We joined the PPA!!!

We are now professional photographers! Well…yeah. I guess we were before, but now it’s official. We joined the PPA a week before their annual convention and decided at the last minute to attend. It was a 6 hour drive to Nashville, TN and 4 days of dizzying amounts of information and awesome networking.

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We attended lectures on photography and lighting by amazing photographers such as:

Zabrina Deng who taught us all about shoot pre-wedding sessions like they do in Asia

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Moshe Zusman who told us how to light a dark venue

Dan and Alex McClanahan who took us on a walk through of an entire wedding day (plus they are the cutest couple I’ve ever met!!!)

I went to a ton of lectures on Photoshop and Lightroom techniques:

Julieanne Kost works for Adobe and is a lightroom wizard

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(Look! It’s a duck!)

Jared Platt showed us how to streamline our editing process and cut a 5,000 image wedding down to 2 hours of editing time (I won a $110 pack of presets after his lecture!!!)

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We met some awesome people:

This is Brooke Moxley. She’s a photographer in a town about 30 minutes from us! We met at a lecuture by Julieanne Kost.

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We also met Anj Olsen of Lavender & Lime Studio. (Unfortunately, we didn’t get a photo with her because we were at the Super Bowl party and had too much to drink. Not that my cell phone takes great photos anyway, but I think you can tell from the picture below that I was a little unsteady.)

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We also got invited to a brainstorming meet and greet with the amazing people who host our website at Zenfolio. It was held by the CEO, Alex Peyzner, and the co-founder, Vitaliy Kuznetzov! They were an awesome group of people and we’re very happy to be working with them to make our photography business the best it can be!

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And here’s a random photo of my husband having lunch at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center where ImagingUSA 2015 was held.

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I apologize for the crappy quality of the photos. Even though this was a professional photographers event, none of us wanted to lug around a ton of equipment. I’ve never seen so many people in one place taking cell phone pictures.