So, I’ve raved about ClickinMoms before. I found them when I was attempting to learn my DSLR, and cannot say enough good things about the generosity and overall camaraderie that I have found. It’s a forum mostly for women, and even though the title is ClickinMOMS, there are women from all ages, single/married without kids, etc. There are a lot of us “amateur” and “hobby” photographers, but also a ton of women who are professional photographers that have the talent and know-how to run a photography business. I’ve met some wonderful, smart, witty and creative ladies and love any chance I get to share my love of photography with them.
That said, the admins at ClickinMoms have decided to host a conference, to allow those of us who have been clamoring for a “get together” in the US, and combine it with learning experiences. It will be Sept 11-13, in Salt Lake City, Utah, called “Click Away”.
At first, I’ll admit, the price tag for flying out to SLC and then registering for the conference AND the hotel room was a bit much for me to schedule, especially when we’re still paying for the infant rate in daycare (fondly referred to as our “second mortgage”). I was determined that if I had to miss it this year, I’d make it a priority for 2015. Then they held a contest on Pinterest, basically to just “pin” photos that inspired you. Winners would receive free admission to the conference.
This was the board I entered: Pin Away to Click Away
And lo and behold, I won!! I couldn’t believe it! So I looked at the logistics, and it looks like I can fly stand by down there, and just pay for a one-way flight back to town (to make sure I get back in time that Sunday). I also managed to arrange to share a room with two other ladies, to help cut down on the hotel costs. And the hotel is right across from the conference, so I don’t need a car. We’re still working things out, but I’m getting more and more optimistic! I’m so excited!!!
I’m excited for the learning opportunities, but more-so, I’m excited to meet these women. I’ve “known” them online for a long time, and I can’t wait to see them in person. 3 whole days of non-stop photography AND I get to explore a new place?? I love to travel and even though I wish the whole family could go, I’m also admittedly excited about the opportunity to just do it on my own.
So cross your fingers for me that we can make this work! If you are interested in going, let me know! I can give you a discount code to use towards admission :)
(Benjamin is 5 years 3 months 2 weeks and 5 days old and Juliet is 11 months 3 weeks and 5 days old)