Sunday, January 18, 2009

Imaging USA Final Update

Well I am finally back from Imaging USA and at "home" in Norfolk Virgina.
I was too exhausted to update most of the time and then when I could the internet at the hotel was usually down.
So I will just update everything here in one big post.
I was in classes everyday starting at 7am. I got to meet some great and well known photographers.
Just to name a few, 2 that I had wanted to meet the whole time we were in Corpus Christi was Mike Fulton and Cody Clinton of Tricoast Photography. They live just south of Houston TX but usually shoot weddings all over the world and very few actually in Texas lol.
Hanson Fong, Joe Buissink, Anne Geddes, Bob Davis, & Clay Blackmore just to name a few more.
Bob Davis has worked closely with Oprah Winfrey, and photographed Eva Longoria and Tony Parkers wedding.
Joe Buissink has photographed many celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey, Brendan Fraser, Kelsey Grammer, Hillary Swank & Chad Lowe, Christina Applegate, Jenny Garth & Peter Facinelli, and Christina Aguilera. BEAUTIFUL work!
We all know who Anne Geddes is!!! She is the one who started the craze with the babies in flower pots etc... Very beautiful work too. She even got a standing ovation in a sold out symphony hall.
Clay Blackmore has photographed Larry King, Forrest Whitaker, Jenna Elfman, Maria Sharapova just to name a few.

The expo was great tons and tons of products to offer. I can't wait to get my frames and bags in to show my clients.
The parties were fun and pretty good food too. And it is official that Imaging USA will be in Nashville Tennessee in Jan. 2010. I can't wait to go back to the Grand Ole Opry where the expo will take place.
If you a photographer and debating attending a PPA event I HIGHLY recommend it. I learned so much and met some AWESOME photographers, many who haven't shot Celebrity Weddings but great None the less!!
I want to thank Andy Contreras for putting up with me as a room mate :D
I truely hope it was as much fun for you as it was for me. I can't wait to see you in Nashville. BTW send me those photos :P I need to post them here.

Tonya I hope you passed your exam and are fully certified.
Don and Dee Barnes & Janice and your hubby, it was great to meet you guys and have dinner. Hopefully we can do it again another time.

To all of the photographers on the Southwest Airlines flight, it was truely fun and memorable. Maybe I will get to see you guys in Raleigh for the school.

I was also able to meet one of the Biggest Loser contestants while on my journies westward. Can't speak a lot about it but I do have a snapshot to post once I download my images.

And I have to say one thing about Phoenix, if you are going to visit and plan to use the light rail, make sure that the hotel really is just across the street from the rail station as our convention hotel told us that the rail was just across the street. But it was actually 4.5 blocks up and not your normal block either. So it took us about 15 mins to walk to the rail station and then the train ride was supposed to be 15 minutes but I never made it to the convention center in less than 28 mins.

Once I arrived back in NC it was FREEZING literally. I have a couple of photos to post from it too once I get them uploaded.

The kids had fun I do believe with their Mimi and Papa and then Nana.
Mimi and Pa got them 4 wheelers for Christmas, even after wrecking them they kept going back for more. My kids are apparently just like my husband, not afraid of much lol.
Poor Snoopy thought we had thrown her away, she still hasn't adjusted to VA let alone be bounced around. But she is snoring as usual now, so I think she is settling down.

But keep an eye out for new and improved things to come to Breezy Cranford Photography!!
Any way I think that is it except for the photos. So once Andy emails me the ones she took and I upload the others I will get them posted.

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