Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pictage PartnerCon in New Orleans!

I am happy to announce that I made it back alive from New Orleans. Those of you on the down-low know that I got sick while in New Orleans and wound up coming back earlier than planned. But enough talk about being sick. I'm finally on the mend though still suffering from headaches, cough and sinus problems.

PartnerCon was my first ever photography conference and it was such a learning and enriching time for me. It allowed me to evaluate what things I need to change about my business and how I can take steps to better my business, my editing, my branding and myself.

I got to hear from wonderful speakers like Jason Aten (I loved Jason's presentation!!) about ten steps to better my business, Melissa Jill who shared her three tips that made her business sucessful, Nathan Holritz who gave me extremely invaluable tools that will help speed up my workflow, Kevin Swan whose frank, no holds bar approach to marketing was a wake-up call to start focusing and of course the wonderful couple whose images are below, the Grays (from Nashville!) who shared their ups and downs in the wedding industry and what they do to stand out (that is a very watered down description of their talk... it was fantastic and I'm not just saying that because I think they might read this). And the images are the result of a fabulous shoot I was lucky enough to go on with the Youngrens. They're a husband/wife wedding team from San Diego who were kind enough to take 25 of us photographers around the streets of New Orleans giving us pointers on how to improve our skills, how to better interact with couples and what to and not to do.

I will be forever indebted to the knowledge I received last weekend and only wish that I had been in a clearer, less "sicky" mindset. But alas, it was what it was and the information I gleaned will help as I continue my journey in photography. Thank you to every speaker and the Youngrens for a fantastic conference week. And thank you to my MOM who flew in to watch my little girl to only return home and pick up the same thing I had. Love you Mom, without you this would not have been possible!

So, it totally doesn't hurt that the Grays are GORGEOUS! Gorgeous people make my job easy.

Jody has an infectuous laugh and beautiful smile.

In this shot you can see that I'm shooting through the other 25 or so people that were there. Getting a great shot was not always possible but I thought, hey, shoot anyways and I actually this one because it shows that I wasn't the only one there. That and Jody's laughing at all of us.

Finally, I just had to include this image. It's not perfect, heck, I don't think it's even in focus but I kid you not, I was the only one there without an iPhone. I lie. There was another girl I hung around with who didn't have one but seriously, everywhere I went, iPhones iPhones iPhones. Our conference could have been an Apple commercial.

Hope you enjoyed! :)


  1. I think you may have finally hit the nail on the head with your photography. You, personally, need to be connected to who you are shooting. Not in a super intimate sense, but I think it's so important for you to KNOW about your client and feel connected to them. I can really tell that in these shots. You can tell you got to know them and by doing so were able to catch their "best" parts. Great shots! And I'm so glad you were able to have a great time even with the sickness coming on.

  2. Awww, I LOVE your shots - the last one of them on their iPhones is seriously a CLASSIC!!

    My favorite = the first one, in B&W - such a deep connection in that image, and I love how you composed it, and processed it. Well done!

  3. Love your photos Abbie! It was an amazing place to shoot and it didn't hurt to have such a beautiful couple. Sorry you had to leave early.