Senior Portrait session in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend Wedding and Portrait Photographer’s International Convention (WPPI) courtesy of Image One Camera. The convention took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center and luckily what happened there didn't stay there. WPPI offered a plethora of information that I am still trying to process, both the expo and the classes I took enriched my photography knowledge far more than I had ever imagined. The convention offered something for everyone, whether you were looking for inspiration and motivation from the big names in the industry, or looking to check out the latest gear and cameras. WPPI is all about learning and advancing your skills as a photographer as well as networking with other photographers and vendors. Many of the booths in the expo portion schedule product demonstrations as well as photographers who speak on various subjects including lighting techniques, sales tips, and marketing strategies. Along with the expo, there are master classes, platform classes, and photo walks that give attendees the chance to get a hands-on experience with some of the industries best and brightest. WPPI truly was the best way to start off 2017. I left the convention feeling refreshed and renewed, with ideas and skills to enhance my work as a photographer.
That moment you had planned to explore the desert, but the universe had other plans in store, so you end up in the mountains. California, I love you.
I'm very fortunate to have ridiculously good looking friends. I'm also very fortunate to have friends who are always interested in photo adventures. But the greatest of all- I'm so very fortunate to have friends who get me and understand me and see the darkest parts of me and still love me. I've been really anxious over the last year or so. I suppose I've been an anxious person since I could remember, but lately, its been a visceral part of my identity. I've been in a creative rut for quite some time and I'm never really sure what my "style" is, or where I should be going with my work. And all of those mental stories are compounded by the fact that I have been insanely busy and stressed out both at "real" work and in my photography work. This season has been a heavy one, one ripe with stress and panic, but also filled with a plethora of insight as to who I am as a person. I'm growing. Everyday. But I couldn't move through the cycles without my friends and family. They are who remind me, "I can do this. I am enough."
So in the spirit of being "okay" and feeling empowered in sharing that I am okay with not being okay, I wanted to share a few images from the last few months of some of my favorite discoveries with some of my favorite people.
If you are out there and you're reading this- don't be afraid to chase your dreams. I'm scared as all hell of following this dream of mine, but I've never felt so alive. I urge you to find what makes you dance the happy dance, and follow that.
This weekend was comprised of circus, coffee and collaboration.
Aquarium of the Pacific | Long Beach, CA 9//02//16