parts of our 15 day adventure to the west coast that just seemed surreal…. like the moment I saw my images displayed life-size at the PASS booth on the WPPI Tradeshow floor! Or the time I saw my name on the WPPI speaker list for the first time! And the moment Buddy and Jill walked into our hotel room after we spent a full day thinking that their flight was going to be cancelled!! So many amazing moments with amazing people. Michael and I have told so many people who have asked about our trip that it was exhausting but so exciting at the same time. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
There were definitely moments of stress and worry and hours spent preparing for presentations… but all of the in between moments were spent will such amazing people!!! It was sad to say goodbye to these friends that we only get to see once a year! Our time together in Santa Barbara and Vegas was a blast!! It’s one thing to see friends for a week at one conference… it’s a totally different experience to do two conferences in a row with the same people! We were one big Shoot&Share family and it was so much fun!! So, because it’s easier to share about a trip in highlight form, here are some highlights from our 15 days out west!! :
Highlights:1. The guys at PASS blew me away. I do NOT deserve this but they used Ross and Brittany’s wedding images EVERYWHERE! I was just in awe every time I saw them on display at the booth, in Rangefinder Magazine, in the Shoot & Share Magazine, life sized on the booth walls… etc. Such an honor!!! I’m still in shock! AHHH!!!!! Ross and Brittany, thank you for being gorgeous! :) platform talk at WPPI, I was also a speaker at the Shoot and Share Theater two days in a row! LOVED it!! It’s such a different experience speaking on a tradeshow floor with a Britney Spears microphone! 5. Our custom #KJKREW Tshirts from Buddy and Jill!! We died laughing when they arrived wearing these!! Hilarious!!! So much fun… and the story of how hard they worked trying to make them is even funnier!!! Bahahahah!! 6. Our mini-adventure to the Hoover Dam! When we’re with these two, we have to do at least ONE crazy adventure. Last year it was the epic RV Vaca !! This year, it was a 2 hour trip the the Hoover Dam in a rental convertible! So fun! We were totally trying to re-create this picture!
7. LOVED hanging out with these amazing people!! And so many others!! And here are some instagram highlights!! : – Meeting up with of my our KJ couples! Justin and Chasity loved seeing you two!!! – FINALLY met Tash!! LOVE this amazing lady!! – And we met baby JAX!!! What a cutie!! He may have thrown up on me immediately but I’m considering it an sign of endearment! – I had the opportunity to speak on a Shoot and Share Panel! So fun! Not long enough though! I had so much more to say! – Jordan and Amy! LOVE THESE TWO!!! Had such a blast with them! – SHOCKED to see one of my images used on a WPPI promo poster!! woohoo!
This beautiful day way unlike any wedding I have ever photographed before. It’s hard to put into words how powerful and inspiring it was.
If you’ve been following my updates since I got the R6 two years ago, you know I LOVE it!! It has been a game changer for me! But there is ONE mistake that I’ve made that cannot be fixed afterwards!
There are things that EVERY photographer should have on their website! We will walk through some students’ websites to see how small changes can impact their perceived value, and for you to see if what they’re missing is something that you are too!
You know what I’m realizing? I’m realizing I am loving getting to see people I love and miss in this very busy season of our life.
We’re gearing up for wedding season and there are so many ways to market yourself DURING a wedding to keep new clients coming in! I have been a wedding photographer for 13 years, and I have never paid for ‘traditional’ advertising!
I am eating my words again! For years, I have used InDesign for everything… but Canva had a HUGE update last year which changed everything!!