Have you ever finally met someone that you felt like you’ve already known for a long time? I’ve known Katrina Kennedy for several years now, but only from a distance. I’ve taken online photography classes from her, read her blog, followed her on facebook/twitter/pinterest, talked with her on The Digi Show, and worked with her at The Daily Digi. I’ve always adored her and now I’m thrilled that I’ve met her in person!
She has such a fun personality and she’s beautiful and kind.
Riley was so excited to meet her too, I’ve talked about Katrina a lot and shared a bunch of what I’ve learned from Katrina with her. When we were telling my hubby that we were going to meet her, Riley said “I mean, it’s KATRINA KENNEDY!”
So how did this all happen? Well, Katrina came to the Scrapbook Expo to teach a class and invited me and Riley to join her. Is that cool or what?! I had been invited to attend the Scrapbook Expo by Kami and Chelle (both at Scrap Orchard) but my life is so crazy busy right now that I couldn’t imagine fitting it in. When Katrina asked if we could meet, I decided I better find a way to carve out an hour or two. I originally thought her class was on Saturday so I was going to go and then spend a little time at the Expo afterwards. I realized that I had written down the wrong date and her class was really on Friday. Hubby had meetings and I didn’t have a good option for Alex, but we were able to work it out and Riley and I zipped over to join in Katrina’s class. I was embarrassed that we were a few minutes late (due to a misunderstanding at the front desk) because I didn’t want to walk in and interrupt her class. When we entered, Katrina stopped and said that she needed to give me a hug right there because we were finally meeting. So sweet!
I had to fight my Hermione Granger urges during her entire class because I wanted to raise my hand over and over and be her star student. LOL! I have to say that Riley and I were pretty much geeking out the whole time that we were hanging out with Katrina Kennedy! We learned some great tips also. Even though I have taken everyone of her online classes, there is still something different about actually being there in person. I felt like I got the whole visual triangle principle so much better after she showed us some of her photos. I felt very inspired by the whole experience.
My favorite part? Well, it had to be when she pulled out the Lego minifigures for us all to practice shooting with. Are we kindred spirits or what?! She let Riley and I borrow Evel Knievel. I told her that was a minifig I didn’t own and joked that he would be going home with me. Of course, Riley knew just what to do with the little guy since we practice photography on Lego minis all the time around here.
Riley took this one. I love how she paid such close attention to the composition.
I love that Katrina got right down on the floor to take pictures of everyone shooting Legos.
I wish we could have stayed longer after class to just visit with her, but she had another class to teach and we needed to get home to Alex. Maybe someday I’ll get to go visit her in California or our paths will cross again. Katrina is just one of those genuinely awesome people and I’m so grateful that both Riley and I got to meet her in real life. Very cool!