Celebrating a Photography Dream

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Celebrating a Top Photography Dream

This week marks the 2 year anniversary of the start of the Sonoma County Photography Group — a meetup group I founded and co organize with another photographer Ray Mabry (who just happens to be married to our lovely dreamer Heather!)

To celebrate this special milestone, a core group of photographers met in San Francisco- braving the cold spring fog and wicked wind – to shoot a few amazing Bay Area landmarks; the Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.

Celebrate a Top Photography Dream photo by Remy Gervais

I started the photography group because I was lonely, and tired of going out and shooting by myself.

We now have over 400 registered members. On any given event, we have up to 50 people at a time wandering around, capturing images of the beauty of Northern California.

I am no longer lonely.

A few photography goals for this year were set as a result of forming this group.  I’ve also met some of the most incredibly talented, friendly and supportive people — a few of which have become great friends.

In fact, forming this group has been a huge gift to me in many ways – and as the research supports, my happiness has increased exponentially.

Remember dreamers – the dream path can sometimes be confusing, frustrating and upsetting.

Following your dreams is not always fun, exciting and clear.  When you reach your dreaming milestones, no matter how small or insignificant they may appear to you, take the time to celebrate them.

I believe that if you do that, your happiness will increase.

Remy Gervais

  • What a great way to cure your loneliness. Very inspirational, and you created something from nothing.

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Thanks Paul! It has been an amazing journey. Anytime you are near northern California please pay us a visit! xox Rem

  • Great photography, great group. It is interesting to see everyone’s take on the same view. Looks like you had a great day.

    Shoot for the stars girl.


    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Thank you Maggie! you have been such a great source of inspiration for me – I’ll shoot for the stars if you will! xox rem

  • Congratulations Remy on the wonderful work you’re doing…both with your camera and with 8WD.

    To Life! Andrew

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Thank you Andrew. As I said to Shallie, you are one of my very best mentors, in business and life. I’ve missed you but know you are making it happen over there – we’ll find some time soon.. xox Rem

  • Top Photographer, congratulations to you for your personal milestone. Also, congratulations to your Dream Team for the group milestone. It is so exciting to watch the individual and group progress. Thanks for putting it all out front so we can see it and be inspired…not only by your dreams but also your courage.


    Smarter Small Business Blog

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Shallie, thank you! you are an incredible thoughtful friend, and one of my very select business mentors! Much love and thanks…xox Rem

  • Tim Hetherington was a great photographer. I cannot believe he is no longer around to share his talent and passion for capturing real moments through the lens. He wanted to change the world with his images and let the viewer decide what the real story is. He would say, “If you are interested in mass communication, then you have to stop thinking of yourself as a photographer. We live in a post-photographic world. If you are interested in photography, then you are interested in something – in terms of mass communication – that is past. I am interested in reaching as many people as possible.” Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed Wednesday in Libya along with 2 photographers Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown who were working with him and seriously injured. Can you imagine risking everything to capture news in film and tell the real story that news rarely captures?

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Tony, I wish everyone had the passion that Tim and Chris did. They went way beyond storytelling. Their passion was beyond photography and pretty images. it was capturing the truth. It was a very sad day indeed. Thank you for mentioning them. xo Rem

  • Well look at you miss milestone . . . great photos and I am so proud of you and all you have done to make your dreams a reality through such times! You are an inspiration.


    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Thank you for making my dreaming possible! Love you, Rem

  • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

    Thanks Natasha…I’ve never heard San Francisco referred to in that way, but I’ll go with it! xox Rem

  • Natasha

    I like these photos of yours. San Francisco is the Paris of the United States.

  • Herbert K

    Exceptional photos. Keep up the excellent work.

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Thank you Herbert! xox Rem

  • Kathy Lingo

    Two awesome pictures–and congratulations, Remy on the group you founded–wow! How absolutely cool is that! Be very proud and bask in the light of the path you have forged–how far you’ve come–and celebrate both looking back and the joy in the journey ahead.


    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      thank you Kathy! Nice to have a fan in you! xox Rem

  • Karl

    I’d be interested if you started recording what time in the day you photographed your shots. There is such a difference in texture with these photographs. The hour after sunrise, and the hour before sunset, is known as the magic hour to photographers. The lower angle of the sun and the slightly denser atmosphere create rich, saturated tones, plus what photographers call sweet light. It’s an amazing, golden glow that makes everybody look beautiful, every building look enchanted, and every landscape look breathtaking. Do you try and capture photographs during these times, or do you just go with the shot at any time in the day?

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Karl, the magic hour does create beautiful light, absolutely! This specific day, I was with a group of people and we met at 3pm in San Francisco. Sunset was at 740, but as you may have guessed, FOG was a factor…some of that warm light was present tho, and the shots later in the day were more beautiful for that reason. If you check out our meetup group website, you can see everyone’s images…we have over 220 of them from that day alone already! http://www.meetup.com/sonoma-county-photography-group. The album name is “Palace of Fine Arts 1&2”
      thanks for your great suggestions – xo Rem

  • Mariska

    Congratulations Remy!!

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Mariska, you have been along for the ride the whole time it seems…thank you for showing up and supporting all of the women of 8 Women Dream. xox Rem



    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Non Tacky environments are a no-no, I agree! I am so lucky to live here in such a beautiful part of the world. Thanks for your comment, Darrell! xoRem

  • Sandi Goolesby

    Great job. Love the photos.

    • Remy Gervais, Top Photographer

      Thank you Sandi! xo Rem