… you know, like the Dr. Hook song? πŸ™‚ Now… we certainly weren’t on any cover of the Rolling Stone… but… the NEXT BEST THING!!! (okay, maybe not…) We were in an ad. As in… OMG, WE WERE IN A DOUBLE SPREAD AD!!!!!!! As in… an ad that ran in THREE pro photo magazines (and one WPPI Show Guide πŸ˜‰ )… AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

When mpixpro called and asked us if we would be willing to be in their print ad, I about pooped myself.Β  AHHHHHH!!!!!! OF COURSE WE WILLLLLL!!!!!! Many have asked how we fell upon this opportunity. Well… Remember the BLEND workshop I went to back in March, 2009? There, I met a ridiculously nice guy… who also happens to be a talented photographer, and his name was Dale Benfield. We were on the famous “Team Awesome.” He and I, in that short time, became great friends. It’s hard not to adore him! (Right, Meredith?!) πŸ˜€ Anyway, what I didn’t know was that he was the photographer liaison for an up and coming division of Miller’s Photo Lab… mpixpro. When the ooh la la big wigs asked Dale if he had any suggestions for a “fun photographer” who could be in their ad that ran during WPPI (the photog convention), he thought of us. πŸ™‚ Here’s what he had to say in a recent mpixpro blog entry: “Bobbi and I have been friends since we met in March at a great three day workshop where we were on the same team. Over those three days, I saw her laugh until she cried, and cry until she laughed. She is hilarious, she is smart, and she is genuine.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME DALE??!?! YOU are THEEEE best best BEST! I canNOT believe you thought of us for SUCH a huge honor… and we REALLY can’t thank you enough.

Another question that we’ve gotten quite a bit was, “who took the photo?!” Well, originally, we did. πŸ˜€ You know… self timer style! Mike would balance those books on his head while I’d click the shutter… RUN… jump on the couch… straighten my hair… fix my scarf… suck it in… pop the hip… CLICK… jump down… back to the camera… repeat as many times as I could until the books would fall off of Mike’s head… he’d RE-balance the books… and then right back to the beginning… πŸ˜€

I sent in the photo. You see, I hadn’t yet seen their rough layout of the ad and shot it how I pictured the ad to look. Well… it wasn’t wide enough. Furthermore, I thought that version didn’t show enough products.

SOOO… they sent more products πŸ™‚ THIS time, however, I was NOT about to go through the chaos of the self timer πŸ™‚ I called one of my very best friends. One of the very few people I would trust with this (I was the type in college that in group projects I’d do all of the work because I wasn’t going to allow anyone to ruin my grade!).

Who is this awesome person I speak so highly of? Ryan Hunley! πŸ˜€ He’s the creative genius behind 2nd Street Creative (and has designed mannny photographers’ logos). In his past, he’s art directed many photo shoots.Β  So, having his creative, detailed eye was a HUUUUUGE help to us!

Here, he’s trying to see how easy it was to balance the books. Uhm… he found out it wasn’t! πŸ˜‰ Ryan, don’t be mad that I snapped this.

This may make me sound totally lame… but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that this ad was, up to now, the ABSOLUTE proudest moment of my life. ALLLLL that mattered to me was showing our parents. Seriously. I didn’t care if ANYONE else saw it… having my mom full of pride was what I was most excited about. πŸ™‚ And let me tell you, the parents didn’t disappoint. πŸ™‚ We waited to tell them until it was in print. I called my mom at work and told her about it. She about hung up on me and immediately left work and drove to Borders and OF COURSE showed it off to every person in Borders. I’m not kidding you. She’s just beside herself with pride. Karen and Dave, Mike’s parents, saw it before it was published. The awesome people over at mpixpro sent us 4 prints of the final ad. We accidentally left it on the conference table. Dave promptly asked for one… but first demanded that we sign it. πŸ™‚ SERIOUSLY?! SIIIIGN IT??!? HAHAHAHA! OH how I love our families.

Really and truly, thank you Mom Kim, Mom Karen, Dad, Aunt Karen and G-Mom.Β  We love you. Big time! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

So, on THAT note… WHADDAYA THINK OF THE BRAND REFRESH?!?!?! I’ve been ABSOLUTELY DYYYYING to get rid of the black.Β  Our business has evolved. We have evolved. Time for our brand to evolve! With the feedback of my Twitter/Facebook friends and the help of Ryan… it’s finalized. With the fresh logo also came a blog update. I’m absolutely IN LOVE with it all. Man oh man, feels GOOD to be moving forward! NOW time for a website update… eeeeeeks!!!!

Thank you guys SO much for your patience while I revamped things here. πŸ™‚ If this is how 2010 is starting… I can’t wait to see what amazingness the year brings.


~bobbi+mike ❗ + ❓

PS. if for some reason you want to see one of these in person, and you’re not a photographer who is already a subscriber… go to any major book store and look for Digital Photo Pro… flip over the cover and there we are πŸ™‚ YEAHHHHH!!!!!