I have been getting on the local business networking scene more and more lately. By the number of familiar faces I see at these events, I am not the only one following the calendar of events on the Saint Petersburg Chamber of Commerce website. I did not know what to expect for the mood and atmosphere of this networking event with it being held at the Florida Holocaust Museum, but as I approached the room and heard the usual vibrant conversation I quickly realized that there was nothing to be unusual about it at all. I was greeted by the friendly curator of the museum and soon had a conversation with the public relations consultant for the museum about photographing their next official event.
I took a brief tour of the museum after signing in. One of the two exhibit floors is dedicated to revolving art collections. A series of large paintings inspired by the Holocaust was on display. I did not expect to see a fine art collection in the museum, so was pleasantly surprised. The first floor contained exhibits more toward what one might expect in a Holocaust museum.
As always with such networking events, I felt the most comfortable when my camera was up to my eye. In the right center is Ford Kyes, someone I have gotten to know through the Chamber and these networking events. He is a master at that, and in fact makes his living as a business coach. He was generous with his time to me tonight offering advice and encouragement for my photography business.