Workshops and Conventions

2010 After Dark Minneapolis

In May 2010, Rick and Sarah went to Minneapolis to the most accelerated learning workshop they’ve ever been to. After Dark is a small (limited to 300 photographers) workshop, with dozens of “mentors” – other professional photographers, who hold business or shooting sessions over a three day period. If you do the math, this means that, on average, each mentor has a session with about 10-15 photographers who can ask questions at will and watch literally over the mentor’s shoulder to see what they are doing. If you are an intermediate photographer, this is the forum for you to learn the most from.

In a large banquet room, approximately 20 pods were set up, each with backdrops, lighting, and other props. This is where the indoor shooting sessions were held. Of course, many folks headed outside, and some held informal sessions around tables in an adjoining ballroom.

Some of the main sponsors of the event were RadioPoppers, Larson Enterprises, Silverlake, and Denny’s. Each of them provided the equipment for the pods, and had an additional roomful of equipment you could use (when sessions weren’t being held). Denny’s had rack upon rack of backdrops you could get and use for any of the pods.

2010 ImagingUSA – Nashville

In January 2010, we went to the PPA convention, which is ImagingUSA. This is pretty much like WPPI (see below), except for some reason known only to them, they started the morning sessions at 7 am. I have no clue what they were thinking, and the 2011 convention was the same way.

2009 NOBS Photo Success Inferno – Nashville

In November 2009, Rick and Sarah went to their second NOBS Photo Success workshop in Nashville. It was a great time to renew friendships in person that began at last year’s Inferno and that we share all year in cyberspace on the NOBS forum. It was at this event that we won 1st Place in the individual portrait print competition. Boy, what a surprise. We were there with nearly 100 other photographers, many of whom entered the competition. That was SO encouraging to our career.

The NOBS Inferno is a three day workshop, jam-packed with instruction on photography, sales, marketing, and other business topics. The business topics such as sales and marketing are the most valuable of the sessions there. If you’re a photographer, I would seriously recommend attending. There will be a spring Inferno this year in Chicago, which isn’t too far away from this area of the country.

2009 TeamSteve Seniors Workshop – Park City

In June 2009, Rick went back to the Steve Harrington (TeamSteve) senior portrait workshop, this time in Park City. Below are some photos from that workshop. Steve and his wife Shelley hold this workshop every year. For any photographers interested in attending, as June 2010 gets closer, you will find more details here on the Team Steve Seniors web site. Their photography web site is here. If you have questions on the workshop or even on some other photography subject, you will find them eager to help out.

Steve has the ability to create technically excellent photography and at the same time be highly creative. You may see Steve’s influence in some of our work. He has set a high standard for himself, and we strive to achieve the same level of excellence.

2009 WPPI Convention – Las Vegas

In¬†February of 2009, we went to the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) convention in Las Vegas. There were oodles of training sessions there as well as every photography software and equipment vendor you could think of (and even some you can’t). This is a good convention to attend, because you get to see the up-and-coming trends in whatever type of portrait photography you specialize in, as well as you get to see the new photographers who are bringing fresh approaches to our craft. In a word, if you are a portrait photographer, GO!

2008 TeamSteve Seniors Workshop – Salt Lake City

In June 2008, before Dreamweaver Artists was conceived, we went to a senior (high school) portrait workshop in Salt Lake City. It was hosted by one of the great senior photographers today, Steve Harrington.  It was quite a time of mental overload Рso much good information was shared, not only by Steve and his wife Shelley, but by the other photographers there, that it spurred us to begin working on the business in earnest.