Monday, November 17, 2008


Sorry for the delay in posting this one. Today I had the pleasure of traveling to NYC to the PDN Photo Plus Expo. It was my first time attending this photo expo. I went up to see the Nikon booth (Cliff Mautner spoke and made really want to get the D700; Joe McNally spoke on speedlights too)), especially, the Shootsac booth (finally purchased a shootsac and met Jessica Claire, more about that later), the Tamron booth to check out their 70-200mm 2.8 lens, the MPIX booth, and various other booths. So like I mentioned, I met JC and she was very gracious and wonderful. I babbled on like a goof about how great she was and asked her what it was like to be her. Yeah, I really asked her that (I know it was an amateur thing to do). After much thought and analysis, I have come up with only this nugget "heroes or people who you admire are that because something about them stirs or inspires something in you." Could I have played it cooler? Maybe, but I'd like to think that she may have realized how much I admire her talent and skill and my reason for babbling. Anyway, this shy chick from Philly did have the courage to ask her to take a picture with me, so that is pretty cool to me. I also attended a seminar by Michele Celentano whose work I follow a few years back and I played it cool with her (only after my JC meeting earlier in the day). This photo expo experience rounded out my year of meeting some of the pros in the wedding photography world. I also met Cliff Mautner (former photojournalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a Nikon shooter) thanks to Karina and his work is also inspiring. I have a few more shoots left for this year, but I have learned a great deal this year and I have grown photographically speaking. Another post hopefully sooner rather than later. DP