And lastly, here are a few things I learned at the SPE conference in New Orleans a few weeks ago. I think perhaps they are worth sharing:
1) There are "transformational" inkjet papers beyond Hahnemuhle. I'm looking forward to trying some! And watch out for those optical brighteners!
2) Best quote of a quote: Making a great portrait is "1% inspiration, 99% moving furniture." (Jessica Todd Harper quoting Arnold Newman).
3) The amazingly terrible things people will do to others who are suffering in an attempt to protect themselves. (Rebecca Solnit regarding Katrina)
4) We absolutely MUST stop using so much plastic. We must be mindful of our impact on the world around us. (Chris Jordan's imagery of birds on Midway Island)
5) Strengths of my work: beautiful light & color, sequencing, "luscious" printing. Things to consider about my work: do I want to describe the stages of parenthood/childhood or communicate the extreme intimacy that is felt in relationships within a family? My images describe obsessive love and joy.
6) There is great material in "all of the drudgery of everyday life" - Ashley Stohl. If your images are true and deep, they will connect with others. Images coming from a true place are universal. (Lure of the Local panel discussion)
And there are many more... but these are some things that stuck out in my mind. I am looking forward to attending my first Midwest Regional SPE Conference this October in Louisville! And looking forward to another deadline to help me focus on developing my work!