NEPA BlogCon 2015
I was once again honored to provide photographic coverage to the annual NEPA BlogCon, now in its fourth year! The regional blogging and social media conference was held at East Stroudsburg University this year, and in my opinion was the best conference yet.
I’ve had a unique perspective on BlogCon, both by being the organization’s official photographer and due to the fact that I live with one of the co-organizers. From it’s humble upstart beginnings, NEPA BlogCon has grown and matured into a powerful, full-featured conference that more than delivers on its promises.
Each year I have to struggle with the presentation photos. Not because there’s anything wrong – quite the opposite! I struggle because I’m supposed to be there in a professional capacity, documenting the event and the speakers, but I all too often find myself drawn into the presentations and my attention wanders. Next thing I know, instead of shooting photos I’m taking notes.
BlogCon has managed to strike the perfect balance when it comes to their sessions and presenters. The majority of the presenters are local folks: entrepreneurs, marketing directors, and small-business representatives. There isn’t a lot of big corporate glitz or glamour; these are run-of-the-mill, hardworking people who are successful at what they do, which makes it very easy for us, as an audience, to relate to them. After all, if they were able to do it, we probably can too, which is an empowering thought.
Which isn’t to say that the speakers are small-time; BlogCon has a history of getting some big deal, big time presenters. This year alone featured NAME, founder of the What the Fork food truck, a local small business that won second place in a national food truck competition and has since grown to include multiple trucks and a restaurant.
And of course the keynote speaker was none other than Ash Ambirge, famous for her site “The Middle Finger Project.” I am not the least bit ashamed to admit that for a good part of Ms Ambridge’s presentation, I put the camera down and just soaked in what she had to say. She is a hell of a compelling presenter and had a great message, and when she was done I felt truly inspired.
That kind of presentation is priceless.
Of course NEPA BlogCon is more than just presentations – it’s an expo hall and vendors, it’s networking and introductions, it’s collaboration and creativity. And I try to make sure that I capture a bit of all of that. With such a talented, open and giving group, my job is a lot easier.