Last year January was really quiet for me and this year was the complete opposite. I had the chance to speak at the SWPP Convention in London for the first time. Thousands of photographers from around the world congregate at the Hilton Metropole for the event, looking for inspiration and to network with others in the industry.
I headed over on Tuesday and had a chance to catch-up with lots of friends at the Convention including Catherine Connor, Melissa Love, Kate-Hopewell Smith, Peter Crymble, Chris Semple and many others. In addition I made lots of new connections including Tamara Peel among many others.
Business School is an amazing day of essential information for someone starting a photography business. It was so different to be there as a speaker and people were really interested to hear about my classes that weekend.
On Thursday I did a bit of shopping on Oxford Street and that night went out for an incredible meal with my brother who was in London for an anesthesiologist convention.
The trade show at the weekend is a great spot to meet with your suppliers and check out their new ranges, or of course to find new innovative products that your clients will love. One Vision Imaging’s stand was full of products with my images displayed, which is always a great feeling. Great to see the team at Aspire Photography Training, Sim 2000, Queensberry and Light Blue.
On Friday I had my first talk ‘Customer Experience That Rocks’ and I was super nervous – although anyone that knows me will tell you I’m never nervous about anything, but speaking to your peers is a different animal! To be honest through as soon as I got started my nerves disappeared and it was exhilarating to share my experiences with others. Photographers Edit, who I outsource my editing to offered some great prizes for those in attendance and along with a 1-2-1 consultation with me, lots of attendees left with more that inspiration!
Saturday nigtht I attended the SWPP Awards with Margaret who had flown over to support me. The meal was beautiful and I loved the incredible imagery and of course Margaret looked stunning!
On Sunday I had my second masterclass, ‘BOOM for Your Buck Marketing’. The crowd this time was even bigger and those initial nerves were a distant memory. So many people wanted more following the session and asked lots of questions, which was really encouraging.