I’ll get it together one day and actually have my blogs ready to go in the mornings like I plan, but until then… you can probably expect them in the afternoons lol.
I hope your day (and week) has been going well so far! I have a photo-packed post for you today so get ready for tons of pictures :)
A little over one month ago, I was in Nashville for the first annual Blink Conference! This was my first photography conference period AND my first time speaking at a conference so believe me when I tell you I was NERVOUS! I am super thankful to Ike & Tash for the opportunity and honored that they even thought of me!
A few days before I left, I was finalizing my presentation and packing up everything I needed!
I’m not sure what possessed us to do so, but Natarsha and I booked a 6:30a Friday flight to Nashville… So of course I didn’t get any sleep the night before because I’m a chronic procrastinator - _- Since we were headed west, we weren’t able to watch the sunrise but the skies were beautiful nonetheless :)
Once in Nashville, we drove to the hotel and met up with a couple of our fellow Blink attendees for breakfast! After that it was time for a serious nap lol.
DAY 1 FRIDAY
Friday night was the mixer! I had such a good time meeting everyone and chatting with some of long-time admired creatives like Audrey Woulard, Alejandra Vidal, and Joshua Dawain. I was also super excited to meet all of my photographer friends from facebook and social media in real life :)
DAY 2 SATURDAY
Saturday was the full day of workshops. The line up was Ike & Tash, Alejandra Vidal, Joshua Dawain, Audrey Woulard, Dawn Davis, and Zach & Jody. So much great information was shared and tons of goodies were given away! I unfortunately didn’t get pictures of them all, but here are all of the amazing sponsors: Black River Imaging, Photographer’s Edit, Colorvale Actions, Munaluchi Bride, Ike and Tash, The Music Bed, Shower Me Chic, Photo Pantz, Social Print Studio, Site House, Photography Blogsites, Sync Seniors, Rachel Brenke- The Lawtog and Senior Style Guide!
After a full day of learning, I opted for a low key dinner so I could prep for my presentation on Sunday. Sidenote: How amazing is it that Panera has a drive thru?? Lol I know you’ve probably seen it before if you live elsewhere, but in DC we don’t have them. I love Panera so it was a pretty big deal lol. If we had a drive-thru, I’d probably be there even more than I am now.
DAY 3 SUNDAY
Sunday was the big day! I was soo nervous lol. But ready to get things going :) Jeremy helped me set up and I was all ready to go!
The presentation went well and I could finally relax!! I got lots of positive feedback so that made me feel much better about things and so did my post-presentation pep talk with Tasha :) Quick chill out in the lounge as things were wrapping up and then picture time with my DC peeps before we headed home!
Our Nashville weekend was soo much fun! But just as tiring as it was fun- probably because I didn’t get any sleep before I left lol. All in all I had a great time learning from some of the best in my industry and getting to know my e-photog friends better :) I can’t wait to see what Ike and Tash have in store for Blink in the years to come and I’m soo proud of them for putting together such a wonderful conference!
Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend Blink 2014, but for those of you that are, you will definitely be in for many surprises and have a great time learning!
PS: For an even more awesome Blink Recap, please do yourself a favor and head on over to Terri’s Blog! Although I had it, I didn’t pull my real camera out all weekend, so she definitely has a better recap than mine lol.
That’s it for today! Let me know what you guys thought of the recap :)