A Professional and Personal Milestone

Back in early spring, I was asked to speak at a PPO meeting (Professional Photographers of Ontario). I was completely honoured and thrilled to be asked, but I didn’t think it was something I could do. I’ve never been able to speak in front of others – the thought alone makes me ill to my stomach.

I decided however, that it was something I needed to do, both on a personal and professional level. The presentation was yesterday. I spoke for 3 hours – THREE HOURS!! At first, I seriously thought I was going to pass out – but I did it. And you know what? I think it went really well! I received many kind emails last night and this morning thanking me not only for the presentation but my openness.

I had a friend ask me “Aren’t these photographers your competition? Why would you tell them your tips and tricks?” Well, the beauty of photography is that we all see things differently. We all have our own personal style. Other photographers will take what I’ve told them and put their own personal touch on it. I think it’s very important to talk and share with your peers and yes, your competition. It will only make us all grow as photographers.

I met some great photographers, not only from the Niagara area, but from Hamilton, Oakville and London. I would like to thank Robert Nowell for this opportunity. It actually turned out to be a great day and a great dinner afterwards.

You know….I’m so proud of myself. I faced my fears. I did something that completely terrifies me. I truly reached a milestone yesterday – on a professional and personal level.

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