March 28, 2010

First Annual PPSYNYS/PPANJ Convention a Great Event!

If you went to the conference-lucky you!! Very well organized with some really talented speakers/presenters and NY photo competition winners.

My personal favorite presenters were the first and last sessions I attended. Friday afternoon's highlight was Matthew Jordan Smith, fashion and beauty photographer, originally from NYC and now of LA. Our own Clinton Linton asked Smith a great question about his two top marketing suggestions. Smith's answer: 1. Have an exhibit of your work and capitalize on all the PR, radio, TV, news spots, etc. that surround it and 2. Publish a book on a subject you love. Self publishing is relatively easy today and a book can get you lots of visibility. By the way, one of his top 3 book recommendations is a real oldie but goodie!! Dale Carnegie's "How to Make Friends and nfluence People".

Sunday's highlight was Storey Wilkins of Toronto, CA. She was given the perfect name at birth because she is a fabulous storyteller. Her moving/powerful images and stories of wedding days along with the personal work of her two children and dying grandmother literally brought people to simultaneous applause and tears! She is a master of light, design, marketing and customer service.

I am already looking forward to the 2011 convention in Woodcliff Lakes, NJ !!!

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