Last October, I attended my first Click Away and wanted to share my experience with you. I will also be sharing some tips for beginners on how to make the most of this amazing conference soon.
Click Away is an amazing photography event held once a year in a different U.S. city by Click and Company. The event is held over 2.5 days and filled with a flexible schedule of your choosing that includes a mix of talks and hands-on workshops. It’s geared for moms and women in particular but anyone is welcome. There is a heavy emphasis on newborn, children, family and maternity photography. I would say 90% of the women I met during the conference are making money taking pictures.
I have always wanted to expand my photography knowledge from landscape and still life into portraiture photography, but wasn’t quite ready to go back to school and commit to a curriculum or pay the big bucks (+U$2,500) for a specific niche workshop, so when I came across Click Away, I just knew this was the type of educational event I wanted to participate in. Having a little one on the way made me want to be able to take better pictures of kids so I focused on newborn and family photography.
5 things that make Click Away worth the money
- There is no experience required: I am talking industry experience. You do need to know how to work your camera or you will be utterly lost, specially during boutique sessions. The good thing is you can take several online workshops from Clickin Moms in advance.
- Flexibility: I wanted to get into portraiture, but wasn’t quite sure what type. That are so many niches out there, from babies to weddings, so flexibility to choose any type of niche workshop for the 2.5 days of the conference was a big plus. Not only is the schedule flexible, you also get to choose how much to spend. If you are already a pro, you can go for editing sessions or speaker sessions to grow your business. The flexibility of Click Away is amazing and one of the reasons it’s worth the money.
- Hands on workshops: These are called boutique sessions and depending on what level ticket you buy it can range from none to 5 sessions over 2.5 days. If you want lots of practice, these sessions are ideal. I got so much out of them that was worth the investment for the highest priced ticket. The format for these sessions can vary, but it usually involves a pro photographer taking you through the motions on how to photograph the subject and sharing tips along the way. There are normal people that model for these shoots and you can use these pictures for your portfolio. The good thing is some photographers will even share some edits with you afterwards. Bonus!!
- Industry information from pros and vendors: Besides the amazing tips you get during boutique sessions, there are speaker events. And since a lot of people attending the conference do this for a living, knowledge is always being shared during breaks. Want to know about marketing, session fees, editing, etc… Just meet some people and ask away. Everyone I met was super friendly and completely open when asked questions. There was no “ego” per se. Also, another perk of Click Away is that the vendors are just as forthcoming. Besides offering discounts, equipment rentals and other perks, they are there to make your life easier. Have a camera question? Ask away. Have a question about printing, lighting, props? Ask those too.
- Equipment loans: One of the biggest perks of attending Click Away is being able to borrow equipment from the major camera vendors at the event. Lenses and camera bodies are available for half and full day periods on a first come, first served basis, but I never had a problem getting the lens I wanted at any time of the day. This service alone was super valuable to me. I discovered new lenses and tested some that have been on my “wish list” for a while. Because my camera was getting cleaned (for free) I also was able to try an amazing camera (Canon 5DS) also for free. I couldn’t believe my luck. The only problem is that you may fall in love with the new equipment and end up spending a lot more money during Click Away than you anticipated!
If you are interested in learning more about Click Away, click here. Also don’t forget to check out Clicking Moms website.
Here are a few of the pictures I took during Click Away.
Here is the video review if you would like to watch.