Friday, February 20, 2009

WPPI Conference in Las Vegas

WOW! I have always wanted to attend the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) annual conference in Las Vegas, but WOW! What an experience! Not only had I never been to Las Vegas before, but I have NEVER been surrounded by so many photographers. I think there were close to 10,000 photographers in attendance. Some of the workshops seated 1,800 people! I tended to cling to the smaller workshops with only a couple hundred people! And where I could see the speaker!

We stayed at the convention headquarters, the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, and it was almost a 10 minute walk indoors to get from the room to the conference center! The lights, the noise, the buildings, the people -were all a new experience!

My favorite workshop was one lead by photographer Terrell Lloyd, called "Diversifying your Portfolio." Terrell was a very entertaining speaker and he shoots weddings, families, commercial work, product shots, and he's a staff photographer for the San Francisco 49ers! Very inspiring photographer!

My favorite event was a shoot at the Neon Boneyard, a non-profit museum on 3 acres of land off the strip with all old neon signs from Las Vegas! I went there with at least 40 other photographers, and it was a riot! Below is my favorite photo from that shoot and the rest are ONLINE HERE!

And then I had the opportunity to do a mentoring session through Thirst Relief International with wedding photographers Chris and Katie Humphreys which was really wonderful! I love all of the Humphreys' wedding images and really admire how they work together as a couple! Having an opportunity to talk with them one on one was really a highlight of my week! AND I met with the folks at Livebooks and am soon to get a new Livebooks website! Yippee!

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