Like a lot of creatives I know, I believe strongly in ongoing education and continuing to push myself both personally and photographically – I love the quote from hip hop artist/poet Dessa, “education is the clay on which the imagination acts” and try to not let my creative mind sit idle too long.
One way I do this is by attending the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) conference every year. This conference follows on from the annual print awards and is always well worth the price of the ticket.
I’ve been to a few conferences now and I’ve got to admit that this year was especially good with presentations by a selection of awesome and inspiring photographers including Aussie wedding and fine art photographer Dan O’Day, International landscape photographic zen master Michael Kenna, and NZ photographers Rachel Callander, and Sara Orme plus a ‘shoot out’ involving the incredible Esther Bunning, Richard Wood and Aussie photographer Kylie Lyons.
Dan O Day kept the laughs and the inspiration rolling
The two highlights for me were the lovely and very inspiring Rachel Callander and the inimitable Dan-O’Day (just view his Phase Onesies videos with the equally excellent Todd Hunter McGaw to get the jist of how much of a laugh he was to have at the conference!).
Richard Wood getting his Goldie on
Esther creating one of her amazing double exposures
Kylie showing us how it’s done in the editing suite
Like previous years, I came away feeling challenged on loads of things within my business and personal growth, and also with a contented sense of belonging to a beautiful, artistic, connected community. The whole conference was excellent… next year is in Queenstown so if you are a professional photographer, book it into your calendar… you won’t regret it.