wppi. and i | vancouver wedding photographer in vegas

Ok!  So as I mentioned in Sarah & Juan’s editorial post, I attended this year’s wedding & portrait photographers international (wppi) conference in Las Vegas… and I have to say, I am still feeling a bit overwhelmed!  But also deeply inspired, motivated, and excited about this industry and my place in it.  YAY!!

In addition to the shoot that my travel buddy, bethany, and i had organized during our stay in vegas, there was so much to do and take in at the conference that we actually needed an itinerary to keep track of everything.  Yes, we crafted ourselves a complete schedule of events for our 3 day, 3 night stay – with little room for eating or sleeping.  I am happy to report that we didn’t stick to this schedule religiously, although it was definitely nice to have a guideline for things we didn’t want to miss – great tip for anyone considering attending wppi in the future!

The first night we arrived, we decided to head out on the town and get our bearings, maybe take some touristy shots, and generally soak up all that is “the strip”.  Well we ended up having such a good time that night that our first full day of “conferencing” was a little slow to start in the morning ;)  I did manage to catch becker‘s great presentation that day though… so much insight into the photo experience, branding your business, and forming real connections.  I love listening to people who are that passionate about what they do!  In the evening, we attended a fashion show and live shoot hosted by “noted fashion photographer” Nigel Barker (you know him as the sexy judge on America’s Next Top Model)!  While unfortunately this seemed slightly awkward for Nigel, it was definitely interesting to see a major fashion photog in action.  And plus he has hair now!  haha.  The night was rounded out with a great networking event afterwards.

Our second day was all about hitting the massive tradeshow floor(s) at the conference.  This was perhaps the most overwhelming aspect of wppi… 2 huge ballrooms at mgm converted into hundreds of vendor booths, all selling anything from website design & photoshop tips to albums & camera-geek gadgets.  SO much to take in!  It was awesome to see some familiar faces giving short presentations on the tradeshow floor though – a great way to catch some demos in more of an up close and personal setting.

I also sat in on an extremely helpful class by Sal Cincotta that day…  wow.  He totally got right into the nitty gritty of the business of photography – no secrets!  It was so refreshing to hear someone speak that candidly about this area.  Much needed and appreciated!

So before this post turns into a complete novel, i do have some photos to share from the trip ;)  All in all, i’m so glad i was able to attend my first wppi… i met some amazing photographers and learned so much about where this industry is headed.  So excited to be a part of it!

Here’s Bethany doing some last minute business before we take off out of Vancouver…

Our lovely room at the MGM Grand

And a typical sight along the strip.

This is what photographers do when they go out for a meal ;)

And I couldn’t resist these girls… a good representation of the vegas nightlife…

The entrance to one “wing” of the conference…

On the tradeshow floor… some tips from the lovely and uber-talented Katya Nova.

This was my view of Jasmine Star‘s excellent class… so much that I needed to hear in this presentation!  From keeping your priorities straight, critiquing your own work objectively, and reviewing your business practices, Jasmine always seems to know how to get me motivated and inspired!

Here’s Jasmine on the tradeshow floor walking us through some awesome photoshop actions!

And finally, taking a break before starting the journey home.


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  • Jasmine* - Is it just me, or do I make the weirdest faces when I speak!?!? ;)ReplyCancel

  • erin - Sweet pics and blog! two words : NIGEL BARKER??!!!! LOVE him!!!! Jealous!!!ReplyCancel