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I was so excited to see Creve Coeur Camera offer another Photopalooza workshop after attending the one in July.  I thought it might be a one time offering, or even a once a year workshop, but they put on another less than 4 months later! This time they also packed it with non-photography topics like running a business and social media, so for those who claim it is only for photographers- you are wrong! This event would be great for anyone who owns a business or has children or just enjoys to learn!

I attended three worshops:

  • Business Portraits – On Site Studio with Tom Tussey
  • Senior Photo Session – Laura Hicks (origionally it was supposed to be with Austin Pekarek)
  • Lifestyle Portraits – Laura Hicks

I would have attended more (and the ones on Friday) if this fall season didn’t have me so booked.

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Some suggestions for people who attend it next time:

  • Make sure you sign up for the sessions early!
  • Go with a friend. You will meet a ton of wonderful photographers but it is nice to go with someone you know. I would encourage you to go to different sessions and compare notes during breaks.
  • Plan food options. There are a ton of local restaurants to check out.
  • Take advantage of the great discounts that day. Go in with a list of items you are looking to buy and price things out while you are there. You might get a really great deal.
  • Talk to the vendors there. Want to know what new products Nikon is putting out? More than likely a representative might be there to chat up.
  • Bring a notebook. These sessions are top-notch and you will take in so much, so bring something to write down all of the tips they share.
  • Network with your session leaders and other attendees. St. Louis is smaller than you think so go meet your fellow photographers and remember that #communityovercompetition is key!

If you attended photopalooza this year, tell me your favorite session in the comments.


  1. Chris & Tiffany Schaefer of Amber Mark Photography says:

    Sarah! Thank you for sharing this. We buy most of our equipment from Creve Coeur Camera but we haven’t ever attended any of the workshops. Looks like an amazing opportunity to get out and practice and meet people in the St. Louis community!! My wife, Tiffany, and I are Amber Mark Photography — husband and wife wedding and portrait photographers serving the Midwest! We’re definitely interest in getting more involved.

    I subscribed to Creve Coeur Camera’s email list–is that the best way to hear about upcoming Photopalooza’s and similar workshops?

    Great job blogging on this–I saw on Creve Coeur Camera’s website that you were their guest blogger 🙂 Hope to meet you soon!

    -Chris & Tiffany, Amber Mark Photography

    • Sweet Sarah Marie Photography says:

      Hey Guys!
      I was always very intimidated as a new photographer when I went in the store, but as I have gotten more confident and met some incredible people who work there, I consider it a second home! I would highly encourage the workshop, I feel it is geared toward more of a novice audience, but even so, I learn something new each time- and it is FREE!

      I was also so excited that they asked me to be a guest blogger- it seriously blew my mind. I’m excited to meet you at the next Tuesday Together meeting!

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