Wow. That’s all I can muster right now. Admittedly, I rolled my eyes at the thought of thousands of moms and women coming together to do our thing- photography. But the truth was shocking. These women were not only kind, but fun, and so willing to help and collaborate. What a wonderful, refreshing, authentic conference. I can’t even get into the speakers right now, it is too overwhelming to start. Pieces. I will do this in pieces.
I will most definitely try to go again next fall, especially if it is a cool city like Salt Lake City. I have so many images I need to go through- I mean soooo many. Highlight of the conference for me was to see Meg Bitton work. I also loved chatting with Sue Bryce (who looks amazing) and to see how incredibly human and humble these women are. I didn’t once feel like “I wasn’t good enough” or “that I needed to be making X amount in photography” in order to be there. It was such a wonderful way to grow, individually but with people by your side. But soon the great plague set in. The plague of change. The plague of stripping down the old and starting new. I found myself wanting to immediately strip down my website, logo, and pricing and start from scratch. I kept thinking of what a speaker said, “What you put out there is what comes back to you.” Darn it. While I love the images I have taken in the past, it is not necessarily who I am as a photographer and what I want to be shooting. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one suffering from this epidemic. I quickly learned others felt the same way, so I am holding off, going very slow and approaching new gigs with a new eye. I have turned down a bit of work lately, because quite frankly, I want to define my own style and I don’t want to be just another photographer taking pics of babies with cute props. I definitely want to learn to be good at many things, but with that said, I don’t want to studio shoot as often- instead I want to shoot outdoors in all seasons. The conference also reinforced, I am just not a landscape photographer. That’s ok with me. I don’t find interest in much of my images of fountains and buildings and landscape- it’s the ones of the people I am so intensely drawn to. But my gosh, the pictures others took of the beauty around me was astonishing. Clearly that isn’t my forte, and that is ok. Everyone needs to do their thing. My thing is people.
Here is just a few shots with two sweet and beautiful girls that I shot with Sarah Vasquez’s class in natural light. I have so many more that I don’t know where to start. For now, I will leave you with these.