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Following the hype of The Societies Convention last week, I thought I’d give you a quick run-down on the aftermath. Otherwise known in our house as Convention Fatigue.
Unfortunately for us, we didn’t arrive until after all the Qualification Panels had been judged so missed out on the tears of joy and sorrow of some of our friends. Big congratulations to darling George on his successful Fellowship, I can’t wait to receive my signed original GF, and to the lovely Jocelyn for her Associate; also to Lenny and Neil for their Fellowship and Licentiate awards respectively. Deepest commiserations to those that didn’t quite make the grade. I hope it hasn’t disheartened you and that you will try again; fingers crossed you succeed next time.
On a personal note, I think I have found my ideal mentor for my Fellowship – just need to ask him first!!
The Societies and the Convention is very geared towards Wedding and Portrait Photographers and in previous years I have often been at a loss as to how to spend my time. This year was very different and I hardly had time to sit down.
I am currently working on a new project and was in much need of some inspiration and guidance and I found it by the bucket load.
Blogging and SEO hints and tips from Michael Shilling and Alan Hutchinson are already being put into place. Dave Wall‘s photoshop masterclasses were excellently delivered in a simple way with the patience of a saint, highly recommended for training, even if he is slightly off the WALL!
The biggest two were for me were Melissa Love and Michael Turner. Melissa is a graphic designer and branding / website guru. We looked at Colour, Style, Texture and my favourite – Typography. Let’s not forget about PInterest – who knew about the joys of that? I have so many ideas floating around in my head for the new project that I think my head is going to burst very soon. But out of all that one of the most memorable bits of the Convention was the sight and sound of 40+ photographers all ripping up magazines at the same time and the increase in volume as they really got into the exercise is truly something to be remembered. The only downside to the class was that it went by far too quickly!!
And last but by no means least, Michael Turner. All it takes is that one little light-bulb moment. It was during this session that a simple one presented itself as a way of successfully combining My Macro World to my new project. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait to reveal it in the next couple of months.
When I wasn’t being inspired I was the one who was hopefully providing the little light-bulb moments, although on one occasion I thought we might have a power shortage. It was great to see so many people at the 2nd presentation of Bug’s Life. Despite being on the graveyard slot, as we speakers call it, and the one directly before the Awards dinner, bravery awards must be given to those who turned out for the Copyright masterclass and shared their insights into what is a very mis-understood topic. And who can forget the amusing discussion about ladies sanitary products in the Abstract Macro Art masterclass, brilliant stuff. For the delegates that asked, here is the link to the Photography Activity for Kids book.
Thank you all for coming. I hope I managed to fill you with a few ideas and will be sending course notes in due course to those who left their business cards. If anyone else would like a copy please sign up to our newsletter or drop me an email and I’ll send it over – don’t forget to mention which session you would like.
And finally, BIG congratulations to all the winners on the Awards night. Every one of you deserved it.
I have heard the Convention described as one big family reunion, only every year the family just gets bigger and bigger … and its true, we love every minute of it. For those of you who have never been, now is the time to start thinking about it – I promise you won’t regret it; from an adults point of view, and I use the term lightly, it’s better than Christmas!
I guess all there is for me to do now is to get some well earned sleep and start planning for 2015.
Watch out for new workshop dates and a NEW workshop – all being published in the next week or so.