January 31, 2012

The What If Conference- Los Cabos, Mexico

We laid out on a blue blanket under a patchwork quilting of stars. We had found our way there through the darkness, guided only by the strings of a melody. It had danced up beside us, tapped us on each shoulder, and then floated away on the wings of a sweet salty breeze. My head felt heavy in the sand, full of the challenges and discomfort of what would be required next. But my heart stretched up toward heaven unafraid. Reeling in the possibility of what could be. Of…What If.

We were the last to arrive that night on the beach. And songs had already been sung. While melodies turned into harmonies, we had been camped out in the lobby on the phone with airlines and hotel reservation desks getting our flights changed. We had been set to leave early the next morning, but that would require us missing the last few hours of what we were there for. And I guess we just never counted on how much these three days on the beaches of Mexico would change us. Challenge us. Connect us forever. And when you feel that much a part of something, you just have to stay and see it through.

I pressed my shoulders into the sun-fired sand and felt the warmth rising all around me from the ground up. But somehow the laughter on the breeze of a group of strangers turned friends felt even warmer. And lying there in the darkness surrounded by the collective promise of boundless possibility, I could swear that even the stars themselves bowed in humbled reverence to a light on the beach… they knew shined brighter.

  1. Emilia Jane

    So beautiful!!!! I can’t wait to see you in a couple weeks at WPPI :-)

  2. Jeremy Mitchell

    Love the black whites! Cabo is so gorgeous, looks like it was an amazing time. Side note: I totally dig Justin’s man-bag!

  3. Christa

    Love! Especially the b&w images :) Glad you were so moved by the experience.

  4. Kathryn Denelle Stevens

    Oh Mary! Simply magical. I would love to hear more about this conference. I was really, really interested in going, but it wasn’t in the stars ;) this year, for me. I am so happy to see that you were surrounded by goodness at this conference…I hope it buoyed you up and that you’re floating, floating in a sea filled with joy and inspiration!

  5. janine kaye

    My heart is happier from spending such a special time with you both. Thank you for being so amazing and for sharing yourselves and your joy with me! I miss you!!!! xxxxxx

  6. Regina Marie

    sounds like you had a great time! and of course i love the image you brought home too… hehe

  7. Gabby / En Route Photography

    OH I wish I could have been there!!!

  8. rich

    beautiful beautiful! looks like it was an amazing experience!

  9. katie yuen

    LOVE the black and whites! Your travels always amaze me :)

  10. Jen Creed

    Your images are gorgeous, of course! I am SO glad we got to meet and hang out. You and Justin are so sweet and genuine, and Chris and I really enjoyed the time we got to spend getting to know you all! I hope our paths cross again soon!

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