BLINK Conference 2016-Review
Wow, I can’t believe that the BLINK conference is over! I waited almost a year to have a seat at the table to break bread with other blinkies and I must say, I was extremely disappointed! Disappointed in the fact that this was only my first year attending, that I was unaware of this conference before 2015, that I felt I had missed valuable information in the years prior that could have helped me transform my business a lot sooner!!!
BLINK was much more than another photography conference with new tech items, middle aged white women and men lecturing us about the history of art, pre-formed groups of “established” versus “newbie” photographers, high end versus low end, etc. No, BLINK was much more than that! It was a welcoming family of talented creatives from all walks of life, all ages, all ethnicities, and all genres of photography. For the first time at a photography conference, I didn’t feel like the outcast, the odd ball, the undeserving photographer who doesn’t belong. I felt like I had a voice, a quality vision, a talent worthy of being seen. I was ME!
I was sitting in my room, currently at the Saguaro (like seriously, I’m still at the hotel as I’m writing this, lol) thinking about the past few days. As I sat on the couch, I reached into my bag to grab my “Encouragement wall” packet, I’ll explain later, and touched a plastic bag instead. The plastic bag cutely wrapped with a plastic tie, included business cards from every single attendee. I opened the bag and began to look through the cards, recognizing so many of the creatives I had just recently spent the past 4 days with as family, not competition! I was about 20 cards in when the light bulb went off in my head! I had to write about this, I had to share this experience, I had to showcase what this conference was really about! So I grabbed my camera and created the image below to show what I was feeling.