Using a Camera to Speak Out Loud

Kristi Odom is a Nikon Ambassador who photographs wildlife and weddings. Her incredibly powerful wildlife work has informed her wedding work. Her mastery and presence were the perfect opening act for the impactful days to follow at the Real Life Conference.

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Zoë Gemelli
Brave Women

These three brave women are changing the world through their photos and films. Their vision informs us, their images challenge us and their dedication inspires us. And they make some of their best work in their own backyards.

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Mary Moore
DVLOP Gives

The Real Life mission is to empower female and non-binary photographers. Finding sponsors that fit that mission is a big part of what makes the conference extraordinary. DVLOP wants to encourage and empower better images and better photographers. 

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Mary Moore
Sony Steps Up

Real Life Conference Title Sponsor is Sony. Strong connections are helping evolve the photography industry. This partnership is proof.

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Mary Moore
Imperfectionist

“The other day, this question was put forth to a group of women photographers in a forum: Keeping your visual voice as a photographer in mind, how would you finish this statement? ‘I AM A/AN __________.’ I sat there, my mind blank. The question was staring at me like a blinking cursor on my computer screen, mocking me as it flashes repeatedly, serenaded by the tune of the game show Jeopardy, awaiting my answer. It never came.” - Felicia Chang

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Mary Moore
The Real Life Community Scholarship

When tickets for the Real Life Conference went on sale, we added a 'donate' button - so attendees could support a scholarship. To date, over $600 has been donated! In that giving spirit, one of our community members (who wishes to remain anonymous) donated the value of a FULL ticket. Thanks to the collaborative spirit of this community, we are delighted to provide a scholarship that includes both a conference ticket and $600 to put towards accommodation.

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Callandra Caufield
My Life in Puerto Rico

"There is no way I could sum up my story of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath in a short blog post. I’ve been telling my story over and over, to different people I have met since the storm, Each time with more attempts at cheer as I try to wrap things up neatly and cleanly. As if by telling the story perfectly to someone else I would be better able to make sense of it myself, but the truth is that so much of the story is a complete mess." - Frances Davis Furr, 14 year Puerto Rico resident

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Mary Moore
People, Not Subjects

"I never think of the person on the other side of the camera as a subject. That, for me, is the first step. The language that we use to name the people that we work with and document is a critical one. So anything we do to dehumanize is the wrong path." - Lynn Johnson

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Mary Moore
Sneak Peek

We have a bold desire to build community and be a healthy inclusive conference experience for every attendee. This is why we have put so much care and attention into our programming, events and really ever detail. Over the past few months we've been busily working, but with Early Bird pricing closing tomorrow, now is the time for us to give you a sneak peek.

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Callandra Caufield