Speaking at the Peter Read Miller Workshop
I had a great time giving a presentation the Peter Read Miller workshop!
Speaking and presenting has always been strange to me. Not only because I've never felt comfortable with public speaking, but because so many workshops I have attended haven't provided me with much more than, "thanks for the slideshow of your epic portfolio that we've all already seen on your website, glad we could make you feel more important" and I don't want to be THAT person.
I can show photos from the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the World Series and give myself a little pat on the back, but those are really just used as a way to legitimize why they would care about what I have to say. Now I need to say something that actually provides value to them.
In this case, Peter wanted me to share my career path from shooting college sports, to pro sports, to starting KLC fotos. Anyone could look through my archive or see my resume on LinkedIn, but that doesn't explain the choices I've made along the way. Preparing the presentation allowed some introspection and consideration of how my story isn't just multiple anecdotes but actually a series of lessons.
In a world of oversharing into an abyss (much like this blog, yes I recognize the irony) it's nice to have a real conversation and connect with real people. It's refreshing to see that there are individuals, young and mature (not old ;)) who are interested in making better pictures, being better photographers, learning the industry... and who better to learn from than Peter!
Peter has such an incredible career, and while shipping film overnight to New York to be published in a magazine that publishes content once a week is no longer industry norm (hello uploading from camera for content that they want to be able to publish before it even happens) he's managed to adapt to the industry in a way that suites his shooting style and his lifestyle. What hasn't changed is the quality of his work.
Having admired Peter's work for the so long. Absolutely freaking out (but playing it cool) when he first called me to assist him, to working games alongside him, to him asking me to present at his workshop. It's all an honor and a validation that I might be on to something here!
It was also great because it gave me an opportunity to meet KLC fotos photographer, Greg Cooper, who assists Peter with his workshop. Working with so many photographers across the US and abroad and having had phone, email and text conversations, it's nice to actually meet in person!
Thanks to everyone who attended, asked great questions, reminded me why I do this, and inspired me to continue!
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