I cannot tell you how reinvigorating my week in this Tennessee mountain cabin with 19 other EXTREMELY talented photographers was for me. I have always thought that continued education is a MUST for our industry. I’ve been in business full time for 7 years and another 6 before that part time and I can tell you photography as a whole looks nothing now like it did nearly 14 years ago when I started and I guarantee it won’t look the same in another 14. But while I’ve attended HUGE conferences with thousands of photographers, learned from hundreds of instructors from all over the US and the world, I’ve never been to a retreat like this one.
In three days, this group of 20 photographers went from ‘omg we are legit living with these people for three days’ to ‘omg how are we going to be states away now?!?’ … friendships were formed that I expect to last for years to come. And while we learned from two top-notch educators we also learned from each other. Seriously, guys this cabin was dripping with talented photographers yet somehow no egos, it was a beautiful thing.
Ok, enough about everyone else, what about ME (haha)… this retreat is just what I needed! I LOVE (like LOVE LOVE LOVE) what I do and thanks to all of you I’ve been able to build a business doing what I love right here in Central IL but I want more. No, I’m not talking about wanting more money, more fame (ha) or anything like that. But I felt I wanted to give you MORE. That I wasn’t giving all I had/could but I couldn’t see where to go next, what to do next and I’m THRILLED to tell you that both instructors connected these dots for me. Not only do I know what we were missing but I know HOW to give it to you and our road forward is not only bright and exciting it’s flipping paved in glitter (ok ok I might be just a bit excited).
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