Portrait and wedding photographers, listen up! You have WPPI, Imaging USA and a slew of other conferences you can potentially attend year in and year out. While there is some merit in going to those events at least once to see what they are about, I wholly recommend you check out The Musea Gathering. It will take place from February 4th, 2013 through February 8th, 2013.
It’s an event that promises to be free of hype, free of rockstars and free of gear talk. Can I hear an “Amen”?
Musea, as some of you already know is an online proofing site but Michael Howard, its founder will quickly correct me to say, “for now.” The man has all kinds of ideas of where the photography industry should be going, what photographers should be focusing on, how photographers can elevate their businesses without going broke and keeping it all real. In some respects, Musea is a kind of rudder on a very big ship. So, look for more under the Musea brand in the years to come.
In the 7 months I have been using the service, I have seen tremendous growth in its features. If you are looking for an online proofing solution that also has a strong “give back” component built into it, look no further. Musea supports Water.org and soon, photographers pursuing personal and meaningful projects. A full review of it is coming soon.
Before all of that can happen, however, Michael is very clear that Musea needs to grow without going into debt or become tied to a bee hive of investors whose only motive will be to milk the system for profit.
I spoke with Michael yesterday and he describes how an event he has called The Musea Gathering will help him achieve his goal to fully fund his vision and help a bunch of photographers grow their craft and or their business too. It’s a win-win for all.
For more information about The Musea Gathering click here and if you are a photographer looking for an alternative to one of the standard industry conferences, please sign up right away. If you sign up for any of the workshops, the entry to the opening day and the day full of presentations is FREE. And there are so many wonderful photographers coming to Nashville, Tennessee to teach at this new event.
If my schedule will permit it, I hope to attend. I think I would really enjoy Spencer Lum’s workshop. His Ground-Glass blog is a must-read for all photographers and has prompted me to rethink my business.