December 4, 2018
I am about to gush all over this page with love and appreciation for Megan, Susie, and Glenda of Tend.To.Events!
Before I can gush about them, however, I really need to gush about Jenny of BonBon Bombardier who connected me with Tend.To in the first place. Jenny is a light in the Colorado Springs small business community, especially among women! She sees the potential and the dreams in other women and somehow infuses them with the courage to believe in themselves. I am convinced she is the actual embodiment of the word “encouragement!”
Jenny, along with Stephanie of Wilder Bag Co., organized their second Womxn of the Future pop up event on November 10 at Pikes Peak Market. A pop-up event, for those who may not know, is simply an event where makers and business owners come together to sell their product. The problem for me is that I do not have a tangible product to set out on a table and sell. Regardless of me telling Jenny this fact, she was insistent, in her encouraging and infectious way, that I should participate in the event.
After brainstorming (and this is where Tend.To is coming into the picture!), I decided that I would figure out how to put together a photo booth for the first time in my life. I sent my proposal to Jenny for the photo booth but included the caveat that I did not have the brain power to also conceive and execute a backdrop for the photo booth. If it were left in my hands, I would literally stand people in front of the exposed brick wall and call it good. Maybe purchase a couple cheap and cliche “props” at Party City. But Jenny, being who she is, immediately connected me with Megan, Susie, and Glenda.
This mother/daughters team is taking their first steps to turn their talents and creativity into a business. I met with Megan, Susie, and Glenda one afternoon at Loyal Coffee and instantly hit it off. Our goal for the meeting was to collaborate about creating a backdrop for the photo booth, but we left with an idea for the photo booth, a date for mini photo sessions together, a promise for headshots and product shots, and a new friendship.
The mini sessions came up on the calendar first. We spent an entire Saturday afternoon working together as they put together and maintained 3 lovely sets while I photographed mini sessions at Ute Valley Park. They gave serious attention to detail, brushing the rugs, resetting pillows, and turning furniture as the angle of the sun changed between each session. And it would be an understatement to say they were passionate, excellent, and professional in their work.
(See photos from Mini Sessions and then keep scrolling for fun from Womxn of the Future!)
Working with Tend.To again at the Womxn of the Future event was also wonderful and so fun!! I am thrilled (and relieved) to say the backdrop for the photo booth at Womxn of the Future was not just a generic backdrop. There was a bench and a rug and lovely throws, and it was all SO dreamy! It really challenged me to step up my game. I used Off Camera Flash for the first time at the event, so it definitely had a giant learning curve for me, but I am pleased with the results!
I am so thankful for a community of women working together to support one another and grateful I can support them in what little ways I can!
Jenny and Stephanie and the men who choose to support and encourage them in all their fierce amazingness!