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SSA Lighting Luau.
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 10:01 AM on 04.23.11
->> Day 1 ---
Matt Brown
Dave Honl
Cool gear from Nikon, Orbis, Honl Photo and Lumodi
LA & OC Derby Girls
Beach volleyball player & cool actress/model
Tim Mantoani

WOW!
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David Honl, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 10:07 AM on 04.23.11
->> Yesterday was a blast- bright eyed and bushy tailed for Day 2!
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Rafael Agustin Delgado, Student/Intern, Photographer
Pasadena | Ca | USA | Posted: 10:15 AM on 04.23.11
->> Two words " Bombshell Betty. "

Tim was great as well. Just hard to follow up such a talented Roller Derby Doll.

Best line from the evening's lecture, " find yourself a wife with a full time gig. "
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Thomas Oed, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 10:39 AM on 04.23.11
->> I was kind of partial to "Quit if you can".... ; )

Awesome experience all the way around so far! Very glad I made the time to come participate. Looking forward to another challenging day!
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Shirley Pefley, Photographer
Los Altos Hills | CA | USA | Posted: 12:58 AM on 04.24.11
->> As always, a privledge to learn from the best in the business. The staff at Sportsshooter events are extremely generous with their time and talent. A big thanks to Bert, Matt and all the staff.
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Micah Escamilla, Photographer
Calimesa | CA | United States | Posted: 4:15 AM on 04.24.11
->> just got home from the luau and had to send a HUGE thanks to everyone who helped put this workshop together. i had an awesome time, learned LOTS, made new friends and i'm happy to say i am no longer terrified of flash - woooooooo!

thanks again!!!
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Thomas Oed, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 4:22 AM on 04.24.11
->> Always amazed to see the kinds of shots that people are able to come up with under tough, crazy, chaotic situations... shows me how much more I myself have yet to learn!

Thanks to all the staff, and also to my fellow participants who were generous with their time, input, and gear!

Special thanks to all the sponsors and speakers as well!
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Dianna Russell, Photographer
Springfield | MO | USA | Posted: 5:04 AM on 04.24.11
->> What a great event! Again. Bert, Ron, Matt, Mike Goulding, Myung, Jordan, Crystal, David Honl, and everyone on the staff (hope I didn't leave anyone out) worked very hard to make sure everyone had a fun learning experience.

It was refreshing being with professionals and students who helped each other without even one hint of ego. Great job everyone. And, it was nice seeing Rod Mar all the way from Seattle too, as I haven't seen him since the Luau in 2003.
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Micah Escamilla, Photographer
Calimesa | CA | United States | Posted: 11:37 AM on 04.24.11
->> by the way, i also wanted to share that my goal in going into the workshop was to no longer be terrified and panicked by the thought of using my flash. a few weeks ago i was even considering selling my one strobe because i never used it, but after this weekend there's no way in hell i'm gettin rid of that thing! instead, i will be adding to my arsenal! thanks again everyone!!!
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 12:17 PM on 04.24.11
->> When and where are the shots going to be posted...
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Lee-Huang Chen, Student/Intern, Photographer
Anaheim | CA | US | Posted: 1:14 PM on 04.24.11
->> The Sports Shooter Lighting Luau is AWESOME like all other Sports Shooter Workshop. I am very very lucky to attend both Sports Shooter Academy VII and now the Sports Shooter lighting Luau. From these workshops, I am not only growing as a photographer, but I am also growing as a person. If you surround yourself with all the great people, then you will grow. That is exactly my experience. I learned so much from all the faculty and staff. They really teach you to "MAKE" pictures. Sports Shooter Workshops are one of the best experiences I ever had. BIG BIG THANK YOU to all the people who made this happen. You guys are AMAZING! And thanks again to all my classmates. I already miss the workshop, this is one of the things I wish there is no end. Thank you again to all the Faculty and Staff (Robert Hanashiro, Matt Brown, Mike Goulding, Rod Mar, Myung Chun, Jordan Murph, Crystal Chatham, Susanica, David Honl, Rafael Delgado, Ron Taniwaki, and Sara) for all the teaching and help. And thanks to Tim Mantoani for the presentation. Hope to see all of you again soon!

THANK YOU!!!
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Michael McNamara, Photographer, Photo Editor
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 1:39 PM on 04.24.11
->> This was an awesome time. It was wonderful getting to work with assistants and subjects that most of us can only dream of. Not to mention all the faculty. I really hope this becomes a regular addition to the SportsShooter Academy lineup.

On the first day, we all went around the room and introduced ourselves, but also said our goals for the workshop. The reasons people gave for attending were really broad and across the board, but in two days, I know that everybody got a lot out of the workshop, no matter what their backgrounds or prior knowledge of lighting were.
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Michael Chen, Assistant, Photographer
Saratoga | CA | USA | Posted: 4:46 PM on 04.24.11
->> I'd like to say thanks to Bert, Rod Mar, Matt Brown, Mike Goulding, Dave Honl, Myung Chun, Crystal Chatham Jordan Murph, Rafael Agustin Delgado, Susanica Tam and Captain Ron Taniwaki and Sara Moosbrugger from Nikon for making this wonderful event possible. Also, a big thanks to Bert for bringing in Tim Mantoani despite the hitch in the original plans for the speaker night. Also, thanks to all who gave time to be in the photographs, and those who provided gear and freebies for the attendees.

Of course, I can't leave out Deanna and Emma Hanashiro, who graciously let Bert put on these kinds of things with time he could be spending with them.

If anyone reading this is even considering attending an event like this, don't think and just do it. It will be worth every penny you spent, and then some. These workshops are labors of love by the faculty, but they also wouldn't be possible without great students every year. As Lee said, you really can grow as both a photographer and a person at these things.
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Mike Huffstatler, Photographer, Assistant
Rancho Cucamonga | Ca | United States | Posted: 6:38 PM on 04.24.11
->> I am so incredibly jealous of those who could attend. I really wanted to be there. Hopefully there will he another lighting event, and with any luck it won't fall on Easter weekend. Looking forward to seeing the images and subsequent new work from those who attended.
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Aaron Jaffe, Photographer, Student/Intern
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 7:53 PM on 04.24.11
->> "I want to start using light instead of having it use me"

I definitely got to live some of that quote that I made on opening day over the course of the weekend.
Big thanks to Team Honl (Dave Honl, Kerry, Susanica) on day one for showing me the light during our mini session. I had never shot more than bounced lighting before their session but they really broke things down and showed me how to build. I went into day 2 and was able to "hang" with the extremely talented photographers that were my peers for this workshop with this knowledge and the help of the Mike Goulding, Sara M. from Nikon, Matt Brown, Jordan Murph, Rod Mar, Myung Chun, and team Honl.

Of course the staff altogether were excellent sources of knowledge and did a great job of stepping in as light stands for us. I am truly in awe of how the faculty was so ready to get hands on to help us put the pictures we saw in our heads into our cameras.

The workshop allowed me to go out today and use speedlight flash on some subjects without fear and with control over my light.
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Ken Charnock, Photographer
Mooresville | NC | United States | Posted: 10:09 PM on 04.24.11
->> Day 1 was full of great info, some shooting, with the dessert being Tim Mantoani on Friday night. Being there Friday night was worth the trip across the US (NC to CA).

Day 2 was full of shooting/learning with various staff and volunteers.

Great weekend, Great people, Great Luau!

Thanks.

Of course - thanks to Nikon, Orbis, Honl Photo, Lumodi, ThinkTank and others for helping this workshop be possible.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 10:43 PM on 04.24.11
->> Day 2
Baseball, gymnastics and soccer athletes at Cal State Fullerton

A GYM-FULL of boxers of all ages at the LaHabra Boxing Club and then beach volleyball players and a cool actress to shoot at Cal State Long Beach.

Then editing, one-on-one critiques and some really cool give-aways!

To borrow a line from "Pee Wee's Big Adventure": "ACTION-PACK!"
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Thomas Oed, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 12:08 AM on 04.25.11
->> Really enjoying looking at the images that some folks are starting to post. Will try to get a few of my own up soon as well, although seeing what a lot of the other participants submitted has been both eye-opening and humbling...
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 1:29 AM on 04.25.11
->> SS.COM member galleries are being posted!

And we will have a collection of work on the Sports Shooter Academy site posted later this week.

Mahalo!
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Dirk Dewachter, Photographer
Playa Del Rey | CA | USA | Posted: 2:03 AM on 04.25.11
->> A top notch experience for all to be had from a group of top notch folks who provide nothing less than an inspiring framework to create many outstanding images. Their tireless energy combined with the goodwill of their recruited models made this a memorable event of exciting photoshoots and a collaborative effort to succeed and network.
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Matt Brown, Photographer
Fullerton | CA | USA | Posted: 12:38 PM on 04.25.11
->> One of the best groups we have every had. Thank you so very much for coming out and busting your butt. The workshop will not end if you apply what you have learn every day.
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Lee-Huang Chen, Student/Intern, Photographer
Anaheim | CA | US | Posted: 12:45 PM on 04.25.11
->> ok, Thank you Matt, I will remember and apply all I learned from the workshop to all my photo shoots and my everyday life.
This great memory will stay with me for the rest of my life.
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Myung Chun, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 2:48 PM on 04.25.11
->> What a great way to spend a couple of days. The students' enthusiasm and creativity are infectious and I leave every Sports Shooter workshop with a little more knowledge and a lot more appreciation for what I do.

Many thanks to Bert and Matt for their tireless effort in putting together this event.

Even more thanks to our generous sponsors Nikon, ThinkTank, Orbis, Lumodi and David Honl of HonlPhoto.

And of course, a huge thank you to all of the great students. You guys rock!
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Jeroen de Jong, Photographer
Waalwijk | _ | Netherlands | Posted: 3:45 PM on 04.25.11
->> It's time you guys come to europe.
Flying across the ocean for yust a workshop is costing to much.
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Jeannette Merten, Photographer
Oshkosh | WI | USA | Posted: 5:43 PM on 04.25.11
->> After attending this Spring Luau and last year’s Academy VII, I feel like there is a sense “graduation” for me; a completion with many valuable lessons. This statement certainly doesn’t mean I know everything, far from it, but rather it gave me the confidence for a new beginning and starting point at a completely different level. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The friendships made along the way with the tips and tricks learned are truly invaluable. These are lessons that would be difficult to get from any book. The application of doing and practice in real-live active settings that Sportsshooter has set-up in their workshops will make you think in ways you may not have considered before.

Thanks to every single instructor, behind the scene people that usually don’t get enough credit, to the sponsors who support these workshops of Nikon and its reps Ron Taniwaki and Sara Sara Moosbrugger, David Honl and his crew, Orbis Ring Flash, Lumodi beauty dish, and special guest Tim Mantoani. I enjoyed meeting you all and hope our paths will cross at another point in the future.
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David Hudson, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 6:24 PM on 04.25.11
->> The experience of being at the Lighting Luau was one of those things where just when you thought it couldn't get any better, it did!

Bert kicks it off - Oh Yeah!
Matt Brown entertains and educates - Oh Yeah!
Dave Honl spills the beans on great lighting - Oh Yeah!
A double shot of Tim Mantoani - Oh Yeah!
Great equipment from Nikon and Honl - Oh Yeah!

And after all that, then we get to shoot with all these experts?!? With diverse and amazing subjects like roller derby girls, boxers, and beach volleyball players?!?! And meet up with and make new friends with people that are all like minded and genuinely nice and helpful?!?!? And with a great staff and faculty to boot?!?!?

If I didn't have the pictures to prove it, I'd say it didn't happen! ;)

Many, many thanks to all for such a great time!

-David (thedavidbase.com)
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 6:49 PM on 04.25.11
->> Also a big shout out and thanks to Jim Morton and Dynalight for the use of a Uni 400 Jr. kit, an 800WS portable studio kit and XP1100 for the Saturday location shoots at Cal State Fullerton!

We could not have had this incredible weekend of lighting fun without the support and dedication to education from these companies:
Nikon, USA (Sara Moosbrugger, Ronal Taniwaki and Bill Pekala)
Orbis (James Madelin)
Honl Photo (David Honl & crew)
Dynalight (Jim Morton)
Lumodi (Brandon Cruz)

And again special thanks to Tim Mantoani for his time, insight and dedication to his craft ...and for sharing his life and gifts with us Friday.




(And thanks to Roberto Beck for his understanding and patience. Next time...)
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Maya Sugarman, Student/Intern, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | United States | Posted: 1:34 AM on 04.26.11
->> Just want to say thanks to everyone: the awesome staff and my fellow students...

I left on Sunday morning super excited to use everything I learned this weekend on the job! But most importantly, I left feeling even more like I belong to a community. This was my first SS workshop, and I really didn't know what to expect. Meeting all of you in person, collaborating and learning with/from y'all, having fun with you all... I think it'll be a big part of what keeps me going, and what I love about this field!

It's pretty hard for me to imagine the insane amount of work that Bert, Matt, and all the staffers put into this (and all the other academies). Considering they all have extremely demanding full-time jobs – they could be doing so many other things with their little free time, but they are so dedicated to putting on things like this. It's pretty amazing, and I am full of admiration and gratitude for their dedication and to put it simply – that they care, very deeply, about our learning and development as growing photographers.

Looking forward to applying to the fall academy, and hopefully seeing you all again!
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Elaine Villaflores, Photographer
Itasca | IL | US | Posted: 2:15 AM on 04.26.11
->> The SSA Lighting Luau was amazing! I honestly did not know what to expect, but I have to say it was awesome. It is the best photography workshop I ever attended; very organized. Although it was a 2 day event, it was packed with great speakers, hands on training, cool venues, and wonderful models. It was a great learning experience and now I can use my flash and operate other lighting equipment. Such a wonderful experience definitely worth the flight to the West Coast.

The SSA Staff rocks! Thank you again for putting this workshop together. You are all very professional, knowledgeable and fun! Thank you for the tips, techniques, and of course the feed back. I really appreciate all the help!

Thanks to all the sponsors! I love all the new toys I purchased. To the speaker, Tim Mantoani, thank you for your words of wisdom. I am so inspired by your presentation.

To my fellow participants...thank you all for being so helpful and supportive. It was great meeting you all. Keep in touch.

I highly recommend taking a SSA workshop...it's the best! You are all missing out! Definitely applying for the Fall workshop and hopefully seeing my new found friends again. Thank you!
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David Bernal, Photographer
Glendora | CA | United States | Posted: 1:42 PM on 04.26.11
->> Wow! Who would ever think that drinking from a fire hose could be so much fun. What an incredible 2 days. I have learned so much and more importantly, I am now able to take these learning’s and apply them to my photography. I am starting to understand and use artificial light rather that it use me. (A paraphrase of a great quote from the weekend).

Tim Mantoani gave a fantastic presentation on Friday evening and gave us a memorable quote, “Quit if you can”, I can’t. Tim also challenged us to begin work on a personal project, “work on something you are passionate about”. When I arrived home on Sunday, I couldn’t wait, I started working on a project that came to mind a few weeks earlier.

I would like to thank the student athletes from CSU Fullerton and the roller derby girls for all their energy, patience and help.

Thanks to all my fellow students for your support and help over the 2 days. You all made this weekend exciting and fun.

Thank you, to the sponsors Nikon, Orbis, Honl Photo, Lumodi, and Think Tank for all your support.

Last and definitely not least, THANK YOU to Bert, Matt, David Honl, Jordan Murph, Michael Goulding, Ti m Mantoani, Myung Chun, Rod Mar, Crystal, Rafael, Susanica, Captain Ron and Sara. It is all of you and my fellow students that made these 2 days truly memorable.
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Dirk Dewachter, Photographer
Playa Del Rey | CA | USA | Posted: 2:47 AM on 04.28.11
->> Jeroen,

Ik kan wel met zekerheid zeggen dat het weder in Zuid-Californie veel beter is dan in de Benelux. Als SS.COM naar Nederland of Belgie komt zal ik tegen Bert zeggen dat ik hem kan helpen met de instructies in het nederlands HA. Blijf maar uitzien naar de videos van de huidige luau. De allerbeste groeten vanuit het zonnige Californie.

http://www.google.com/ig
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Jeroen de Jong, Photographer
Waalwijk | _ | Netherlands | Posted: 5:05 AM on 04.28.11
->> @Dirk,

To keep it in English, most of the guys and girls won't speak Dutch, will there be a market for a workshop from SSA in Europe?

I think there is. In the Netherlands/Europe we shoot completely different than in America. For example, when I watch basketball on ESPN I get dazzled with all the flashes going off. Overhere, we are not allowed to flash during sportsshooting. So that's completely different.
Even for a simple portrait of a sporter I think that the American based shooters are much more creative overall.

I think that such creativity, the reason for me to become a member of SS.com, has a market on this side of the ocean. I think it will give new insights of combining American creativity with popularity of sports like soccer; which I shoot a lot.

Yes their is much more sun in California. I'm in Germany at the moment and it's the same wheather I always have here; rainy, windy and cold. Same goes for Holland, I sometimes think that we are the ones who invented the rain.

Yes, we all speak different languages. We speak Dutch in Holland, German in Germany, French in France and so on.
But generaly a lot of people speak English.
I think that the language shouldn't be a problem. Maybey with organizing a workshop it's easier when you know your way around (finding locations and stuff) but I think we can help Bert with that.

I would embrace a workshop from SS.com on this side of the ocean and I think I know at least 10 people who would say immediatly YES if SS.com is coming to Europe.
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Michael McNamara, Photographer, Photo Editor
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 10:03 AM on 04.28.11
->> Jeroen,

This comes up every so often, and Bert usually gives a very well reasoned response as to why they can't do workshops outside of California. A quick search of the boards will find one of his old posts. A huge factor is that Matt Brown has such a great relationship with the Big West athletic conference and with Cal State Fullerton, which gives great access to athletes there to be used as models. Not to mention they organize these workshops on their own time, and it helps to do it where they live.

Finally, don't just take a trip to California for a workshop. Go to Vegas. Go to Catalina Island. Like wine? Go to Napa.
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Dennis Montgomery, Photographer, Assistant
Ogden | UT | United States | Posted: 12:38 PM on 04.28.11
->> I think David's comparison to "drinking from a fire hose" comes close to describing the experience. No matter how much you try, you can't absorb it all. What you do get is the knowledge that light is your friend and not something to be afraid to use for fear of making the shoot too complicated.

Kudos to Bert, Matt and the rest of the SSA staff for a terrific job of putting so much into a two day workshop---its obvious that you all know your craft, but more obvious that you devote a substantial amount of your "free time" to making workshops like this happen. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Lastly I would like to comment on Tim Mantoani. Wow! Sure he has a dazzling portfolio, but what really stood out was his presentation on how he became what he is today and how up and coming professionals can learn from his experience.

I have seen a lot of briefings and presentations in my time, but this one stood out. He did not slap together a few of his best photos and talk about them, he did not resurrect an old presentation and put new paint on it. He tailored what he had to the audience to get across his message and love of photography.

Every slide was a gem. Every guote was something worth remembering. Every photo had a lesson and a story. The one slide that stood out was the slide that traced the building of his professional relationships over a 20 year period. It started with one photo and pretty soon a series of thumbnail photos was added to show how each photo led to another relationship and more opportunities. The thought process to put this together just shows Tim's innate creativity and how hard he works to make an idea into something you can relate to and will stick with you.

If you ever have a chance to see this presentation, do it, whether you are a professional with decades of experience or an emerging pro. It will renew your love of photography and inspire you.
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Brad Mangin, Photographer
Pleasanton | CA | USA | Posted: 2:31 PM on 04.28.11
->> Tim is a rock star:

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/113247772
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Shirley Pefley, Photographer
Los Altos Hills | CA | USA | Posted: 3:04 PM on 04.28.11
->> It's all been said, but I'll say it again. Sportsshooter workshops are the best. This was my second opportunity to learn with the amazing staff and students. There is so much to learn and these workshops have so much to give.

The opportunity to do hands-on learning with pros and other students followed by one-on-one critiques and then general critiques is so valuable. I don't know of any other place to get this type of experience. I'm still trying to apply all the things I learned a year ago in SSA VII!

Many thanks to Bert Hanashiro and Matt Brown, David Honl, Jordan Murph, Michael Goulding, Tim Mantoani, Myung Chun, Rod Mar, Crystal, Rafael, Susanica, Captain Ron and Sara from Nikon for their time, talent and dedication.

Thanks to the sponsors: Nikon, Lumodi, HonlPhoto, Dynalight, Orbis, Thinktank.

A big thank you to Tim Mantoani who gave a truly inspiring presentation. His message about relationships and hard work followed nicely on Matt's opening remarks about working with subjects through tough situations.

And finally, thanks to all the other participants who are talented, creative, helpful and inspiring. I truly enjoyed meeting everyone and hope our paths cross again.
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