Monday, September 22, 2008

Pictage PartnerCon and the Tacoma PUG

A couple of weeks ago, I headed down to the Pictage Partner Conference in Los Angeles for three awesome days of learning and "talking shop" with some of the best and brightest of my peers in the wedding photography industry. A few of my highlights:

1. Shopping in Manhattan Beach with my friend Christy. VERY relavant to photography. ;)
2. Having a heart to with Katie Humphreys and Rachel LaCour Niesen about the blessings & challenges of working with your spouse.
3. Being inspired by Will Jacks to step out of my comfort zone & pursue some personal photographic projects.
4. Being challenged by Dane Sanders and Mike Larson to be even more intentional about letting our business be a reflection of who we are & things that we value the most.
5. Gleaning new ideas from the fabulous Justin & Mary Marantz on how we can better express our love and appreciation for our wonderful clients!
6. In 'N Out with Rachel, Christy & Andrew (who took this photo with his iPhone)

Upon returning from L.A., we started busily preparing for our PUG's annual Martini Garden Party, which ended up being a total and complete blast!

A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to all of the amazing people/businesses who donated prizes for our party--Jared Bauman sent a copy of his DVD, Shooting the Perfect Wedding, ShootDotEdit donated a 25% off coupon, Me Ra Koh donated one each of her 101 Kits for Photographers, and Ami Davenport brought two copies of Dane Sander's book, Fast Track Photographer.

Another HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Michael from Integritas for providing music and a super cool old-school style microphone (see below) for the second year running.!

Even though Gerald and I (sadly) did not win any of the fabulous prizes, we had an awesome time hanging out with the 50+ photographers from Seattle/Tacoma who came down to celebrate the end of summer together! If you're interested in joining us, our next meeting is on October 29th, at the home of JFK Weddings. All photographers and aspiring photographers are welcome. Email me if you'd like to be added to the mailing list. We look forward to meeting you!

Airika (& Gerald)

Tacoma Pictage PUG Leaders


Dane Sanders said...

SO cool!

willj said...

hi Arika --

I'm so glad you found some useful stuff in my presentation. Thank you so much for your kind words. It was so great meeting you and getting to visit for a bit. We'll need to stay in touch for sure.

I can't wait to get a chance to meet Gerald. You guys do great work. I was bummed i didn't get a chance to meet him, but at least I got to say hello to half the team, right!

Take care. Looking forward to seeing some of your personal projects when you finish them!


One Love Photo said...

Sounds like it was a big hit! I caught a nasty cold last week and didn't want to spread the nasty thing around. I really wanted to celebrate with everyone, next time I guess. Love your photos from the wedding below. How very cool!!!

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