Shifting gears... getting into the Inspire frame of mind...

When Matt and I called a group of photographer friends together to discuss an idea we had for a mini-conference, we knew that we could pull of something neat. However, we didn't realize how passionately our team would back us up, or how positively our regional and national photography industry friends would react. Here is the primary element that sets our conference apart: This conference is regional. It is designed to raise the quality of business and art in a community that has specific geographic ties. It is designed to BE a community. Don't get us wrong - we LOVE the networking and learning that we get when we attend conferences and workshops that are national or international in scope. The conferences and workshops that draw at a national or international level are some of the only opportunities we have to learn from our most respected mentors, network with some of our best friends, and hold products created by our most beloved vendors in the photography industry. But what's not available at these events is a commitment to the local photographer community, and networking ties that can be continued in person. Inspire attendees and speakers are all connected geographically, and as a community they are raising the standards of business in their entire region. Our philosophy is that despite the fact that these photographers are each others' "competition", everyone in our community benefits if everyone has the chance to learn healthier business practices.

Over the coming weeks we will be making some exciting announcements about sponsors and opportunities for our attendees.

We will also begin our blogging "season" ... we have some exciting guest bloggers lined up to bring you some extra knowledge and ideas that can be implemented right away as your business rolls into 2012. So, subscribe to the RSS feed, add our blog to your reading list, follow us on twitter... however you choose to stay connected, we encourage you to do so, and hope to see you at our conference in March!