Workshops - Learning, Sharing, Shooting

When considering whether or not to attend a workshop, a lot of factors contribute to the ultimate decision of attending. They are a great way to expand your network as there will undoubtedly be other like-minded people to speak with, to share knowledge with and of course the obvious, to learn! Do I? or Don’t I? Of course the first one is cost followed by content followed by a series of questions: How will it benefit me? How long is the workshop? and who is giving the workshop?
When the Peter Hurley “Illuminating the Face” workshop was announced for Toronto, well that was a no brainer! I knew I had to attend as I had been waiting some time for this one to come to town. It took place back in March and this was an incredible opportunity to learn from the best in the industry. How could I possibly pass that up!? I figured I wasn’t going to get many chances to actually get to interact, to learn from him. I had to take advantage of being up close and personal with the one and only Peter Hurley. I found the cost to be incredibly reasonable. The location was right here in Toronto, so getting there was easy. The time commitment was only an 8 hour day. This was without a doubt something I had to do.
The workshop was put on by Henry’s Camera and they did an incredible job. I would like to say a huge thanks to them for putting this on. The workshop was also sponsored by Profoto and I have to say their gear is absolutely incredible, so easy to use and easy to work with. Their reps were so friendly and helpful.
It was an absolutely incredible day all around. It was a full, jam packed eight hour day where I got to learn from the master of headshots. I got to meet a ton of great people. Perhaps some of the nicest people I have ever met. Peter Hurley was such an incredible teacher. So easy to talk to, down to earth and just an all-around incredibly nice guy. It was such an invaluable experience I will never forget.

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait - Slow and Steady Wins The Race

I want to kick this blog post off by doing a little time travel so to speak. If you would be so kind as to oblige me, I would like to take you back to February 2012. I was exhibiting at an established art show called the Toronto Artist Project. It was there this particular journey began.

That weekend, I met one of the most wonderful, kindhearted people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing in my life. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this woman would help shape, mold and push my business in directions I had never even thought of.

Upon meeting this wonderful woman we discussed the possibility of working together on future projects, about art and about business in general. We had a great conversation then parted ways. She had other artists and booths to check out and I had potential clients to meet and talk to. I remember thinking this woman was incredibly kind, had a great personality and would be great to work with. As far as these shows go though, as an exhibitor you meet a lot of people over the course of the weekend. They all hand out their business cards and take yours with intentions and/or promises of purchasing your art or working with you. As with all things life gets in the way, business cards get lost etc. however I had a good feeling about this particular chance meeting.

A couple of weeks following the show I was going through my collection of business cards and came across her business card and gave her a call. We chatted about the show and got a little more acquainted. At the time of the call she had nothing going on that would allow us to work together but told me to keep in touch, so I did. I would give her a call or drop her an email once a month or so although nothing was happening.

Fast forward a year later and I got a call from her. She asked me if I would be interested in an opportunity to showcase my work at a swanky theater in Toronto, a VIP Lounge at an opera for 10 days. Naturally I jumped at the chance. That gig finished up and we kept in touch on a more frequent basis. More gigs have come out of the relationship and I am exploring avenues I had never even considered before I met Mari. Not only have I gained business opportunities but I have also gained a great friend.

It just goes to show that investing in relationships as well as the craft DO indeed pay off and by dong this, good things WILL present themselves in ways you never even imagined.

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