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January 25, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Photography is one of those professions that, if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards.  For one, there is so much change in the industry that it is easy to become outdated in very little time if you’re not pursuing the cutting edge.  Another huge reason to avoid stagnancy like the plague is that the creative energy that drives our business is not exactly something you buy in a bottle!  It is essential to cultivate that creativity in many purposeful ways in order to consistently give my very best creative work to my clients.  I have a little soapbox and it goes like this:  As photographers, we must meet together and share ideas and strategies freely with other photographers to inspire creativity, keep moving forward and loving what we do!  Otherwise we turn into stagnant, stinky, grumpy photographers who lack success and enjoyment of what we do.  Okay, soapbox over.

In April of 2011 I had a great opportunity to do just that at the Photograph-Share-Discover (PSD) Experience in Norfolk VA (my hometown!).  I know, I know–you’re probably like man, Diana, you took forever to blog this! but honestly, wedding season kicked into high gear as soon as I returned and somehow the images faded into the recesses of my Lightroom library.  Anyway, in April hundreds of photographers and industry leaders got together for a four-day event of shooting, idea-swapping, industry and craft education, product review and just general geeky pow-wowing with people who snort with excitement over things like bokeh, glossy album pages, and ring lights.  Crews of models were provided–everything from fuzzy hamsters to two-day-old babies to runway-modelesque brides and grooms and everything in between–and a slew of makeup and hair professionals.  Picture hundreds of geeky camera lovers like myself meeting 15 indoor studio setups and multiple outdoor sessions, then being taken by the hand by incredible industry-leading photographers to train and inspire collaboration and creativity.  Pet photography with baby porcupines! Pin-up girls with 2011 Dodge Vipers!  Wee babies in baskets!  Midnight boudoir sessions going on in the hotel room upstairs! Brides on a battleship! You get the idea… After an early-morning shooting session to get the creativity flowing, we sat at the feet of the best-of-the-best in the industry and had gab sessions on everything from blogging for your business to the importance of “playing” on the day of the wedding instead of freezing and “shooting safe.”  It was like drinking from firehose, yes, but it officially blew my mind and rocketed me off into an amazing spring, summer, fall, and even winter of giving my creative best to my clients.  Below are a few of the images.  Though there was plenty of variety, I geared my session choices toward the specific types of clients I cater to–wedding, graduating seniors, engagement, etc.  I hope you enjoy a little sneak preview of my weeklong investment to continue moving forward in the amazing and creative industry of photography!











  1. Jean
    January 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Incredible work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You continue to amaze me!!!!

  2. January 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I love your work and hope we can collaborate some more in 2012.

  3. January 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    What a neat training investment! Wonderful pictures! Glad to see them up!

  4. DJ Dunlap
    January 26, 2012 at 6:54 am

    when are you going to get one of these going with life light spear heading it? is there another one coming up some where?

  5. January 26, 2012 at 11:43 am


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