I don't think I mentioned it, but Geoff and I are in Atlanta for the Catalyst conference with the rest of Elevation's staff and spouses (and a big number of volunteers!). It is nothing like what I thought it would be. To be honest, I pictured it being a stuffy, boring conference with a bunch of old dudes in suits! In actuality, it is pretty much the opposite. There's over 12,000 people here - of all ages - all here to get fired up as leaders of the church. The speakers have rocked it out, the music has been awesome, and there wasn't one suit in sight.
What a blessing to be able to shoot this event! I wasn't "official" and didn't really have the right access to be taking pictures up front, but basically was told to shoot until I was told not to. Ask for forgiveness, not for permission - my motto for all things photography. :) I'll be blogging a bunch more from Catalyst later - for now, I'll leave you with one image of Pastor Steven up there doing his thing. He was PHENOMENAL - so phenomenal, in fact, that he got a standing ovation from THE WHOLE ARENA. Seriously, if you are live in Charlotte and have not yet been to hear this man speak, you'll need to get to Elevation ASAP....at least once (but I'd venture to guess once you go, you'll be hooked).
Thank you Elevation for giving Geoff and I the opportunity to hit up Catalyst....it has been some great times indeed. I can't describe the feeling of 12,000+ people singing in unison as loud as they can, "oh, how He loves us". Seriously....it rocked me.