I also have some very exciting news – I booked my first gig as a speaker!
Two months ago, someone tagged on one of my posts the Instagram page of Ruby Ella Photo. I looked her up and her she is a photographer who has gorgeous photos. So of course, I started following her. One day she posted about the Mint Conference coming up in D.C. so I checked it out and saw that the conference was still in its planning stages and accepting speaker applications. Even though legal wasn’t mentioned as one of the categories they were seeking, I figured, if it’s a conference about how to start a photography business, then I’m sure they would like to know about the legal aspects of starting a business.
I submitted my application and last week I received an invitation! The conference is in Washington, D.C. and will be held on September 15-16, 2017.
Once I received the invitation, I thought it was only fitting to invite Ruby to the show. In this episode, Ruby and discuss how she developed a love for photography from traveling around the world, how a trip to Costa Rica was the inspiration for starting Brown Girls with A Camera, and why it was important for her to create a community by and for minority photographers.
We also discuss how Ruby built Brown Girl and Brown Guys with A Camera from meet-ups around the country to now hosting portfolio building experiences around the world, managing three business AND working a full-time job (which she only recently quit three weeks ago). And finally we talk about the upcoming Mint Conference which includes amazing speakers, 12 different portfolio building experiences and a panel that will be discussing the important of diversity in the media.
If you’re either just starting out or have been in business for a while – this conference if for you.
You can sign up for the Mint Conference HERE.
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