Return from Hair of the Dog Photography Conference

This is a bit of a personal post; there are no pretty pictures so I won't be offended if you choose not to read it. It's also quite wordy and also has sentences, which is very unusual because you know how I hate to write. It's to remind me of where I was on this day and time of my life. Plus it's my blog world and I can write what I like!  :) I arrived home quite late last night after spending two days in Brisbane attending the Queensland Branch of the Australian Institute of Photography’s' Hair of the Dog Conference.

It was really lovely to spend time with and listen to people who are very passionate and skilled at photography. To see photographers oozing with energy and enthusiasm as well as having the courage to leave the proverbial 'safe path' and walk a path that remains true to them. Photographers who express their personality and stay true to their personal convictions. It's very inspiring.

This conference was very timely. I have been reworking my business plan for this year and there are some changes that need to be made. There have been experiences and changes in my personal life that cannot be ignored. There are personal photographic goals that have taken a back seat for way to long. These are the things that keep the fire in my belly and remind me why I love what I do. My family are important, I need more time with my girls. My health is beyond any monetary value.

Stepping out of my office and taking two days to focus on myself gave me a big reality check. The world did not collapse when I was not in my office. Seriously. The world is still here!

I love my job, it is an important job. The value of the product I produce increases with every passing year.  But my job is not as important a doctor, a brain surgeon; my job doesn't cure cancer (unfortunately). I want to pace myself so that I don’t burn out. Ever. I want to still be writing this blog and posting photos in another 10 years.

I want to look after my clients like royalty. I want to inspire, empower and educate. I’m so glad that I made the decision last year to limit the number of wedding bookings I accepted because now when I turn up at each and every wedding I am so buzzed to be there!

I am so wildly excited (you know the, Oh mum you're so embarrassing kind of excited) for what this year will bring. Some of my ideas are probably illogical, grandiose and possibly some form of madness, but to me it's these ideas that bring about a clarity of mind. I know more about where I am going and what I need to get there.

To be honest, I'm just stoked to be on the journey!