Motivation Monday: Creativity is...

Quote - Creativity Albert Einstein  

How has your intelligence been having fun lately?


This week it's all about creativity and hustle hanging out at Team Salvatore headquarters in O'Fallon, Illinois (just outside St Louis) with friends and colleagues. It's great to change locations, bounce ideas around with new people, and test out new ways of doing things. It's about keeping things fresh!


What do you do to keep creativity flowing?

Tell me about it in the comments below!

Road Tripping - St Louis, MO Round Two for 2016

Here we go!  

It's Road tripping round two (okay actually three) for the summer and I'm off to the St Louis area to visit friends and fellow photographers along the way.


Why do trips like this matter?


It's a great way to stay connected with friends.

A change of scenery keeps me fresh.

Sometimes it takes someone else to help you see things in a new way.

I want to stay connected with my industry, my peers, and my suppliers.


This week I'm off to meet up with the team behind one of my favourite conferences, Shutterfest, as well as some of my suppliers for albums, print products like metals and those awesome acylic blocks I have fallen in love with,  design and post-production outsourcing, and more.


Keep an eye on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat (@RNashPhoto) to see the behind the scenes of what's happening!


I'm at a conference - why would you care?

Today is the first official day of Shutterfest 2016. If you follow me, this is not the first you are hearing about it.This big questions is as a bride or colleague...



"Why would I care?"


There are a lot of professionals in every field out there who choose not to share the education they attend. Why? They feel like 1) it makes them look like they don't know what they are doing yet or 2) they don't think the people who trust them will care. I don't know about you, but I would love to hear more about the continuing education professionals I work with (like my daughters teacher, my doctor, my accountant, my mechanic and more...) are involved in.


Here are just a few reasons why professional development and education matter.

  1. It shows dedication to what they do
  2. It keeps us up to date on trends, techniques and more
  3. It inspires growth, change, and passion for what we do (or at least good education does)
  4. It builds a community of professionals (I don't have all the answers but I probably know someone I trust who can help)


I came to Shutterfest for some very specific reasons...

  • I want to grow as an artist by learning from others and experimenting
  • I want to grow as a business owner - how can I keep improving the client experience to really give them the very best?
  • I want to learn what is new in my field - is there a new technique that will give my clients better results? are there new products that will help my clients enjoy there artwork more (or for longer)?
  • I want to be inspired! I want to be energized!
  • I want to meet others who are passionate about the same things I am


Friday Favourites - Journey to St Louis Edition

This Friday Favourites is going to go a little different. Today I am sharing some of my favourite moments from the trip to St Louis for Shutterfest.  

First up, for the sake of full disclosure - yes I attended last year, no I didn't drive last time, no I have never driven this far by myself (I was a little nervous), and yes I have plenty of dumb moments. Now with that out of the way, here we go...


1. Leaving in the early hours - I was excited, there was no way I was going back to sleep so it's time to get going while the roads are still quieter. It's 6:15am (Eastern) and I'm on the road to shutterfest! GPS says it will take me 10 hours to drive there but it doesn't consider things like weather, traffic, and breaks for snacks and/or the ladies room.








2. It's lunch time, I should be hungry so I'm getting ready to stop and then I see it...there's a starbucks at this exit!! I don't care that it's over a mile out of my way to get there or that I am driving past all my normal picks for road trip food (McDonalds, Wendys, etc) I want my hot chocolate. Don't worry, I ate something too...mmm Banana!





3. Funny moment - A Canadian walks into a BP Gas station and when asked how much she wants starts thinking, hmmm.... is 1.99 a good price? is it better then the 83.5cents/litre I paid in Canada? How many Litres are in a Gallon anyways? (Answers - yes it's a good price, yes it's better than 83.5cents/ltr even with exchange it works out to around 61cents/litre, and 3.78 Litres in a Gallon)





4. Oh Man, we're getting entering Illinois! This is where event founder and organizer Sal Cincotta and his team have there studio and make their magic. (Fun fact, it's also the state where a lot of my favourite photography products are made for my studio)








5. That moment driving down the I-55 when the St Louis Arch just peaks around the edge of a mound of earth. I got pretty giddy, not gonna lie, and a little antsy to get there already. When the full arch came into view, man was I excited!








6. A special sight...the Busch Stadium! Now, I admit...I am not a big sports fan but this coming week the Busch Stadium will be playing host to my Sal Cincotta and 13 lucky photographers who have won their way it to a really unique and amazing shoot. AND I am one of them!







7. Home sweet least til April 2nd. Seeing the St Louis Union Station Hotel out my window was the best! Now I know I made it, I'm here, and I'm ready. This place will be my home for the next week or so and will be hosting all the insanity of Shutterfest next Tuesday to Thursday.




It took just over 12 hours, through 2 countries, 1 province and 5 states, and 2 time zones but... I made it! One of my favourite things about staying at a Double Tree by Hilton...warm chocolate chip and walnut cookie on arrival!


The next couple days will be helping out at the studio, at setup, and trying to get as much rest as I can to enjoy the conference next week as much as possible. I know that this community will be full of learning, inspiration, possibility, and friendship. Here we go!