Learning, connecting, and growth…Delta Phi Epsilon Convention….not what I expected; event photography

Gotta be honest here…When the leadership of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority asked me to shoot their biennial sorority convention in Disney World this year, well, let’s just say I pictured something along the lines of a clique-y group of sisters getting together for fun nights, casual days and not much on the serious side. It’s Disney, right?  I certainly didn’t expect empowerment workshops, leadership seminars, and career networking. But that’s what this education-packed gathering at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort was about. Four days, 550 college students and alums, passionate about their DPhiE sisterhood, gathered to focus on their mission of leadership, service and empowerment. I should have known better. For the past two years, I’ve done the headshots for DPhiE’s Philadelphia-based International Headquarters staff , and I’ve been completely wowed by the character of each and every one of these women, at every contact I have had with them. What I learned working with so many “Deephers,” is that the thread that binds the entire membership is exactly what I witnessed every single day at convention. No joke…I have never been around this many women, mostly college-aged, and some a little older, who were absolutely considerate, pleasant, energetic and willing to work with us. There was not one groan, not one grumble, not one complaint..for college-aged women, can I tell you how unusual that seems to me? This sorority has done amazing work with their members. They clearly walk the talk, and for me, it made four days of hard work the most pleasant four days of work I have had in a long time.

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