Who knew adding one simple hashtag on one of my Instagram pictures would lead me on a trip to the Catskill Mountains with Free People early Thursday morning?
I was invited by Free People and Polaroid to a creativity summit hosted by the Foxfire Mountain House in upstate New York as reward for posting one of these images using the hashtag #FPMeGetTheShot. When I found out that I had won I was honestly shocked that an opportunity as unique as this one could come from a little hashtag I added to one of my pictures on Instagram.
I began my day by waking up at 5am… Yes, 5am exactly. Free People is the only thing that could ever get me up before sunrise. At the crack of dawn, all thirty of us girls met in front of their 5th Avenue store and loaded onto the bus to start our journey up north.
We were greeted by Free People’s Social and Public Relations team as well as photographers from both Free People and Polaroid. Foxfire Mountain House had a buffet of homemade baked goods and fresh juice set up in the cozy little lounge of their big white house. Nothing beats being greeted with cinnamon buns and fresh country air!
After breakfast we began a panel discussion with Free People and Polaroid employees. The girls and I all received tips and tricks from expert photographers that will help bring our photos to the next level. We also heard from various employees of Free People, hearing about how they got started with the brand and what creative roles they fill.
After the panel they let us loose to explore the hotel and all of its natural beauty. One of my favorite parts about this mountain getaway was the little wooden bungalow in the yard (pictured on left). I can’t even imagine how nice it would be to sit out there in front of a fire pit on a chilly fall night, s’mores in hand.
Following another amazing meal provided by Foxfire Mountain house (I would visit here again just to eat!), Free People and Polaroid gave us a challenge to style different outfits in different locations, using FP’s fall muses as inspiration. How beautiful are their fall velvet pieces? I need to get my hands on these mustard pants!
Once the challenge was over the FP girls announced their favorite Polaroid pictures that were taken, judging on creativity of the shot and how well the looks represented the brand’s muses.
Getting the opportunity to work with so many amazing women from all over the country (Nebraska, California and Texas to name a few!) and two iconic brands made for an unforgettable day. The next time you see a giveaway or contest on Instagram… jump on it and enter! You never know what it could lead to.
Read Free People’s blog post about the event.
(photos by Jana Kirn)