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On Convention and Our Photo Family: Buffalo NY Photography

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.

A few of our less than professional (iPhone), but fun moments from the weekend with our photo family.

A few of our less than professional (iPhone), but fun moments from the weekend with our photo family.

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.

~ Erin

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.

new roles, giving back to GRPP : Rochester NY Photographers

Flashback to 2009, we're both brand - spankin' new to being in business for ourselves. Separately, we each decided to visit a meeting with the Greater Rochester Professional Photographers. I don't know if we were "friends at first sight," but we now know, we met for a reason. Within 6 months of meeting each other, we knew we had something good together. Flash forward to today - we have each other, our business, education and a great group of photographer friends to lean on for support. Lori and I have learned so much from being members of GRPP, not just from the educational programs but from other members as well. As new photographers to the Rochester NY area, we had a lot to learn. Even now 4 years later, we still have much to learn! It's been so great to have this network of people to grow with and learn from.

Had it not been for this organization, and it's open arms to us - who knows where Lori and I might be today. You might be wondering, "really? aren't you all competition?"  At first when I joined, that was my concern. But now I realize that no, we're not - as each of us has our our network of clients, our own referral base, and our own way of doing business, that's different from the next member. It's our goal to increase the knowledge of everyone in the group - as a rising tide raises all ships.

So, all that being said - Lori and I have been a part of the Greater Rochester Professional Photographers for just about 4 years. Having gained so much from the group, we chose to give back. So, Lori kicked it off by joining the board as Treasurer 3 years ago. She kind of got a head start on me. I jumped on board two years ago as an unofficial "social chairperson," then as the Programs Director last year.

This year, we're taking on even bigger roles. Lori has become our newest Vice President, in charge of finding us awesome programs for 2014. And me? I've moved up to President. I know that I have big shoes to fill, as our previous President (Pat Luke of Luke Photography) rocked it.

Of course, when I mentioned that to him, his advice to me was:  "Wear your own flip flops and be yourself." Hmmmm, a new motto to live by perhaps?

We're so thankful for this wonderful group. We've gained everything from business knowledge, to new shooting techniques. But most importantly to us, we've gained friendships that we'll carry with us always.

Here's a few images from our most recent Holiday party... join us for a meeting next time won't you?

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Find out more information about GRPP, and our next meeting at: www.grpp.org or on Facebook!