So, your going to attend the Horizon Summit this weekend (Feb. 23-24) and are wondering what you need. Here are a few essentials I have always found I carry whenever I go to a photography conference or event. For those not going yet, you still can join in the fun. Horizon Summit Registration. [hr] Dress comfortably. You will be in and out of seats, walking around, and meeting people. No need to do it with the same level of discomfort that you do at your workplace office. Dressing in layers (not the Photoshop kind) is always a good idea, as you never know how cool or warm the rooms will be. Bring an extra sweater or fleece just in case things are too cool for you.
Backpack or carry all. Something small should work fine just to fit your extra stuff.
Hand sanitizer. A small bottle goes a long way, and you will no doubt spend the day shaking hands as you meet new people. These types of events are not only for gathering information, but also networking.
A small snack. The Horizon Summit does have a box lunch for those that purchased, but sometimes that mid morning or afternoon snack is a must.
A notebook. Lots of classes and lots of info. Take as many notes as you can and make sure you actually review them later… No, their will not be a test at the end.
Business Cards. This can work as a networking event too, bring your business cards to trade with other photographers. Who knows, you might just find your new shooting partner… if you could just remember what his name was.
Camera. If your attending the Glamour Photo Shoot, you will want your big camera. Otherwise a small point-n-shoot or your cell phone camera will work just fine.
Portfolio. Their are portfolio reviews if you sign up for them in advance. Bring your portfolio in print or digital format, 20 - 40 images. Try and avoid the need for an internet connection to view your work. Lots of people trying to get online at once slows things down, and you get more from an instructor that doesn't need to wait for your work to load.
For those not sure yet about attending the Horizon Summit, here are a few quick things you will be missing out on.
14 instructors 30 classes A live model shoot (must register in advance) Portfolio Reviews (must register in advance)
Don't forget the chance to meet and greet with other photographers and some of the best people in the industry.