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
http://www.photoplusexpo.com
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001-1188

November 9-11, 2010
PartnerCon New Orleans
http://pro.pictage.com/community/ppc/neworleans/
Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, French Quarter
739 Canal Street at Bourbon
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

January 16-18, 2011
Imaging USA
http://www.imagingusa.org
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
200 East Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

January 16-19, 2011
DWF Convention 2011
http://www.digitalweddingforum.com/convention/
The Hotel Contessa
306 W. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

February 17-24, 2011
WPPI Las Vegas (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International)
http://www.wppionline.com/storage/2011/home.html
MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

March 30 – April 1, 2011
Photoshop World
http://photoshopworld.com/
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

2011 Schedule TBA
Skip’s Summer School
http://www.mei500.com
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.

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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!