Reflecting on Click Away 2014

Photography is one of my passions, so I was thrilled to attend the first ever Click Away conference sponsored by Clickin' Moms last week!  The event was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, which was awesome!  It proved to be a gorgeous setting for the many photograhy related events.

The conference was held over a three day period kicking off on Thursday morning.  There were a lot of different classes, seminars, and workshops to choose from based on your particular interests.  Since I'm not in the business and just do photography for fun, I varied my classes with the objective of not only learning new techniques, but also opening myself up to being inspired by something new.  Pretty cool, right?!  I took some instructional classes in macro (my absolute fave!),  self portraiture, and travel photography.  I also attended some seminars on how to find your style, following your heart, discovering your creativity and getting the most out of social media.

Great Hall at Click Away in Salt Lake City, Utah

Great Hall at Click Away in Salt Lake City, Utah

The first two days kicked off with very inspiring speakers - Elizabeth Gilbert and Joy Prouty.  Both of these ladies spoke on fear, creativity, and following your dreams.  While these certainly apply to photography, I felt it really transcended that and were lessons for life in general.  They inspired me enough to write about it, so tomorrow, I'll share an extra post with a few thoughts on how these two concepts impact my life and how one of the speeches really hit a nerve with me!  With the room filled with 1000+ women, the messages they spoke on were applicable to everyone in the audience in some manner, and I heard nothing but positive comments on the presentations.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert

Joy Prouty

Joy Prouty

In addition to the many instructional classes and seminar classes, there was also the opportunity to go on photo walks and excursions, which really put us out there and gave us the opportunity to play!  I logged more than 15,000 steps every day of the conference, so this wasn't one of those where you stay locked up inside all day long!!

Utah State Capital

Utah State Capital

There were so many things I loved about this conference - the classes & amazing sharing of information, the location and off site excursions, and the opportunity to connect with so many other women that share this same passion.  I feel like I returned home, not only with new energy and inspiration, by a new perspective on photography and life!

Across from the State Capital Building

Across from the State Capital Building

If you have a passion for something in your life, I strongly encourage you to find other like minded folks to share the passion and bond with.  Besides making it more fun, it really helps to know there are others like you out there!  If you can find an event to attend to further fuel your passion, do whatever you can so you can make attending it happen!  That's where the real magic happens!

Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah

Now that you know one of my passions, what's one of yours?  Do you get out there and explore it, or do you tend to cultivate it in the privacy of your own home?