At a conference from April 6-10

Shutterfest-2015-BannerShoot. Learn. Party. That’s what the ShutterFest photography conference is all about. If you can’t reach me by phone or email immediately next week please leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

I’m leaving first thing Monday morning and I’ll be back around midnight on Friday morning (just in time for my 7:00 am BNI meeting). For the last few years I’ve attended the major photography conferences such as WPPI and ImagingUSA, but this is the first time that I’ll be going to something with this much energy.

For those of you who don’t know, ShutterFest was started by Sal Cincotta, one of the country’s leading wedding photographers and educators, as a way to bring together the top talent in the industry with a limited number of photographers. Unlike the larger conferences, this one is much more intimate and provides the attendees direct access to the presenters. Not only that, but a major part of the conference is what happens after-hours, when the photographers can hire models and rent studio space try out new ideas and things that would otherwise be too challenging to pull together on our own.

From what I can tell by the (closed) Facebook group this is more than a conference, it’s an experience. I completely expect to live off 2-3 hours of sleep each night, learn so much that my brain hurts, and hopefully make some strong connections with other photographers in my area and around the world.