Though 2015 is the third year for the Blink Conference, I was present for my second conference as a "Blinkee" (as attendees are dubbed.) This year the conference was held in Austin Texas and despite the crazy Texas weather we had been having, thankfully the conference agenda was not affected. If you grew up with distant relatives, whom you'd visit once a year, then you know the way it feels to anticipate the annual visit of this conference. Though we are not related, it's very much the "family reunion" of photographers in many aspects.
Through encouragement, positive motivation, real life experiences, and a bit of straightforward
"kicks in the rear," you are boosted to be a better photographer, business owner, and individual person...all things that many need to hear! (Myself included.) We all need reminders, and we all can "hear or read" them, but being moved to DO them is the sort of thing that many in this industry have a hard time with. It would be a rare thing for anyone to not implement what they learn, at least in one, small way after attending this conference. I was looking forward to seeing friends again, discussing industry topics, and of course shooting together.
In that regard, there were two opportunities for this...the group shooting and smaller "breakout" sessions.
For the group shooting session, I was a part of Reginald Campbell's engagement session. This took me outside my general comfort zone because I had a film camera on hand (which is not my normal workflow use) and a Fuji X100s as a sort of fail-safe to get a few digital images. Although I do not have any scanned negatives to include in this blog post, here are a few from that session from the Fuji:
Side note: Reginald is a fantastic wedding photographer who's style favors him shooting solely film for weddings. You can find his work at http://regcampbell.com/
After this shoot, I was able to sneak in a photo as I walked past Amanda Diaz's group. Amanda is another amazing photographer who's work everyone should check out! Her stylized shoots are intriguing and always great to see. Here's an example in the model I captured in passing:
Isn't that something else?!? As I turned the corner, there was another model who had the most amazing look so I also had to photograph her as well. Here is that photo:
Sometimes I simply can't resist to photograph someone, and that's why I'm always glad I have some form of camera on me at all times.
The second scheduled portion of shooting was with the fantastic Spanki Gring Mills! I cannot speak enough of how much I admire her personality, and loved working with her! In a tough situation of shooting with the sun overhead, we had a great time photographing a few seniors that traveled with the conference. The beautiful thing is that though there were multiple photographers, in numerous lighting situations, we were all able to capture unique photographs! Here are some of mine captured with a Nikon D7000 and Fuji X100s (last three):
As I mentioned before, I had all kinds of fun while at this conference. The location at Lone Star Court was perfect for me since it was close to home (kind of.) Next year it will be in Palm Springs, which is another place I'd love to visit. I'm looking forward to it!