We Are Family!

This past week I had the pleasure of attending AD 1274 in Wausau, WI. After Dark is a long-running conference that has taken place in many cities across the USA, this year it was also about helping to get a not for profit started. It’s been a few years since the last After Dark and it was great to see the excitement surrounding this long time chaotic get together! Like many other conferences, After Dark feels more like a family gtg than a conference. One of the things I love most about this event is the fun, low key atmosphere that lends itself to spontaneous creativity. This year was no different and as I looked around the room where all the open bay shooting is done it sparked the idea that it would be wonderful to document all these beautiful faces.

These Faces!

Most photographers say they don’t like to be in front of the camera. Not this group! 🙂 We shot all of these over a few hours late in the evening on Sunday. Let’s just say we were all feeling pretty good at this point, and getting some fun expressions was not a problem! LOL

What Does Community Mean To You?

It has been a blast attending many conferences large and small over the last decade and I’ve been fortunate to make so many friends. These people are my community and my extended family. We have photographed together and organized various events, including achieving a Guinness World Record as well! This time we spend together is incredibly valuable and the energy I absorb from them leaves me so fulfilled. Community is my family and I’m so happy to call so many of these beautiful people my brothers and sisters! These small conferences are so important, and honestly think will see a resurgence over the next few years. Choosing a smaller experience (or one that works for that experience) where people can really connect seems to be future again.

ALL The Faces Of AD 1274 – Wausau, WI 2018

I put together a slideshow (with our slideshow tool of course!) of as many people as we could grab that night, check it out below!