Monday, November 8, 2010

My Time at SummitUP

I have been away for a few days getting my professional and in many cases my personal life in order. A few months ago I won two tickets to SummitUP; A workshop hosted by Kevin Kubota and Kubota Image Tools and featuring guest speakers including Doug Gordon, Dane Sanders, Benjamin Edwards, Bill Sorenson and the wonderful Jules Bianchi and Joy Bianchi Brown.

While the workshop was focused on improving our business, it was so much more. Doug demonstrated how to pose subjects, photograph people at night and not to worry about people's boundaries. Kevin taught us the importance of creativity and how to keep it alive and strong. Dane's lecture really taught me a lot about communicating with people and so much more about myself as well. His lecture really moved me and others as well. Bejamin spoke to us about the importance of giving from the heart and how to allow our faith guide our photography. Bill talked for nearly three hours about how to make real money, something that all of us needed some guidance with. Jules and Joy closed the workshop with a presentation on the importance of and how to network with people both on and offline.

I am exhausted. I am drained. I am mentally whipped. I don't know if these wonderful people undersand the impact they had on me, or others, but the impact was, for the lack of better words, deep and lasting.

I will be offline for the next couple of days, resting and completely rewriting my pricing, business and marketing plans and putting in place what I learned this weekend.

Here are some images I shot on the way home... something of a decompressing therapy that was needed after the tidal wave of information that was shared.

Incoming Storm


Field of Grass

Stunning  View

Going Low
There is a new MonkeyPaw coming real soon and a brand new Creative Monkey Studios being reinvented over the course of the next week. Thank you again to everyone who gave their hearts and shared a little bit about themselves. And to my new friends and fellow SummitUPpers, please feel free to use me as a resource. If I can help in anyway in your success, please feel free to call me.


joy bianchi brown said...

Thank you so much for everything. It was a highlight meeting you and I can't wait to see what you put into place!!

Courtney O'Rourke said...

I am so thrilled you were able to join us, and that it was such a valuable life learning experience for you. I very much look forward to seeing what you come up with next :)

Dane Sanders said...

Great work Steven. Really proud of you. You actually doing what you say you will would be the greatest affirmation any speaker could ever get.

Can't wait to see the results!

Benjamin Edwards said...

Thanks so much for attending, many blessings to you this year!

Kevin Kubota said...

Thanks so much Steven, that means a lot to us! You've put it out there, so let's make it happen!