January 24 & 25
This is a brand new photography conference – this was its second gathering in a year. I actually found this conference in Instagram, or should I say it found me. The content posted on Instagram and Facebook seemed outside-the-box, unique and inspiring. I contacted Tyler Boylston, the founder. Tyler told me all about the how and why he put this convention together. He’s got great passion, a solid network and creative knowledge in the wedding and portrait industry. There were only 3 vendors, and over 120 young aspiring creatives. This experience enlightened me to the future of our industry. These photographers were different and successful. Not just successful financially, but personally. The presenters were very motivating, personal and honest. It was more about sharing success and overcoming fear. The connection within the audience was unreal.
Let’s just talk about their featured speaker for a moment… Jeremy Cowart. If you don’t know who he is, I strongly suggest checking his story out here: http://jeremycowart.com/ Jeremy has a very unique story of overcoming all of his fears by trusting his internal gift and sharing it with the world. A photographer can just be a profession, but he makes it a meaningful journey he shares with everyone around him.
I nicknamed this generation of photographers the “hipster photographers”. The beards were grand, the style sophisticated, and the uniqueness was everywhere. I didn’t know anyone when I arrived, but I left with so many new friends.