Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

I’ve always been one of those people who never wins anything. Competition makes me uncomfortable and I don’t like to lose, so I rarely participate in contests of any kind. Last month, though, I was compelled to enter one contest in particular because of one word. That word? JOWLER. In case you don’t know what a jowler is, there’s a great site dedicated to the artform that explains it perfectly. I first learned about jowlers several years ago from a friend of mine. He had me take a picture of him jowling while we were at a bar in Las Vegas. When handed me his camera and said, “I’m going to do a jowler,” I had no idea what that meant. I was mortified when he started flopping his head back and forth rapidly in the middle of this crowded bar. I snapped a photo and couldn’t stop laughing at the results. I’ve since taught many of my friends how to jowl and I’ve got a pretty nifty little collection of jowler photos that I keep handy in case I need to use them as blackmail later.

But, back to that contest. You’ve heard me mention the [B] School here before. Becker, the founder of the [B] School, together with a rowdy group of photographers known as THE MAMMOTH MEN, invited photographers to submit their best jowler photos. While it’s true I already had a very large pool of jowler photos to pull from, I decided to take a new one and my loving husband gladly stood in as my jowler model. While we were downtown doing our portrait swap with Jenny and Tyler, I decided to utilize part of the Los Angeles skyline for our jowler photo. I call it Jower and the City. Behold:

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Hott stuff, right? Back off ladies, this one’s taken!!

Well, all of this is really a not-so short and to the point way of announcing that I WON! For my (and Chris’) efforts, I was awarded a Private School membership to the [B] School, which means I am now a lifetime member and I gain access to super special parts of the [B] School that regular members can’t see. It’s very exciting to me because the [B] School has proven to be a very valuable tool for me. I’m so glad I’m a part of it. And, now I’m a lifer! Thanks to Becker and The Mammoth Men for putting on a super cool contest!

Speaking of the [B] School, last night I hosted a get-together for Southern California [B] Schoolers. It was a potluck white elephant party and good times were had by all in attendance. The rain was pretty gnarly so several people couldn’t make it last minute, but we had a nice little group of photographers, I was very pleased! Here’s a few snapshots from last night:

Araxi of Araxi Photography, her husband Nick, and Jason Javier check something out on Jason’s Canon.

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Matthew Saville rips into his gift.

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Eric and Nicky of Eight20 Photography were there!

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And so was Jenny from Fairytale Dreamer Photography! Here she is being amused by her gift.

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Joel of Arellano Photography stole Eric’s sweet Lord of the Rings DVD. He’s so mischievous.

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Brian Dreisbach was totally enamored with the awesome gift that I contributed to the party, as you can see. Who doesn’t love a snow globe?

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Here’s Chris with his new friend, Chia Head Shrek.

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Oh, and here’s Matt Saville–a die-hard Nikonian–holding a Canon. Guess he didn’t want any incriminating evidence to be posted on the Internet, though. Hehe.

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And that’s about what I’ve been up to recently besides the usual holiday business that always happens this time fo year. Chris and I are heading to Colorado this week and we aren’t coming back until January. Woot! So excited. I will be doing some family portrait sessions while we’re out there so I’ll be sure to post those when I can!

  • Michael Campbell - Heidi, great photos – looks like you guys had a way fun time! -Mike

  • Henry - Looked like you guys had a blast last night, I wished I could’ve made it :(. Happy holidays Heidi, and see you in the new year!

  • Jennifer Berry - i’m jealous. i wanted to see matt with a canon. darn it.
    sorry. i had to work. booo me.
    Happy Holidays

  • brian alexander - Oh it was hilarious event. I heart my snowglobe.

  • Araxi - Heidi Nick and I had a great time. Thank you for being such a great hostess and I am so glad the leg lamp went to a good home!! ;)

  • Wayne Toshikazu - Looks like a fun night! Wish I could have been there…

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