So, I'm back from my third Altitude Design Summit, and I can unequivocally say that it was my very favourite one. It was great for the usual reasons: the venue was, as always, incredible; the speakers were friendly and informative, and the attendees were even more open and generous than ever. I had a great time giving my session, for reasons that are entirely due to the audience being so incredibly kind and engaged, which always makes speaking a joy for me. (Aside: thank you so much to those of you who attended, it was lovely meeting you!) It was a great time.
But that's not the real reason this was my favourite.
The real reason that this ALT Summit was so awesome was because it reminded me that conferences like these can be a real godsend. For those of us who work alone, the real value of these conferences doesn't always happen in the sessions and workshops and classrooms, but in the moments in between: the new connections that are made, yes; but also the strengthening of relationships of old friends and colleagues. The ability to view the work of people who are in industries related to yours, and the inspiration their beauty can bring. The genesis of surprising collaborations. And perhaps best of all, the brainstorming sessions and seeds of amazing ideas that can sometimes spontaneously come from what was supposed to be a simple coffee or glass of wine together.
And so for this, I'm so grateful to everyone I was able to spend time with during this conference, but most especially my roommate Laurie Smithwick for the late-night gab sessions, the always charming and searingly-smart Stacey Ferguson for the laughs, and the shockingly insightful Helen Jane Hearn, who, while hiding with her in her suite one early afternoon, came up with the idea for what I think will be my (finally!!!) second book. I've returned so completely jazzed about my year ahead, and I owe the three of you big for that.
And now, to the photos: I didn't shoot many this go-round, but these are my favourites that I did manage to capture.
Thanks to Gabrielle, Sarah, and everyone who made a point of connecting with me at the conference at some level -- it was such a wonderful time because of you. And incidentally, if you, like me, work alone or with a small team, I can't recommend enough the benefit of finding a conference in your industry to attend -- it can really rejuvenate you work and your business.
And if your business is art, design or photography, I'd strongly recommend the ALT Summit. A lovely, intimate, inspiring little conference, no lie.