Coming off attending ISES Eventworld, it was fortuitous that the book I brought to read on my flight was Leadership Gold by John Maxwell. As a board member of the ISES-NCC chapter, we attended the conference early for some of the leadership training and I found that to be very useful.
The best thing about getting involved with an industry organization is not just the networking and business opportunities, but education and growth (both personally and for your business). As a vendor I know we often thought much of the education wasn’t well targeted for us (we typically don’t need to know how to negotiate contracts with hotels, for example), but you can learn from many diverse disciplines. The key is to think about how it’s relevant to your own business and that’s something we do all the time since we’re event photographers who have got to hear some incredible speakers from Presidents, world leaders, sports legends and some of the most brilliant minds alive today.
Some of the lessons learned from Leadership Gold include: […]
On a recent trip to photograph up in Canada, we had a chance to stop by and check out Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto since it’s located just behind the Convention Center and Intercontinental Hotel, where we stayed. The brewery is where Steam Whistle is brewed and they only make that one beer, which is a Pilsner. It seemed serendipitous that I’d be staying near a Pilsner-only brewery when we were going to be photographing for another one, Churchkey, based here in the States as well.
Steam Whistle is a cool brewery for a variety of reasons. As a green business ourselves, we appreciate other businesses who have green practices and they do there. They use thicker glass bottles with baked on labels, which I noticed immediately, and as such, they can reuse them more and don’t have to use the chemicals each time to apply the labels, etc. For the caps, they use crown caps instead of twist offs because twist offs can sometimes strip the threads on bottles, and then they can’t be reused.
Overall they have 137 employees and the beer is only sold in Canada so far. They produce 62,000 hectolitres of beer each year, and are proud of how fresh the beer is. If you ever have a case of beer of theirs that’s old, you can bring it in and they’ll replace it with a new, fresh case!
Oh yeah, as a photographer who still loves film, you gotta stop by and check out their film photobooth too! Make sure to do it after you do the tour and have had a few brews 🙂 […]
Several weeks ago, Steal Like an Artist was trending online and it’s a great perspective (read it if you haven’t yet).
One of the things I like to ‘steal’ are ideas from experiences. In the strictest sense this isn’t really stealing, but more like inspiration. However, when you travel a lot for shoots, you have opportunities to explore and get ideas. Between my two shoots in Texas last week I had the chance to stop by Shiner, TX, home to the Spoetzl Brewery, home of Shiner Bock beer, my first favorite beer.
That gave me an idea (only now as I started to write this blog post) about a fun theme for a shoot or ongoing series: “My First Favorite” […]
We were honored to photograph President Barrack Obama during a recent fundraiser held at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. Gene was there to capture some great images and fun tidbits from the night. The President gave a passionate speech which resulted in some enthusiastic crowd members to shout out “I love you” with the President responding with “I love you too”. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden was there and played an acoustic tribute to Whitney Houston that got the crowd going. All in all, quite a memorable evening!