This blog post has been a long time coming…but what else is new? 🙂
Early August, Geoff and I traveled to Raleigh for our very first speaking engagement (as photographers) at the Wedding Photographic Society Convention
. And you know what? We had a great time. We spoke to 2 different crowds on the topic of branding. We really had some laughs sharing our first attempts at branding our business…seriously, it wasn’t pretty. 🙂
Can’t thank our lovely friend Nancy Ray
for snapping these shots of us. Love you, Nancy. Lots.
Can I be honest for a minute? Until very recently, I was super nervous about getting into the world of speaking. Not because I felt necessarily unqualified or even anxious for the speaking part of it (I’ve actually spoken/held workshops many a time in my former professional life working with college students), but more so, because I was afraid of being judged by others. Never wanting to put ourselves out there in this way for fear of others thinking/saying, “what are they doing speaking”? And that is just sad. Sad that I’ve let my fears get in my way of tapping into something that I’ve known I’ve always loved.
And so, I am throwing caution to the wind. It comes at a perfect time for me, actually, as I’m going to be taking an extended time off from shooting for my maternity leave. We just shot our last wedding of the year and only have a handful of sessions left before baby girl arrives in February. I’ve begun making plans to launch formal mentorship opportunities for rising photographers, as well as to offer a couple of topic based mini-workshops….the first to be offered as early as January. We have almost landed on our plans for the topic workshops, but if there is anyone out there who would like to put his/her two cents in on specific topics he/she would like to see offered, I’m all ears.
Anyway, feeling super excited as to what is ahead. 🙂
Many, many, many thanks to those on the board of the WPS – thank you so much for the opportunity to speak. We had such fun!