Thursday, March 13, 2008

Lunch with Lori Paladino at Google

I met Lori Paladino of Lori Paladino Photography in August of last year when i attended the Modern Bridal Show at the San Francisco Ritz Carlton in my quest to research bridal shows and meet other photographers. We had fun chatting and talking about the wedding industry. Shortly after we met she had the wedding of Emily and Daniel in August that her Second Shooter was unable to work so she dropped me a line and i was happy to help and learn and excited about the opportunity. We had a great day and i was stoked that she loved my work and would let me know about weddings the following year. Recently she sent me 8 wedding dates for me to Second Shoot with her this year, i was super excited and extremely grateful. Thank you Lori, can't wait til our first wedding this year.

Lori also works part-time as a recruiter at Google. When i found out i said i would love to have lunch there and experience what i had recently read about in the book The Google Story. It is a truly remarkable place. Seems more like a college campus with so many young people walking around and the only people in suits were the ones on the visitors tours. We dinned at the main cafeteria (which is free to all) and Lori mentioned that there are tons of other places to eat with just about any type of cuisine imaginable. There are just way too many benefits to mention so i looked them up, see the Google employee benefits here. Ok, so if i were to go back to Corporate America i would definitely work here. For example, 15 days vacation your first year when i had to work 3 years to there at my old job. With on-site benfeits like this who would ever want to leave the Googleplex: there’s on-site oil change, car wash, dry cleaning, massage therapy, gym, hair stylist, fitness classes and bike repair. Thanks for having me over Lori, looking forward to coming back and trying some of the other eateries.



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