It’s taken me over a week to recuperate from my recent trip to San Antonio ~ talk about information overload! The reason to head down to Texas was more than getting away from this cold and snowy Ohio weather, I attended the Professional Photographer’s of America’s (PPA) annual convention, Imaging USA . I’m currently in my third year as a PPA member and I was excited to take the time this year to make the trip. There was a huge turnout with over 10,000 attendees at the event! We had three straight days of classes which began at 7am, talk about a long day! There were a variety of classes that fell into the portrait, wedding and business aspects of photography. Even though I don’t typically shoot weddings, I did attend some classes on wedding photography that will help me in every aspect of my business. With 3-4 classes to pick from at a time, there was some class jumping to try to get as much information as possible. Between classes in the afternoon, I usually grabbed a quick lunch and ran back to the convention center to attend the Imaging Expo. The Expo was huge and I was able to check out some amazing new products and finally meet the vendors I use in person. I found some very unique items that I plan on offering this year, including a stunning fine art photo book. Thank goodness there was time during the day to finally meet a few photographers that I correspond with online but, until the convention, had never met in person. Even better, I got the opportunity to make some new friends and network with photographers from across North America while I was there as well!
I’ll forgive San Antonio for not the best weather when I arrived to town – 50’s and rain for the first two days. The good news was the last day there, the weather warmed up a bit and the sun was out. So I took some time to check out the Alamo and surrounding area. Here are a few photographs from my trip and that last image is from the second floor of the Expo ~ talk about way too many booths to checkout!