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03 April 2008 @ 07:44 pm
Con Talk! Part Two: Sunday Photo Ops  
Part One


Since my flight left at 12:10 AM on Monday, meaning I had to be the airport a few hours before that, there was no reason for Roz and I to keep the room another night. We figured we'd have to get up early so we could load up the car and check-out BEFORE the photo ops started (Jensen's was first at 9:45).

It turned out that that wasn't a problem.

My dad called at 6:30 AM, thus waking us both up ("Dad! WHAT THE HECK??" "What? It's 9:30!" "DAD." "Oh. It's earlier there, right?" "6:30 AM, DAD. 6:30 AM."), so we decided to just STAY up and get ready early. It ended up being a good plan. Since we had no room anymore, we figured waiting in line was more productive than waiting around in the lobby, so we went downstairs...

...and we were the line. I knew all of the Gold people were at the breakfast (Erin was sending me text updates, HEE), but I had expected SOME people to be up bright and early for Jensen. Not so much, really. Roz and I each formed our respective lines (she was the duo line, and I was the Jensen line), and we waited. I made some awesome line friends (Jenna! Laura!), and the wait didn't seem long at ALL. Jenna and I came up with the brilliant idea that Jensen HAD to get INTO the photo room somehow. And we were standing right by the door. Therefore, he HAD to go by us to get in, right?


She had her camera at the ready, and the now-infamous videos of the photo op entrances and exits? Are totally hers! Since my voice is on all of them (after Jensen, we designated me the attention-getter to the stars ;)), I have her permission to use them wherever I WANT, since it was kind of a cooperative thing. When Jensen got there (HOLY GOD, GUYS, THE FIRST GLIMPSE OF JENSEN IN PERSON IS UNREAL), I gave him a nice "we love you, Jensen!", and...LOOK.

You might need to go to Youtube and watch the HQ version to see it right, but, YOU GUYS, he did the EYEBROW THING. RIGHT AT US. We were the ONLY TWO looking, and it was just...so Dean-like, and so HYSTERICAL, and, yes, that is the two of us CACKLING. Because were just in SHOCK. Then everyone who missed it DEMANDED that we show them the video (which was a recurring theme).

Once Jensen was in the ROOM, we knew our pictures would be soon! I was the first in line ALL MORNING, and I still consider myself first, even if RIGHT BEFORE I got my picture taken, someone bumped in front of me (apparently, they had some super!pass that let them be first for everything or something). ANYWAY, I think Jensen knew who the dedicated line-waiter was, since he SMILED SO MUCH FOR ME, and even in my picture, and he definitely wasn't in the majority of the pictures.

I go up to Jensen (who was sitting on a stool, all sprawled and stuff, and STILL SO MUCH TALLER THAN EVERYONE EVER WHO IS NOT JARED PADALECKI). Since, again, FIRST PICTURES OF THE DAY, he was all fresh and happy and ADORABLE AND SEXY AT THE SAME TIME.

Me: Hi, Jensen!
Me: It's so nice to meet you! I flew all the way from New York to see you and Jared.
Jensen: Really? Thank you so much for coming out! *He puts his arm around me, and I realize that he smells AMAZING. Also, those eyes, in person? Oh, GOD.*
Me: *DIES*
*The picture gets taken. His arm is around me, and he is RUBBING my lower back. IT IS, PERHAPS, THE HOTTEST THING EVER. EVER.*
Jensen: Thank you! (BOTH Jensen and Jared were really so genuinely grateful to the fans all weekend, and it was really sweet.)
Me: No, THANK YOU. Can I have a hug?
Jensen: ABSOLUTELY. (It was so DEAN, you guys!)

I leave, and proceed to FREAK OUT. My big question out in the hall was that since this was post-breakfast (although Erin later filled me in that the boys didn't eat anything)--would he brush his teeth pre-pictures? He...WAS CHEWING GUM. I announced it to everyone. ;)

It was at this point that I realized that I could NOT EVEN REMEMBER getting the picture taken. Like, I didn't know whether I was even looking at the camera, I was so out of it. It was just...IT WAS JENSEN, OKAY? GIVE ME A BREAK!

Since I was done SO EARLY with my Jensen picture, and then the dual pictures were next, I had quite a bit of time before Jared's op. I (as I'm sure most people getting the single Jensen picture) hopped into the Jared line, and was the fourth person. Score! Jenna was right after me, so after squeeing a whole bunch, I traveled ALL THE WAY DOWN the line until I found Rachel and Erin. They're the ones that told me that Jared announced his engagement at brunch, and that he was wearing one of Sam's shirts (so I broke this info to the front of the line--I was kind of the intermediary ;)). They told me about the breakfast, I recounted my AMAZING JENSEN EXPERIENCE, and then went back to my line.

For as many people as there were, the pictures really DID go fast. A few minutes before the dual shots were supposed to start, Jenna and I readied ourselves for Jared's entrance. Everyone else was STILL none the wiser, so she readied her camera. THEN. We saw Jared walking down the hall! He was wearing that COAT! I gave him a "hi, Jared! We love you, Jared!" AND. He turned RIGHT TO ME, and grinned, and said "I love y'all, too!" IT WAS AMAZING. Other people were talking, but clearly, my voice is just THAT piercing. ;) I just--his GRIN is so big and so warm, and I couldn't even BELIEVE it.

Can you hear me? ;)

We waited for all of the sandwich pictures to be taken (which, GOD, GUYS, I wanted one SO MUCH, but they were just SO. EXPENSIVE.), and I peeked in the room a few times (the guys were STANDING, and not on stools), and got updates as people I knew came out (Roz, Erin, Rachel, etc.). At the end, Jenna and I once again logically figured that Jensen? Would have to LEAVE the room when it was time for Jared's pictures. We were right. Jared left with him (to get a short break, I'd imagine), and had put the coat BACK on (he wasn't wearing it in the pictures). I can't even DESCRIBE what happened next to you--by this time, everyone had seen the first two videos on Jenna's camera, and followed her lead, so there was a crowd gathered outside the door. Then? THEN:

OH. MY. GOD. We were just GONE. Jensen was being so silly, and you could tell Jared couldn't hear what he said, but was just going along with him, and it was just PRICELESS. Seriously. Watch that once, and try NOT to watch it about ten more times. I DARE YOU. (ETA: If you look at the pictures of me below to see what I weas wearing, and watch this and TRY to ignore the Jensen!hilarity, you can see me as the camera pans over, at about five or six seconds in. WIN!)

Jared snuck back in (no video, sadly, and I THINK this is when Erin was showing me pictures from the breakfast--maybe?), and then! It was time for my picture with him! YAY! By this time, I'd been in the really hot hallway for a while, so I definitely wasn't looking as fresh as I did for Jensen. I went in, and Jared was just SMILING, and that made ME smile. He was on the stool, too.

Me: Hi, Jared!
Jared: Hi! How y'all doing? (HEE!)
Me: I'm so excited to be here! I flew all the way from New York to see you guys!
Jared: Really? Y'all came far! That's crazy!
Me: You guys are worth it!
Jared: That's a really long way, though!
*he puts his arm around me, the picture gets taken*
Me: Jared, can I have a hug?
Jared: Anything for you! You came all the way from New York! (I love that throughout the weekend, Jared was the one who kept stressing the distance people came. It was really sweet, and, I mean, I wasn't the person who came the farthest away by a LONG shot.)
*He just...ENVELOPS me in this bear hug. Like, he got up off the stool and just DOVE IN. It was AMAZING.*
Me: Thank you!!
*I walk away*
Jared: (calls after me) So, New Yorker! What do you think of the weather here? (HEE!)
Me: (turning back) It's insane! I can't believe how warm it is!
Jared: I know! Isn't it great?
Me: I'm still trying to get used to it. I mean, it's SNOWING at home!

Jared laughed, and all this time, the next person is standing next to him and waiting for her picture while he's talking to ME, and the photographer definitely had to do a "okay, Jared, next picture!". Then, another employee went to the line and told them "no special requests" (which, I don't know if it was because of my hug, or because the guys had been doing specialty pictures for people, but that clearly didn't hold).

IT WAS SUCH A RUSH. And this was only the BEGINNING of the Jensen and Jared exposure!!! There were still panels, and autographs, and other guests! Roz had already gone into the Q&A room since she had finished way earlier--I talked to Erin and Rachel for a few more minutes, then headed in myself. I managed to make the rounds and talk a little to Roz, Elise, Jamie, Jenna, Wendy, and a few other people before heading back to my seat. And this is already really long, and there are still MANY panels to cover, so maybe this'll just be Sunday: Part One.

Even though I didn't pick them up until the end of the day, here are my pictures. This post is unlocked (for now, anyway), but PLEASE don't be plastering my face anywhere. I just know that I LOVE seeing everyone else's pictures, since they're all different and awesome in their own ways (Like the people who had hands!in!pockets, or Roz's sandwich, or ELISE'S, where she had the boys do blue steel, or Tara's awesome Jared!smile picture, or Erin and Rachel's CROTCH SHOT [HAHAHA] and infamous TWOFER shot), so I don't mind people SEEING it.

Anyway, Jensen is SMILING (EEEEEEH), and I think it's pretty obvious this is early in the day. Jared looks a little goofy (like he cocked his head back and was just about to say something when the picture got taken) but still awesome (and his HAND), and I think I look passable (no blinking or sneezing or anything), and I am really pleased with them. These are resized and cropped a bit, so the color is a little dull, but I think you get the picture (Get the picture! GET IT? ;)).


And JARED! :):)

Phew. I didn't even actually SAY anything, and this is massive. I LOSE!

ETA once more: I E-mailed the pictures to my mom (who's a SPN fan), and her response (because it cracks me up):

Wow! Those pictures are gorgeous! I don't think that Jared looks so funny. And you can see his huge hand! And Jensen! His head is almost right next to yours! Were you sitting down? It looks like it. Much love, Mom.

Then, she wasn't sure if it went through, so she tried my other E-mail:

Sarah, I sent a message from G-Mail, but I'm not sure if it went through. Boy, those pictures are beautiful! So clear, and you and the boys look good. Even Jared, who has a pensive look and big hands! Much love, Mom.

CONCLUSION: MY MOTHER IS OBSESSED WITH JARED'S HANDS. HEEEE! :D (Also, yeah, I had to explain the "um, THEY were sitting while I was STANDING, THAT'S how tall they are they" thing.)

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Sarah :): SPN--Dean!Face on the phone... :)sarah_p on April 4th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
HA! See, now you know how much of an ACTUAL spaz I am! ;) AREN'T YOU GLAD? :D:D
Gaby: tv: gossip - debutante blairsquaringkarma on April 4th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
\o/ Cute!

Sarah :): SPN--Dean brilliant.sarah_p on April 4th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
(no subject) - squaringkarma on April 4th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
michelle: Jared & Jensen are sitting next to eachcertainthings on April 4th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Sarah :): SPN--Sam can delete the recycling bin!sarah_p on April 4th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
I KNOW! (!!!!)
Shanasmileyqueen114 on April 4th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
AHHHH!!! Awesome pics!!
Sarah :): SPN--Dean's post-laid grin.sarah_p on April 4th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Just THINK that soon, YOU WILL HAVE YOUR OWN!!!! :)
(no subject) - smileyqueen114 on April 7th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
angieb5: sam and dean I love you more than pieangieb5 on April 4th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting Sarah! I love that you've allowed me to live vicariously through your amazing con experience!!!!!!!!!!!
Sarah :): SPN--Dean SQUEE!sarah_p on April 4th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Aww, I'm so glad to hear this! Because I know I HANG on con recaps when I can't go (which is...every time OTHER than this time), so it makes me happy that I can do the same for someone else! And I love YOU more than pie (OMG, THAT ICON!! LOVE!!!)! :)
(no subject) - angieb5 on April 4th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
Jensen's Mel-sicle: bsb: kevin shirtmel_b_angel on April 4th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
OH YOU! You look (and sound!) so cute and happy and bubbly and sparkly!

*smishes you*

As for those boys! *fans self*

Great pix, and awesome memories I'm sure!
Sarah :): SPN--Dean's post-laid grin.sarah_p on April 4th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
EEEH, thank you! *smishes back* I think I just sound, like I'm FREAKING OUT A LITTLE, because...well...I THINK I PROBABLY WAS. :D It was just one of those experiences that you CANNOT imagine is actually happening to you. Because, wow, it's a few days later, and I STILL kind of can't believe it!
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 4th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
OMG, JENSEN!!!!!!!

Sarah :): Spontaneously orgasms!sarah_p on April 4th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
I THINK OF HOW IT FEELS NOW AT FOUR DAYS LATER--AND, SERIOUSLY, I DON'T THINK IT WILL EVER GO AWAY. I STILL freak out when I see ANYONE'S pictures! (Case in point: I friended you on Facebook, and PROMPTLY FREAKED OUT.)

WeHo M.: SPN - YAY!afrocurl on April 4th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Aww! I like reliving the photo op process. Happy times!
Sarah :): SPN--Dean stare.sarah_p on April 4th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
You just like reliving the FIRST IN LINE PROCESS. Because, yeah, that was pretty sweet! ;)
(no subject) - afrocurl on April 4th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
Paula: spn- towelpegm81484 on April 4th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
Ok I had to comment because your mom's comments cracked me up and I have a funny little Jared-mom story lol.

So I was showing my mom something on my computer and my background was of the Winchester boys and my mom saw it went to walk away, comes back and says "ohhh they're cute!"

I replied, "Mom, that's Dean from Gilmore Girls." (because she watched it with me back int he day).

She once again comes back, looks at Jared and goes, "Way to go Dean... grew up quite nicely."

I then could not look at my mom or stop laughing.
Sarah :): SPN--Sam can delete the recycling bin!sarah_p on April 5th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
HEHEHEHE, oh, man, I LOVE THAT. So I guess Jared just DOES something for mothers? There HAS to be something there! ;) I mean, your mom? Is NOT wrong--he did grow up quite nicely. ;)

Oh, this CRACKS ME UP. :D
I can read Sam's mindwendy on April 4th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
My fave part of that Jared pic is that his hair looks so long and shaggy, which is my FAVORITE.

And a HIGHLIGHT of my day was y'all coming up to show me those vids. EEEEE! Becca was like..."what!! whaaaaaat!!" And I was all smug. *beams*
Sarah :): SPN--Sammy OMG!sarah_p on April 5th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
It's sad, but pre-con, I had TOTALLY BEEN WONDERING about the state of Jared's hair. (WHAT? IT IS ENTIRELY VALID.) Since I knew they were filming again, I was trying to make predictions...good times! :)

Those videos just...I can't STOP watching them! SO MUCH FUN! :)
Jen: Tongue!tiguhgirl on April 4th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Awesome recap!

Your pictures came out GREAT! :)

LOL at your mom and Jared's hands :D Hee
Sarah :): PHONE SEX WITH JASON FTW! :)sarah_p on April 5th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Hee, I never realized just how addicted these things can BE, but now I'm ITCHING to go to another event! I HAVE BEEN SPOILED!

And thank you! I was never worried about how Jared and Jensen turned out, but I was just WAITING for me to look funky... ;)

OMG, I MET THEM!!! (!!!)
Britomart  Bea  Bee  B: dissheveledbritomart_is on April 4th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Heeeee that's awesome! Sounds like so much fun. I'm cracking up over your videos and it IS interesting to see everyone's photos!
Sarah :): SPN--Dean/Impala are civilians baby!sarah_p on April 5th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
I feel like a creepy voyeur or something, but I just CANNOT get enough of cataloguing everyone's pictures! It's like, a SICKNESS OR SOMETHING. ;)
Eleonora: Supernatural - Dean and Benfreezing_82 on April 4th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
AWW!! Sarah I'm so HAPPY for you!
You know, going to a con is such an amazing experience! I wouldn't even imagine how amazing events like that really are until last year's Breakout.
Plus, it's even more awesome if the guests are so nice and down-to-earth like Jared and Jensen seem to be!
I've read part one of your report and i was so waiting up for this :D
Your mum's comments about Jared hands cracked me up LOL She rocks!
I wish my mum wasn't that 'tv-shows are just crap' kind of person, but she is, unfortunately for me so I have to live with it.

The pictures look LOVELY! And look at the smile on your face!! HEEE!!
Videos are cool too! Jared+coat=me gushing *_*

I was wandering, can you point me out to the HQ video of Jensen by any chance?
Sarah :): SPN--Dean's post-laid grin.sarah_p on April 5th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
You know, going to a con is such an amazing experience! I wouldn't even imagine how amazing events like that really are until last year's Breakout.

THAT'S IT, exactly! Because I've never been to one before this, and I've read about them, but until you actually go to one? I cannot FATHOM just how awesome it was--now I want to go to another one, like, RIGHT NOW. EEEEEEH!!! :):)

I'm so glad that SOMEONE is still reading these very lengthy (and probably somehwat boring ;)) recaps--I just don't want to forget ANYTHING!!!

The pictures look LOVELY! And look at the smile on your face!! HEEE!!

Yay! Thank you so much! And, GOD, I know--I guess I'm just the slightest bit happy, huh? HEEEEE!!!

My mother is a HUGE TV fan, which really is such an advantage--it's nice to be able to squee to her over meeting Jensen and Jared, and she GETS how exciting it is. :)

As for the video, there SHOULD be a link on the main Youtube page underneath it that says "view this in higher quality." It's a new feature, though, so it might not be working. Jenna is going to send me the original (and therefore, best quality) videos, so once I get them, I can upload them for you. :)
(no subject) - freezing_82 on April 7th, 2008 07:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
Bliss: Supernatural-Impala-friendly_iconsbliss_ on April 6th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pics! Oh man, to be that close to the boys. :))
Sarah :): Jensen WICKED HOT OMG LIKE WHOA.sarah_p on April 6th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Eeeh, thank you so much! It's still so surreal to me that I was actually THERE and actually MET THEM. I kind of don't know how people RECOVER from this!!!

yvonnegosyvonnegos on September 9th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
Awww, so cute! I love hearing reports from other fans, which brings me to my horrible question that will cause you to work, so you can ignore if you want. But uh..is there any link or anything to the pictures of the other girls' photo ops? I LOVE seeing photo op pictures, but I have a hard time finding them. *pouts*