Earlier this year, it was announced that Click and Company‘s annual photography conference Click Away would be held down in Seattle, Washington. In previous years it had taken place in Salt Lake City and San Antonio so I knew I had no excuse not to go with Seattle being so close. And plus, there was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity to learn from some of the most talented ladies in the business, some of which I’d been following on social media for years.
And like most people who do creative work, I was in need of some renewed inspiration. I needed to get out of the city, meet new people, and listen to their stories and experiences. Learning a new shooting or editing technique is always great, but looking back now, I think what I wanted to get most out of this trip was validation. There’s comfort in knowing that there are others that share similar challenges in running a photography business. That I’m not the only one who wrestles with self-doubt from time to time and that even the insanely successful feel it. For me, photography has always been about self-growth and is what motivates me to keep shooting amid the challenges and doubt. I walked away from Click Away even more convinced that photography is so much more than the exposure triangle or knowing how to set custom white balance. It’s about storytelling. And for this reason, I’m always so grateful for the families who put their trust in me to take their photos and to tell their story. Thank you so much. You all know who are you are! 🙂
Okay, I feel like I’ve blabbed enough. I leave you with some photos from the various workshops I took during Click Away. Some from a couple of indoor family and documentary shooting sessions and an outdoor family session at the iconic Pike Place Market. Seattle, you were a dream!