They're a mix of skills, time in the industry and photographic specialties, but the common denominator is the passion we all have for imaging and the friendships. We managed to all get out to dinner one night, while at the convention. The evening became one of the funniest I've ever had, but in between the laughs there were discussions about so many of the different challenges we're all facing, some personal, others dealing with technology, the economy - anything was fair game as a topic.
Plus, an evening like this becomes a building block for new friendships and a confirmation of old ones that simply never die. Great friendships are, as sappy as this sounds, comfort food for the soul. I'm still laughing over things we talked about over dinner and smiling because I feel so lucky to be a part of this industry and have friends like this.
In less than two months we're going to officially hit trade show season and for the first four months of 2015 you're going to have one opportunity after another to spend time with new friends and old. Don't waste these amazing opportunities on excuses over why you can't take the time off or afford to attend.
The truth is, with every convention, be it a national show or a local/state event, you can't afford NOT to be there!