My husband asked me the day I was scheduled to leave for WPPI if I was nervous or excited? With zero pause, I said to him, “Both!” The question I had for myself was, “Why?” I was nervous because I wondered/worried what if I didn’t understand a concept and would be completely lost. I was excited to meet people willing to stand on a stage and basically let me hear specifically what has helped their business. For those of you just starting out in the photography industry, know you run into people from time to time not so quick to share anything. It was made clear by everybody that different views would be shared and guess what….they were right, but that didn’t disappoint me because I actually find it fascinating how each person thinks differently. I truly enjoyed all of the classes that I signed up for that I came home with a list of 48 things to do! Not just things to do, but equipment to consider and shooting techniques so now I must start working super hard to knock things off my new list!
I was most excited to hear Jasmine Star speak that I stood in line an hour before the presentation so I could get a good seat. I would say 4th row, right in the middle was pretty darn good! (Considering the size of the ballroom.)
Anyway, she spoke about Ghetto Fabulous Marketing, which I think is an awesome title. She is not only creative with her picture-taking, but also with the way she writes is also impressive to me. It’s all pretty simply really. Focus on your assets/liabilities, helping others, and being YOU! I found myself speechless to be in the same room with somebody that I find myself looking at her work and just dream.
She recently released a magazine titled, “Exposed.” http://www.jasminestarblog.com/index.cfm?postID=1245&exposed-the-magazine
Of course, I bought it right away and read about her first experience at WPPI, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, and how she ordered pizza to her room because she didn’t know anybody there. She was told before she left for the conference, ” To Get Uncomfortable and by doing so, life would flip and turn in a new ways.” Her magazine quotes the following: “When I changed my focus and allowed myself to Get Uncomfortable, my career quickly grew because, while I cared about my photography, I also cared about helping others along the way.”
So…with that being said, Jasmine announced that there would be a question and answer portion and that anybody wanting to ask a question would have to step up to the microphone. Without a single hesitation, I found myself 2nd in line to ask a question. I felt my inside shaking like crazy! When I sat down, I found myself remembering this section of her book instantly and thought, “Well, I think that would be considered getting uncomfortable.” I look at what I did and still can’t believe how quickly I got up from my chair!
If that wasn’t enough, we had the chance to get a picture taken with her and chat if we wanted so I was fortunate enough to talk to her again, we clicked a picture together, and she signed my magazine! Let me also mention that this photo looks completely calm and relaxed, but oh let me tell you…there were about 125 people waiting/elbow to elbow crowding around her. She handled it all with a smile on her face the entire time and gave each of us her attention when it was our turn so my appreciation for Jasmine Star has escalated to another level.
This quote was very powerful that Jasmine shared with us so I couldn’t think of a better way to conclude this blog entry. My 1st WPPI experience was AMAZING!
“You will go farther being genuinely interested in two other people, than trying to get 200 people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie