PhotoPlus 2017 has been on Pandanggo’s radar since our inception. Chris decisively knew that it was imperative we attend. I, on the other hand, was very hesitant because of all the cost attached to it. Until I stumbled upon an article [Photo Plus Expo 2017 | Why You Should Attend (It’s Not Just For The Classes)] on SLR Lounge by Kishore Sawh. The article highlighted the theme of PhotoPlus 2017 as how creators of all kinds can do the thing they love to do, and make a living doing it. This resonated with me (like the echo of a temple bell that calms you and never ends) because this is the very reason we started Pandanggo Photography.
So I looked into the classes and seminars and ended up with a full blown schedule for the 4-Day Conference. What sealed the deal however, is the video (WARNING: explicit content — Get Off Your Ass & Get Noticed) of Chase Jarvis with Gary Vaynerchuk, that was included in the aforementioned article. It sparked my curiosity and left me with a voracious appetite to learn more.
The conference was a breath of fresh air. I discovered that there is actually a sense of community amongst the photography industry. The enthusiasm from co-creatives with a zest for learning and from mentors that were so gracious to share their knowledge of their art and business know how was infectious. I walked away with a fire in my soul to continue what Chris and I love to do.
It was a very humbling experience to learn from the best and have actual face time with our mentors and 2 of our favorite vendors (images below).