We just finished this conference and from all we've heard from the attendees and exhibitors it was a great success. The venders aall said they would come back and that they were busy and the attendees appreciated the trade show and the seminars. As always there are a few things we would do differently - a longer break for lunch, perhaps slightly larger rooms, etc.
If there are constructive comments we can always learn more.
Shold this be an annual event and where next time?
More time with the vendors would be good. I found I missed a few sessions just to check out the vendors. Instead of the vending area closing a 1/2 hour after the sessions, how about closing 1 hour after. Maybe give a bit more time between sessions also. It gives those who may have been in a different room a chance to get a seat in the next one. For me personally, MORE and varied sessions.
For those that didn't attend it was a great time, and very informative. If you ever have the chance to attend I recommend it.
As suggested on another forum, annual meetings whose locations alternated between East Coast & West Coast. How about Asheville, NC next year?
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I checked out Ashville but it is a very samll place and I am not sure it has a venue big enough. How about
yes, we will alter the hours of the trade show and give a bigger lunch break
I don't know that I'd make it to Chicago from New York, but it would be a great location. Lots of fine architectural subjects there for those who want to do some shooting between sessions or for a seminar on architectural photography, and many suitable conference venues.
Washington D.C. is pretty accessible and centrally located on the East Coast. Boston has some of the same attractions. They are both easily reached by plane and by train. Philadelphia might be another option along the same lines.
I presume you're ruling out New York, because hotels are so expensive, and perhaps because there are other photo conventions here.
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maybe if it were in NYC we could all stay at David's house.
"House" is a bit of an exaggeration.
Originally Posted by steve simmons
I've read great things about this years event. I wish it had been closer.
Here are a quick couple of thoughts on your four suggestions for an eastern location.
Chicago - Long drive for those on the East Coast, but might get a big middle america turnout
Baltimore - Good central location on the east coast. Lots of convention space
Wash. DC - Rooms get pricey down in the DC area.
Springfield, MA - Good New England location near airports and major Highways
May I also suggest the Valley Forge area outside of Philadelphia, PA. It also is not far from an international airport, just off three major highways, plenty of hotel and convention space. Its also outside the Philadelphia city limits so I don't think the labor issues are as bad.
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If you alternate years with it one side of the country then the other, it would be great. When you bring it back this way, I would like to suggest Denver or Seattle. Both are great places. Another thought would be park City Utah. It has plenty of convention area, and if it is done in the spring late enough, it would be off season and a bargin for hotel rooms. There is the Kimball art center that is more about teaching, and would have some Darkroom facilities for those would would like to do a pre or post workshop. Ok enough fo me thinking far in advance.
I like the idea of Philidelphia area. No offense David but I have horror stories of my one time in NYC and the subway.
How about Albuquerque or Santa Fe?