More than a photography workshop

When I attended the Joe McNally workshop on Friday, Nov 6th, I sat amongst 2000+people at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As you may recall, one of my goals for next year is to network and attend as many seminars and workshops as I possibly can. I am a firm believer that knowledge is power, so in theory, the more we know, the more powerful we become!:-) As we broke out for lunch, I was standing in a line that seemed like it would’ve took at least one hour to get to the counter to order your lunch. With nowhere else to eat, I stayed in line and met a LA wedding photographer, Scott Robert. We chatted, shared some information and exchanged cards as we stood in line. There was something about this photographer, I never met him before, but he really peaked my interest during the minutes we shared while waiting for our sandwiches. He told me he offers workshops that “are like no other”. Hmmm…. I didn’t know what he meant by that, I didn’t speak to him before, but I felt somewhat connected to him. As we returned into the room for the convention,I realized Scott had been sitting ONE row in front of me the whole time.

Upon arriving at home, I googled him and quickly realized I read his story before. There was something about him. I wanted to know more about him and his workshops. His story touched my heart. So, when I got an email from him on Sunday evening inviting me to his workshop in Los Angeles that started in 2 days, I was convinced that I had to participate. It was going to be quite the challenge to juggle my schedule around to open up the entire week with 2 days notice and to be honest I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I knew I had to. Scott has workshops all over the world, Paris, China, Italy, Canada and more. So, when you get an email from him 2 days prior to the last leg of his tour, which happens to be in Los Angeles, you make it happen.

During the first day, he asked all of us attendees what our goals for the workshop was. I didn’t really have any. I wanted to know more about HIM, more about his life, more about how it all intertwines with photography. It wasn’t about a taking a picture, although he does do that as well! LOL. Fast forward 4 days and I will tell you in was such an experience. WOW. He does go over photography, you get to do some shooting and  there are some lectures. But what he shares with you about life and challenges and business is life altering. I met some incredible people from Canada, England, Texas, San Jose, OC, Seattle and more. All of us share a passion for photography and there are some talented well established photographers taking his workshops. It was so much fun, we shared a lot together and I made some great friends.

Here are some of the images I took during the workshop. Enjoy!

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  • joni - i love the mood in all these photos. : )

  • s h e r r y - These photos are AWESOME.

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