WOW!! I couldn’t wait to sit and blog about my week. I had the very best time at the portrait and wedding photography convention in Las Vegas. It was amazing. I don’t want to bore you but I still have to give you the play-by-play.
I arrived Sunday night after a very long drive with two of my photography friends — Gail and Adale. (Thanks for the drive ladies!!) I was so tired but the second I walked through the doors I was rejuvenated and excited. 14,000 plus photographers in one spot…WOW!!! We stayed at the MGM Hotel. It was huge and I can’t count how many times I got lost. The first night was just laid back and settling into what was to come.
On Monday right away I jumped into a few seminars. I had the opportunity to listen and learn from so many leaders in the industry like Kevin Kubota, Jim Garner, Jasmine Star, and way too many more to list. I had a day full of trade show, seminars and information. My brain was beginning to hurt! Of course I couldn’t wait to hear more.
Then the amazing part happened! I met Jody and Zach Gray. A friend, Charleton, introduced us and it changed the path my week was taking. Jody and Zach are incredible wedding photographers that have a passion for mentoring other photographers. Better than that, they have a passion for Christian photographers. They asked me and a friend if we would like to join them in there suite for a small gathering of photographers. Opportunity of a lifetime! What an experience. I was able to hang out casually with a few of the leaders in our industry…feeling blessed and on cloud nine for the opportunity. Photographers I have only dreamed of meeting were now with me in the same room. Even better they invited us to join a group of over 100 photographers in the morning to have a “mini” church in one of the conference rooms. Are you even serious!!! They set up a time of worship and prayer over our industry. Then we were divided into groups by regions of the country to talk and pray… WOW!!! I got put with Mike Larsen!!! His work is amazing! He told us a ton about himself and showed an amazing amount of business character. I left so inspired and on fire for what I do and how God is working in this industry. Incredible! I couldn’t believe that I was getting the opportunity to chit-chat and hang out with the “superstars” of photography! God was good and I was blessed. I am so inspired about what I do and am looking forward to watching my business take off this year. I have so many amazing brides that I already feel like are great friends! I love what I do and feel blessed to have all your support!!!
Blessed week with new friendships and new ides!