Ben Franklin had it right – involve me and I learn. I personify that notion . . . I can read about something forever, but show me how to put it into action, let me get my own hands dirty, so to speak, and then, THEN, I’ll get it. For that reason, I’m always on the lookout for learning opportunities in portrait photography. Two weeks ago, that opportunity was Shutterfest in St. Louis, MO. Put on by Sal Cincotta, Shutterfest 2014 offered lectures, small classroom classes and hands on opportunities. In addition, there were chances to book a model and simply go out into the city and shoot – it was quickly dubbed the ‘rent a human’ program! I was overwhelmed, exhausted and incredibly inspired by the end of it all!
Why does this matter? Because, as a photographer, I want to stay on top of the craft; I want to find new and interesting ways to offer services and products that clients will love! And, I just plain enjoy doing that! Was it all about business and photography? Well, the ‘motto’ of the conference was Shoot. Learn. Party – quite honestly, my roomie and I were too tired for the party part – but I consider the friendships and networking we accomplished worth it! Need a family portrait, headshot or interested in a senior session – give me a call – I’ve got tons of new ideas!