I am really looking forward to The Portrait Masters 2019! My hubby had an idea of interviewing me before I leave and he asked me the following questions:
Hubby: What are you thinking going into The Portrait Masters?
Me: I’m thinking about trying not to think about it. I’m thinking about arriving to this conference like the first day of school, not really knowing the syllabus but knowing the schedule. Anticipating letting things be the way they are going to be.
Hubby: What song is playing in your head going into this conference?
Hubby: What did you enjoy about Portrait Masters last year?
Me: What didn’t I enjoy… I enjoyed not knowing anything about TPM, showing up with zero expectations, my experiences painted on a blank canvas. TPM is not a place to watch someone boast of their success, rather it is about hearing about creative struggle and determining to be successful despite the struggle. I enjoyed being in a community of like-minded creative people, who understood my industry and the challenges that come with the industry. I forced myself to be an extrovert, so that I would not be limiting the chance of growth and the chance at understanding how other people's stories were the same as mine.
Hubby: What stood out for you at TPM 2018?
Me: The photographer that stood out to me was Richard Wood. Prior to TPM I had never heard of Richard Wood. Just meeting him and seeing his creative ability gave me insight and direction to first-and-foremost be an artist and to think like a child, rather than being consumed by mass-produced service to clients. He reminded me to be true to my passion as an artist.
Hubby: Anything funny happen last time you were there?
Me: Zack Arias brought comedic relief to what turned out to be a very emotional conference even for someone who is not emotional like myself. Attendees, fair warning, pack some tissues…
Hubby: What are you excited about?
Me: I’m not excited about driving to Arizona with the possibility of getting a speeding ticket for going five miles-per-hour over the speed limit like I did last year. Seriously though, I’m excited to be inspired by our world’s most renowned photographers. I’m excited for what that means to my business and my own creative ability. I’m also excited for the possibilities to inspire others.
Hubby: Any suggestions or advice to other attendees? Tips?
Me: Go into the event with a blank canvass. Don’t over-think going into this conference, don’t have expectations, and you will learn things that you never would have imagined about yourself.
Pack some sunscreen and the food is delicious.
Hubby: What are you bringing?
Me: I am bringing enough clothes for 1 month because I plan on sweating through three outfits a day. I have packed plenty of water and plenty of coffee because life is all about balance...husband’s delicious cold-brew supply for a week, check! I am bringing a limited amount of equipment because I do not want to focus on doing work and limit my experience that Sue Bryce and her team have worked on for the past year. My dear backpack will contain a canon 5d markiii body, canon 50mm 1.2 lens, I will primarily use one lens while I am here for the shooting bays as space is limited and I will want to move quickly and efficiently through any crowds. Also be prepared with 128G of memory but will likely need more. Following the conference, I will get to join my best friend for a couple of days in Sedona which I have packed additional and lightweight gear for a possible shoot.
*Sidenote: My husband may be slightly jealous that I am leaving to a resort for a week without him...
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***Photos on this page are not all my own and are a compilation from many photographers who shared in this wonderful experience called The Portrait Masters Conference 2018.