Here are some pictures of our first experience of WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International)! Over 11,000 photographers attended.
Ginger and I got in to Vegas around 8:30AM, where we were greeted with some chilly weather. Thankfully, it would be the only cloudy day that week…Here are some pictures summarizing the week:
Ginger and I got to room with Callie Crass from Wisconsin. She was so much fun to get to know and share ideas with. Hopefully, we will get to hang out with her again soon!
We hung out with Victor Sizemore and Alex Hill from Elysium Productions for awhile, who are both from Orange County. We convinced them that the Midwest is better than the West Coast…haha, ya know, who needs the ocean, palm trees and mountains when you have snow, ice fishing, the saints, and mosquitos (as well as mosquito hawks!). Everyone thought I was crazy when I mentioned mosquito hawks…even Ginger and Callie! Look, you guys, they do exist! Google proof. Here’s a picture even…
We also spent our last night walking around Vegas taking pictures! It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
It was incredible to meet so many photographers. Very overwhelming at the same time… I took something away from every speaker that I was able to listen to. Joe Buissink, David Jay, Jesh De Rox, Mike Larson, Denis Reggie, Catherine Hall, and many many more. They are amazing photographers. Here is Denis Reggie filling in after Joe Buissink had to end his lecture because of a 103º fever. He taught us the technique of “foofing”, where you bounce the flash off of a wall to create a soft light on the subject rather than a harsh, direct light.
On our last day in Nevada, Ginger’s aunt took us hiking to the Red Rocks! It was gorgeous. Blue sky and 70º.
She fed us dinner, along with delicious dessert. At around 9:30PM, she drove us to the airport to say goodbye. Once at the airport, we encountered almost every problem that could happen…but we won’t get into that now. Let’s just say, it was a crazy adventure that Ginger and I can now laugh at. We finally arrived home on our red-eye flight, only to be welcomed with another downfall of March snow. Gotta love Minnesota!