It’s that time of year again…conference season. I usually attend 2-5 professional photography conferences each year as a way of staying abreast of all the newest trends in photography, adding to my knowledge base, and entering print competitions whenever possible. This has been a great way to learn how to make my photography even better…perfecting my craft. This year I was honored to receive an honorable mention in the Illustrative category at the Heart of America Professional Photographers of America Conference (HOAPPA). I was also part of the print crew which enabled me to meet more photographers from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska as well as getting an up close and personal view of the print judging system. It was a lot of work but definitely worth the long hours.
This is my 3rd year attending the HOA conference and I’m excited to come back to Columbia, MO and my new studio with all the new ideas and refreshed perspective. It’s been a lot of fun this year to have my mom along for the journey to Council Bluffs, IA. We were welcomed to Council Bluffs with snow fall on Friday and Saturday.
I was also blessed by my visit with my good friend Dawnyale Jones (along with her husband Corey and little guy, Quincy). It has been a breath of fresh air for my heart and creative spirit.
Today mom and I went to the downtown Omaha area called the Old Market. It had a quaint feeling in a big city environment. Store after store that we couldn’t pass up – at least to pop in for a bit. Lunch at a Stokes where I had a really good chicken taco while mom suffered from the devastating result of unseasoned fish tacos.
With one more day left, we are heading to the awards banquet and ceremony. And hopefully no more bland fish tacos…