Enna and I just wrapped up our 2011 Inspire Boston conference for professional photographers! The conference was created from our desire to have a more intimate, regional focused conference as opposed to the very large national conferences. What started as an idea for a small retreat has evolved into an intimate and vibrant conference. We pulled together a Dream Team of studios plus one fabulous event planner to help us plan and coordinate this year's conference, and these individuals were crucial to the success of this year's conference! Here is a group photo of our 2011 team ~ Thank you gang!
left to right: CoCo Boardman (intern), Krista Guenin (Krista Photography), Mark Andrew Higgins, Krystal & Paul McNerney (StudioFoto), Carla Ten Eyck, Candice Dowling Coppola (Jubilee Events), Diana Chouinard (Candice's assistant), Matt & Enna Grazier (Grazier Photography), Richard Esposito (Photographer RE)
In addition, we were lucky enough to have Jim Altieri join us and create a STUNNING video.... can't wait to share it! Seshu provided updates to the twitter stream and also captured still images of the conference for us.
Together with our Dream Team we culled through several dozen conference proposals and built a schedule that covered topics that we felt were important and balanced each other: artistic inspiration, business management, marketing and branding, and technical aspects of working with camera equipment. The "Dream Team" designation really should be extended to this year's instructors too - in addition to teaching fabulous workshop sessions, each and every instructor really took to heart our request that they participate fully in the conference and make themselves as accessible as possible to the attendees. We are humbled, honored, and oh so grateful that such a wonderful crowd drew together to give our conference attendees (and us) such a magical experience. Click here to see the complete list of our amazing speakers.
Most of our instructors are included in this fun photo taken at the Lens pro To Go studio wrap party:
The Inspire conference is a little different from other conferences in that the geographic connections between our participants are emphasized. One of our main goals is to foster and elevate local expertise, local networking. We believe that when strong relationships are cultivated in a community, new ideas and skills are shared and this raises the bar for our industry across our region.
For the past two years we have hosted Inspire Boston at the Colonial Inn in Concord MA, a historically significant inn that is reportedly haunted. They even put Enna and I in the famously haunted room 24. Sorry folks, we had no ghost sightings.
I didn't take many photos during the conference, but here are some candids from when I did have a camera on hand:
Doug Levy's class on reception lighting:
I loved seeing Amanda stitching during the talks:)
Mark Higgins sharing his SEO wisdom:
My pal Peter Monin getting his learn on. This august I'll be photographing his soon to be sister in laws wedding:)
Former White House photographer Ralph Alswang, through the old glass panes at the inn. Over the past year Ralph and I have become very good friends.
Kate Duval looking beautiful:
I don't remember this picture being taken but it was on my camera! That's me in case you didn't know:) Yeah, I linked myself, that's how I roll.
Whitney Carlson probably telling me to get somewhere where I'm needed:
Our good friend Eric Laurits gave a fantastic and entertaining talk during lunch:
Allana Taranto sheds a layer of clothing to make a point!
Tabitha and Larry Sherrell sharing their self employed family management skills:
Carla Ten Eyck giving me that look:
Jim Altieri probably wishing I'd stop invading his personal space while he's shooting!
Eric Langlois shows his lighting techniques:
A group getting ready to shoot with Eric Laurits:
Ned Jackson has a great presentation that kept everyone smiling:
The first time I met Danielle Fuller was at Inspire Boston 2010 and having her speak this year was a real treat. Note to self: She really likes early morning starts after the late night party!
Sharon Reiley talked about cohesive brand implementation:
Candice kept busy making sure things went smoothly. We can't thank her (and Diana and Coco) enough!
Arthor, the one and only head waiter who is ALWAYS smiling!
Krista Guenin, our former studio manager, talks sense of purpose and creating a sustainable foundation for one's brand:
Enna having a very happy moment during her talk with Krista:
Eric Foley discusses what it takes to leap to being a full-time photographer:
Paul McNerney socializing between classes:
4 mysterious ladies I saw in the alley behind the LPTG studio. Hmm.
The below photos are from the last night after the wrap party. The Jimmy Mazzy Band plays the Colonial Inn every Wednesday evening and it is always a thrill to see them! The gang surprised me with a small birthday cheer and the band played a fun jazzy birthday song for me.
We adore these musicians!!!
This gentleman took out his camera so he could photograph us photographing him:
Finally, we wish to extend a huge thanks to our sponsors. The Welcome Dinner generously sponsored by Pictage was a HUGE hit, as was Tuesday's keynote lunch sponsored by Couture Book and the Social Hour sponsored by ShootQ. The Wrap Party sponsored and hosted by Lens Pro to Go was a perfect way to celebrate two VERY complete days together. We love that these companies place such a high value on community that they wanted to participate at this level.
We were lucky enough to give away over $3000 worth of prizes to conference attendees, so a special thank you to all that participated in our vendor lounge... Lens Pro To Go, Drobo, RPG Keys, ThinkTank, Digital Silver Imaging, Adorama, Boston Gallery Wraps, Rice Studio Supply, Pexagon, .... THANK YOU... you made a lot of photographers very happy!!
Thank you once more to Paul, Krystal, Carla, RE, Mark, Krista, Candice, Diana, CoCo, the members of our Dream Team for helping us bring our vision to reality. And, finally, THANK YOU to each and every speaker who opened your heart and brain and calendar to share your experience and expertise with our community! We believe that this investment will come back to you tenfold, and we are so grateful for your generosity!
xoxo and Onward! (to quote a couple of our favorite folks in the photo world)
Matt and Enna