The past few weeks have been full of learning and growing professionally and personally. It’s interesting how most things that I learn associated with the business and photography are nuggets of wisdom that can be rolled over into my personal life as well. As you know, I attended the Heart of America Conference hosted by the Professional Photographers of America a few weeks ago. I was able to take some amazing things from the conference and actually put them into practice. These tips and tricks and programs have saved me time and money and are helping to make my work better than it was before. Another growth point for me was to hear what wisdom is and where it comes from…time, life experiences, hearing God, listening to wise people in your life, opening yourself up to scary new situations. These are all catalysts of growth.
Since wisdom can be obtained by listening to wiser people than ourselves, I feel that it is vital to be lifetime learners. In an attempt to learn a few things from a veteran, award-winning photographer, I attended another evening-long conference in Kansas City last Wednesday night. The speaker was nationally known photographer, Sandy Puc’. I have seen her speak before at a past HOA conference in Kansas City but Wednesday night I, along with 400 other professional photographers from the region got an in depth look at her pregnancy portraiture and baby portrait process. It’s amazing to me how many photographers flocked to see her talk about how she runs her business; from the first phone call to the final order pick up. It gave me a glimpse that most everyone is looking for ways to be better at what we do.
Sandy Puc’ is the co-founder of an amazing organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation, which I have been an affiliated photographer with for about a year now. It is an infant bereavement service where professional photographers all over the nation are called to donate their time and document precious lives that have been lost much too soon. “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation gently provides a helping hand and a healing heart. For families overcome by grief and pain, the idea of photographing their baby may not immediately occur to them. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. The soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives.”
I hope that I never stop learning and loving and giving…and letting that learning, loving, and giving spur on growth both personally and professionally.