This is a post that should probably have been blogged a year ago… but let’s face it, I suck at blogging! However, I am writing this now as I have just gotten word that the LAST – insert massive sad, uncontrollable crying face – ever Baby Summit is happening in 6 weeks and I’m here to tell you why you simply HAVE to go.
Simply, it will change your life!
The past two days I have had ‘time-hop’ memories popping up in my Facebook feed and I am flooded with emotion about my time spent at the most amazing newborn conference called THE BABY SUMMIT! Of course if you work in the newborn photography industry and haven’t heard of this, you have been living under a rock – but to have actually been one of the lucky people who can say I was an attendee of this amazing event, still leaves me beaming! I don’t know how the amazing Kelly Brown comes up with these things but I am so thankful that she has done this for so many reasons!
The baby summit is a learning conference that spans over a few days and covers everything from business coaching, marketing strategies through posing, safety and editing – and well, everything in between. It literally covers EVERYTHING! It was absolutely life changing for me both as a business owner but also just as much as a person.
The Summit was something that had been running annually for a few years and every year I always bailed on booking. Why? Because I simply didn’t feel I was worth the investment. I was mainly focusing on parenting my young children at the time so how could I justify not only The Summit itself but also my flights and accommodation to QLD to attend this learning experience? Then Kelly announced that my fave girls Amy McD from Dewdrops Photography and Nic from Nicole Smith Photography were coming and I couldn’t not see my girls who were coming all the way from the US – so that’s how I justified it to myself.
Well, I was not at all prepared for what was to occur on those few short days!
I locked myself in for my classes. I tried to pick according to my ‘weakness’ within my business. There was one lot of classes in a time slot with some professionals I had never heard of, so I chose what would suit my business best but I have to say, I wasn’t overly excited about this one – and that class actually turned out to be my favourite class in the whole experience. It was one with the incredibly talented Jean Smith Photography who taught me so so much about creating work/life balance and being able to be a Mum as well as a business owner!
This is something that we photographers struggle with so desperately. And at that stage, I was. Struggling, I mean. I felt like I was trying to juggle everything but failing at all of it! I was spreading myself so thin and yet was on top of nothing! My confidence was shattered. My family was suffering and my business was barely existing! This class all on its own was worth the entire investment!
And then Kemi Nekvapil stepped in! Another amazing human I had not heard of. WOW!! You can tell Kelly really researched every single coach/teacher she has at these events! Kemi was mind boggling. She is a life coach and if her speech didn’t inspire you, nothing ever will. That woman’s insane uplifting aura just makes you want to be a better person. She taught me that it doesn’t make you a weak person to ask for help, it makes you stronger – because admitting that we need assistance and realising our weaknesses shows so much more strength and courage than drowning in the abyss of the daily life struggle!
There are so so many other moments to mention like Sue Bryce’s heart wrenching pep talk (which if you weren’t brought to tears from, you have no soul haha), meeting some absolutely amazing new people, seeing and catching up with some gorgeous old friends (including my amazingly talented friends from Saudi Arabia – Mortadha and Esraa who are now teaching themselves), seeing some of my idols in action such as Luisa Dunn, Kristen Mackey and Russ Jackson, seeing Nicole Smith singing “Sweet home Alabama”- seriously, I could go on all day! I learned, I danced, I laughed, I cried. I realised that I am worth something. Actually, I’m worth a lot! Everyone is. And it truly is all thanks to one very special person…
The person that risked everything because she had a dream to push other people to reach their own dreams. The person who wanted newborn photography to be a respected industry. The person who wanted to educate photographers on safe handling of babies. The person who poured her blood, sweat and tears into creating this amazing event that so many photographers, like myself, have attended to change their businesses and their life balance. KELLY BROWN – you have changed my life so much over the past 12mths and I will be forever grateful. You are the most humble, kind and giving person of anyone I have ever come across and you do it, not only so effortlessly but also so selflessly. You don’t care if you get back what you put out to the world. You just want to watch people succeed. And for that reason alone, you are truly a treasure that is rare and priceless. In life, there is always that special person who shapes who you are and who helps to determine the person you become. I am so thankful that I have had you influence my life – lord knows we could all use a bit of positivity! Thank you, so many times over, THANK YOU!
This year will be the final Baby Summit. If you are still undecided on whether you’d like to go, trust me, it is worth it one thousand times over. You will make friends, find support from people that have the same joys and struggles that this business throws at you, you will learn from the most amazing team of professionals and most of all YOU are worth investing in. Your business is worth investing in!!! There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of hundreds of photographers who are inspired. Do this for your business. Do it for your family – who I’m sure see more of the back of your head from sitting at a computer all day long. But most of all, do it for you. It will be something that truly touches you on so many levels.