RECAP: Queen Photographers Workshop in Asheville, NC
On May 20, 2017, I had the pleasure of attending The Queen Photographers Workshop in Asheville, NC. Not too long ago our EOC put together an extensive list of skilled photographers in almost all 50 states! Two members of The Queen Photographers were featured in the South Carolina section (my home state)! After catching wind of the awesome news, the group thought it would be a great idea to have a Quirktastic representative be a part of their upcoming workshop. Since Bryanda had a much needed vacation planned for that weekend, I was that representative.
Before The Queen Photographers there was Brown Girl With A Camera. Latoya Dixon-Smith and Sierra Collins of Greenville, SC up and coming photographers who wanted to learn and grow in their craft. In 2014 BGWAC came to Greenville to host a photography portfolio building experience. After attending the session, Latoya and Sierra realized two things: 1. The undeniable magic shared with all the participants and 2. The ever present need for women of color in photography. The Queen Photographers was created in 2015 to continue developing creative spaces for female photographers of colors. Currently they have groups in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Virginia, and Louisiana.
The morning of May 20th I woke up at 5:30am to drive two and a half hours to Asheville, NC. I have to admit, the drive was a little rough without coffee. Once I arrived (traffic tried to hold me back), Latoya greeted me and handed me my welcome packet. In typical Candice fashion I traveled with my computer bag, my tote bag, and my purse with my notebook tucked under my shoulder. My panel, How To Stand Out In A Saturated Market, kicked off day one of the workshop. I shared the panel with four lovely ladies (3 photographers, 1 wedding boutique owner) that imparted gems, wisdom, and helpful tips to everyone in attendance.
The overwhelming amount of love and sisterhood that moved through each attendee was uplifting. Being able to stay and join everyone for lunch after the panel was the highlight of my experience. I listened to individual stories of creative women and each story moved something in my spirit. The stories came from different places and backgrounds but they shared a common goal: creating a lane where all women can strive and prosper. To say I enjoyed #QPWorkshop17 would be an understatement. I’m glad I represented Quirktastic at such a well planned event supporting a great cause.