Well, Randy and I made it back from Nashville and thus back to reality! It was a great opportunity to attend Imaging USA in Nashville. This was our 2nd time to attend this annual photography conference. It was 3 full days of classes and trade show. The classes are top notch and are led by some of the most accomplished professional photographers in the business today. I took lots of notes, and for several classes where classes I was interested in overlapped, I sent Randy to one and I went to the other. On returning home, I made myself type up our notes - an old habit from college that helps to imprint the information in my brain - which served as a good review of all the great information that was presented. The 3 days of the trade show provided opportunities to meet vendors, learn more about their products, figure out what works best for me in my studio and then decide what I can afford!
We did go a couple of days early to check out some of the Nashville sound. Because a winter front arrived about the same time we did, we were advised to stay at the hotel our first night because of the snow and sleet coming down. Thankfully, we were at the Gaylord Opryland and that place is huge! Saturday, we ventured downtown about mid-day and toured the Country Music Hall of Fame museum and Historic Studio B recording studio. If you've never seen these - we highly recommend both - you can purchase tickets as a package deal. Then we took a couple of hours to enjoy one of the many very talented local bands at AJ's place on Broadway. Randy was thoroughly enjoying it!
As with most conferences, I came back a little overwhelmed feeling like I have SO MUCH to do to get my business in a better place! And I'm trying not to think that I don't have enough time to do everything, although I must admit I am feeling that way, because one of the speakers quoted Seth Godin who said, "You don't need more time, you need to decide!" I get the message, but I think that is going to take some practice to implement!
In the end, I feel very privileged that we were able to attend the conference (even though my bank account is cringing a bit still!). I continue to be amazed and grateful for the professional photography community and how generous everyone is with their time and knowledge to help other photographers learn not only the technical side of photography, but also the business side.