I spent this afternoon wandering cobblestones laid in the 1700’s. I had an incredible dinner at a restaurant that was someone’s house in the 1800’s. I walked the streets and heard the sounds of live jazz and revelry before falling into a chair in a bar with friends to talk about whatever comes to mind and watch the night deepen. Where am I? Where you should be too during the first week in November, in New Orleans.
We’re here to scout the locations and venues for PartnerCon. We became familiar with the primary venue site, walked the locations for the shooting workshops, and did some on-the-ground planning for the ‘Katrina Families’ charity shoot.
New Orleans is a backdrop. I can’t wait to see you all here. You will want to shoot everywhere. There is no view that isn’t interesting through the viewfinder. There is no bad light.
PartnerCon is about the sessions and all you can learn. It’s about the skills and business tactics to be sure. To a greater extent though, PartnerCon is about community and inspiration. It’s about wrapping yourself in a warm safe blanket and taking a little risk and trying something new and different. I can think of no better place to try that than here. New Orleans is the middle of the river, Art. It will sweep you away.
If you’re not coming, come. If you haven’t made plans, plan. There’s still a few seats left. If you’re coming, start preparing for what it will mean to you. Bring your camera. Shoot, laugh, cry, stretch, learn, try, play, cuss, whine, yell, fly … and make some friends along the way.
(Images by Jim Collins)
Written by: Jim Collins, CEO of Pictage (while on a PartnerCon New Orleans scouting trip last week)