Every March, Lori and I throw some clothes into a bag, grab some gear and head out of town for an important weekend away. It's kind of an anniversary trip of sorts for us. Seven years ago at the PPSNYS (Professional Photographers of NYS) Convention was when we really got to know (and like) each other. It led us to where we are today.
We do it every year, and every year we come home exhausted after two nights of 2am bedtimes. But we also come home better educated, inspired and with grateful hearts for the many relationships that keep us coming back.
We're educated by industry leaders all weekend. But we also learn from each other, not as competition but as a photography community, ready and willing to help each other grow.
We're inspired by our peers. They are our photo family. There's no way to accurately describe what it feels like to be surrounded by so many talented, fun and caring people all at once. We stay up late, because we want the experience to last as long as possible.
To be able to connect with the people who get us is humbling and motivating at the same time. We are constantly reminded that we have a community like no other.
So yeah, we come home exhausted - but also grateful for the friends who inspire us, remind us who we are, and why we do what we do.
We're ready. Ready for the busy season ahead, and ready to share our inspiration with all of you.
PS - Below are some of the photos we took on the last day. We did a photo walk around Silo City, an abandoned factory area. There was inspiration everywhere, with textures, doorways, grit and grime. Three instructors wandered with three different fashion models, but all we could think about was getting a high school senior in that space! There are SO many options for unique photographs here.