Why do I love ShutterFest so much?
A lot of you know me from my days as president of WPPI and Rangefinder Publishing. When I left in 2009 one of many things I wanted to do was start a program like ShutterFest. I started Skip's Summer School, which later morphed into SCU's Summer Session. However, the industry started taking me in different directions. Before I knew it I was knee deep in different events like podcasts, writing for other magazines, consulting, coaching, teaching and building the SCU Blog.
My good buddy Sal Cincotta came along and launched Shutter Magazine and I've written for every issue since it started. Then he launched ShutterFest in 2014 with approximately 500 attendees. He followed up quadrupling attendance last year. Now, we've got the 2016 program which will also be limited in attendance, but with continued growth and new programming.
This might be Sal's dream, but he's sharing it with all of us. Each year Sal, Taylor, Alissa and the team have listened closely to what attendees have said they'd like to see. Well, they have two goals - making ShutterFest better and to keep listening. ShutterFest is about networking, education, hands-on shooting and the opportunity for artists to expand their skill set wherever they need the most help.
This year I'll be speaking for the third year in a row and I couldn't be more proud. Even better than just being there is looking at all the new friends I've made through the conference. I'm not talking about casual friends who do lunch once a year, but close friends I'm in regular contact with. These are friends who watch my back just as much as I watch their's.
So, we're down to less than 48 hours. (The banner above was posted yesterday afternoon!) If you're on the fence, get off it and make the decision to join us! If you know my reputation, then you also know I don't back anything I don't believe in! It's a great opportunity to expand your skill set, build stronger vendor relations through a terrific little trade show, expand your network and recharge your battery before we hit the Spring seasonality of the business.
I've shared a few posts about ShutterFest over the last couple of years. Here are two links below, if you still need convincing!
See you in March in St. Louis!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.