Whenever I think of which @streetmeetLA event was the most memorable one out of several I attended for the past two years, there's not really an true answer for that because each photographers meetup is always more excellent and better after every event.
This particular Street Meet LA gathering that took place at the Sepulveda Dam Basin one year ago stands out the most out of all of them. It was my first time in 4 months that I returned to Street Meet LA. I've met and photographed alot of then new models that I've never seen before because I was used to seeing and photographing the models that would always attend since I started going to the event in mid 2016. I still stay in touch with a few of them to this day, which is the entire purpose of Street Meet LA.
After having a wonderful time there establishing new connections, the joyful mood took a complete 180 degree turn and vanished as I got home and learned about the unfortunate massacre of the 58 lives lost in Las Vegas that same night. I was in such disbelief and at that time, I didn't even know if I would share the Street Meet LA images so that no one would be reminded of that tragic day in Nevada. I ended up sharing the photos a month after editing them.
I honestly didn't want to bring up that incident but I did so that people can know that its always important to be happy and blessed in life for themselves and around good people. There's no reason that any person trying to seek advancement to improve their work and doesn't get accepted in that society to not be upset and to physically take out their frustrations on innocent regular people. I used to be ignored many times from other photographers and shut out by models when I would ask them some questions as I was learning to be a professional photographer. It totally sucked at first to be unaccepted, but I kept persisting myself instead of just giving up on photography and it paid off well.
There'll be people and things in life that will turn you off, in which at times we have no contol over. Process the negatives and develop the positives out of it. Try not to be a soul-less dipshit to good people and instead, be very kind to them. - 2 months ago