Updated: Feb 14, 2022
This past weekend I attended the Professional Photographers of Nebraska state conference in Lincoln, NE. This is where the pros come together, compete with their best, learn new tips and tricks through different classes, and and just try to connect and relax.
The weekend was a busy blur, and the hotel design left me a little confused (but laughing at every turn...cue corn curtains and bathroom....yes...corn. Oh Nebraska, hahaha) but it was beneficial nonetheless!!
Competition can be ridiculously hard. It's stressful and nerve-wracking to put yourself out there, not knowing if you'll do well or flop, but it's a chance to better yourself, improve your skills, and grow.
I usually compete with composites for my art competitive pieces (check those out here-
and portrait images heavy-laid with story/impact (like these-
This year has been SO BUSY I had to try something new.
Let me say, I did NOT expect much-haha.
But we can all be pleasantly surprised if we put in the work and continue on with a little bit of courage and a hell of a lot of hope, ha!
I walked away with the Artist of the Year award (2nd year in a row-insanity!!), a judges choice award, and 2nd place in my competitive class.
Surprised doesn't begin to cover it, but it is always so cool to surprise yourself and see good come of things that you're just trying out!
Enjoy some of the photos from this weekend from lighting classes to eclectic decor of little girls with mustaches. (Yeah tripped me out, too, haha!)
Stay connected, friends!