Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I <3 NY!

When I arrived at Jason Groupp's huge studio in the art district of NY I almost cried because Frank, Luke, Alisha, and Timco where all there and it was just what I needed! I seriously couldn't believe it and it was the best surprise ever! Thank you guys so much! Wow! I'm still buzzing from seeing you and from how great everything went! So many awesome people here!

There were over 50 people there and it was incredible! A couple of weeks ago after my very first PUG in San Diego I talked with Raquel from Pictage and she basically said, in her very sweet midwestern way, "New York is gonna eat you alive - clean it up"... because we both knew that first one was not great and so I've worked really hard to make sure that each of these talks is relevant to the groups that I'm talking with and I was really stoked at how these first two on the East Coast have gone!

Afterwards 15 of us went down to this little bar called Half King and hung out and chatted a bit and then I snuck off for a few minutes with an old friend from Santa Barbara and ate a Gyro at the famous 53rd and 6th Street stand...sooo good

.... and in a few hours I head to Nashville! I'm so amped...although my first flight got cancelled so my connection will be a little bit tighter but I think it'll all work out!

20 comments:

JeffersonTodd said...

That sounds like so much fun DJ! I'm sure you're rocking the PUG groups. Keep it up!

Shannon Rice said...

Yah for you. Keep up the good work.

Jasmine said...

Oooooh, I'm so happy you got to hang out with the OSP gang! How blessed you are to have such wonderful friends in your life. :)

c r y s t a l said...

Sounds so great! I agree with Jasmine - you are soooo blessed!

Have fun and enjoy the Southern hospitality in TN! Remember that Arkansas is just one state to the left!! hehehe!! :)

Sara France Photography said...

I have never heard of so many canceled flights. Crazy! Hang in there! Nashville is going to be a blast! I sent you a text. Pepper is flying there tomorrow too. You are going to have a blast in Nashville!

OpenSourcePhoto said...

Frank has a picture of everyone but I don't think he reads my blog so I gotta get him to email it to me so I can put it up!!! :)

allan z. said...

DJ!
It was nice meeting you man!
Did you enjoy your "birthday" cake?
See you around!

Daniel J. Watkins Photography said...

jt -- he not rockin' ALL of the pugs... :(

Nick Gonzalez said...

Hi David Jay! I was wondering, in your PUG tours, is there anyone in Pictage who still uses film and talks about it in the seminars? There's not a lot of info about how pictage can help film photographers. I will make the leap into digital when I get everything I need to do it right, but I want to improve my services while I'm still using film.

damian said...

Hey DJ! So Im currently shooting my first out of state wedding in Boulder Colorado! I am super excited to travel with wedding photography. Got any advice for a first timer traveling for a wedding??? I hope to travel as much as you do someday! I love it! Hope all is well.

Sarah Barlow said...

Aww! That's so awesome! NY sounds really sweet!

Have a blast in Nashville!! So wish I could come down! My aunt who is going to be at the meeting tonight tried to talk me into flying down there this afternoon...but..what's it with these bosses of ours?? LOL!

Alison Bynum said...

oh sarah i wish you were coming too. i talked to your aunt on the phone today and i am really looking forward to meeting her in person. see you soon DJ

Deyl said...

when u coming back to SB? can't wait to hang :)

jason groupp said...

DJ - You need to come to NY more often! Thanks for giving such an inspring talk last night. It was awesome having you here.

Frank DiMeo said...

My brother from another mother...of course I read your blog (-: I have posted here before and always try to check in.

Dude, it was us that were big time stoked to see you! As always, you bring light into so many of us that you touch.

I just now got done putting the kids to sleep and sat down to my computer. Of course you are on the top of the list (as always), so I will try and get you some pix as soon as possible.

Honestly though DJ...can't tell you enough how fortunate I feel, and how much I appreciate every second we get to share together.

Thank you so very much for everything.

Luke Walker said...

frank and jason beat me to it, but as usual they are right on the money. it was awesome having you come out to NY and rock out! i know we tried to let you do your thing as much as possible, but the time we spent sitting around the table and having a couple drinks, and just hanging out, made the whole night worth it bro. can't do that enough, its what being friends is all about.

we've been successful in getting some major west coast action out here in NY, and we hope it continues. you are more than welcome to come out, hang out, and/or stay with any one of us ANY time my friend. talk to you soon and let's get together again sooner rather than later!

fun@life said...

DJ,

Man I'm stoked for you that the PUG tour is going so well, and that your presentations are going well. There is a great presentation website out there called www.presentationzen.com that you should take a look at. Specifically you should go this link and read about what makes a great and memorable presentation (http://presentationzen.blogs.com/presentationzen/2006/07/i_am_canadian.html#comments).

Presenting in a way that is meaningful is a skill, presentation in a way that is memorable is a gift. The bottom line is during a presentation people don't really care about the product...they care about the person. Given, you have to present in a way that is well spoken, but memorable and meaningful is always better than just meaningful.

On a seperate note, you should check out this blog as well by Guy Kawasaki (http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/04/the_120_day_won.html). You may have seen this, but it's some awesome insight to blogging in a way that is meaningful to the masses. Obviously you are good at that as well.

Cheers!

Arden said...

I just recently checked out your blog for the first time and am loving what I see. Great stuff!

Daniel J. Watkins Photography said...

Man, after reading comments from Luke, Frank and Jason...can't you just get a 1 night layover in the gateway city???? We'd take good care of you. ;)

Alisha said...

DJ-Thanks for haning with us in NY. You know I love you and it's always a pleasure. I would travel anywhere to see your smile. :)