A Year and 7 ish Months Later….

I’m not sure why I lose track to my blogging. I’m going to blame it on life. To many things to do I guess. However that needs to change. In the past I have shared life in general and my crazy instant pot recipes. I still may do that on occasion, however I’d like to get back to what I truly love…Photography.

As luck would have it I got to get away a few weekends ago to attend the Professional Photographers of Ohios Conference. Spent 3 days with people that are wanting to better thier business and learn how to take there photography to the next level.

I found this group on accident. I had joined the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) group and the PPO group popped up in a Facebook feed. They happened to be having a conference in a few weeks so I signed up to go not knowing anyone there. So glad I did.

Started the weekend meeting some great photographers that taught a class on pet photography. It was informative, interactive and taught me so many things. I ordered a few backdrops so I can practice what I learned. (I am normally an outdoor photographer.) Susan Gentz and Danica Barreau taught the class and they where amazing. Each own there own studio and I cant wait to see what they are going to do next!

After that class I headed to the hotel and met up with a few of the others that I had met and met even more people. Had a little dinner and then went back to my room to get a good nights sleep so I could be ready for more learning.

That Sunday was full of great speakers! The group was about 60 people and it made it easy to see, hear and ask questions. We had Megan DiPiero talking about looking at the big picture and knowing your worth, she even signed my book! She spoke twice during the conference and it just got better!

Isaac Coffy showed us some great ideas on video marketing. I hadn’t even wanted to do any video stuff till his presentation. Boy the ideas I have there. I even go to spend some time talking with him that evening about camera straps of all things. He sat with me at lunch the next day as well…Great guy.

Gary Box then talked to us about knowing what it costs to run our businesses. Just an interesting guy. gave me a lot to think about as far as what I charge people for my work.

Then I met Emily McClure. She talked to us twice during the weekend. She talked about adding headshots to your brand. What a great idea. She even did a live demo. I got to spend a lot of time talking with her that weekend. Even became facebook friends :0) She helped me to get a few things straightened out and even shared some photos I had taken. Can’t wait to see her again in Nashville in January, here we are!!!!

Then we had a senior shoot out. David Beckham brought in a few models and his lighting set up and away we went. We used LED lights that are battery powered. This will be a game changer for me. Now I have to clear a wagon out so I can use my new light at a shoot :0)

Then it was off to bed for a good nights sleep because more learning was to be had the next day. Emily started the learning part of the day with making quotes for headshots. Man did I learn a lot there. Then Marisa with Sassy Mouth talked to us about social media. OMG game changer on how I am going to run my social media. At the end she gave away a car…I WON!!!!

Megan ended the convention talking about how to LUXE our business. We talked about what we would do if there was no fear in doing it. This was an interesting exercise and we all took something away from it. I took away the fact that I am a great photographer and should work on my business and do what I need to do to make it successful.

I need those three days to kick myself in the behind to do more for my business! I can wait to put it all together!!!!! Look out world, Here I come!!!

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