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Skip’s Summer School Experience

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We recently had the opportunity to attend Skip’s Summer School, a photography conference held out in Las Vegas.  We had a great time, and I would strongly recommend this conference to any professional photographer and their studio management team!

The first day consisted of a series of lectures hosted by a variety of well-known and respected photographers. They shared with us tips and ideas for better studio management, increasing our customer base, and how to get to know our clients better. We heard from the incredibly upbeat Tamara Lackey, southern belle Bambi Cantrell, the hilarious Roberto Valenzuela (a cutie who I think should maybe be on the other side of the camera), and twins Joy Bianchi and Jules Bianchi Brown.  We took lots of notes and I’m sure you will see some new offerings from Joshua Albanese Photography that have been influenced by these artists.

The second day of the conference was all hands-on. We attended some great workshops where we learned lighting techniques and client-interaction tips from Clay Blackmore, Bambi Cantrell, and Scott Bourne, and some great inspirational messages from Matthew Jordan Smith.

The final day began with conference organizers Skip Cohen and Scott Bourne.  More great information from these gentlemen and we’ll be sure to continue following them on their blogs and social media for their insight and wisdom regarding the photography industry.  The conference closed with a presentation of incredible aerial video work from Vincent Laforet.

Of course, you can go to Sin City and work the ENTIRE time.  We managed to make it out to the Strip and down to the Fremont Street Experience for some people-watching and photo experimentation.  Oh, and definitely pool time – the Mirage waterfall was irresistible. Joshua also set up a fashion photo shoot with Leo Santos from Cirque du Soleil, so look for some incredible images from that collaboration coming soon.

One final impression: I can guarantee we will not look at a bunch of bananas the same way again.  😉