"The Wedding Event" hosted by B&H photo
On Monday March 24th, I attended “The Wedding Event” hosted by B&H photo. The event was held at The New Yorker Hotel, and started at 9:00am and ended at 9:00pm. We had a few breaks in between for lunch and dinner but for the most part it was non-stop learning. The best part was that it was FREE. Free 12-hour education by industry professionals, it was a no-brainer, I was there! It was amazing. I am so happy I was able to attend. The speakers included, in order: Jason Groupp, Joe Buissink, Mel DiGiacomo, Adam Forgione, Moshe Zusman, Ryan Brenizer, and Tim Grey. All of these presenters provided both helpful and inspirational information. I took a ton of notes, but to spare you a lot of reading, I’m going to share two tips I learned.
Tip 1: “Be YOU-nique” (Jason Groupp)
This seems like a simple concept, but as a photographer, especially one who is starting out and finding thier voice/style, it’s so easy to compare yourself to other photographers you admire. By doing this, you can find yourself discouraged because your work doesn’t look like theirs. You can’t find your own voice by mimicking the voice of others. This helped to encourage me that it’s ok if my photos don’t look like others, because they’re mine, and unique to me.
Tip 2: “Be Eudemonious, everything else is noise” (Ryan Brenizer)
The word comes from Eudemonia. By definition it means “happiness as a result of an active life governed by reason.” Basically it means to be in a state of happiness. In order to do so, make choices that make you happy long term. Nothing else matters, and everything else is just noise. So, make a decision to be happy and pursue what you’re passionate about. Personally, I have a huge passion for photography (not a surprise lol) and also dance. I can’t live without either, and it’s not fair to choose one or the other. Both photography and dance have greatly enriched my life and I hope to share that with others. So I’m in the process of working on a special project that involves dance. Combining my love for both photography and dance will be a dream; pure eudemonia. :) So stay tuned!
I didn’t get many pictures because I was taking notes, but below are a few that I took from Photographer Moshe Zusman’s segment on posing and lighting. I’ll share my thoughts on his segment as well as the other instructors in future posts. Enjoy!
What are you doing to pursue your passions? Leave a comment below, I’d love to read it!