My fellow photographers often ask me why I go to so many creatives conventions. The simple truth is I love learning. Spending time and catching up with those who inspire me is a bonus. Attending Photo Plus in NY is an entirely different experience than attending WPPI in Las Vegas. I come away from each convention with a new perspective and ready to put into action, for my clients, all that I have learned. In one word, I leave INSPIRED. Inspired to work harder, create more, and challenge me in not only my photography but in my life. I admire educators that can teach while also inspiring passion and dare you to think outside of the box.
I can meet up with old friends and always manage to acquire new friends. Making sure that the long days are balanced out with lots of comradery and laughter. Unlike some photographers, I don't think I will ever "know" enough.
Outside of the educating and learning that goes on at this convention, the Expo Floors are a measure of what is happening within the industry. Often new products from Nikon, Canon, and many others are released at these conventions. New gadgets and gizmos that started as Kickstarter debut during these meetings. Those of you who know me personally know how much I love a good gadget. I am excited at the new light from Lume Cube. This 1.5-inch cube of light has ten intensities of light, strobe and can be commanded from an app on your iphone. I was so blown away by the demo I purchased two cubes to see how I could incorporate them into my studio. RC Concepcion did a live demo on the expo floor, and my excitement increased tenfold. The image he made with just three Lume Cubes was stunning. As a new product, there are some limitations as far as mounting for portrait photographers. I still bought them because I know it is a matter of time before they add more options to their collection thus allowing all types of photographers to incorporate the Lume Cube whatever their need might a small, quick and powerful light source.
I realize there is no magic bean to success, but I do believe that passion, practice, and dedication to learning are what sets photographers apart. In my journey to becoming a full-time photographer, I have been truly blessed with some amazing mentors. Had I not attended theses conferences I would probably never met some of these amazing educators, photographers, that I now call friends.
Dream * Inspire * Capture