This year I made my annual pilgrimage to the biggest, best Professional Photography conference of the year - Imaging USA. (Thankfully, before the Corona virus, or it surely would have been canceled!)
It was held in Nashville again at the absolutely amazing Gaylord Opryland hotel. If you've never been, I highly recommend thinking up some excuse to go there, because it's the kind of place you need to see to believe. An "indoor" space so huge there's a river running through it - you can take a *boat* from your room to the event space -- and it's easy to think you're actually outside.
I always learn a lot, but I believe this year was exceptional. All the celebrity photographers are there giving talks and classes, and the public trade show is packed with all the latest gear and goods. It's a professional photographers dream; always very inspiring. I went to every class I could (I'm also one of the event photographers, assigned to cover some of the classes and events) - and one of the best classes (on videography) was the very first one: 8 am on a Sunday. Imaging USA is the only time you'll find me up that early, much less on a Sunday!