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Back to San Antonio

Depending on how long you have known me, you may or may not have heard about the San Antonio debacle that happened four years ago. Every year, around the middle of January, I attend the Professional Photographers of America’s Annual Convention. It’s always a fantastic time, from great learning, to the trade show, to bonding with photographer friends, to a break from the computer. I look forward to it every year.

Four years ago, the convention was also held in San Antonio, Texas. I was excited to visit San Antonio and the Riverwalk, enjoy some guacamole and soak in some learning…until we were actually there and the entire city shut down due to an “Arctic Blast” that had blown in! Low temperatures and wet conditions led to ice that they did not know how to handle. I’ll make a long story short and just say that it was a long, cold week, leaving us stranded, with every restaurant in San Antonio closed, for an extra two days!

When they announced that this year’s convention was going back to San Antonio, I was a bit concerned that, with my luck, there would be a repeat of the Arctic Blast year. Despite some chilly temperatures, and some rainy weather, we lucked out and avoided the freezing temperatures. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until our very last day that the sun and warmth came out. I guess when you’re supposed to be inside, learning, that gloomy skies and cold chills is not such a bad thing.

It was another great year for being inspired! There are always new ideas, old ideas that you forgot about, or even just reminders to go back to the basics and not forget about the business side of things. Sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in the love of the photographs and the art, but on the other side, we have to remember it’s a business and a way of life as well.

The convention center is located right on the Riverwalk, so that last morning I took my point and shoot camera and documented some of the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk scenes…sun and all!

I even got to wear my sunglasses after carrying them around all week!

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5 Responses to “Back to San Antonio”

  1. Angie T on January 22nd, 2011 12:36 pm

    Only been once but I love San Antonio & the river walk. Great pictures…makes me want to go back!

  2. Katie on January 22nd, 2011 1:17 pm

    What hotel did you stay at? Kipp and I are planning a trip in April and would like to stay on the Riverwalk

  3. Brandi on January 22nd, 2011 1:30 pm

    Thanks, Angie! I have been there once during the late Spring and it is quite beautiful! Not to mention the fun, outdoor river walk atmosphere!

  4. Brandi on January 22nd, 2011 1:34 pm

    Katie, we stayed at the hotel attached to the convention center. The Grand Hyatt. Nothing overly exciting about it. I do highly recommend staying at a hotel right on the river walk, though! There are lots of restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. I think the last time we went, we stayed at the Westin. That was a nice hotel!

  5. Sharon on January 25th, 2011 12:31 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!

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