The first EVER Black Female Photographers Vision Conference was held 15-17 October 2017 in Dallas, TX. Their Vision: “ The Vision Conference was created to represent the voice of Black Female Photographers in the industry, while simultaneously being empowered, sharing collective knowledge, and expanding strong networks”.

These days were filled with seminars: Branding & Marketing, Natural Light & OCF Camera, Studio Lighting, Copyrights & Legal, How to Price Your Work, and How to Get Published. Shootouts where held each day: Wedding, High School Seniors, Children’s Portraiture, Beauty/Editorial, Boudoir, Family Portraits, and Branding/Lifestyle.

Overall I thought the conference was very informative. I’m always about learning more and/or looking at something from a different perspective. There’s no perfect way of doing anything but a different insight helps. The best part of the conference was the fellowship among the female photographers, sharing ideas, laughing together and being ourselves. Knowing someone online and finally getting to meet them in person is cool. Whether you’re a fulltime professional photographer, just starting out, or a hobbyist, it’s just nice to kick back and enjoy each other…having the same love for photography as you do.

When it came to the shootouts I really didn’t sign up for any particular one. Since they all were close, I walked around to each one to learn something new. I believe other photographers did the same. Not only did I photographed the models I also photographed people that were not models. My thought was if you’re here and have no camera in hand you must be a model 😉 This young man came with a model (and I didn’t shoot her because of the volume of photographers around her) and I took a few photographs of him. Once I showed him the images he became comfortable and let me photograph him more. You never know how people will react until they see what you see.

At this conference I enjoyed photographing the photographers. Their expressions of shooting, viewing their images, and sharing with others were priceless. A big THANK YOU to the speakers/instructors of the conference. Sharing their techniques and equipment with all of us was great! And of course their patience; taking time to make sure we understood.

To find out more about Black Female Photographers: http://www.blackfemalephotographers.com.

Here are a few photographs I took during the conference. Not only the photographers were into their crafts but also the models…even the ones that weren’t models. Camera gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujinon 50mm f/2 R WR lens. Film Simulation: Acros + G Filter (produces pleasing skin tones in portrait). Acros is Fuji’s latest black and white simulation.