THE NEW KIA EVENT SAN DIEGO
Whoa. I mean whoa. I photograph events for Kia Motors USA once or twice a year and they are always amazing. But this event - just wow. All attendees (including yours truly) stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Gaslamp District downtown right across from the convention center. When you walked in, the Kia Stinger (not on the market yet) was featured in the lobby. The first day was arrival day and everyone was greeted with a very cool name badge and Harmon portable speaker. Dinner was at this very cool restaurant down the street. The guests were transported in neat lighted up pedicabs. I ran up and down the street capturing the ride to the restaurant! The restaurant was rented out for a private event. There was a roof top patio and bar and then dinner downstairs was terrific with a little band that may or may have been speaking a foreign language. We couldn't tell.
The attendees were all social media "influencers" - bloggers, vloggers, writers, video journalists who write/video/photograph all types of subjects like fashion, parenting, technology, etc. These attendees were amazing. I made so many connections and dare I say friends. I already knew a few wonderful gals from past events (Alice from Thrill of the Chases and Jen from Jab's Plethora). I fit right in. Not a fly on a the wall, but an active member of this community. Laughing and interactive, trying to not get too close sometimes so I could get the unnoticed and unposed shot but sometimes the posed shot was also wonderful and welcomed.
The next day were there were 25 cars parked outside the hotel to drive around San Diego. The Optima, Niro, Soul - all eco friendly. Several groups took off and drove around the city to test drive, get photos, tell stories and enjoy being out and about with such freedom. I should have joined a group but I instead got to drive the Optima out to meet the groups to take photos at Krispy Kreme donuts (I didn't have one - I'm so proud of myself). Lunch then off to more drives. I went out with a group around Balboa Park. After that I needed to upload photos so they would be available asap to the attendees and also ready for a slide show during dinner. Now this dinner was extraordinary. It featured sushi from Nobu, tacos, curry, vegetarian options, etc. etc. Open Bar and LIVE karaoke. Yes - a band backed up singers to the most fun songs ever. Attendees signed up and it was AMAZING. I laughed, I sang, I shot. It was brilliant. The Kia group puts on a bang up program. I am so lucky to be apart of it. I say it again, I love my job.