Wow, what a wild ride! I just flew in last night from the WPPI photography convention in Las Vegas. I was supposed to take a red eye back last night, but was eager to get return to my husband and my cat, Joey. I only “just” made it on the plane. It was overbooked by 5 passengers and they were having peole volunteer their seat. So someone got kicked off, so I could fly home early! God is good, as I would have had to wait till the next flight at 11:59 pm.
I’m still recuperating from all the great seminars, meeting the most amazing photographers and attending some killer parties!
I got in late Sunday night, woke up early to register for my classes and ended up missing the first one, as there was a long line for registration. There were over 6,000 photographers registered for WPPI!! That is a whole lot of people. Knowing that my next class didn’t start till 4:30, I hopped in the car with my roommate, Michelle. (Michelle creates some really cool actions…you should check em out on her site) from California and we headed over to the Stratosphere Tower, which is the tallest free-standing observation tower in the US at 1,149 feet tall. It was a beautiful panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding valley. Here is a pic below.
Exhausted from the time change and wanting to rest up for the night’s shoot, I took a quick nap. Afterwards I met up a group from Open Source Photo, created by David Jay and we shot a bride and groom on the strip in Vegas. Look for those photos to be posted soon! I took about 900, so I have to go back and edit the best ones.
After the shoot we got ready to attend Blu Domain’s party at the Kingpin Bowling Suite at The Palms. There was a huge bowling show down for $1,000 grand prize. All the big photographers were there!
Here is http://www.thebecker.com/ taking his shot for the cool grand!
Here is http://www.jcsphoto.com/ the infamous Jessica Claire, Becker’s girlfriend.
We hadn’t eaten dinner yet, so we left the party a little early (midnight) and found a Wendy’s open.
Tuesday morning we went next door the the Belagio for their buffet. It was incredible! They even had fresh sushi. Here is a pic of the view from my friend’s http://www.kellymccordphotography.com room.
Here is Danielle Gillett and I in the bathroom at the Belagio. I loved the wall paper, so we used it for our back drop. Danielle was my other super cool roomate. You should check out her work. She is such an inspiration. I just wish we could have hung out more!
After our big brunch, we hit the WPPI tradeshow, which was overwhelming with 256 vendors!
Then it was off to the afternoon’s seminar held by Kevin Kubota http://www.kubotaimagetools.com he has the most amazing photoshop actions. If you’re a photographer you should definitely check ‘em out! He is a really amazing photographer, voted one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world. His seminar was pretty fun too. If somebodies cell phone went off, they had to get up on their seat and dance to the music. This is genius and should be performed every time some one’s cell phone annoyingly goes off during a talk or church.
I headed back to my room to get ready for the big Becker party at the Mandalay Bay hotel. We had the best time yet! There were so many incredibly talented photographers in attendance.
Here is me with my idol Jessica Claire
Here is a picture I stole from Becker’s site. This is the back of my head talking to the totally cool Denver chick, Frances Marron. Things were still rocking at 1am.
We didn’t get back to our hotel till 3am, but we had the best time ever! I was amazed at how many wonderful photographers are out there willing to answer any questions I had about the industry. I’m so grateful that Skip Cohen, the president of Rangefinder, provided me with the free pass to attend!
Look for more images from Vegas coming soon!