Very cool show. I just finished doing my 2nd ever Bridal Show. The first one that I went to was so bad, I told myself that I probably would never do another one.... The one I went to yesterday was worth every penny. I talked with more brides in the first 15 minutes than I did all day at the first one.
Yesterday's show was at the New Braunfels Civic Center. It was called the Hill Country Bridal Spectacular... and it was. I met probably a hundred or so brides, and got two bookings at the show, and looking forward to hearing from others. There were two other wedding photographers there. One company, Dos Kiwis has always blown me away. They are known for fine art photography, and I got to meet the owner, Dane Miller. Probably the most friendly, down to earth photographer I've ever met. He's also one of the most talented photographers in this area. Just a few days before the show, I was looking at their 3 page spread in San Antonio Weddings Magazine... and thought it was the most beautiful images I'd ever seen. That's the kind of artwork I aspire to.
It was a little intimidating to have my little booth across the isle from theirs. They had a 10 ft. tall gorgeous image advertising their Boudoir Studio. Wow. After I got to thinking about it though, I wasn't quite so intimidated. His customers aren't my potential clients, and the customers that I get, haven't been taken from him. He sells Lexus luxury cars. I sell Kia cars. He's one of the top tier photographers in San Antonio... I'm not even in the same league. Once I looked at it like that, I felt a lot better. That is, until I walked over and looked at some of this wedding albums. He orders his albums from a company in Italy. Oh my god. I suck. I wish I could learn from him. I'd carry his camera bag for him. He's that good. If you don't believe me, go check out his website, http://weddingsbydoskiwis.com Amazing.
Here's my little booth. I'm pretty proud of the way it turned out. I made the fake walls myself (a DIY project from Home Depot supplies) and hung some of my better canvas wrap prints on the walls.