Last week I rang in my shop's third birthday. I don't think I would have made it to that milestone without the support and knowledge from Female Photographers of Etsy (fPOE). We're a group of female photographers (as the name states), started by photographer Elle Moss Photography, who share ideas, ask questions, and support each other in all aspects of photography and navigating the world of Etsy and selling your art. There are more than 400 of us, and we live all over the world, so all of our conversations take place online. If you're a part of any online-only groups, you know what a unique dynamic it is to have such great people in your life, yet to never have actually met them. So it was a very surreal and wonderful experience to meet up with ten other ladies from fPOE in person this weekend. Thanks to the fearless leadership of Stacy Frett, fPOE kicked off the first ever fPOE group show on Saturday at the Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz, Kentucky. More than 70 photographers from our group have an image in the show, which will be on display until October 8. Eleven of us were able to make it to the opening reception for the show, and meet in person for the first time. It was surreal and so amazing!! Cadiz is about an eight hour drive from Madison, so I decided to make a weekend of it and add on a day in Nashville to explore. Here are some pics from the weekend: Self portraits of all the photographers in the show, and a peek into the exhibit. fpoeportraits Exploring in Nashville: it happened to be pouring most of the day, so I found a pretty pink umbrella, some plastic bags for my camera, and said 'bring it, rain'. (It brought it. But I didn't care. Nashville is amazing.) rain The rain pulled back long enough to look up for a bit and take in the city. IMG_5892 After a day of exploring the city in flip flops and a downpour, I found my happy place in the (covered) courtyard of the Nashville Public Library. I've been reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I could easily have finished the book in a day - it's that good; but it's So good, I find myself reading each passage over and over, and slowing down to fully internalize every gem of wisdom. I want to make the book last as long as possible. At this point, it's really more underlined passages than not (seriously, it's that good). Here's a passage that really spoke to me this weekend - something that I've been struggling with creatively lately. (A little insight into my brain: I always star passages that I find extra special, but this is the first passage I've ever added a heart to.) magic After a phenomenal adventure in Nashville, I set off for Cadiz, Kentucky. The show is up at the Janice Mason Art Museum, which, as if it couldn't get any cooler, used to be a post office. (Those are the old PO Boxes - still in the museum's entry!!) janicemason All the self portraits of the photographers in the show. IMG_5922 The eleven of us who were able to attend the opening!! group Here I am trying to figure out how to pose with my photograph (I hate being on the other side of the camera!!). The middle shot is a barn and the most perfect truck in Cadiz. The right is my morning coffee at the local Cabin Coffee & Cafe - the cutest coffee shop with the kindest people!! selfie And a final shot from my drive back to Madison. Pulled off the road to snap this. IMG_5980 I'll be posting more photos from the trip on Instagram this week, so hop on over here if you're curious. (Where you'll also find adorable photos of my cat.) If you happen to be passing through Kentucky in the next two months, I highly recommend stopping by the art museum to check out the exhibit. I know I'm biased, but it moved me to tears.