Hey everyone ~ I want to share with you guys a little bit about the fun I had at the AKP retreat in Morgantown WV.
Since moving to WV a year ago, I have basically had to start from ground zero again business wise. In NM, I had a pretty strong following and repeat clients. Even to this day, I still have clients from NM asking me when I'm coming back for a visit so we can schedule a session. But as I've tried to build a base here in WV, I've realized that the market is completely different and the saying, "its not what you know but who you know" definitely rings true. Anyway, I'll save you the boring details of a year long quest to find clients and myself in this photography industry. One thing I have realized is the need for connections with other photographers. So when I stumbled upon this retreat on Instagram, I knew I couldn't pass it up.
The retreat was a 2 day event, full of useful topics such as the need for blogging, branding, and SEO. As well as LR editing, taxes, and using kelvin. The mentors were awesome. You could tell each one genuinely wanted to help us grow and thrive in our own photography business.
All of the ladies who attended where fabulous and friendly. The first day I sat next to a sweet gal who shares the same first name as me ( although spelt Jaime) and her husband was originally from NM. Crazy right! We all shared our stories of how we got started and where we want to be. We laughed and cried pretty much the whole way through. It was nice to feel understood. This photography stuff is no joke... let alone making a business of it.
For the first evening we headed out side for some styled shoots and hands on training. It was "COLD" but we all made the most of it. Our first model was a lovely little lady who definitely was not shy in front of the camera.
Next up was our Bride and Groom styled shoot ~ I almost fell down when I saw they had a table setting beautifully decorated on top of a pallet. Anybody who knows me knows I love pallets.
The bride and groom were adorable as well. They did an astounding job despite having so many different cameras to look at.
Lastly we had a senior shoot. She was such a doll. Poor thing must have been freezing because I know I was. Nothing like portraits in the cold, wind and rain.
Wasn't long after this shot that the rain really came down. We all hurried inside to warm our fingers and toes and grab another cupcake.
Thank goodness for photographs because without them the weekend would have been one big awesome blur. Special thanks you to Ashton Kelly Photography, Amberlee Christy Photography, Britani Edwards Photography, Maryn Graves Productions, Melissa Rosic Photography, Alicia Wiley Photography, Rebecca Devono Photography, Bethanne Arthur Photography, Jessica Fike Photography, and Callie Lindsey Photography for pouring your heart and souls into us so we can be thriving photographers as well. All of your hard work and preparation did not go unnoticed.