This event is brand new! I had the pleasure of attending the first of what may become an annual event, Blographer hosted by Adorama. If you haven't heard about this event you're probably asking yourself...what is blographer? Well let me fill you in. Blographer is a day of learning about talking the photographs in your blog posts to the next level. While I know many of the bloggers found the day very informative, I found that I was clearly not the target audience (being a photographer first and blogger second) but I still had a blast. (For even more info head over to the Blographer Page)
I met a few others from BlogHer12 who were also attending Blographer to travel with, hang out with, and share my first NYC Subway trip with. Just before the day wrapped up we were able to get a quick photo snapped in front of the sponsor backdrop at the event.
After the day wrapped up it was time to prepare myself to head off to California Dreams and Evening at the Expo. California dreams was exciting though a little nerve wracking as it was my first private party but one of the hosts, the awesome Kitty Bradshaw, had personally invited me and been so super supportive that I knew it would be great! I also had the opportunity to hook up with Liz from Yes/No Films to attend. I had a great time and somehow even ended up in the photo album. Favourite moment for me...when someone asked if I had brought the cotton candy as a prop because it matched my purse so well.
I had no idea what to expect from the expo or the interactions with the brands but I was excited to check it out. First stop, the Pfizer pampering station. They had been kind enough to reach out and offer me the chance to stop by for a pampering service. I ended up being spoiled with a neck and shoulder massage, and a lip scrub and treatment by two lovely ladies while I was there. Now I was in the mood to mingle!
By the end of the night I had overflowing bags of information, samples and gifts. Better yet, I had the opportunity to meet in person some of the great sponsor representatives that I had been speaking to online for some time. My favourite was definitely the ladies from 6pm.com. These ladies were so warm with everyone but when they recognized me I was greated as an old friend with cheers, hugs, and great enthusiasm. I admit - they made me feel amazing and gave me the confidence/energy boost I needed to make the most of the conference. I will definately be keeping in touch with these fabulous and stylish ladies, and if I'm really lucky maybe I'll have the opportunity to work with them as a brand ambassador! (crossing everything crossable)
One of the greatest things I got out of the day actually didn't come until that night as I returned from Evening at the Expo when I found speaker, blogger, photographer, and #mombizmonday twitter chat participant Amanda King Padgett sitting just outside the elevator. I overcame my usual response to just keep walking and went over to say hello and introduce myself. This introduction turned into more than an hour long conversation (when Amanda recognized me from our #MomBizMondays chats), and even an opportunity to meet #mombizondays host Lara Galloway (Mom Biz Coach)