I’ve been attending photography conferences for decades, both as an attendee and as a presenter. As a professional event photographer I’ve also covered all types of conferences for corporate clients.
Some Do’s And Don’ts For Attending
- Do register early online. Using a service like the Eventbrite platform makes it easy for attendees and organisers.
- Do research the speakers and events. There may be some you hadn’t considered.
- Do allow downtime to rest. It can be tiring give yourself a break.
- Do clear your calendar so you and your clients aren’t disappointed.
- Do change your voice mail/ email autoresponder to let people know you’re temporarily unavailable.
- Do allow time to browse the equipment expo.
- Do allocate time to see any new or specialist gear you.really want to see. Often it’s not available for hands on demo at any other time.
- Don’t forget the social events. Often you can meet presenters 1 on 1.
- Don’t bring too much. Pack light so your can take your stuff with you everywhere.
- Don’t be shy in asking questions.
What Items To Bring
- Print your ticket to save queuing at the event.
- Water & snacks to keep you going.
- Business cards and lots of them.
- Your mobile phone and charger.
- Small satchel or backpack to keep everything together.
- Pen & paper to take notes.
What Presentations To Attend
- You can’t attend every presentation so choose carefully.
- Are there areas you need to improve on, gaps in your knowledge?
- Look for a presenter you always wanted to see. Often they’re the keynote speaker.
- Information on cutting edge ideas, styles, techniques, equipment, etc.
- Include some content for your Continuing Professional Development.
Photography conferences are a great way to learn, network and socialise with your industry. You can cram maybe a years worth of experience into just a few days. Please share your tips on LinkedIn for attending conferences.