April brought a whirlwind of conferences and courses that demonstrated the importance of life-long learning. In a rapidly evolving profession, it is essential to constantly refine creative and technical skills while improving business processes. However, as I reflect on all the key learning points, the most important lesson is to find my authentic voice.
The seaside town of Hyannis in pre-season is the perfect setting for a week long course known as NEIPP. Last year I came as an outsider but soon felt accepted as a friend: this year I felt like family as I enjoyed the camaraderie and good humor. Immersed in an intensive class with experienced photographers, photoshop legend Suzette Allen shared her technical knowledge and artistic vision. She has a unique style for custom art for clients who prefer a more painterly effect. I look forward to sharing some new work in this forum as I explore these new virtual brushes and filters. In fact, Suzette covered so much information that I have already registered for next year to learn more, including hybrid techniques for blending motion and still images.
In a bonus class, I was delighted to learn how to form "Old Hollywood Glamor" portraits quickly. Under the guidance of Stephanie and Peter Zettl and with the assistance of great models at the school, it was great fun to create film noir stylized images. This photo is straight out of camera and I love the moody feeling it evokes. so I can't wait to experiment with this style. NEIPP is a small and personal "hands on" photography school that will surely grow as the secret gets out so talk to me if you are interested in attending April 2014.
In addition to the excellent quality ASMP webinars for working professional photographers, I was fortunate to attend a workshop at Yale's New Haven campus last week. Bill Cramer, Founder of "Wonderful Machine", offered a candid session brimming with practical ways to improve my business processes. Thank you for an excellent, detailed program Bill.
Inspirational Women's conferences and Networking opportunities also uplifted my spirits and showed new possibilities for business. The 3rd Annual "CT Women’s Alliance" highlighted the need to have fair representation, access and equity while the 5th Annual "Total Woman’s Conference" showed diversity in action. The inaugural “Mom Gets A Business Conference” in NY hosted by Patty Lennon was a dynamic day. Closer to home, I was pleased to support and photograph the two launches for “BelieveInspireGrow”: the new B.I.G. Plus program introduced in Glastonbury and then Farmington Valley pod with 120+ women. It has been a very positive and affirming process to meet so many strong, supportive and encouraging women.
To restore balance I stepped away from the computer and the classroom to apply some garden design principles inspired by a talk given by Mar Jennings at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art at their "Fine Art and Flowers" event but that’s the topic for another Blog later this Spring.