Hey everyone! I want to share with you my amazing journey at the Peculiar Collective Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. As a photographer of color, finding a place where I truly belong can be a challenge, but this conference felt like coming home.

From the moment I arrived, I could feel the buzz of excitement and creativity. It was like being in a big family reunion where everyone speaks your language – the language of art and photography. I met so many incredible people from all walks of life, each bringing their unique story and perspective to the table.

One thing that really struck me was how the conference emphasized community over competition. It wasn’t about who had the best camera or the most Instagram followers. It was about learning from each other, sharing our struggles and successes, and lifting each other up. It’s this spirit of togetherness that made the experience so special.

I also had the chance to meet two photographers who I’ve admired for years – Lindsay Adler and Sophia Barrett. Chatting with them, I felt like I was talking to old friends. They were so down-to-earth and full of wisdom, and they reminded me why I fell in love with photography in the first place.

Winning an award for my street photography was a huge surprise! It was such a proud moment for me, and it gave me a boost of confidence to keep exploring and capturing the world around me.

The praise and worship session on the second day was a highlight for me. It’s important to me that my faith is part of my photography journey, and it was awesome to be in a place where that’s celebrated.

Investing in this conference was the best decision I could have made for myself and my business. I left feeling inspired, motivated, and, most importantly, valued. I can’t wait for next year’s conference – I’m sure it’s going to be even better!

If you’re a photographer, especially if you’re of color, I can’t recommend the Peculiar Collective Conference enough. It’s more than just a conference; it’s a community, a learning experience, and a celebration of our unique talents. I’m already counting down the days until I can go back!

Take a look at a few pics I captured during the photo walk: