Ace Hotel

Portraits of Some Mighty Women by Leslie Fandrich

Nothing makes me happier than taking pictures of people who are often unhappy with pictures of themselves, and having them love what I have captured. Ladies, I hope that you see what I see: Beautiful, amazing, energetic women who shine.

The awesome Melanie, of  Inward Facing Girl , asked me to take her portrait and she's using one my shots on her  About page .

The awesome Melanie, of Inward Facing Girl, asked me to take her portrait and she's using one my shots on her About page.

Sheri Silver  wanted a portrait in front of the iconic Ace Hotel sign, she is such a rock star.

Sheri Silver wanted a portrait in front of the iconic Ace Hotel sign, she is such a rock star.

Kari Adams  had on her life list that she wanted a current picture of herself that she liked. I volunteered to help her and got this beautiful shot of her. What a bold, colorful girl.

Kari Adams had on her life list that she wanted a current picture of herself that she liked. I volunteered to help her and got this beautiful shot of her. What a bold, colorful girl.

Kari and her friend Becca Jarrell.

Kari and her friend Becca Jarrell.

Emily Perez  wanted a picture with the "E" for her name. I love this!

Emily Perez wanted a picture with the "E" for her name. I love this!

I loved that Melanie matched the paint wall.

I loved that Melanie matched the paint wall.

Emily really started to sparkle when I asked her to jump. This picture makes me smile, there is so much joy and just a little mischievousness!

Emily really started to sparkle when I asked her to jump. This picture makes me smile, there is so much joy and just a little mischievousness!

Of course Kari and Becca wanted in on the jumping action. People look so happy when they are jumping!

Of course Kari and Becca wanted in on the jumping action. People look so happy when they are jumping!

Sheri looking super cool in denim.

Sheri looking super cool in denim.

Head Exploding in a Mighty Way by Leslie Fandrich

I'm back from Palm Springs and my second visit to Camp Mighty. (Here's the first) I decided to go back to keep up the momentum, continue my personal and creative growth and to see people who I know and love online but don't see in person very often. You just can't beat those face to face interactions and hugs. I also wanted to meet more amazing people and boy, did I. There is no shortage of amazing, fun, colorful and awesome people at this event.

Rocking the ACE sign, in the classic Camp Mighty portrait.

Rocking the ACE sign, in the classic Camp Mighty portrait.

This year had some significant changes that I thought made it more fun and informative. The afternoon sessions were more business oriented, focusing on creative projects, and the final dinner was family style, with everyone together in the same room at huge tables. There was the same amount of inspiration, teary moments and crazy space party shenanigans. The people that were presenting and attending were equally as amazing as last year, but this time I knew more of them before I arrived.

There were WAY less nerves and social anxiety for me and I felt so much more confident and relaxed. I also spent more time in the hot tub. It's really my favorite place at the Ace Hotel. It's always so good, warm and happy. On the final night, way past my bedtime, we saw shooting stars. It was a perfect way to end the weekend.

Smile Booth friends! Me with  Melanie ,  Jill , Elizabeth,  Sandra  and  Sheri . Here's  another one I love  .  (Also - Elizabeth? You need a blog! Your name is all naked and unlinked!)

Smile Booth friends! Me with Melanie, Jill, Elizabeth, Sandra and Sheri. Here's another one I love. (Also - Elizabeth? You need a blog! Your name is all naked and unlinked!)

I've got so much to share and I'm pretty sure I can't do it all at once or even all this week, but I promise to share the things that I learned and experienced with you soon. My first thing to tackle will be my pictures. I shot some good ones you guys. I'll be editing those and posting them on Flickr as soon as I can. And the learning, wow, we heard some good stuff. I'm going to figure out a cool way to share that too. 

Until then, have you started your life list yet? It's really time for you to do that. I'm telling you, it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

If you were there, leave a comment below and tell me what you thought of the event! (Link to your blog if you've posted about it already.)

More soon. xo