seriously so so good and crazy easy)

Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Balsamic Peach Sauce

Citrus and Mint Salad

Raspberry Baked Brie with Puff Pastry Bites

Cake (I am totally blanking on what the cake was that I made. Orange Cake with Almond Cardamom Icing I think? Who knows.)

Rosemary Pomegranate Punch

Photographers from L-R (with their social media linked in their name, go give them a follow) Melody Rose (me, duh),  Katrina ,  Jess ,  Meghan,   Karen,   Rosy ,  Sharita,   Grace,

Photographers from L-R (with their social media linked in their name, go give them a follow) Melody Rose (me, duh), Katrina, Jess, Meghan, Karen, Rosy, Sharita, Grace,