Thursday, September 15, 2011

agent stalking.

I go to a handful of conferences every year. Sometimes I get lucky (git yer mind outta the gutter)...I meant sometimes I'm lucky because I get to be the conference photographer. Which is a position that's not without perks. For example:

Perk #1 People hate me. When I turn my big lens on someone they look away or make a face. That makes me feel awesome. I love it when people avoid me at all costs. (Cue Nacho Libre voice) It is the best!

Perk #2 I flash people...and not just with my camera. My camera hangs from a fashionable neck strap that rubs across my side and front when I sling my camera around. It's a common everyday thing that I never think about much. That is, until last year at this conference. I brought a whole new approach to really understanding the genre. (The genre being romance. Think: heaving bosoms and bodice rippers. No, that's not exactly what I like to write...but maybe after what happened last year I should re-think it.) You can read about that here

Perk #3  I stalk people. And when I say people, I really mean agents. The thing is, being the photographer is like having an all access pass. Kind of. Usually the conference board that I'm working for wants me to take lots of pics of the VIP guests, like agents and editors. In the event they are not offended by the camera or my style of flashing, I usually get to spend some time talking with them. And when I say talking, I really mean stalking.

Basically it's an ok gig all around.

In October I'm going to attend the Utah Romance Writers of America-Heart of the West Conference. Man, that's a mouth full. The conference is going to be awesome because some pretty amazing agents are coming. Agents that I'll be stalking with my big massive camera and heaving bosoms. Want to come too? If you do, go to this link. Mention that I sent you over and they may waive the late fee! And then if you go you can come and stalk and flash and be hated just like me.


Jenny S. Morris said...

Sounds like a fun gig. If only I lived in Utah.

When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It's for fun. ...

Abby Fowers said...

LOL. You are awesome. Reading your posts is always so fun. I'm going over to the "flasher" post right after this.

You are lucky to be able to photograph these events and have those hidden perks, especially with the agents!

Aubrey said...

Erin if I could go I would let you flash me as much as you want! (both with the camera and without) :) Love ya!

Mel said...

I do a fair share of event shooting. Since I work at the State Legislature there is always some kind of meeting, a floor session, etc. to shoot when the legislature is in session. You get to shoot all kinds of people... politicians, business people and even TV stars.

People either pay attention to you or avoid you as long as you have that big ass DSLR with flash and all the attachments glued to you. Somehow it is more authoritative than a person with an iPhone camera.

i'm erin. said...

Jenny S. Morris, you are HILARIOUS. I love your nacho skills.

Thanks Abby! I'm not sure if the Agents always agree.

Mel, a fellow Photog! So happy you are here.

Jessie Humphries said...

I'm so there! RWA/Porno conference here I come!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Hahaha! Why is it that I now have an Only-Erin-Man-Voice in my head right now that is saying "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful." This conference is going to rock!