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This past weekend I had the creative time of my life at Clickaway, a photography conference sponsored by ClickinMoms.  This was the first conference they have done and it was in Salt Lake City.  Too convenient to pass up!  It was Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  We have the Southwest Companion Pass so one child could fly free with me.  Jax was the lucky child.  My mom had McKay during the days, Sarah picked Sadie up after school, and Grandma Cliffie watched Jax.  Thanks to all for your babysitting services!


My mom gave Jax $10 to spend on his trip. He was thrilled! He was sweet and used some of it to buy presents for Sadie and McKay.


“Pose for the camera, Jax.” This is what he does.


Loved having one-on-one time with him!


The Fullers (family friends; Ben’s employer) have a beautiful second home in Salt Lake within walking distance to the convention center so I slept there all but the last night.  It was perfect.  This was my view when I went to bed and woke up:


I almost slept with my contacts in so I could see it more clearly as I was falling asleep and waking up.  It was fun to walk through Temple Square each morning on my walk to class.

The conference schedule was packed!  So many interested classes from brilliant photographers!  All my favorite topics: lighting, lightroom, posing, couples, candids, equipment, lifestyle, composition, beach photography, off camera flash, travel photography, creativity, etc.  It was really a thrill for me.  The first class began at 8:30 and the last one ended late afternoon and some evenings there were shoot outs.


My all time favorite blogger: Ashley Ann Cambell. I’ve read her blog, Under the Sycamore, for years. It was so exciting to meet her! Blog:


Took a class from kellie Penn all about posing on wedding day.

I learned a lot from the classes.  Although, one thing that surprised me was how much  more I knew than I realized.  I went into the conference nervous to admit I was in business and the words, “I’m a professional photographer” have never graced my lips.  I have never felt legit as a photographer.  But I realized how far I’ve come and that I knew more than I realized.  And I walked away with a lot of inspiration!

DSC_1400I’m so happy I was able to go!  It was a rejuvenating and motivating few days.


Holding my newest niece for the first time, Lucy.


Showing Grandma Cliffie his tricks.


Saw Troy, Jadyn, and Jace for about 20 minutes.


Playing in the park the last night.


She has the best head of hair!



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  • October 1, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    Mary - I don’t always say it, Alicia, but I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!! I think you are not only an amazing photographer but also an amazing and gifted writer!!! And I love you to the moon and back!!!ReplyCancel

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