Recently I had the pleasure of hearing my favorite wedding photographer, Jasmine Star, speak in Chicago. It all seem to happen in slow motion, but in retrospect, it seems like it went by so fast that it’s all a blur. I really was star struck.
Okay, to clarify, Jasmine Star was on a tour called the FIX. The idea was to help wedding photographers find out what kinks or hiccups were in their business and help them work out those kinks.
I learned a few things as she spoke about pricing, blogging, client relationships, finding your target client, networking, and SO many other topics, but the most important thing I took away was…I’m doing alright.
What I mean is, there were so many pieces of advice she gave that I already follow. Some people might think that means I didn’t gain much. Not true. What I gained was a sense of self confidence because I was worried I wasn’t on the right track.
So, for me, walking away from the Fix knowing I was making the right decisions, was just one of many ways I gained confidence, and that my friends…is PRICELESS.
Other than all of the valuable information, I got to see Jasmine, talk to her, and be photographed with her. I’ll warn you right now…I cried like a baby. I didn’t think I would, but I did.
She’s been my mentor, my guru, from the moment I decided to shoot my first wedding and I was in awe of her.
I met lots of great contacts, drank some wonderfully fine ale, have her sign my copy of Exposed, and took tons of pictures.
Most of all, I took away a feeling of appreciation for the struggles that got me where I am today and the struggles that lay ahead of me. They will make me a better photographer and a better person…and for that, I’m grateful.
My spelling neuroses won’t let me NOT point out the spelling error in the image on the right. Receive, not “recieve”. Here’s a little rhyme that will help you remember:
“I” before “E” except after “C” or when sounding like “A” as in ‘neighbor’ and ‘weigh’.
It was a long (4 hour) drive plus another hour of finding a parking spot, getting a drink, and getting to my seat so I was a bit harried.
Thank you, Jasmine for always sharing everything. It has made me a better photographer and a better person.
It’s also the VERY reason I reach out to as many new photographers as possible. We all need someone to help show us not “the” way, but OUR way!
Hugs, love, and tons of luck to you all,