The lights were off, but neither Gathoni or I could get a wink of sleep…it was easier to seat up in bed & pull out our hairs one by one!!!! Speaking before a bunch of people can be nerve wrecking, worse off when this bunch of people happen to be industry peers & professionals. Kenya’s professional Photography body, PAK (Photographer’s Association of Kenya) had requested Gathoni & I to hold a small talk on how photographers can leverage their online presence for profit. The sole reason that Gathoni & I were rolling in our sheets 🙂 was one… Not that we had never spoken in front of a crowd before, it was the fact that we were supposed to speak to them on a topic we knew so little about, ONLINE MARKETING!!
Unlucky us, the moment finally arrived where we had to leave the house & head to PAWA Hub where the workshop was supposed to take place….so, between Gathoni obsessing whether her dress was casual enough for an evening event, or whether I should wear my African print bow-tie, we got late….well, not really late but we arrived & found the room with quite a good number of photographers. One hour later, we started, after struggling to get the projector to sync with our laptops, and it went great. We had about 100 wonderful individuals who turned up to listen to us rant for about 2 hours about our lives & how our small business transformed as a result of spending time idling on the internet 🙂
In the coming weeks we will hopefully blog about what we shared on this wonderful evening, so that y’all who did not get a chance to show up for the workshop, can learn a thing or two….without further ado, here are the images from the event…
PS :: BTW these images were all shot by @michaelmwathi, my brother in law, using one of Samsung’s flagship professional cameras, the Samsung NX300 mirrorless camera..that is so so awesome…we will be reviewing the camera in the coming weeks so that y’all who are looking to buy a professional camera at half the cost & twice the quality of a pro camera can go for this one
This was our awesome location for the workshop. PAWA 254 were kind enough to let us use their creative space, that in my opinion, is one of Kenya’s premier meeting locations. In case you need to learn more about them, you can check out their page here.
Guys filled in the register as they walked in, just for future reference
Gathoni was up 1st, everybody loves a pretty face, so as that by the time I was taking the stage, the crowd would have warmed up to us
Part of the creatives that showed up, people were busy taking notes up in here!!!! I never knew that creatives would sit & listen, let alone take notes 🙂
By the time I was taking the stage, the butterflies had taken a chill pill 🙂 and this is my confident face right here!
Peter, bottom left looks on with a smiley face, enough proof that I was hilarious 🙂
Jargon all up on that slide, Gathoni & I did our homework quite well (*Pats self on back :))
As people listen intently
Gathoni & I handle the Q& A session at the end of the talk, someone even asked whether Gathoni had a sister 🙂
Just before we concluded Victor Ngugi gave us a wonderful 3 minute talk on how Google Apps can completely transform someone’s business…in case you would love to hear more about this, drop him an inbox here.
After all was said & done, guys came over and we got to chat a little bit & as usual take pictures together
The Samsung NX300 camera really performed, gauging from the fact that there was less than sufficient light in the room, will definitely be carrying around this camera a lot
@wamitisonharry & Mercy join the bandwagon! Just another case of us staring at the wrong camera 🙂
With these two very lovely sisters, thank God I married one of them 🙂
He really makes us look so short 🙂
Talented young man here, @g_karugu
They served us some yummy tea & mandazi
Mercy never lets go of her phone
@michaelmwathi our photographer for the day
Ken our best man came to support us too!
We had a thorough blast…thank you to the Photographer’s Association of Kenya for giving us a chance to share our lives & business together with all the wonderful souls who turned up & also for everyone who showed up, we sincerely hope that you learned a thing or two…Gathoni & I live to make a difference, & to share the love of Jesus through what He has blessed our hands to do…
Loads of love, hugs & kisses,