I just got back from Nashville, Tennessee, where I was among 10,000 professional photographers attending the amazing Imaging USA conference. This was my first time attending the conference and it was a blast!
Thanks to the ice storm that was promising to paralyze Ohio and Kentucky and Tennesse on Friday, I decided that instead of leaving Saturday morning, I'd flee Columbus on Thursday. This gave me a ton of extra time in Nashville. Tennessee got about two inches of snow and didn't know how to handle it. The local news showed semi trucks lying in ditches along the highway and children excitedly dancing and playing in the tiny amount of snow on the ground.
Here's a group of pet photographers who met for lunch inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Conference Center.
I had lunch with a group of cat photographers, including Kim Stephenson. She is an amazing artist and I was excited to hear how to created her award-winning portraits.
The conference was held inside the hotel so thank goodness I didn't have to go outside in the ice storm! I left Columbus on Thursday and didn't return until the following Wednesday. I can't believe I remembered where I parked my car at the hotel, it felt like I was there for so long!
It was fantastic to meet so many talented photographers!
It was great to learn from and get ideas from other photographers from across the country. I was one of 10,000 professional photographers there!
I watched an eagle photographer demonstrate how to photograph a falcon, had lunch with a group of talented cat photographers, and learned how one pet photographer got her start with guinea pigs. I finally met people I've only talked to online and blogged with, and I got to learn techniques from many other areas of photography, like headshots and fashion and fine art.
Here are a few photos from the conference. Most of my photos are cell phone pictures of inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel because it's so unusual; I'm including a few other photos courtesy of fellow photographers who kindly shared them with me. They snapped pictures that capture the happy excitement we felt to be there! Thanks for reading and we'll be back to usual business right away!