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I Am A Photo Native: Baylie Longenecker - Featured Photo Native Attendee

"Growing up, I always knew what I wanted to be-a photographer. Since I was 4 years old, when people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up I always had the same answer “I’m going to be a photographer”. After I got married I got super burnt out, I felt that my work didn’t portray how I felt about photography, the passion I had always felt for this art was leaving, and I couldn’t hear my voice among the thousands of talented photographer voices out there, and I honestly didn’t know the first thing about business, I was trying to do everything by myself and from YouTube videos I was watching. I was ready to quit. My sweet husband, who knew how badly I loved photography, had heard of Photo Native and surprised me with a ticket on my birthday. He told me that if I went to Photo Native and still wanted to quit then I could and he would have to be ok with it, but he really thought from what he read that it would fuel my photography fire again. And he was right. 

Photo Native was everything a photographer could hope for and more. It made me excited for photography again, it taught me things I didn’t even know I needed to learn, it reset and refreshed my love for photography and it pointed me to the direction I needed to go. It didn’t just have fun photography classes but it also had the BUSINESS side of things which was huge for me! Since Photo Native I have hit every photography goal I have set for myself, I went from doing maybe one wedding a year to doing at least one wedding a month! It gave me a voice. It made me feel like I truly belong. I went to Photo Native a week after I had an emergency c-section and didn’t regret one second I spent there (thank you ibuprofen) THAT SHOULD TELL YOU HOW AMAZING IT IS. You belong at Photo Native if you haven’t already bought that ticket! It will change your life, and if that sounds dramatic it’s because it is. Photo Native is a place for you to find your voice, to find your passion, and to be surrounded by talented creatives who will inspire you and uplift you. It’s a community. A community where YOU belong. "

Baylie Longenecker - Photo Native Attendee

Photo Native 2019 is February 11-13 in Palm Springs, California. Early Bird Registration ends on June 30th, so get your ticket soon to save $200 and have priority registration access to Native Shoots and Boosts when they open up this fall.

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Hickenlooper | Photo Native Photoshoot

This shoot, taught by Scott and Shelby HIckenlooper, might be one of the most shared Photo Native shoots on social media due to its gorgeous on-point boho style and incredible details. Photographed in Studio 1918 in Salt Lake City, this hands-on learning and shooting experience with a beautiful formal bridal couple focused on how to look for and use lighting options, methods of capturing genuine emotions, and effective posing techniques. The idea was to discover how to photograph details for vendors while also getting creative and shooting for yourself.

Vendors: Cake: Flour and Flourish / HMUA: Alex Crabtree Hair and Makeup / Florals: The Potted Pansy / Styling: Renata Stone / Dress: @altamodabridal / Models: Jaycee Grover River Grover / Photographers: @hickenloopers

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Stacy Kamler | Photo Native Student Review
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Q: How have you grown as an artist since attending Photo Native?

Photo Native didn’t only teach me about new photography techniques to use for my clients, but also taught me about my personal life.  Coming back home after Photo Native, I deleted the Facebook app off of my phone and only checked it twice a day.  I became more present in my life and with my friends and family.  Actually getting out to see the world (even if it was my own backyard) has helped me stay refreshed and creative.   I also learned that sometimes the things that you fear the most is the thing that could be holding you back from your greatness.  This year I have spent a lot of time working to build my business so I can take it full -time in 2018! 

Q: What business skills have you implemented since attending Photo Native?

I went to India Earl's class and she had talked about how to become friends with your clients.  I took so much out of this class and have implemented some of her techniques and questionnaires to take place before, during, and after shooting.  I have become friends with so many of the my clients this year and that has led to a more fulfilling job and happier clients! 

Q: You mentioned you LOVED the community and friends you made here, can you expand on that? 

I still keep in contact with a few of the girls that I had become friends with.   Having a community all over the USA is great.  It didn’t matter where you were at in your career whether a hobbyist or made it a full-time career, you could learn from everyone. Everyone was so supportive.  My favorite was being around that many creatives.  My wheels came home turning with ideas of what I wanted to shoot and what I wanted to implement in my business.  

Q: What is your #1 takeaway from Photo Native? 

My number one thing that I took away from Photo Native would be the drive to take my business full-time.  I have been working so hard this past year to set up 2018 as another successful year.  This conference pushed me to do more, be more, and see more in a different perspective.  

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