In all the years I've known JT, think it's about seven or so by now, I've always enjoyed his friendship and friendly competition in the workshop arena. What I've even enjoyed the most is JT having me at two previous HTL's, or Hit the Lodge
as they're known throughout the photography forums.
Hit the Lodge is one heck of an experience for anyone, I've watched it evolve as many of us have. I've watched JT grow HTL and JT has stuck through the thick and thin to ensure all HTL's go off without a hitch. He's added "kellyg" to the repertoire--such a lucky guy! We all know kellyg is the beauty and the brains of HTL, JT, well he's known as the drummer boy
(inside joke, go to HTL to experience the "beat" of HTL and you'll know what I mean.)
I'm headed to Maui shortly for my own workshop, and I've done many, over 80 in close to five years, and I can truly say HTL is an experience not to miss--I honestly say that--that's why every year I put time aside from my busy schedule and attend HTL as an instructor, helping JT where I can, from finding VIP guest speakers to lending a helping hand--why, because HTL represents an event like no other--it is the best of the best! It spreads the gospel of photography!
Each time I go, I snap a few pics, as the event is for the attendees, last year I took two images of Chris, a male model, and low and behold, instant tearsheet in one magazine and a full page image in my upcoming book. Samy with Apryll, another pic in my book of her from two HTL's. The first HTL I attended, same thing, took a few photos of Wendy and Talya after HTL was over, snap, another tearsheet and book images.
Add to that, I've met great folks like Denis Keim and Timmothy Dolph and others to name a few, heck, last year I even discovered the model for the cover of my first book and then I submitted her to Playboy for Playmate consideration, Playboy snapped her right up, yep, the lovely April 2006 Playmate, Holley Dorrough came to me from HTL.
I've met other fabulous models there too, like Ginger, Natalie and made some great friends like Corey, Bill, and others...can't name them all, I'm sure I'd leave someone out. Heck, even met G1's resident mortgage broker Bobby G! Next loan Bobby, next loan, promise.
That's the beauty of HTL, great models, great mentors, great instructors, great times (yep we drink and dance there), great images, great location, just plain greatness all around. Sure, a few folks have come and gone, tried doing their own HTL, but none will ever be like HTL and I'm sure there are those that wished they could be a part of it again. While I'm happy to be a part of it again, that's the other beauty, JT get's to do all the logistics and all the headaches that come with putting events together and JT can do it like no other at this level of an event.
I do enough of my own events to know I can speak a true opinion about HTL and I want everyone to know JT has my full endorsement and support for this type of event and I hope those of you standing by undecided will make that leap now, sign-up before it's too late. If you do, let me personally know--you might get a surprise when you do--rumor is that I'm bringing a few copies of my book to the event along with some bonus goodies--sign up for HTL and make sure you let me know there or here by PM that you signed up because you read this post and I'll see what bonus I can get you--hey, surprises, especially good ones, are always great when they're a surprise!
While our main forum is not normally ment for giving opinions on upcoming events and workshops as we have a separate forum for that and normally reserve this forum for "after the event," I've talked to the boss (my wife who let's me attend HTL each year) (grin), and she says go with it, go with your gut--so this is an exception. Don't email me, don't complain, just sign-up and show-up at HTL. I'm on a plane soon, take my word for it, HTL rocks better than Bon Jovi ever did!
Well have to run, besides images for my book and a Playmate discovery at the previous HTL's, here's some images from previous HTL's...thanks, rg sends!