Children and Families

March 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I went to ImagingUSA in Phoenix, Arizona in January. That's the annual convention of the Professional Photographers of America. There are lots of workshops/seminars, all the leading vendors in the market (except Nikon, which was weird), and the opportunity to meet and network with other photographers from all over.

There were several highlights for me:

  • Taking a two-day workshop with Steve Kozak. Steve has been at it for a long time, and his wisdom and experience around how to build a photography business are priceless. Not to mention that he's a good guy and lives relatively close to me (he's near Dallas, I'm in Austin). And I got to meet Tracy Page and Britney Fullgraf at Steve's workshop.
  • Meeting my mentor/coach Doug Box (I signed up to work with him in a pilot program for a year), and walking through the Expo and the exhibit, including images from the PPA Loan Collection, the PPA International Print Competition, and other amazing images.

While walking the exhibit with Doug Box, he asked me to think about "what you like, what you don't like, and what you'd like to do." It was an excellent question to help me focus on where I want to spend my time and attention. I found myself drawn consistently to (a) black and white images and (b) images of children, women, and families.

I learned a lot during the week I was in Phoenix, and met some amazing people. And the highlight was the walks through the exhibit with Doug, and finding my focus.

As you look at my website now, you'll see that it reflects the result of those walks and talks. There will still be some fitness, some dance, and some landscape from time to time. But the overall theme and focus is families, women, and children.


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