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My last few days have been spent at the Creative at Heart Conference in Roanoke, VA and I can’t quite put into words how much the experience has meant to me. When Kat asked me to be one of the conference photographers (alongside VA Photography + Amanda Hedgepeth!), I started crying and jumping up and down because I was going to be a tiny part in this amazing movement that she has started. I knew the conference would be unforgettable, just like the first one, but I didn’t expect it to be life-changing. And it was.
Creative at Heart is not just a conference. It is not just a room full of women talking about pretty things + chatting over coffee for fun. It is a MOVEMENT. It is life changing. It is encouraging, inspirational + REAL. It is dozens of women who are working HARD at being the best boss ladies that they can be, and serving their clients along the way. This industry of creatives is something that should be taken seriously, because this thing that we do impacts people’s LIVES. What we do is IMPORTANT. But is can also be lonely. Owning a small business + spending most days at home working by yourself is HARD. But this conference is taking women who feel alone, scared + helpless in their businesses, and bringing them together to show that COMMUNITY is ALWAYS better than competition. Because “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle”.
For anyone that is considering attending this conference…DO IT. I promise that you will walk into the conference room on that first day, and immediately feel like you are HOME. You will be surrounded by your people. The people who GET it. The ones who fear the same fears, battle the same battles and know EXACTLY what you are going through. You will leave with dozens of new friends in this industry, and all of the tools you need to conquer your small business and be the absolute BEST boss lady you can be.
I can’t wait to share more images from the conference + a more detailed recap in a few weeks! But for now, here are some iPhone snapshots of my favorite memories!!
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Yay!! What an amazing weekend- you did such a fantastic job. And I cannot wait to see it all! Love your photos and LOVE YOU! Can’t wait to get together soon!
Loved every single thing about this post and I can’t wait for your more detailed one in a couple of weeks! Creative at Heart looks so AMAZING! I can’t wait to someday attend! Xoxo
Preach it sweet girl! Loved meeting you & I love watching you rise up!
This post was amazing and I had so much fun seeing you this weekend! You did an incredible job with the headshots and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend my weekend!! What an AMAZING group of women that we got to spend it with!! Xoxo
Love you, girl! So glad we got to hang out!!! We need to do it again soon! 🙂
I loved your post! Spot on to how I felt when I was there, like I was home. I joked (or maybe had not been joking at all…) that I would love to move to Virginia because there was just something about it that spoke to my heart. I know that meeting all these amazing women and men fueled my passion for my business. I wish I could have spoken with you more. You’re such an inspiration to me. Keep changing lives girl!
You did such a wonderful job with the photos Hope!! 🙂 Thank you for your hard work in helping to make the conference everything it was!
[…] These two are a husband and wife wedding photography team, and I met Erin earlier this year in March at the Creative at Heart Conference in Roanoke, VA. We were in a small discussion group together at the conference as well, led by Mary Marantz, Annamarie Akins, and Ashley Herrinton, and I can remember how easily Erin poured out her love for photography and being a creative. It was so refreshing to really see how passionate she and these other creative professionals were! They were MY PEOPLE, and I just loved meeting them (especially Erin – a fellow Northern Virginian)! Read all about round 2 of this inspiring experience over on Hope Taylor Photography’s blog! […]