Top 5 Tips on Attending Photography Conferences

Third women in photography conference plymouth college of art international womens day inspire someone today_With the latest Women in Photography Conference just around the corner, I’m often asked how I manage to organise events that resonate so well with those who attend.

When I first launched Liberty Pearl Photography & Film Collective four years ago, I started out with zero budget, but a real desire to be able to share my marketing knowledge and photography skills with others; particularly women.

My starting point for organising any event is thinking about what I wanted to know when I first launched my business. Being able to put myself in the shoes of an attendee really helps me to look at things from a different perspective.

It means I’m able to provide more impactful and useful content that genuinely benefits those who attend.

If you’re thinking about signing up for a photography conference, here are my top five tips to ensure you make the most of your investment:

  • Make sure you have a notebook (preferably hard-back) and at least two pens with you – there will be lots of things you will want to write down
  • Attend with a positive frame of mind and be open to listen to other people’s point of view. Not everything will resonate with you but something may well prove to be both business and life-changing
  • Ensure you have lots of business cards with you – conferences are a great place to network both with fellow creatives and photographers
  • Make sure that you have done your homework beforehand. Think about what you would like to get out of the event and come armed with questions
  • If you’re sent any materials beforehand, make sure you have read them thoroughly before the day too

Although this doesn’t make it into my top five it’s still really important – drink plenty of water! It might sound strange to suggest this, but staying hydrated throughout the day will help improve your concentration levels.

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On the day of any event it’s also worth pre-planning your route beforehand and allowing extra time. Think of it like a photography assignment that you just can’t miss. It’s better to be early and prepared, than late and flustered.

Of course deciding which workshops and conferences you should attend can be difficult too. There are so many photography courses on offer, but I think the best way to assess if an event is right for you should include:

  • How qualified is the person taking the course – what have they achieved
  • What subjects will the event cover
  • How well does the content align with both your business objectives and values

Before booking, it’s worth having a look for further information on the organiser’s Eventbrite page.

What does it say to you? How easy do you find the booking process, what is the process both before and after the event? Do you feel as if you have been looked after and your experience has been worthwhile?

Using eventbrite for your photography conference

I really enjoy using Eventbrite to help make my conferences and workshops really stand out. I have to say the top reasons why I use them include:

  • It’s super easy to create an event page and update it when you need to
  • There are 50 million active ticket buyers on the site so your event is more likely to get noticed by your target audience. Plus there is also built in promotion including social sharing
  • I find it’s a great way for managing attendees – I can track sales in real time from any device (super handy for me when I’m out and about on photo shoots)
  • I love how easily I can contact anyone attending both before and afterwards with information / thank you notes
  • But above all else, it strikes the professional chord with me that I think is invaluable, especially when your brand is at the heart of everything that you do.

I hope that you have found this blog useful. Remember, the more you educate and invest in yourself through learning and training, the more you will be able to inject back into your business, helping you to attract your ideal clients.

Our next Women in Photography Conference is on 27th September at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth. If you would like to find out more about the event and buy tickets please visit the Eventbrite page here.

Here’s to your success!


Women in Photography Conference – International Women’s Day

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The Women in Photography conference started in August 2016 at the Plymouth School of Creative Arts. It was initially a one off event to bring together like minded female photographers and film makers, who are passionate about photography, to listen to talks and raise money for charity at the same time, a networking event with a purpose. I arranged 4 female photographers from Devon and Cornwall to talk about their fascinating journeys in photography and to showcase their beautiful work, and it was a huge success. Over 30 women came along, we raised over £200 for 2 women’s charities and after the last talk everyone asked me “when’s the next conference?” so the Women in Photography Conference series started from there!

I love being inspired, especially by everyday women, there are so many amazing role models in the celebrity world, but really it’s the people who are around us everyday that have the most impact in our lives. 

We are all photographers and work in the same industry which is extremely saturated, but I believe in community over competition, and by connecting female photographers together in this way, it inspires and empowers women to reach their full potential.

February saw the 3rd Women in Photography Conference hosted by Plymouth College of Art with over 50 attendees listening to some truly inspirational women.

Clare Kinchin – Claire Kinchin Photography

Louise – Taylor and Porter Photographs

Jane Prior –  Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art

Magdalena Hendey – Photo Studio 7

You can read further details of the speakers are on our conference website.

What people say about the conference:
“What wonderful speakers and an awesome event!!! Many thanks ladies xxx”
“Glad I was finally in Plymouth to make it along, enjoyed all four speakers – fascinating and differing stories, thanks all xx”
“Thank you so much for organising this event. It was so inspiring (I’m so ordering film tomorrow and getting my twin lens out!!) Cannot wait for the next one
“Lovely evening and amazing speakers! Thank you again Amber for your hard work organising another successful event xx”
“Wow wasn’t sure what to expect as first one I have been too, but I found it incredibly interesting. Really enjoyed listening to you all & have left feeling very inspired. Thank you for sharing your life stories, amazing tips and knowledge. I look forward to the next one!”
Thank you Amber for organising a wonderful evening. Louise, Phil and Emma. You were all amazing and your talks were so inspirational and so lovely to hear your history of how far you’ve all come. Very talented ladies and a room full of wonderfully supportive ladies too. Thank you all for listening to my first ever talk! Xx”

“Wow ladies what an amazing audience you were! Thank you Amber Leach for asking me to be a part of this evening!! X it was an incredible way to spend an evening! Looking forward to meeting more of you in the future! Jane Prior is was so lovely to see you again! Thank you for the hugs!


We raised over £250 for the fabulous educational charity Girl Rising.

If you would like to be inspired by some amazing photographers and their stunning work, then join our Facebook group and come along to the next conference!

We have a Women in Photography and Film private members Facebook community which is an amazing source of encouragement, inspiration, friendship and opportunity.

Next Conference
The conference run every 3 months and the next Women in Photography Conference is on Wednesday 10th May 2017 at Plymouth College of Art. Tickets cost £5, all money from tickets sales goes to charity. You can buy tickets via our Event Bright page.

We are also planning something very special to celebrate the 1st birthday of the women in photography conference so follow our conference website to find out about it!


Extra info about the conference

The Women in Photography Conference is organised by Amber Leach, founder of Liberty Pearl Photography & Associates, an award winning wedding photography business based in Plymouth, Devon.

Amber started her wedding photography business in November 2013. She progressed from working in large structured organisations to being self employed and working from home. Whilst she enjoyed the independence of being self employed and her new found freedom from the chains of a 9-5 office job, she also missed having people around to run ideas past, share triumphs with, or receive encouragement from.


Amber has now established Women in Photography – Devon and Cornwall so she could meet other like minded creative photographers and film makers to share her passion with and to find people that understand her life as a self employed freelance photographer.

It is proven that friends ‘at work’ form a strong social support network for each other, both personally and professionally. Whether cheering for each other on big wins, consoling each other about mistakes, giving advice, or providing support for personal situations, comradeship at work can boost an employee’s spirit and provide needed assistance.

Amber is excited to meet and collaborate with amazing photographers for an afternoon of inspiration and fellowship with like minded creatives!

Photos by:

Devon wedding Langdon Court Hotel Plymouth

Beautiful Winter wedding at Langdon Court Hotel Plymouth, Devon.

New wedding photography product launch

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We have some very exciting news! We are launching some new wedding photography products on our website very soon.

Sign up now to be the first to hear about these and our latest offers!


Best Photographers in Plymouth

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We have been handpicked as one of the Top 3 Photographers in Plymouth by Three Best Rated™ who diligently check customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence of local businesses.

We are so pleased to have our professionalism, consistently high quality imagery, hard work and excellent customer service recognised by this achievement.

The two other photographers that have also been handpicked along side us are Stephen Charles Studio and Younger Photography are absolutely amazing photographers, we are so honoured to be as highly regarded in this field with such experience and respected photographers.

To find out more about our wedding photography services you can contact us here.

The Duke Wedding Collection Live – Plymouth

Are you the type of bride looking for inspiration, new trends and stylish accessories? The Duke Wedding Collection: Live at Plymouth’s award winning Duke of Cornwall Hotel is the wedding event for you.

We were honoured to be asked to capture the Duke’s first wedding event since it’s wedding relaunch this September. The Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth is a fairytale wedding venue and the event oozed with glamour and vintage splendour.

In between taking photos I spoke to lots of lovely brides, grooms and their families, about the stunning venue and their exciting wedding plans. Many brides took the opportunity to explore this gorgeous venue and enjoyed some top-notch wedding inspiration along the way. It was fantastic seeing so many talented, creative local wedding suppliers all under one roof.

There was also a brilliant prize is up for grabs, in the form of ‘a fabulous vintage experience’, which includes a photo shoot and Champagne ‘Tea at the Top’ with butler service.

With gorgeous wedding inspiration aplenty, a live fashion show and live entertainment amongst the day’s delights, make the event a must in your wedding planning calendar, details coming soon.

You can watch a lovely video from the day made by the fabulous Baxter and Ted  here.

For details of the amazing wedding suppliers from the day you can go to the bottom of the page.

List of suppliers from the event

Liberty Pearl Vintage Photo Booth

A Hollywood Glamour Vintage Wedding Shoot at The Duke of Cornwall Plymouth

We are delighted to be sharing the beautiful pictures from this Hollywood Glamour Vintage wedding shoot that took place at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth.

The pictures showcase the hotel’s facilities for weddings in all their splendour, and we love the Hollywood Glamour styling that works perfectly at this stunning hotel.

The Duke of Cornwall is a venue bursting with history and elegance, so when we were planning this inspirational shoot the elegance of the 1930s seemed to capture the spirit of the hotel.

We are really looking forward to showcasing the photos at the DUKE WEDDING COLLECTION: LIVE.

on Sunday 4th October 2015 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Images © Liberty Pearl Photography and Leon Theisinger of Kioo Marketing

Videography: Baxter and Ted

Shoot Co-ordinator: Jenny Wren Weddings & Event Planning

Venue: The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth, Devon

Styling: Inspire Hire

Champagne Saucers and Vintage Crockery: Meadow Sweet Vintage

Flowers: Jules Champion Flower Design

Hair and Make Up: Madame Tashy

Dresses: Bridal House of Cornwall and The Wedding Company

Suit: The Wedding Company

Accessories: Peppermint Bridal

Stationery: Hip Hip Hooray

Cake: Cut me off a Slice

Car: Mr Alfie’s Jaunts

Models: Sarah Jane Mackfall and Tommy J Stewart. Mia (flower girl), Harry and Rudy (pageboys)