Taking a small break from catching up on blogging sessions, I wanted to share the amazing experience I was fortunate to have this past weekend.  My clients know how important both safety and training are to me for my newborn photography, and I make it priority to attend at least one training every other year.  This year I’ve committed to two separate training events and I am so excited to share my first one.  Through the generosity of Cristanta Mecate from Freebird Prop Shoppe I was able to attend the first USA edition of the Baby & Kids Congress.  While the conference may be new to the US – it’s not new overall, organized by Backstage Producciones, who has been specializing in photography education since 2012.  Because of this, they were able to get some amazing talent on the stage this past weekend in Irvine, CA.  Big names in the newborn world included Erin Hoskins, Bianca Hubble, Amy McDaniel, Jade Gao, Doug Weittenhiller (1/3 of Twig and Olive), Alli Peck and more.

I’ve attended a few WPPI conferences in the past (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International), this conference was focused (sorry no pun intended) on baby and kids – and there was just one stage so each participant could see all of the speakers.  I really loved that I didn’t have to choose one class over another and was able to see all of the speakers.  It was a wonderful learning experience for sure.   

Enough about all the training – did I mention there was shopping too?  My clients know I love to provide the most beautiful props for their newborns and boy did I stock up at the conference!  From heavenly angora wraps and bonnets from Beautiful Ewe to the gorgeous sitter outfits from My Darling Emma, I felt like a kid in a candy store.  I shopped at a couple new vendors like Mama Knits and Rockarooz, and some favorites like Freebird, Mia JoyThreads and Evergreen, Baby Bliss Props and  Ivy  & Twine.  I am excited to use them in all my upcoming sessions!

Overall, it was a great trip and I know my clients appreciate my dedication to continuing to grow as a photographer.  I promise we will be back to cute babies next week! 

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