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Kitbash Goes to Imaging USA 2015

Last week, the organized Kay Campbell and I (Jeff), along with the photogenic crew from Allison Rodgers Photography, attended the Professional Photographers of America yearly convention, Imaging USA in Nashville. We had a great time and wanted to share our thoughts and some photos. Enjoy!

Jeff's Thoughts:

  • You can learn something from any speaker if you actually listen.
  • Carry business cards in the back of the lanyard that holds your convention pass.
  • Feel. Felt. Found.
  • There really isn’t an easy way of telling someone they have a terrible logo.
  • You can’t expect to get a party of 25 into a restaurant at the Opryland Hotel when there are 12k other people trying to do the same thing.
  • The most meaningful business discussions happen at dinner with your peers.
  • Everyone has the same problems, and you can hear other people’s solutions.
  • Explore the city where the convention is. We visited two businesses that are doing an excellent job with their branding – Peter Nappi and imogene + willie.
  • Be leery of taxi drivers whose meters are “broken.”
     

Kay's Thoughts:

  • You will get lost in the Opryland Hotel.
  • There are a lot of photographers around. Some are excellent at their craft, but not so much design. That’s where we come in!
  • Lots of talented creatives in one place at one time equals lots of ideas being thrown around. Information overload.
  • One should really try to not go to bed at 3:30am, but when you meet cool people and only have 3 days, ya do what ya gotta do.
  • Road trips are great for catching up on sleep, as long as the person driving isn’t expecting you to keep them awake.
  • When Jeffrey (A.K.A. Fun Bobby) comes out of his shell, he’s really funny. There was a comment and a visual about sauntering that I’m still laughing at.
  • We came for a specific reason, which didn’t pan out. But, the trip was worth it for far better reasons. Any time you leave a place knowing what you need to do better is always a good thing in my book.
  • Don’t be basic.

- Jeff & Kay

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