5 Things You’ll Need at a Photography Convention

Jan 9, 2015

Missy Mwac

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5 Things You’ll Need at a Photography Convention

Jan 9, 2015

Missy Mwac

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I’m getting ready to go to Nashville later this month for Imaging USA. I actually just got back from a trip and figure that if I put off unpacking my suitcase long enough, I will already be packed for Nashville. I am nothing if not a problem solver.

Now, I’ve attended my fair share of conventions, so when my friend, Brian, shared a link to an slrlounge.com article entitled, “5 Must Have Items When Attending Photography Workshops,” I got real excited to see if the items in my suitcase made the list.

Not one of them did.

And it shocked me. It was as though the article rubbed it’s socked feet against the carpet and touched my shoulder. Shocked. For the article states the following five items are must haves: a camera, lens, business cards, a notebook and a portable charger.

Please, not even.

Come…take my hand and let me guide you through the murky waters of packing for a photography convention. You can take the aforementioned items, but what you’ll really need are the following:

1. Boots

We are going to cut slrlounge a little slack, since the author might be male and not realize this. (But not that much slack, because he still has eyes and should have seen this. Unless he’s 100% visually impaired, and then he gets a total pass.)

Yes, every industry has an outfit which defines them and in photography, it is a pair of boots, usually worn with leggings and a long knit sweater. And a belt. It is the choice of female photographers everywhere. As the Vacation Bible School song says, “They will know we are Christians by our love,” but in our industry, “They will know we’re photographers by our boots, by our boots, yes, they’ll know we’re photographers by our boots.”

2. Credit Cards

If you think you are going to a photography convention without spending any money on “stuff,” think again. You’ll need to bring credit cards-all of them: Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Target, unused gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Chili’s…bring all the cards because many of the speakers will work into their presentation the need for a product or service they sell which will be offered at a one-time low low price JUST FOR ATTENDEES. And you will feel oh, so fortunate and lucky to be getting the thing you really don’t need at such a bargain price that you will whip out a credit card and hand it over gladly.

3. Alcohol

No, not the “rubbing” kind, although if push came to shove I would not take it off the table as an option. I carry a little sparkly flask with me and lovingly refer to it as “Missy’s Workshop Juice.” There really is no other way to get through some of the presentations and situations you will encounter whilst at convention. You can make it a fun little drinking game wherein you take a sip for every humblebrag or mistruth you encounter:

“I made a million dollars my first year in business!” Gulp.

“I photograph hundreds and hundreds of sessions each year despite being out of my studio for six months.” Gulp.

“I’m offering my $500 an hour coaching as a way to give back.” Gulp.

Trust me. You will want this. And you could easily be three sheets to the wind after just one program.

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4. A sense of humor.

This is especially helpful when you and your girls are feeling the effects of strictly adhering to #3 and security is called to your room at 2am because of the noise level.

“Our room is too loud? Well, maybe YOUR hotel is too quiet. See what I did there, Mr. Security Man? Why aren’t you laughing? That was funny stuff. Hey, do you have any more Workshop Juice on you?”

5. Perspective and Common Sense

Okay, technically, these are two things but they take up no room in the suitcase so you’re okay. You’ll need both firmly in place upon arrival because you will need these two items more than any others while at convention. You will reach for them over and over again and will marvel at those who didn’t think them necessary. And if you find you forgot to pack them, or you lose them while you’re there, don’t worry…just find me and I’ll lend you mine.

Now, go have fun at convention! See you in Nashville!

xoxo

About The Author

Lynn Cartia (AKA Missy Mwac) is a photographer/eater of bacon/drinker of vodka and a guide through the murky waters of professional photography. You can follow her social media links here: Facebook, Tumblr. This article was originally published here and shared with permission.

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7 responses to “5 Things You’ll Need at a Photography Convention”

  1. Amaryllis Avatar
    Amaryllis

    1) I’m a female photog (student photog… I’ll be a real photog at some point :3) and I don’t even own leggings and long-knit sweaters. My go-to style is big heavy comfy boots/running shoes depending on the weather outside, slack jeans with a leather belt, a black tank top and a jacket…
    2) Oh I know that one… I never pay with credit card though, always with debit card, so I don’t go over my real budget. But yeah, going there automatically makes one spend money. Definitely. (I did manage to avoid doing that the only time I went to a photo convention, but I was extremely tempted)
    3) I don’t drink alcohol. There.
    4) Being loud is not my thing, so… I don’t think this would happen to me.
    5) Yup, got that.

    Can’t go to any photo convention in the US though… being in Canada makes it tough :/

  2. mododorico Avatar
    mododorico

    is this supposed to be funny?

  3. ajfudge Avatar
    ajfudge

    I think not a lot of photographers have heard what Missy Mwac is about. I suggest that you watch her videos. :)

    1. catlett Avatar
      catlett

      Assum is representative I won’t be doing that. I have already wasted enough time on this particular blob of drivel.

      1. JP Danko Avatar
        JP Danko

        See #4.

      2. ajfudge Avatar
        ajfudge

        Well, I skimmed this article myself. I chuckled at her videos that I watched, especially the first one.

  4. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    I get that there are all kinds of articles but this was a complete waste of time. Sometimes there are overly simplistic articles that are aimed at complete beginners. That’s fine. I don’t see how there was anything of value in this article other than the amusement of the author. Why would this site accept and publish it?