Three things I learned at CPC by Edmonton Photographer Christina Louise

Edmonton Wedding Photographer Christina Louise  has been attending CPC since our very first event.  She recently wrote a blog post about why it’s important to attend CPC as a photographer: _RW15699e For the past three years I’ve headed out to Vancouver in April to attend the Canada Photo Convention. And every year it blows my mind. I’ve never experienced a photography convention quite like this before. Photographers from all over the world come and the talent and personalities that fill the room is just amazing. Even though there are at least 100 people each year, it feels like being with family. Those were the words used by the organizer (and all around awesome guy) Jasser Abu-Giemi.

Attending this convention is not only educational, but totally inspiring. To hear other photographer’s amazing stories and also learn that they share some of the same struggles creates a bond between everyone in the room. There is no ego. Just people who love photography and telling stories with images.
After returning from the event this year I felt inspired to share my thoughts regarding the convention and what I took away from it.
Weddings are important

Really, they are. Every wedding, large or small. And it’s not just the flowers or favors or dress that are important … it’s the people and the moments shared between family and friends. I think sometimes people need a little reminder of that. While I’ve never planned a wedding of my own, I’ve heard others in the planning process express that it can be easy to get caught up in the less important details of the day. Maybe we all need a reminder from time to time to take a step back and remember the ‘why’ of the wedding.

Most wedding photographers don’t consider photography their ‘job’

For me, this can be summed up by a couple different quotes.

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.” – Simon Sinek

“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins
I spent years working to build someone else’s dream. It was a job I didn’t care about, and therefore I was stressed. When I finally decided to follow my own passion, I became much happier and less stressed. While not everyone chooses to be an entrepreneur, most photographers are. And when a photographer works hard and pours their heart (sometimes tears, blood and sweat) into creating the best images for their clients, it’s called passion. It’s no longer a ‘job’. To me, that’s pretty amazing.
When someone really decides to BE a photographer, even if they initially stumble upon it by accident, they’re following the passion inside them, rather than the job.
Choosing a wedding photographer is a big deal

Everyone sees the world differently. And every photographer captures moments differently. So when brides and grooms-to-be are choosing a photographer, they are really putting their trust in someone else to document their wedding day. To tell their story and help them relive the moments of the day every time they look back on their images. One of the speakers at the Canada Photo Convention spoke about not just photographing the day and showing what happened, but rather showing how it felt.

I understand that there are budgets and other considerations, but while searching for a photographer that is a good fit, I would recommend to the brides and grooms-to-be to ask ‘how do these images make me feel?’

As touchy feely as this all may sound, this is my passion. It’s not just my job.

So thank you to all the photographers who spoke each year at Canada Photo Convention and inspired and educated me to be a better photographer and to follow my passion.

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