I knew I was waiting to post this blog for a reason!
Today is Dane’s birthday!! Instead of singing the traditional “Happy Birthday,” let’s all sing (in our loudest voices): YOU MAKE ME SO VERY HAPPYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!
For those of you who don’t know who Dane Sanders is, he is an amazing leader and mentor in the photography community. He literally wrote the book on how to start your photography business the right way with “Fast Track Photographer.” The title is a little misleading. All the knowledge he shares will not necessarily get you on the fast track to a successful photography business, but it will MOST DEFINITELY get you on the RIGHT track! I really wish I had read his book earlier in developing my business because I learned quite a few lessons the hard way, but that’s why I’m so happy to share this book with anyone who is thinking about starting a business (or in need of some serious change in their business). He also has a new book coming out later this spring, so I’m anxiously waiting for that to be released!
The reason why I’m ranting and raving about Dane Sanders (beside it being his birthday) is that he was in town last week to speak to our PUG (local photography group). Matt and I went to the PUG meeting and we were so inspired! He was also teaching a private workshop and I had a lot of reasons why I couldn’t go, but I finally just listened to the voice inside and committed to going. Honestly, I didn’t really know why I was going but I just knew I HAD to go.
And I am so glad I went!
I could tell you how I learned ways to run my business more efficiently, but that’s not really what the workshop was about. A lot of what I learned was deeply personal and it will be a different experience for everyone. Dane really encouraged me to listen to the conversation I was having internally, which is usually discouraged when someone is speaking. But there were some definite “A ha!” moments that I had during the workshop and I would have tuned them out had he not encouraged me to listen. I also developed friendships with some extremely talented and genuine photographers and that is PRICELESS!
I think a certain type of person is drawn to this workshop. I’m not sure how, but I’m pretty fascinated by it. In fact, I spoke on the phone today with a friend (whom I have never met) in Atlanta who saw that I went to his workshop. We’ve emailed each other and had some great conversations over email, but never talked on the phone or in person. She signed up for the workshop in March and so she gave me a call today to chat about it.
We talked for 4 and a half HOURS! Seriously, I don’t think I’ve talked to anyone that long on the phone in the past decade!
As we talked, a lot of the questions that she had I knew she would find the answers to in the workshop. The concept is that members are “For Each Other,” meaning that regardless we are all supportive of one another. At the beginning of the workshop those were just words to me, but by the end I can honestly say that I would do just about anything for the other members of our group. And I can’t wait to meet members from other parts of the country!
Part of the workshop included a photography shootout, which was really fun. At the time I was extremely nervous, though! Each of us had 4 minutes to direct the couple, Amanda & Colton, while the rest of the group got to 2nd shoot. No one could shoot in the same location twice, so it was a challenge! I got to play with my new 85mm, which is now my new favorite lens! I used it the entire time and it still hasn’t left my camera!
I couldn’t decide which photos to post because Amanda & Colton were such great models for us! They’ve known each other since middle school and are so natural together! All the ones of Amanda in the red jacket (except for the last two) were part of the time where I was the lead shooter. Since I knew Amanda was a model I wanted to just let her do her thing, which she did! She rocked the camera while rocked out on his guitar! Be sure to check out his Facebook Fan Page because he’s extremely talented!
Here are my favorites from the shootout:
I really miss everyone from the workshop and I look forward to seeing you again at our monthy meetings!! Fortunately, we are all keeping touch through Facebook, Twitter, and email until we can meet up again! : )