Photography Conferences: An Important Part of Professional Training

Doctors and scientists do it. Executives do it. A lot of professionals invest time and money to attend conferences. And you should too. There are lots of professional conventions for photographers {local and national}. My initial research proved it’s difficult to find an all-inclusive list.  I’ve compiled a list of the big ones that are being held over the next 12 months.

October 28-30, 2010
PDN Photo Plus Expo
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001-1188

November 9-11, 2010
PartnerCon New Orleans
Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, French Quarter
739 Canal Street at Bourbon
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

January 16-18, 2011
Imaging USA
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
200 East Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

January 16-19, 2011
DWF Convention 2011
The Hotel Contessa
306 W. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

February 17-24, 2011
WPPI Las Vegas (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International)
MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

March 30 – April 1, 2011
Photoshop World
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

2011 Schedule TBA
Skip’s Summer School
MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Why should you go? This is a great question…

  1. to up your game
  2. to get inspired
  3. be around other professionals including industry leaders / world renowned photographers
  4. to learn something new
  5. hands on training from industry leaders
  6. mentoring and portfolio review {at certain conferences}
  7. see and try new gear / technology {and possibly receive a conference discount}
  8. lots of other reasons {obviously!}

Still not sure how a photography conference can benefit you? Take a look at one pro photographer’s experience at PartnerCon last year and what it did for his business.

Once you’ve decided to attend, how do you prepare? {Other than the obvious logistical planning.} What can you do to actually get the most out of the conference once you get there? One astute attendee outlines his method for making the most of his education / investment.


Tag {You’re It} Who I’m Following Right Now

I’m a huge fan of these people and when I’m hitting up my Google Reader they are at the top of my list:

* Jasmine Star
* Promise Tangeman
* Mimi Ahmed
* Scott Bourne

Maya + Dace: Sedona Couples Portraits

Maya and Dace were ecstatic about their Sedona getaway and invited me along for some portraits. We stopped at tlaquepaque, a sprawling art gallery or should I say galleries…it can’t be explained, you simply have to experience it. They are both professionals in the field of Counseling so they were eager to take a break from their hectic schedules. Wouldn’t you know it, shortly after we arrived at the art gallery complex it started to rain…first it was a mist…then a drizzle…which made the scene even more beautiful. The greens were greener, the red rocks {which Sedona is known for} even more reddish. We had a good time and hardly noticed the rain!