October 13, 2013

Dreaming Big in Ohio

You guys. I had the most amazing time last weekend at the I Heart Faces photo conference! You might remember last year when I won a ticket to the conference in Dallas. After one of the most amazing days ever, there was no way I was missing this year!

And let me tell you, it didn't disappoint! Obviously.

This year we all got to attend the Friday night kick off party and we had such a fun night! Angie and Amy put so much into this entire conference and every little thing was thought through, down to the I Heart Faces themed candy!

This year, about 5 different classes were offered every hour. There were so many great ones to choose from! If I could've cloned myself I definitely would've! I got to enjoy classes from some of the best teachers including Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman, Susan Keller, and Keli Hoskins among many many more!

These women KNOW their stuff! It was so wonderful to be able to see them in action and hear their most successful stories, some of their downfalls, and all of their tips and tricks! For them to share what they've learned along the way is so great for all of us attendees and the way they share their real life stories really hits home.

I learned even more about light, about capturing things in everyday life, and tons about lifestyle! My world was rocked yet again by Jenn while watching her work with kids. The way she talks and works and flies around a shoot is so awesome...this woman is the coolest! If you've never seen her work, go there now.

It's also awesome having all of the sponsors there to try out things and shop around. I tried out a lens from Arlington Camera for a few hours of the day and fell in love, then talked myself out of it and bought an Epiphanie bag. Which is a really good thing because it turns out I was the winner of one of the giveaways at the end of the day and it was a lens! I don't know how I have such good luck with I Heart Faces, but I do! It's probably just because I love Angie and Amy so much! :)

I can't even wait to get it in the mail and put it to very good use!

On Sunday, there was a Photo Walk filled with adorable and awesome models! We got to explore the hotel a little more, share settings and tips, and more importantly hang out with each other before our goodbyes!

We got to hang with Angie's daughter, Weslea and she is amazing! She knows what she's doing, even when there's 50 women pointing cameras in her face!

Next up was an adorable couple!

Two of my favorite ladies!

And then it was a boatload of adorable kiddos all around!

The location for this conference was perfect. Everything was so pretty and great for a bunch of photographers!

And I got to spend the whole weekend with my Mama, (or #conferencemom as she is now known) which is always awesome. I'm JUST like her and I'm totally okay with that :)

I can't wait to continue putting all of the awesome things I learned to use and keep up with all of the amazing new women I met. They are all wonderful photographers and it's great to be in the same room as so many people you can talk and learn from. The only thing I hate about this weekend is the fact that I have to say goodbye and only get to see them once a year! Thank you so much to Angie and Amy and the whole I Heart Faces team as well as the teachers. This year was amazing and all of your hard work paid off! Everything was perfect...except for the hotel coffee :)

Until next year, ladies! Keep dreaming BIG!


  1. It was SO nice to meet you! I LOVED your take on the conference. I was thrilled when you won the lens. It could not have gone to a nicer person. Yay, you! : ).

    Can't wait to see you next year.

    I agree about the location. It was off the hook fabulous. It was amazing how many pretty scenes there were outside every door.

    The time flew.

  2. so totally fun to see the conference thru your lens!!

  3. Tristan, you are AWESOME!! I LOVED getting to meet you and hang out! I can't wait til next year!

  4. You go down in history as the luckiest IHF girl ever!

    It was such a highlight to see you and #conferencemom again. Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts in this blog post. Meant a lot to read this!



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