Escalate 2010

Lucky me. I spent all of last week in my hometown of Orange County, CA visiting family….and attending a fabulous photography conference in Newport Beach. There’s just something about leaving town and being around new creative talent….and not to mention, the beach! HOLLA!!!

Ok, so many of you know that I talk about Jasmine Star…a lot. Especially to those who are on the fence with blogging and social media. Regardless of your views on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress, Showit Sites ect….this is where we are headed and where we will continue to go. Yes, we are all entitled to doing things the way we see best for our business, but we are in this photography community together. Our decisions and attitudes don’t just affect ourselves. Anyway, I was stoked to find out that Jasmine’s topic at the conference was on Social Media- I could not have been happier. She rocked it.

I learned something new from every speaker that stood on the stage and poured our their heart. I didn’t necessarily agree with everything that was said, but that’s the beauty of what we do. We are all unique. We all create. But we can never afford to stop growing and learning from others. This is what Escalate was for me. A place to listen and to learn. An opportunity to hear what works for other photographers and how that may or may not work for me. It was an opportunity to meet “cyber” friends face to face [HELLO jamie delaine] and to connect with other creatives. I am an advocate for collaboration and I want to do more of that…this was a huge part of what Escalate was about.

Speaking of collaboration….that’s exactly what TABOR JEAN, my new wedding photography venture is about with photographer extraordinaire, David Bean. A few of my other upcoming creative collaborations include miss Brooke Boling and Elise Yetton….more on these later. I just want to encourage you all to join forces with other creatives and visualize bigger dreams….and make them happen!

I appreciate the time that Dane Sanders, David Jay, Jerry Ghionis (all the way from Australia!), Becker, Jasmine Star, Jessica Claire, and Jeremy Cowart put in to further educate the photography industry.

::iPhone photos::

sara d harper & dane sanders

jasmine *

jeremy cowart


Arizona Wedding Studio - I googled this event and it sounded like it was just a big motivational thing by some of the blogs I read. What were 5 important things you learned from this.

How much money did it cost.


Jasmine* - So nice meeting you and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you! 🙂


holly everett - Hi Kelli! We have yet to meet but I hope our paths cross sooner than later here in Nashville. I’m glad you had such a great time at Escalate…. I’ve seen a few of those guys speak and they are all really encouraging and informative. Hope it was everything you were excepting it to be! Have a great week….


JD - It was great meeting you Kelli! I also learned so much from every speaker and can’t wait for the next one! I wish you all the best and hope you fall more in love with photography!


Dane Sanders - Kelli, it was great to meet you and Sara! It was a really special thing to be a part of and I’m honored when I hear others had a similar experience. Excited to hear your thoughts on collaboration. We need more courageous leaders like you willing to step out.


Sara D Harper - It WAS amazing!!! So glad we went!! Can’t wait til next year!! ; )

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