I was out in Carefree, Arizona Jan. 10-15 for the 2009 Digital Wedding Forum Convention. It’s good for seeing what is available for products and services in the industry, learning new techniques, business management tips, and for inspiration. One of the best speakers was on the first day, keynote speaker David Williams. He’s an Australian wedding and portrait photographer and among the many valuable thoughts he shared was for photographers to regularly visit art museums to look for inspiration and posing ideas. I’ve always liked going to art museums, and I decided to make an effort to go to as many as I can as often as possible. Since coming back, I’ve gone to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Newark Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the last because I heard they were closing and I hadn’t visited, so I figured I better before it did.
I have also developed an interest in glass art– and just my luck, there was a glass studio at the Carefree Resort. I stopped in for a look and ended up taking an intro class in glass fusing with Ken Bolton from Desert Glasshopper Studio & Gallery. Have a look at me working with Ken below and some scenes from the desert.