I was invited to spend the day with 15 awesome bloggers at the Sony Moms, Photos & Fun event in San Diego prior to BlogHer11.  Kimberley Blaine of Mommy to Mommy TV and Sony hosted the event on the rooftop at the Hard Rock Hotel. It was a beautiful August day in San Diego and it was an event filled with networking, learning, fun and relaxation.

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Instagram shot taken with iPhone 4.

Sony Moms, Photos & Fun

Wednesday evening we had dinner at Anthology where we had time to get to know our fellow bloggers and we received the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9 compact camera along with a quick tutorial on the basic features. This was a great time to get to know bloggers in a quiet intimate atmosphere. We enjoyed lots of laughs and really good food (and of course some wine.)


Jeanette Kaplum & Heidi Leder checking out the Sony Cyber-shot WX9.

The next morning we spent an hour with Brian Smith, a Celebrity Photography. He gave us so many tips, tricks, hints and ideas about photography. Brian uses the Sony Cyber-shot WX9 because of its compact size (easier to carry in your pocket when you do not want to carry a big load). He was the perfect person to answer our questions about the camera and photography in general.

Brian Smith, Celebrity Photographer, Sony PhotoFunMom event

Brian Smith, Celebrity Photographer.

All day Thursday, we were on the rooftop of the Hard Rock Hotel. It was a gorgeous view.

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View from the Hard Rock Hotel rooftop.

Sony Moms, Photo Walk

Brian took us on a Photo Walk along the waterfront where we learned more photography tips and tricks.

Sony Photo Fun Mom Group

Sony Moms, Photos & Fun Group

 He pointed out the many photo ops that I would never have noticed and we were able to practice as he pointed out different photo ops.

Brian Smith giving us photography tips.

Brian Smith giving us photography tips.

And after his awesome tips on positioning, I ended up with this picture of Jeanette Kaplun. I will have a post or two in the future with some of the tips I learned while at the Sony Moms, Photos & Fun event.

Jeanette Kaplun photo

We were welcomed back to the rooftop with this gorgeous trail of petals into the spa that was set up for our pampering.

Sony Moms pampering

The Sony Moms, Photos & Fun were treated to mini facials, foot soak & reflexology, hand exfoliation & massage, aromatheraphy, mini massage, paraffin treatments, mini manicure, hair styling, make-up, shimmer body dusting and a photo shoot with Brian Smith. During the afternoon, there was plenty of time to talk with Sony, bloggers, Brian and to find out more about Sony and the brand.

Sony Moms Rooftop Spa

Sony Moms Photos & Fun Rooftop Spa

Sony Gets It

Because of the intimate nature of this event, I learned so much about Sony and about taking pictures. I have seen a big difference in my own pictures since the event. None of the pictures in this post are touched up. Usually I do my Photoshop Elements magic on my photos, but I wanted you to see the quality of the pictures from the Sony Cyber-shot WX9 camera.

You will see a lot more photos from my Sony WX9. I’m not sure how I survived blogging this long without it.

Sony #photofunmom

Lunch on the rooftop. And a Diet Coke!! There was a constant flow of awesome treats.

Sony Moms, #photofunmom

Words to live by! Sony Moms, Photos & Fun.

Sony Moms foot massage & reflexology

Sony Moms, Photo & Fun Foot Soak & Reflexology Treatment.

Making my own sugar scrub. Smells good!

Making my own sugar scrub. Smells good!

After a costume change, I was ready for my glamour shots. This one was taken by Heidi Leder:

Sony Moms Photos & Fun Cyber-shot WX9

Sony Moms, Photos & Fun Cyber-shot WX9. Taken by Heidi Leder.

Here are a few shots taken by Kimberley Blaine as I waited for my photo shoot with Brian Smith.

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Lady-in-Waiting taken by Kimberley Blaine. Sony Moms, Photos & Fun event.

And of course, there was champagne with fruit.

Sony moms champagne

Michele McGraw & Brian Smith

Me with Brian Smith at the Sony Moms, Photos & Fun event.

The Sony Moms event was the perfect way to start the chaos of BlogHer. This was one of the best events I’ve attended. It was a good balance of brand information, learning, networking and relaxation.

ScrappinMichele All Glammed Up

Here are my professional shots taken by Brian Smith. What do you think?

Used with permission. Taken by Brian Smith.

Used with permission. Taken by Brian Smith.

The Sony Moms, Photos & Fun Bloggers!

Art & Soul

This is not the last you will hear of Brian Smith and Sony. Brian has an awesome book titled, Art & Soul to raise money to keep arts in the schools coming out soon. You can pre-order it today.

Sony Moms, Photos & Fun Video Recap

Thank you Kimberley and Sony! Check out Kimberley’s video recap of the Sony Moms, Photos & Fun event.

Sony Photo Fun Mom Event from Kimberley Blaine on Vimeo.

Sony Moms, Photos & Fun Slideshow

And here is a slideshow from our photos on Flickr.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Sony Moms, Photos & Fun event. I received the Sony Cyber-shot WX9 camera, camera case, 2 nights stay at the Hard Rock Hotel and the event. I was not obligated to post about the event. I chose to write about it because it was an awesome event. All opinions are 100% my own. Post contains Amazon Affiliate links.