You may have heard about this little thing call Creative @ Heart through social media, the web, or from another creative. Actually, it’s not so little. It’s kind of a big deal.
I first heard about C@H last winter when one of my favorite photographers, Katelyn James, posted about it on her instagram, three days before registration opened. Before this, I didn’t even know in person conferences were a thing in the creative industry (yes, I know…). So there I was, struggling in my sixth year of business as a part-time portrait photog, reading #allthethings C@H including the speaker’s bios and social media creeping, mind racing with possibility. Up until then I had never financially invested in any kind of workshop, webinar, or conference; I took full advantage of every free resource I could to try and grow my business. Don’t get me wrong, free resources and education are absolutely fantastic! But I knew if I wanted to take my business to the next level and get out of the pit I was in, I’d have to invest eventually.
I’m pretty sure I was the first one (ok, maybe not) to register for round 7 and it was the best decision I made for my biz.
After 6 months of planning, prepping, being way too excited, and a 7 hour solo road trip later, I made it. I was actually there. In Raleigh, NC. Meeting my roomies. And freaking out. The good kind of freaking out.
After the conference, I took two days to just sit and think. I don’t know about you, but after something BIG happens, I tend to sprint full speed ahead into whatever’s next. I don’t take time to breathe, think, pray, meditate, or plan. But this time, I knew I needed at least two days to process everything that happened, all of my conversations and advice given to me, and the truck load of content. In those two days I was able to plan ahead and make some decisions about my future. My life had drastically changed (it felt like it to me!)- I had decided to switch from portraiture (seniors/families/weddings) to commercial photog (working with businesses and products).
Creative @ Heart gave me a solid foundation to build my new business on (at 16 years of age, starting my biz, I didn’t have any foundation). Each speaker and panel leader spoke about different aspects of the business side and the creative side. Each had their own story and experience that lead them to their success. And each spoke practically about action steps to take in our businesses. Because of this conference and community, I had the confidence to step into my new season.
Honestly, if I wouldn’t have taken the leap and purchased my ticket to C@H, I wouldn’t be as confident, wouldn’t have the abundance of resources and support I have now, and wouldn’t have made my passion my full time career (<—- this happened 6 months later!! Yes, I am now a full time commercial photographer!).
If this is your first time attending Creative @ Heart, welcome to the family!! To some of you, you might be freaking out thinking, “Why did I just spend all this money on education? Will it be worth it?”. The answer is YES. I can 100% reassure you that this might just be the best thing you will invest in for your biz. So much so, that you might invest in another C@H conference like me! Yup, I will see you there 2018 attendees!
You’ve got this, girl (or guy). This just might be the best thing about to happen to you. I kid you not, I was so overly excited for six months prior to the conference and it wasn’t in vain. My expectations were far exceeded! I met the most amazing people, learned WAY more than anticipated, and now am part of one of the most loving communities. Can’t wait to meet you!