Last week I went to New York for the second time this year. This time I went with a lot of friends that are also photography majors to go to a ton of expos and network! We stayed in the Appalachian State University's loft in Manhattan, which was gorgeous. It was a nice break from the tons of projects I have been doing lately and the trip definitely gave me that extra kick I needed. We went to Shoot NYC where we had the chance to meet the president of Bron Color lighting, meet a lot of amazing photographers, and see lecturers that had a lot of good advice when it came to lighting. I had the chance to hang out with Andre Rowe, a fashion photographer in Miami. He showed me a lot of the new Bron gear as well as let me assist him with his lecture. I am super excited to get to see him and get to work with him more in Miami for spring break (hopefully). We also went to the Photo Plus expo which had vendors from all over the country. It really showed me how big the industry really is. We went to a rooftop party hosted by Fstoppers, which was amazing. It was neat to get to meet a lot of successful photographers and get advice for the future. We went to Milk Studios and the Industria Super Studio where all of the major shoots for pretty much anything you can imagine are produced. It was like a dream. People that shoot for Levi's were shooting while we were there that day at Industria, just to let you get an idea of the quality of work being produced from those studios. Before the trip I knew that I wanted to do photography but wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do. After the trip I can confidently say that I want to shoot lifestyle/fashion portraiture hopefully in New York or Chicago. I guess the next step for me is to work harder in my classes and try my hardest to soak up all of the information I can while I am still in school. I am hoping to get an internship this summer as long as I can get my apartment in Boone subleased. I had an awesome time overall; I am thankful my parents let me go! Also, I am thankful that we left when we did or we would have been stuck in the middle of Hurricane Sandy. Here are some photos we took from our adventures:
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