I had been looking forward to Imaging for what seems like forever, so I was super pumped when January 14th came around and it was time for me to fly to Baton Rouge. My friend, Callie, lives in Baton Rouge, so we met up and drove to New Orleans EARLY on the 15th. When I say early, I mean we woke up at 4am, and let me tell ya...I am no morning person.Waking up early was well worth it, however, because the first speakers we heard were Zach and Jody Gray of Gray Photography. I would love to completely unpack everything I learned from them, but I know it would turn into a novel, so I will just touch on the things that really struck me. I was impressed with how much they invest in their clients. They have genuine care and appreciation for each and every one of their couples that inquires about a wedding. It was inspiring and moving to see how intentional they are when meeting and talking with brides/grooms. I also just loved their energy and charisma. They are passionate about what they do and it radiates from them. It's something I hope my clients can see in me when I photograph them.
The conference was three days long and consisted of workshops, an expo, and more photographers than I have ever seen in one place in my entire life. We went to 11 workshops in the 3 days, and I left with about 25 pages of notes. A couple workshops were just as inspiring and moving as Zach and Jody's, while others I had to pick and choose what I wanted to take from it. All-in-all the conference gave me a fresh perspective on my business and photography in general. It was a great way to begin the new year, and I am looking forward to implementing a lot of what I learned into Jessica Christine Photography.
On one last note...Callie and I had to go to Cafe Du Monde of course, so I have to share a few of the photos I took on our adventure in downtown New Orleans. Enjoy!