We asked a few past Reset Conference attendees what they loved about the conference, what they took away from it, and what they would say to their creative friends to encourage them to come to future conferences.
Jiliane Johnson says she took away more of a mindset from the 2016 Reset Conference, rather than any specific thing. She says the time spent with other photographers was a massively positive experience for her, and she loved the attitudes that surrounded her both days. We asked if she had a favorite speaker, and while she didn’t pinpoint one in particular, she says she most enjoyed the keynote speakers and the people who were REAL. She’s a big fan of “take home” handouts or links, and she loved that Kara Kamienski emailed out her presentation last year to those who attended her class.Karen Shoufler is a repeat Reset attendee and her biggest takeaway from last year was from Amy & Jordan Demos who said, “What’s ordinary to you is extraordinary to others.” Karen admits she is a bit of a perfectionist, which makes it hard to deliver images without going back to edit them multiple times. She also recalls someone saying that our clients don’t have hundreds of photographers and creatives popping up in their news feeds like we as photographers and videographers do. So, while we may compare our work to all of these other photographers that WE follow, our clients don’t necessarily do that.
Tricia Hooper had two big goals from last year’s Reset — to learn more about posing and off-camera flash. She says she desperately needed to learn more about using flash at reception and she says she got that from Holly Birch’s class on OCF. She adds that overall it’s a fun weekend — there’s so much to learn and you’ll leave with so much usable info to apply to your business. Plus you meet a ton of other photographers and it’s a whole community of support and friendship. We asked what her tagline would be for Reset — “Learn learn learn, and make friends while doing it!” We LOVE that!!
Kristin Darling has attended Reset the past couple of years. She says her biggest takeaway from last year’s Reset was Jordan & Amy saying over and over to shoot every wedding like its a million dollar wedding. That has really stuck with her, along with the theme of “Capture Life, Live it First.” Kristin says her favorite class/speaker last year was the maternity shoot with Tracey Joy and Jess Weinstock, who have become her friends way beyond the conference, and never hesitate to answer questions or offer advice.
Kristin speaks fondly of the Reset Conference and actually has a first-hand experience of recommending the conference to a friend, who also happens to be her business partner. To her, it’s so much more. She says it’s about connecting with my tribe — 300 people who get her — that’s amazing! And it’s not just the attendees that you connect with, she adds, but also the speakers and vendors. This is a conference that truly embraces community over competition, Kristin says.
Back to Jiliane to wrap things up, she says that a great Reset tagline would have to do with making an investment in yourself. She suggests, “When you stop investing, you stop learning, and when you stop learning, you stop growing.” Great mantra, Jiliane! And when encouraging others to come to Reset in the future, she says no matter what your style or specialty is, there is something for you at Reset.